Journal Entry – Sept 17 through 24

Sept 17 thru 24– Days 256 thru  263

P90x3 – Week 3 and Transition Week

WTH (cleaned up version) Tony Horton! LOL. I sound like Katt Williams!!!! Week 3 went well. I didn’t feel like I was 100% nailing the workouts but I felt overall improvement. Then transition week hit and I am in a constant state of soreness. Legs my friend, no matter how much I try to stretch it out and hot shower massage it, feel like someone beat the $h!t out of me from my knees to my chest!

This is a good thing! I AM WORKING and literally shredding the muscle.

Weigh In & Stats 

When I take my measurements, I am still not sure I’m doing it in the exact same place and let me tell you an inch makes a difference especially on thighs and arms.  So, this is what’s going to happen.  I’m only going to take these measurements once a month like suggested.  I will keep posting the weight loss every week.

Weight: 1 lb (loss)
Waist: 1/4 inch gain
Chest: no change
Right Arm: no change
Left Arm: 1/4 inch gain
Right Thigh:1 1/4 inch gain ?? (see what I mean)
Left Thigh : 1 1/4 inch gain (obviously a location issue…lol)

A Really Good and Quick Chicken Recipe

So, you know that I go all in with my workout and nutrition.  Well, P90 was recently released.  P90 is going all the way back to the beginning to help introduce people to extreme fitness. You can think of it as a precursor to all the P90x workouts.  I was on Tony’s page and he had a video for a really quick meal that I really wanted to share because it was so fast and easy and looked tasty. Check it out.

Journal Entry – Sept 9 through 16

Sept 9 thru 16– Days 248 thru  255

P90x3 – Week 2

I’m halfway through Block-1 of the program already!!!  The 90-Day program is split into three Blocks.  You can equate a Block to a 3-week schedule of the same workouts with a transition week (new workouts) before going into the next Block (more new workouts).  Oh yeah!  Body confusion is in full effect!

I still can’t do chin ups and pull-ups unassisted.  SURPRISE!!  haha.  I LOVE the program so I’m ok with that.  I think that will come eventually.  Two things have to happen: 1) I need to get lighter and 2) I need to build upper body strength.  So I’m not beating myself up over that too much.  However, there is one move that I am officially calling my “challenge move.”

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It’s called Plow/Halasana.  You do it out of the Boat Pose and you just alternate between the two. This Plow move seems to be the one move that I think to myself, “Why the F#$% can’t I do this one?”   I’ll tell you why…FEAR anD FLEXIBILITY (with a side of abdominal strength)!!!

I have never tumbled as a child at least not to my recollection.   When I was old enough to have memories, I remember always fearing somersaults.  Well, when you do this move it’s like being stuck in somersault in a sense.  If you look at the image above, that shows the range of motion for this move, #2 of the four figures is where I’m at.  It may as well be #1.  Hahahaha.

I’m not discouraged.  My goal is to get to image #3 because if I try to do image #4, my ‘lady lumps’ will be on my forehead and I would have suffocated myself. 🙂 I will conquer this move by he end of this program.

Running is Off the Menu

I have stopped running regularly so that I can focus on P90x3.  I wanted to know what was going on with my body and workouts without the additional stresses from other workouts.  So, running is off the menu – for now.  It also gives my feet and joints a break from the pounding of a 40 -60 minute runs I was doing.

STATurday Results

Stats were ok this week.  Pretty normal for me and I’m glad that most everything has either gone down or stayed the same.  No complaints here, except for one.

Weight: 1.5 lb (loss)

Waist: 1/4 inch loss

Chest: no change:  (WTH? no movement for 7 weeks!)

Right Arm: no change

Left Arm: no change

Right Thigh: 1/4 inch loss

Left Thigh : no change

Journal Entry – Sept 1 through September 7

Sept 1 thru 7– Days 240 thru  247

P90x3 – Week 1

Holy cow!  Which part of me thought that this was a good idea!  LOL.  Actually this is a really great program. If I told you that I didn’t have my doubts after failing miserably to do one pull-up, I would be lying!!  This is a serious program designed to work you hard and good in 30 minutes.  It works muscle groups that I knew existed, but never worked like this before.  Wow!

From plyometrics, pull up/chin ups and  yoga to military presses and Pilates, this program has it all.  It really does cover a wide range of exercises and your body is constantly confused because the workouts change.  I was a little bit excited to see what was next, but scared as well, haha.  There are modifications, but I have to further modify some stuff like using a chair to assist with pull ups and chin ups or yoga blocks to help with some of those moves.

I stuck with the week and it got more challenging, but I was motivated and ready to go everyday. Sore and all!

The nutrition plan is GREAT.  I was really surprised by how much more food I was required to eat.  Was I not eating enough before?  This was almost twice as much! What is really cool about the program is that there are a lot of explanations and literature so that you understand why you are doing certain moves.  Learning about the science behind it is quite the learning experience.

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I thought it would be complicated, but it really is very simple:  Exercise and eat well.  This is a first class program that really is geared toward getting results, just like with all Beachbody programs.

I’m really excited to see my results every 30 days (which is suggested), but most of all what my results will be like after 90 Days!

 

Stats and Weigh In

So I definitely loss this week but  though I normally only weigh in once a week I did experience about a 3 lbs gain between now and my last post so though I lost 5 lbs it rounds down to 2 lbs with the gain.

Weight: 2 lb (loss)

Waist: 1/4 inch loss

Chest: no change

Right Arm: no change

Left Arm: no change

Right Thigh: no change

Left Thigh : 1/4 inch gain ?

Need a Pre-Workout?

Well here is a neat recipe I found that uses you basic coffee.  Try it and let me know if it gives you that kick you need for you workout.

Star-buffs shake

1 cup iced coffee

1 scoop chocolate whey protein

Have a good one guys!

Journal Entry – Aug 19 thru 29

Aug 19 thru 31– Days 227 thru  239 (Can you believe it is day 239!?)

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Creative Wellness Retreat

I am embarking on a 90 Day Creative Wellness Retreat starting September 1st.  I’m not physically going anywhere, it’s more a way of life and being: foundation, practice and principle.  It’s a challenge in a sense where my focus is achieve some serious goals that I have both physically and mentally and clear the mental clutter.

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You ever get to those moments where you have deja vu?  Well, that’s where I am now.  I’ve been here before.  I’ve had success with weight loss, I’ve had my “it’s time to change my life” moments and I never quite understood what exactly is the moment or the even that happens where you just give up.  It’s never a big decision, right?  It’s small, seemingly insignificant behaviors that revert back to bad habits and lack of motivation to keep going.

This is not where I am by any means, BUT I could be and not even know it.  This is why I blog this fitness journey.  It’s as much of an accountability to you as it is to me.  A new 90 Day retreat to focus, schedule and focus on my dreams and goals sounds like perfect timing.

P90x3 Say Whaaaaahhhhttt?

Yeah.  I’m doing it starting September 1st.  Oh jeez!  I’m scared…LOL.  I know I can do it, but it’s like the first day of school with a new teacher.  Will I like him?  Will I get good grades?!!  Will I fail?  Don’t worry!  You’ll be there for every moment of it.

My Feet Hurt

That moment when you realize that you are no longer 19 years old.  I can run, Burpee and jack with the best of them (only for just slightly over 5K), but I feel the pain a lot on some days.  Yay Aspercreme!  For now, that is.  Hopefully, that, some rest and some an anti-inflammatory regimen will help cure all my ills.

WARNING: Temptalicious Food Sites

I was looking at some Labor Day artwork the other day and as luck would have it I stumbled on some food sites that were all about the comfort.  Did I promptly shut down the pages?  Hell no.  I love looking at that stuff and go down memory lane, but it also helps me to get creative and say, how can I make this a healthy option. Sometimes you can’t but it still looks good!  Click the delicious looking cake below, but remember….I did warn you.

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And the Winner Is….

…Me!  I did well with my results the week of August 23rd. The thigh is still a tricky measurement so it may be completely right or way off.

Weight: 5 lb (loss)

Waist: 1/2 inch loss

Chest: 1/4 inch loss

Right Arm: 1/4 inch loss

Left Arm: 1/2 inch loss

Right Thigh 3/4 inch loss

Left Thigh : 1 inch loss

This is great momentum that I hope to keep up as I start the next phase of this journey.