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P90X3: End of Week 3

Another Week Down!

Week 3 has been both easier and harder.

I can do more pushups the previous weeks.  I have a little more energy, I can go a little harder.  But I also had a few moments where I felt fatigue was slowing me down.  My sleep schedule has not been awesome, I’m pretty sure I’ve been quite a bit dehydrated this whole time.  I’ve gotten in a few long walks each week ( 2 – 4 miles each) in addition to the P90X vids.

On the whole though, I feel good about it.  Still no scale drop.  I see a tiny bit of the upper body “pump” that I saw back in 2009-ish when I had a personal trainer for a few months.   (I gained muscle without losing fat.  Specifically, my upper body got a little pumped.  I don’t know that anyone else noticed it, but I didn’t like it.)

I was thinking about that “pump” during my workout today and I realized that I also tend to go harder/heavier on the arms/upper body and easier on the lower body…  makes sense of course, since I’m strong on my upper and weaker/less stabilized on my lower.  We were doing CVX today – a cardio routine done while holding a dumbbell.  I decided to go lighter on the weight and focus on making my legs work harder: jumping higher, squatting deeper, lunging farther, etc.  I think this is going to be my approach for the remainder of the cycle.  I’m still going to end up building muscle on my upper body, but the P90X system allows for a lot of personalization to adapt to your fitness level, personal needs, etc.  and wherever there are choices to be made, I need to choose developing strength and stability in my legs, ankles and core.

P90X3 Tough Love Fit BlogHow Many Weeks Did You Do?

Here’s something I’ve noticed in the past three weeks:

Lots of people have been supportive and “come out of the woodwork” to say that they tried P90X. “Oh man, I did that back in the day,”  “Loved it” or “It was a killer,” etc. and most of them stayed with it for 3 weeks or less.  In fact, most have said about 1 week.

At the same time, I’ve been looking at P90X3 success testimonials… I was specifically curious to see if the results followed the same pattern that I had noticed with testimonials and research from the previous versions of P90X.  …  and it did.  Generally, month 1 and 2 you only see a little change, then suddenly month 3 hits and it’s BAM.  And, in the cases where month 3 goes straight into another round, I think it’s like BAM BAM.

Everyone’s body can respond differently, of course, but it does seem natural that there would be am easing in period, even in an accelerated program like this.  It just struck me as remarkable that so many people stop after a few weeks (presumably they aren’t seeing enough results to justify the effort and time) into a program with a proven track record for results that follow a specific, back-weighted pattern.

The reason is probably as simple as the primary challenge in starting any weight loss or workout regimen: your mind.  You have to want it and be totally on board with the idea that whatever you are planning to do is genuinely important for your health and well-being.  If it just sounds good or  was an impulse buy you might not be mentally ready.  Or you totally could be!  You’ll never know until you try.

Thanksgiving is Coming!

I spent today doing a trial run in the kitchen.  We are hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I wanted to refine my dressing recipe a bit.  I also wanted to bake sugar cookies with a 5 yr old.  🙂

So, that was my day.  In the kitchen, baking things that were not on the P90X plan.  And I’ll be doing more of that on Wednesday and Thursday.  It’s not going to be a “P90X menu” Thanksgiving, but I’ll be doing my workout that night after our guests leave.  And I’ve already decided that I’m probably not going to bake the pie I had planned.  No one else would eat it and, with a few sugar cookies lying around, I’ll get my holiday sugar fix without adding an entire pie to tempt me.  Every little bit helps!  One thing I won’t be doing is feeling guilty about what I eat on Turkey Day.  I just have to remember that it’s a day, not a whole week!

I’m grateful to be doing P90X.  I’m grateful that I have a supportive partner to workout along side me.  I’m looking forward to achieving 90 days!

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