Saturday, September 04, 2010

Week One: Done!

Just a foreward:  If you don't care about my P90X adventure; skip this blog entry!  :)

I'm officially done with week one of P90X.  Well, that is unless you count tomorrow, which is either a rest day or a stretch day.  I believe it will be a stretch day for me even though at the beginning of the week I was SURE it was going to be a rest day.  (Yes, I'd planned it that far in advance.)  My muscles are feeling it today.  After doing Legs & Back & Ab Ripper X yesterday and then doing KenpoX today, my legs are like jello.  I think that stretch will do them wonders tomorrow.

All of that being said, I'm feeling good about this.  I am sore in the best ways possible, but all ready I can feel myself having more energy.  Jack claims that he can already SEE a difference, but it's only been one week, so I'm not sure I believe that noise.  I won't do my weigh in until Monday morning though, so we'll see how I have done weight-wise.

One area that I AM failing at is the diet plan.  P90X has a wonderful diet plan, but this girl can not afford to eat their meal plan.  That aside, I thought I would attempt to eat some of their meals, follow some of their guidelines, and follow some of those other random tips and recipes that I've found for dieting throughout the years.  Do you want to know which food tastes the best?  The P90X recipes.  Oh.  Mon.  Dieu.  They are heavenly.

Honestly, I wish I would have taken pictures for you all to enjoy because not only are they delicious, but they are absolutely beautiful as well.  I will keep that in mind in the future, as I am 100% certain I will be re-creating these meals in the near future.  The Salmon w/ Lemon Dill Sauce was absolutely to die for.  Of course, everything is from scratch with no short-cuts, but that is why it tastes so wonderful!  Unfortunately that makes for a not-so-cheap meal for my broke ass.  Other favorites of the week:  Island Pork Tenderloin Salad & Greek Feta Chicken.  YUM!

Anyway, the reason I say that I am failing is because I am such a snacker!  I always want to munch on something.  This is fine and I have plenty of healthy snacks around; it's Jack that is killing me.  "Can we order pizza?"  "If I make hot wings will you help me eat them?"  "I stopped at the store and picked up Oreos."  These are all Jack quotes of the week.  Yes, I understand that I should have the will power to say "no", but guess what?  I don't.  I went from eating complete crap all last week to trying to eat healthy and even though I normally don't even want hot wings or pizza; this week they just sounded, oh, so tempting.

I need some motivation people!  Any advice?  Any meal ideas/recipes for me?  This program requires me to eat a LOT more protein than I am used to!

Run through of my week (for any who care):
  •  Monday (week 1, day 1):  Core Synergistics  (This is kind of a total-body workout, but does focus on the core.)
  • Tuesday (w1, d2):  Cardio X (Self-explanatory.)
  • Wednesday (w1, d3):  Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X (First part is self-explanatory. Ab Ripper X is the most excruciating 16 minutes of my life.)
  • Thursday (w1, d4):  YogaX (I've always liked yoga. Yoga X is definitely eXtreme... yowza.)
  • Friday (w1, d5):  Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X (Again, self-explanatory. There's that damn Ab Ripper again. As though the hour long workout wasn't enough beFORE you throw in the extra 16 minutes from HELL.)
  • Saturday (w1, d6): KenpoX  (Okay, this one is definitely fun.  However, I think I sweat more than I've ever sweat in my life doing this.  It's one hell of a workout.  For those of you who don't know, Kenpo means "law of the fist".  This means a lot of punches, kicks, etc.)
  • TOMORROW:  As I said earlier, this could be a rest day, but I think I'm going to do StretchX. 
Oh yeah, did I mention that I am doing P90X Lean as opposed to classic?  The lean version is more commonly used by women because you are able to maintain a more "girlish" figure.  PLUS, I need to lose a LOT of weight before I focus on toning my body up more. 

The next 2 weeks will repeat the same routine I had this past week.  I will then back off for a week and have a slightly less "eXtreme" workout.  Then I'll jump back in to a new routine for 3 weeks, and so on and so forth.

Are you guys bored with my ramblings?  I apologize, I know this has been a long and boring blog for many of you.  This is a huge accomplishment for me to be doing a workout routine as extreme as this and to actually be following through with it.  Your encouragement is welcome!  :)

P.S.  I totally found out how much I dislike protein shakes and protein bars.  Unfortunate for me.  :(


Anonymous said...

Protein bars and shakes are gross! I'm very proud of you, it takes a lot just to jump into something so difficult and stick with it. I thought Jack was supposed to be doing this too? That means NO hot wings and pizza! It'll be easier if you can stick to a plan together. YOU CAN DO IT!

Unknown said...

I agree, and he was... until football season started. :/

Kathryn Shanahan said...

Yey! I'm glad you're liking it. Honestly, I work for a personal training company so I've heard mostly negative comments about P90X and I have never tried it. But I give you a lot of credit for doing something, that's really all that matters.

As for food - if you want to lose weight, nutrition is 80% of the battle. Seriously - 80%! I lost about 20 lbs at the beginning of the year by changing the way I ate. I have not kept up with it as much as I would like but I still follow the basics. No HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) or hydrogenated oil; which is TOUGH since it's in everything! But, making a lot of foods from scratch and eating the basics is what makes it easier. Protein is so important! I eat a lot of greek yogurt (Chobani blueberry is my favorite, it's like a dessert), natural sliced turkey breast (sandwich meat), natural peanut butter (watch for hydrogenated oils!), spinach salad, cheese, whole wheat noodles and bread, and I force myself to drink protein shakes right after workouts... which is okay since it's soothing on my stomach :)

I just typed out a lot, in no particular order. Email me if you want to know more... I love talking about this stuff. Good luck!

Unknown said...

I DO want to know more! I WILL email you!

Anonymous said...

Go you!! That is awesome that week one is behind you. If you find you have extra motivation, please send it my way!

Unknown said...

Didn't you read what I said? I NEED motivation! I don't have any extra! :)

Wendy StJohn said...

check out I lost about 30 pounds just by logging my food there and being aware of what was in what I was eating. The website is free and wonderful! I'm wstjohn if you want a friend in this with you. Check out the blogs, forums and you will be hooked. A lot of great recipes on there as well that won't break the bank. I'm routing for you!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the info! I will definitely check it out when I get a chance. Right now I'm using the Beachbody website (which is who P90X is through, but it is $2.99 after my 30 day free trial is up. It will be nice to have something free to use!

Unknown said...

Hey lady...just saw this post about P90X...I never followed it religiously, but used it to change up my routine from time to time. I have a nutrition guide from the Insanity work-outs I can send to you if you want it. It's reasonable and will help to guide meals better. Let me know if you want it...keep up the good work!!

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