Saturday, February 28, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 59

DAY 59:  Arms & Shoulders, Ab Ripper X

When I woke up this morning, I was sure I wasn't going to be physically able to work out today.  I was fretting and trying to decide what I would do:  would I fast forward to tomorrow and do today's workout, just skip my workout and continue as if I'd done it, quit altogether....

As it turns out, I felt marginally better as the day went on and I was able to get it in!  I did not use very high weights (7.5-12 lbs for everything), but I did it!  I even made it through all of ab ripper, though I was tempted to count my incessant hacking up a lung as abs...

Friday, February 27, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 58

DAY 58:  Plyometrics

This was rough.  I'm still feeling like something's sitting on my chest & was NOT looking forward to this workout.  I put it off til late evening, then finally pushed play.  It was tough.  My legs were sore...I'm not sure if it's from the recovery week or just general yuckiness from being sick?  Either way, it's over and I think I did an ok job, considering the more day closer to 90!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 56 & DAY 57


DAY 57:  Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X

Ugh, I feel like poop.  I've been coughing for 3 days straight and my entire core is sore from it.  If I wasn't at Day 57, there's not a chance I would have worked out today (I always follow the *rule* to work out if symptoms are above the neck, and rest if they're below), BUT, there's no way I was *quitting* now, so...

Obviously not my best workout, but I do feel pretty good about it, considering the circumstances.  I've yet to do Ab Ripper; I'll get to it before I go to bed.  

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 55

DAY 55:  Core Synergistics

This may be my second favorite work out.  I really like this one.  It felt good tonight; I even did everything the *hard* way (though I did NOT do the bonus round).  The only thing I need to remember to do next time is up my weights on the 3 exercises that use them.  

Looking forward to tomorrow....REST!  

TAKE 2: DAY 52, DAY 53, DAY 54

DAY 52:  Kenpo X

I really have nothing more to add about this workout; I still like it.

DAY 53:  Stretch X

If I wasn't such a stickler for the whole 90 day follow the program thing, I would prob not do this workout.  It's 58 minutes of....stretching.  Pretty boring, but I'm actually kind of glad I have to do it because I never stretch.

DAY 54:  Yoga, again

I did the moving poses (first 50 minutes), but didn't finish the balance postures and Yoga Belly X because my back was hurting a bit, so I decided not to push it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 49, DAY 50, DAY 51

DAY 49:  Rest

I heart Wednesdays!

DAY 50:  Yoga X

I'm not a big fan of Yoga on weekdays...and during the *Recovery Week*, Yoga falls on Thursday AND Monday for me...ugh.  I wisely did the *hard* part (the moving poses, the first 50 min) in the morning before work, so when I came home all I had to do was the *easy* part.  I'm still doing a push up between plank and downward dog every time, so that's good!  Yoga Belly 7 burned today!

DAY 51:  Core Synergistics

I like this workout.  It's tough, but doable AND you don't repeat anything, my favorite!  I only went down to chataranga from plank run 1 time and stayed in plank the rest of the time.  I feel like I did well on the push ups, but I probably could have upped my weight a little on the combo moves.  It's over, it's Friday, and that's all that matters!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 48

DAY 48:  Kenpo X

I got nothin' new to add about this one; I don't hate it.  I'm still really liking this workout; it's still my favorite.  I wonder how much of that has to do w/the fact I know when I'm doing it tomorrow is my day OFF?!

I should also add I've had NO lower back pain since I've been doing P90X for the second take, save after I spent those couple of days shoveling...

TAKE 2: DAY 44, DAY 45, DAY 46, & DAY 47

HOLY COW!  I did NOT quit, but apparently I've been a blogging slacker!!!  Let's get caught up...

DAY 44:  Plyometrics

This was a big turning point for me, as I was SICK, AND it was a Friday, AND I was already comfortably dressed in jeans, AND I didn't work out in the morning, AND I still DID IT!  After a long boring day of in-service, I talked a co-worker into the starting the work out w/me and I banged it out.  It was nice having someone else do part of it w/me, both to help pass the time AND as a gauge to sort of measure my progress; this is DEF getting easier, guess that means it's time for a *recovery* week to make it hurt again!

DAY 45:  Biceps & Back; Ab Ripper X

HALF WAY DONE!!!!  Woot woot!  And I felt like crap AND we got a call letting us know our ride for the day was picking us up a half an hour earlier than they'd said the night before, the the chips were all pointing towards missing this workout, but I pushed play anyway!  As always, the pull ups kinda sucked, but I think I did ok, considering the circumstances, w/my bicep stuff.  However, I did forget to get back to Ab Ripper once we got home and I'm NOT happy about it....

DAY 46:  Yoga X
Still feeling crappy & still not feeling like working out, but I did (most of) it, anyway.  I did ALL of the *hard part* (the first 5o minutes) and the first of the more difficult balance poses before I quit.  I just didn't feel like doing all of the stretches; I know, that's the easy part, but that's also the part I felt least guilty about missing.  I was beating myself up, but then I realized at least I did most of it!  Usually, feeling like I did, I wouldn't have worked out at all, so that's progress!

DAY 47:  Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

My husband did this work out w/me, and that always makes it more entertaining!  The leg exercises are actually feeling a little easier, which, again, tells me it's almost recovery week so it starts sucking again!  I'm not even talking about pull ups anymore, but I am thinking of getting some bands and seeing how they work...

Ab Ripper burned, as always!  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 41, DAY 42, & DAY 43

DAY 41:  Kenpo X

I didn't realize I hadn't blogged about this yet until I logged on this morning.  I'm still loving this workout!  Not much else to say about it...

DAY 42:  Rest!

It was my rest day, but I did play about an hour or two of 2 man volleyball (against middle schoolers, but still, it was a lot of moving!).

DAY 43:  Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps, Ab Ripper X

For the first time in a couple of weeks, I completed my workout in the morning and I'm loving it!  It's barely 6 AM and I'm done for the day; there's no better way to start the day!  I need to get back on track and start banging these workouts out in the morning on a regular basis.  This workout was a little easy, but it's still one of the toughest yet!  I still can't get the Side Tri Rise...I don't know if my form isn't right or if I'm just that weak...  I did a little better on the push ups, though, and I remembered what weights I wanted to use for each of the tricep/shoulder exercises.  The halfway point is fast approaching!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 39 & DAY 40


Yoga was nice today because I did it with my mom.  It was nice for a few reasons:
*A-it's always nice to spend time w/my mom,
*B-it's always nice to workout (ie share pain/misery) w/someone, and
*C-it was nice to see/hear from someone else (who is in amazing shape...she runs ~30 miles per week + swims 2 miles per week + lifts twice per week...she exercises at least 360 days of the year...AND she just ran a marathon at age 50!!!) how difficult this is!
So, Yoga didn't suck as bad yesterday and I did it all in one shot.

DAY 40:  Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

So, I had a crappy day.  I suffer from dysmenorrhea and was miserable today.  To top it off, I sort of "OD-ed" on OTC pain relievers and was in an annoying fog the rest of the day.  Working out was NOT something I wanted to do, but it never even crossed my mind NOT to.  For real!  That's awesome and that's def one of the best things about this are committed for 90 days!  Who wants to make it 39 days and then fail?!  Not me!!

I had a good leg workout, but, surprise surprise, not so much w/the pull ups. I have got to start focusing on them.  I may get some bands and see if that helps at all...

Going to push play right now to get through Ab Ripper X and then off to bed... 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 38

DAY 38:  Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X

This work out was just ok for me today.  My forearms and hands are really sore (I did a lot of cake decorating last night, and, believe it or not, all of the squeezing works random muscles I don't usually use, apparently...quit laughing), so I just wasn't feeling the pull ups (and my hands/forearms were even aching during some of the bicep exercises).

I used higher weights (I think, again, I'm not using the worksheets) for the bicep exercises, so that was a good thing.  My pull ups sucked though.  I did such a great job focusing on them on Friday during Back & Legs, I thought I'd feel they were easier today...not so much.

I have another baby shower that I'm nearly late for (procrastinate much?!), that Ab Ripper will have to wait until this evening some time.

Friday, February 6, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 35, DAY 36, and DAY 37

DAY 35:  REST!
  Woot woot!  I love this day!  And, I really love that it falls in the middle of the week; I look forward to Wednesdays now!

DAY 36:  Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps, Ab Ripper X
This is a bad-ass workout.  I thought it was hard the first time (last week) because it was new to me and I didn't know what to expect.  Nope, it's just plain hard.  I still haven't determined exactly what weights to use for the shoulders/tris (I'm not using worksheets...shhh, don't tell Tony!), so I think I was a little off on them.  I can barely do some of the push ups.  On the 4 count down and up ones, I can make the wide and regular width on my toes, and then it's to my knees for military.  One arm are killer; I think I got a whopping 5 on one arm and 3 on the other, on my KNEES!!!  I did manage 5 on my toes w/a clap and then 5 on my knees w/a clap.  That's all I can remember.  Ab Ripper is still burning!

DAY 37:  Plyometrics
I made the mistake of having a Friday Happy Hour drink pre-workout...not my brightest idea.  J-Bomb taste in your mouth is not pleasant during this work out (and I was extra dry, as well).  Even so, I'm really starting to enjoy this workout!  Crazy, I know.  I still don't like the Rock Star hops (weird, since I like to fancy myself a rock star) and I'm still only doing 15 sec per leg on the Cross things at the end, but I like it!  (Next week, no Happy Hour first, though; I'll do it in the morning before work, I swear!)  

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 33 & DAY 34

DAY 33:  Legs & Back, Ab Ripper

I'm actually starting to like this work out.  I decided to really focus on the pull ups today because I don't feel like I'm seeing improvement there.  I'm happy to say my lats are pretty sore!  The leg exercises are getting easier, too (though *easier* should def not be equated w/*easy*...).  I was able to do all of the Ab Ripper exercises w/out any low back pain, so that's a good thing!

DAY 34:  Kenpo

Still my favorite workout, no complaints here!  I have found that I'm wicked thirsty during this workout, though (and I always forget until I'm mid workout so I always waste part of a break running in place in front of the water dispenser on the frig filling my glass).

Sunday, February 1, 2009

TAKE 2: DAY 32

DAY 32:  Yoga

I know this will be shocking, but I procrastinated and only had time to do the *hard* part (the first 50 minutes) before heading to a pre-Super Bowl party.  I told myself I'd finish when I got home and (though I thought this was a pipe dream) and I actually did!!

I added a push up between plank and downward dog throughout all of the moving poses and *tried* to go a little deeper in the Warrior-type poses.  I was def feeling this, today!  The balance poses and Yoga Belly X were super simple after the nice long break in between.  

Even though this is annoyingly long, it's good stuff!  

TAKE 2: DAY 31

DAY 31:  Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper

I'm not going to lie, this was not my best effort.  As usual, I procrastinated until I had barely any time left before I needed to be at a baby shower, so I was moving pretty quickly through this workout.  This is the last (I think) of the *new* workouts for me and I found I really like the set up of this workout, as it is another one with no repeats!  Woot woot!  The bicep exercises are great (though I still hate crouching congdon curls for some reason, not sure why, but I don't like them) and I'm still not a fan of pull ups (and I don't feel like I'm seeing much improvement there, either).

I did Ab Ripper first and it as nice to have it out of the way...I was able to do ALL of the exercises w/out any lower back pain, so that's nice to know.