P90X Update: Week 3

Day 15 (Monday): I felt even stronger and better today, I attempted EVERY exercise, even the inhumane Dreya Roll, which, I failed miserably at and almost fractured my rib (no, not really), but I tried it, dammit. I am hoping to be able to at least complete a correct Dreya Roll before the end of my 90 days.

Day 16 (Tuesday): I woke up achy and sick. Bill was sick, the girls were sick, and I was afraid I was coming down with it too. I decided to skip the cardio. I regretted it all day. Not because I felt fine (I didn’t) because I felt weird about not working out. That means it is working or is a habit at this point, right? I decided to make-up the workout on Sunday.

Day 17 (Wednesday): I brought it to the Shoulders/Arms workout. In order to make up for Tuesday, I was totally hardcore and upped my resistance bands for almost all of the exercises (except the tricep ones, I believe) to the 10 pound bands. I was toast by the end though and attempted the Ab Ripper X, but just couldn’t keep up after a couple of the exercises. I’m beginning to think Ab Ripper X is just there to make us feel really bad that we can’t do it. Give me a few more weeks and then I’ll make my final assessment.

Day 18 (Thursday): For an entire hour and 32 minutes, I focused and attempted every single pose. I fell a few times, made the girls laugh when I became a table, but I did them all. I felt stronger and more flexible, and I really enjoyed it after the first 50 minutes. All of the up/down/vinyasa-ing can still suck it. Also? The “Ohm” really does help. Sure, your kids will laugh hysterically at you, but it makes your whole body hum, feel tingly and just…alive. Call me crazy, but try it.

Day 19 (Friday): I was not all into it today, honestly. I thought I was going to crash halfway into the workout. I sat down and felt a bit dizzy, but finally sucked it up and thought “If I don’t finish it, I’m going to hate it later” So I did. Not as hardcore as I had been the previous two days (because of the weird dizziness), and there were a few exercises I didn’t do (Straight-leg wall pose, for one). I also lowered my weight bands back to the five pounders when I realized how weird I felt. I also did not even attempt the Ab Ripper, as my head was spinning when I was done. I don’t know if my body was fighting the same illness that everyone in the house has caught or what, but I took a two hour nap later in the day and still felt weird. At least I finished my hour!

Day 20 (Saturday): Totally didn’t feel like working out, until I started working out. Then I remembered how much I loved Saturdays and the Kenpo X workout. I mean…if I have to work out, this one isn’t bad. It’s just a lot of punching and kicking. By the end I was covered in sweat, and I didn’t pull anything, but still felt myself giving it my all. I even did the X Jacks after really giving the Jumping Jacks my full intensity. I was even enjoying them. Who is this woman???

Day 21 (Sunday): Woke up earlier than I would have liked for a Sunday morning, as we have company coming today and I wanted to get the Cardio done. I was groggy and didn’t eat breakfast, but chugged some water and started my workout. I’m sure it wasn’t the smartest move to not eat, but I’ve found if I start right when I wake up, my body hasn’t processed that it needs to eat yet and I don’t feel hungry or burnt out before the end. I’ve done it a few times in the past when I was crunched for time with (seemingly) no ill effects. It’s not ideal, but it works. I did every single exercise, except for the dreaded (and inhumane) Dreya Roll near the end. I also didn’t do the jump up “X”s for the final 10 squat presses because, it was close to the last exercise and I was exhausted.

Here are a few things I feel will help make my workout better after Week 3:

  • I still need to work on my hydration! I’m finding you can’t drink enough water when you’re working out.
  • Staying off of the scale helped my psyche tremendously. I need to stay with once a week (Sunday) weigh-ins.
  • I’m not forcing myself to eat to hit a specific calorie count. I’ve decided to attempt to keep my calories between 1200-1800 a day, depending on how I feel and perhaps which exercises I have done. I’m not perfect. I will eat a slice of pizza (I had pizza last week) or a piece of chocolate (I also had this last week). I like food. This is why I started to exercise. Moderation is key. Deprivation is not. This is my opinion, and it is what works for me. It may not for you. Proceed with caution.

Notes for Week 3:

  • I’ve lost 2 pounds! I’m not back to the “Pre-Christmas” weight, but at least I lost two of the ones I put on when I started the program. I am always hesitant to give myself time lines and goal weights, but I do hope to lose between 15-20 pounds in the next 9-10 weeks. That gives me roughly 1.5-2 pounds of weight loss a week.
  • I took measurements the Friday of my first week (not ideal, but it was all new to me) and I decided to check them again this past Friday (after two weeks). I’m not sure if I should do measurements every two weeks or after every Phase (four weeks) Ideas? Suggestions?
  • I gained .25 inches on my arms and an inch on my chest, but that could be due to measurement error (or maybe my boobs are getting bigger? Wishful thinking). BUT: I lost .5 inches on my right thigh and .75 inches on my left thigh (the left was a bit larger to start, so now they’re even), 2.25 inches on my waist, .5 inches on my hips and about .5 inches on each shoulder.
  • Total inches lost (not counting those gained): 5 inches in two weeks. Woohoo! Progress!

Next week is my “recovery week” so I have the following schedule:

M: Yoga X
T:  Core Synergistics
W: Kenpo X
T: X Stretch
F: Cardio
S: Yoga X
S: Rest

Two Yoga X sessions in one week? This should be…interesting.

Thank you all so much for your kind words and support, they mean the world to me on this journey. They really do help me stay focused and energized. I appreciate every single one of you!

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