P90X Weekly Update: Week 2

Day 8: (Monday): As I mentioned in last week’s update, I decided to change from the “Classic” program to the “Lean” program, as my goal is to lose weight and not bulk up. So the workout for Monday was Core Synergistics instead of the Chest & Back/Ab Ripper X.

I am so glad I decided to change the program. This was definitely more up my alley. YES there were push-ups involved, but it was core work, something I desperately need, as I have suffered from back pain in the past. It was by no means “easier” but I felt I got more out of the workout because I was able to do more of the exercises.

I am still not even close to being flexible or strong enough for some of the exercises, and I sat out when they did the Sphinx Push-up, the Prison Cell Push-up (I refuse to confirm or deny a “fuck you” was muttered when I witnessed how this was done), The Dreya Roll (this involved acrobatics that I was not comfortable trying yet), the Side Hip Raise (I couldn’t get my hip off of the floor using my arms…yet) and I could only attempt a couple reps of the Reach High and Under Push Ups (one side is much stronger than the other). This is a total of about 5 minutes of exercises I was unable to really complete, but I did a lot of stretching or hydrating while I watched what they were doing. I will, however, give myself credit: I did not listen to Tony to go ahead and fast forward through the “Bonus Round” to cool down if I was exhausted. I plowed through the next five minutes. Did not do two of the exercises, actually laughed at the suggestion I do a Table Dip Leg Raise, but I did pull it together to do other cardio exercises I knew I was capable of doing even though I didn’t think I had anything left in me to give.

I had a bit of nausea after I was finished, but I recovered much faster and found myself hungry 30 minutes after I was finished, which is a huge improvement over last week.

Day 9 (Tuesday): The Cardio X was MUCH more fun than the Plyometrics were last week. I felt like I did just as much work (at least, I was breathing and sweating as hard) but doing things I could do.

I started working out and about 15 minutes into it, I got the worst ‘knife in my head’ headache so I had to stop the workout and lay down for over an hour to get it to stop. BUT as soon as the headache was gone I did go right back and finish the workout. I came to the conclusion that I wasn’t drinking enough water so after that I started being more aware of how much water I was drinking.

What I liked about this workout was that it combined different aspects from everything I had done before, Yoga X, Kenpo X and the Core Synergistics workouts. It may sound insane, but if I had to exercise, this was actually fun.

Again, there were a few exercises that I didn’t feel comfortable doing (some that were from the previous day’s exercise) but I tried to attempt all of them unless they required something I knew I would hurt myself trying.

Again, I experienced less nausea and my recovery time was much faster.

Day 10 (Wednesday): The Shoulder and Arms workout was much better now that I have the resistance tubes with handles. I felt comfortable doing everything and noticed I may need to break out the 10 pound tubes next week for a few exercises. I felt like I was pushing myself and I ended up sweaty and exhausted after.

I was also super proud of myself: last week I was unable to do the Side-Tri-Rise (lying on your side and pushing yourself up using your arm) and this week I could do 10 on one side and 15 on the other. We did the exercise twice and the first time I was only able to do 5 & 10, so I worked myself up to it. I was so proud. I couldn’t help but grin.

After my hour was up, Ab Ripper X started and I got through four of the exercises. I had to stop when my legs cramped out on the Wide Leg sit-up. Since this is the second time it happened, I think maybe I should try to make my legs less wide or do regular crunches during this exercise.

I started drinking a protein shake (milk, frozen banana & frozen strawberries with a low-calorie chocolate protein powder) in the morning at least 2 hours before I started working out. That definitely helped and I felt fuller longer and wasn’t starving or craving meat like I did last week.

Day 11 (Thursday): Mistake #1: I stepped on a scale. Mistake #2: I let it ruin my entire day.

I’m not sure if it was a combination of me being a woman and having women…ahem…issues this week, or if I was just having an off day, but I couldn’t get out of my own head enough to complete the entire 1.5 hours of Yoga X. I half-assed the hour I did finish, because I kept breaking down and crying.

I was just so bummed that I had been working out for almost two weeks, eating right and I had GAINED weight. I weigh 4 more pounds now than I did before Christmas. Now, a couple of those pounds are probably Christmas-related, but I’ve never had any trouble getting them off after I started back eating normally. For some reason my body is holding on to them (and apparently adding to them). So I just felt like a complete and utter failure. I couldn’t get myself to understand that it is a marathon, not a sprint. This is a 90+ day journey. This was just not my day.

So I ate ice cream after dinner and felt somewhat better. Almost a total failure, but I got back on the horse the next day and totally rocked.

Day 12 (Friday): I was bound and determined to get back whatever I had lost the day before. And I did. Legs & Back were my bitch; I lunged, kicked, squatted, and Groucho walked (yes, a real exercise) until the sweat dripped down my face and I was exhausted. I felt GOOD.

I was able to do a lot of the things I felt uncomfortable doing last week, because I tried them. The only exercise I sat out completely was the wall squat w/ leg lift. I just felt like I was going to fall over so I watered up and stretched during that minute.

I am afraid that a lot of the back exercises were not quite as effective, because of my inability to have a resistance tube hanging from the ceiling. BUT I did what I could and attempted to mimic the exercises with the tubes on the floor.

I got through half of Ab Ripper X, doing my best to do maximum reps on the exercises I did.  I did traditional crunches while they did the Wide-Leg sit-up. I still conked out half-way through, my legs were toast and I started feeling nauseous so I thought it was best to stop before I puked.

Day 13 (Saturday): I had noticed the day before that my ass muscles were hurting. I definitely felt it on Saturday. All of the lunging, kicking, squatting and Groucho walking must have been done right, because I felt it with every move. Still, I got up and put Kenpo X on.

And I was tired but I did it. Punching, kicking, for the whole hour. I even attempted the jumping X’s I was so adamantly against earlier in the week and I successfully completed them (yay me!).

However,  I also overdid it in the final minute. We were doing the horse-stance, block punching; Tony starts telling you to go harder and faster (there’s a joke somewhere, but I won’t go there) and I started punching harder and I felt my right shoulder…pop…and my muscle started hurting.

It wasn’t (and isn’t) excruciating pain but it’s very sore.  I’m hoping to stretch it out in the next 48 hours so I can get started on Week 3.

Day 14 (Sunday): Um…I’m resting and stretching. Bill says I should at least try the XStretch DVD but I really need a break from Tony’s face at least once a week (no offense, Tony). Maybe that will change once I start feeling or seeing a major difference in my workouts and myself.

Here are a few things I feel will help make my workout better after week 2:

  • WARNING THIS INCLUDES TMI (please skip if you don’t want to read about girl plumbing issues): In honor of my full disclosure and in an attempt to educate other women who may want to work out with this program, I offer you a bit of friendly advice. When you do this program, you sweat. A LOT. Including in your underwear region.  Combine this with my period and you get…a nasty little case of bread-baking. Nothing serious and totally over-the-counter treatable, but still, uncomfortable. I need to do a better job of not just air drying when I am done with my workouts. Since showering is often hard, since I am crunched for time, (the workout is hard enough without child interruption) I will at least change ALL of my clothes and not just the outerwear.
  • Drink even MORE water. I was having headaches. Possibly period related, but I know I need to drink more regardless.
  • Stop stepping on the scale every day. I need to pick a day and just get on it once a week. Even that may be too much. I’ve already decided I am going to finish the 90 days. If I am eating relatively healthy and working out 6 days a week for an hour plus at a time, and I see NO improvement in 90 days, I’m taking my happy ass to a doctor and a nutritionist. Because that’s insane.
  • I may need to cut my calories down. I’ve been tracking and I’ve gotten on average 1800-2000 a day. According to the program, I should be eating even more than that, as each workout is supposed to burn 600 calories. It really feels like too much food.  A few nights I felt like I was forcing myself to eat. While I was eating healthy stuff and good snacks full of protein, maybe I don’t need that much food? However, I’m not losing weight either, so I don’t know if my body is holding on because I’m not giving it enough…anyone have any ideas on this front? I need all the help I can get. I’m eating as little processed stuff as possible, mostly fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains when I do eat them. I’m not perfect, but I have noticed when I was munchy I didn’t choose anything bad for me (okay, except for the ice cream), which is a huge improvement.

On a positive note, I noticed I was walking taller when we went out and about. I felt GOOD about myself, because I was doing something for my body. I also ran the double stroller up the inclines at the mall to make the girls laugh and I didn’t get winded after (I always did before). It’s hard to keep that in perspective when the numbers on the scale won’t budge. I can feel a difference but I feel like that’s not enough. I know I need to get out of my head, so I’m positive that maybe after a month when I do my measurements THOSE numbers may make me smile.

For now, I’m going to enjoy my day off and get ready to finish up Phase 1 with Week 3.

5 comments to P90X Weekly Update: Week 2

  • I am SO PROUD of you. Keep kicking ass. I am sure the gain was a fluke, you could have also been a little dehydrated and retaining water. Also, check and make sure the undies you are working out in are 100% cotton. Sometimes even that little 5% lycra is enough to cause issues with a lot of sweating.


    Natalie Reply:

    Thank you! I appreciate every single piece of encouragement. It means so much to know I have a cheering section. I hope the gain was a fluke, but I’m going to stop stepping on the scale daily (I know, I know, but every little .2 loss makes me happy). Yes about the underwear, I wasn’t even thinking b/c it had been so long since I had that problem. But now, CONSTANT VIGILANCE!


  • Holly James

    Keep it up, Natalie! Because of you I started back on the program last night. I am doing the lean also, so Core Synergistics was my thrill of the night. I only cussed out Tony twice, so I thought that was progress. For some reason, that workout gives me the worst indigestion of my life, whether I have eaten recently or not. I will definitely accompany that workout with Tums next week :-) As for the Dreya roll, I skipped this one also…I have concluded that Dreya is not actually human, because humans are not designed to “fly through the air with the greatest of ease.” Happy exercising!


    Natalie Reply:

    You know, now that you mention it, I DO get really bad heartburn & indigestion now! I didn’t put two & two together until just now. Crazy Tony.

    No, I don’t think Dreya is human. She also needs to cut her hair. I ATTEMPTED the Dreya roll on Monday, and I hurt myself. Not badly, just enough to know to know I’m not ready. Also: I can’t get through Ab Ripper. I think it is inhuman to believe a person can go through a 15 min ab workout after an hour of intense workout. I keep hoping I’m going to work up to it.

    Happy Exercising!


  • This workout you’re doing sounds like a killer. I love reading these weekly updates that you’re doing. They’re quite motivating. :)

    Years ago, when I was single I had the money to spring on a personal trainer for myself,I was in a similar predicament with the scale not moving. Or moving in the wrong direction. Her advice to me was two-fold. First, journal your food for a few weeks and second was to try not to eat anything within a few hours of going to bed. I noticed positive changes. I had some areas in my diet that I could improve upon when I saw it all written out on paper. And when I stopped grazing through the night,I eventually took the rest of her advice and significantly cut carbs out of dinnertime. Just dinnertime, it wasn’t an extreme crazy diet thing. I ended up losing over 100 pounds in about a year with those changes coupled with exercise.

    I’m here for you if you ever need anything. I’m so proud of how well you’re doing!


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