Bring It: P90X Day 74

P90X, created by Tony Horton, is an extreme workout that will bust you into shape. Based off the concept of muscle confusion, this workout consists of 12 differrent DVDs ranging for weight lifting to plyometrics, to kickboxing to yoga. This is not an easy workout... hence the X in the name... which stands for extreme.

This is my own personal journey. I wanted to know if this was a workout effective on the average, normal person. While I am crazier than most, I do still consider myself average and expect my results will be very similiar to those who don't make a career out of P90X.

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 you comments below. With Christmas right around the corner it is more important now than ever before to stay motivated. I love hearing about your very own success stories, attempts or even tips. Together we can help each other!

P90X is an extreme workout. If you want to maintain weight during the holiday season, this will have you sweating away the Christmas cookies!
P90X is an extreme workout. If you want to maintain weight during the holiday season, this will have you sweating away the Christmas cookies! | Source

Bring It

The holidays are upon us. In fact, there is only a short 10 days until we get to annoy the rest of our family and friends we don't see on a regular basis. During this day, we will all be tempted with those holiday goodies, as well as some alcholic beverages, and naturally we will stuff ourselves like we are preparing for next year's Thanksgiving.

This time of year is dreaded because of that holiday weight gain. For me, I am hoping to avoid that this year. My reason... because with P90X not only am I doing an extreme workout, but I am also making better choices when it comes to my nutrition.

Today's workout was YogaX. Yoga to me is very relaxing... except lately it has been a little harder to be focused. I guess with the holidays around the corner my mind is still wondering around trying to remember everything I need to get done. Even so, today's workout was still a good one. The fact that yoga relaxes me makes me wonder how stressed I would be if I wasn't practicing yoga.

Relaxing to the music

Going with the whole holiday theme, one of the things I noticed is that Christmas music is also a way to relax. Granted, yoga will actually increase your flexibility, but at least Christmas music playing in the background will put you in a good mood... and hopefully the holiday spirit.

Being that I am from the midwest, I am used to having snow on the ground. This year I am living in California. That means no snow. I miss the snow and without it, I am having a really hard time getting in the Christmas spirit.

So in the spirit of relaxation... here are 10 of my favorite Christmas songs.

It's Beginning to Look Alot Like Christmas

Alvin and the Chipmunks

I want a Hippopotamus

Nuttin for Christmas

Blue Christmas

Top 10 Favorite Christmas Songs

1. It's Beginning to Look Alot like Christmas - Who doesn't love a good old fashioned Christmas song. Bing Crosby has such a smooth voice I can't help but love the sound of any of his Christmas songs. When I am in the mood to listen to something a little older, he is usually my go to man.

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2. Hula Hoop Christmas Song - Ok so maybe it is because of my age but I absolutely love Alvin and the Chipmunks. I remember when I was younger I would watch the cartoon whenever I got the chance. Yet, my favorite was listening to them sing. I loved their squeeky little voices. Who doesn't start smiling when they see these little rodents singing their tune. Of all the christmas songs, this was always the one I couldn't wait to hear on the radio each and every year!

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3. I want a Hippopotamus - I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas... only a hippopotamus will do.... I want a hippopotamus for Christmas. I don't think Santa Claus will mind do you? You have to admit, this is one of those Christmas songs that just get stuck in your head. Not only is this one of my favorites, but my kids love to sing this one as well. While Shirley Temple also sang this one, my favorite version is the one done by Gayla Peevey. This one is just a fun a silly song. After all, who really would want a hippopotamus for Christmas. But what a joy and what a suprise when I open up my eyes and see a hippo hero standing there. Come on and sing it with me. You know you want to!

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4. I'm Gettin' Nuttin for Christmas - This is my daughter's theme song. At least that is what I like to tell her so she behaves the last couple months. This is one of my favorites just because it is a fun one to sing. Granted, I have never heard anybody going caroling with this song, but it is still a fun song anyway. I will tell you, this song does not describe me at all! :) But it is a friendly reminder that you better start behaving so you don't end up with Nuttin for Christmas like this young child!

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5. Blue Christmas sung by Elvis Presley - Most people like to tell me that I was born in the wrong year. Alot of the music I like is oldies. Elvis is one of my favorites. While I can typically listen to anything he sings, around the holidays, Blue Christmas is one of my favorites. It just goes to show that the holidays just aren't the same if you don't get to spend it with the people that you love. Since we have recently moved.... ok... so we moved last year... this year I am missing my family. I wish I could spend the holidays with them, but it isn't possible this year. For all those spending time away from their families, I know how you feel. So, enjoy the company you do have and treasure them each and every day!

Feliz Navidad

All I want for Christmas

Dreaming of a White Christmas

The Grinch

War Is Over

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6. Feliz Navidad - I remember listening to this song as a kid. I absolutely loved this because I thought it meant I was bilingual. Yes - I know now that bilingual doesn't mean I can say a couple words in spanish. However, I have to admit, when I was singing it, my accent sounded pretty good. This song is one of my favorites because it is upbeat. It really is also about bringing people of nationalities together.

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7. All I Want For Christmas is You - I am sure that I am not the only one that thinks this, but for some reason when the holidays come around, I feel all lovey dovey and romantic. Of the romantic Christmas songs, the one done by Mariah Carey. Whether you like her or not, you have to admit that she has a great voice. Overall, this is just a great song. It has a fun and fast-paced beat that just makes you want to get up and start grooving. So, if you want to get up and dance... you can go ahead and join me.... cause I am already dancing!

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8. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas - Home Alone is the first thing that comes to mind when I hear this Christmas song. I love the "bum bum" beats. This is one of my husband's favorite Christmas movies so we often listen to this version of the song alot... each time we watch the movie. And each and every time we hear this song on the radio, we automatically associate it with Home Alone. So, if after you read this you pop in Home Alone I will totally understand.

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9. You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch - While I have always enjoyed the Cartoon version of The Grinch during the holidays, when the movie came out staring Jim Carey, I loved it even more. I am a big Jim Carey fan anyways and adding him to this wonderful Christmas story was an instant hit for me. It just doesn't seem like Christmas without hearing this song on the radio and some point. Sure, it might be about a cranky Who - but eventually his heart grows and he learns the true meaning of Christmas.

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10. War is over - I know I have said this about all of the song selections I have put on here. But this one is my absolute favorite. Sung by John Lennon and having a children's choir in the background just puts tears in my eyes. So a very merrry Christmas and a Happy New Year... let's hope it's a good one without any fear.

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Merry Christmas everybody! Hope this helped get you into a little bit of the holiday spirit. With only 10 Shopping days left, the count down is on!

For Lapse

After saying that I have never heard of this song... I realized I just didn't know the name of the song. Thank you Lapse for pointing this one out. While I am not going to change my Top 10 list, I will definately add it in as a runner- up :)

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moviedude31 4 years ago from Riverside, Ca

Hahaha. You're a mean one Mr. Grinch...


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

You strike me as a big fan of Wham's "Last Christmas." Where was that one?


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tlpoague 4 years ago from USA

My favorites were 1,5,7,and 8. I love listening to Christmas music when I am baking and big fat flakes of snow are falling outside. It is relaxing. I have never tried out P90X, but my sister said she had a hard time doing it. I don't know if she ever stuck with it. It sounded challenging, but fun.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Barbergirl, this helps me stay in the Christmas spirit. Thank you. Have a great Christmas.


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Coyoterainmaker 4 years ago from Kenilworth. Warwickshire. England

Barbergirl..no body this passionate about exercise and blogging is "average" and the hub is awesome in it's content and story.

My personal form of exercise is now Tai Chi Exercise (if it interests you I'd love to direct you to www.balancehealth-fitness.co.uk and check some of my blogs)But what's happening now is that more and more athletes are realising that Tai Chi's benefits are greater than they realise.How many times have I heard someone say "I saw hundreds of old people doing tai chi in the parks of China.It looked beautiful."

The reason it looked beautiful was that those "old people had been practising the form for decades." And if people thought it looked beautiful then, how awesome must the practitioners have been in their youth?

I wish you all the best with the P90X programmes,but would it be ok for me to sing the praises of tai chi as well as yoga as a balance?

Best wishes and have a great Christmas/New Year


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Moviedude... ah - the peer pressure comment ;) And your a mean one... mr Grinch! LOL


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Honestly I have never heard of Whams Last Christmas... you are going to have to enlighten me. Now I am going to have to search for it or something!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@tlpoague - Ah... the old school Christmas musis is your favorite. I honestly don't think there is a Christmas song out there that I don't like. I could literally listen to it all year long.

P90X is a tough program. I am actually impressed I stuck with it this far. I think the main reason is because I publically comitted to writing about it every day and that has made all the difference! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Hyphenbird - Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a Merry Christmas as well!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@coyoterainmaker - Thank you so much for stopping by. I have always been interested in Tai Chi but have never really gotten a chance to try it out. Thanks for bringing that up because I will definately have to go over to the website and check your blogs out. I have seen a few actually do it and it looks amazing and beautiful how the body just moves so smootly. I will set that as a new goal. When I am done with P90X I will have to find a video on Tai Chi and try it out.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! :)


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

So I read this this morning, but then I had to go to work. Now I'm home and I will leave a comment while relistening to all the songs :-) I am just like you... I LOVE christmas music!!! Everybody at work is going bonkers but I keep saying I love it :-) The only thing missing is the snow... nobody at work likes me saying either point!! lol. You missed a few of my favorites though... 12 days of christmas was my favorite for most of middle school and high school. let it snow just always makes me want to cuddle up by a fire and some versions of it are just BEAUTIFUL! I also really really really love, although always cry when I hear it, Christmas Shoes. Those are probably my top 3 and then the hippopotamus for christmas and dreaming of a white christmas complete my top 5!!! Anyways... great list! I'm loving your count down to christmas :-)


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

What?!?!? Search YouTube for that title. They play it on the radio frequently. Report back when mission is accomplished! :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I do love Christmas Shoes but because it always makes me cry I kept it out of the list... I wanted to portray happy music, but I will gladly admit it is one of my favorites. Honestly, it was pretty hard narrowing it down to only 10.

As for the countdown to Christmas... I am goign to try and stick with it the entire time. So - shoot me an email if you have any suggestions so I don't run out... LOL... I have got somethign for Day 9 and Day 8... so that means I am good for today and I am good for tommorrow. Guess I better get brainstorming Christmasy P90X type countdowns... lol

Oh and the 12 days of Christmas... I like that song to but can only listen to it occasionally. I guess I get burned out easily because it keeps repeating itself.. LOL


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Now I feel stupid. I knew that song... guess I never knew what it was called. And I do love that song... so I gave you props... check it out! :)


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Coyoterainmaker 4 years ago from Kenilworth. Warwickshire. England

Barbergirl..your blog on using music is one of the reasons I wrote on my article "10 Tips to Feeling Better"

DANCE..members were asking me for all kinds of exercise programmes they could do at home and some said they "felt a bit cheated" when I told them to put their favourite music on when they're in the kitchen and DANCE..they even said they out music on and sang along..it's only "feeling silly" that stopped them dancing..my advice: Dance like there's no one watching.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Coyoterainmaker - That is great advice. I dance all the time like no one is watching. I think it is agreat way to unwind and have fun. It burns calories and makes you laugh. I even encourage my kids to do the same. We sing at the top of our lungs and we dance. I think the people who felt a bit cheated are only cheating themselves. Music is definately a great way to feel better... anytime of year! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Omg! I was just thinking about I'm getting nothing song - and I posted it on my FB as you know! Before I read this....too funny! I love all your picks but that's my fav:). I played Christmas music all day while I wrapped, and wrapped - I'm still wrapping! But NOT listening to rap while I wrap!


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moviedude31 4 years ago from Riverside, Ca

@realhousewife - word. Lol.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Ah good minds definately think alike! One of my favorites as well. I like the funny ones. Bob And Tom Christmas songs are probably my favorite... like have you heard Walking ARound in Women's underwear. I like a song that can make me laugh!

I haven't started wrapping yet... so maybe I need to put on some rap so I can put the wrapping to a rap... lol

@Moviedude - your funny!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

I thought you'd heard of it. I have songs like also. Don't know the name but know them when I hear them.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - My husband yelled at me because he read yours and then mine and he was like... WHAT - seriously you don't know which song he is talkign about. Yep - The song title and name of the band will be forever engrained in my head now! LOL But yeah - I am horrible remember song names and bands unless I am obsessed with the song. Which - I love this song so it might just have been I never found out the name! Hmmm - mysteries of life!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

I'm glad I could make an impact here. :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - I bet so many people will benefit from this! LOL

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