I am at the end of week 8 of my P90X journey. This week has been interesting. It was suppose to be "recovery week" but we already know that it really is just a week of no weight training. It is just cardio and core work. I found this week kinda difficult. I was "sucking wind" and I kept finding myself laying on the floor gasping for air and just exhausted during the workout. I even got mad at myself because I couldn't understand why I was reverting back to day one. Then I realized a few things.
1. I was working higher than my zone before I would start gasping. So my tolerance level is actually higher. (I didn't start tiring out until my HR was 164 instead of at 152)
2. I have barely slept last week. My job has been so crazy that my insomnia came back in full effect.
Normally I go to bed at about 10PM, but this past week I stayed up to midnight several nights a week. tsk tsk, I know better.
Lesson to everyone: Your body is burning a lot of energy and calories, you must get adequate rest to rejuvenate yourself.
After weeks of working out, my equipment inventory has increased. This is what I know utilize:
P90X recovery drink
Shakeology meal replacement
as a result, I have lost several 10lbs so far and several inches all over my body.
So, I have managed to complete another week of P90X. I was sick and didn't get to do a full week the way I planned, but no matter what I stayed focused and as soon a I could, I pressed play AGAIN. It was quite tiresome though. I was out of breath and felt pretty beat down. That was, until I remembered that I had been sick earlier that week. Once I stop beating myself up over feeling pooped after plyometrics, I got up the next morning and pressed PLAY again. Are you starting to see a trend here? I have already made the decision to do this, now I am trying my best to stay committed in order to succeed. DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED, that is the P90X motto isn't it?
This week also marked the beginning of a concurrent challenge: Shakeology!!!
This is a green, yes green, or chocolate meal replacement drink. It looks much worse than it tastes. Everyone is raving about the chocolate ones, but of course I must go against the grain and drink the Greenberry. Actually, I am not that much of a rebel, I just don't like chocolate.
Anyway, it tastes like you may imagine a green shake tasting like, but take out the gross factor. It is just a weird taste. I have been mixing my Shakeology with orange juice and a little water. Other than the after taste, it is not too back. You don't have to take my word for it, order some Shakeology for yourself and join in the Shakeolgy revolution.
This meal replacement is only 140 calories, 15grams of protein and over 70 ingredients such as: Pea fiber, Spinach powder, Flax seed, Pomegranate powder, Blueberry powder and even Acai berry powder. Basically all the good stuff you should be eating daily anyway.
Well, fitness folks, as promised, I am still pressing play and I hope that you are too.
See you next week, and remember to BRING IT!!!!
No video this week. I am sick as a dog and I am not ready "Mr. De Mille". But I won't let strep throat or whatever this is keep me down. Week 6 was an awesome week for me. I FINALLY got all the way through Plyometrics and I was able to keep my heart rate "in the zone" Only 3 times during plyo and kenpo did the little heart monitor start beeping 166, but even then, I did not collapse on to the floor or sit on the coach. Instead I just walked it out and pressed pause for a second...or 2 or 3
Now that I am doing pull ups with the bar (and chair) and I have more energy, I can make it upstairs to the bars and back down before Tony finishes the exercise. Tiresome you would think but it isn't. I like it. I get a little something extra by running up those steps to where my pull-up bars are.
I don't just love Kenpo X anymore, it is actually fun and the highlight of my week. I had to go home for Mother's Day on Friday afternoon so guess what I did? Yep, I took Kenpo X with me and on Saturday morning I was up rocking the house with my "spirit yells".
Ok, so I got through the recovery week and decided to move on to Ph2 of P90X better known as days 31-60. I am feeling a lot more fit and I am ready to Bring it, are you? This week helped me understand what the infomercials meant by "muscle confusion"; wowsiers. My muscles didn't know what the heck was going on. But yippee me, I was doing more push ups and lasting longer in Plyometrics. Yes, unfortunately Plyo is back for phase 2. I can't seem to get away from this dvd. I guess I better start learning how to master it. I have noticed that I can jump a little more and do more jacks. I am even doing 3-4 of the X-jacks. I know, I know, my physical therapist is probably pissed with me right now, but I vowed to bring it baby and that is what I am going to do. When my leg gets tired it lets me know, no problem. I am still modifying some of the exercises and kicks are still difficult for me.
Listen to your body people. Don't go balls to the wall if you have previous injuries or heart conditions. Speaking of hearts, I think I am going to invest in a heart rate monitor. My hubby has one now so I am thinking about getting me one too. Maybe it will help me stay in my zone. I know they have them at beachbody.com and they seem to be cheaper there for the good quality ones. My hubby shopped at a sporting goods store and he saw them for 90 bucks and up for quality ones. Yowsiers!!!
Ok ok, an actual review of week 5...
It was tough. My biceps still hurt, but it is a good hurt. I am glad the dvds are arranged the way that they are because I could not imagine doing chest,shoulders, and triceps plus ab ripperX in week 1-3. I just wasn't strong enough yet. Don't confuse what I am saying, the program hasn't completely pushed your body back to day one, but it is still challenging. No worries though, Tony and Pam and Drea' are all there again to help you out. Tony is a mad man I tell you.
"Swim suit here I come"--BRING IT!!