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P90X, The 4th Attempt: One Week To Go!

The 12th week, this past week, flew by so fast. It didn’t help that my wife and I had a ton of things to do that included a small trip to Phoenix from SoCal. Nevertheless, I managed to hit play even when I had to do it a couple hours before driving 4 hours on Thursday night. On Friday I capped off the week with Kenpo X in Phoenix and took the rest option for the 7th day on Saturday. How was week 12?

I brought it on every workout. On every move, every set, every rep I made it as intence as possible. I dipped lower than ever, I lifted more than ever, I jumped higher than ever, and kept it up longer than ever. Why? Because I have a goal to fulfill. and I’m going to get as close as I can to my goal.

The Challenge

Because I am still in Phoenix, and I forgot to bring my yoga mat, and I am here to help my wife’s cousin, and her husband, prepare and bring home their new baby from the hospital, I will not be able to start week 13 on time (today). Instead, I’ll have to start it tomorrow and hope to catch up. Can I do it? Yes. Will it be hard? Yes.

There’s also a second facet to this week’s challenge. Because of my previous personal challenge to myself, I have not weighed myself in about 3 weeks. I don’t know how well my weight loss goal is really going except for the fact that I can wear clothes I have not put on since late 2008. That’s great, but the last time I checked my weight I still has roughly 12 pounds to lose to reach my goal. I intend to finish strong, but because it is a recovery week, I am going to have supplement a couple extra workouts to add a little more calorie burn for the week. *Sigh*.

The Reward

I can’t wait to finally claim I have finished a full round of P90X. Even if I don’t reach my weight goal, the accomplishment of finishing an intense 90-day workout program is in itself amazing. I have done a great job. There’s no denying it. And because so, I will take the perverbial victory lap next week. I will speak of myself with pride. I will congratulate myself, and after all is said and done seven days later, I will start it all over again.

Originally posted on TeamBeachbody.com

P90X, The 4th Attempt: Whew!

Freakin eh! Last week was one heck of a challenge. I did my best to bring it and let me tell you, my body is lettin’ me know I brought it. It was the last week for Shoulder & Arms, and Chest & Back. Now, I only have one more week for Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, and Back & Biceps. After this next week (week 12) is week 13. My last week. I’m almost there folks.

The Challenge

Food! I have gotten the eating part down. I know how to do that. It’s now the eating the right stuff. Here’s why it will be a challenge this week. My wife’s cousin is having her first baby. We are helping my wife’s cousin and her husband collect all the proper baby stuff they need and than delivering it to them all the way in Phoenix from Redlands, CA (SoCal). Their schedules are blocking them from doing it themselves, and the expectant mother just needs to get her rest. So, because my wife and I’s schedules are so packed usually, an attempt to add this much work and a small trip throws a wrench into our gears. Furthermore, this week is particularly busy for me do to work and appointments. For my wife, she’s tryign to prepare for tests next week. Triple the workload we’re used to. We didn’t have time this weekend to make food for the week, and while I was hanging out with friends, my wife bought pizza that should nto go to waste and spoil in the fridge. Long story short: I’m eating a slice of pizza a day (excpet for tomorrow when I will be eating two), and fighting the urge to grab something quick and unhealthy to eat. I’ll have to aim for healthy fast foods (there are some if you comb the menu properly, and leave out unecessary dressings). I’m also, since I’ll be eating higher caloric foods than I am used to, going to have to reduce my portion size. Whew! Pray for me this week.

The Reward

I finally sat down, did some research, and picked out a good mutli-vitamin for men. I stopped by my local Vitamin Shoppe, bought the mutli-vitamin and a melatonin supplement. Why are these in the reward section? The melatonin should help me sleep better through the night. It’s been a tiny bit of a struggle for me. The multi-vitamin should help with the slight nutritional gaps that I know I have in my diet. One thing I know for a fact, I don’t get enough sun. Yes, I live in sunny SoCal and in hot-desert Vegas. How can i not get enough sun? I spend most of my time in a car, in an office, or in an appointment. Believe me, I don’t get enough sun. I know of at least two substances I’m missing because of that. Proper Vitamin D and Melatonin synthesis, in your body, occurs when you eat right and get some sun. According to a study I read (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vitamin-d/) black men, like myself, need 90 minutes of sun exposure a day on either exposed shoulders, arms, and legs, to properly generate the amount of Vitamin D a man should have. Melatonin is produced as a result of Seratonin that occurs in the body when it is exposed to daylight. The sooner in the morning you’re exposed to daylight, the better. Melatonin is even more important for men because studies have shown that men with prostate cancer tend to have lower levels of melatonin (the study’s are quoted here: http://www.alternative-cancer-care.com/Melatonin_Cancer.html, and there’s a lof helpful information here: http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action;jsessionid=57F4050671F4D6800F4BD27452503907?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.116-a160). Okay… now you know why a multi-vitamin and a melatonin supplement are a reward for me, and should probably be a reward for you too.

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