Our P90X Journey, Part 3

February 18, 2011


Today is day 58 of our P90X journey and a lot has changed in the last three weeks.  The same day that I posted the last update–you know, the one where I said we were almost caught up?–we decided that instead of busting our booties to get caught up each time got behind, we would just forget the workouts we missed and continue on as if we didn’t actually miss them.  That lasted a whole week–a week in which we missed three more workouts.  We started realizing how silly this was–I mean, like we’ve said since the beginning–if we’re gonna do this, then let’s DO this!  We didn’t like just forgetting about those missed workouts.

So last week, during Symphony Night, we finally decided once and for all what we were going to do about this whole missing workouts/making up workouts dilemma (because we moved out of the denial stage–we’re sure we’re going to miss more.  That’s just life.):  We are just going to add on to the program.  For instance, this week is supposed to be the recovery week from phase two.  Well, since we missed almost two entire weeks of phase two, we’re re-doing two weeks and next week will be our recovery week.  So instead of this process taking 90 days, it’s now going to take at least 105 days, which is no biggie–I mean, what else do we have to do?

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.  Why were we putting such pressure on ourselves?  It’s not like we have a deadline to meet or anything!

Yet another change: It was brought to my attention that doing so much strength training (with weights & whatnot) before I lose all of my baby weight might make me bulky–which is not the look I’m going for.  P90X offers three different programs: Classic P90X, P90X Doubles (for crazy people), and P90X Lean (more cardio, less strength training).  So, I have officially switched to the P90X Lean program.  I’ll show you what that means in a moment.  Now, the P90X Lean program still has two days of strength building, and I know that seems like that’s enough to make me bulkier than I want, but the thing about muscles is that they actually help burn fat!  So if your goal is simply to lose weight, a way to help your body do that is to build a bit of lean muscle!  Lean muscle is built by doing more reps–so I make sure I use a weight that’s light enough so I can get in more reps!

Anyway, on to the update!

The way we look: Tim is looking very different.  This is really working for him–his muscles are much more defined.  For me, I can tell I’m smaller and I can definitely see more definition in my arms and legs, but I still have a long way to go!

The way we feel: We are both dead.  Part of why we’ve been missing so many workouts lately is because we are just too tired to get out of bed.  I think it has to do with our diets–Tim is still on the Energy Booster & I’m still on the Fat Shredder.  I just don’t think that we’re getting enough carbs to fuel our bodies through the day.

Nutrition: That being said, Tim has now graduated to the high-carb Endurance Maximizer nutrition plan, and I, to the Energy Booster.  Hopefully these plans will do what they promise to do in their names.  So now, I am eating 5 servings of proteins, 2 servings of dairy, 1 fruit, 3 veggies, 1 fat, 2 1/2 carbs, 1 healthy snack, the protein bar, and the energy drink each day.

Tim is now eating 2 servings of proteins, 1 serving of dairy, 2 fruits, 2 veggies, 1 fat, 3 carbs, a healthy snack, the protein bar, and the recovery drink each day.

I’ll let you know how the higher carb diets work for us!

Workout Regimen:(To see the descriptions of the workouts I’ve already described: Part 1, Part 2)

This week Tim is still in Phase 2 of the Classic P90X program. (Click here for the run-down of those workouts from my last post)

I, however, am now doing the P90X Lean program.  This week, Phase 2, looks like this:

  • Thursdays: Core Synergistics
  • Fridays: Plyometrics (instead of Cardio X)
  • Saturdays: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
  • Sundays: Yoga X
  • Mondays: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X
  • Tuesdays: Kenpo X
  • Wednesdays: X Stretch

It’s a bit of a bummer that Tim & I aren’t doing the same workouts anymore, but we still do them at the same time (we have two laptops set up next to each other with only the cues on!), so it’s not so bad.  Plus it’s worth it–I’m excited I added that extra cardio workout.

Next week is our recovery week from Phase 2, which will look like this:

  • Thursday: Yoga X
  • Friday: Core Synergistics
  • Saturday: Kenpo X
  • Sunday: X Stretch
  • Monday: Cardio X for me; Core Synergistics for Tim
  • Tuesday: Yoga X
  • Wednesday: X Stretch

In General: We’ve obviously been slacking a bit (now that we’re two weeks behind our original plan), but surprisingly I’m not taking it that hard.  I mean, life happens, and like I said before, it’s not like we have some big televised finale coming up or anything!

So that’s where we are right now.  Just plugging along trying not to get caught up in the legalism of the program and remembering why we’re doing this: to get healthy for the glory of God!


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