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P90X, The 4th Attempt: Ten Down, Three to Go

In one way it seems like I started this last round of P90X forever ago. Then, when I look at the schedule and realize it’s been 10 weeks, in another way it seem like this round has flown by so fast. I know. It’s weird. It’s also very hard to explain the feeling. In any way, 10 weeks are long gone. Only three more left. What a journey!

The Challenge

As I head into week 11, I’m a little unsure about my previous personal challenge to leave the scale alone and focus on the task at hand. I haven’t slipped, but I really want to check on my progress. Don’t worry. I’m not confessing about a future sin. I will continue with my personal challenge. I just have to sink it into my head that if I keep with my diet plan and workout results will follow.

The Reward

Simply put, my butt has gotten smaller. Hahahahaha! But it’s so true! I noticed before, but I noticed it even more this past week. My butt, which has always been, and will continue to be, slightly bigger than the average man’s, is no longer taking up as much room in my pants. All my pants fit baggier. Some have no hope of staying up without a tight belt. My big booty is slowly turning into a fit one. Oh yeah!

Originally posted on TeamBeachbody.com

P90X, The 4th Attempt: I Just Finished What?

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, I reached the 60 day mark of my 4th attempt to finish a full round of P90X. For some, this is routine. For myself however, this is remarkable. I took pictures, and as soon as I have them off the camera I plan to post them.

The Challenge

I weighed myself today and I lost 1.6 pounds. Yes! Why is this in the challenge section? Two reasons. (1) It will barely show in my 60 day pictures I post. If you read my last post I was in a three week plateau before this past week. That is a bit of a blow to psychy, but not a disaster by any means. (2) 1.5 pounds is great, but it’s just the beginning. From here until the end (the 90 day mark) I am not going to weigh myself. It will be tempting to pull out the scale and judge my progression by the numbers, but I am not going to do it. In order to reach my goal I will have to lose 2.5 pounds a week from here on out. Possible? Yes. Likely? No. Dissapointed. Hell no! I’ve gotten this far and I plan to finish strong. I don’t need the scale to distract me.

The Reward

Simply. Week 10 is about to start. I feel good about myself.

Originally posted on TeamBeachbody.com

P90X, The 4th Attempt: The Plateau of Doom

The madness, the horror, the humanity! It’s the plateau of doom! Noooooooo!

That’s exactly how I’ve felt for the past three weeks as my body has seen tremendous strength gains, but absolutely no weight loss. Now, mind you, I’ve noticed little, minute changes in my body, in terms of fat loss (like more visible vains), but the scale has fluctuated within a small range and showing no weight loss.

I understand this plateau does not mean I am not doing any work, but it very much feels like it. Why? Because I am focusing too much on the scale. I sent my TeamBeachBody coach an email and he recommended I decrease my calic intake (this was based upon the information I provided him in the email). I had previously done some research, in case of such a depressing event as a multi-week plateau, and some of the articles I read suggested the same thing. So, I intend to do so. Week 9 should be interesting.

The Challenge

Decreasing calories, after I thought I would have the luxury of slightly increasing calories by now will be a bit of a blow to my psychy as I push through week 9. Nevertheless, I’ve done it before and it should be a lot easier since I have experience to do it again.

The Reward

I’m doing so many more push-ups than when I started. I’m genuinely impressed with myself. Sometimes, when trying to follow along with the DVD I wonder if I’ll ever see myself hitting the type of numbers or lifting the amount of weight that Tony and the others do. This week I watched myself conquer Reach High and Under Push-ups. I did as many as they asked for in Core Synergistics. I even felt good enough to do a couple more. YES! Improvement!

Originally posted on TeamBeachbody.com

P90X, The 4th Attempt: Stay On Schedule

I am disbelief that I am about to start Week 8. I have done an outstanding job so far, and I’m just so happy be to so consistent for so long.

The Challenge

I have a couple things happening in my life right now that are going to challenge me in my quest for fitness. (1) Work has become really busy, and I have to get up really early to workout, or wait until 6pm. That type of schedule in the past has caused me to lose motivation. I’m going to do my best to power through it and stay on schedule. (2) Including today, I have a few weekends coming up that are going to challenge my diet. Today, I’m helping my brother chaperone a hoard of teenagers to San Diego for a baseball game, a concert, dinner, and a special dessert hangout. No “healthy” food will probably be in sight. I’m eating breakfast at home and taking some healthy snacks with me that can last in the car, but as for meals, I know I’ll have to find something at the baseball park for lunch and later at a mall for dinner that will be satisfying and healthy. Wish me luck. The rest of the weekends coming up will be filled with little trips out of town. You know how those go… inconsistent meals, and a lot of fast food. Again, I will aim for healthy everytime, but like I said before, wish me luck.

The Reward

I approached my seventh week of Kenpo X thinking it would be just another hard-ass workout. On the first break I checked my heart rate — 168. On the second break I checked my heart rate — 162. I was slightly puzzled because my heart is usually thumping way over 170 by the second break. Everytime I checked my heart rate it was under 170. And after everytime I checked I would push a little harder, but it never changed. It stayed under 170 for the entire workout. My wife, a medical student, explained that my heart was getting used to the high level of physical activity and it was becoming more effecient at pumping blood through my body. The more effecient it is the less it needs to work. That made me feel proud.

Originally posted on TeamBeachbody.com

P90X, The 4th Attempt: Taking It On The Road

Week 6 was a success! It was a complicated and tough week, but I managed to pull it off. If you missed my last post I talked about how and why I was taking a Tuesday through Thursday road trip this last week. The issue wasn’t the road trip itself, but how I would continue my P90X workout while making my way through three different states. Here’s how I worked out the P90X Classic schedule last week:

  • Sunday: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps + Ab Ripper X (just like normal).
  • Monday: Skipped Plyometrics, substituted Back & Biceps (no Ab Ripper X).
  • Tuesday: Left early in the morning for Phoenix, did Plyometrics in Phoenix. Traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the night.
  • Wednesday: Woke up early, did Yoga X at the hotel, left for Texas.
  • Thursday: Flew from San Antonio in the morning, landed in Cali in the early afternoon, did Legs & Back like normal.

No doubt, my friends. It was tough to change up the schedule. I felt the difference by late Tuesday night. It felt as if I had gone through another phase in muscle confusion. Nevertheless, I was very happy I made it through the week even though I traveled over 3000 miles in two days.

The Challenge

Heading into this week (week 7) I’ve decided to take a break today. Let me explain. For some reason I woke up this morning feeling a bit sluggish and out of sorts. I was awake for a few hours, but before I could even begin to motivate myself to workout I was falling asleep watching the 9/11 memorial broadcasts on TV. Instead of trying to pull some unnecessary stunt, I’ve decided to take a break. So, who knows? I might just take a nap after I’m done typing this out. I think it’s only right I give my body some rest when it calls for sleep.

The Reward

A new milestone: Today is the farthest I have ever reached in any of my attempts of finishing a full round of P90X. That in itself is an accomplishment, and I’m going to soak in it for the rest of the week.

Originally posted on TeamBeachbody.com