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P90X Classic Day 3 Assessment

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I started off the day sleeping in later than usual. Which in turn, throws off the rest of my day. It sure did feel good though emoticon No biggy, take care of priorities first. Which is "BRING IT" emoticon

emoticonToday was shoulders, arms, & ab ripper x. Not really a whole bunch to talk about on this one. I needed to see where I was as far as weights were concerned for the workout. Most of them I started with 15lb dumbbells, then second set 20lbs. I believe I mentioned before that I need to go buy heavier dumbbells. This workout also second that decision. It was a good workout. Then came the ever dreaded ab ripper x, aaarrrrgggggg!!!! I did my best and forgot the rest emoticon Another day CoNqUeReD emoticon

emoticon My meal plan for the day was all messed up because of sleeping in. So instead of making my breakfast like the plan recommended, I made my protein shake and ate a protein bar before my workout. Then it was 2pm by the time i cooked the breakfast meal. Here comes the 8 egg white chicken scramble. My chicken wasn't thawed out, so I used deli shaved turkey. I also only used 4 egg whites. That refueled my body after my workout. I decided to cook the recommended lunch for dinner. OMG TONY, vegetable soup that serves 18. My whole family isn't doing P90X. That's not all, it also recommended chicken salad and salad greens. Was the vegetable soup for 18 not enough? It is now 930pm, I started the vegetable soup at 7pm. I think we will be having vegetable soup tonight, the next night, the next night, and probably the next night emoticon. It sure smells good though :) Another recipe under my P90X chef belt. I might just use this one for church gatherings. All the my "mother's" will be so proud emoticon


Update: Ok, I have to say I out did myself on this one :) The vegetable soup was DELICIOUS!!! I might enjoy having it tomorrow night, the next night, and the next night emoticon

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2Q2KARE 10/5/2009 1:24PM

    I know this is an old post and you might have figured this out already, but when the recipes are for large amounts, just devide it up in portions (ziplock) and freeze it. My veg. soup made once is enough to do phase one all month for me and my husband. No waste, and still tastes great. Same with all sauces and gravey.

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RAINRUN 7/17/2009 8:48AM

    great job

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MICHARM 7/17/2009 8:04AM

    Great job Eric! Thanks for stopping by to my page and checking up on me. Yesterday was a rest day for me and today I will do the 3rd week of Lean...(I've changed fromclassic to lean-was going to do double but that may be too hard for me).
Your soup sounds yummy...I will have to look up the recipe and theneat it for a week! LOL
Have a great day and keep bringing it!!!

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MISSYBLONDEONE 7/17/2009 12:07AM

    Hey Eric!

Sounds like shoulders and arms was easy for you too. I am also going to have to break out the heavier weights next time through. I like to think (hehehe) that my arms were stronger cause of the torture I put them through with all those push and pull ups on chest and back. I am looking forward to yoga x tonight. My legs are super sore still from the plyometrics.

Have a great day!

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P90X Classic Day 2 Assessment

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.

emoticonWhen 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.

emoticonAs 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 emoticon. 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


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RAINRUN 7/16/2009 9:12AM

    Great job Chef Eric :P

I hated Plyo to start and now I LOVE IT! My HR stays around 165 and the highest it gets to 180. I burned like 650+ calories. I LOVE THAT!

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SDOUGLAS8 7/16/2009 8:17AM

    I have my P90X dvds and I just need to get started. (not sure why I have been putting it off.) But I sure am enjoying reading your posts about your P90X adventure. Is this your first round or have you done it before?

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P90X Classic Day 1 Assessment

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!

emoticonI 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 :)

emoticonNow 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!


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RAINRUN 7/15/2009 11:01AM

    good job.

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    Way to go!!! I really enjoyed plyo today. I am sure your gonna LOVE it. It's fun and really challenging. emoticon You defintely need to wear good shoes and have a towel handy.

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IRON__GIRL 7/15/2009 2:03AM

    Great report! Sounds like having Mondays as a rest day is best for you. You gotta do what works best. I did Plyo today, & boy! My legs are tight! LOL! Have fun with day #2, today!

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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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