Monday, June 10, 2013
Just a quick update about my progress with p90x. Today, I start week 4, which is a recovery phase. No resistance training, just cardio and yoga. I'm kind of bummed that I have to deal with Yoga X two times this week. I don't mind the actual yoga, but 90 minutes of it.... . I am excited to have an extra session of Core Synergistics. This particular routine reminds me of Jillian Michaels. Mid week, I'm finally going to give Stretch X a whirl. It's been an option these past 3 weeks, but is mandatory during the recovery week.
It's only been three weeks, but I have to say, I am LOVING the results. I am not sticking with the p90x diet, but I am conscious of what I am eating. This weekend was a little rough though on account of the Nutella I picked up. As much as I love it, I never buy it, but I gave in this weekend. In addition to the spoonfuls I've been sneaking over the weekend, I made a batch of Nutella ice cream. Oh. My. Word! It was worth the extra run yesterday .
Monday, May 20, 2013
I am more consistent in my workouts when I have a set schedule. The BB worked great for me because I knew what I had to do and when. Since I finished the BB a few weeks ago, I've kind of been all over the place with my workouts...super intense one week, and then not so much the next. Knowing that having a schedule is the key to my personal success, I've decided that it's probably time I jump on the p90x bandwagon.
I've always been hesitant to try it, believing it to be way out of my league. However, after looking into it some more, I believe the lean version should be a good match for my current fitness level and goals. I plan on following the lean schedule as is, but because I'm hoping to continue running approx 15-18 miles per week, I may have to drop a day of cardio.
This morning, I completed day 1, which was Core Synergistics. While it was practically twice the length of the Jillian Michaels dvds that I'm used to, I didn't find it overly hard. I do need to work harder at push ups. They are a major player throughout this program, and my half-assed attempt isn't going to get me anywhere. Tonight, I plan on going for a 4 mile run, which I'm looking forward to.
Friday, April 12, 2013
Yesterday, I officially completed the Butt Bible. Although I am very pleased with the results, they weren't as dramatic as I was hoping. Especially considering that I incorporated running, Ab Ripper X, and Killer Abs by Jillian Michaels. Then again, I was pretty lax with my diet... . As I was using this program as a means to get back into a healthy life style, I decided to focus on making exercise a habit (not that I wasn't conscious of what I was eating).
I don't have any back shots, which would have made more sense given that it is the BB .
Tonight, I'm looking forward to popping in the L1 workouts, and doing both lower & upper body. They are only 20 minutes apiece, which should be easy peasy at this point. I am interested in seeing just how easy they are in contrast to when I started 6 weeks ago!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The 'Butt Bible'...what a cheesy name for a workout dvd! I'm just reading through a couple of my last posts, and everytime I see Butt Bible, I cringe.
Like the month of March, this BB program has flown by. I have one more L2 Upper Body workout left, and then it's on to week 5. In week 5, I move up to L3 Upper & Lower body workouts, and each workout is an extra 10 minutes long (40 minutes instead of 30). I haven't sneaked a peak, so I'm not sure what these extended workouts will have in store for me. I'm not worried about the upper body, since it's arms & abs, which mixes it up a bit. But the lower body?? If it's anything like L1 and L2, then it's all about.....wait for it...the butt! I already burn out in the last couple of minutes during the 30 minute work out, mostly due to boredom. I literally have to fight with myself to finish the 3 sets of reverse lunges.
In other news, running is going good. Still aiming for 3 runs per week, at a speed of 6.8mph. I'm starting to get a little frusturated with running only on the treadmill. With week 5, I would like to make at least one of my runs a ladder run to make it more interesting, and also work on speed. I'd like to run from 6.5 to 7.5, changing every quarter mile, and then repeat a couple of times.
I'm still on L1 of Jillian's Killer Abs, although I probably should move up to L3. I didn't have enough time to stack this 30 minute workout on top of my 30 minute BB Lower Body workout this morning so I subbed in P90x Killer Abs, which is only 15 minutes long. It's been a while since I broke that out; I forgot how good of a workout it is. I definitely want to squeeze it in again this week.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I started my 3rd week this past Friday, which meant it was time to move on from L1 to L2 for both upper and lower body workouts. The jump from 20 minutes to 30 minutes really wasn't that bad. My runs are usually 30 minutes, and the JM Killer Abs DVD I've been using is also 30 minutes, so it's not like 30 minutes is some magical number I have yet to cross.
I'm forcing myself to use heavier weights, at least for the first set. Nothing crazy; just going for the 10 pounders instead of my trusty 5lb dumb bells. Unlike the L1 tapes, I'm feeling a little....stiff?...the following morning. It's a good feeling; makes you feel like you are really getting something from the workout.
As far as results go, I'm feeling generally more toned. J swears he can see a difference in my butt, but I think J tends to tell me what he thinks I want to hear. I could kind of kick myself for not taking better pictures in the beginning for comparison purposes . Anyway, I'm definitely happy with my overall progress. I should probably note that I'm running 10+ miles per week, and doing JM Killer Abs 2x per week in addition to the Butt Bible. I'm also watching what I eat. I wouldn't say I'm dieting, but I've been making healthier choices.
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