Saturday, March 29, 2008
But Dr. Wright was very encouraging and they talk you through every little step along the way. It's crazy because they give you these eye-numbing drops so even though they are doing a lot of stuff to your eyes, you can't even tell.
The lasers really aren't on your eyes for long at all. I had IntraLASIK done so the whole thing is done by lasers [verses the kind where the eye flap is cut with a blade]. So they take you in, numb your eyes, and cut a flap in your cornea with a laser. Then you go sit for 20-30 minutes while some air bubbles that form during the flap-cutting disappear, and then they take you in for the shaping of the cornea. The doctor lifts the flap in your eye, and then everything goes pretty fuzzy; you stare at this little blinking red spot, and as the laser shapes your cornea it's kind of like a psychadelic light show. Each eye took less than a minute.
Mark got to be in there with me as well and watch the whole thing on a TV screen, which was kind of cool, as well as a friend from our church who works at the Vision Center I was doing this through. Now I just have this crazy eye drop regimine to stick to for the next few weeks and quite a few follow-up sessions to attend.
I know it's only been one day, but they checked me out this morning and I already have 20/15 vision in one eye and 20/20 in the other, and they say it will only get better over the next few weeks. I would totally recommend this to anyone, as long as you find someone who will do a good job.
And I must say, it is very nice to not be wearing my glasses anymore, but strange to be able to see without the aid of contacts. Yes, exciting times for sure.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Jess:: "Have you forgotten how scary I look when I hike?" [I mean, really, who feels cute after a week in the woods with no shower, no makeup, wearing the same clothes and the inability to do your hair?]
Mark:: "Not at a distance...or at 60 miles an hour!" [referring to road crossings on the trail] [the appropriate response would have been, "no honey, I think you look cute!" or some related verbage]
He's lucky I have a sense of humor :).
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Quandary Peak is a great novice backcountry snowboard descent, so we strapped our snowboards onto some backpacks and lugged them up most of the mountain. I used a Burton daypack, which is made to carry a snowboard from a car to a ski resort. I would NOT recommend using it as a climbing pack. It sucked big time. Mark strapped his onto his GoLite pack, which seemed to work a bit better.
We took the East Ridge route. Our day had beautiful blue skies all day, which made the temps feel much warmer than the teens that showed on the thermometer. This is Mark heading up the ridge.
Jess and Mark on the summit after several hours of climbing.
Looking down the ridge we walked up...It looks a bit narrow, but in reality it was probably about 20-30 ft wide.
We stashed our boards around 13,000 ft., made the summit, and came back to claim our ride down a couple hours later.
Jess getting ready to ride down from 13,000 ft.
We didn't follow the same route down as we took up. Eventually we ended up overlooking some pretty steep chutes that had some rocks sticking out. Mark thought we could slide down the chute, so he went first. But what he thought was a snow patch ended up being a light dusting of snow over some rock and as he slid over the rock he knocked this one loose. Luckily as it rolled it bounced off his board and not him, and I was still above him. Instead of doing the same thing, I ended up downclimbing the chute with an ice axe and we had to hike the rest of the way out to the road.
Monday, March 03, 2008
"The secret behind the P90X system is an advanced training technique called "Muscle Confusion," which accelerates the results process by constantly introducing new moves and routines so your body never plateaus, and you never get bored!"
What's really fun is that Mark and Paul have gotten into them too. So every once and awhile you will find all four of us doing yoga, plyos, or some other routine together, kind of like a "family" activity. And because the leader, Tony Horton, is a bit quirky, we have all these funny one-liners memorized from the different workout routines that are easy to throw around in the middle of normal conversation and that make us [well, me] laugh most of the time that I hear them during a workout.
So, you ask, have I gotten ripped from doing this workout? Heck yeah! I'm huge! Well...okay...that might be an exaggeration. I worked out pretty consistantly before starting P90X, so I haven't seen a ton of difference, but I can definitely say I am stronger, more flexible, and more toned. I have done more push-ups and pull-ups in the last 10 weeks than I've done pretty much in my whole life, and I think if I was following the food program they suggest you follow, that might make a difference as well [although we try to eat pretty healthy anyway]. I am definitely fit, though, and will be bummed when we move and it will be over.
All in all, it's been awesome and a lot of fun as well...I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a great workout program and who doesn't want to head to a gym. You just have to be willing to work hard, be consistant, and be willing to