Bring It: P90X Day 61

P90X is an extreme workout created by Tony Horton. Fitness is his game and he is going to take you on a ride to the best shape of your life. The key to this program is muscle confusion. By pushing yourself and switchig things up, your body never gets accustomed to the moves - this means no plateaus. This also means lots of smiles.

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 look forward to sharing this personal journey with all of you. It has really helped me to come this far!

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Bring It

At one point I thought anybody willing to do P90X for the entire 90 days is completely crazy. Yet, I have grown used to the program and can no longer imagine my day without it. Today Legs and Back was on the agenda, and out of all the different workouts, this is the one that never seems to get any easier!

To make matters even better, I have been in super hard pushing mode all week. After all, this is my last month of the program (well, unless I decide to start again!), and I want to see some crazy results by the time I reach Day 90.

So today I pushed hard... so hard that it had me running to the bathroom to toss my cookies. I can honestly say the last time I worked out that hard was when I was in the military trying to pass my PT (physical training test).

So, just like most days when I am working out, it got me thinking... why does exercise sometimes cause you to get sick?

What do you think?

Do you think exercise induced naseau is...

  • Your bodies way of telling you to stop!
  • A great way to clear your body of toxins!
  • An additional push to losing weight
  • Caused by drinking too much water
  • Just plan gross!
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I think I am going to hurl....

So naturally when I am wondering about stuff I head over to good ole trusted Google to do a search, but it seemed that whatever I was finding was all speculation. I wanted honest and factual answers, so I turned to Facebook. (Ok - so that could result in additional speculation but at least someone else did the work for me. I had alot of other stuff to get done for the day and didn't have time to be on the computer all morning!)

There are a few different reasons for exercise induced sickness, and with all the speculation about it, knowing if it is good or bad for you is I guess up to you to decide. Some people think it is good (think Jillian Michaels and how many people she made throw up on The Biggest Loser!), and others think it is pushing yourself to the extremes and not good for you.

However, there are some very logical reasons for it happening. It is a sign that you have pushed yourself too hard and this is your body's way of telling you to stop. It isn't saying that you can't move on once you have finished, but maybe you should slow down a little.

The most common cause is a change in your blood pH produced by the anaerobic metabolism of pyruvic acid. When working out harder than usual, your body can't get rid of the lactic acid fast enough. When the build up occurs, your bodies PH goes out of whack and you become toxic. You puke to try to clean your system

You might also get sick because of your breathing. In technical terms, holding your breath during exercise will put pressure on your esophagal sphincter causing you to throw up.

Exercise induced naseau may also be from either eating too much before a hard workout or drinking to much water. A full-stomach and a hardcore workout don't mix.

I have also heard it is because "what is in your stomach is coming out your mouth." (Thank you Stan Fletcher.) And that it is purely because "Exercise is so revolting!" (Thank you Austinstar!)

Unfortunately, while there is some technical reasons for this, most of the information found sounds rather speculated. I don't think there is hardcore evidence or research done on exercise induced naseau, which can happen during or even shortly after stopping. (If you know of any good research - please let me know - I would love to learn more about it!)

It can be frustrating and it can even make you feel nasty all day long. So, I guess it comes down to your personal opinion. Do you think it is just your bodies way of telling you to stop, or maybe it is just getting rid of toxins. Or, by pushing yourself to the puking point, are you actually doing more harm than good?

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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

If you're going to tally up extra hub stats each day then I'm going to get the comment stats going. :-P

That was interesting about the puking... never exercised to the point of puking before so I can't relate. Maybe I've never pushed myself enough? :-)

But hey, I didn't know you were prior service! What was your MOS????? Army?


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - I almost tossed my cookies from holding my breath and laughing! First - not at you but the comments re: Stan and Austin. Once again - DO NOT listen to SF:) lol. He admittedly never researches anything! Ha ha!

Austin on the other hand IS onto something! I mean exercise is tough - hard work that makes a body sweat! Ew! Ok am I'm extremely lazy! I prefer - let's say typing for exercise. My fingers are getting really skinny too:). The African Grey keeps sampling my finger every morning - I think he's waiting for me to fatten up! Little does he know I've been working out everyday!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Since I don't have adequate time to respond to you properly I just want to say... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO STACYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!! Yup that is about all I have time for. Good day and good night!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - it is rare for me to push that hard... usually it is from running. I have a bit of a sinus thing going on here so I might have been holding my breath when bending over or somthing. Not really sure what happened and it made me feel junky all day long! LOL

Yes - I was in the Army. I was a 46Q, better known as a photojournalist. So, I have been published before. Not only in the Post newspaper but I also got picked up for a few military type magazines. I did mostly feature type stories - similiar to what I do here but more factual and less humor! I love writing - the military made it possible. Oh - and the photography - you can't teach a good eye but technicque definately helps at times! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I totally had to put Stan Fletcher and Austinstars comments and reasons. After all, it was so much easier to understand and much more fun then the technical aspect of why we puke when working out to hard. It is interesting but needs new research.

Oh and I want to warn you... if you are training your dragon... that might be dangerous. Just think of all the exercise your fingers will be missing out on. Be careful! Keep working out daily! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Thanks for screaming in my ear :P Ha ha - no seriously - you have been such a great support. I know that if I don't get my hub out you will be the first one yelling at me! Don't work too hard now!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Interesting... Was your unit "public affairs?" Guessing that's either a Corps or a Division asset??? Maybe a Brigade one if its an enhanced brigade... :-D You might have known that because you probably needed to know the relationships between the soldiers you reported on yea?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - It i kind of weird how it works. I was a part of Public Affairs but the unit I was assigned to really depended on the post. Some were attached to the Public Affairs Detachment which is there very own unit - so to say - and they are usually the ones that get deployed. Their was also Division - which also had 46Qs and other public affairs type specialities. These are also able to be deployed as well. Then there was me. I was mostly Garrison. We usually didn't deploy. But, the rules of what we did was always a little scattered depending on the needs. Garrison could deploy and others sometimes didn't. We really could go all over but we were such a small group and while we were attached to others we really were our own little group. We worked with a lot of civilians as well, so it wasn't purely soldier run. We had our job - and then we were soldiers. So we walked a different line. It is kind of hard to explain really cause it depends on the unit. But most importantly - keep the command happy and you can pretty much do what you need to do. Most units want you around because you give them time in the paper and that makes them look good to the general and what not. When I was dating my husband, his commander would call him in just to get me to one of their stories!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

I gotcha. You were a post asset - but if you go far enough up the chain of command probably were owned by a Corps or Army level unit. I follow you. Was your husband a 14B? I was 13 series Artillery. Pretty close. Did he ever take you to a St. Barbara's Day Ball??? :-) Did you know the Field Artillery had a patron saint?!?!? Heck yea! :-D


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - My husband was a 14S but they no longer exist. He basically shot airplanes out of the sky. As you probably figure... they really aren't necessary anymore so they got rid of the MOS soon after he got out. I was lucky enough to go to one of the military balls. we had a blast and I got to dress up and be girly. That doesn't happen very often. I wish they had those kind of balls in real life!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

14S says Avenger Crew member. That's still active. I suspect what happened is it used to maybe be "Chaparall Crew member or Vulcan Gunner" or something which are now an obsolete weapon systems. When you say he shot airplanes out of the sky, I need to know what he did it with. A machine gun or missiles? If he stayed in he would have been trained on the Avenger missile system. Good times.

I suspect however you've almost fully reverted to "civillian-puke" and really not interested in this conversation. :-D ***sigh*** Oh well I'll give up, you can blow these questions off. No worries.

On to P90X Day 63!!!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Hmmm.... I know everybody that was in his MOS was retrained into a different MOS so now I am horribly confused if it wasn't going to be taken away and then not actually taken away. It happened after we got out so I was a little out of the loop. He was an avenger crew member and he shot missles out of the sky. the downside was he only actually got to do his job during training sessions or when something like 9-11 happened. And then he was packed up and shipped off without a return date. That sucked. I think I wrote about it during my 9-11 tribute back there buried under P90X. But anyway - shooting airplanes out of the sky didn't correlate to much of a civilian job so it was a hard transition out. The other day we were talkign to a kid enlisting in the service. He was excited because he was going into the infantry. It took everything in me not to crush his dreams and tell him to look at all the other jobs out there available. While we need the infantry it is pure grunt work and if you don't want to make the military your life - it might not translate well on the outside world.

Ahhh - I could talk military all day long! :) well - depending on which way it gets spinned anyway. I could actually talk all day long is more like it. Cause I talk way too much! LOL


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

Ha! I can see that talking thing about you! ;-)

Seriously though I know EXACTLY what you mean about guys going combat arms branch having a harder time going civilian if they get out early - after say 5 to 10 years?!?!?! Dude there's a GREAT hub in that subject! I am honestly in the SAME boat your husband is in. I like your husband already. I have opinions on it, but I BET you'd have good ones I'd miss. What do you seriously say to doing one together? If that's even possible... I could write something up but get ideas from you to work in or vice versa... Thoughts???

We know I read your interview hub with your girl RH so you obviously have some experience there...


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Sounds like a great idea. My husband luckily got into the insurance field and was able to work his way up the ladder. Right now he is the training manager at IEHP. He started out on the phones at UHC. Not everyone can do it but he is really gifted. But like I said, it isn't shooting airplanes out of the sky... lol If it wasn't for that lucky break (ironically that came from a recommendation from a girl's hair I did when I worked at a salon in JcPenney) he might not be in that field. He didn't finish his degree yet so that always holds you behind when it comes to finding jobs that pay you enough to support your family.

Shoot me an email with some questions... I will answer them and you can get on your military hub. I know even with me - I had a good job that transferred well to civilian life - but it never amounted to anything because I didn't get the degree before getting out. They would rather hire someone with no experience - compared to my 5 years experience, that had a degree to someone that was half way to finishing the degree. I still wonder if I missed my calling, but luckily I found hubpages. However, it has been awhile since I wrote in the military and I fear I am a little rusty now-a-days! :)


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

I'll work up a draft send it to you and you can give me additions, subtractions, and comments. Cool?

Hey I need a tip on the writing bit... How do you do hot links in your hubs??? :-(


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - I will be back a little bit later and will try to explain how to hot link in your hubs. It is pretty easy to do once you get the hang of it.

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