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P90X Week One Day 5

Friday, March 05, 2010

I was a little off this morning and I just couldnít motivate myself to bring it, so I waited until tonight. I was tempted to just skip it and take today as my day of rest but instead forced myself to Just Do It! It actually went by pretty quickly. I still donít feel very motivated but Iím done. I feel good about that.

Legs and Back emoticon

This was another very doable one for me. Of course I used bands rather than a chin up bar, since thatís all I had AND I CAN NOT do chin ups. The leg exercises were much easier than I expected. Next time Iíll definitely add or increase weights. Donít get me wrong. I did feel the burn but I was able to complete all the reps on almost every exercise.

Ab Ripper X emoticon

I wasn't sure if I would do this again today since I just did it yesterday or if I would put it off until Saturday or Sunday. I felt good after the Legs and Back so I went for it. I still subbed crunches for full sit ups but did all the rest as instructed.

One things for sure. I would rather feel motivated than the way I felt today. I feel like I get much more out of the workout, mentally, when Iím motivated. Oh well. Tomorrowís another day. Iím sure Iíll have my mojo back by then. I didnít sleep all that well last night due to DH having a restless night. I think thatís been the issue today.

The fact that I got both workouts done even when I didnít really want to do them, speaks volumes for the change in my attitude. Rachel, Leah, Alisa and Jessica, the fact weíre in this together is what kept me going today. Iím grateful for your friendship and support.

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  emoticon (They need to bottle the "after workout" feeling so we can take some before we start - especially when we want to skip a day.)

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LAST_TIME 3/6/2010 9:20AM

    Tammy, I'm proud of you for "just doing it" even when you weren't feeling extremely motivated. I think we all have days like that, but you didn't give up and did it anyway! And see, now the next time I feel unmotivated and like maybe taking the day off, instead I'll think of you and how you made yourself do it and I will too! emoticon

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AJSCHROM 3/6/2010 12:37AM

    I am here babe!!!

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FITMAMAOF4TOB 3/5/2010 11:38PM

    Keep it up! You're doing great! My husband just finished his 2nd week of P90X. I just started P90. You will love the results when you are done!

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P90X Week One Day 4

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Made up my missed Ab Ripper X from yesterday. Dang, that hurts! TGI only 15 minutes worth! Any more and I'm not sure I could have finished it. I had to modify some sit ups to crunches but I stuck it out and now I have to do it again tomorrow! Ugh!

Yoga X - Let me just say that Tony's idea of yoga and my idea of yoga differ greatly! I LOVE yoga ... usually, but Tony's yoga is more like yog-ugh! He likes his Plank-Upward dog-Downward dog waaaaaay too much! I could have quit after half of them. I DID substitute after 3/4 of them. My arms and abs were screaming! To make things worse, I did 15 minutes of it in the AM and then started at the beginning and did the entire 90 minutes in the PM. My biggest complaint is my idea of yoga is alot less noise and alot more calm stretching and moving into the poses. Tony moves from one to the next way too fast for my liking in the beginning. Once he gets to the standing poses, he's moving more at my preferred speed.

I use to do yoga twice a week but it's been a few years. I was amazed that I was able to do some poses I had not done before but disappointed to find my range of motion was not nearly as good as it use to be. My hope is that I'll get back my range of motion after a few rounds with Tony. I use to be able to do a hands free shoulder stand but couldn't swing it tonight.

The thing that is surprising me the most is how quickly the sore muscles have eased. Two days ago, I was in agony. Today I'm only slightly sore.

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MOMSQRT 3/5/2010 9:53AM

    Even Tony says He hates it... but he loves it! After doing it weekly for 8 weeks now, (and 2xs a week on recovery weeks) I find it moves pretty quickly. I also have found the last couple times I did the corpse pose, I have relaxed enough to fall asleep for about 5 min. after the program is over.
My flexibility is WAY improved by doing this routine. Keep up the good work!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/5/2010 7:28AM

    You are such a go-getter. Great job on your fitness accomplishments. emoticon

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LAST_TIME 3/5/2010 7:23AM

    Yog-ugh! LOL!

Sorry you didn't like it so much. My hamstrings are a little sore from it today- and I have legs on tap so that will be interesting.

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FITNHAPPYNOW 3/4/2010 11:04PM

    Great job on this tough program! I know what you mean about Yoga X - that's a grueling one to get through! Keep up the awesome job! emoticon

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P90X Week One Day 3

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Shoulders and Arms - emoticon Herein lies my strength! Not only did I keep up, I EXCEEDED AND I did the bonus round! emoticon Granted, I only used 5 lb weights BUT when I got up this AM I couldn't even straighten my arms completely because my biceps were so sore! I actually grabbed 3s and 5s and figured I would be pushing it with 3s. After I warmed up, however, I felt ambitious and grabbed the 5s. Next week I'll be grabbing 8s and 10s for this work out. I'll keep the 5s handy just in case I need to switch down for form but I truly don't expect to use them much. Each set called for 8-12 reps and I did 15 -20 on every single one! These are the muscles I use in the barn.

Today also calls for Ab Ripper X. I attempted to do it right after Shoulders and Arms. S&A was 60 minutes but ARX was only 15 minutes. Easy peasy, right? NOT! Only made it through the first 5 minutes and THAT was a sad effort in itself. Yes, my abs are weak. The rest of my day is VERY busy BUT I'll try to squeeze ARX in later tonight. If not, I'll be starting with it tomorrow. I will not wimp out. I can at least attempt each exercise, right?

Working out first thing in the AM is definitely the best time for me right now. It gets me going and the pumped feeling lasts all day.

3 days down - 87 to go. The hardest part is behind me now. What is it about getting started that we find so difficult? I can come up withso many excuses if I let myself. I don't want to sweat. YUCK! I don't have time. I'm lazy. My back hurts. The list goes on and on, IF and only IF, I allow it. Well, I'm not allowing it anymore! 2010 is MY year and I will see the loss I'm looking for this year! Hopefully by summer time. I'm 17 pounds down from last March. With P90X and the ShamROCKs on my side, I can do this.

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CLARKKAMI 3/10/2010 11:33AM

    Thank you so much for writing this...I read your day3 week 2 post and could see the improvement you are making and it gives me great hope for my the OW factor i am experiencing. Keep it up

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MOMSQRT 3/3/2010 2:04PM

    When I started my goal was to do 10-15 of each of the ab exercises... I'm now up to 20-25. My favorite one is the very last one called the Mason Twist... I LOVE LOVE LOVE it till my daddy takes my t'bird away! I also really like the crunchy frog :D
Even Tony says... He hates it, but he loves it!!!

Here's to your progress! If you can't get through the WHOLE routine... at least attempt EVERY exercise! one or 2 of each one is a great starting place!!!

Keep up the great work!!!

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KHADEEJAH1 3/3/2010 12:04PM

    I saw P90X on TV. I was thinking about getting it. I'm not sure if I'm brave or bold enough for a routine like that, but I sure would like to have one of those ripping bodies.

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LAST_TIME 3/3/2010 11:56AM

    We did the same routine today, even though I'm doing classic and you're doing lean. Yay!

Keep the 5's around for the switch-grip twist tricep exercise- maybe even 3's for that one. Otherwise, definitely go up if you can, as long as you can still do 15 reps.

For ab ripper, just try to do 15 reps instead of the 25 they're doing, or modify moves to make them easier (do a crunch instead of a full sit-up, for example).

Great job! Let's BRING IT!!!

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P90X Week One Day Two

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Cardio X emoticon Personally I prefer to think of it as Cardio OW! After only 2 days, I'm beginning to see a trend. Every DVD seems to be combining cardio and strength, so don't let the titles fool you.

The good thing is that even though my muscles were screaming, "Are you CRAZY?" as I was beginning today's workout, by the time I was done, I actually felt less sore. I'm sure things will be different tomorrow but I'll enjoy the relief while I can. I threw in an extra workout last night - 30 minutes of BLC WL Yoga. Today I'm shooting for a 2 - 4 mile walk this afternoon. The good thing about this extra motivation is I have been very BAD the past 5 days and was up to 177. This AM before my workout, I was back down to 175. Tomorrow is WI day. I'd really like to WI at 172 but I doubt that will happen. I'd settle for 174. Anything but a GAIN! That's my new four letter word!

Oh yeah, one more thing. I did a much better job of keeping up with the dvd today. I'd say about 85% of it today. Maybe even 90%. The difference was alot less push ups today. I'm sure I won't be that lucky tomorrow but I'm taking this one day at a time and today I succeeded!

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MOMSQRT 3/3/2010 2:10PM

    don't u just love to feel the burn!!! OWzers!!! Keep on keepin' on!!!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 3/3/2010 8:29AM

    Good job on the exercise. It takes more self-discipline to work out at home. Keep up the good work.

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KAT573 3/2/2010 3:42PM

    You are doing great! PUSHUPS are by their nature harder to do, because we use those muscles far less than others in an ordinary day,so we really have to do the exercises that target those and hey, guess what? PUSHUPS is one of them. You will move up in strength quickly I am sure. Take your rest when you should so them mooskels can grow in between times!
Keep on Keeping ON! emoticon

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P90X - Week One- Day One

Monday, March 01, 2010

Week 1 - Day 1: Core Synergentics
Wow! I knew this would be hard but I had trouble with almost every single exercise. I started myself off with 5 lb weights, in the exercises that called for weights. The push up exercises were the toughest for me. I had no problem with the lunge/upper body weight exercise routine. Itís similar to something Iíve done on my own minus the lunge. I find it amazing that while I can lift 50 lb grain bags and bales of hay, as well as doing bicep and tricep curls, kick backs and overhead presses with ease, I struggle to even to 1 of anything remotely resembling a push up. I definitely worked up a sweat and only stuck with the video for 50-75% of the reps for each exercise, but I feel good. My shoulders feel it the most, due to the push up portions, no doubt. I was surprised to be able to handle the plank exercises so much more than the push ups but still have a long way to go. It feels great having Day One behind me. Knowing that Leah and Alisa are doing it with me, is keeping me honest. There was no question I was starting today, no matter what.

Edited to add: In regard to my previous comment on being able to handle 50 lb grain bags with ease, that was BEFORE I completed Day One of P90X. I had to pick up feed tonight and struggled to lift the bags off the dolly, into the truck. What the hell am I doing?!

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MOMSQRT 3/3/2010 2:09PM

    emoticonmwaahahahahah... See what I started?! lol...
keep up the great work! Listen to your body and you'll find great success!!!

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GETNFITIN2010 3/1/2010 8:49PM

  Congrats on making it through day one. I have heard amazing things about P90x and would buy it myself if it wasn't expensive.

Keep up the great work. 50-75% is still better than nothing. It is better to build your body up and make it through the whole work out than it is to go hard and not even make it 10-15mins in.

As far as your arms hurting now. You aren't doing anything wrong. With P90x you are working not only the arm muscles you use daily, but the ones that haven't been worked in awhile. They will probably hurt worse tomorrow. But like the saying goes, no pain, no gain

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KAT573 3/1/2010 8:45PM

    THAT is so cool! I think it is a super thing to do together, too! You are gonna make so much progress; form is most important, so you don't hurt yourself; and set yourself back so just get that down with a doable weight if that works; you GO, girl! emoticon

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CMYEREZ 3/1/2010 8:42PM

    P 90 X will pay off in the end. Just take it day by day and you will see the result. Tony Horton will whip you into shape if you let him. emoticon on day one

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