Friday, April 30, 2010
"Give me a 'Hey!', Give me a 'HoHo'" -Tony Horton- Legs & Back
Yesterday was a tough day, workout-wise. I did my legs & back in the afternoon, and for whatever reason it was that much harder. Perhaps it was the blood donation the day before, perhaps it was the fact the last time I had eaten was 12:00pm... who knows, all I know is that when I got to the Debbie Seiber 80-20's I nearly passed out.
To give myself some recoup-time, I laid down on my back and just hung out for at least 5 minutes making sure I would be okay. I drank some additional water and then finally got back up and finished the workout. Once I took my mini-break I was more than okay to muscle through AbripperX, but I really felt light headed/nauseous during the last leg exercise.
However, I added up my total pull ups for the 1hr workout: 151!! That's up 25 from last week. Granted I was all jacked-up about the numbers, sorry Tony... I know you said not to be. Perhaps I will tone it down next week.
Which reminds me: Next couple of weeks will not be standard P90X format... I will shift next week's recovery week to May 9th week, and I will shift the last recovery week (of Phase 3) to the week of May 16th. Leaving me with 4 workout weeks (one next week) and 3 upon my return from Spain. I figure this will have the least impact on the schedule as possible, even though I'm not too keen on having two rest weeks back to back.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
I woke up this morning, after yesterday's Apheresis adventure... and my arms just were not up to the challenge. So I decided to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep. I'll go home this afternoon and do my back & bicep before Survivor @8:00pm.
I checked my weight this morning and I've come back to 154lbs which is about where I thought I was. My biggest problem about the training class I am taking is the necessary amount of coffee required to stay away. Each day I have easily 2 large cups of coffee. But it's the cream and sugar that have me worried. I shouldn't be adding nearly as much junk to it.
I've been adding a spoon full of salsa to my eggs+mushrooms, and it's absolutely fantastic. I highly suggest spicing up your morning egg-whites at nearly no calorie cost. The spicier the better!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
YogaX still is my least favorite workout of the P90X routine... again, it's the length. I doubt it would be such a problem if I performed the workouts in the afternoon, or if yoga fell on a weekend... but because it's always before work, I always cut the end off and struggle to wake up.
Last night I had Pad-Thai. Definitely not a part of beach's ladder (or the P90X diet)... but it was fantastic.
I'm giving another round of apheresis today, so hopefully I wont have any problems performing Legs&Back tomorrow. My biggest fear would be that I have bruised arms or sore arms, where they stick the needles. That would force me to not want to do the pull-up exercises. But the last couple times I have been fortunate enough to experience no post-donation discomfort.
Also, in the past month or so, I have been having (what I will call) morning allergies. When I wake up my eyes burn, as if they have soap in them, and then my nose runs. Relating this back to my P90X blog, this burning happens during the videos and I'm wondering what could be the cause & solution to the problem. It could be my new bedsheets (which I did not wash prior to putting them on my bed), it could be Spring-time allergies I've never notice or had before, it could be my contacts, it could be something in my house (dust/etc.)
I'll see what I can find on google and attempt to fix the problem. I hate closing my eyes for the first 20mins of the workouts - but it's necessary.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Yesterday - not a good day.
1. Brake lines on my car broke (while operating). Thankfully no accident, and happened right near a Monroe Brake+Muffler... but still repairs will cost around $350 and I needed to scramble to get a ride home and to work today. (*Pic does not accurately represent the day's events...I only wish I could crash a Ferrari*)
2. IRS sent me a letter explaining that I forgot my HUD-1 form which qualifies me for the first time home-buyer credit. So now I need to wait another 6-8 weeks for my tax return to come in.
3. Stayed up late and nearly caved on doing today's mid-point workout, which now that it's over... was pretty good.
Let's hope I can have a better experience today!
Monday, April 26, 2010
So I have some time this morning before work... and with my new computer, I was able to boot up in less than 11 seconds! Which is great, I can post and eat breakfast at the same time and still be early for work.
Why I don't trust scales:
Yesterday (and the day before) I weighed 153lbs, today I weigh 156lbs. 3lbs in one day? Hard to believe... but oh well. I'm sure tomorrow's reading will be just as random as today's.
1 day away from the half-way-point! CHECKPOINT! So far so good.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Also, this weekend dawned the first "dessert esque" item I've had since the beginning of the program. For a snack, at the mall, I had a Mrs. Fields smoothie, which was amazing. Yes, it's not a part of the diet... yes it has lots of sugar (even though I don't know how much), and yes I do feel a bit guilty about it... But it was so good!
*While doing weighted shoulder-rolls... Phil's not feeling the burn quite yet*
"... NO!? He's a machine! They call him La Maquina!...that's Spanish..."
Work has thrown a curve ball into my P90X routine. Between May 10th-20th, I will be travelling to Madrid to do some plant-testing. So I'll to my best to juggle a rest week around so that I can use those days while I am up in Spain. This way I wont need pull-up bars and bands. But since it's about 2 weeks up there, I'll have to figure out what I am going to do with the remaining 5-6 days that I wont be on a rest-schedule. Any suggestions? I do believe the hotel will have a gym (but hotel gyms are never very good).
Saturday, April 24, 2010
There are so many things wrong about this statement, I won't even bother discussin it. But as promised, Saturday picture updates! I can really see an improvement in my back!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
"Man, I think I just ripped my pants...nope, I'm okay." -Tony Horton- Legs&Back
Today is Earth Day (04/22/2010). I just thought I would let everyone know that I am doing my best to partake in celebrating the Earth. First, I have decided not to club any baby seals for dinner. I've also decided, on my way to work, that I should run all yellow and red lights to conserve gas by not idling. Actually, who am I kidding, I didn't run any yellows... But I decided to post this picture of the Earth-Stamp because I found it funny. Only in America can we commemorate Earth Day by placing an image on something that represents the most inefficient method of communication - the U.S. Postal Service. Seems a bit out of place to me. But all silliness aside, I carpooled into work today and will do my part to try to be eco-friendly.
But this blog isn't about Earth Day (or other random Holidays), it's about P90X! And this day has not been a productive P90X day. I was up late last night and had a difficult time waking up at 5:15am. Let's face it... I DIDN'T wake up at 5:15am, more like 6:45am. Meaning, I did not do my workout as planned. So that means today after work, I need to do Legs and Back. I new eventually this would happen, I just need to make sure I don't make a habit of it!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This is an Ohm:
And this is an Ohm meter:
So my connection to Blogspot got lost somehow and I lost my post (silly me for not saving). I don't really feel like re-writing everything I had before, because it never quite comes out the same the 2nd time around (for whatever reason, forgot stuff, implied stuff gets lot, who knows). So I'll just say the hardest part about YogaX is waking up ontime to not be late for work.
A random comment I'd like to extrapolate on: Tony mentions... "Clear out all the garbage before and after, clear your mind..." and Wednesday is garbage day! So I always get a chuckle from that. Because it reminds me to take out the trash before I go to work!
But one more thing, if you want my opinion on recovery drinks (in general) I gave a fairly long answer to a simple question regarding them in my previous post's comment section. If you're too lazy to read it... I basically think the P90X recovery drink is a gimmick more than anything (even if it does work, it's way too expensive).
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
***Happy Hippie New Year*** 4/20/2010 something smells funny...
I've decided that I really like the Back&Bicep workout from P90X. It's a shorter workout, with plenty of opportunity to increase the resistance. Last week, I found myself doing lots of Red-Band (30lbs) exercises. This week, I decided I needed a bit more, except I don't have any heavier gauge bands. So to fix the problem I deiced to use two bands. It's a little awkward for the grip, and near impossible for hammer curls, but for the regular bicep curls and lawnmower style exercises, it worked fantastically!
My only gripe with the Back&Bicep workout is the girl in the video, Katie. She looks a little bit like Jenna Fisher (Pam from The Office). But she's so bubbly and cheery and Tony's little A+ student answering all his questions and seemingly so excited to be in the video. I don't know why that irks me, but it does.
I love what Tony says at the end of the video though, in the last seconds before it switches over to AbripperX...
"TIM-EE, BOB-EE, KATE-EE, and oh, by the way, I'm Ton-EE! *under his breath* don't forget to drink a recovery drink"
Almost a full workout without hearing about the damned recovery drink... but alas, he mentions it at the very last possible moment. What a salesman!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Two solid workouts, back to back. I didn't find Chest/Tri/Shoulders any easier the 2nd time around, still as challenging as I remember it was the first time through. PlyoX, however, is starting to get pretty easy. I still get sweaty and gross, but I'm not nearly as tired when I finish.
This morning, I feel a bit crummy about my breakfast (a power-bar purchased back from 2005). I think power-bars and Twinkies have the same longevity properties... after a nuclear explosion there will be 3 things left at ground zero; Twinkies, power bars, and cockroaches. It's not that power-bars are necessarily bad for me, it's just hyped up junk food. Still has saturated fat, has 14% carbohydrates, and for whatever reason, chewing on them makes my jaw go numb. It's like gnawing on leather.
This weekend I opened up the diet a bit. I still do not believe I cheated... but some of my meals included Sushi, Kabobs, and buckets of fruit. The portions were probably more than necessary, which is probably why I just feel genuinely bad about the weekend... more so than the food itself.
I received my bedroom furniture from Ashley Furniture over the weekend. So hopefully I'll have some good night sleeps in the near future.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Prior to P90X I would go to bed at 10:30PM and wake up at 6:45AM. Lending me a whopping 8.25hrs of sleep. With P90X I've been going to bed around 9:30PM and waking up at 5:15AM, cutting my sleep back by about 30mins (0.5hrs). So when Friday comes, I like to go to bed nice and early (about 9:00PM) and wake up at my regularly scheduled time (6:45AM). This recaptures my lost sleep from the earlier part of the week and leaves me feeling absolutely fantastic!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Well, I still haven't hit the 120 leg/back pullup count yet. I was able to reach 114 today. Slowly getting closer. The diet in the past few weeks has been really good. Even though I'm in phase 2, I'm still sticking with phase 1 diet. My only exception was the rice pilaf at the banquet. I've lost another pound, putting me around 155lb (unofficially).
I *think* I'm developing a 6 pack. At least after abripperX I see a pretty serious outline of what is to come. Again, I don't want to make too many claims until all the info is in. Pictures will go up on Saturday as usual.
It's getting closer to summer and I'm about 57ish days away from being done, which puts me at Friday June 11th (assuming no missed workouts because of work/personal life).
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
So I woke up this morning and pumped out a solid hour and 32mins of YogaX. I feel pretty good, I haven't had much trouble with yoga... but I do find it is the longest/slowest workout of the P90X bunch. I have notice my stretch/reach has increase, although only slightly.
This morning I was tempted to see if there really was a magazine called "Downward Dog" but it turns out, there isn't. At least there isn't one advertised on the internet. I was hoping to put up a nice picture of the cover of downward dog magazine for my readers (possibly with a cropped image of my face...) but alas, I can not. So to fill the void, I found the above Irish-Yoga picture, which looks a lot more appealing to me... just maybe not first thing on a Wednesday morning.
I had my first real serving of carbs yesterday at the Apheresis banquet. It was rice-pilaf and it was delicious.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
** watch out for corn cob pull-ups **
I still haven't added carbs to my diet yet, and yesterday I denied my 5th cake... It gets harder and harder to say no to cake as the program progresses. I have been cracking real eggs into my eggwhites recently. It's just a matter of flavor and finances. Real eggs are like $1.99 for 18, eggwhites are like $5.00 for 12, and although I like them, adding 1 (or 2) real eggs makes them that much better.
Tonight is an apheresis banquet. I've never been to one before, so I have no idea what to expect, except dinner and dessert (which I'll likely pass on the latter). I'll let you know how it goes.
Weighed myself this morning: 156lbs (down 1 from last week).
If I can remember I will snap some Day-30 photos for your viewing pleasure, but I don't see how they will be much different from Day-28's.
Monday, April 12, 2010
So the one-legged man, referred to as Erik in the video... During the first time running the exercise I thought to myself "Hmm... this guy looks familiar." I shrugged it off because I don't know any one legged men. The 2nd Plyo workout, I thought, "There's no way, he must be an actor or something..." So I decided to look at some photos online of actors I thought he might look like.
After a couple minutes (really, it didn't take that long to find a match), I found a photo of a gentleman named Erik Stolhanske. Boy they look identical! And to really narrow down the probability, they have the same first name!
Recognize this PLYO MAN?
That's because he's THIS MAN:
You got it... Rabbit from Super Troopers has a prosthetic leg. And he trains with Tony Horton, perhaps P90X, perhaps personal training. I don't know for sure. But all the pieces come together! And you know what, I think it's pretty damn cool!
Also funny, Rabbit does "Jump Training" coincidence? Perhaps...
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Just when things seem to be dandy; rest week, feeling good, eat'n healthy. Out of no-where Phase 2 comes along and kicks you straight in the junk. Chest/Tri/Shoulder workout currently has taken the leader-board as the hardest P90X workout to date. Never in my life have I done so many challenging push-ups directly followed by MORE push-ups followed by tris&shoulders. Holy cow, if you weren't feeling it before, welcome to toe big leagues. I can see why most people quit after 30ish days, they can't handle the intensity of this one routine!
Needless to say, I made it through. Exhausted. I flew through ab-ripperX, it just keeps getting easier, which is a sigh of relief.
I'm not yet sure how to tackle the new phase 2 diet plan yet. I've become so accustomed to reduced carbohydrates... I'm not sure I'm all that excited to suddenly bring them back. I'll give it a few more days to see how my energy levels are with the new workout schedule.
One bonus (which unfortunately happens all the way at the end of the video). Phil says a pretty funny line *During the famous Karen Pot-Stirrers* Tony asks "Phil, what soup do you have?" and Phil replies "I'm stirring up some trouble!" Well, Tony does not enjoy being the 2nd funniest guy in the room and gets pretty cranky the remaining 2 minutes of the stretches! Way to go Phil! You're my new hero.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tomorrow is my day 28 photos (which I will likely label as day 30 pics). It will be the beginning of phase 2! Rest week is coming to an end, how sad. But I am excited to pick up the new diet and the new exercise routines! Bring it Tony! I got your aging right here!
I have a lot of housework to do this weekend, so hopefully I'll save enough time to make legitimate posts.
My weigh in was 157lbs this morning. Looks like I am tracking that weight, I've been there for nearly 1 week. Perhaps that is where my body wants to stay on this diet.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Core synergistics offers this little gem (among others):
Tony: "I love love love core until my daddy takes my T-bird away."
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I feel like running today. Perhaps a nice 5k run will get me motivated this afternoon. Looking back at the past 3 weeks. I honestly thought it would be difficult to lose 10lbs (from 168 to 158). But in hind-sight, it was pretty easy. I definitely look and feel leaner, I haven't built much muscle yet, but that's what phase 2 & 3 are for.
For anyone looking to lose 5-15lbs (depending on your starting weight)... perhaps Phase1 of P90X is for you. I only have 3 days left in Phase 1 and if I wasn't motivated by ambitions to get some muscle mass, I'd be content with the results thus far, especially considering I've been 165-170lbs for as long as I can remember.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Rest week, not a whole lot going on. Since today would normally be my YogaX day, I was up a bit earlier than normal. When I finished KenpoX, there was enough time remaining to do a little bit extra. I busted out AbRipperX and did it. Tomorrow is stretchX, I'm not yet sure if I will replace it with something more challenging (Perhaps cardioX or coresynergistics).
But since it is a boring week, let me talk about another item I've been using.
Gold's Gym Fitness & Yoga Mat:
I'm not exactly crazy about this piece of equipment. It's thick and "cooshie" as Tony would say, but I don't think it's that durable. I've only used it for 3 weeks now and it already has scuff marks and places where the foam padding is rubbing off. However, I have been using it 5 times a week, sometimes with shoes.
The good part about it is that the padding is really thick. Great for standing poses in yoga and downward dog type positions. But if you plan to move on it, say stretching from pigeon to gluet stretch, the grippiness/friction from the pad makes it difficult to move and often the mat lifts or folds on the ground. Perhaps it would work better on a hardwood/tile surface?
I bought it for $19.00 at walmart. It will very likely survive my P90X adventure, but I doubt it'd last a 2nd time through. If you buy this item, I'd suggest not wearing shoes on it. I've found this really wears top of the material down.
Monday, April 5, 2010
But the pushups get intermingled nicely with ab-poses and lunges. So thankfully I didn't burn myself out in the first 10 minutes.
Speaking of the first 10 minutes, I liked how the warmup was nice and long... and the cooldown was nearly just as long. It really cut the workout down to less than 40minutes.
The harder of the workouts were: Steam Engine (50reps both sides), Superman, and Sphynx Pushups. If you can do those 3, you've got this exercise down.
As for sticking to my diet, I think I did pretty good over the holiday. I didn't eat a whole lot extra, but I did eat a bunch of foods I wouldn't have normally ate. Still no carbs though, so I shouldn't feel too guilty. I am finding that coffee is my nemesis. It would be fine... but the beastie boy's put it best; I like my sugar with coffee and cream. I think I had a total of 4 coffees this weekend. Perhaps I should be more conscious.
I did complete YogaX.
Friday, April 2, 2010
KenpoX was fine. I added 2lb weights to my hands for the whole routine, including the jumping jacks and blocks. It wasn't vastly harder, but I definitely could feel it working a bit more. The only downside is that I have a feeling my joints were extending fully, which Tony specifically suggets not!
Also, today I will post Saturday's photos as I probably won't be online.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
I woke up this morning... I was a little nervous about doing heavy lifting. My blood donation ended at 7:30pm the night before, and it's 5:15am the next day. Clearly still within the 24hr no-heavy lifting ban. But my arms felt good, I did not experience any bruising or tenderness, so what the heck, lets do this!
I went through legs and back pretty swiftly. I didn't jump during the 80-20's... for whatever reason I just couldn't muster up the gumption to leave the ground. However... in my defense, for EVERY EXERCISE (with the exception of wall squats) I wore a backpack filled with my gym stuff + water bottle. That's right, pullups, chinups, lunges, groucho walk, squats, and even the warm-up, I wore a 3ish pound backpack! I really liked it.
When it was all over, and time to do abripperX, I felt exhausted. Most of my chinups/pullups came down significantly from 15-17reps to 10-12. Which is better for muscle building. I think next time I'll start adding some educational material to the pack. For now, I'll call it "my homework assignment." I'm looking forward to picture day on Saturday. I'm starting to see a lot of definition in my front/chest/abs.
Weekend challenge: Stay away from bad food over Easter.
Next week: Easy workouts.