Bring It: P90X Day 73

Tony Horton is the mastermind behind P90X. It was created so people everywhere can change their lives and change their body. While you are expected to do your part to Bring It, Tony Horton does his part by giving you 12 DVDs to give you enough variety to see changes.

This is my own personal journey on the P90X workout program. Not only has my body been changing, but mentally I am much stronger than when I started this program. 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 hope to inspire and motivate others during this journey of mine. Right now we are in the final stretch of P90X. It is all downhill from here. Thanks for hanging with me throughout this journey!

The concept behind P90X is muscle confusion. You have to bring it, but the DVDs do the rest of the work for you!
The concept behind P90X is muscle confusion. You have to bring it, but the DVDs do the rest of the work for you! | Source

A flower for you!

My daughter and her friend decided to do beauty products for the craft bazaar. That meant my time was consumed by making about 30 different varieties of hair barettes!
My daughter and her friend decided to do beauty products for the craft bazaar. That meant my time was consumed by making about 30 different varieties of hair barettes! | Source

Bring It

It was a busy morning... but as I just thought that... I realized that it is a busy morning every morning. So, this busy morning was no excuse to not get my workout down. However, I might have had to rearrange my schedule a little bit to do it.

My daughter had her craft bazaar going on at school. We have been working on her products to sell for the better part of the last week. Finally it was over. All I needed to do was give the kids a ride to school and help carry in a table for her to use. As soon as I was done with that, I headed over to my friend's house to walk her dogs. (A favor I have been doing for the last few months on days she won't be home in time to walk them before dark.) My father-in-law was stopping by for a haircut at 11 and I wanted to get all this stuff done, squeeze in my workout and a shower before then. That meant time was cramped and I had to get moving.

By the time my father-in-law left with his fresh haircut, I realized that everything I had to do was already done. Because I had obsessively cleaned the house the other day when my computer was down with a virus... and amazingly it had stayed that way for the most part... I really had nothing going on today.

Wow... my shoulders feel 10 pounds lighter. I went from having no time to having time to spare. I guess that means it is time to catch up on all my hubpages reading that I have been slacking on.

My workout today went great. Today's agenda was Shoulders and Arms. Sadly, since this is the final stretch of P90X, I once again say goodbye to this workout until I start over again. This one is full of bicep curls and lots of tricep work. My arms currently feel like jello, but I don't mind. That means I got a good workout in!

Make your Holiday Workout Happen

We all know that Christmas is right around the corner. This also means that while there are a lucky few who have finished their Christmas shopping, there are others... like me... who will naturally procastinate until the very last minute.

While stressing over holiday shopping and trying to avoid that unwanted holiday gain, I have deviced a plan that will allow you to get your holiday workouts in... and you don't even need to be home to do it. While these may not be extreme like P90X, they will give you a bit of extra movement to consider it part of your daily workout.

The tree is decorated...

Now it is time to fill the underneath with presents... No time to push play... just do your holiday fitness shopping instead!
Now it is time to fill the underneath with presents... No time to push play... just do your holiday fitness shopping instead! | Source

Cash or Card?

If you use plastic instead of the cash you won't be fooled into thinking you are getting stronger because your wallet is getting lighter?
If you use plastic instead of the cash you won't be fooled into thinking you are getting stronger because your wallet is getting lighter? | Source

11 Ways to keep moving during the holiday madness

  1. At some point during your holiday shopping (unless you do it purely online) you will need to enter a store. Now, while we all hate the madness during the season, there is one thing that will benefit you. There is a slim chance you might actually find a close parking spot. However, to get you moving during the holidays, I want you to park as far away as you can. If you do this during all your shopping trips, imagine how many extra steps you are walking each day!
  2. Do Squat Shopping. Basically, most of the stuff stores want you to buy is right at eye level. This is a marketing strategy. So, squat down and look at some of the lower shelves. Not only might you find a great gift and a good deal, but you will also get your leg workout in as well.
  3. Find a good sale... go ahead and jump for joy. Jump several times to really get your heart rate up and you can say you did some plyometrics.
  4. Trying to get to that sale price you saw in the flyer... better hurry up before it is gone. Therefore, you need to be running up and down the aisles. Sure, people may look at you like you have gone crazy... but remember, it is all for the benefit of fitness holiday shopping.
  5. Want to get your weight lifting in. Fill your cart with the heaviest stuff that you can find and push the cart around the entire store while searching for that last gift on your list.
  6. In addition to that, after you have completely filled the cart and realized you don't want any of the stuff because you did it in the name of exercise, walk all around the store putting the items back on the shelf.
  7. Incorporate Yoga into your holiday shopping. Yoga is all about stretching so go ahead and get in the triangle pose and reach... reach... reach for that item.
  8. For holiday shopping, don't load your wallet full of cash. It is preferable that you use your debit card so you don't lose weight in your wallet as you pull it out for each transaction. Don't want you to think you are getting stronger when you really are only emptying the wallet. Now, with each transaction, do wallet lifts. Sick of doing wallet lifts, don't do so many transactions.
  9. Need the hot toy for someone on your Christmas list. Well, when you see some stranger walking around the store with the last one in their hands, follow them until they decide to put it down. If they get to the cash register and have yet to put it down, plead your case to them on why you need it more. This could be in the form of lunges.
  10. If you have a mall, you could always go and walk the entire day. With all the people packed inside, you can even pretend it is an obstacle course. Be warned... the island shops in the middle will frown if you start climbing over their shop. And mall security might chase you down if you start hopping over their fancy mall plants and decorations.
  11. Finally, if you want to get your holiday fitness shopping done, make sure to buy that someone special a really large gift, carry it out to the car only to realize that it no longer fits. Being too stubborn to return the item since you finally found the perfect gift, leave your car in the parking lot and walk the very large item home. Remember, you are going to have to walk back to your car.

So... now that you know the ways to get your holiday fitness shopping in... wouldn't it be easier and a lot more sane to just push play! It's the holidays - don't skip that workout if you want to maintain your weight with all the wonderful goodies and treats tempting you.

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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

HA!!! Yes looking like lunatic a lunatic doing all this would be hilarious! I am picturing you now running your cart around the store with heavy items from hardware in it, squatting and jumping and just being yourself! Very funny! I think you should do this stuff in ADDITION to your workout! Or do it as research for YOUR OWN series of workout videos?!?!?! YES!!! There's your money making idea!!! You should include ankle weights and a headband with the package. Gotta figure out a way to keep your heart rate up without looking like a mental patient because they might call the guys in white coats! Then I bet RealHousewife will help you field test it. :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - YOu know... you might be onto this. Seriously, fitness holiday shopping videos. I can make a whole youtube video on it and when it goes viral I will have to put it on DVD. It will be the new craze. Lose weight and get your shopping done as well. You can either do this for holiday shopping or attempt to do it with grocery shopping. Oh man... I need like a 80s workout outfit and need to head to the store! LOL


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I don't want to go into the stores! Ha! I love online shopping but you're right - I can't avoid it entirely. Ugh! But great ideas - I didn't realize the eye level thing....but I'm taller than most people so humpf....maybe I better start scooting down and seeing what all I'm missing:) lol.

Next thing you know - you'll see a picture of me on one of the Walmart sites - I'll be laying on the ground looking for specials! Lol


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Ha ha - great idea... you could technically bear crawl through walmart. NOt only will that give you the fame of showing up on Peopleofwalmart.com, but you will also be getting a good workout in while scoring a deal. Outstanding - why didn't I think of that. All I said was squats... but bear crawling is even better!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

RH how tall are you??

BBG, the ultimate thing is opening your own stores catering to people doing this exercise shopping thing... We need a term for this... Exer-shopping? Shop-cizing? Something catchy that sounds cool so all the kiddies will love it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Lapse - I'm close to 5'10. I can reach the top cabinets all by myself:)


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

roflmao... reach the top cabinets! Hilarious... that is pretty tall. I enjoy being able to do that also. I can hide stuff from the wife with this ability. It rocks! I think we're better than other people because of this fact. HA!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I wish I could reach the top cabinets :-( Anyways... Barbergirl I enjoyed this list. Funny, creative, and quite useful :-) Seriously!! It may sound silly, but the truth is that even in our everyday lives we can make ourselves a little bit healthier by just thinking about doing it a bit more extreme! Maybe your list is a little bit more than normal, but I do it to some extent everyday! At work sometimes when I have a box that is the perfect size and weight I do a few reps with it just to flex and stretch my arms... and get in a a tiny bit of arm workout in. I also listen to music while I clean so that I can dance around a bit to give me a bit of an extra cardio workout while cleaning! There are tons of ways to make your everyday life a bit more healthy :-) Thanks for the reminder even if you were totally joking with your points!! lol.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - You definately are onto something... I love the idea shopercizing.... hmmm... do you think it would be a success? And hey - in case you were interested I am like 5'7" :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I need one of those Gopher reaching things... I can't reach the stuff in the top of my cabinets so I mostly let the stuff I never use get shoved up there. Or I end up having to pull out the handy step stool. What a pain. I think I need to grow a little taller! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - I hope your wife doesn't read this... she might be able to find her Christmas present then... rotflmao!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Totally Joking??? I am always serious. I mean - someone once said I needed help... but hey... I am totally into this. Now all I need to do is get a jazzercise outfit and head to the store...Walmart maybe! LOL - I am glad that this list... while mostly for mocking purposes really struck a point. This is a great way to get a little more active in everyday life. Heck - if you can't squeeze your workout in you might as well do it elsewhere right. And I am so proud of you for doing reps with boxes... that is the way to get it in there! :)

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