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Bring It: P90X Day 17

Updated on December 29, 2011

P90X is an extreme workout program created by Tony Horton. The exercise are simple, but far from easy. If followed on a daily basis, in 90 days you will have undergone a complete body transformation. I am using my personal journey to see if this statement is true and have been recording how I have been feeling and what I think of the program, as well as other tips, advice, motivational stories, or just off the wall humor.

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 would love to hear from you, whether it is for support or your own personal health tips or success stories. 

P90X is an extreme workout program. If you are ready to get into the best shape of your life, maybe it is time to try this program out!
P90X is an extreme workout program. If you are ready to get into the best shape of your life, maybe it is time to try this program out! | Source
Did you ever have one of those workouts where afterwards your body feels like Jello?
Did you ever have one of those workouts where afterwards your body feels like Jello? | Source

Bring It

So far this week has been going great. I have been getting up early and getting my workout done right away. That means I have all the time I want after 8 a.m. No matter how much a person loves their workout, it is nice to get it out of the way so it isn't looming over your head!

Today my workout was the Shoulders and Arms DVD. I think I said this before, but this is one of my favorite workouts. Maybe it is because it doesn't involve a single push up, pull up or squat. Pure and simple, this is weight lifting.

Because this is my 3rd week, this is the last time I will see this workout until week 9. I am a little sad at that. I really enjoy this workout, and I always feel pumped when I am done. In fact, today I went and looked and myself in the mirror, flexed my arms, and winked at myself. Yep - told you I was feeling good!

I went ahead and increased my weight from the previous week. I can tell I am getting stronger because I am still able to do roughly the same amount of reps with the extra weight. But, I will tell you know, I am not using a whole lot of weight because I don't want my arms to look bulky. I have no intention of becoming a female body builder and would prefer to keep my muscles lean. That means low weight and high reps.

I will say though, that additional 2 pounds extra really made all the difference. I could feel it at the end, and the burn was good. Right now, I can tell I had a good workout. My arms feel like jello!

What about you?

Do you have control?

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With each workout, I learn something a little extra. Or maybe I don't necessarily learn it, but I really focus on it and it sticks in my head. During today's Shoulder and Arm P90X DVD, Tony Horton mentioned something that I knew, but never really thought about. He said it is important to have control.

Now, this can actually be expanded. While he was talking about control in weight lifting, it can be used for other parts of our lives as well.

First, control is very important when lifting free weights. Without control, you aren't doing anything for yourself. In fact, you are actually doing less. If you are flopping around with the weights, you are using the motion to lift the weight, not actually your muscles.

When you use control with lifting weights, you will end up having to slow down. This gives you the opportunity to really squeeze those muscles you are flexing. Ultimately, this means more work for you, but better results. Most importantly, you will have a greater chance of avoiding injury. So, if you are lifting weights, make sure you are practicing control!

Control also takes effect in the other parts of our life. For instance - food! Yep, I said it! Most people don't want to admit they have a problem with their food and their food choices. We like to eat. That is human nature. But, we need to take control over what we are putting inside our body.

I personally go through phases of good control and bad control when it comes to food. Right now I am right in the middle. I am not being strict about keeping a food journal, but I am kind of keeping track at the same time. I find when I write down what I am putting in my mouth, I am more likely to think about whether or not I really need it.

When you have control of your eating habits, you will ultimately realize you don't need to have that brownie... or maybe you need that brownie, but you don't need the second one. Portion size is necessary, especially if you are trying to lose weight.

Nutrition outweighs Exercise

If you are trying to lose weight, it is important to understand how important nutrition is. Exercise alone won't shed the pounds.
If you are trying to lose weight, it is important to understand how important nutrition is. Exercise alone won't shed the pounds. | Source

Since I have started this series, I have been contacted by a trainer on He offered to answer any questions that I may have had. Well, one of my questions were the lack of actual weight loss. I wanted to know if this was typical of the P90X program since it obviously builds muscle. One thing he told me was when trying to lose weight, 10% was your workout and the other 90% is your nutrition.

After being told that, I decided to take a good look at what I was eating. Better than I have been looking. I realized my nutrition is lacking. Sure, I enjoy the occasional apple. I might even have eggs for breakfast to up my protein. But, I also eat a lot of processed foods... and that is bad.

Ultimately, if I want to be very successful, I need to gain control of my nutrition. If I don't, the results won't be nearly as drastic as I was hoping. So, if you are struggling with the same issue, take a look at your control when it comes to food. Take a week, or even just a day, and write down everything you put in your mouth. What you see might surprise you.

Mindless eating and a lack of control can kill anybody's best efforts. It is easy to grab a handful of junk and throw it in your mouth. Processed foods... well, in today's busy society, who has time to make everything from scratch. Now I am not suggesting you give this stuff up. But, if you are wondering what you are doing wrong... maybe you have just found the answer.

Lesson of the day:

Most of your efforts at working out will be thrown out, if you have no control.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Sunshine - The morning is the best because then I don't sit there and stress the rest of the day. That is a bonus. I hope these are motivating others. I don't get a lot of interaction in the comments... but I am sure that is because there are so many they are hard to keep up with! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go Barber! I agree it's best to get the workout done in the morning, get 'er done and over with! Keep up the good work, I'm sure you are motivating others to get moving! :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - I am sure your oldest will love this workout. She seems like a slam it down and bring it kind of girl! Not to mention... it is like having a trainer in your house that threatens you if your heels touch the ground on a few exercises! If she reads the series... let me know what she thinks of them.

      Another hub idea spurred from this???? Why do I have a feeling it is about squats.. lol

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      BBG - first good morning:)! Wow - learn something new every day! I didn't know 90% of weight loss was due to nutrition! My oldest just moved out. :) and :(.! I am going to show her this series....she isn't going to the gym bc her aunt broke up with her boyfriend - who was her personal trainer! But I was just thinking - she might love to do this!

      Oh! Uh just spurred another hub idea:) lol

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Thanks for your support Jim. I have to say, I have always known that control was important, but today the lightbulb really went off. Control affects so many different aspects of our life. And you are right, without one of those 4 key elements, your entire effort will be sabatoged. I need to work on my rest. I don't get nearly enough sleep!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @ALURE - I have to say, I too, as a mother of 3 often times find that I am neglecting myself in order to take care of everybody else. I will make sure that the kids have a good breakfast, they have healthy lunches... I do the same for my husband as well. Then when it comes to me, I am grabbing stuff on the go that really isn't that good for you. I think since I started this program, for once, I have put myself first. I still struggle a little bit with doing the workouts when the kids are around, but that is just life. That is why we can modify, modify, modify. It is either that or get a babysitter so we can workout. I did that once too with a gym membership and eventually I just stopped going anyway. This way is much cheaper! :)

      Thanks for checking this out. I hope you find some time to give to yourself!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - I have to admit, I am not the best at nutrition. I actually eat a lot of processed foods which is bad for you. I need to work on my vegetables but it is still some times easier to just grab the junk. Speaking of junk... super is done!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Just Ask Susan - I have to say - I feel incredible. Sure, there are days that I don't feel like doing it. I am only human after all, but over all, every day that I push through it, I feel great.

      I hope your leg is healing up fast so you can get that cast off and start working out. I promise you will feel great! :)

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Control. I jump in here sounding like I think I'm a pro which I'm not. I HAVE been lifting since high school though, and I take this stuff serious. Resistance, Rest, Nutrition, and Control. Take away any one of these, and you sabatoge the other three.

      You're doing soooo good kiddo, and you're doing it right while telling others how to do it right. Doesn't get much better than that.


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      ALUR 6 years ago from USA

      Nutriton is the easiest yet often neglect part of our routine. I am a single mother of three, constantly taking care of my daughters' and forgetting myself. I often dream of working out but other than a walk with my dog, the furthest workout is the short spurt to the mailbox.

      Ironically I know better, its making the commitment to change my life and this was one program I had considered so thanks for sharing.

      You're welcome to check out how your fellow hubber is doing by going to my own writing and my recent release of ominous short stories on or called "Taboo Nation"

      Thanks again

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      This was a wonderful reminder about nutrition! As important as exercise is you still need to eat some what healthy! I of course have that as a huge problem and that is where I am always stuck... maybe one day I will figure out a way to get over my eating problems and I will be tiny again. Until then... I'll just listen to how much you enjoy the food you are eating and envy the fact that you like food. lol. Kudos to keeping up the good work... almost done with week 3!!! Are you excited for recovery week yet? lol.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think once I get this cast off I am going to start an exercise program. After reading these hubs of yours as well as seeing all the extra energy you have I want the energy too. This is what I need a little motivation to get me off my behind.