Bring It: P90X Day 15

P90X is an extreme workout program that was created by Tony Horton. This workout is intense and promises to get you in the best shape of your life. I am here, on my very own personal journey to test this promise; to see if this is true or if it is just another advertising gimmick.

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.

For those who have been following my journey, I thank you for your continued support. For those of you just joining me, I look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below. Together, maybe we can motivate each other to get healthier!

P90X is an extreme workout program. If you are ready to Bring It, join me on this journey to get into the best shape of your life!
P90X is an extreme workout program. If you are ready to Bring It, join me on this journey to get into the best shape of your life! | Source
Adding weights to your workout will help you increase muscle. With each week, try to increase it just a little more.
Adding weights to your workout will help you increase muscle. With each week, try to increase it just a little more. | Source

Bring It

Today is the third time i have completed the P90X Chest and Back workout. I will admit, it isn't my favorite. This is probably because I hate push ups and I despise pull ups. I have very little upper body strenght. It has always been my downfall. But, I have pushed through.

Today I really decided to Bring It! After all, this will be the last time I actually do this particular workout until I reach week 9. So, it is my fairwell. I am not saying that I will not be doing anymore push ups and pull ups, it is just the workouts are about to change.

This is my last week before I go into the fourth week, which is a recovery (or rest phase). The key to P90X is to keep those muscles confused, and frankly, that means it is time to switch it up. I can tell you, I am getting stronger with eacyh workout, but I still have a far distance still to travel.

My pushups are still being done on my knees, so I can complete more reps in a quality form. It is important to remember that quality is always more important than quantity. If you use poor form to push out more, you are doing yourself a great injustice and possibly putting yourself in a zone of potential injury. My pull ups are also still being done with the assistance of a chair. I am hoping by the end of the program, I will be able to complete one full pull up without any assistance. That will be a great achievement since I have never done one in my entire life.

Overall, I can feel I am getting stronger. I am adding weights and I am working out to my max. Today, I even pushed myself to failure. My arms feel like jello, but I am still pushing on. But, most importantly, today is a good day because I get to see my results.

So... what are we waiting for?

Results

Results can be measured in many different ways. You can measure them emotionally, and physically. One is concrete and the other has to do with the numbers. Every Monday I measure my results. I try to stick away from the scale and the measuring tape before that because otherwise I get obsessive and I can get discouraged.

Emotional Results:

  • Today I am feeling great. In fact, I have been feeling great all week long. I am noticing a difference. I feel more energetic than I have in a long time. I also feel a lot stronger and I have more self-confidence. I am a busy person, but I am not letting that get in the way. Emotionally, I am feeling stronger than ever! I am in a good mood. It just goes to show how a good workout can increase your happy endorphines. Even if I don't lose a pound, you can't replace the effects of feeling good!

Physical Results:

  • I can see the difference, and others can to. If I lift up my arms and stretch, I actually can see my biceps and triceps starting to show definition. That is a great feeling. That means I can see my body getting stronger. I can also see that my butt is lifting. I guess that means the Booty Pop is no longer necessary. And this may sound weird, but my ankles look skinnier. Never thought I would say this, but damn my ankles look sexy!
  • I have also taken measurements. These measurements are taken in several different forms. The first way is based off the number of reps. Each week, I push myself to do a few more reps with each exercise. If I find I am doing too many, I have the option of increasing the weight. From the downloadable worksheets that go with the P90X system, it shows that I am getting stronger.
  • The other measurements I have been taken are things I can't really smudge. It isn't based off whether last week I wasn't feeling like doing 15 pushups even though I might have been able to. It is concrete. It is the scale. The scale doesn't lie. (Although I don't want you to forget that muscle weighs more than fat!) So far, in the two weeks of doing this program I have lost 1.6 pounds, 0.7 percent body fat and a total of 6.5 inches. Now, while I am not overly thrilled at the number on the scale, I am thrilled about the number of inches lost. That to me is more important!

Thoughts...

As you can see, I am seeing some progress. As an added bonus, the more muscle I create, the more fat my body will burn. This means that I will probably be seeing and increase in weight loss over the next couple of weeks.

While I can't say I am getting outstanding results, I can say I am seeing realistic results. After all, this isn't The Biggest Loser where as a contestant I might loss 10 pounds in a week! As a person who has battled this fight several times, I do understand that a slow and consistent weight loss is better than a sporatic one.

So... with that being said, I am off to expend some of this extra energy!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

6.5 inches sounds really good to me. Keep up the good work!

I am in the stands cheering you on.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - Thanks - I can hear you loud and clear. Can't wait to see what the results will be after one more week! AWESOME!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Wow that is some great results!! That is amazing :-) I told you that you probably wouldn't start losing too much weight until like week 4 anyways but the inches... That is great!!! You really are doing amazing and by doing so you are enriching your life as well! I love hearing your story every day :-) You are doing amazing and just keep up the great work!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks Myth - pretty happy with the results... mostly the inches. But, I got to check my eating habits because I know if I changed that I would be getting much better results. I will probably check into that more next week because next week is my recovery week from the first phase. Although I will admit, I don't expect it to be too much of a recovery. I looked at the book and it seems like it is going to be a hard week! LOL


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I think the results are fantastic. As soon as I saw you were looking at the numbers on the scale I cringed and was thinking - that muscle your building is heavy don't listen to the scale! Lol then you did say you know that. I am so impressed about how hard you're working and sticking with it. I know as a mother of 3 - how hard it can be to try to work in a routine for anything....I'll keep taking my hat off to you!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Well done, barbergirl, 6.5 inches is a great achievement - you are well on your way now! Voting up :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Thanks so much for your encouragement. I did a lot of studying up on nutrition and health. I know what you should do; doesn't mean I always do it. However, even though I know that muscle weighs much more, I have to say, I still wish the scale would move more. I know the reason why but it doesn't mean I have to like it! LOL

Thanks for the continued support though. I feel great!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - I am pretty proud about the inches. I think that is a great accomplishment! I am super psyched because I know that it is working. It is showing in the numbers and I can see it when I look in the mirror. Sometimes I just stare at myself because I am starting to recognize the old me ... and it has been awhile since I have seen her! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You look great too!

I'm paranoid about scales - threw mine out years ago when I noticed Laurel basing her mood on every pound at like 15. I hate scales - I hated watching my daughter show disappointment in herself when she would stand on it.....still have that picture in my head. I used to tell her that it served no purpose and weighed her emotions not her "self"....but if you see pounds peeling off I could see where it gives you a good feeling!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I read this article from this blog called Single Dad Laughing. He did a whole writeup on the scale and how it was bad news. A person could tell just by the way their clothes fit and what not. So he did a challenge and got rid of his scale. If I am thinking correctly, he eventually got a new one.

The scale can be evil, especially when you are so conscious of it that you are weighing yourself every 15 minutes to see if you gained or lost. People need to realize how beautiful they are is not written on the scale. But, unfortunately, the scale is a necessary evil. I have also seen people who didn't like the scale and ended up ballooning up because they weren't paying attention. The next thing you know, each time you go shopping you are buying a couple sizes larger. I use the scale as a reference point. When I am at my ideal weight, it alerts me if I am starting to slide again. Then I watch how much alcohol I am consuming and how much we are eating fast food and drop those pesky 5 pounds. I try not to get obsessive. But I have been on both sides of the story. The obsessive side that plays the moods off the scale, and the smart side, which uses it as the tool it is meant to be.

You gave me a great idea....


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Just one? Lol.

Yeah I tend to be sensitive about it but now I am thinking about buying one again....Mick's doc wants him to gain weight and I can not guess! I know what the doc told me he weighs (160) but I am worrying about being positive he is really adding weight on. I care so I too, am going to have to buy one again but maybe I'll hide it and I'll be the only one who can get it out;) lol j/k


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I don't even own a set of scales and judge how much wt I've gained/lost by how my clothes feel. Right now, they are feeling loose and I need to buy new pants.

I also totally agree with you regarding quality versus quantity. If you don't have good form, you will get injured, then you'll be taking a big step backwards.

Keep it up!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - you could always get the Wii Fit... LOL... then you have a scale but it isn't really a scale. Although it is kind of easy to make you feel bad when you step on and it goes Ohhh... lol

As for your uncle - feed him lots of cookies. That is usually what I do :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - the clothes are always the biggest indicator. I have one of those fancy scales but I notice it isn't correct compared to the gym. It is suppossed to measure body fat. Well, I got the free trainer thing from the gym and what ended up happening is they took my Body Fat and it was about 3% lower than what my scale says. However, I will say, being consistent with your tools are just as good.

I hope I get to buy new pants soon! :)


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

You're already able to see definition? That's great! Seeing results early like this can really effect someone's attitude about the workout. That's encouraging. You're starting to convince me that I should do this.

Other then the workouts what else have you changed? What about diet recommendations? Does P90X suggest something? If so what does it suggest you eat and how important is it to follow their diet plan?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy - P90X does have a nutrition guideline that they suggest you follow with the program in order to get maximum results. Honestly, I ordered this program over a year ago, tried it for a week, got sick, packed everything up. A year later I am trying it again. Unfortunately, I can't find the nutrition guideline that I swear I put in a spot that I would easily be able to find again.

So, for changing anything... so far the only thing I have really changed is the exercise. My eating habits are really no different then I normally do. Some days it is bad and other days it is good. I think that is one of the reasons I am not dropping the weight nearly as fast as I would like. I might try concentrating on that a little more during recovery week.

If I do find the nutrition booklet in the near future though - I will try to do a hub outline what kind of foods they suggest for the program. I will get on finding it for you since you have shown an interest in it!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28, I lost the guide also. I have been eating lots of fish,chicken and vegetables. work out first thing today. Stay the with it your doing great.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I had a salad for super tonight. So I think I am doing pretty good - but then again, we were running errands and I somehow got convinced to stop and get McDonald's as well... at least I compensated for a healthy dinner. I hope to find the guide sometime this week. We are going through some boxes after moving and it should be around somewhere! :) If not - I have done Weight Watchers in the past so I guess I could always go back to that as well.

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