Bring It: P90X Day 29

Bring It is a continuing series documenting my personal journey with the P90X DVD series, created by Tony Horton. This is one tough workout, consisting of three different phases, each having just one week of recovery. It is intended to get you in the best shape of your life. I am here to either prove it or disprove it!

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. Without you, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I have and I thank you for your support.

P90X is an extreme fitness program that will see how far you can take it. Are you prepared for the workout of your life?
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Bring It

Today was an exciting day. Not only was it result day, but it was also the first day of phase 2. I have made it through the first entire month of this program. I was super stoked and I was looking forward to changing things up with a new workout.

Today the focus was on Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps. Let me tell you, this is a killer workout. While most females are typically weaker in their upper body than the male counterparts, this one will definately get you buff from the top down. To put it easily - it is chock full of every type of push up that you can manage.

I am not very strong with my upper body and I struggle with doing push ups. This was not an easy workout for me at all. Alot of the exercises I couldn't actually do. I would try but my arms would give out. Today, my arms were complete jello. I was grateful for the easier moves included like chair dips and tricep extensions. Those I could complete without falling to the floor!

The exercises in this workout are also difficult to modify. One pushup had you put your body in a V shape (like downward dog from yoga) and do a push up. You are suppossed to bring your forehead to the ground. Hopefully you don't fall to the ground.

This workout was a little much for me. It makes me wonder if I should have completed another phase 1, but I want to hit all the workouts in the entire series. But, as Tony Horton always says, "Doy your best and forget the rest!" That was what I did and I still got a good workout!

Results

I have no completed four full weeks, and if you have been following me on my journey, you know every Monday I record my results. It is important to me to not only use the scale, but also use the measuring tape. My results are measured in pounds, body fat percentage, BMI and inches. The results depict the number from the very beginning.

  • Weight Loss - loss of 3.3 pounds
  • Body Fat percentage - loss of 1.1 percent
  • BMI - loss of one point
  • Inches - loss of 10 inches

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Frustration

I am not going to lie, but I am getting a little frustrated. I have been busting my behind, doing more than an hour worth of exercise each day for the past 29 days and all I have to show for it is 3.3 pounds. That doesn't even equal a pound a week.

Now, I am a smart girl. I understand muscles weighs more than fat. But I also know I have enough weight to lose that one pound a week seems to be a bit of a short coming. I am happy with the amount of incehs I have lost, and in the mirror, I can definately see the transformation. Yet, I am a person that likes concrete numbers. I want to be able to say, "I lost 10 pounds (or insert great number achievement hear!)" when someone asks me about it.

Unfortunatately, it did not work out that way.

For phase 2 I am hoping the results will start making a showing. I am not snuffing at the number of inches - and the fact is a loss of 1.1 percent body fat is nothing to cry about. But, I am a little disappointed. I was expecting so much more.

However, I am going to keep pushing on. If not for the results, but just so I can say I survived the entire 90 days of P90X. I can do it, and I know it. The results will follow. But, I stewed on it all day today. I guess that means it is a good thing I wrote this later. Otherwise it would have been even more negative!

On a good note...

I have to say, even with the lack of results, it still turned out to be a good day. How could it not? It is Halloween and it is one of our favorite holidays!

So, the entire family got dressed up. We walked the entire neighborhood - probably close to 4 miles worth. Add the extra 2 miles I put on earlier today, and I went for quit the hike today. So, whatever was lacking in my workout earlier, I definately made up for later on. Good thing too - because we got loads of candy sitting on the counter!

Happy Halloween everybody!

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Tomorrow is the 30 day review. If you want to see what I think and see the first transformation photos, click here to see more!

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Wow you were really cutting it close last night! Not that it matters for me personally because I work really early this morning and so I was in bed long before I believed it would be out, but it is still good to see you entering them on time! I know you are frustrated and disappointed, but remember you really aren't supposed to lose that much weight in part 1. Part 1 is all about building up and getting used to a routine. Part 2 is where your life gets shaken up and you should start losing more weight now. Of course you still will probably not lose too much. After all I don't really remember anybody losing a butt load of weight from this serious they just look amazing! I mean obviously if you are working out you will lose some weight, but who knows... or bodies work in mysterious ways. Still you can't snuff at 10 inches... last week was recovery week so you really shouldn't have had too much of a difference from last week, but you did :-) So that means your body is ready for part 2 and so am I! lol.


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ghomefitness 5 years ago from Chicago,IL

You are doing great! A pound a week is what you should look for and you will make that up in the second half of the program. You should be about done building muscle!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome BBG - you should post some of your Halloween pictures! What DO you eat for breakfast btw?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Thanks for the encouragement. I actually was going to sit down and write this right away in the morning but I was so ticked off from the lack of results that I let it sit for awhile so it wasn't so negative. I can't snuff at the 10 inches, but I know when you measure yourself you can be off just a little bit which could mess the measurements. I think it is in the same spot but there is always that uncertainty. However, waiting the entire day helped alot because I calmed down and let it settle. Today, I brought it even harder. So I am in a much better mood. It also helps that I am feeling better than I was yesterday. Yesterday I felt sick so this made a big difference! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ghomefitness - Thanks so much for the reassurance. This is stuff that I know but it is nice when someone else can really set it in stone. I can feel I am stronger. This morning I was stretching my hamstrings and when I bent over I grabbed my calves for an extra pull. They are pure muscle. That is the first time I noticed that. So, I definately built up some muscle. Thanks for the extra push. I needed it yesterday so I could get back in to motivation mode.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I should be posting some of my Halloween photos on Facebook today. I haven't uploaded photos for awhile and I was going to do it over the weekend but figured I should wait until after Halloween to show off the kids costumes. I also have a special hub that I am going to write and I am so using Eli's picture. Cause he was just scary and gross... lol

As for breakfast - most mornings I try to eat eggs. I figure it is packed full of protein. Otherwise I eat a yogurt. Or a piece of fruit like a banana or a meal replacement shake with protein. Oh yeah - and my coffee. I have to have my coffee! LOL I think what is killing me is sometimes when I eat breakfast it is getting late. Like I just finished my workout and it is almost 9 a.m. Somedays it is even later depending on when Max woke up and I have to get him all settled down. Then breakfast is after 10 or even 11. That is a thing I have to work at because the earlier you eat the better it is to kick in your metabolism. Speaking of which... I am going to go eat breakfast now! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I saw your pix! They are great!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Yeah - the scale is a lier! LOL - the pictures show the true results.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

No doubt!! I can't wait to see Laurel so I can show her I'm right again! Only diet and exercise works and the numbers on that scale don't even mean anything!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I need to learn that too. Sometimes when I get in these health kicks I am way too focused on the numbers. It becomes almost an unhealthy obsession and I know it isn't good. Usually when that happens, I find that I quite because the numbers aren't there. In fact, I probably would have stopped this program long ago if it wasn't for committing myself to writing about it daily! :) Got to have standards you know! LOL


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I don't even own any scales. I go by how my clothes fit. I know by my jeans I've lost a couple inches and I can see my legs are getting more toned. I've notice a few of my shirts feel like they've shrunk and I think that's because my chest and upper arms have gotten a little bigger.

Keep up the good work!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - Knowing how your clothes fit is a good indicator as to whether you are gaining or losing weight. Unfortunately, all my jeans that would be good indicators I kind of wore out, so I have nothing to compare them too. My other jeans are either too big (and they were before too or they are too small. So, I will really be able to tell the difference when I can get into those prepregnancy jeans that I kept around for just in case! :)

Alhtough I have to say, I hope my chest and upper arms don't get too big and make my shirts feel smaller. I already have a hard time with shirts because my body is so long!

Way to go on your continued success. You are such a great motivator!

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