Bring It: P90X Day 50
If you are looking to get into the best shape of your life, I think I found the program for you. It is going to be tough, both physically and mentally, but once you have completed the full 90 days, you will be transformed both inside and out. P90X is the program promising to give you these results. Created by Tony Horton, the concept is based off muscle confusion. If you push your muscles hard enough, if you switch up the workouts, plateaus will be a thing of the past!
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Today is the day of many milestones...
- It is 50 days into my workout program. That is a huge number. I am not really sure if I have ever lasted this long in any type of workout before, and being that P90X is an extreme workout, it surpises me that this is the one that has really stuck.
- It is the start of Recovery Week. Ok - so you must be thinking it is time for a breather. Yet, you are very wrong. I have done one recovery week already and it was worse than doing the regular workouts. I attribute that to my weak core muscles and the fact that recovery week focuses on the core. Easy - not eve close!
- It is results day! Yeah - today is the day that most of us look forward to. If you are following this program to see the results, this is what you have been waiting for. For me, I want to see the results. I have put in all the hardwork and Monday is the day I get to see what has come from the tortured workouts. However, the last few weeks I have been disappointed in the results, so while it is a mileston... It isn't something that always puts me in a good mood.
As you can see, even without mention of the workout, you can tell that this is a busy, busy day, chock full of separate milestones.
I am not a fan of recovery week. It is nice to get away from the extreme, torture that Tony Horton has put me through for the last three weeks straight, but who am I kidding. Recovery Week is harder for me than Plyometrics or that crazy Chest, Shoulder and Tricep workout that I have been complaining about. Although the nice thing is, that means I am back to the original workouts next week.
Today was yoga. Now I am really starting to like YogaX, and at the beginning I have always dreaded it. But I have found a peace as I am doing the routines and the poses. And what can I say, my flexibility has just gotten crazy ridiculous. My balance isn't always top-notch through the entire workout, but that just means I have to keep pushing myself. This workout, and none of the other workouts for that matter, have gotten easy for me. That is a good thing. After all, the challenge is what keeps me coming back!
Losing weight is hard and frankly, for the last seven weeks I have struggled; I have even been disappointed in the lack of results. Sure, I was losing inches, but for once I wanted to see the number on the scale budge. This week, that is exactly what happened.
On average, I have only been losing about three-quarters of a pound each week. I can only be happy that my scale measures to the tenth of a pound otherwise I wouldn't have even seen this change. Sure, some weeks I was above the pound mark and other weeks the scale didn't seem to budge. This week, the scale budged. I didn't even have to hold my breath in anticipation.
This week, I lost 2 pounds, bringing my total to 7.2 pounds total. In addition, my body fat percentage also dropped. Since the beginning, I have lost a total of 2 percent body fat. Now that isn't all, since the beginnning I have also lost a total of 12 inches. I can't say that I am even slightly disappointed!
Because I am big on numbers, I wanted to take this one step further. If you take your weight and multiply it by the body fat percentage, you can find out how much "fat" you actually have on your body. Now, it is normal to have some fat. The average male should have between 18 and 24 percent body fat; the average female should have between 25 to 31 percent body fat. Now athletes and extremely fit people might have a lower body fat percentage, but if you are looking to be healthy, those are the ranges you should follow.
So, when we lose weight, ideally we would like to lose fat. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. We can lose water, we can even lose muscle mass and we might even lose the dinner we ate the night before. So, when I took it one step further, I wanted to see how much "fat" I actually lost!
After taking the difference of my Day 1 measurements and comparing it to my Day 50 measurements, I have lost a total of 6.81 pounds of pure fat out of the 7.2 pounds I see on the scale. That makes a big difference. We all know muscle weighs more than fat, so knowing that that much bulk is now off my butt, makes for one happy person!
It is just a tool...
Doing this workout has been great, but the results have been long overdue, and on my path I seemed to have lost sight of something very important. When I start using the scale, I have a tendency to get a little obsessive. When I don't see the numbers dropping, I can get downright frustrated. But, the scale is only a tool. Combined with other tools like a measuring tape and a body fat percentage caluclator, the scale is invaluable
For those of you that are just like me, the scale can be evil. It can also lie. It doesn't show you the true picture. It doesn't show you what is on the inside of a person. So remember, regardless of the size - you are a beautiful person.
Don't miss out on this ispirational message - The Scale Doesn't Call You Beautiful!
Don't forget to check out Day 51 by clicking here. With Core Synergistics on the schedule, it was time for me to have a little chat with my weak abdominal muscles!
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