Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I guess I was too pumped up after my run last night that I didn't sleep very well. Wednesday morning's I attend Men's Prayer Meeting @ 7am. I got up at 530am to get ready. I was worried about doing my workout today, thinking I wouldn't have enough energy to make it through. Especially when I didn't know what to expect. The days that I feel like I'm not going to have enough energy, is usually my best workout. Happens to me all the time.
When it came time to do my workout I was ready. It was time to put the "X" energy into Day 2 PLYOMETRICS. I always wondered what Tony does to build up the legs. Now I know. All the squats, lunges, and jumping around. It most definitely got my heart rate up. His was around 147 or so and mine was around 160. The most I liked about the workout was the changing of exercises. It kept me going. I did notice myself constantly watching the clock. I'm sure I will feel the impact of the jumping around on my knees tomorrow. I have a feeling that will be one of my favorite workouts.
As far as the meal plan for today, it was good. I chose blueberries as my berry fruit to put in the protein shake for breakfast. I was making my shake and I realized, oh no, I am wearing a white shirt. I was thinking, ok here comes one of murphy's laws. I blocked murphy out and much to my surprise I finished the shake without it getting on my white shirt . Lunch time came around and it was time for me to continue my training on being a P90X gourmet chef. Shrimp stir fry was on the menu today. Again, it was enough for 2. Since I had SO much left over, I had it for dinner too.
When this is all done, I will start my own chef business called "Cookin' In the Kitchen P90X Style" ROFL
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I was ready to "BRING IT"! I have been watching the P90X "BRING IT" TEAM "BRING IT" everyday for at least 3 wks now. It was time for me to "BRING IT" My grocery shopping is done. The meal plan for the week is stuck to the fridge. My worksheets are printed. My software program has all the preliminary data that is required up to this point.
Time to put "X" in P90X!
I initially decided that I would start the program today (July 14) because of my work schedule. Monday's are my Friday's and are usually pretty busy. I thought it would be best to have this day as my rest day. I know, how stressful can it be for an IT guy that works from home and answers the phone for 12 hrs. Take it from me, it can be mentally challenging especially on Monday's. Anyways, I changed my mind and started last night (July 13). 8pm I was off work, dvd started. Day 1 started off with chest, back, & ab ripper x. I didn't think the hour workout was that bad. Again, it reminded me of the army because of all the push-ups. The hour went by pretty quickly. There were more breaks than what I am used to taking during my own strength training program. I was like a robot & followed along with the pace of the dvd. There were several exercises in the Ab Ripper X that I will need to focus on. Especially the reverse bicycle. I'm not that coordinated yet. Over all I didn't think it was that bad. My shoulders and chest feel those push-ups though :)
Now for the meal assessment. This is for Phase 1 Level 2 plan. I have already wore out the 8 egg omelet topic. The morning breakfast portion was enough for 2 days for me. I liked it though. Lunch was also different and good. I probably could have split the salad up for 2 days, but I was pretty hungry by that time. You can't make this chef salad in a salad bowl. I had to use a medium size mixing bowl. I was glad that was the only thing for lunch. Now dinner was a little challenging. I should have reviewed the meals the night before. I forgot to thaw out the salmon for dinner. So I decided to make Day 2's dinner instead. The recipe for the gravy will make 10 servings, UNBELIEVABLE. This will be substituted for a single package of brown gravy next week. Everything else was ok. One thing that confused me was, there is a symbol indicating that there is a recipe for the green beans. I looked over and over for it and could not find it. So I just boiled them in water.
I finally made it to bed at 2am. I wasn't happy about that. I was glad that I don't work on Tuesday mornings. I have decided that I'm going back to my original plan of having Monday's as my rest day. I skipped today Day 2. I ran my 10k this evening instead. I will pick-up with Day 2 tomorrow and get back to BRINGING the X!
Friday, July 10, 2009
YEAH, I said the same thing, OMG $361.54 and 4 hrs in the grocery store. Needless to say I didn't just go to get a rack of ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, and chocolate cake (LOL). For the first time in my entire life, I took a page full of items on a clipboard. Yeah, I looked like a dork ;) A guy grocery shopping with his daughter said to me "Go ahead sir, looks like you are on a mission." Which I felt like I was. I have been reviewing this list (I'm referring to the list posted on my blog "P90X Grocery List") for over a week now. There are so many items on it that I have never heard of. For example: shallots, arrowroot, arugula, soba noodles, lemongrass, to name a few. I'm thinking to myself, "What in the world am I cookin' up here Tony?" These are not my normal grocery items "I" get, much less cook. Don't get me wrong, I love cooking, but my recipe's are pretty limited. If I don't succeed with P90X, at least I can thank Tony for expanding my horizons on food and recipes :) I spent at least an hr in the produce dept. going back and forth. The meat section was the easiest. Next easiest was the dairy. I must have walked the seasoning isle at least 10 times. I walked into that store around 1230 or so (I don't wear a watch) and when I walked up to the register, it said 4:58. I couldn't believe it. Out of all places of spending 4 hrs of my time, I think I could have chosen a different place. The cashier asked me, "Did you find everything ok?" I'm thinking to myself, "lady, do you think you can fit anything else in my cart?" I was tired, hungry, and ready to go home.
You have to keep this in mind. I purchased everything that was on that list. If you review the list, there are a couple recipe's that were left out (reason's unknown). Such as, vegetable soup, pesto sauce, balsamic vinaigrette, and honey-chile sauce. As you can tell, I was unfamiliar with a lot of the items and where they were located. It will be a lot easier next time.
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