Bring It: P90X Day 36

P90X is one hard core workout. It was created by Tony Horton in an attempt to confuse the muscles so when people use the program they no longer have to worry about those dreaded plateaus. Of course, when I first so the advertisement on TV for this program, I was quick to get online and order the entire DVD series. I had to see if this was the magic solution I was looking for. Initially, I tried it out and lasted a week. I came down with a cold and never looked back. Now, I am once again on my very own personal journey. I need to see for myself if this program truly does work. Along my journey, I am recording every step of the way, so you too can see if this is worth the investment.

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.

Please leave your comments below. I can't stress enough that YOU guys are my motivation. Without your support, I probably wouldn't have made it as far as I have. I still have a very long journey left to go, and I am hoping you are here for the long run. So, feel free to leave just a word of encouragement or share your health and nutrition advice with the rest of us. It is always a pleasure to hear from you!

P90X is an extreme workout promising to get you in the best shape of your life. Are you ready to Bring It?
P90X is an extreme workout promising to get you in the best shape of your life. Are you ready to Bring It? | Source
Get those arms pumped strong!!! That is the intention of today's workout!
Get those arms pumped strong!!! That is the intention of today's workout! | Source

Bring It

I was looking forward to today's workout just about as much as I would be looking forward to having a hole drilled in my mouth. Since I am not a sadistic person that looks forward to mouth-driling holes, I guess that means today my motivation was lacking. I got my workout clothes on and that was when I was ready to call it a day. Why you may ask! Because today's workout was Chest, Shoulders & Triceps.

Normally this would be my kind of workout, especially since it means no pull ups what-so-ever. That is a whole lot of YEAH coming from me. However, that just means a whole lot more of different kinds of push ups. Besides the pull ups, push ups are probably one of my most hated exercises. Today, I wasn't looking forward to them at all, particularly because I have really bad wrists and today, they were acting up - ALOT.

So what did I do? I pushed play. I sucked it up and I drove on. Sure, it was a little painful, and my reps probably suffered for it, well, at least in the push up aspect. I just made sure the parts with the weight-lifting were given 110%. It paid off - my arms are feeling it today. And then, to make up for the lack of push ups I was able to do, not only did I add in a nice little abdominal workout, I also spring cleaned about a quarter of my house. I mean - scrubbing baseboards, scrubbing walls, scrubbing floors and generally getting all the dirt and grime out of my eyesight. I even contemplated using Q-tips for those pesky spots I couldn't really reach with a rag.

Needless to say, my gunho cleaning spree gave me plenty of time to think. What did I have to think about - results. Yep, that is right... today is Monday which makes it result day!

Results

Today is another day, and even though I have been really good majority of the week, I am not seeing the results like I want. I would only assume the fat would start melting off of me by now, but it hasn't. I have put in an entire 5 weeks and I haven't even lost an average of 1 pound a week. To me, this is a bit discouraging, hence why I spent a lot of time cleaning today - I didn't want to be a downer when I wrote this so I needed to come up with a positive spin.

So, from last week to this week, I lost an additional pound, as well as one-tenth percentage of body fat. That means overall, I have lost 4.3 pounds, 1.2% body fat and 11 inches (most of which have come from my thighs - take that squats and lunges!)

Take it from a baby... only with small steps will you utlimately reach your goal!
Take it from a baby... only with small steps will you utlimately reach your goal! | Source

Small Steps

I know losing less than what was hoped for can be a bit discouraging, but I had to put this in perspective. Compared to five weeks ago, I look and feel great. People have started to notice and since I am frankly not standing on the scale for them and showing off the numbers, the amount of weight I look like I lost is far more important than the actual number on the scale. (Even though I still secretly but not so secretly wish it was a bit higher!)

So, this is going to be my philosophy from here on out... it is about taking small steps forward. A pound lost is better than a pound gained, and frankly, it is advised to lose weight slower anyway. I have often times heard that a person who loses weight slower is less likely to gain it back. This means you are making a positive change in your life; this means hopefully you won't revert back to bad habits.

A person who loses an excessive amount of weight is more likely than not trying a fad diet (or starving themselves before a weigh-in) just to see the results. Now, I am wise enough to know that 90% of my weight loss in hinged on my nutrition habits, the other 10% on my exercise. Since I haven't really tried to strictly change my eating habits, I am hoping the exercise will give me the boost I need. This has proved to me the process is really slow. However, since I am not eating like a rabbit (in eating hardly nothign at all or only eating lettuce), I know the weight won't come back on when I finish P90X just because I decided to indulge in a nice, juicy cheeseburger and fries.

So from now on, I am encouraging you all to remember the small steps your taking. Did you do your workout? Did you get in some extra reps somewhere? Did you try to eat those fruits and veggies before indulging in your kid's Halloween candy?

Keep taking those small steps and thinking positively and the changes will come!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You are doing great! And I did research about weight loss for a project and everything from reputable doctors said that if you take off the wieght fast - it is most likely a lot of water weight and it will be gained as quickly as it is lost. Diet and exercise are the only REAL ways to take weight off and keep it off. Sticking to things like that is so very difficult and does take ambition and commitment - it is hard! Up and everything!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - thanks for the motivational kick in the pants. I am starting to hate results day cause I am so tense to see if the scale will go down.... I know... I know... the scale isn't the important thing. I keep repeating that in my head over and over it. I will believe it some day! :) But I got a hefty goal to hit before my sister's wedding and at this rate, I will never get there... let's see - about 15 weeks at a pound a week.... gahhhh... lol

Thanks for making me keep it real! As always - your support is greatly appreciative. Keep telling me all that important stuff so I keep my head on straight!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Well you have to look at more than just the general results... for one thing you pointed out that you have not lost an average of a pound a week, but in the beginning you didn't lose ANY weight. Therefore the almost 5 lbs has really been in the last 3 weeks not in the last 5... I'm estimating because I can't remember the numbers from that long ago! But you are doing AMAZING! From week to week you are still seeing results and even if they are not exactly what you expected or desired they are still there. Furthermore you should just be proud of all that you have done and the way you feel! I know I am proud everyday when I click on here to read the next day's work... even if you do not make it or stop writing about it or whatever might happen you have done so great! Keep up the great work and you will not be disappointed!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I am always expecting too much. I know I have done great and I can really tell the difference. If anything, my attitude has changed. And I have also made working out a habit. It is almost if I don't do it (or even think about skipping) I start to feel guilty. It is a do or die thing now and frankly I am not giving up now. I have already come this far.

You made me think so I had to go back and check

Week 1 - initial weigh-in

Week 2 - o pounds .2%BF

Week 3 - 1.6 pounds .7% BF

Week 4 - 2.2 pounds .8% BF

Week 5 - 3.3 pounds 1.1% BF

Week 6 - 4.3 pounds 1.2% BF

It makes it easier to see it all lined up like that. You can see week 5 had the biggest change, well in BF percentage, and that was right after recovery week. It's working, I just like to see fast. I am impatient! :)


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I know you like to see fast... I was just making the point that your results are a lot better than you give yourself credit for! Especially when you look at your chart like that... you have been losing 1 pound a week which is perfect! I know you are happy with everything and so much has changed... I am just trying to keep you motivated as well :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - it looks so much nicer when I bring it up in the chart like that... lol... you know me though... completely impatient! ha ha - thanks for the motivational push! I appreciate it! :)


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susan54 5 years ago

barbergirl28, JOB WELL DONE KEEP UP THE HARD WORK!!!! I love it.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well and you should be getting to the point where you can not just look at last weeks stats but also look back at week 1 and compare :). Besides you look great! The proof is in the pudding and muscle weighs more than fat - so your tone is a factor and you know your muscles are shoeing progress.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - Thanks so much. I have to admit, I love the workout minus all the pushups. Ok - so that cuts out almost the whole workout. I just don't dig those pushups. Hard on the wrists and my wrists are pretty bad from all the haircutting. It makes it difficult on those days when they flare up.

YOu too - keep stepping forward. You are such an inspiration. I like that we are doing this together-- well virtually anyway! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Hey Real - do you want to come to the show... you know which show I am talking about... the Gun Show... ah huh ah huh - I so went there.

Yeah - I can tell the difference in my muscles... especially my arms. They are getting some major tone going on there. Unfortunately, the place I need the most is always the last to go. I can now say I look good from the chest up and the knees down. Now I just have to wait until the middle portion starts doing it's part! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Pffft...you silly! I always say that my arms are long and thin...my legs are long and thin....when i start gaining weight it goes straig to my middle and I Closely resemble a california raisin! lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha ha - California Raisin... I got nothing! LOL - but now I do have the song stuck in my head... back to youtube! LOL


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

It sounds like you're winning the mental battle. Thatb really is the hardest one to win. People often go by what they feel, but what they feel can change from hour to hour much less from day to day.

Doing it because you know it's good for you is better than doing it because you feel like doing it. That's probably another reason you have more energy. You're proud of yourself just as we are of you sticking with it. :)


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Stacy...

When I started working out...whatever it was now...i remembered being a very disappointed puppy in the shower. Where the F is the results?? After awhile I just stopped looking for it and then (boom)someone asked..."Are you working out?" I shall not deny the chubby that occurred.

You are doing awesome!

Thomas


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - The mental battle is ongoing. Somedays it is good and other days it is so-so. I try to stay positive. I know this is what I need and no matter how hard it is to push play everyday, I know I need to stick with it! Thank you for reminding me of that.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thomas - I have asked that question so many times through out this. My husband keeps telling me he is seeing the change. However, it goes to show, the person getting the results is often the last to open their eyes. See - it pays off in the end! :)

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