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$361.54 Initial P90X Grocery Bill....

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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SUMITH2008 7/13/2009 9:40AM

    Unfortunately, i don't follow the P90X nutrition plan due to the cost factor. Looking forward to your review. Maybe you can compare what your typical grocery cost / per month vs a P90X grocery list and see if its feasible to maintain. Usually around summer time me and my wife grow our own vegetables which saves us money for a few months. Anyways my friend keep up the good work and congrats on being nominated to be the new team leader for the P90X team. BRING IT!

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IRON__GIRL 7/12/2009 5:10PM

    Whew! & I thought MY trips to the grocery store were long!! LOL! Poor thing! It will be better next time! You are DEFINITELY dedicated!! WOO HOO!

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KRAKATOA21 7/11/2009 8:37PM

    Eric - just a tip from a guy who has done EXACTLY the same thing -- buy your fresh fruits and veggies every few days. I can't tell you how much of the fresh produce went to waste on me before I could get around to doing something with it. I buy 'everything else' one week at a time, but for the produce, I'll just pop into the PX every few days so that stuff is always fresh and I'm not watching slime disappear down the disposal! emoticon

I LOLLED myself when you mentioned the dork thing. I feel the same way. Everyone else has these neat, tiny lists and I'm goin' in there with a legal pad!

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RAINRUN 7/11/2009 9:53AM

    How may day's or meals do you get for the $ you spent?

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P90X Fitness Test Results - 7/9/09

Thursday, July 09, 2009

I felt like I was getting ready for a PT test in the Army, WOW what memories :)
I was ready to "BRING IT" I was siked & pumped for it. I was well rested and my knees felt no pain. So here it is....

"P90X=" - will be the minimum recommendations for P90X program
"My results=" - hope that is obvious

my average morning resting heart rate was 70

my heart rate before the fitness test was 65

wide grip pull-ups - P90X = 3 My results = 1
verticle leap - P90X = 5 inches My results = 13.5 inches
push-ups - P90X = 15 My results = 30
toe touch P90X = -6 My results = +6 inches past toes
wall squat P90X= 1 minute My results = 2min 42sec
bicep curls P90X =20# x 10rep My result = 20# x 26rep
in & outs P90X = 25 My results = 33

heart rate maximizer 165 HR = immediatly following 2min jumping jacks
134 HR = after 1 min rest
112 HR = after 2 min rest
108 HR = after 3 min rest
100 HR = after 4 min rest

Over all, I'm happy with the results. My exercising that I have been doing for the past 6 months has helped beyond measure. I couldn't have done this without God's strength and knowledge He has provided me. I have seen my body transform a lot since I started on my health journey at the beginning of this year. Now it is time to transform some more. Can't wait to start the P90X transformation next tuesday (July 14, 2009).


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TOTS_ROCKS 7/10/2009 4:27PM

    Fantastic Eric,.. Your results from your test were awesome! I am thrilled to hear the excitement you have, just please don't burn out! I miss chatting with you, we will chat soon! and I am looking forward to hearing how your first week goes!

BRING IT!! I know you will!!
~Lorraine emoticon

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HEALTHYFOCUS1 7/10/2009 9:16AM

    Like your energy, I am getting closer to God, P90X and my health..

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IRON__GIRL 7/10/2009 3:25AM

    Nice results!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are going to do GREAT with P90X!

Love your energy!!!

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TRAINER_T 7/9/2009 5:52PM

    Nice Job! go for it.....your on the right track.
God bless

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ANNG2BFIT 7/9/2009 5:15PM

Sounds like you are ready to begin! So when is the start date?

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AMILNEFLIP 7/9/2009 4:26PM


Your stats are great!

Glad you are ready and up to "Bringing It"!!!!

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TXHRT4U 7/9/2009 3:41PM

    Nope, I haven't done it yet. My first go around :) Yeah, I wish I was doing this for fun, LOL. Thank you for the compliment!


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SGRANSTAFF 7/9/2009 3:27PM

    So have you not yet started the program or are you starting a new phase? Those results are amazing and i would have thought you were done and doing it again just for fun from looking at them!

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Eric's Favorite Recipe's

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Most of these are low-carb recipe's. Hope you enjoy them emoticon

Flax Seed Bread

Quinoa Salad
Here is the video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OrgnKJFO0o&

Information about Quinoa: www.diet-blog.com/archives/2007/08/0

1 cup of cooked Quinoa (1 cup Quinoa, 1 cup water, tsp, bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 min.)

1 cup fine parsley
1 cup tomatoes
1 cup cucumbers
1 cup yellow green pepper
1 cup green onions
2 tbsp vinegar olive oil
Black pepper and salt
1 lemon juiced

Egg Muffins (I bake this in a 24 small muffin pan) - makes 24 small muffins

Protein Snack Recipe (I bake this in a 24 small muffin pan) - makes 24 small muffins..........I don't have the Nutritional Info

3 packages of oatmeal (instant)
3 scoops of Whey Protein powder (you choose what flavor)
cup of honey

below are optional ingredients:
cup peanut butter
cup of nuts or more (walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts)
cup of raisins
cup of coconut
cup of milled flax seeds

Stir all ingredients together and add just enough water to a mixture that is thick to drop (roughly cup).
put a teaspoon of the mixed ingredients on a pan or muffin pan. bake for 8 10 minutes at 350◦

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FIT_ARTIST 9/7/2009 6:53PM

    Right on! Great recipes! Keep them comin'... emoticon

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AMJJTURNER 7/12/2009 3:48PM

    I LOVE Recipe and Nutritional info Blgs! Thanks so much! You're definately inspiring! emoticon Restarting P90 X and then going for INSANITY! I'M READY! Angela

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IRON__GIRL 7/8/2009 4:21AM

    I love Quinoa, too! Thanks for sharing so many useful recipes!!! emoticon

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RAINRUN 7/6/2009 8:42AM

    THANKS for doing that.

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REBBIE54 7/6/2009 12:15AM

  Thanks Eric! I love Quinoa and will be trying that recipe as soon as I get to the store. I have only been able to find it at The Granery in Tyler. Have you found it anywhere else locally? and those muffins and bread will be be given a try as well.

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P90X Grocery Lists

Sunday, July 05, 2009

P90X grocery lists available for download in Microsoft Word format.



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RAINRUN 10/16/2009 10:21AM

    Stoppin' in to re-reading your nutrition blogs for P90X.

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SUZANA911 7/9/2009 8:59PM

    Thanks for that!

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

Most of this information was mentioned in my blog "Eric's Mission To A Healthy Life Style (Chapter 1)."

One of the most common question's a person that starts their health journey is, What supplement's do I take? Which one to take? When do I take them? How much do I take? Through my own research I came to the conclusion that Whey Protein, Creatine, and Glutamine, were the 3 main ingredients I needed. I don't have money trees growing in my yard, so I don't buy the highest quality supplements. At the same time, I did experience a huge difference between Walmart Body Fortress Whey and Optimum Nutrition. That being said, I don't buy the cheapest either. My body has reacted very positive to Optimum Nutrition products. The Whey and Glutamine have done great for me.

I drink 8 oz. of Whey first thing in the morning. Depending on the flavor I will mix it with bananas, peanut butter, or oatmeal. I also take another 8 oz. before workout, after workout, and before I go to bed.

The Glutamine powder I did not like. Taste awful. So I take the capsules. I take 2 in the morning and 2 before I go to bed.

I decided to take the Sci-Fit Kre-Alkalyn 1500 Creatine pills. I believe it helps me with my endurance during my workout. I don't experience any stomach problems with this product. I take 2 first thing in the morning and 2 before workout.

L-Carnitine is another supplement that is part of my ammunition. I really debated on this product. At first, I didn't think it was helping me at all. I took it for a while then stopped. After the first week of not taking it, I noticed that I had lost my focus during my workouts. So I started back to using it.

I also take multi-vitamins every day.

Updated: 7-5-09

The following I have decided to try this month:

Optimum Nutrition Caseine. I have substituted it for the whey protein before I go to bed.

Optimum Nutrition BCAA capsules. Take 2 capsules in the morning, then 2 more 30 minutes before workout.

Gaspari Nutrition Superpump 250. This is substituting my Sci-Fit Kre-Alkalyn 1500 Creatine pills. Take this 30 minutes before workout. I do notice the energy boost. It is bitter tasting.

Gaspari Nutrition Sizeon. This is to be taken during workouts. I don't like the taste. I'm not used to drinking anything during my workouts, except water.

Updated: 8-13-09

My opinion of June's supplements.
Optimum Nutrition Caseine, works well. It does what it says it does, keeps your stomach full during the night. Keep this in mind, your body is fasting for 6-8 hrs before you give it any more fuel. The caseine feeds your body during this time.

Optimum Nutrition BCAA capsules, I'm not sold on these yet. I will probably finish this bottle and quit taking these.

Gaspari Nutrition Superpump 250, this stuff was AWESOME! I did feel the energy from this and it really helped me push harder during my workouts.

Gaspari Nutrition Sizeon, I tried to stack the Superpump and this, but it was too much for my body. I had jitters and made me irritable. So I quit. After I finished the Superpump 250, I started taking the Sizeon by itself. It was ok. It helped a little bit for my workouts. I wouldn't recommend it.

I started taking Animal Pak Pump for Phase II of P90X. I didn't get the energy like I did with Superpump 250. I did feel my muscles tighten up and feel like they were being blown up. Personally, I didn't like the feeling. I will finish out the 30 days of it, but I wouldn't recommend it. Oh, one more thing, they say that the little red pill is the caffeine pill that supposed to be equal to 2 cups of strong coffee. I don't drink coffee, but I don't notice any difference in my body by taking it either.

I still believe the Whey Protein, Creatine, and Glutamine, are a must in muscle growth/repair.

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TRANSFORM724 3/11/2011 11:19AM

    Thank you for the information. I don't have a money tree in my back yard either! I want the maximum results and knew I needed supplements. So glad I joined the team and you have this great info for us! Thank you!

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PMMCIVER 7/27/2009 10:19AM

  Looks like we are on the same page on Supplements. The only difference for me is I stopped taking Superpump because I started taking the Black Lipo6, I was afraid it would be too much. now that I have been on it a while I am trying to decide if I want to go back to Superpump or should I try Cytogenix Cytonox. All of our store prices are DOUBLE what they should be so I order all my supplements from bodybuilding.com.

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LSDALOIA 7/17/2009 6:04PM

    Thanks for the info, Eric. I've been debating about whether or not I should try supplements. I'm in week 6 and haven't lost a pound yet. My doctor says to focus on gaining muscle and don't worry about the scale, so I'm taking his advice for now. It's pretty scary for us girls to add extra calories.

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RAINRUN 7/6/2009 8:44AM

    this is really helpful

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