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Why is it always so hard to get back in the groove?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I haven't done P90X since last Friday due to a trip to Las Vegas. Thank goodness I did do tons of walking! I slept most of yesterday to catch up since I traveled all night and today it's catch up at the office. I'm planning to push myself into a bike ride when I get home today and jump right back on the P90X bandwagon tomorrow morning. the tough thing about taking days off like that, is I never know where to jump back in. Cardio X is always good but so is Arms and Shoulders. Core Syn is another goodie. Hmmmmm..... What shall it be? With all this off again/on again I feel kind of silly posting Week whatever - Day whatever. Guess I'll have to get a little more creative with my blog titles. Now, to get my body moving again. Walking around Vegas just didn't seem like exercise, except for the sore feet, aching knees, dripping sweat, ..... ok, so it WAS exercise after all. It just didn't feel like it! Maybe because I was wearing flip flops instead of sneakers.


P90X Round Two, Week Two Day 3

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I haven't done Ab Ripper X yet but I did 40 minutes of concentrated ab work of my own last night and another 10 minutes today, plus I did Arms and Shoulders today as well. I pushed my self harder through this routine than I ever have before. I did what I like to think of as supersets. As soon as I knew what was next I jumped right into it, not waiting for Tony to start, then when I was done, I hit NEXt on my dvd player to Instant Forward to the next exercise, which I started immediately and then repeated it again for the third. After the I completed the third, I went right back through all three with no break. I did the entire workout like this with 10 pound weights for ALL exercises. With the exception of the fly exercises I did 15-20 reps of each. Since I was using a heavier weight, I only got 10 -12 of the fly routines but using 5 pound weights did nothing for me even at 20 reps.

Something funny happened when I turned the TV on to set up my DVD. A talk show was on. I have no idea who it was since I never watch them but I know it wasn't Ellen or Oprah. Anyway, back to my story, the host and another woman, both about 10 years younger than me, were flapping their chicken wings. Ya know what I mean? That loose skin that hangs down from your triceps. Well guess what, try as I may, I CAN'T FLAP! Correction - I have NOTHING to flap! That I would see that just as I began this routine was comical and it did wonders for my self esteem! So, Tony's neck is safe for another day. I actually kind of like him right now. I reserve the right to change my opinion on a moments notice though. Especially since I think I've talked myself into giving Plyo a shot tomorrow. Anything is better than Yoga X, right? At least I hope it's better. I can't take another routine I hate as much as Yoga X.

So, if I've peaked your interest, or if you're afraid for Tony's neck, tune in tomorrow.....

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/13/2010 8:20AM

    I am currently working on my chicken wings, but i call them BAT WINGS !!!! emoticon

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SAPPHIRE99 5/12/2010 4:23PM

    I'm a wingless chicken now too, but it's not all good- the nurse who gave me my jab yesterday was meant to put it into fat and already had the needle in before she realised that I don't have fat under my triceps, that's muscle! Too late, I now have a swollen red patch that's getting bigger... I suppose it was a back-handed compliment in a way!

Keep up the good work- 10lb weights? I'm in awe, I have enough trouble with my 5lb ones!

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SWEETSPCL 5/12/2010 3:10PM

    I just started P90X last night.Its going to be an bumpy

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LAST_TIME 5/12/2010 2:45PM


Great job Tammy! Good luck with the plyo tomorrow. I'll look forward to reading your blog and seeing what you thought of it. I always substitute for outside cardio instead of that one. (Yup, I'm chicken... but wingless, LOL!)

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P90X Round Two, Week Two Day 2

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Core Syn. Well I was feeling more like my ol' self today but still not 100% Sinus issues are nasty! At least the headache is gone. I made it through all but a few exercises and I definitely got my sweat on. I'm even toying with the idea of a bike ride when I get home, so I know I'm feeling better. I upped my push ups again today and I'm feeling it again today as well. In fact last night just before going up to bed, I gave myself a challenge to drop and give me 20, and I DID! 20 full fledged, honest to goodness, you could recognise they were push ups, push ups! Even when I was doing them every night several years ago, I never made it past 10 at a time. I think the difference is it's not just the push ups that are building those muscles this time around since I'm doing P90X. I can feel it in the downward dog, upward dog, plank, and several others, and even though I hate the yoga X sequence with all those moves, I have no problem doing them during core syn or any of the other routines. The difference is the sheer quantity he expect us to do during Yoga X. I simply CAN'T do that many consecutively, nor do I want to.

I'll most likely do arms and shoulders tomorrow and I think I'll do Ab Ripper X tonight. As for Thursday, I may just try the Plyo Routine. It kind of scares me and I never had to do it during lean but since I'm doing my own version of doubles, I guess I should give it a shot. It can't possibly be worse than Yoga X and I lived through that a few times before I kicked it to the curb.

The best part of all is as of this AM I was down 1.5 pounds in the past 6 days. The doubles are definitely the key to me losing.

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MOMSQRT 5/11/2010 5:02PM

    heeheehee... if you try plyo... which is fun but hard... Don't you DARE come after me! LOL emoticon It is so rewarding! I had almost a 500 calorie burn day with it... and for me that takes a LOT!!!!

When I do the yoga... I don't do all the push ups in between the moves... I do occasionally... but for the most part I skip them...

You're doing great to get 20 full fledged push ups! I'm barely able to do 10 before I have to drop to my knees. I would much rather do pushups on my exercise ball positioned either at my hips or on my thighs...

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SALINAMATHER 5/11/2010 4:44PM

    Don't be scared of plyo. There are lots of ways to modify the moves so you're not having to jump around too much and you can up the intensity as you get more used to the workout.
It will get a good sweat going and you will feel really "worked out" afterwards!!!

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AJSCHROM 5/11/2010 4:05PM

    That a girl I am so proud !!!!

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P90X Round Two Week Two Day 1

Monday, May 10, 2010

Back at it again today. Started with Cardio X and replaced the downward dogs with 3 respectable push ups each time. My shoulders and arms are feeling it now but I was so proud of my accomplishment. My push ups are so much more recognisable now than they were the first time around.

I am dealing with sinus issues and have been since Saturday, so my stamina faltered toward the end today but I pushed through everything except the Dreya Rolls and the last Superman/Banana. I literally collapsed when he switched so fast at the end of that one.

MY weekend was not a good one, considering the dinner out to celebrate DHs 50th birthday, and 24 hours of SNOW! I suffer from seasonal depression and snow in May is seasonally depressing!

So, no doubles for me today but I know I have last week's doubles to thank for the fact that I'm down a 1/2 pound even though I had a naughty, lazy weekend.

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TAKENTOOLONG 5/10/2010 3:36PM

    Good for you with the Cardio X. Those Dreya Rolls are kinda scary to me...I can't seem to pull them off.
Hope you feel better soon.

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Continuing on.....

Saturday, May 08, 2010

My last P90X workout was Yog-ugh X on Wednesday. (I was traveling Thursday and Friday so all I was able to do was walk.) Anyway, back to yog-ugh X, ..... I HATE IT!!! And I'm a yoga lover! In fact I hate it so much that I don't think I get the workout I should. I think in the future I will replace it with another workout and do yoga on my own. The yoga I like is more about feeling the stretch, lowering blood pressure and HR and balance. I know I'll get more of a workout if I do something else because I will work harder and push myself more and I won't want to kill Tony! As for flexibility, I'll get more out of my own workout than Tony's for that.

What I hate most is the repetition. * plank/chatterunga/upward dog/plank/push up/ downward dog - repeat * LIKE A THOUSAND TIMES!!! ENOUGH ALREADY! I do all of those moves in my own yoga practice just like Tony does them, with the exception of the sun salutation. Mine is much more involved with many more moves in the sequence. My practice includes plank/upward dog/plank/downward dog, just NOT A THOUSAND TIMES!!! I also take more time working into the stretch. Tony goes too quickly through that for my taste. Normal muscles don't stretch that quickly! (At least mine don't) I don't consider Yoga as exercise like cardio and strength training. It's way too relaxing to be exercise! I consider it attending to your mental health. Done my way, I LOVE it! Done Tony's way, it just makes me angry! If I'm going to devote 90 minutes to exercise, I want to get my blood pumping and I want sweat! Lots of it! What can I say? I'm an opinionated ol gal!

So, Tony, you - me - Yoga X - not gonna happen!

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CATANTIGO 5/8/2010 7:55AM

    My daughter is also doing P90X. And she doesn't like the yoga either. But she does seem to enjoy the rest of it.

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