Bring It: P90X Day 43

P90X, created by Tony Horton, is an extreme workout program that has been trying to confuse my muscles for the last 43 days. I tried asking them if they were confused lately but all they did was buldge a musclely smile and that was the end of the conversation. Muscle confusion is the concept behind P90X and is what keeps a person from plateaus during their get healthy schemes. Is it working? Well, I will let you know at the end of my 90 day journey.

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 love hearing from you as you have been a big part of my success in staying motivated. Whether it is just a friendly hello or some extra health and advice tips, I appreciate any input you have. Thanks for your support!

P90X is an extreme workout program geared toward getting you in the best shape of your life. If you been searching for something to give results, you may have just found your answer!
P90X is an extreme workout program geared toward getting you in the best shape of your life. If you been searching for something to give results, you may have just found your answer! | Source

Going for the Gold!

It is the last 3 reps that really count. Make sure those are those ones you push out. When your done, you should be at failure to get the results you want!
It is the last 3 reps that really count. Make sure those are those ones you push out. When your done, you should be at failure to get the results you want! | Source

Bring It

Monday's are a hard day. It's a hectic day. It is the day where I have to get back into my groove for the week. That means waking up early to make lunches for my husband and kids, trying to get my work out done with minimal distractions, writing about it, and on top of it - it is results day. That means on top of those things I do every single day (the working out and writing and taking care of family), I have to spend some extra time getting all my measurements in.

Now, I don't want to complain about measurements. That is what so many people are hear for. I want to see the measurements, but taking the measurements can be a bit time consuming, causing my workout to start a little later than I would really like.

To make matters worse, I am not a fan of today's workout. Why - because it is super painful. The Chest, Shoulders, and Tricep workout is all about upper body. It is also advanced, making some of these moves ones that I can't even manage without bursting a blood vessel in my forehead. I will have to work up to it.

That just means one thing to me - to make up for the moves I struggle with, I have to bring it even harder to those I can do. So that is what I did. Boy did I pay the price for that. Every set with weights I did until complete muscle failure. It was impossible for me to do just one more repitition at the time. That is the point though, since the last three reps of each exercise are the gold. Those are the ones that will make the change. So, if that is true - today I become a millionaire. Ka-Ching! I promise I won't spend it all in one place.

My arms were feeling pretty good. In fact, as I went on my daily walk, I found it difficult to actually push my son in his stroller. You can only imagine how sore and worn out my arms must have been. On top of that, I am continuing with the additional ab workout each day. I was able to tell the difference that made from last week, so I want to see if this will improve the results!

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The Results are in...

When they say slow and steady wins the race they weren't kidding. That must mean I am well on my way to winning the race, because when it comes to results... my body is taking it's sweet time. So here is what everybody has been waiting for

  • Weight lost - 5.3 pounds
  • Body Fat Percentage lost - 1.3 percent
  • Inches lost - 12 inches

Muscle weighs more than fat and looking at the results that is obvious. This is the start of my 7th week of painstakingly hard work - not one day has been skipped - every workout I have brought it! Personally, I would have liked to see the numbers on the scale a little lower, but the inches are worth far more than that.

This week I only lost 1 pound according to the scale. I am actually surprised at this since midweek last week I started seeing a change. You could actually see the weight just slipping off. Each day as I walked past the mirror I was doing a double take because I didn't recognize the person looking back at me. Yet, when I took my measurements, I only lost an additional inch as well. So, I don't really know what I was seeing, but the measurements I have are not reflecting what is shown in.

All and all, I can't stress about the numbers. Now is the time to focus even harder on my workout. As I edge toward midpoint of my P90X journey... as I get just a little closer to Day 60 and my next picture results... I want to prove to myself that this is worth it. I want to show everybody else how good only losing 5 pounds really looks.

So instead of focusing on the numbers, it is time to focus on what matters. How I feel and how focused I am with my workouts. Well, I feel great and I keep pushing play each day. So, whatever the numbers are, I am staying motivated!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I'm first!!! Neener, Neener, Neener!!

Hey BG,

You're on top of it so I should quit trying to sound smart, but the scales can be your enemy, because they can be deceptive as to progress.

A few years ago, I trained two women. They were attractive middle aged gals who had watched me work out and gradually started talking to me. We were pretty close to the same age, and finally they asked me if I'd train them if they paid me. They had a school reunion to in three months, and they wanted to look outstanding. They wern't in too bad a shape, but they DID need some work. I told them no bucks, but that they had to stay with me through my work outs (but with less weights of course), and no whinning. I also made them promise me that there'd be no scales. Just body fat, a tape meassure, and a mirror for judging results. It was hard for them to give up the scales but they did, and the results were impressive after nine weeks. I was very proud of them and they looked outstanding.

Anyway, I just don't give the scales much respect. It's about how you look and how you feel. Doesn't really matter if you way 500 lbs. if you look and feel like a million dollars.

Hey, I did the hand job thing on my last hub!! I'm a man of my word. Go see!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - love it! I loved the hub and the previous comment from Jim:) lol. I don't like them scales:). But you are doing marvelous as you see for yourself!

I love the photo by the way! You look so strong in that one!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.


She's doing an outstanding job huh? I just saw that last pic. She's getting shredded. If she starts getting big zits on her back we'll know she's juicing, and have to do an intervention. (obnoxious smile)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim the scales definately are evil... but, I am using them as a tool because I started with it. It just sucks because I am not using pictures to show results every week so no one else can see... they go by the numbers. And it seems a bit disappointing to say I have been busting my buns off yet my buns are staying put... lol. It doesn't matter too much even though I may sound disappointed I see the difference everyday and that truly is what matters...

BTW - I have a hub written, putting it together here sometime this week about how the scales are evil. I have some tweaking left to do. I think it is going to be very powerful so keep your eyes peeled!

Oh yeah - and thanks for the wonderful hand job picture. I might have to use it as a graphic on one of my hubs ;)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I knew you would be the one catching the photo. I made that and I just about died laughing... It is almost too funny for such a serious hub. Oh what am I talking about. None of this is really serious. It is about having fun! Oh - I think I just got my next P90X hub inspiration. YEAH

And Jim left a beautiful comment - I couldn't agree with you more. Scales are evil and I can't wait for you to read my scale hub when I get it published hopefully later this week. It's gonna be powerful... I can feel it!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

WAIT - are you saying I can't have my Shrek Smoothies anymore... LOL (obnoxiously dumb look with a smile!)

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Another great day! I think those results are amazing! I mean 1 lb a week is exactly where you should be hitting! You know that... and one pound is awesome! I mean if you keep losing 1 pound a week until Cassie's wedding you will be a little over half way towards your goal... which isn't perfect, but that is considering the start of this program which was way late in the year! That would be so awesome! I can't wait to see you try the dress on!! I bet you will look really sexy :-) Keep up the great work! You are being so impressive!!!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I am actually a little worried about the dress... at this rate because of all the inches I have lost, it might not even fit! LOL - I guess that isn't a bad problem to have though. And yes - I am on the right track for healthy wise. 1 pound is ideal... although I would prefer 2 so it doesnt' take so long! LOL

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Lol... I understand that for sure! On all of that. On the bright side... you are tall and the dresses are very long so no matter how many inches you lose you probably won't need a whole lot of hemming done! lol... Sorry I tried to make you feel better about this depressing issue, but I'm in a strange mood today and nothing seems to be coming out the way it should... So be that as it may, one can defeat the greatest of beasts with just a thought, a word, an action... all you need is a cinderella to wear the shoe, after that the story has been written and all that Jazz... Goodnight everybody! (stage exit left as lights dim and audience is left in blackness)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - I was actually talking to Eli about it the other day and I said something about wondering how much I am going to have to get the dress fitted so it fits. Especially since it is... um... strapless and we dont' want the sucker falling down. LOL Cause if that happens I fear I will take the attention of the bride and groom ;)

I am not to worried about it. I feel great and that is really what matters in the end. Although a few extra boosts in confidence never really hurt anybody. I don't like the scale - but I never have unless it is being nice! So, I am going off of the other measurements more so than the scale. Maybe I need a new one - cause I think mine might be broken! LOL

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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Keep up the good work. Scales can be wrong and we may lie to ourselves but what doesn't lie are the mirror, how we feel and how our clothes fit.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - You are very correct. And really more people need to think of that. You have to take everything with a grain of salt. For instance, my pounds down hasn't been excessive, but I have lost 1/10th percentage of Body Fat every single week. That isn't too bad. Now that I am thinking about it - I need to figure out how much fat that means I have actually lost! :)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ok - so I had to actually look at it to see what the differences were. So I compared my body weight to body fat percentage from Day 1 to my body weight and body fat percentage to Day 43 (my recent weigh-in) - as it goes I have lost 5.3 pounds according to the scale. Of that, 4.76 pounds is pure fat! Which means on the scale I have only lost about half a pound of water weight, which is what causes the scale to bounce.

That is awesome news - thanks for pointing something out that made me think to look at it that way. I am floating on clouds now! :)

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