Bring It: P90X Day 12

This is my very own journey with the P90X DVD training system, created by Tony Horton. This workout program is hardcore, it is intense, and it supposedly holds the key to pushing you into the best shape of your life. That is what I have been told. My journey will show you if that is the truth.

If you would like to start from the beginning of this series, please click here. If you want to read about my previous day with P90X, click here.

Feel free to comment and share your stories on health and fitness. And if you have stuck with me this far, I thank you for your continued support!

P90X is an extreme workout program intended in getting you in the best shape of your life. Are you ready to Bring It?
P90X is an extreme workout program intended in getting you in the best shape of your life. Are you ready to Bring It? | Source
Adding weights to your workout may decrease your reps, but, it can show in big ways elsewhere!
Adding weights to your workout may decrease your reps, but, it can show in big ways elsewhere! | Source

Bring It

Today is a great day. Motivation has been visiting all day, and boy am I liking the results. Of course, a good night's sleep also probably helped a bit too!

I started the day early and was up before the sun. While normally thoughts would have strayed toward going back to bed after I made my husband's lunch, today was different. I remember last week when I went to bed, never actually feel asleep, and just wasn't happy with my productivity levels. I was feeling sluggish. But not today. Today, I had my first cup of coffee, everybody's lunches packed and my workout done before 7:30 a.m. Yep, it started off as a great day.

The workout was the second time of Legs and Back. I am not a fan of squats and lunges (and we can't forget about those pull ups that they sneak in and call it a break), but I will say strong legs run in the family. So, while I don't particularly enjoy them, I know that I have the capability of pulling them off. Ugg - but they still get very sore by the end.

To increase the intensity of the workout, I also added weights. I can tell I am getting stronger because I am doing better than I was last week. (Yes - I have been keeping track of weight and reps!) This workout kicked up my motivation. After I was done, I not only cleaned the entire house, but I also went for 2 walks. I am sure I will be feeling it tomorrow.

So, what else can I say but "Happy Squatting!" ..... Realhousewife - that is for you!

Setting Goals

While working out your legs and back doesn't automatically make me think about setting goals, the P90X program, more accurately, Tony Horton, encourages you to set goals. These are goals that you should be setting for longterm, but also goals that you should be setting immediately.

One of the keys to P90X is to track your results. Since you usually only do the workout once a week, this allows you to remember what weight and how many reps you did the week before. You can also note whether the weight was too heavy or too light. This allows you to adjust your workout so you can get the best results week after week.

That being said, with each and every exercise, you are setting mini goals. If you did 10 pushups last week, set a goal to try and do at least one more. After all, we might realize we can actually do five more.

As people, we underestimate our ability. The goal is to do as many reps as we can with good form. Too many times do we stop to early. This will hurt our results. So, set that goal for a couple reps higher. You should see and feel the difference!

Note: Quality over quantity is always the best way to go. Remember, if you can't do the exercise with correct form, modify it for your abilities. When your form gets sloppy, that is when you increase your risk for injury!

I must be NUTS!!

One of the main reason I brought up goals today was not because legs and back make me think of goals, but because today my motivation has gotten the best of me. It caused me to set a goal! A very big goal. A goal that I will really need to work hard to achieve.

Today, I made a commitment to run a half-marathon by next spring!

I am still a little in shock, as in running is definately not something I particularly enjoy. Sure, I know it is great for you and it is a great way to lose weight and get in shape. It is just after about 5 minutes, I usually find myself getting bored!

However, today I made a commitment and I vow that by next spring, I will run a half marathon. Who knows... maybe next I will be setting a goal to run a full marathon. Before you know it, I will be vowing to visit the moon. See what motivation does to you?

So.... I guess I better get to my training!

Want more...

If you want to read about Day 13, click here. Not only will you see how I am doing, but it is packed full of ideas on how to get fit while having fun.

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

You go girl! lol... Goals are really important with any good routine. I try to keep my head on and make good goals, but sometimes that is the hardest part. I am glad to see the P90 is going so well, but I hope you can stick to your goals!! I did a slightly different aerobic workout this morning. Our dresses came in and I suddenly realized that I have not been putting forth the effort required! Time to up the stakes a bit ;-) Keep up the good work!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have been following your daily P90X hubs and I find them totally exhausting :) but am happy that you have set this goal and are achieving it. So once you are done or at a place where you are happy with the results will you be posting before and after pictures?

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I will admit that setting a goal to run a half-marathon is a bit on the crazy side for me :O But, we all know how stubborn I am as well. After all, look at how far I have made it with P90X. Of course, it also helps that I am writing about it and sharing health advice while I am doing it. I know someone out there is checking on this and will hopefully keep me in check if I start to falter. Tommorrow is Kenpo X - that makes me excited. Love that workout.

So, how do the dresses look. I am curious, but I don't know if it is worth having it sent out here or not so I can get it altered and then have to bring it all the way back! Especially since I have never even tried on the dress! Hmmm - decisions!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - I am glad someone else is feeling the exhaustion... These have been wiping me out... but in a good way. I am actually finding I have a lot more energy than I did before. Today, I had my workout in, lunches made for the hubby and kids, a couple cups of coffee, walked to Walmart, died my hair, cleaned the house, wrote this hub, picked the kids up for school, returned for Parent Teacher Converences, made supper, made dessert and even commented back. I say I am doing pretty good - and it hasn't even hit 6 yet. I am definately on a roll! :)

As for the pictures... I do have my before picture taken. I might take on at each bench mark... like 30 days, 60 days and 90 days, but when I do my final P90X hub, those pictures will all be included as well! I can't wait to see what they look like. I am already seeing the physical results and it is awesome. My Wii Fit says I am down 3 pounds so far and I have had to start wearing a belt. Can't beat that! :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I swear BBG - every morning I've been following your progress and mentally cheering you on. I have noticed each day - I feel a little bit more like I actually want to exercise. It's like lifting mental weights:). I realized today - you gave me 2 good reasons to work out. Maybe I'll sleep better and feel healthier. I woke up feeling sick this morning.

I - already feeling nauseous and sluggish - went ahead and looked at my butt in the mirror? Omg - I better buy one of your PBX videos and get to squatting - gravity is at work back there! I really wish it was as easy as lmao:). You are VERY motivating - you are actually making ME want to work out!! I might do it! Lol

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Glad that I am getting you movitivated to work out... and lifting those mental weights can sometimes be even harder than the real stuff. That is why ths week I stuck to the 3 pound weights. That, and I still have alot of other stuff to do so I can't be so sore that I am unable to move.

As for your butt sagging... don't worry... you do have the booty pop.... ah- and there it goes again. We are never far from a booty pop conversation... lol

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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Good for you re: the half-marathon. My goal this year was to run a 5k which I've done twice now. Not sure I want to do a marathon, half or otherwise. Like you, I'm not that into running (although I've noticed it's helping me get rid of my bit of a belly) and like you, I get a little bored. Maybe b/c I don't listen to music while I do so.

Anyway, looking forward to reading more.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - Thanks for the support. I have to admit, running the half marathon is a little bit scary. Not really sure what I got myself into. I think I will start training Nov. 1st. My husband has been very busy at work and going for a run might prove difficult without him being home to watch the kids. Either that, or I guess I better start saving for a treadmill so I can run when it is raining or when the little guy is sleeping. My husband told me I should have started smaller and gone with the 5K. Ah... but once I put my mind to it, I am comitted! The only bad thing - training for a half marathon might squew the results of just doing P90X. I will make note of it though if I worked extra! Thanks for the support and glad you are enjoying the series!

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

As for the dresses... I'm not really sure how they look because I have not seen them yet. They are in, but I haven't ran to look. I think mom plans on picking yours up on Friday. I wish you could come back for just a weekend or something to try it on and find out if it needs to be altered or what not. We will see and I will let you know soonish!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I would love to come back for a weekend just to try on the dress but I don't think that is going to happen. It is just a bit pricey and we have a lot of stuff to get our house all settled in. But, if I do decide to fly back for a weekend - I will let you know - cause if it is just me - I expect someone to come pick me up! :)

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I completely understand! I know that it is pricey and you guys have a lot still to do, but if anything happens let me know!!! We would have to figure something out! Still it would be nice to see you again soon :-)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I might look into it. I ain't gonna lie but I am a little nervous about trying to get the dress fit in a matter of one week. But, I got to wait until my P90X is complete. I don't want to get it sized and then resized when I come back again. Might just have to get it sent out to me.

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Yea.... it is a rough situation! Still everything will work out and we will see each other with in the next four months :-)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - it always does... and who knows... maybe I will win the lottery or something... lol! I am always signing up for crazy drawings and stuff! My luck might be changing. And I have my money tree sitting in the front half of my house... see - surrounded by luck and fortune!

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