Bring It: P90X Day 81

I know I have said it before and I will say it again. P90X is one tough workout. In fact, it is an extreme workout. Tony Horton created P90X based on the concept of muscle confusion. This means you give 110% effort everyday and he gives you enough programs to switch it up. This is to help you stay away from those dreaded plateaus.

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. We are coming to the end of this personal journey so not much left. Leave your comments and lets inspire and motivate the others around us!

You don't have to be strong to do P90X, but you do need to be stubborn. This is what extreme is all about!
You don't have to be strong to do P90X, but you do need to be stubborn. This is what extreme is all about! | Source

Starting the countdown

Yoga is by far the longest workout in the entire P90X program. If you find yourself easily distracted, you will not make it through. You need to focus and the time will pass - otherwise you will just find yourself counting the minutes.
Yoga is by far the longest workout in the entire P90X program. If you find yourself easily distracted, you will not make it through. You need to focus and the time will pass - otherwise you will just find yourself counting the minutes. | Source

Bring It

Still fighting a cold, today was another difficult one to get my workout in. At least the motivation it requires to do an hour and half of yoga. Not just regular yoga, but extreme yoga. A workout where you start of stiff and become more flexible by the end of the pracitice.

I didn't do my workout when I first woke up; I waited until later in the morning. However, because it is the holiday, I also vowed that I would not finish anymore of my baking until after I have finished my workout. That meant I better get my butt in gear. I have a lot of stuff to finish and I wasn't starting any of it until after I finished.

So, feeling crummy and crappy and listening to my kids run around and scream (apparently they have no idea what quiet is), I finally decided to give it a go. Focusing was going to be difficult with all their screaming, but I threatened them with Santa if they didn't start using their inside voices. It didn't work.

However, I tried really hard and was strong enough with my focus to block out their screaming while they play their games. (I am sure I will miss this some day. Right now - it is giving me a headache. The cold doesn't help my grumpiness, obviously.

Then something happened. I had fallen into the greatest place I could with yoga. Extreme relaxation and focus. I drowned the kids screaming out and while they still played and ran around like crazy people, I focused and inside my head it was quiet. It was pure magic!

3 Days Left

The holiday hustle and bustle is really on top of us now. There are only 3 days left until Christmas. Are you ready yet? I know I am not!

I haven't finished Christmas shopping yet, I still (obviously) have presents to wrap, the holiday baking is only halfway completed, and somewhere in their is laundry piling up, weekly household chores, and grocery shopping. Right now, I am not sure when I am going to get any sleep.

Yet, I am not going to stress about it. The holidays will come and go and all these stresses will seem like a waste of energy. Except of course that holiday baking. The goodies will still be there after the holidays. Unless of course I get everybody else to eat them....

3 things you should indulge in during the holidays

When attending holiday parties, you are already aware you are going to be throwing your calorie budget out the window. Yet the appetizers will be calling out your name... and you will be tempted... and then dinner will begin... and your plate will be filled.... and by the time desert rolls around... well, you will be needing to be rolled away from the table.

So you are probably wondering, especially if you have already lost weight, how you are going to keep the weight off or at least maintain with all of these delicious goodies staring right at you. Don't despair... here are 3 things you can indulge in during the holidays.

Got Goodies?

When you got a bunch of goodies sitting around, don't deny yourself. Sample a little if you so choose, but just don't overdo it. You will have to work it off later!
When you got a bunch of goodies sitting around, don't deny yourself. Sample a little if you so choose, but just don't overdo it. You will have to work it off later! | Source
  1. Fruits and Veggies - I have never been to a party where there hasn't been a fruit or veggie platter, or both. These are great things to snack on. They will fill you up but they aren't completely useless calories. So stay away from the chips and dips and all the bad stuff and indulge on the fruit and veggie trays.
  2. Meat - If you are going to overdo it, stick to the meats... like white pieces of chicken, ham or any other lean cuts. Proteins are a much better way to go then overindulging in all the carbs that will stick to your ribs.
  3. Your favorite dessert - Now I am not suggesting that you eat the whole thing. However, I am suggesting that you don't deny yourself one tiny little piece. These are the holidays and they are meant to be enjoyed. You can sample just don't go overboard. If you don't allow yourself a tiny taste it could backfire later, causing you to overeat on everything else. So enjoy that little taste. And remember you are going to have to work it off tomorrow!

How about you...

What would you rather indulge in?

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Are you ready yet?

So there really isn't much time left before the holidays are upon us. Anyone who is a bit of a health nut, or maybe just trying to lose weight during this time of year, is going to feel the pressures and the stresses. Most importantly, remember what this time of year stands for. No one is going to judge you if you make bad decisions for one or two days. However, if you are on this journey like I am - do it if you must, don't feel guilty about it, and move on the next day.

These rundown of days is meant as a fun way to get into the holiday spirit. While some are filled with just holiday cheer, others are meant to get you prepared. If you have been putting in a lot of hardwork getting healthy, don't throw it all away in one day. But do try something if you want to, just remember to listen to your body. Not listening to your body is most likely what got you in this situation in the first place!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Want More...

Click here to read about Day 82. Included are the two exercises you can do to feel a little extra burn during the holidays.

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TheManWithNoPants profile image

TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Yea! I'm number one!! (doin touch down dance) Oh, crap! I've got to go read the hub! Hold on ... Okay!

I have no stress at Christmas. I don't participate. I observe. I have an understanding with everyone I know. They don't have to worry about what to buy me, cause I don't buy anyone anything. Amy, does the shopping. I'd go mad doing what you gals do. I have so much respect for you guys for being able to fight the crouds and all that horible stuff you guys do. I actually love to watch the kids and grand kids at Christmas. I love Christmas. I just lay low!

If you pick up a few lbs. over the holidays, don't freak. You deserve it, and working out's in your blood now so you'll get it right back off.

Merry Christmas, love and peace to you and yours kid!

jim


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

So Jim was so happy to get the first comment in he skipped the poll??? Makes me wonder just how closely he read the hub!! 8-)

I OF COURSE picked OTHER. I indulge in the beer duh! Ok sometimes a little Crown. YUMMY!!!!

**** no not if I have to drive - gotta be responsible ***

Again I found a glaring omission. Um dear maybe you need to let me edit your hubs before you pub them? Ha ha ha...


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

You know me and my sweet tooth. Ironically I don't gain weight over the holidays... just the rest of the year :-) In all seriousness though the best advice possible is just listen to your body, don't over eat, and like you said don't beat yourself up about it. Life is meant to be enjoyed and although working out and being healthy makes you enjoy it even more if you beat yourself up that is bad. My health teacher that I had for the one class that I told you all about and stuff... she gives herself 1 whole week out of every year where she did whatever the heck she felt like. She ate what she wanted, worked out only if she felt like it, and basically made bad choices for her body. She always enjoys it to a certain extent, but by the end of the week her body feels sick and tired and she hates that feeling and so then she starts back with her program and uses that feeling as a reminder of why she does her workout every day and eats healthy every day. Of course she is insane... lol. She ran 1600 miles this year already! Her goal was to hit 1600 by the end of the year, but she made the goal about 2 weeks ago. She really is an inspiration and a lot of what I think and believe are inspired by her. I'm even friends with her on facebook. Sometimes the best way to find success is by looking up to somebody we admire and see how they live. My teacher was 55 years old and she was healthier, more flexible, and WAY stronger than I am. That is what I would like to be... healthy as I get older. So anyways... the whole point... enjoy the holidays, but unless you are her don't over do it. lol. Just allow yourself some leeway and eat a peanut butter ball for me :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, that is one crazy touchdown dance. Yeah - christmas is hectic. Usually I am more in the mood for it, but I am usually a lot more prepared as well. This year even though I have more time, I seem to not have everything done. Time is closing in. But I won't gain over the holidays - at least I have no intention to - besides - I got a little bet thingy going with Myth and I don't like to lose bets! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Yes, I should have realized the beer... darn it you always catch those little blunders! I will, or maybe will indulge in some beer... but we will see. I am more of a mixed drink person if I can be. In fact, I think I need a Captain and Coke right now just to get the day started... so much to do! LOL


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Wow - your teacher sounds amazing. I am not that crazy - I got kids under foot. However, if I didn't have kids underfoot - I wonder how crazy I would get. The funny thing is, I love the exercise... It is usually the food that throws me down. I like the greasy burgers and I like the sweet chocolaty treats. But you should be proud. Out of all the goodies I made, other than a few pieces of the Muddy Buddies - I haven't samplied anything. They are however calling my name but I am saving them for Christmas!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

lol... okay. Still don't forget to have a peanut butter ball for me :-) I know you can be really crazy as well! I should really get back to my workouts. I have only 2 more months to lose more weight than you. Granted I had lost 10 pounds, but I haven't weighed myself in about 4 weeks so I do not know if I gained it all back. But still... I am bound and determined not to lose this bet!! lol. I should find my notebook and do all my measurements... just to see where I am. Remember we are doing body percentage and not overall weight loss! That might be hard but it is only fair :-) I know I can't lose 20 more lbs before Cassie's wedding no matter what, but I have to try to get as close as possible! All of my other goals I pretty much gave up on. I just don't have the time or the ability. We will see though... we will see. lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I will have a peanut butter ball for you... I promise. And we are still on for the bet - I am going to kick your behind! LOL So far since we started this journey I have lost a total of 24 pounds... ok - so what is the occasion we are suppossed to use to figure out the body percentage we lost. Because if I am doing it correctly so far I have lost 8.67% of my starting weight... and you know the bady fat percentage already. So how are you doing? :) And don't worry - I have about another 20 pounds I hope to be down to by Cassie's wedding as well. I am sure that is going to be a bit of a struggle but hopefully I will get close!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - where have I been? OMG - I am so out of shape now:) lol

I was too busy making the christmas treats and shopping and I want to eat fruits, veggies and oh - cheeses...I love lots of cheese and cheese cake too!


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Captain and Coke! Darned good call! Rum or whiskey and coke are so hard to beat. I like to sub the coke with ginger to keep it a little lighter, but its all good. Sometimes that caffeine is a good call.

You being a big Captain fan, have you ever tried Captain and Dr. Pepper??? Try it.


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I've missed so many of your hubs on P90x - I got really busy with the end of the semester finals and posting grades and so on. I just haven't the time to go back and read the 2 dozen or so hubs I'm behind on.

But, it's good to see you are still hanging in there and even though you felt like crap, you were able to get your workout in. That cold must be making the rounds of the country because it's here in IL too. Another reason I got so far behind in reading hubs.

Keep up the good work.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I think you still got in a good workout... I mean... I heard about all the shopping you have done. I bet you are squating and lunging and weight lifting through all the stores. YOu must be exhausted! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Captain is my friend... although a few years back we got into one heck of a fight... my cousin knew how much I liked Captain and invited him over... the whole gallon. However, all he had to mix it with were 6 cans of Dr. Thunder. Now, I am not a big fan of Dr. Pepper - I really need to be in the mood for it. The Dr. Thunder... is 10 times worse. Yuck. Needless to say, the cups were filled with Captain and a splash of dr. thunder. I don't remember much that night.... but when I woke up the bottle was mostly gone!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - Thanks for stopping by. I understand getting busy. I think out of all the hubs I have written the P90X ones are probably the least popular. I am ok with that though because I am doing it for selfish reasons. This has kept me going through even the hardest times.

I still have the cold, but I am still pushing everyday to finish this. It's going to be a weird feeling when this is all over and done with. Maybe then I will be able to finally catch up as well! :)


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Well then you will have to find a new challenge -- train for a 5k or something?


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - I thought about training for one. Not sure how to really do it with kids under foot. My husband isn't around much so it is really hard to get out and go for a run with a bulky stroller. I might have to cruise around craigslist to see if I can get one of those running strollers. Maybe that will make the difference. They have the Relay for Life coming up soon so I might have to do that! :) Got to keep setting those goals! Maybe by the end of the year I will be running a half marathon! :)


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Lapse,

I was at the mall this past weekend. Looking around at the folks, I have a hard time believing that 40% of the people prefer fruit and veges to sweats. I opted out of the poll, and commented on the hub. Don't worry pal, BG's been a pal for a long time. I think I treat her pretty well, and she does the same for me. I'm sure she appreciates your concern though. I know I damn sure do!

jim


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Huh? I missed why not take the poll... I know you love BBG buddy. We all do. She's former military, cool, fun, has the same issues many of us do... You'd be un-American not to!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I think the polls are a fun part of the hub... however I think they are a little biased. After all, I like to indulge in all those things. But then again, this is a hub about getting healthy, so maybe 40% really do prefer fruits and veggies over sweats. Me - I like my sweats! LOL


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

BG!

Yeah, I was just trying to say that I didn't trust this particular poll. Old Lapse was eluding to the idea that I didn't read the hub well because I didn't participate in the poll. Shoot, if you look at his comments and mine, he commented on the poll but not the hub. (Doing my best Al Pachino impersonation) .. "Hey pal, what the fock you tryin to pull here awnyway?"

Na, he's cool, I just don't get off on folks critiquing my comments. (Brushing the chip off my shoulder)

Polls ARE fun. I promise to take the next one!

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, thanks for taking the poll. Sometimes I even forget that I put the polls in there. Not many people even take them. I think maybe 1 out of 10 people actually take the poll. They don't show accurate results...but then again, they can be fun. My sister yelled at me because one of my polls didn't give her the option to answer it... lol... Sometimes I check them.. sometimes I don't! But thanks for answering the next poll ;)


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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

Jim you should take it as a compliment that so many people respond to your stuff. Means your comments are interesting and I/we invite the back and forth with you ya know? ... btw you were right in that you read the hub itself better. :-) I blame it on my ADD!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I always like the back and forth... it gives my hubs a little bit of a boost to the top... ha ha... yes... it is for selfish reasons.

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