So I finally did it. I posted my P90X results. First I was skeptical about posting them because I absolutely hated the way I looked in the beginning and I was truly ashamed. I am still not fully satisfied with my results but I know how to do better next time; plus I am about being truthful to myself and to anyone else that knows me or reads my blogs.
So I will truthfully reveal my beginning and my end results after the 90 days...(see video)
One thing I realized, was how important diet in conjunction with exercise is. I feel like I could have lost more than 15-20lbs in 90days if I had kept a stricter diet. Many times I would cave in and eat and drink whatever I wanted. Bad bad bad. Doing that is partially how I got to the weight I was in in the beginning.
Let me say this, I plateaued relatively quickly. I thought P90X would prevent that, but I guess with the not so stellar eating habits, plateau was inevitable.
On a good note: I lost so many inches it was crazy. My waist went from a 38 to a 33 in 90 freaking days. My legs got smaller and so did my hips, and my arms got bigger and slightly more defined. Yippeee!!! I am still in a size 14 pant but I can wear a few 12's. My leg is still swollen from the surgery so that is why I still wear 14 jeans (I think).
Since I have not reached my goals, I am not done on my journey however, I am going down a different path. I am trying a cardio intensive workout this time (Turbo Fire) with the high energy Miss Chalene Johnson creator of Turbo Jam. Yes, I know that it is another Beachbody product, but these are still cheaper than any surgical procedure and more gratify. Besides, I get a great discount. (it's ok, you can ask me how, I don't mind) Anywho, I will keep you updated on my fitness journey
Much Love to you and keep pressing play
Another week down for me. I am really finding these workouts fulfilling. I am really starting to see physical changes in my body. More importantly, my body image is transforming. Who would have thought that a little dinky dvd workout series would have such an impact on my life?
My wk9 workout has taken it back to the early days of the workout. I have been tracking my exercises and I can see that I am improving; I am able to do more reps than I could in the begin. How awesome is that? That is why it is important to write everything down. I got it now Tony. :-) He tells you in the videos to write the stuff down with the worksheets provided. "How do you know where you have been if you don't know where you came from" or something like that.
On Saturday, I tried TurboJam "Kick, Punch, Jab" with Chalene J. She is a mad woman!!!!! I sweated so much, but had tons of fun. That girl moves her body. Now I am all hyped up for TurboFire that is coming soon. Let me know if you want to get down with TurboFire. Its seems like high intense fun.
Check out my youtube wrap up for the week. And as always I will keep pressing play if you keep pressing play.
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!!
So week 4 was a "recovery week" NOT!!! Well, they call it that, but it wasn't a week to not workout, or go get your hair done because you think you are not going to sweat. Nope, nope, nope. You sweat and burn just as many calories during this week. We did Yoga X (I still don't like it), you do Kenpo (still love it) and you do this crazy, weird, Tony on crack video called core synergistics. What the hell Tony? We were rolling around on the floor doing exercises called Superman, Boat, Bow, and all the sorts. The fact that the exercises had crazy names should further let you know how crazy this disc was.
You got a good combination of core and cardio in 50 something minutes.
Nothing really more to say about wk4. I did my weigh in this week, and well...you have to just watch the clip to see the results :-)
WK3 down...whew!!! So I finally got smart and ordered the Recovery Drink from Beachbody. That has really helped me out a lot. No lie you guys, I would get up at 0600, do P90X workout until about 0715, and then go back up stairs and nap until about 0745 before I would hop in the shower. I was so exhausted immediately after my workouts. I was good the rest of the day, but the mornings were hard because I was so beat down. Don't make the same mistake I did. If you do this program, do ahead and order the recovery drink now,
I finally bought some pullup bars also. I did the first 2 wks without them. I just modified the moves with my bands and an old weight bar that I had lying around the house. I was not going to let the lack of money or resources stop my journey. I am determined to get in the best shape of my life the best that I can.
My take away for this week is truly to do your best and forget the rest. Whether your best is using water bottles, encyclopedias laying around collecting dust, or a broom stick or cane, or no resistance at all. Keep pressing play. Eventually your body will crave the heavier weights and your pocketbook will happily oblige.
Oh yeah, and write everything down. You can't know where you are going until you know where you have been.
Now stop reading, and BRING IT.
So now I am at the end of wk 2 of P90X. I love KenpoX. It is my absolute favorite. I think it is a great stress reliever. Well, at least for an Army Soldier I suppose. It is a great mixture of TaeBo and Cardio. Lots of punching, kicking, and yelling (spirit yells). During the week I did the same exercises that I did during week 1, but I was making it through the exercises with just a tad bit more grace.Plyometrics... it had me on the ground panting and gasping for air after about 35 minutes. My partner in crime kept going and I had to just catch up near the end and then do the cool down.