Bring It: P90X Day 88

Looking at the big picture, P90X is a short journey. It is only 90 days from start to finish. Yet, when standing there on Day 1, 90 days seems like an eternity. Yet, once you start coming to the end, you have learned a whole new lifestyle. This is going to be a game changer.

P90X is an extreme workout program created by Tony Horton. The exercises are simple, as in you don't need prior training to be able to accomplish them. However, these exercises are effective. You will find yourself struggling and this is when you need to dig deeper. While Tony Horton will bring you the variety through his 12 differrent DVD workouts, it is up to you to push play each day and give it your all. This combination is what is referred to as "muscle confusion."

This has been my very own personal journey. Throughout it, I have pushed myself and I have struggled... yet what it comes down to it, is I have survived. 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. This personal journey has been a means of not only motivation, but inspiration as well. Together we have grown and hopefully had a few laughs on the way. Love hearing your own personal stories and bits of advice. Thanks for the continued support!

P90X is an extreme workout. Are you ready to starting bringing it to get in the best shape of your life?
P90X is an extreme workout. Are you ready to starting bringing it to get in the best shape of your life? | Source

I'm so excited... and I just can't hide it!

Can't believe I made it this far. Yes, I am pretty excited!
Can't believe I made it this far. Yes, I am pretty excited! | Source

Bring It

Today is Day 88 of the 90 day series. That is exciting. I am almost the entire way through and soon I will be able to call myself a P90X graduate. That is an accomplishment. Yet, I have a hard time believing that I have already come this far. It seems like only yesterday that I was standing there pushing play for the first time. Suddenly, something magical happened. I decided to write about it. That in turn gave me a committment. Not only was I going to push play each day, but I was going to write about my journey along the way. Honestly, while I am stubborn, I am not really sure I would have made it this far if it wasn't for my committment to writing!

To make it even better, today was StretchX. What a great, relaxing workout. StretchX is a great way to improve your flexibility. It is also nice and relaxing, which is the way it should be during recovery week. To top it off, I am also on my final recovery week.

I waited until the afternoon to get my stretch workout in. That could be because I slept in this morning, or it could be because I spent a good hour playing Just Dance 3 with my kids. So, not only did I get my regular workout in, I also added some grooving dance moves to the mix. I have also been really strict on my nutrition. I want to have a good results day for Day 90 and frankly, the leftover Christmas cookies have been frequently calling my name!

Speaking of recovery... time for a nap!

When trying to lose weight, one of the things most people forget about is their sleep. It isn't that they just don't sleep because they are trying to lose weight, but maybe they don't realize the benefits of sleep for weight loss.

For me, I am a night owl. This means I stay up late. That also means during the morning I am grumbling as I pull myself out of bed. It isn't odd for me to regularly get less than 8 hours of sleep a night. In fact, chances are good I average closer to 6. Now this week has been a little different. The kids have been on Winter vacation and I have been taking advantage of them sleeping in by sleeping in as well.

Sleeping like a baby

Do it like a baby does... make sure you get enough sleep!
Do it like a baby does... make sure you get enough sleep! | Source

How about you...

Do you get enough sleep at night?

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The obvious benefits of getting sleep

The average adult should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night, but the amount of sleep needed will vary based on the individual. A good way to get into a good sleeping habit is to go to bed at the same time every night. If you get into a good sleep schedule, you should see a good change in the way you feel.

The obvious benefit of getting enough sleep is the surge in energy. This is a good thing. If you are feeling sluggish, chances are good you aren't going to be pushing yourself in your workouts. During your workouts, you need to push yourself to see the change. However when you are tired, that can be a very difficult thing to do.

The next obvious benefit is sleep is your natural recovery time. This is when the muscles will regenerate and heal from the previous day's workout. This is when your muscles will be changing. If you want to see your muscles grow and you want to get stronger, you need to be getting enough sleep.

In addition, if you are not getting a decent amount of sleep, your metabolism will also suffer. This is bad if you are already struggling to lose weight. If you are sluggish, and your metabolism is sluggish, you will be fighting an uphill battle the entire way. If you don't see the changes, chances are good you are going to get frustrated and call it quits before you reach your potential.

The not so obvious benefits...

On more technical terms, while you are sleeping, your body is busy working. Alot of stuff happens when you are slumbering in a dream state. Not only does your body get energized and regulates your metabolism, but it is also busy producing hormones.

Leptin is a hormone that regulates your appetite. It is produced while you sleep, so obviously those who are sleep-deprived will have low levels of leptin. This will be a major downfall if you are trying to lose weight. Not only will you not feel full, but you will also be craving those bad sugars and bad carbs that will stick to your sides.

HGH, or human growth hormone, is also produced at night. This is what helps rebuild and repair your body. More specifically, this is what will help your muscles get bigger after you broke them down. No sleep - no repair.

Does sleep really matter

While just changing your sleep habits will not cause an automatic drop in your weight, it does play a vital role if you are trying to lose weight. While statistics have shown that there is a direct correlation between sleep deprivation and obesity, it has only been recently that researchers have really started to understand why.

In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in December 2004, researchers at the University of Chicago limited subjects to only four hours of sleep per night. The results were shocking. Not only did their appetites spike, but they also craved sugary treats. In another study done by the same group in October of 2010, subjects had their diets closely monitored, yet their sleep was messed with. One group got adequate sleep while the others only were allowed five hours. Those with their sleep restricted, lost 55% less fat than those with regular sleep, according to "Sleep's Relation to Weight Loss," published on Livestrong.com.

What does this show - sleep does matter. And if you are wondering why you are plateauing in your weight loss efforts, check the number of hours you are sleeping regularly. Not only will adding more sleep make you feel better, but you have a good excuse to take a nap in the middle of the day!

Note: If you would like to read more about Sleep's Relation to Weight loss, click here.

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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

Great points about sleep!! Sleep does so much more for people than they could ever imagine! Sleep is also important because you will eat more food to make up for the energy that your body did not receive from an adequate amount of sleep. Also sleep and good workout habits go hand and hand. When your body is in balance you will get a good night sleep and a worthwhile workout during the day. If you can't sleep very well sometimes adding a workout program to your lifestyle will help you sleep better. The reason I say sometimes is because obviously working out is not the only thing that affects sleep, but a healthy lifestyle really helps your body sleep. I love sleep! I usually get enough sleep, but I do not sleep well because I have nightmares. That is one area that working out just doesn't help. Unless I attempt to control my nightmares I will probably never have great nights. Still I do find that when I am doing a good job with my health even my nightmares slow down... but they don't ever go away! Anyways... I loved this hub :-) It was probably one of your best so far! The topic was interesting and appealing and it was fun. Also it had some great knowledge in it that could help many people. I wonder if you getting good sleep this week during your final week will help you reach that final 16 lbs total lost. I still haven't come up with a prize for you. I will have to think on it :-) Anyways... just 2 more days :-) So exciting!!!!!!


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moviedude31 4 years ago from Riverside, Ca

You are an inspiration. I have been out of breath and a little bit guilty. Very proud of you. ;-)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - It will probably be the last informational tidbit we get on this P90X giant series. Too days left and I promise... I will not give out any more useful information. sleep is very important on a diet and probably one of the things I really don't pay attention to. I stay up all hours and wake up early. I always feel sluggish but I do feel as if I still push myself hard during the workouts. Maybe my new year's resolution should be to get more sleep in 2012. I enjoy sleep but at the same time, I feel like I am missing something if I sleep too much. I want to be up with the action! :) Glad you found it interesting. I should have written about this topic way earlier than I did! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@moviedude31 - Thanks - I am glad that my new physique can take your breath away ;) I am anxious and nervous for the results tomorrow so we will see how it goes! When you get done with the two jobs then I will have to kick your butt in shape. So you better hope for continued extensions for awhile. YOu think your tired now... wait til I start the workouts going for you! LOL (I am usually more evil to others than I am to myself when it comes to working out!)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I imagine more sleep is needed for these rigourous workouts. I have done the Power 90. The biggest problem I had is the fact that the intense exercise made me super hungry.. I enjoy your Power 90 updates and I hope you will post before and after photos. I need to get motivated for New Year's.. LOL. Great hub!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Tammyswallow - Keep your eyes open... although when I actually finish the program I will post it on Hub Hoppers for the final pics. Tommorrow is my last day and when I will not only reveal the pictures but the final results. I am not were I want to be yet, but I am halfway there. It has been a pretty intense workout so far, so we will see what I end up doing afterwards. I might just start the whole thing all over again! Hope this will help get you motivated in 2012. I have the original P90 but only one DVD. I think I am missing parts of the program so I just ordered the X version. Glad I made it through but it hasn't been a small feat by any means! Thanks for the support! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

ahhhh sleep, I seriously need to get more of that...I hear it's very beneficial. I get jealous of my doggie and bunny who stretch out all day and night and sleep...must be nice. Haha! Fantastic hub! Keep it up girl!!:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunshine - Thanks so much for stopping by. I truly need to start taking my own advice. I wonder if I would have been getting more sleep if my results would have been much much different come day 90. I strive (ok - don't strive but I do it anyway) off very little sleep! Hmmm... if only we were cats and dogs and could just sleep all day! :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I know I don't get enough sleep, only about 5 hours a night. But I believe in power naps and feel refreshed after a 10-15 minutes cat nap.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - I think the older I get, the more I appreciate naps. When I was a teenager, I wouldn't be caught dead taking naps... now, I wish they happened more frequently! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

True so true! Sleep deprivation is horrible for your body - period! You can't avoid it all the time but healthy sleepers make healthy wakeful people. The immune system can become depressed I guess you could say...and I personally think we need sleep because there are cellular repairs and things like that going on. Our brain has to have a rest! lol

Awesome job!! and day 88 - WTG!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I thought you would get a kick out of this one! I bet that is one of the reasons I have had this nasty cold on and off the entire time. My immune system is depressed (must need happy pills) and I am expending a lot of energy working out. Man - now if only I would have been more mindful of my sleeping long ago! :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Do you plan on celebrating the completion of this journey? IF so are you going to write a hub about it? That would be great!...with pictures and everything. I'll celebrate with you over here in Oregon. I'll bake a pan of brownies. Unfortunately I'll probably eat'em all too. That's gonna be torturous. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I am going to celebrate... but I will do it tomorrow. Sadly, I am going to be spending my new year's eve at home by myself. My husband is working tonight so if I am lucky, the kids might stay awake to help say Happy New Year! Ahhhh... but I will probably get some extra writing in! In 2012 I am starting a new journey - I started a book about 3 years ago and dropped it. This year I hope to have the rough draft manuscript completed. Maybe I should write about my journey so I keep at it ;)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

That's not a bad idea. I look forward to reading about it.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

We will see where I can go with that one... I have a few ideas for what I have been doing to get myself organized... hit a road block but I did a lot of brainstorming and talking today so I think I got past this one. We will see how it goes.. I haven't put the ideas down on paper yet and that is the hardest part! :)

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