Monday, December 6, 2010

60 Days

This post is my 60 Day report on the P90X Extreme Home Fitness System. I won't be posting pictures or telling you a glimmering success story. I have gained strength and definition. I have lost 2% body fat. I have gained 3 pounds. I can't see much of a physical difference, so neither will you.

I am a runner. Like a person trying to switch addictions, I tried to trade in weight lifting for running. It worked on my body - but not my mind. Standing here at the 60 day mark, I am 22 weeks away from the Lincoln Marathon. I am dissatisfied and a little irked at my progress on P90X. I really wanted to loose some weight!


So - here is where I bid farewell to the "program." I am going to start training for the Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon on May 1, 2011. I plan to use P90X Yoga X one day per week on my stretch and strengthen day, and possibly Core Synergistics on my other strength training day. I plan to use Hal Higdon's Intermediate Half Marathon Training Schedule and repeat 8 out of the 12 weeks to make it a 20 week plan.

The last time I ran the Half Marathon, I was pretty burned out on running afterward. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. So my plan after that is to do another round of P90X. For that, I will be back here - blogging away. For now, I've decided to start another blog with a witty title about a Chubby Housewife Runner. Stay tuned for a link - or follow my other blog at:

Keep setting goals and moving forward!

;o) Andrea

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Day 59 - least I can walk now though.

Today I got a load of dishes done, and walked around the store for some groceries. That's it. The rest of the time I was on the heating pad and pumped up with alternating doses of Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen. Our 3yo always wants to run everywhere...I got 2 steps into an easy trot and was greeted by another back spasm.

Time is ticking...I need to start training for the Half Marathon in early January, so I NEED to be wrapping up P90X prior to that. I decided to just jump back in where I can tomorrow or the next day. I can't believe with all of the lifting, jumping, stretching, twisting and pressing that I do, cleaning up juice off the kitchen floor is what did me in!


Friday, December 3, 2010

Back on the Couch

Day 58 - Plyometrics, not

This morning I found out that our youngest son (19mo) is now tall enough to get his sippy cup off the counter all by himself. Unfortunately, I learned that during that split second in which I had already filled the cup, had NOT put on the lid, and was turning around to replace the container of juice in the fridge. *sigh* At 8:30 this morning, I was cleaning up juice from a lip-licking toddler and a linoleum floor. I've cleaned up a million such messes, but today when I stood up to toss the towels in the wash, something in my back went really wrong.

By lunch time I was on the heating pad and ibuprofen, and by the time my husband got home from work I was a fixture to the couch. I was just telling him how wonderful all of this muscle strengthening has been for my chronic back pain. I had even put the heating pad away for several weeks, not needing it much anymore. It's back - but let's hope my hard work has bought me a commuted sentence this time around.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Lotsa Pile o' Push Ups

Day 57 - Chest and Back

Push and pull. I like this workout. It's very straightforward. Do a bunch of push ups, do a bunch of pull ups, throw some lawnmowers and heavy pants in there and hope you can lift your arms when you're done!

I counted 151 push ups and and 48 pull ups that I did over the course of this routine. I also burned 400 calories. I feel very happy and proud! I cranked out 25 push ups in my first set!! WTG, chubby house wife!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Day 56 - Rest or X Stretch

I took the full rest option today. This has been the week from Hades and I was ready for a day of nothing to try to "fit in." My dear hubby is home on Wednesdays and even picked up something for the troops for lunch so I didn't have to worry about it. Thanks, love!

I'm very apathetic about having 60 day pictures taken. I think I have more definition in my back, but I'm fairly disappointed with my waist and hip measurements remaining largely unchanged. I will confess - after the first 40 days of busting my ass with no change - I took 10 days or so to consume some sugar and saturated fats in varying forms. I didn't go to much over my calorie budget, but wasn't eating clean at ALL. That being said, that minor deviation from the plan couldn't thwart several weeks worth of work.

Conclusion = I have no metabolism.
Action = Press on anyway.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Yoga Day

Day 55 - Yoga X

Last day of my "Rest Week." Tomorrow will be a total rest day and then I move on to the 3rd and final phase of this program. I will wait until day 60 to take photos (you have been warned). I can see more definition in my back and arms - but my weight is the same and my waist and hips haven't budged. *shrug*

I'm amazed at how much better I can complete this routine. I know, I know, I say that a lot - but it's true! I am much stronger and more flexible than I was when I started. I can get IN to poses that I just rolled my eyes at before, and can HOLD poses that I could barely get in to before. I don't necessarily look forward to it (after all, it is 90min long), but I don't dread it.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Crazy Core

Day 54 - Core Synergistics

Oh yes...the lovely, hour long, core workout. It's getting better, but dang. It was hard to get my mind right for this workout, after having a stressful day. The Monday after a holiday always makes children crazy. Once I settled in and cleared my mind, things went by more quickly.

I burned 450kcal, then had supper which was 477kcal. Do I win?? So much for this being a rest week - I will be happy to go back to heavy lifting, heaving up on the chin up bar, and maxing out to face plant on push ups.

Senor Scale was a grande pendejo for the weigh in today. He seems to think I have gained 3.6lbs in the last week. Hmmm....let's see - 3500 calories to a pound X 3.6 = 12,600 EXTRA calories I consumed last week?!? I don't think so. No, friends, I only had pie for supper once. It was good pie - but not 12,600 worth. I'm certain things will even out. But if I see a number like that again, I may not survive the shock.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Day 53 - X Stretch

I needed this, today. I only managed to get 45 out of the 55 minutes in before my babes woke up - but that's okay. I get all stressed out when I can't do things "exactly" right - that has to stop. Tis better to do something most of the way than to not do it at all.

Made some Turkey and Wild Rice soup with our left overs from Thanksgiving. I was going to fast until lunch today - but last time I did that on a Sunday it was hard to concentrate on the sermon. I kept thinking about lunch! I don't know...I might not be cut out for Intermittent Fasting. I so look forward to breakfast in the morning. Most of the time, I wake up with my stomach rumbling. I shall practice the post-dinner fast first!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Running On

Day 52 - Kenpo X

Once again, I traded in the Kenpo for a run down the trail. I really love running, especially outside, and today was 55 degrees and crisp. I worked and worked all summer long for times like I'm running now - and I only run every other week or so. I burned several hundred calories, and got some time to myself. Nice.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My Stronger Heart

Day 51 - Core Synergistics

Stepping on the scale this morning wasn't the horror show I had expected after Thanksgiving. I hadn't eaten much for supper and was quite hungry this morning! I had a terrible *wonderful* brunch of ham, sweet potatoes and creamed onions...but atoned for that, fully, by doing this workout.

I was much more capable during this routine. I first did this DVD a month ago on my last one week rest cycle. I HATED it. An hour of core work is tough! I'm happy to report less hatred and even a bit more ability to do the exercises. Interesting comparison to the first time I completed this routine:

Calories Burned: 450
Max HR: 181
Average HR: 137
Calories Burned: 580
Max HR: 188
Average HR: 150

While I, obviously, burned less calories - it's apparently because my heart is stronger and didn't work as hard during this workout - reflected in my lower average heart rate. I've been down in the dumps because my weight is not coming down with all of this work, so being able to focus on increased cardio-vascular strength is going to keep me pushing play for another day.

(/|\) - Peace - by my Mini-Me

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Day 50 - Yoga X

Today starts another week of "rest." I wouldn't call 90 minutes of Yoga X rest! My husband and I got up early and put got the turkey going, then I retreated to the basement and "pushed play." It was the perfect way to start a lovely day. We had lots of food that I wouldn't otherwise make or eat. I'm afraid to weigh myself tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Seven Weeks

Day 49 - Rest or X Stretch

Wow! Next week is another "rest week." A couple of Yoga sessions, some Core Synergisitcs, a little Kenpo...and not a moment to soon. It actually took me 4 weeks to complete this last 3 weeks of the program. I fought Bronchitis and had to do week 6 over.

Its a little disconcerting to know there's only 11 days until I have to take pictures again. I haven't seen ANY change in the numbers. I know I'm getting stronger, but it sure seems strange that my weight hasn't dropped a bit. Maybe after my recovery week, the waist and hip measurements will come down a little. Either way - I've decided that I'm going to see it through - no matter what.

Tis the Season

Day 48 - Kenpo X

Having some fatigue issues and still dealing with, what I assume, is a pulled muscle in my back. No workout for me today. I had planned on a run, but it was 15 degrees today. Probably better this way. When I get this worn out, workouts feel like absolute drudgery and torture. Why do it, then?

Monday, November 22, 2010

Back is Back

Day 47 - Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X

Well, after staying up late to plan our school week and getting up at 5:30 with fussy babies, this workout was a dud when I did it at 5pm. I completed 50 / 60 minute routine and skipped the Abs tape. I've had this weird thing in my back bugging me too and it was flaring up. When I started feeling like my legs were gonna give out, I knew it was time to quit. Had to rest in Child's Pose for a bit before climbing the stairs.

Got my heart rate monitor back from the repair shop - so I'll post my results.

Calories burned - 410
Average HR - 137
Max HR - 180

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Yoga

Day 46 - Yoga X

I was only able to do 45 minutes of this awesome 90min routine. My baby boy has had ear infections, my baby girl is coughing and my DH went to urgent care with strep throat! I figured I wouldn't have long to exercise today, and after a couple of phone calls (!!) I managed to get half of it done before the baby woke up. Hubby is great with the kids - but he's contagious!

My main thing is to not freak out - relax - and realize that I DID try.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Feeling Like Popeye

Day 45 - Back and Biceps, Ab Ripper X

Just wanted to point out that this overweight, 34 year old, babysitting, home schooling, mother of 4 is HALF WAY through one of the toughest home workout routines!! I feel really good about that! I haven't done everything perfectly - and have had to take a day off here and there - but I have stuck with it. If I can fit fitness in to MY routine, ANYONE can!

Working on the "Glamor Muscles" as Tony calls them. Back and Biceps is all about pull ups and curls - go figure! I like this routine and feel good that I can do more and more each time.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Skipping It

Day 44 - Plyometrics

I didn't get my workout in today. Just like everyone - sometimes it just doesn't fit. Our 18mo old has been sick all week and today I took him to the doctor at 3:30, which is when I normally start cleaning up and begin dinner. I then workout around 5:30 while the family *hopefully* enjoys supper. I was going to squeeze it in at nap time since my daycare kids were all going home early - but it's a good thing I didn't as Cameron woke up crying, snotty, needy and premature from his rest. Turns out he had a double ear infection. Poor baby! First time on anti-biotics. I'm pretty happy that it took till he was 1 and a half, though.

*Sigh* I'm an athlete, a hard worker, a woman with a goal in mind. However, I am a Momma too. Last night when I was downstairs lifting weights - I could hear my youngest crying and fussing. He's been sick all week and it was hard for me to be away from him while being "selfish." So...I sat in the rocker and held my baby instead of exercising. Sue me.

Tomorrow, I will fit it in. Nothing in my way...yet.

Clap for It

Day 43 - Shoulders Chest & Triceps, Ab Ripper X

T.I.R.E.D today. Our kids have all been sick (and we have taken our turns as well) and the nights sleep hasn't been "full." I was happy to do more reps on all of the push ups. I has putting lotion on my arms the other day and was kind of freaked out at how the muscles feel under my skin. I am still doing *most* of the push ups on my knees (girlie!). BUT I did NINE clapping push ups in a row. That is a victory for me. I can't quite do a one handed push up yet - but that's coming!

Skipped the Ab Ripper vid. Didn't want to...and didn't.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Day 42 - Rest or X Stretch

I did a little stretching today - but not the X Stretch video. My back is in varying degrees of agony on a lot of days, so I always do some yoga style stretching most days.

I decided to do a little fasting today. I skipped breakfast and a.m. snack, and it didn't kill me. Maybe a little fast 2 days a week will remind my body that it does have a metabolism. I don't want to cut calories ultra-low on all days so this is the next best option.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cardio How You Want It

Day 41 - Kenpo X

With my back being so wonky, I didn't want to twist at the waist and throw punches today. I really miss running, that I jumped at the chance to hit the streets as an alternative. It was 48 degrees with leaves falling. Just the sound of my footfalls and peace! I was 20sec/mile faster this time that two weeks ago. Today's 2.1 mile run was the fastest I've ever run.

When I bought P90X, my motivation was to loose weight to be a faster runner. I haven't lost a pound. I have lost inches and body fat percentage - so I deduce that I am comprised of more muscle than I was when I started. Though that is a very good thing, I admit - I'm very disappointed that I haven't lost any pounds. I knew going in that P90X is NOT a weight loss program. Though, I thought that through the simple calorie deficit equation, I could make it work. So far...not so.

But if I can run faster in the end - then I'll be happy!!

Knowing When

Day 40 - Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

Had a hard time with my back this week. I have a chronic issue that comes back and then I also pulled a muscle behind my rib cage earlier this week. After doing Yoga yesterday, I thought I had it under control. I spent quite a bit of time on the heating pad, and even got a rest during nap time.

I was really surprised when I felt so bad I had to quit during Legs & Back. I'm accustomed to the feeling you get when you push yourself. You pause, take a drink of water, and go on. This was more of leaning over, feeling like I was going to drop. I made it 40/60min and skipped the Ab Ripper tape. I was so wasted, I got cleaned up, had a small bowl of soup and went to bed about 8:30!

Tomorrow is a new day.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Half Moon

Day 39 - Yoga X

I made it! I REALLY didn't want to workout today, and even tried to push it to the last minute...but went ahead anyhow. My back was really painful today - and frankly - I knew that Yoga would help. I made it into a more advanced pose that I had previously not been able to. And I held it for 15 seconds! Glad that I went ahead and got it done.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sore Muscles Trade-Off

Day 38 - Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X

My legs are SO SORE today from all the squatting and jumping yesterday. Holy crow. Our 3yo jumped on my lap and I about screamed! Yikes. Today's workout was, mercifully, and upper body focus. Curls and pull ups dominated the routine. I'm sore in the chest from all the push ups on Thursday, so - thank you TH for the favor!

Went and purchased a new tape measure today. Right before my 30 day report, mine went missing. I'm hoping this doesn't work out like when you buy a new scale...that can be maddening!

Tomorrow - yoga...if I can move.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Jump Jump

Day 37 - Plyometrics

Glad to have moved on in to day 2 in week 6. I did this workout in the scant hour that our 18mo old slept this afternoon. I wish that kid would learn to sleep like the 2 and 3 year olds. Anyway - I don't normally squeeze it in that way, but wanted to take the kids swimming this evening. Being Friday, my school-aged kids completed their assignments early and didn't need much help this afternoon.

I was able to catch a little more air on the first set of moves this time around. I tired rather quickly and even skipped the bonus 3 minutes of sports inspired moves at the end. Still coughing a bit and recovering, I guess. Had my New Recovery Drink afterward, which seems to be working rather well. One cup of skim milk with 1 TBS of local honey mixed in. I get the protein and the simple carbs that my muscles need - without the powdered drink question mark.

And - my 3 year old gets to lick the spoon from the honey!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Week 6 - Do Over

Day 36 (again) - Shoulders Chest and Triceps, Ab Ripper X

About 48hrs on antibiotics, with the spastic coughing episodes down to a minimum, I felt pretty good most of the day. I decided to start Week 6 over and take last week as a total down week. I tried to workout on Saturday and ended up coughing so much Sunday that I wound up in the Clinic on Monday. Partial completeness drives me Do Over, I must.

I like this routine, but always feel like I can barely lift my water bottle when I'm done with it. Every variation of push-up and triceps extension imaginable, complete with a crazy move where you bend over and do a hand-stand sort of press up thing. Wowzer. I skipped the Ab Ripper X add-on today...I reasoned that I am not "all better" yet and an hour of upper body was enough for the sickie today.

I have put up a mirror to help with better form and while performing some of the moves today, I notice flexion right under my collar bones (those I just began to see this summer!). After much repetition and inspection, I've come to the conclusion, that those mysterious movements were the result of more defined chest muscles. Will wonders never cease?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cough On

Sick Day Recap

After beginning to cough again last night, coughing through out the night, then coughing and coughing all through church service and Sunday school...I decided to take today off. Again. I will likely call this week (which ends on Wednesday) a wash and starting over with Week 6 - Revisited on Thursday.

I may not finish the program by the 1st of the year, but it will be close. It goes against my anal retentive nature to re-do a week - but much more to do a partial week and then *gasp* count it as a full week.

The rub here, is staying on a good path nutritionally. I ordered some cookie dough from a little gal at church as a fundraiser, and have had one...okay one baked but untold nibbles of the dastardly dough lurking in the fridge. Must. Resist. Must. Get Well.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Adjustments

Day 36 - Shoulders Chest & Triceps, Ab Ripper X

I didn't count yesterday as a P90X day. I was still sick and needed the full rest. I debated about doing it today, but since I have been able to get some REAL rest (thanks to my husband), I went ahead. I'm coughing less and don't feel totally wiped.

This routine is hereby dubbed "Jelly Arms." There are just SO many stinking exercises. A whole hour of arms!? After the first few sets of push-ups, I'm already feeling weak. I use 5lb weights for all of the straight arms stuff, and only pick up my 8 pounders for the first few triceps moves. I've been maxing out at 12 or so push-ups, though. I remembered to do the Ab Ripper add on today, even though I didn't want to. There are 25 reps for each move, and I'm up to being able to do 20 on most exercises. *big smile*

This was actually my scheduled workout for Thursday. Plyo was set for Friday, and then Yoga for today. I need that calorie burn for Plyo, so I just adjusted accordingly. Wednesdays are a firm off day because of church commitments, so I will proceed with the week as if today were Day 1. I'm all freaked out about missing 2 days of I'm going to make a huge error in the program. :eyeroll:

Who's a perfectionist? Not me.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sick Day

Day 35 - Sick

I have a chest cold that I've been coughing through for a little while now. Today it got the better of me. I felt like I had an elephant standing on my chest, no energy, and didn't move to far from the couch most of the day. The kids were for lunch and minimal scholastic requirement. Not sure what I will do with my P90X schedule. I don't want to skip a day and move on, but I need to keep my day off on Wednesdays. I'm SUCH a perfectionist with scheduling...okay with a lot of things...why does it even matter? When I'm up to it, I will just move on!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rest and Think About Lifting

Day 34 - Rest or X Stretch

Funny how things flip, huh? In the beginning, I would lift and think about resting. Now, while I'm resting, I'm thinking about lifting. I'm anxious to get another crack at Shoulders Chest and Triceps tomorrow...and I will TRY to remember to do the Ab Ripper X add on, hmpf.

It's interesting to me, how many people lately have noticed my efforts. I haven't lost a thing since starting P90X, but people tell me frequently how "great I'm looking" lately. *BIG smile!* I haven't heard much from anyone in the last 20lbs. It's like everyone noticed those first 40 and then it just tapered off. Anyway - it must be the muscle building. Yay!

I also have noticed that I must be losing water weight. I seem to have "lost" 1.5lbs in two days. Now, I know that's not fat loss - so maybe the water retention issue is resolving. THAT would be nice. I have a partner for a 12wk Weight Loss Challenge that I have seriously let down lately. She's wonderful, and of course, isn't miffed. But you know how it is when you team up - I really want to keep up my end.

Here's to closing out week 5 of the program and heading valiantly into week 6!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Day 33 - Kenpo X

Okay, I didn't really do Kenpo today. I do loves me some Kuh-rah-tay - but I've been dreaming of running. :) When I started P90X, I decided to take a break from running and just do the program as it was written. Today I decided to deviate a little and get my cardio from a beautiful run in the fall air.

I was concerned that maybe I wouldn't be able to run very far since I haven't gone out for a month or so. Starting out slow, I quickly found I had to hold myself back to avoid a quick burn out! I had set out to do 2 miles, but when I got to the turn around, everything was clicking so nicely that I went to the 3 mile turn around. Right after mile 2, I hit a happy pace and felt I could have run forevah!

Tomorrow, a rest / stretch day - yay!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sultan of Squats

Day 32 - Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X

So many squats. Oof. I didn't sleep much last night, so working these large muscle groups took it's toll very quickly. I really like alternating between the pull-ups and the many variations of squats - I at least FEEL like I am getting a break. I was very against doing the Ab Ripper DVD today - but I was a good little girl and did it anyhow. I completed all but the last 5 minutes. I just couldn't do any more.

I've decided to stop taking the P90X Results and Recovery Formula drink. I posted another small gain for the third week in a row. I looked to the website for some explanation and decided that the Creatine in the drink is causing water retention in my muscles. This is a good thing during recovery, but can show as a bad thing on the scale. I will now be drinking a cup of skim milk with a tablespoon of honey mixed in as my protein/simple carb recovery drink. I know I'm getting leaner and stronger, but I want to see the scale results as well.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Good Yoga Gone Bad

Day 31 - Yoga X

Glad today was my Yoga day. Put the kids down for their nap and spent 90min practicing poses that help my strength and flexibility. The last couple of days I've had a nagging white-hot pain in my right lower back/hip. I stretch, it gets better, I sleep it comes back. Eh - whatcha gonna do? I thought this long session might knock it out for good - but no go.

I'm happy with my progress in the practice. I set up a mirror in the basement so that I can see if my arms are straight or if I am doing the poses correctly. It also came in really handy yesterday during Back & Biceps. I was able to determine that I don't hold my abs in when I'm lifting with my arms. That one tip will translate in to better posture, better form and - thus - better results.

Didn't wear my heart rate monitor during this session. It's been acting wonky and I need to send it in to Polar to have the battery and watch band replaced. I use my monitor a lot when I run, because I just go as fast as I can if I don't have that governor. During my P90X days, I probably don't really need it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

30 Day Results

First 30 days, survived! I feel so proud of myself for sticking with it, and while I can't see super-duper results yet, my body fat percentage speaks for its self. I can do way more push ups, can actually DO 6 pull ups, I push through plyo, am more flexible with the Yoga, and am following more consistent healthy eating habits.

Starting Weight: 168
30 Day: 166.4

Starting Body Fat: 35%
30 Day: 33%

Day 1 above. I like my back...because you can't see my belly. Shoulders are more cut and muffin top is diminishing. Yay!
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Photos of 30 Day Results

Day 1 is the top photo, Day 30 the bottom.

Okay, okay, so I CAN see a difference in the side view. Here's to another 30 days!

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Plyo Revisited

Day 29 - Plyometrics

Yesterday marked the beginning of Phase 2 of P90X. I get a more balanced diet with a few more carbohydrates, and I get to start all over confusing the heck out of my muscles again. When I started, today's routine was such a thorn in my side. Today, it's more like a stubbed toe. Yes, that IS actually better. I was able to do more of the airborne stuff and actually completed most of the jump and twist maneuvers in the ending sequences. I finished strong and I didn't cuss or cry once.

Tonight I feel a little like I did when I started this program 29 days ago. My arms and shoulders are sore from the beating they took yesterday, and my legs are like jell-o from the pounding today. My whole body pretty much feels tore up. I rolled out some of the more stubborn spots on the foam roller and will get a good nights sleep. More work to do tomorrow!

Calories burned: 576
Average HR: 150
Max HR: 188

More Push-Ups!?

Day 28 - Shoulders Chest & Triceps, Ab Ripper X

At the beginning of each workout, there is a list of what is needed. Weights, bands, water, towel, push up stands. Paper plate? Yep. Put one hand on it, and do some fancy push ups whilst you slide one hand out and then in. Oof. I also learned how to do One Handed Push-Ups...learned and executed are two different things, though.

Working the smaller muscles of the chest and shoulders isn't the mega-calorie burner like most of the routines in this program. My 8yr old daughter loves to workout with me and lift 3lb and 1lb dumbbells. She asked me why she wasn't sweating yet at one point...but sure didn't want to do another push up by the time we were done.

Another Tour d' Ab Ripper this time, as well. This DVD is getting more "doable" and I'm sure, if I keep at it, I might see my abs by Christmas!

Calories burned: 325
Average HR: 100
Max HR: 149

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Scheduling Adjustment

Day 27 - Rest or X Stretch

I am making an adjustment to my schedule. For the last 4 weeks, my rest day has been Thursday. It just so happens that Wednesday is a terribly busy day for our family, in which we are gone all evening. I was squeezing the workout in, but barely...and resenting all of it.

So, on the advice of my dear husband (who is usually right about these things), I decided to skip the Yoga routine scheduled for today and start week 5 tomorrow. I can't believe what a load off my mind it is to not have to figure out when (in between daycare pickups, naps, and home schooling) I was going to get my workout done. And just for a bonus in the peace department, I'm not cooking dinner tonight either.

I won't be writing the Weekly Report this time around. Being very close to the 30 day mark, I've decided to post my thoughts over the entire month at that time, along with *gulp* pictures of "before" and "30 days." Also, the scale is finally beginning to cooperate - so I'm feeling better about things. This day of rest aught to fix me up right and give me the gumption to get at it another 30 days.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bad Attitude

Day 26 - Core Synergistics

I guess I could sugar coat it and tell you that I "struggled." The truth is I really hated working out today. I was tired, coughing, and all around hating life. I'm really *pissed* that I've been working so hard for no change in the numbers. Doesn't really make you want to stick with the program.

This workout is similar in effort to a circuit training workout. Many of the exercises use the core muscles and the muscles of the lower back. Having chronic pain in my back, I have to be careful about how far I push on this one. While making the switch from "superman" pose to "boat" I felt a nice twinge. I breathed through it and kept going. All is well.

By the end of the workout I was standing in front of the TV making what looked like an effort to stretch. I really hope I can see a difference on the scale or the tape this week. Right now this feels like a quantum waste of my time.

Calories burned: 416
Average HR: 128
Max HR: 176

Value in Stretching

Day 25 - X Stretch

This routine was actually a part of the schedule this week and not just an option for a "Rest Day." I had previously skipped it and taken the full rest option. Now I see the error of my ways. X Stretch is a complete, therapeutic stretch program. It wasn't anywhere near as intense as Yoga X - still on a mat, shoes off - but I walked away without breaking a sweat and with my hair still in place!

Now that I have done this hour long routine, I will be more likely to go ahead and perform this on my rest day as a band-aid for what I did to my body all week long. Tony Horton is big on the stretching and attributes it to longevity and maximized performance.

Hey, I'm all for that.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Karate is Fun!

Day 24 - Kenpo X

I really like this routine. In fact, it's so much fun that I've considered taking some Karate classes! Well, that will have to be "after" a lot of other things. Great fun, great calorie burn, and not as grueling as some of the other routines. Feeling glad for the increased cardio this week - but anxious to get back to lifting!

Following this routine has sure made me more vigilant in my nutrition efforts. Today marked two social events in the last week, involving food that I came away from having eaten none of it. *pats own back* I don't want to screw up all my hard work - and, let's face it - I'm in "does this work" mode. If I veer off of the nutrition plan, I won't have a true test of the effectiveness.

Oh, the things I do in the interest of science.

Calories burned: 471
Average HR: 135
Max HR: 180

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Core Synergistics

Day 23 - Core Synergistics

Unfortunately, I started out doing the wrong workout today! I did the warm-up portion of Shoulders, Arms and Triceps. Doink! This workout is KILLER. I think Plyo might be a little tougher, but for what's supposed to be a Recovery Week, I'm scared of what's ahead. I was very happy for a little Recovery Drink and a shower afterward.

Calories burned: 580
Average HR: 150
Max HR: 188

With variations of Mountain Climbers, and crazy Lunges with Weights, this was a max burn workout!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wet Noodle

Day 22 - Yoga X

Today is Friday, and I'm happy to say that I DID get my workout in! After work, we went grocery shopping. We got home around 7pm and my dear husband shooed me out of the kitchen and off to do my workout. My sister was en route from KC, the groceries needed put away, kids still hadn't been fed, and the Littles would need to be put to bed soon.

I'm so grateful for hubby's support - in the midst of the storm, I was able to leave it all behind and practice yoga for over an hour. I made it *nearly* through the whole routine...I admit, I was so wiped out that I turned it off in the last 15 minutes. I really hate admitting that - I likely could have pushed on. But I could hear my sister's arrival, the kids running around, and I wanted to be a part of it!

I was surprised at how much better I could complete the moves today. I could actually HOLD the balance postures and attempted some of the more advanced moves. Yay, me!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Week 3 Report

Day 21 - Rest or X Stretch


All of my enthusiasm was spent on week 2. The last 7 days of this program wiped me OUT. There were a couple of days that I almost couldn't make myself push play. Just like anything, though, I'm so glad that I did.

Week 1 weight: 168
End of week 3: 166.6

Boo. the last 3 weeks of busting my butt and keeping my calories between 1600 - 1800, protein up, water chugging...I've lost 1.4lbs!? Whatever. It's not going to stop me, and I'm not going to change what I'm doing. My basal metabolic rate is 1500, I burn an average of 500 calories per workout and at least 300 more chasing around 6 or 7 kids all day. I am confident that I have an adequate deficit, sometimes things just stall.

Calories Burned
Week 1 - 2640
Week 2 - 2980
Week 3 - 2370 (missed 1 workout)

I'm looking forward to this next week. It's billed as a "Recovery Week." I will be doing Core Synergistics, Cardio X, X Stretch and Yoga X. No heavy lifting this week. The Instructional Manual says that exercise is the architect and rest is the builder. Ironically, I may show some weight loss at the end of week 4 due to the "rest."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Day 20 - Kenpo X

I am so wiped out I don't even know what to say. I did NOT want anything to do with a work out today. About 20min in, I nearly shut it off. I tried my best to do as much as I could, maintaining proper form. In the end, I'm glad I kept going and finished. Feeling extremely happy that tomorrow is a rest day.

Calories burned: 375...about. I left my watch on the dresser and am much to lazy to go get it right now.

Yep, this IS quality blogging.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

If It's Tingling It's Working

Day 19 - Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X

As the mother of 4 children, I have been tired a couple of times in the last 12 years. My definition of the feelings that goes with the statement "I'm so tired!" has changed over time. This week, I have added a new feeling to go with that statement. The drained to the bone marrow, to weak to stand on legs made of jell-o, feeling. My muscle fibers seem to be "tingling" somehow...feels nearly restless. I pray there is much building going on. Boy am I ever looking forward to week 4...a "recovery" week. I know better than to think it will be easy, but my large muscle groups sure could use a break!

I was so happy to be able to complete all of the Mason Twists at the end of the Ab Ripper DVD! I modify by only raising one leg and alternating every 10 reps - but 3 weeks ago I could do nothing close to that! Three more weeks and I may not be modifying anymore.'s gorgeous.

Calories burned: 553
Average HR: 130
Max HR: 182

Monday, October 18, 2010

No Witty Title

Day 18 - Yoga X

I have played around with Yoga DVD's for quite a while. When I was really out of shape, I bought them thinking that it would "still count" as exercise and be easy. Psh. Yoga ain't easy!!

I'm getting pretty good at Chaturanga into Upward Dog - and I found myself rejoicing twice with "I did it, I can DO this now!" What a wonderful feeling of progress! My actual weigh number doesn't seem to be cooperating right now, so these other things are very important. I know they tell you not to worry about losing weight - but I have 27lbs left to loose - I need to be concerned, or slip into apathy.

Calories burned: 345
Average HR: 97
Max HR: 153

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Rare Day

Day 17 - No Workout

Today was supposed to be Shoulders and Arms with Ab Ripper X. I usually do everything I can to get workout in - but we stayed in a small hotel room last night with a family of 6, got up and went to church, then a luncheon, a reception, and then the 2.5hr drive home. No time, no space. The only exercise I got was chasing our 1.5yr and 3yr olds around trying to keep them out of stuff!

I was happy with my nutrition choices today! We had breakfast in the room (protein bar, apple, coffee) and for lunch there was a buffet style serving with Salisbury Steaks swimming in gravy (pass), Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Lettuce Salad, Fruit, and Rolls (love 'em, but pass). I had a protein bar in the car on the way to the reception to ward off the Cake Monster. At the reception I had coffee and right before we left, a plate of cut fruit. NO CAKE FOR ME! We arrived home in time to have a little Boca Burger on Spring Mix for supper.

I'm grateful for a supportive husband that noshed protein bars and skipped cake along with me. That makes it much easier!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Merrily We Cough Along

Day 16 - Plyometrics

Everyone in my house (in the city) has been graciously sharing this sinus thing. I joke around and say that "I don't get sick" but I just might be. I really slogged through my workout today. I did what I was told, and I was really glad when it was over. Chugged my Recovery Drink, showered and got on with my day. I'm actually hoping I can rest in the car since we have a 2.5hr drive ahead of us this afternoon.

I can't believe I'm in the 3rd week of this thing already!!

Calories burned: 548
Average HR: 149
Max HR: 178

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Big Squeeze

Day 15 - Chest and Back, Ab Ripper X

Wow. If there ever was a day that I did NOT want to work out, plus a day where the odds were stacked against me time-wise, it was today. Sleep deprived, stuffy nosed, and sore back merged with short of time to make it difficult. I managed to get it done, shower, speed to Shopko for last minute dresses for the girls (hafta have 'em for an event on Sunday), through Arby's for some roast beef (1 Jr. Roast Beef = 200kcal) and on to church for a special AWANA club from 6:30 - 8:30.

I'm toast. I took some NyQuil for my sinus/cough thingy, had bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares so it didn't upset my stomach - and I'm ready for bed. I don't even know what workout comes next tomorrow...I just push play and do what I'm told.

Calories burned: 548
Average HR: 129
Max HR: 180

Who knew you could burn SO many calories doing push ups and pull ups?? I looked back to last week, and I am safely doing twice the amount of pull ups this week. I'm also completing more push ups on the second set this week. Great progress so far!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Week 2 Report

Day 14 - Rest or X Stretch

Once again, taking the total rest option this week. It seems that the cortisone injection (3rd one this year) in my spine did not do the trick last month and I am having quite a little discomfort. While, normally, I would go ahead and work out as scheduled - today I will stick with some light stretching, some Ibuprofen and the heating pad. Why push it on a day you don't have to?

Last week seemed to go by like a whirl wind. I was excited about each and every workout (okay, except the Plyo!) and burned more calories than the week before. I can now actually do a few pull ups and I think I'm ready to straighten my legs and try some "real" push ups next week! The Ab Ripper X routine isn't as daunting as it was in the beginning - and, I can do much more than I could 2 weeks ago.

Calories burned week 1: 2640
Calories burned week 2: 2980

Why the increase? I think my husband was right when he said that I am more capable of working hard. I will add to that by stating I am more flexible and more willing to work hard!

Start Weight: 168
End of Week 2: 166.2

Still not overly concerned about the slowish weight loss aspect. I am trying to loose fat and build muscle. Muscle burns fat 24/7, so the more of that I have, the better! Doing well with sticking to the calorie budget - I find it hard to consume 1800kcal most days - though some days I am so hungry that it hardly seems like enough! I did purchase some P90X Recovery Drink and started taking my Melaleuca Multi-Vitamin more consistently.

Looking forward to week 3 - another repeat of the routines from weeks 1 and 2.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fun Feeling Burn

Day 13 - Kenpo X

This DVD is really the most fun I've had burning mega-calories. I knew I would enjoy anything with kicks, punches and blocks. We even get to do a little yelling! Woot! Today it took some creativity to get it worked in. I had a very special visitor at the hour I would have done my workout. I had a fantastic visit, then left my supportive husband upstairs with 7 children while I squeezed in my workout. We have church on Wednesday nights, so I knew it was then or never. People, it CAN be done.

Calories Burned: 489
Average HR: 136
Max HR: 180

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Can Do Attitude

Day 12 - Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X

I was so surprised during the first set of pull ups. In the P90X material, there is coaching to leave behind "I can't" and replace it with "I currently struggle with." Well, I can't do...I mean...I currently struggle with Pull Ups. You can imagine my surprise when I pumped out 5 in the first set!


I am so very impressed with my progress so far. I did more of the Ab Ripper exercises than I had even done on Sunday! It is truly amazing, the increase in ability even after 12 short days. On a nutrition note, I added one serving of complex carbohydrates to my day, at breakfast. I find that I am extremely fatigued during the day and can't catch up. The carbs seemed to help.

Calories burned: 577
Average HR: 131
Max HR: 179

Monday, October 11, 2010

Practice is Right

Day 11 - Yoga X

I was feeling really glad that today was my yoga routine. A rest day. A break. Why do I always trick myself into thinking that yoga is easy!? I like this routine very much. Variety of moves is not a problem. There are some that I cannot even do yet! I can get IN to the pose - but I can't hold it for even a second. Room for improvement.

Every salutation I made today was with prayer to my Heavenly Father. I smiled brightly and thanked the God of the Universe for his provision and for my good health. The only salutation I give is to the God of the Bible. Not the sun, not the earth, the moon or the sky. Praying through the poses, hands up in worship, head down in reverence. It's awesome, and it burns calories!

In the interest of comparing stats from last time, I should note, I only did the first 60 minutes and skipped the meditation at the end.
Calories burned: 252
Average HR: 102
Max HR: 147

So darn worn out at this point. Going to bed early tonight. Thankful to my sweet husband for cleaning up after dinner. Gonna be mantra...gonna be ripped!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Alternating the Beatings

Day 10 - Shoulders and Arms, Ab Ripper X

At this point, I just feel like I'm just taking turns with the upper and lower body abuse. I did as much as I could today. I used 10lbs on all the curls, 8 on the presses, and 5 on the triceps work. I downloaded an application for my Droid to keep track of reps and weights. Great little app. I was able to perform all "In and Outs" on the Ab Ripper DVD and made it half way through the other exercises. I am pretty happy with my progress!

The only complaint I have, at this point, is the nutrition plan. I would LOVE to have some more carbohydrates!! It's not the actual bread/pasta/rice that I miss, but the fruit and vegetables. My normal plan is 2 fruits and 3 veggies per day. Cutting down to 1 fruit and 2 veggies is harder than I thought. I'm getting pretty tired of egg whites for breakfast and salads with meat on them for lunch! Oh well, short term pain for long term gain.

Calories burned: 486
Average HR: 121
Max HR: 173

Compare to last time. I'm burning more calories with each workout this week. Not sure why that I trying harder now that I know the routines?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Beats a Nap

Day 9 - Plyometrics

Thankfully, not as bad as the first time, though I'm not sure it beats a nap. I made it through the first 40 of the 60 minutes in fairly good shape. It wasn't until the last round of exercises and the deadly "Hot Foot" that I had to take a walking break and skip the next exercise. My heart rate was way to high and I just couldn't do any more. You have to know when to take a break so that you don't get hurt.

I was tired going in to this workout today. Though, after the beating that my shoulders took yesterday, I was happy to allow my legs to feel the burn. I'm hoping after a good nights sleep, that I won't tear up when I think about doing Shoulders & Arms tomorrow... This week is going to be tough.

Calories Burned: 594
Average HR: 155
Max HR: 183 (!!)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sitting Up More

Day 8 - Chest and Back, Ab Ripper X

Today starts the second round of the first 4 week rotation. I will be repeating all of the routines from last week, and will do the same next week. Consequently, I won't be running down each workout. I will say that I did a few more push ups on the second set during Chest and Back, and am now able to complete half of the repetitions on most of the exercises in Ab Ripper X.

I am still following the extremely low carb diet of the first phase. For these first 4 weeks, I am limited to 1 carbohydrate serving and 1 fruit. I was a little difficult at first, but now I save my carb serving until dinner and have pasta or rice with the family. Breakfasts of egg whites and lunches of field greens topped with lean cuts of meat are getting a little old...but I'm sure I'll survive. Knowing it's only temporary helps.

Today's Statistics
Calories burned: 581
Average HR: 136
Max HR: 174

I seem to have burned much more than last time. Oh, and I don't recall wishing for death even once.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Week 1 Report

Day 7: Rest or X Stretch

Now, see, I'm not completely crazy. I will be taking the "rest" option today. I'll be the first to admit that this program is royally kicking my behind. I sleep better than a baby lately...and I'd really appreciate it if my baby would get the picture and sleep like a worn out Momma!

Yesterday I realized that my Kenpo X DVD was damaged. I e-mailed Beach Body and in less than an hour (!!) I received a response that a replacement would be shipped to me right away. They also have insurance that you can purchase for $13.90 that ensures lifetime replacement. Hmm...great way to protect an investment.

Today is Thursday, and not my usual weigh in day - but I decided to record my weekly weigh here for posterity. And just for giggles, I measured my waist and hips.

Start Weight: 168
End of Wk 1: 167.8
Not worried about the small loss. I had anticipated even even a slight gain the first week or two, maybe three. Unconcerned. Here's the shocker...

Starting Waist Inches: 35.5
End of Wk 1: 34.5

What? Are you kidding me!?! I measured several times - thinking surely I had made a mistake. An entire inch off my waist. I measured my hips as well, nothing there yet - but OH WELL! I thought I was just being silly when I felt tighter in the cage. The 'ol Ab Ripper X is doing it's job!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Squeezing It In Anyway

Day 6: Kenpo X

Normally I take Wednesday's off from workouts. We have church in the evening, I have an extra baby to care for, and I'm just to busy to squeeze it in. Today I decided to do it anyway. Unfortunately, I only was able to complete 45 out of the 60 minutes of this DVD. The last few minutes were joggy and pixelated. I checked the DVD, looked okay, and the player is brand new as of yesterday. I emailed Beach Body, and in less than an hour had a response saying they had shipped a replacement! Wow, now that's service.

Kenpo X (60min) - This routine is kick boxing for beginners. It starts out with a fair amount of stretching and Tony takes your through the jabs, hooks and kicks slowly first, then faster with "speed and sound." I really enjoyed this strong cardio workout. It is easily my favorite, yet. I sweat so much it was literally dripping from my hair. Niiiice.

Calories burned: 350
Average HR: 140
Max HR: 176

Wow, am I glad tomorrow is the "Day Off or X Stretch" option of the program. It is actually difficult to rise from a seated position or carry a kid today after Kenpo. Change is difficult, but worth it!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hello Jell-O

Day 5 - Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

My fantastic husband straightened up the basement a whole lot today to make room for me to "Bring It." Previously we had the game system hooked up to the same TV as the one I use for doing exercise DVD's. In that same room was also the treadmill, the step boxes, the free weights, the exercise ball, the fan, a recliner, the deep freeze...

Thanks to his clever rearranging, and some pitching of things were really weren't using, I had plenty of room to do so many lunges that I could barley sit to write this. Thanks honey!

Legs & Back (58min) - Lunges, squats, and chin ups, oh my! One legged wall squats are now my nemesis. The variety of lunges was interesting and I got a good chance to work on perfect form for squats. My legs feel very "weak" cooked spaghetti, or jell-o.

Ab Ripper X (15min) - I did a few more of two of the exercises today! Doing this routine after the beating my legs took was tough. There are Scissors, Heels to Heaven, and some crazy thing called Crunchy Frog that I remember from the Power 90 Masters series. I actually felt like throwing up once and had to pause so I didn't loose it.

Dang, I'm tired tonight.

Calories burned: 536
Average HR: 128
Max HR: 179
Times I nearly threw up: 1

Monday, October 4, 2010

No "Ohm" for Me, Thanks

Day 4 - Yoga X

Yoga has helped my running, my back problems, and has really improved my balance. This workout was a little long, but held my interest with fast paced, challenging routines.

Yoga X (90min) - This workout was broken in to several parts. The first 45 minutes was dedicated to movement in the poses. This was the hot and sweaty part of the workout. Next, Tony took us through some poses to work on balance. The "Yoga Belly Seven" were poses designed to work the core. The last 10 minutes were dedicated to relaxation, and 'ol spandex tights clad Tony even did a little "ohm." All in all, a nice break from the last few days of torture.

Calories burned: 314
Max HR: 144
Average HR: 91
Times I wished for death: 0 (hardly worth my time, ha, ha!)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Not So Bad Today

Day 3 - Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X

Fortunately I wasn't as sore today, from Plyos, as I thought I would be. Either my legs are a little stronger than I thought...or...the Recovery Drink really does help! I am still considering getting some. Per serving, it is less than other sports recovery drinks in the grocery store. It's just the up front investment that makes me swallow hard.

Shoulders & Arms (60min) - I really like upper body workouts. I am fairly strong and can tolerate a lot of abuse. I used 8lbs weights on most of the curls and presses, 5lbs on triceps work. I was surprised at how many calories I burned, overall. It didn't feel like I worked terribly hard.

Ab Ripper X (15min) - I am rethinking doing any workout with the word "ripper" in it. This is a killer routine. I am only able to complete less than half of the 25 reps for each of the 11 exercises.

Calories burned: 406
Average HR: 111
Max HR: 159
Times I wished for death: 1

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Still Smiling

And I Thought I Was Fit

Day 2: Plyometrics

I gave up my one chance per week for a nap to do this workout. I was really glad that the Littles slept well and I even had the chance to shower before they both woke up.

At the beginning of this workout, Tony Horton says that THIS is the workout that put the "X" in P90X. This, he says, is the "money". I have been exercising for years - taken some time off to have babies and gain weight - but I have done a LOT of exercise videos. So when I hear an assertion like this I sort of roll my eyes. I really hate plyo exercises...hate, hate, hate. Hate.

Plyometrics (60min) - Also known as "jump training", this style of workout works the large muscles in your legs. There was a LOT of jumping as you might imagine, but as a surprise we squatted down and THEN jumped up. A LOT. The warm up and the first round of exercises weren't to bad. I was feeling confident. But, around the 20 minute mark we moved on to some harder stuff. I have never cried during a workout, but I was close today. There were two times in which I audibly said "I hate you" to the television screen.

I recommend that if you do this workout, you don't do it in the basement, as I did. It might be hard for you to get back up the steps. I downed some P90X Recovery Drink that I received as a sample. Tasted pretty good - and hey, if it helps - I'm all for it.

Calories burned: 560
Average HR: 148
Max HR: 182
Times I wished for death: 3

Friday, October 1, 2010

High Protein Bonk

I followed the P90X diet plan today. I normally follow a high protein diet, but Phase I of this plan failed me today. Per the plan - all of the complex carbohydrates included in my day are - one serving of traditional carbohydrates and one fruit. I had 1/2 a serving with breakfast and an apple for morning snack.

By 2:00 this afternoon, I had a headache and a steely taste in my mouth. I've had plenty of water today, and one of my two allotted vegetable servings, so the last thing I thought could be lacking was some complex carbs.

Piece of multi-grain toast with a little butter to the rescue! I washed it down with a glass of water and in about 20 minutes or so, things were getting better. I want to follow the diet plan as closely as possible - but may need to adjust Phase 1 to meet my bodies specific needs.

Chest and Back

Day 1 - Chest and Back, Ab Ripper X

Today was my last day of the 5:30am workouts. HOO-RAH. Hubby's schedule is changing, so we will have to squeeze them in sometime in the afternoon or evening. I don't mind working out in the mornings, sorta gets it out of the way. I wonder if I could perform better later in the day, though.

Chest and Back (55min) - tons of push ups in every different way imaginable (Decline Push-Ups with your feet on a chair!!). A fair amount of pull ups in varying grips. I do okay on the push ups, but totally bonk on the pull ups. I used to think my arms were pretty strong - what with lifting kids all day - but I guess they are not strong enough to pull up my body weight. I used a chair with one foot on it for support and was able to at least begin half way and pull myself up. Essentially, there were 12 exercises and then we repeated them in reverse order.

Ab Ripper X (15min) - If you complete each rep of every exercise, you end up performing over 300 moves. Needless to say, this 30-Something Momma of 4, did NOT even come close. I estimate I was able to do a third of the exercises. This DVD is used as an add-on 2 or 3 days a week.

My arms feel like jello and I'm pretty sure my abs will be screaming by evening. For breakfast, I followed the meal plan and had a Mushroom & Egg White Omelet. Not far off what I normally have. I skipped my usual high fiber tortilla, but ended up having a piece of multi-grain bread later. I could hear my body needing the carb energy.

Calories burned: 475
Average HR: 122
Max HR: 168
Times I wished for death: 1

That's it - Day 1. Only 89 to go...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

P90X Arrived in the Mail

Today I received my order from for the P90X Home Fitness System and Chin Up Bar. I ordered it direct from the manufacturer versus ordering from eBay or Amazon to save a few bucks. I wanted to have the 30 day money back guarantee and all of the books and bonus DVD's.

I was impressed with the packaging of the 12 DVD's. They came in a booklet style cardboard case rather than individual jewel cases. I read through the nutrition guide and was very surprised at the amount of calories allowed on the meal plan! For myself, I fall into the Level II category (three categories in all) and will be encouraged to consume 2400 calories per day. Wow! That's about 1000 more than I do right now. I will start with the Level I plan (1800 kcal) and see if I need more.

The meal plan is in 3 Phases similar to the South Beach Diet. On Phase 1 I will be encouraged to consume the following servings of the food groups:

5 servings of Protein
2 Dairy
1 Fruit
2 Vegetable
1 Fat
1 Carbohydrate

Three snacks are encouraged - two of which are desired to be a P90X bar and P90X Recovery Drink after your workout. I am encouraged to drink lots of water and 4-8oz every 15 minutes during my workouts. The diet sounds pretty standard. More carbs will be introduced in the second month and by the 3rd month the diet is 60% carbs to give you the energy to perform.

I followed the directions and read through everything. I watched the instructional DVD entitled "How to Bring It" and previewed "Chest and Back" to see what lies ahead for me in the morning. The program has me working out 6 days a week, hard for 3 weeks. Week 4 of the month is a "recovery" week where the workouts are Yoga, Kenpo, Synergistics and Stretch.

My dear husband is currently installing the chin up bar in the basement. It's designed to be used in "any standard door frame" but apparently, our home (built in 1920) does not contain any. The door frame in the basement needed some adjustments - but if I know David - it will be so sturdy you could hang a dishwasher from it. ;o)

There is a fitness test that can be completed if you doubt your readiness for an extreme workout. I can confidently achieve the minimums (3 push ups, sit and reach to 6in, jumping jacks for 2 minutes, etc). All but the ability to do 1 chin up.

One last thing to do - take my starting measurements and some before photos.

Tomorrow morning - Chest and Back.

Bring it.