Bring It: P90X Day 39

Bring It is a documentation of my own personal journey with the P90X DVD series created by Tony Horton. This is an extreme workout and shouldn't be tempted by anybody who is weak, physically or mentally, unless of course you are stubborn - like me! I bought this workout program more than a year ago. Until recently, it was collecting dust. That was when I decided to make a change. It was time I got my money's worth for this program. Since the start, I have had more energy, felt stronger, and have become more flexible.

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. I would love to hear your own personal stories and advice. Together we can make a positive change in our lives.

P90X is an extreme workout program. Are you ready to Bring It and completely change your life around.
P90X is an extreme workout program. Are you ready to Bring It and completely change your life around. | Source

Bring It

Today was a beautiful day for yoga. I was up before the sun even greeted me, and because it made no sense to go back to bed, I figured I might as well get the yoga out of the way. So that is what I did. And for the first time... ever... my head was completely clear.

Normally when I am struggling through yoga, my mind seems to be racing with a million thoughts: the day's To Do list, what's for super, what bills need to be paid, whether I forget to do something, what am I going to write on hub, sometimes random poetry that I never remember when I have paper. It is a whirlwind up there and if you plan on coming in you might want to hold on tight. It's mine and I have a hard time grasping everything going on up there.

So today, as I was in Warrior (throughout all the poses) and moving on to Royal Dancer, I realized there was nothing floating around up there. (Yes, I am fully aware this is the perfect time to insert bad joke!) I wasn't thinking about what I needed to do and I wasn't thinking about what I was going to write (which could be one of the very reasons this is coming out later in the day). It was just me and my breathing.

Clearing your head, whether in yoga or meditation, is a very difficult thing. As humans, we always have something we are thinking about. For me, I have always been able to relax and push my thoughts aside, but not as completely as I did today. However, I did only get 3 hours of sleep so maybe I was just sleeping through my workout.

Write a letter to yourself. This is a great way to clear the space in your head. Once it is down on paper, you no longer have to worry about thinking about it.
Write a letter to yourself. This is a great way to clear the space in your head. Once it is down on paper, you no longer have to worry about thinking about it. | Source
Going for a walk can be a great way to clear your head.
Going for a walk can be a great way to clear your head.

How about you...

Have you ever been able to completely clear your head?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Almost - I am working on that
  • I use a fan!
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Effective ways to clear your head

You know the feeling. There is so many thoughts racing for front seat that none of them can even be understood. It's frustrating, it can be stressful, and it definately lowers your productivity levels. (Well, at least they do for me!)

So, if you want to know ways to effectively clear your head, try a few of these tips.

  • Write - I know this is going to sound weird, but if you can't write because you have too many thoughts going through your head, the only way to clear your head is to write. Now I am not suggesting you go out and write the next Best Selling Novel. However, write in a journal. It doesn't have to be anything anybody else reads, it just has to be something to get your thoughts down.
  • Go for a Walk - Nothing can clear the head more than getting intune with nature. When people want to clear their head and go think, they often say they are going for a walk. Well, if they are doing it, why can't you. It must be doing some good if so many others do it. As an added bonus, you will also be getting some additional exercise.
  • Doodle - We are not talking about making masterpieces here. Do you remember when you were in class, the teacher was boring you, and you really didn't feel like being there? Well, if you come across any of your old school notebooks or agendas, chances are good they will be filled with doodles. Why, because it is mindless and allows you not to think of anything else.
  • Talk it out - Ok, so if someone watched me do housework they would probably think I am crazy. Why, because this is when I clear my head. I do it by talking to myself. I will suggest ideas, I will explore the ideas and as soon as I am done scrubbing, my head is completely clear. You can also talk it out with a friend or a loved one. You might also get less looks if you talk to someone other than yourself.
  • Take deep breaths - This is probably one of the most effective ways to clear your head, and you will often notice it being done in Yoga and Meditation. The key is with each breath you exhale your thoughts and problems further away. At least that is what I do. It is all about bringing down your heartbeat, getting relaxed and losing yourself in the breath.

Clearing your head will be difficult to start off with, but as with anything, practice makes perfect. Before you know it, you will be so good at clearing your head, you will just be able to demand the peace and quiet. Good luck!

Want More...

If you want to read about Day 40, click here.

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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

What an inspiration! Great hub- I'll need to go back and read the previous hubs in this series :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@missolive - thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it. I was having a hard time writing it because of a lack of sleep. But, the lack of sleep sure did wonders with the yoga! :)


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

You know I love it kiddo!

When I need to clear my head, I just eat some peote and run around the desert naked pretending to be Geronimo. If I don't have any peote, I just do the Geronimo part. :/

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim that is an outstanding way to clear your head... if I didn't live in such a populated area... I might be more likely to do that. so insteady, I will go with running aroudn the house like Geronimo after the kids go to bed!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Haha! I knew you were going to be up all night! This stuff is giving you super power! How did you know I use a fan to clear my head? Two different angles and one oscillates! Lol.

Yeah I don't much care for an audience when I clean - it makes me realize how much my butt ends up in the air and how big it must look! Lol


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28,Still working out.I love yoga. I just posted my first hub tell me what you think. Thanks!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I knew you were going to go with the fan answer... ha ha ha! I couldn't resist putting it on there. It must be the sleep deprivation talking!

I don't like an audience when I am cleaning - then again - I don't like a audience when I am doing yoga either. You should see some of those poses - they shouldn't be legal! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I love yoga but I haven't always been a big fan of YogaX. It is a pretty intense workout. The first time my husband did it he ended up getting sick! However, today I felt so at peace with it. It was great!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

LOL! I was curious - I thought you had to be a carnival contortionist to get into some of those - 0hhh - uh oh - sorry - a show just came on the t.v. it says they recommend parental guidance - wonder if I should call my mom? lol - anyhow - yep I love the fan method:) If I stand sideways it blows through both ears and clear as a bell!

Now I am sleep deprived....I will have to read this again in the morning just so I can vote again:) lol


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Wow actually managing to clear your head is pretty impressive. No matter how much I love yoga I still can't clear my thoughts. I've tried everything you mentioned plus some and I have never been able to keep my thoughts calm. I guess I will just have to live with a busy crazy head... and although I would never want to enter your head nobody in their right mind would want to enter mine either! lol. When I saw the fan option I thought of Cassie... remember what we used to do when she was being a ditz? We used to tell her she needed to refill! lol.... ahh good times!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ok it's morning! Lol

Myth - I'd like to check out the inside of BBG's head - I bet it's really interesting up there! Lmao!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

haha... RHW idk being that I'm family and all... I have been told MANY times by many different people that they are afraid of what goes on inside my head. I'm guessing BBG is pretty similar! I remember once having a conversation about purple kangaroos that flew to the moon... but I don't remember who the conversation was with. Interesting topic if you ever partake in a purple kinda day... cuz kangaroos have to be among the amazing purple in a purple kinda day!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - you crack me up. When my sister (not myth) was younger we used to tell her to wave her hands by her ears just to refuel. She didn't get it! LOL

I love when your sleep deprived (not in a cruel way) because even though you are funny when you are not - your are beyond crazy when you are! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - ha ha - I just said that in my comment right above. Funny because I read each comment individually so I hadn't read yours yet saying that... I guess it is obvious we are sisters! LOL - and I remember that because it is so damn funny! I will never forget.

As for clearing your head - have you tried practicing yoga while sleep deprived... lol... I think that might have been how I did it. I was too tired to actually think. Try it and let me know how it works! LOL Also, remember, it does take practice so keep working on it!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - In order to enter my head you must where balloons, a waterproof outfit and flip flops... oh yeah, and bring a duster. I think there might be some cobwebs in corners. Oh yeah - and a Mountain Dew... I am thirsty!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - A purple kind of day... Bella definately takes after you. She can look at the moon... or anythingn for that matter and compeltely come up with something random and off the wall! LOL

Yes - it would be scary inside your head. I will stick to mine for the time being but maybe one day I will venture into yours for a vacation!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Maybe I'll bring Dr, Boombay with me too girl, slow down! Lmao!


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I clear my head by stepping outside on a windy day.

It's good to hear you're feeling great again before your workout as well as after. Keep up the fight.

This really is a great thing you're doing; basically keeping a journal about your workout experienc and displaying it for everyone to read. So many people lose their willingness and just quit out of frustration.

Everyone who has worked out can see themselves in your P90X hubs at some point. This really is encouraging to read. You've made me glad I'm a follower.

THX BBG. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I could go for that ! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - Thank you so much for being such a great follower and for leaving that comment. I know when I first started this I thought it would cause me to lose some followers. But I continued with it more for a selfish reason - it kept me motivated. It makes me happy that this has been an encouragement for others as well as me! Thanks for telling me this!


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

You're welcome :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck :)

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