Monthly Archives: April 2015

Day #5/6: Complex Lower & Pilates X

I woke up yesterday crazy sore from my first day of Complex Lower… and was even more sore this morning. It was so difficult to motivate myself to workout, but I did it! My numbers were in some ways better than the first time, but in some ways worse. It was impossible for me to do the stability side plank, for example – my hips were just too sore! – but I had no problems increasing my reps on the plyometric move.

I couldn’t back to back Pilates with it, either. I knew with how sore my hips were that a lot of the Pilates moves were going to be difficult, so I gave myself the day, did some housework and some walking around, let me hips stretch out and lulled my body into a false sense of peace, then did Pilates at the end of the day.

Whew! What a workout. But totally worth it to not have to worry about working out tomorrow when I finally get to pick my husband up from the airport!

___DAY #5/6: P90X3 Elite
___Breakfast: Peanut Butter Smoothie (360 Calories, 33g Protein, 3.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Tropical Smoothie (157 Calories, 5g Protein, 2.0g Fiber)
___Dinner: Kielbasa Skillet (326 Calories, 10g Protein, 3.5g Fiber),
___Chocolate (440 Calories, 6g Protein, 2.0g Fiber)
___Supper: Crispy Shrimp (465 Calories, 23g Protein, 3.5g Fiber), Graham
___Cracker (59 Calories, 1g Protein, 0.0g Fiber), Strawberries (25 Calories, 0g Protein, 1.5g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1832
___Total Protein: 78g
___Total Fiber: 15.5g
___Water: 3.5 Cups

___Workout: Complex Lower
___Previous Goal: 1. 7.5-lbs Every Time (No); 2. 14 Reps Every Time (Yes);
___4. 7.5-lbs Every Time (No); 5. 3M/2 Every Time (No)
___New Goals:

___Workout: Pilates X
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goal: N/A

___Energy Level: 3/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 151.0 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 3.4 lbs

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Day #4: Complex Upper

___DAY #4: P90X3 Elite
___Breakfast: Strawberry Orange Smoothie (260 Calories, 19g Protein, 5.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Kielbasa Skillet (326 Calories, 10g Protein, 3.5g Fiber),
___Chocolate Eggs (400 Calories, 3g Protein, 1.0g Fiber)
___Dinner: Cashews (85 Calories, 2g Protein, 0.5g Fiber)
___Supper: Avocado Turkey Sandwich (352 Calories, 19g Protein, 3.0g Fiber), Baked Potato
___Chips (140 Calories, 2g Protein, 2.0g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1543
___Total Protein: 55g
___Total Fiber: 15.0g
___Water: 3 Cups

___Workout: Complex Upper
___Previous Goal: Lunge Thrust Press – 12 Reps All the Way Through;
___Push Up Bird Dog Crunch – 10 Modified Reps All the Way Through
___New Goals:

___Workout: Ab Ripper
___Previous Goal: Hip Twist – 6 w/ 0-lbs; Bridge Burners – 2 Sets w/ 0-lbs; 40 Russian Twists w/ 5-lbs
___New Goal: N/A

___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 152.0 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 2.4 lbs

Day #2/3: Complex Lower & X3 Yoga

Yes, I took a day off. Not sure what happened there. Sundays are difficult for me apparently. After Sunday school, I pretty much just vegged out. Oh yeah, and spent three hours getting my husband tickets to Resident Evil: The Escape, so I don’t feel too bad about myself. Today, I’m going to double up Complex Lower & X3 Yoga… hahaha, we’ll see how that Warrior 3-Half Moon-Standing Split series goes. Should be a leg & butt burner.

But I gotta get back on track. I’ve only got 2 1/2 weeks to finish this set before I’m on my way to Japan!!!

___DAY #2/3: P90X3 Elite
___Breakfast: Strawberry Spinach Smoothie (193 Calories, 6g Protein, 4.3g Fiber)
___Lunch: Kielbasa Skillet (490 Calories, 14g Protein, 5.3g Fiber)
___Dinner: Candy (980 Calories, 0g Protein, 0.0g Fiber)
___Supper: BBQ Chicken Sweet Potato (375 Calories, 27g Protein, 3.9g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 2038
___Total Protein: 47g
___Total Fiber: 13.5g
___Water: 4 Cups

___Workout: Complex Lower
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goals: 1. 7.5-lbs Every Time w/ Chair Stabilization; 2. 14 Reps Every Time;
___4. 7.5-lbs Every Time; 5. 3M/2 Every Time

___Workout: X3 Yoga
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goal: N/A

___Energy Level: 3/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 151.2 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 3.2 lbs

Day #1: P90X3 Elite

Whaaaaaat??? Didn’t we just finish P90X3?

Sure did. And now I’m starting P90X3 Elite. Ohboy. You’d think after completing P90X3, I’d be prepared for this… nope! Complex Upper is like the ugly love child of The Challenge, Plyometrics, & Eccentric Upper. However, for a first attempt, I feel like I did alright. I was able to at least do the modified version of all the moves, though I don’t think I did all the reps for any one move. Just means I have a lot of room to improve!

___DAY #1: P90X3 Elite
___Breakfast: Tropical Smoothie (235 Calories, 18g Protein, 2.2g Fiber), Preserved Plums
___(98 Calories, 0g Protein, 0.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Turkey Florentine Stuffed Cabbage (420 Calories, 39g Protein, 7.8g Fiber), Bread w/ Butter
___(106 Calories, 2g Protein, 0.8g Fiber)
___Dinner: Candy (363 Calories, 3g Protein, 1.3g Fiber)
___Supper: 1/2 Cup Mac & Cheese w/ 2 Hot Dogs (540 Calories, 18g Protein, 0.0g Fiber),
___1/2 Cup Broccoli (15 Calories, 1g Protein, 1.2g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1777
___Total Protein: 81g
___Total Fiber: 13.3g
___Water: 7 Cups

___Workout: Complex Upper
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goal: Lunge Thrust Press – 12 Reps All the Way Through;
___Push Up Bird Dog Crunch – 10 Modified Reps All the Way Through

___Workout: X3 Ab Ripper
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goal: Hip Twist – 6 w/ 0-lbs; Bridge Burners – 2 Sets w/ 0-lbs; 40 Russian Twists w/ 5-lbs

___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 152.8 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 1.6 lbs

Day #88/89: X3 Yoga & Dynamix

I am unofficially finished with P90X3! (The last day is a rest day.) I will do my final weigh in and measurements tomorrow, but here’s my overall feel:

Energy: My energy levels are definitely overall much higher since I started working out, but I know this has a lot to do with nutrition, too. I feel tired and bloated on days I don’t eat well, and dizzy/stomach achey when I work out with a stomach full of junk.

Health: Two things I noticed during the 90 days: 1) I got a sore throat, but it never became anything else, and 2) I got my standard vision fraction that is usually a prelude to a migraine, but the migraine never came. I attribute the first to a balanced diet, sleep, and exercise, for keeping my body strong enough to fend off whatever was causing that sore throat (usually a sore throat means I’ll be sick for 2-3 weeks). The second, I attribute to lack of stress. I’ve known for a long time that, while obviously related to something going on in my ocular nerves (hello kaleidoscope vision), my migraines are mostly stress related. I believe working out consistently has helped alleviate a lot of stress, and prevent that migraine.

Nutrition: This is my greatest struggle. My weight fluctuated a lot during the 90 days – down 8 lbs to 146 lbs, and up to 155 lbs, over my initial starting weight. I think I pushed my calorie count too low for a while, and it wiped me out. I definitely went through a few weeks where I completely gave up on nutrition too (I’m lookin’ at you, California), and that made me equally exhausted. From this point forward, I really want to make nutrition a focus of my efforts – putting healthy things into my body, and in the right amounts.

Fitness: Though my weight hasn’t changed a lot (well, it has, but in the final count, it hasn’t), I definitely have noticed changes in my body – I will be interested to see if my final measurements reflect that. I am much stronger than I started out 90 days ago – remember all those plyometric moves I laughed at because just doing one rep was too difficult for me? I can do them all now. I still have an especially difficult time with plank & sphinx moves because my arm and core strength are seriously lacking – pull ups are still out of my league, too. But I am definitely proud of the progress I’ve made, and I know that my body is stronger now than it was even at my leanest (140 lbs).

Attitude: This may not be the skinniest I’ve ever been, but P90X3 has me feeling better about my body than I ever have! It has challenged me over and over to push myself beyond what I thought were my limits, to discover that I am much stronger than I ever thought I was. What I see in the mirror may not be perfect or even my ideal for me, but when I look in the mirror, I am proud of what I see, because I know I have worked hard for it. This is the first time in my entire life that I’ve been able to consistently look in a mirror and not shun what I see. Thank you, Tony Horton, and thank you me for making the commitment & not quitting.

___DAY #88/89: P90X3
___Breakfast: Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 8.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Strawberry Orange Smoothie (225 Calories, 18g Protein, 2.5g Fiber)
___Dinner: Crunchy PB Clif Bar (240 Calories, 11g Protein, 6.0g Fiber),
___Crab Cakes (191 Calories, 7g Protein, 2.2g Fiber)
___Supper: Kielbasa & Cabbage (344 Calories, 16g Protein, 3.2g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1240
___Total Protein: 62g
___Total Fiber: 21.9g
___Water: 2 Cups

___Workout: X3 Yoga
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Workout: Dynamix
___Previous Goal: M/A
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 151.2 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 3.2 lbs

Day #86/87: Accelerator & Pilates X

I’m here to tell you: Accelerator is ass hard. Ass hard. As in WTF DONKEY KICKS. LoL! Almost 90 days in, and I can still only do 4 very laughable looking donkey kicks. Which I guess is a massive improvement from the total zero I could do in week 4. This workout is going to Japan; it hasn’t seen the last of me!

Now Pilates X – whew! – it suffered today. Accelerator has tons of arm work (in cardio, I know!) because you spend so much time in plank and sphinx. You know what else has a lot of super hard planking forever? Well, Isometrix, which was yesterday, and Pilates X, which is also today!

Let me tell you, I am so looking forward to X3 Yoga and Dynamix tomorrow. I can’t believe I only have one day left!

___DAY #86/87: P90X3
___Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 7.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Kielbasa & Cabbage (344 Calories, 16g Protein, 3.2g Fiber),
___Peanut Butter Eggs (340 Calories, 8g Protein, 2.0g Fiber)
___Dinner: York Peppermint Patty (100 Calories, 0g Protein, 0.3g Fiber),
___Sour Jelly Beans (50 Calories, 0g Protein, 0.0g Fiver)
___Supper: Chicken Stew & Egg Noodles (384 Calories, 27g Protein, 4.4g Fiber),
___Dinner Roll w/ Butter (140 Calories, 3g Protein, 0.0g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1598
___Total Protein: 64g
___Total Fiber: 16.9g
___Water: 3 Cups

___Workout: Accelerator
___Previous Goal: No Modified Sphinx – What?!
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Workout: Pilates X
___Previous Goal: 3x Sphinx Per Side
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 151.0 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 3.4 lbs

Day #83/85: Eccentric Lower & Isometrix

___DAY #83/85: P90X3
___Breakfast: Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 8.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Crab Cakes (191 Calories, 7g Protein, 2.2g Fiber),
___Chocolate Pudding (110 Calories, 2g Protein, 2.0g Fiber)
___Dinner: Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 8.0g Fiber),
___Chocolate Pudding (220 Calories, 4g Protein, 2.0g Fiber), Preserved Plums
___(98 Calories, 0g Protein, 0.0g Fiber)
___Supper: Chicken Gnocci Soup (322 Calories, 14g Protein, 1.7g Fiber), Chicken Avocado Egg Roll
___(217 Calories, 16g Protein, 2.1g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1638
___Total Protein: 63g
___Total Fiber: 26.2g
___Water: 4 Cups

___Workout: Eccentric Lower
___Previous Goal: Cross Reach 7.5 lbs; TT+ 3M/7M Knee – Did it; 4M/6M Knee
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Workout: Isometrix
___Previous Goal: Arm/Leg Balance Plank – 5s
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 151.2 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 3.2 lbs

Day #81/82: Triometrics & Pilates X

___DAY #81/82: P90X3
___Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 7.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Chocolate Chip Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 7.0g Fiber),
___Chocolate Pudding (110 Calories, 1g Protein, 1.0g Fiber)
___Dinner: Crab Cakes (191 Calories, 7g Protein, 2.2g Fiber),
___Stuffing (147 Calories, 5g Protein, 1.3g Fiber),
___Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg (170 Calories, 4g Protein, 1.0g Fiber),
___Cadbury Mini Eggs (190 Calories, 2g Protein, 1.0g Fiber)
___Supper: Chicken Breast (124 Calories, 26g Protein, 0.0g Fiber),
___Gravy (50 Calories, 1g Protein, 0.2g Fiber), Mashed Potatoes (85 Calories, 2g Protein, 1.7g Fiber),
___Asparagus (82 Calories, 7g Protein, 3.0g Fiber),
___Fruit Tart (197 Calories, 2g Protein, 1.2g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1826
___Total Protein: 77
___Total Fiber: 27.3g
___Water: 5 Cups

___Workout: Triometrics
___Previous Goal: Keep Killin’ It!
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Workout: Pilates X
___Previous Goal: 3x Sphinx Per Side
___New Goal:

___Energy Level: 2/5
___Headaches: Dizziness During Triometrics
___Stomach Aches: Nausea During Triometrics

___Weight: 151.8 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 2.6 lbs

Day #84: Rest Day

___DAY #84: P90X3
___Breakfast: 2 Chocolate Chip Clif Bars (480 Calories, 20g Protein, 14.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Chicken Gnocci Soup (322 Calories, 14g Protein, 1.7g Fiber),
___2 Clementines (70 Calories, 1.2g Protein, 2.6g Fiber)
___Dinner: 2 Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bars (480 Calories, 20g Protein, 20.0g Fiber),
___Chocolate Pudding (330 Calories, 3g Protein, 6.0g Fiber)
___Supper: Chocolate Chip Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 7.0g Fiber),
___Chocolate Pudding (330 Calories, 3g Protein, 3.0g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 2252
___Total Protein: 82
___Total Fiber: 54.3g
___Water: 2.5 Cups

___Workout: Rest Day
___Previous Goal: N/A
___New Goal: N/A
___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 151.0 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 4.0 lbs

Day #79/80: MMX & Eccentric Upper

Whew! If you thought MMX was just a cardio workout, think again! I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to do push ups after completing MMX – my abs were shot! On the plus side, it let me focus a lot more on the shoulder/back work of the pull ups, which I did quite a few more of than my usual number.

This was my last day of both MMX and Exccentric Upper – sad to see them go, but looking forward to giving Complex Upper a go in two weeks!

___DAY #79/80: P90X3
___Breakfast: Strawberry Smoothie (300 Calories, 25g Protein, 9.0g Fiber)
___Lunch: Orange Smoothie (110 Calories, 5g Protein, 0.0g Fiber),
___Crab Cakes (95.5 Calories, 3.5g Protein, 1.1g Fiber),
___2 Clementines (70 Calories, 1.2g Protein, 2.6g Fiber)
___Dinner: Clif Bar (240 Calories, 10g Protein, 7.0g Fiber),
___Snickers (250 Calories, 4g Protein, 1.0g Fiber)
___Supper: Chicken Gnocci Soup (322 Calories, 14g Protein, 1.7g Fiber)

___Total Calories: 1387
___Total Protein: 62.7
___Total Fiber: 22.4g
___Water: 3 Cups

___Workout: MMX
___Previous Goal: Keep Killin’ It!
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Workout: Eccentric Upper
___Previous Goal: Flip Flop Combo 12.5 lbs – Got It!
___New Goal: N/A – Last One!

___Energy Level: 4/5
___Headaches: N/A
___Stomach Aches: N/A

___Weight: 150.0 lbs
___Total Weight Loss: 4.4 lbs