Wasn’t able to finish Chest and Back today. I had 20 minutes left and my Boyfriend’s friends stopped by unexpected and I felt awkward. So I just sat out and watched my Boyfriend and his friend (Who’s training to go into a branch of military next year, and was interested) do the rest of the work out. Up until about 2 weeks ago, I never worked out with ANYONE. I’ve always been self conscious. Working out with my Boyfriend is an exception though. I did however do Abs with my Boyfriend and his friend. Pushed myself pretty hard and got through it almost with out stopping. PROGRESS :D Still don’t see changes in my body. AND I STILL HAVEN’T TAKEN PROGRESS PICTURES! :”( So, I think instead of taking progress pictures every 4 weeks, I’ll just do the “Before and after p90x” thing. Sadly, I wanted to take photos every 2, or 4 weeks. but I’m about to start week 3 :/. Maybe I’ll still do that. I can’t decide. WE SHALL SEE! :D
Slacking on my posting again!
Was supposed to write this Friday, but I had plans right away so I couldn’t get to it. Legs and back were a bit challenging this time around. I started feeling pain in my right knee and pain in my left wrist. I don’t know if its because my form is off, or because I’m pushing myself so hard that I’m straining my joints. Seems to have gone away for now. Which is good. We’ll see what happens next time.
Definitely tried pushing myself through Abs harder than I usually do. So much burn. But it hurts SO good.
Also, good news! I found a digital scale upstairs in my Boyfriend’s house. And I weighed myself and I’m at 134. I don’t really know what happened. I was 128 like 3 weeks ago. Tad discouraging. But I wont give up hope! I’ll just train harder. I honestly want to try doing work outs outside of p90x. Cardio every day maybe. At least for 30 mins. Because I don’t feel like I’m going to get results as fast as I want.
Skipped out on Kenpo Saturday due to not feeling well. So I’ll be doing x stretch today (Sunday) and then starting week 3 on monday.
WEEK 3?! I’m so excited to have come this far! My Boyfriend will be starting week 4. So exciting. I’m starting to see definition in his arms and legs. He’s looking great!
How is everyone else doing?! :D
Yoga x was VERY relaxing. A bit challenging at first because the first part of it involves a LOT of downward dog and balancing poses. Nothing some practice can’t fix. Definitely one of my favorite p90x workouts. And I’m incredibly happy that I was able to fit it in this week. Since as you know, last week didn’t happen due to being extremely busy. :) I need to work on my form with some of the poses. But for the most part I think I got the hang of it. EXCEPT, I can not do the Crane. I’m not strong enough yet, and I looked like the picture shown below. Tip of the day: Don’t fall on your face! If you can help it. ;D
This time last week I was so incredibly sore that I could barely move thanks to Plyometrics. And right now, I feel only a little bit of soreness. So awesome!
Also, I know the last time I did Shoulders and Arms I was having a challenging time getting through it and doing the reps. This time I used less weight and was able to get through it just fine! And because my weights were so much less than before, I did double the reps to make up for it. Worked out great!
My form is getting better when it comes to abs. There wasn’t any strain on my neck this time around. Still need to work on getting through the reps without stopping.
With work comes progress. And I’m working. So, I shall await the progress! :D
Got through this weeks Plyometrics a lot easier than I did last week. I’d say that’s progress in itself. Still have a somewhat hard time breathing, and having to take longer breaks than given. But that’s no problem. I think next weeks fitness goal is to try and get through everything without pausing. I didn’t yawn as much either. But that’s probably because my body is getting used to the exercise and my breathing is getting better. GREAT! :D This time around I drank water that had a lemon in it during my work out. Very refreshing.
Every now and then through the p90x work outs, I jokingly ask my Boyfriend (In a semi whiny voice) “AM I FIT YETTTTTT?!”. It’s all in good fun. And it’s awesome to keep the mood light.
(PS: How is everyone else doing?! Staying motivated?!)
I’m excited to announce that I’ve reached week 2 in the p90x program!
I didn’t feel as fatigued and out of energy this time around. My body must be getting used to working out every day. Which makes me feel awesome! I tried my best to do the exercises without modifying them, but because I don’t have a lot of upper body strength my form was a little poor. Which is fine, I’ll get better. Modifying the moves isn’t a bad thing. But eventually I’d love to push through without modifying. I try to do at least 10-15 reps of everything, and even 20 reps if I can. And I always make sure to show myself up. If I could do 15-20 reps the first round, then I can do it the second round. I love that my arms already feel stronger a week into the program. I’m looking forward to the end of this month when I’ll be going into phase two. What a great way to end and start off a year.
As for Abs, I still need to work on my form, a lot. I wound up putting strain on my neck during two of the moves. And I feel the burn a lot more in my legs than my abs. BUT, I will get better. Positive thoughts.
Form, form, form!
I feel like my form isn’t as good as it should be. And that I’m half-assing my work outs. I need to start focusing on my body more. And remembering quality over quantity. I need to stop worrying about doing as many reps as Tony Horton and the others. I’ll get there, but not with poor form. Luckily I have my work out partner/Boyfriend to help me with this.
It’s been a busy week and I’ve been falling a little behind on my posting!
In my last entry I said I was going to do Kenpo and Yoga x in the same day to stay on schedule. Well, that didn’t happen. After Saturday’s long grueling and unsuccessful day of bridesmaids dress shopping I did Kenpo. I decided it probably wasn’t a smart idea to my body through that much work on one day. So tonight I’m just going to start my week over with Chest & Back like I’m supposed to. And try my best to keep everything on schedule this week.
Alrighty. Now, I know working out is supposed to lift your mood and make you happier. But I was not a happy person trying to get through kenpo. I was frustrated I couldn’t get the moves down. I was overly emotional. Which might have been contributed by the 2 1/2 hours of sleep the night before and the long upsetting, unsuccessful day I had been faced with prior. But I got through it. With loving and constructive help from my wonderful Boyfriend. He reminded me that it was my first time doing the work out and not to beat myself up that I couldn’t get the moves down on the first few tries. I was definitely relieved to be done with kenpo. And I definitely feel sore from it, and everything else I’ve done this past week. And to be completely honest, I’m excited to try kenpo again with a new attitude.
Note to self/Everyone else:
Please don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get a move down the first few times you try. Be persistent with a good optimistic attitude. You will eventually get the hang of it. Everything takes practice.
Now, to eat my light salad and protein shake before tonight’s week 2/day 7: Chest & Back, Abs.
Okay so I’m supposed to be on day 4, which would be Yoga X. But yesterday was so hectic, by the time I actually had time to work out, it was almost 2am. So I continued on to “day 5”. Tomorrow hopefully, at some point I will be doing both Yoga X and Kenpo. If I can find time that is. Tomorrow’s day is going to be long and hectic due to the fact my mother and I are going dress shopping for her wedding. I’m really trying my hardest to keep on schedule with p90x. But it’s a little tough.
Thus far, legs & back has been my favorite, aside from plyometrics. I’ve always loved leg exercises. I can handle the burn in my legs better than I can anywhere else on my body. My leg muscles did feel a little weak from the past week of p90x, so I don’t feel like I gave my full potential. I can’t wait to try the exercises when I’m not super sore any longer. The back part of the exercises involved a lot of pull ups. Which is still a huge challenge for me because I’ve never worked my upper body. But nonetheless, I pulled though and it feels amazing.
I might add that every other day of the p90x program involves 15 mins of grueling Ab x. The moves are fun, but so challenging. You definitely feel it. But it’s awesome!
This is what I use right now: Whey protein shake mix and mono-hydrate Creatine.
For now, I am on a budget and couldn’t afford the protein shake mix AND the p90x recovery drink together. To make up for not having the recovery drink I just got the protein shake, and the Creatine. Creatine is important to use because it replaces the naturally occurring Creatine in your body that you use up during your work out. It also aids in rebuilding muscle by retaining water around the tissue, and its nice because your muscles aren’t NEARLY as sore as they would be normally the next day. Though just taking Creatine doesn’t compare to the recovery drink.
I would recommend buying the p90x recovery drink because once you are done working out you will need the many different kinds of Carbs, Sodium, Creatine, Potassium, B vitamins, Etc. that they put in it for energy and muscle synthesis. It is a different drink than anything else on the market and it REALLY does help you in recovering after a work out, the hours after, and the way you feel the next day.
Before a work out I usually blend one serving of the whey protein shake mix with almond milk and a banana, but you can use any fruit you want or have it by itself. It tastes like a chocolate shake so it’s good either way. After I drink the shake I wait 30, to 45 minutes before I start my exercises.
After a work out I mix 1 tsp (5g) Creatine with 8oz of grape juice. It’s best to use juice in general because your body will absorb the Creatine better with a sugary fruit drink, as apposed to water. And I use grape juice because scientists concluded that Creatine is absorbed best with grape juice. BUT drink all the water you want afterward because that will help your muscles, and you will stay hydrated in the long run.
First off, I am SO sore from yesterday’s Plyometrics. But I feel great. Except for when I have to go up and down the stairs in my house. Haha ;)
To be perfectly honest, upper body work is my least favorite type of exercise. And today was very challenging. Mostly because I have never focused on upper body. “Tip of the day”: Breathe, don’t hold it in. It doesn’t aid you to hold your breath during the amount of reps you’ll be doing. Your muscles NEED the oxygen, and so do you. On that note, I realized once again I was yawning A LOT. Which if you read my previous post, isn’t a bad thing. It’s just your body’s way of reacting to the amount of exercise you’re doing.
I expect tomorrow I’ll be feeling sore from today. Which is fine by me, because tomorrow is Yoga! Lots of deep breathing and stretching. Exactly what my muscles need right about now.
Well folks, I got through p90x’s plyometrics. I feel amazing now that I finished. Wasn’t feeling amazing during it though. I kind of knew what Plyometrics was going to entail. It’s exactly HIIT exercises (High Intensity Interval Training). High intensity moves to get your heart rate up with a lot of reps, followed by 10-30 second recovery time, then you go back into the high intensity moves again. Super effective if you’re trying to burn fat. The work out lasts an hour, and it’s well worth it. You’ll probably hate your life until you realize you only have 10 minutes left, and then you’ll feel complete, satisfied, joy knowing you’re almost done. There are times where I felt like I was going to throw up, but you HAVE to push through that wall. Although if you “can’t”; just take a minute to catch your breath, sip SOME water, and then push on. You don’t want to drink a lot of water during plyometrics. Give yourself enough to sustain your body. Don’t chug, take sips. If you drink too much with your heart rate being up that high, it could induce cramping and/or vomiting. Another thing, I found myself yawning A LOT during the work out, and that’s NOT a bad sign. It’s your body’s way of getting a large amount of oxygen into your system for your muscles. And remember to do the cool down at the very end of the plyometrics video. Don’t skip it, your heart/body needs it!
I’m more than happy to answer ANY questions you may have. Don’t hesitate.
Now, I shall indulge in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2011. I think I’ve earned it with my hard work tonight. And what better motivation, right?
(Who’s your favorite VS angel?)
On Monday I’m going to get back into p90x with my Boyfriend. I started the very first video last Monday, but life has been so hectic that I haven’t been able to keep up with it. So I’ll be starting fresh this Monday. I’m excited and pretty confident I can get through it. My Boyfriend is a huge help, he’s been following the nutrition guide and purchased the p90x formulas for us. We still have a long way to go, but we’re going to get to the end of it and then some.
I’ll be posting progress photos from time to time to help see the changes in my body as the weeks go on.
Who else is doing this?!