Bring It: P90X Day 86

P90X is about taking your workout to the next level. It isn't for everyone. In fact, many probably won't make it past the first week, much less the entire 90 days of the entire program. Tony Horton created this workout geared toward those who were already in shape, and looking to tone up. Others might have difficulty doing alot of the moves, but if you are stubborn enough, you can push through and you will see results.

The program consists of 12 different DVDS. This allows for enough variety to keep you from getting bored. However, you are still expected to push play everyday and max out each and every exercise for the maximum effect. This is basically what is known as muscle confusion and is what P90X is built on. This here is my own personal journey to test the system. I wasn't in the best shape before I started and would consider myself the average person. Therefore the results that I see should be typical of many others.

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. This personal journey has been an amazing experience and I hope that it has been a means of motivation and inspiration for those who have been following!

P90X is about taking your workout to the extreme. It takes guts and persistance to make it through this. Do you have what it takes?
P90X is about taking your workout to the extreme. It takes guts and persistance to make it through this. Do you have what it takes? | Source

Ab.. solutely necessary!

You want that cute belly you can show off... core work is a must to include in your workouts!
You want that cute belly you can show off... core work is a must to include in your workouts! | Source

Bring It

I wasn't looking forward to this workout as of yesterday. I knew that it was going to be Core Synergistics and frankly, even after completing almost the entire 90 days, I am still not strong enough to complete the vast majority of the exercises.

During the last Recovery Week, I decided to substitute Core Synergistics. It just wasn't logical for me to do the workout. I felt as if I was doing more harm than good. Then again, I think I overdid it and that is what caused issues. Since I am not a quitter, today I tried it again. It is still one of the most difficult workouts I have ever attempted and far from being recovery for me. However, I did make it through the workout, while modifing a good portion of the moves to fit my needs.

I can tell I did good... my stomach has been yelling at me all day. It is definately sore. I hate the feeling of my core muscles being sore. But, this week is the final week of recovery so I am going to push through each and every one of these workouts. I have one more exerperience with Core Synergistics before I am done. I hope I can push it a little farther the next time!

Setting Goals

It is currently Tuesday. Come this Saturday, I will have officially finished the entire 90 days of the program. That in itself is a great accomplishment. In addition to finishing the program, it is also New Year's Eve. The program couldn't have ended on a better day. As I am going into the new year, I have the opportunity to re-evaluate where I am currently and start setting new goals.

When the new year approaches, many people set their New Year's Resolution as "Getting healthier in the new year!" However, if you want to accomplish your goals, you are going to need to be a bit more specific. Getting healthy is so general, you will never reach your goal.

Drink Water!

Not many people drink enough water in their daily life. Set a goal for the new year to try and drink at least 8 glasses. Not only will you feel better, but you will probably start to lose weight as well!
Not many people drink enough water in their daily life. Set a goal for the new year to try and drink at least 8 glasses. Not only will you feel better, but you will probably start to lose weight as well! | Source

Do you have a workout routine?

If you already have a workout routine, now might be the time to add to it. If not, use the new year as a reason to start adding workouts to your life. It doesn't have to be big. Just going for a walk a couple times a week can make a big difference!
If you already have a workout routine, now might be the time to add to it. If not, use the new year as a reason to start adding workouts to your life. It doesn't have to be big. Just going for a walk a couple times a week can make a big difference! | Source

How about you...

Do you plan on setting a resolution to get healthy in the new year?

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Ideas for Healthy Goals

  1. Drink more water - Water is good for you. Not only does it flush the body of toxins, but it also will help you feel full. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses of water a day. However, most people don't do that. So set a goal to get your water in daily. It might be harder than it looks, but it is a great place to start!
  2. Eat More Fruits and Veggies - I am guilty of this one and definatly need to include this in on my resolutions. While I am usually pretty good about the fruits, my veggie consumption is lacking. Fruits and veggies are a great source of nutrients and vitamins. In addition, they are low in calories so they are a great addition to your diet if you are trying to lose weight!
  3. Start working out 3 days a week - This is a great goal for those who haven't started working out yet. If you have been following along with "Bring It: P90X", you might have already started your workout. The key here is to set a specific amount. If you are just starting out, a couple days a week for about 20 to 30 minutes might be all you need. However, if you have already been working out, maybe it is time to add in the extra days or longer workouts. Work with what you got and expand.
  4. Cut down on drinking your calories - Soda and alcohol are the main culprits of drinking your calories. They contain no nutritional value whatsoever. That means if your soda is costing you 120 calories with each can and you drink a few a day, you are litterally drinking almost a full meal a day. That can really add up over time and that could mean a bigger waistline over the course of the year. If you are a soda drinker, cutting out the soda could instantly cause you to drop weight. Now I am not saying you can't occasionally treat yourself, but try not to keep soda in your daily diet. Drinking your calories is the best way to not use your daily intake wisely.
  5. Move more in what you do daily - If you are a person that always looks for the shortest route possible, try thinking differently. The extra steps you might take, can really add up after awhile. So, instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. If you drive around until you find the closest park spot, try taking the one farthest away. These extra steps can add to your workout without you even realizing it. This could mean a healthier you with only one small lifestyle change!

So now that you have a few specific goals for how to get healthier in the new year, what resolution are you going to choose? Do you have other goals that you are going to set instead. While most people set goals to become healthier in the new year, the way to do it is to be specific. This way you are likely to stick with your goal until the following year.

Good luck on your goals!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - it's so close! 90 days! That must be really exciting.....you set a really big goal and you stuck with your commitment and wrote about it every day. Huge achievement considering some of us can't stick with a 30 day writing challenge! I'm scared to try just that....so much of everyday life gets in the way but you didn't let it deter you - not even during sickness or vacation.

I bet you are sore to the core!

I had to laugh because when I took the poll it said 100% of the voters plan to get healthy! Yay! Me and me agree! I think driniking the 2 Oz of water a day counts, don't you?


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Ooops! I'm first again. I'd better not get too excited, or Lapse will say I didn't read the hub. (laughing)

I'm lucky because I love vegetables even more than meat. Not taking short cuts is a great idea that reminds me of last year in Texas I used to go to the Golden Corral everyday after the gym. I'd get there just after noon, and the parking lot was full. There was always the two older gals who'd drive around the parking lot slowly until a spot would open up clse to the door. Both of the girls were close to three bills. It always struck me that they should just leave the car at home and hoof it poor things.

Good stuff girl!!

jim


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Well, I WAS first until Real snuck in there on me! BTW, I'm not speakin to her because she has been totally ignoring me lately making me slide into a funk. (just kidding) Hey RH!!

I said no on the poll because I'm addicted to the stuff anyway. Don't forget, we're gonna want a swim suit shot kiddo!

jim


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I really admire you for sticking with this exhausting program.

Have to admit the most exercise I got was when I used to swim every night. It sure got me into shape and the 20 pound loss was nice. I actually got up to 80 laps and found it quite easy as I enjoy swimming. I think this year I am going to work on getting a membership to the local indoor pool and start swimming again.

You've done a wonderful job with this program and you're an inspiration to many of us.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - It is pretty surreal... the whole experience has been. And it is funny to believe that at the end of this, I will have written 90 days worth. That is doing the 30 day challenge times 3 and the first time I tried to do the 30 day challenge I couldn't do it either. So, now I have done 2 things. I wonder how long I will disappear after I am done. Taking a break from writing.. phew.. this has been exhausting! LOL - Just kidding. I like writing too much to take a big break! But I might not publish on the first of January. We will see! LOL


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, I was going to let you know that Real snuck in before you but you beat me to the punch! LOL. I only promise a swimsuit shot after I get 100% to my goal. I may have gotten through P90X but my journey has far from ended. So I too am going to be setting goals to be healthier in the new year. The main one is going to be to increase my water intake. Some days I am good... other days not so much... I got to stay focused on that.

As for driving to find the closest spot - my husband does that all the time. I am always the one that says just park... we have legs and can walk. Now - if it is raining... that is anotehr story. Then you run from the distance... ha ha ha!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - I really wish I could use swimming to my advantage but I have never learned how to swim properly. I can maybe do one lap and then I lose my rhythem and start sinking. I tried it when we had our membership but I just am not comfortable with it. Such a shame because it is an awesome workout. We have a waterpark close to our house... maybe about a 10 minute drive. Wehn it opens for the summer I think I am going to get a family pass and start heading to the water regularly. Hopefully by that time I will be swimsuit ready! :)


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Wow you are so close to being done I can feel it... I love these goals. They are pretty much what we had discussed last year. Also remember 8 glasses of water is no longer accurate... It is 50% of your body weight in oz. So if you weigh 150 lbs you should drink 75 oz of water. I think that is a bit extreme, but a lot of people do it... including you when you get in your kicks ;-) I have decided to drop soda out of my daily diet. I have been doing pretty poorly with that lately. Which is strange because I never used to drink that much soda. Soda is only allowed when I am at somebodies house visiting or when I am out to eat. Also I want to start getting in a more solid workout schedule. Now that work is calming down I am hoping that my workouts are a bit easier to fit in during the day. Of course I have yet to actually sit down and figure it out, but now I have to go to work. A late night tonight... So keep up the great work and remember how important those ab workouts are especially for you!!! Read ya later :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - yes - I know that they say 50% of your body weight but I figure 8 - 8oz. glasses is a good starting point.... especially if you aren't already drinking water. I am usually pretty good about that but lately I have been slacking. I hate tracking so I guess I need to go back to that. Luckily my water bottle tells me how much I have drank so that is pretty good. I have been on a soda kick since I moved to California. I can't seem to get away from it so we stopped buying it for awhile. Then I found a really awesome deal that I couldn't pass up... it was like 8 cans for free. Anyway - the reason we usually do have soda is because I send it to work with eli... unfortunately, that also means that I am tempted by it. Now if someone would finally get these darn cookies out of my house. Should I set the goal to have them gone by new year's ... lol

Hopefully when you slow down at work you really start getting that workout in. I am looking forward to a few different workouts for at least the week after P90X.

P.S. - my abs are really really really sore!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A very interesting and useful series.

I am handing these over to my daughter so keep them coming.

Well done with this program, I have to admire you.

I now look forward to following you into the New Year.

Take care

Eddy.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Eiddwen - Thanks for stoping by. I hope your daughter finds some good information in here. This truly is a great program for toning up. I am almost done and almost considered a P90X graduate! :)


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

The beverage tips are the best. If people that drink soda started drinking water instead they'd see an amazing effect.

Sorry I've been a little MIA... The holidays got me off track. :-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - The beverage thing... especially if you drink a lot of soda, should ideally show a really big difference if you switch it with water. Funny though - because I gave up my soda after the 30 day mark and it really didn't make much of a difference. Maybe it meant that I was adding more creamer into my coffee for the caffeine! LOL

Hey - don't worry about being MIA - I have been taking a break to. Seems that I burned myself out with writing every single day with P90 that my brain turned to mush. But I am in the midst of working something big right now! :)

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