Bring It: P90X Day 14

P90X is an extreme workout program. I have been on this personal journey now for 2 full weeks, trying to debunk whether or not this program works or is just another gimick to make money. This program was created by Tony Horton and will take you through all aspects of various workouts, including weight lifting, plyometrics, Kenpo and Yoga.

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 leave your comments below to leave your support. I look forward to hearing from you!

P90X is an extreme workout program. It is not for the weak. But, if you like to do things the extreme way, this might help you get in the best shape of your life!
P90X is an extreme workout program. It is not for the weak. But, if you like to do things the extreme way, this might help you get in the best shape of your life! | Source

Bring It

I have now been on my personal journey for a full two weeks. Might I say, it has flown by insanely fast. Yet, out of all the days, this is a great day. It is the day of rest. As per the P90X program guide, it suggests you do either the Stretch X program or just take the day off. The decision is completely up to you.

The beauty of the whole situation is you finally get a break. After a full week of intense workouts, believe me, you are going to need it.

I will admit, after the first week, I needed the Stretch X much more than I needed it this week. What can I say, my body is getting a little stronger and I am not nearly as sore as I was. However, the stretching feels great, whether you think you need it or not. My advice - do the stretching. It keeps you with the program and keeps you in the habit. Not to mention you will feel great afterwards!

Across the Universe

Looking for a good movie. Across the Universe is one of my favorites.
Looking for a good movie. Across the Universe is one of my favorites. | Source

Great books

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, No. 1) (Stephanie Plum Novels)

One of my favorite authors. This is the beginning of the Stephanie Plum series, bounty hunter extraordinaire. Don't miss this series. A quick, easy and fun read!

 
Flowers in the Attic / Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger)
Flowers in the Attic / Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger)

Another one of my favorite authors, V.C. Andrews. Flowers in the Attic is one of my all time favorite series. A little bit longer and a little on the weird side. Great if you like the mystery type stories

 

Games make you do crazy things!

Be aware of what game you are playing... it can be filled with many laughs and memories. Here is my 30 second costume I had to come up with while playing Quelf.
Be aware of what game you are playing... it can be filled with many laughs and memories. Here is my 30 second costume I had to come up with while playing Quelf. | Source
A beer is a great way to relax.
A beer is a great way to relax. | Source

Taking a break

As a much needed day, there is so many things that you can do to relax and get a break. This is intended to be an easy day so you can jump right into the next week at full strength. So, if you need some ideas on how to rewind, here are a few that I have come up with.

  1. Watch a movie: Has it seem like forever since you have really just sat down. Well, take a couple hours either by yourself or with your family and watch a movie. Pick out your favorite. Pick out a comedy. Pick out a horror movie. It doesn't really matter what you pick out, just kick your feet up and relax. You have had a tough weem and you deserve it!
  2. Read a book: If you have a bit of spare, quiet time, grab a book from your favorite author and dive on in to a movie in your mind. Books are great little escapes. If you are like me, you don't have much time to read. So find a book that is a quick read. If it grabs your attention right away, you should have no problem finishing it.
  3. Take a bath: Calgon take me away. This is a great way to ease the pain out of those muscles. One should never underestimate the power of bathtub therapy. Close the door and escape it all. You can listen to some music while you soak or you can read a book. (Think of it this way - double relaxation! Score!)
  4. Watch the clouds drift by: If you got a hammock great. If not, improvise and just lay down on a blanket. Stare up at the sky and visualize all the shapes that are in the clouds. Heck, if you are lucky, you might even drift off for a quick nap. Bonus points if you do.
  5. Watch the stars: This is the same as watching the clouds, but their is just something different about watching the stars. Nothing is more relaxing than a nice quiet night with a starry sky. If you have a telescope, this is the time to break it out. Maybe even look for constellations.
  6. Play a board game: I love a good night of playing board games. Nothing helps me unwind faster. If you have friends, invite them over and play together. One of our favorites is Loaded Questions. Or, just do a family board game night. We like to play the game of Life with the kids. There are also an assortment of card games to play. If you have young kids (or the young at heart) play a game of Old Maid or Go Fish. If no one wants to play, well break out a game of Solitaire. Happy Gaming!
  7. Drink a beer: This isn't probably the smartest of the choices as one beer leads to another and eventually you have drank several calories. If you are being strict about your health choices, try to stick to a light beer and stick to only one. Yet, ask anyone who has had a long day at work, nothing is better than cracking open a beer!

Get to that relaxing

It just goes to show how many things you can do to destress from the working week. So, whether you need a break from the stresses of everyday life, or like me you have been completing an insane workout, take a breather and do something fun.

The question is, which mode of relaxation do you prefer?

Want More

Check out Day 15 of my personal journey and see my results after 2 weeks on the program by clicking here.

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

BG,

I'm proud of you girl. You're really hanging in there, and this should motivate a lot of people to get started taking care of their bods.

jim


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

I have been following your journey. Are you keeping a diary at Beachbody too! Are you part of a group there for support. Beachbody is pretty fantastic really regarding a support system. I am glad you are sharing with us.

I was going to do the P90X, until I discoverd my door jambs in my mobile home won't support a chin-up bar. So, I went to the power90 routine. I got distracted from it about 6 weeks in - work, work, work. So, I have the 10 minute trainer and take time out at work.

I have to confess I got them from eBay, so they were at a very reasonable price. Are you an eBay affiliate yet? Thanks for sharing your journey.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, today was an easy day... check back tomorrow... lol... that is the day I struggle with because it is all pushups and pullups. However, I have to pat myself on the back because I am really proud of myself. Mostly, I go through these crazy health kicks and give up by now... BTW - I think you missed it, but I got myself committed to a half marathon. Got to start researching a training schedule for that. Thanks for the support. I hope I am motivating people to take care of themselves and get healthy!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@tsmog - Thank you for following my journey. I haven't signed up for Beach Body, but I have thought about it. Unfortunately, I belong to so many internet sites that I fear getting in way over my head.

I know what you mean about getting distracted. So far I am going strong. But, I did start this once before. I made it through 1 week and then I got a cold and it got in the way of work. Glad to see this time is going strong for me. Luckily we have the supports for the door jamb, but I also have the Total Gym as well. We used that a few times for the pullups as well. It works a little differently, but I figure it is still the same pulling action for the most part.


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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

Although I didn't start from Day one but I will definitly take a break, I will watch a Movie. voted up


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I woke up this morning and one of my first thoughts was about having coffee while I read the next day of your journey:) I love it. While I like to tease about not working out and being lazy - I really wish I could. I think I have a "floating rib" and it causes horrible pain when I bend forward. It acts up when I do sit ups - crunches or even when I lean over to tie my shoes. Apparently there isn't a bunch I can do for it and it started about 6 or 7 years ago. It feels exactly like a charley horse only it hits under the ribs!!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I got up this morning fully intending to yell at you for missing a day, but it was my bad because you didn't miss it! I was so excited. I also greatly enjoyed this hub. It made me want to go and stare at the clouds! Too bad it is too cold out to enjoy stuff like that anymore. Oh well I will find a different way to relax :-) Keep up the good work!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@icciev - That is ok if you didn't start at day one - we all need a break. It is good to get away from the stresses of life. Which movie did you end up watching? I went for a double feature (must of needed the break!) with Hocus Pocus and Horrible Bosses. It was a much needed break! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I can kind of relate. After I had my surgery in 2000, I was left with a horrible scar. It seperated by stomach muscles that kept everything in. When I would run or do pushups or situps, my stomach would swell and I would look 9 months pregnant. They eventually removed the bad scar, but my stomach is still very weak because of the separation. I can't do situps anymore and I struggle with crunches. Even doing pushups is hard - not because of my upper body, but because of my stomach. A week stomach puts pressure on your back.

Lucky for you - you look great! I got a bit of weight to get down so I can be healthy. I always have a hard time after having kids and with each kid it takes longer and longer to get rid of it! :)

Thanks for the continued support. I love how I can incorporate stuff into the workout hubs that you can relate to... you know... like watching movies and drinking a beer! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - no - I didn't miss a day... It just took a while before I got time to publish the hub. We were out grocery shopping all day and running errands. I didn't get to sit down and actually write it until Eli left for work. I don't know how I am going to keep up with this when Eli stops working so much. I won't be able to have time to write! :) I guess I will have to stop procastinating so much or get up earlier!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Cheers to that! You needed a break. You've been working so hard!

Cloverleaf.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - Break days are my favorite. I am glad P90X has them scheduled in. Not to mention, workout or not, nothing feels better than a great big stretch! :)

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