Bring It: P90X Day 19

I am on my very own personal journey to complete the P90X DVD workout system, created by Tony Horton. This workout isn't a joke. It is only for those who are serious... or seriously stubborn. I am mostly stubborn and while this workout may be a bit out of my leg, I am determined to show others whether this is just another gimmick or if it works like it promises. I have 90 days. In that time, I plan to show you whether this will get you in the best shape of your life, and pass on some humor, fun and advice along the way.

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.

I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave comments below to give us your own personal advice or just offer some support. Together maybe we can make this world a healthier place!

P90X is an extreme workout designed by Tony Horton. This workout will make you stronger than you have ever been before, but you need to be ready. This isn't your typical workout.
P90X is an extreme workout designed by Tony Horton. This workout will make you stronger than you have ever been before, but you need to be ready. This isn't your typical workout. | Source

Bring It!

The time is 6:20 a.m. It is early in the morning. The sun hasn't even woke up yet. And then there is me, just pushing play on the DVD player. Today is legs and back. A dreaded workout for anybody that despises squats and lunges. I have never been a fan of either of these exercises, and to add a cherry on top, they also incorporate pull ups. This is a crazy workout.

It might be crazy, but I am crazy familiar with it. I am now into my 3rd week of this particular workout, and I am anxiously waiting for recovery week. Only 2 workouts away until then. I am not saying it is going to be easy, but I am ready to change things up.

The idea behind the entire P90X system is to create muscle confusion. When it comes to exercise, variety is the spice of life. This will help you to not fall victim to the dreaded plateau. We are all to familiar with this; we have all probably hit it once or twice in our lifetime. It happens because no matter how hard our workout is, our body gets used to it.

So today, I gave it my all with my squats and my lunges. I even pulled out a few more pullups, which honestly, I am not sure where they came from. I upped my weight and I promised myself it would be over in an hour. I was right - and I survived. However, I am sure the rest of the day won't be as productive. My legs are killing me. Especially after all the walking and yoga I did yesterday. In fact, I might take a nap... do a little more writing... or veg out in front of the TV. I might even think about some crazy thoughts that I have had mulling up in my head.

A life with no legs

Majority of us don't have to imagine life without legs... but it could be a rather difficult life. Take that and use it with motivation to do those squats and lunges!
Majority of us don't have to imagine life without legs... but it could be a rather difficult life. Take that and use it with motivation to do those squats and lunges! | Source
If we didn't have any legs... are arms would probably be very strong!
If we didn't have any legs... are arms would probably be very strong! | Source

What if we had no legs?

So, lately I have been a little more serious. Today I am going to lighten things up. Maybe it is because my legs are sore and I wish I could just chop them off. But, I figure it is Friday and Friday is a good day to have some fun... even if it means having fun with no legs!

If we had no legs.... it would make it very difficult to get from Point A to Point B. Sure, there are people out there that might not be able to use their legs. (And this is in no way an attempt to be insensitive to them), and they get around just fine. But, if you are like me, you have always had the use of your legs. Can you imagine getting around without them?

If we had no legs... how would we sit down? Think about it! The legs help balance you. Imagine a stick or a broom. If you stand it up, it falls right over. If we tried to sit and we had no legs, we would be required to be put in a balancing position. Imagine the neck pain or shoulder pain we would experience if our body was put in a chair and we had to try and stay there.

If we had no legs... how would be bend over? Legs are a vital attachement to the body that allows us to hinge at the waist. Granted, we can twist and turn to the side, but if we did that with no legs, would we just end up falling over?

If we had no legs... how would we ever be able to reach anything. Our legs are what gives us a good portion of height. Imagine all those tall cabinets in your kitchen or your bathroom. That high shelf you already have a hard time reaching. Yep - no chance now... especially since...

If we had no legs.... we wouldn't be able to climb up a step ladder. Or at least it would prove difficult. We would have to pull and wiggle ourselves up to the third step. Then we would have to try and balance. It wouldn't really matter though. Because step ladders are kind of short. So, we probably still wouldn't be able to reach. However, all that climbing...

If we had no legs... our arms would probably be really strong!

Back to serious

In reality, the majority of us never have to worry about life without any legs. However, there are some out there, whether it be due to health issues or a serious accident, that have either lost the use of their legs, or lost their legs completely. Those people are inspirational. They continue to go on with the difficult life challenges, that none of us even have to imagine. They survive on a daily basis.

So, put yourself in there shoes. When you start complaining about squats and lunges, these people only wish they had the legs to be able to do these exercises. Now doesn't that make you want to work out even harder?

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Well at the moment I am more interested in slimming down my belly than my legs... the dress fit almost perfectly except in the tummy... so how bout life with no belly? Well i do not think that would bother me too much. I wouldn't have to eat or be fat and I wouldn't lose a lot of height! Plus I am already short so two inches more isn't that much. :-) I enjoyed your very interesting and entertaining twist on your work out! I love that you have almost made it through three weeks... you are an inspiration to us all! Keep up the good work!


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susan54 5 years ago

Very hard workout, but I feel so good after. Thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - the second you suggested life without the belly - the only picture that came to mind was the one of the movie "Death Becomes Her" Since they are dead, they can't heal... so imagine a big whole were your stomach would otherwise be... lol... I might have to watch that movie tonight!

I am super excited about making it 3 weeks almost (I have 2 more days left officially until 3 weeks is up. I am really feeling great. A little sore but nothing much I can't deal with. In fact, I find that I am actually looking forward to it. I can see the results and that motivates me just a little more! :)

P.S. Cassie sent me a picture of you in the dress... and it looked awesome!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I have to say - the leg workout is probably one of the hardest ones to do. All those squats and lunges. But you are very right... strong legs will carry you wherever you want... and it feels great when you are done!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Didn't it!! I think you are going to really love it when you see the dress!! Some of cassie's friends already picked up their dresses and everybody so far loves the way it looks on them! Plus next to cassies dress it just looked gorgeous! I can't wait for you to come home and see it all! Okay anyways... I can picture a big gaping hole in your belly! lol... That is an entertaining image!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Glad everybody has been liking the dress. I am thinking I might need to have it sent to me so I can get it sized in time. That and I want to see it.

BTW - my head is full of entertaining images... you have been warned. I mean - seriously - who does a leg workout with the imagine of life without legs when they finish! LOL


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, well I'm sticking with it and losing weight and feeling good(10 lbs). I went to my barber Jill today, and told her I started p90x. She said well, lets keep you cool. She gave me a flattop haircut with a landing strip on top and 000 sides and back. I love it great workout haircut! The grand kid love. LOl


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan54 - I am really glad that you are sticking with it. How long have you been doing P90X for. I am just about finished with my 3rd week. I will have my results on Monday. Kudos on the 10 pounds - I bet your are getting all sorts of compliments.

As for the 000 blade - that is a great blade to get you nice and close. I actually have one that is 00000 and I love it. My husband gets a nice high and tight haircut (we tried the flat top once and it just didn't work on his head) As an added bonus - I sometimes even razor the sides for him. Keep up the great work and hope your haircut keeps you nice and cool!


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl29, GOOD LUCK TO YOU!! YOU LOOK VERY CUTE. I have been doing p90x for about 10 days now. I started eating better for 3 weeks now. My sister in law saw me today for the first time in 4 weeks all she kept saying was, you are so hot!you are so hot! she could not keep her hand off my new flattop!It's not like she has not seen it before a had one for over four years now. It must be the weight loss. I think my barber Jill may have a new client I'm taking my sister in law with me next time .The people at the office can't say enough good thing about me. love it!! keep up the good work.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - that is wonderful that you are getting all that attention for your successes. I have been on this P90X journey for awhile, but I haven't really done much with my eating habits. I think I am really going to start focusing on that during my recovery week. I suspect that is going to make a big change for me. I haven't noticed much in actual numbers on the scale... but the inches are doing well as of right now. Keep treking. I can't say it is getting much easier. And I am super excited about starting phase 2. It is time to change things up!

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