When I started the second phase, the first day was brutal. It was the triceps workout. I didn’t know there were so many ways you can do to actually work your triceps. From funny push-ups like pike push-ups to using good ol’ dumbbells.

For some reasons, this felt a lot more intense. I think it must’ve been the combination of just getting done from recovery week and also the workout itself was targeting triceps constantly (as opposed to some of the workouts in the past that alternates between push-ups and pull-ups. My upper body was sore the next day and totally convinced that was one of the hardest routines. Why was it that when I felt a bit more confident on being able to keep up with the routine, they threw in a new and super hard routine. I guess this is what it means to have my muscles confused.

The next day was plyometrics. We have done this before, but after the recovery week, for some reasons I felt beat. It brought me back to the very first workout we did, which was the same plyo workout. I ran out of breath rather quickly. I blamed it on a big dinner I had earlier. This day happened to be the 30th day. (see my previous blog on this)

The third day was something new too. It was working on biceps. This was tough, but still not as tough as the triceps one. Maybe because I had my P90X buddy back doing it with me. Everyone else was gone for the triceps workout 2 days ago. So, I did it by myself, I could totally feel my lower morale…:)

The rest of the week was the same routine we’ve had before: Yoga, Back and Legs, Kenpo and Stretch.

Another week went by and we are still doing as suggested by people who had done this: Don’t think too much about it just show up and press play. So far, that has been a good advise.


P90X Day 30

June 20, 2010

Today marks the 30 day milestone. We are supposed to take another set of pictures on day 30 and compare those with day 1. They may not show the results as much as I feel, and based on the forum, they said depending on people, many of them didn’t even see much of the results for the first 30 days. That’s why a lot of people got discouraged and quit without passing day 30.  We’ll see if the day 60 will start to show more obvious results for me. With so much hard work, it better be.

So, the left pictures are from day 1, and right pictures would be day 30

Front view with arms on the waist

Front view showing biceps

Side view

Back view showing biceps

Twist view

I also took a picture of what my main diet consists of

My diet for the past 30 days

Enjoying my shake

During the third week, each work out was still hard work. I guess that’s a good thing because that meant my muscles were still confused and not plateauing..:)

June 5, 2010: Plyometrics

June 6, 2010: Shoulders and Arms (& Ab Ripper X)

June 7, 2010: Kenpo X

June 8, 2010: X Stretch

June 9, 2010: Legs and Back (& Ab Ripper X)

June 10, 2010: Yoga X

June 11, 2010: Chest and Back (& Ab Ripper X)

Week 4 was supposed to be a recovery week. Which means not much of weight lifting, pull ups, or abs workout. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

June 12, 2010: Yoga X

June 13, 2010: Core Synergistics

June 14, 2010: Kenpo X

June 15, 2010: X Stretch

June 16, 2010: Core Synergistics

June 17, 2010: Yoga X

June 18, 2010: X Stretch

Core Synergistics was new, and was the hardest for the week. That kinda ruined my expectation on what a recovery week was supposed to feel like. But I guess this is P90X and even the recovery week doesn’t mean doing nothing.

So, It felt so good to have completed 4 weeks of P90X.

I have been trying to follow the nutritional part of program as much as possible, but I know I didn’t follow it strictly enough. Hopefully that doesn’t have too much adverse effect.

Overall, it was hard but doable and results are definitely felt.


June 11, 2010

Can we live a frustrated free life? Or do we even want to live a frustrated free live? No one likes being frustrated because that usually means that the situation is out of their control. Frustration can also happen to people who are simply overwhelmed.

Everyone has a capacity to handle frustration to a certain point, but what defines a person is how they handle the situation. Do they handle it by starting the blame game – blaming other people or the situation, or do they introspect and see part they might have contributed and own up to that part. Tonight I was faced with a situation that would have easily frustrated me if I hadn’t been faced with a bigger frustration earlier. The following pictures will tell the story more than I can describe with words.

Mess #1

Mess #2

I have been making the same shake for the past 2 weeks, but this is the first time I made such a mess. I was simply careless and distracted as my hand accidentally knocked the glass over with milk and protein powder in it. I wish I could say that I was smiling and whistling away while cleaning it up. Needless to say, I was irritated and very unhappy. It just had to be done and no one else to be blamed. It was just an unfortunate accident caused by my own carelessness. There was no point of channeling my frustration by screaming, or maybe blame it on the glass that it was there in the way of my swinging hand. Although, that would probably make a good blog story.

As I eluded above, I had a bigger frustration earlier in the day. The frustration mainly related to being blamed for something that I shouldn’t have been put in the situation in the first place. Yes, there were things that I should’ve been paying more attention to and I dropped the ball. I admit that. Maybe I dropped the ball because I didn’t know I had the ball to begin with and somehow it was assumed that I was responsible for it. Or maybe it was just a miscommunication that can happen to anyone.

Either way, there were somethings I learned from this incident. I learned to be more explicit to voice my concern when I spot a potential sticky situation. Leaving it up to assumptions, usually doesn’t turn out so well. I probably should’ve extracted myself from the situation where I didn’t want to get involved in.  I also learned to be careful whenever I make a commitment to someone. Does that agreement unfairly put other people in the bind as well, even though the other person may never been given a chance to agree/disagree on the deal?

As I said above, frustration is usually caused by either overwhelmed and/or things going out of control. Unfortunately today, I bear the brunt of someone’s frustration and I had to deal with my own frustration. The most difficult part was that it was coming from someone I care and respect a lot. Someone that has been there for me through my hard time.

As I was reflecting about this situation, I was reminded of Proverbs 16:32

Better a patient man than a warrior,
a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.

I so needed this reminder for myself.

Payday Loans

June 10, 2010

Several days ago, NPR Fresh air had an interview with Gary Rivlin, the author of Broke USA. He examines pawnshops, payday lenders and related businesses. The link of the story and the audio interview can be found at this link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127236038

This is a multibillion dollar industry, where the entire business model is to take advantage of desperate and poor people. On the surface, they claim to be helping people because they come to the rescue for those people who need the money right away and several days before the pay day.

In reality, the interest on the several day early withdrawal is so high that causing the people be in deeper hole when they get the pay check. These people tend not to have savings and much of a wiggle room. So, any additional interest they have to pay on top of their expenses, will create bigger and bigger gap to try to pay back.

At this point this business is still legal. The morally questionable line was blurred when the reality is that they make so much more profits off of the working poor than the prosperous people.

The moral of the story is to avoid doing business with them at all cost. Being “forced” to do business with them is just a symptom of a larger problem. Some of the possibilities of the root problems:

1. Income issue, which means either need to get a different job, or have additional jobs.

2. Outgo issue. This means you spend more than you make. This is a problem even for people who make 6 digit income. Cut back the spending and live within the means.

3. No idea what’s happening with your money. Get a spending plan/budget. This will cause you to be proactive and tell the money where to go instead of being reactive and worry all the time. Not to mention if there isn’t a margin, a little life bump will turn anything into emergency.

For people who really need help in taking control of their financial life, this may be a good place to start: http://www.daveramsey.com/


June 9, 2010

I ran across this poem titled Creed [of the Atheists] by Steve Turner, a british journalist. It is a satirical poem worth the ponder. It shows how certain worldviews will have certain logical outcomes.


We believe in Marx Freud and Darwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your definition of knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated and
you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man
just like Buddha Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher
although we think some
of his morals were basically bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the ones that we read were.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation, sin, heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.
We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.

We believe that each man must
find the truth that is right for him
and reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.
We believe in the rejection of creeds.
And the flowering of individual thought.

“Chance” – a post-script

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.

Steve Turner
British journalist

Date: 6/1-6/5

We started the month of June with Kenpo X (a bunch of punching and kicking), followed by Legs and Back the next morning. During the Legs and Back work out, I didn’t feel having the same energy level. This was the second time we did P90X in the morning, but wasn’t the first time doing 2 workouts within 12 hours. The only thing I can think of why I felt so low on energy was either because I didn’t have anything to eat right out of bed, or I hadn’t been eating enough throughout. Oh, believe me, I have been trying to stuff myself as much as I can. I’m pretty sure between the giant mushroom omelet (8 egg whites), rice & stir fry, fruit shake with protein powder (milk, banana and berries), protein bar,  some energy boost recovery drink, and ham sandwiches, I really can’t see me eating more. But I still have a sneaking suspicion that I don’t have enough protein portion. Maybe I should start blend everything. What would a glass of egg, broccoli, tuna and milk taste like? and drink 10 of them? yuck!!

On June 3rd, it was supposed to be the Stretch X or just take a break, but because my work out buddies skipped last Sunday when I did the yoga, we decided to just do the yoga. It’s almost like X stretch except it’s a bit more “involved”. At this point, I feel like I’m getting more and more flexible.

Tonight, June 4th, we finished our second week of P90X with the Chest and Back work out. It felt good to have 2 out of 13 weeks done.

Looking back, I think the keys for getting so far are: Doing it with friends, plan it out, and be flexible on the schedule so that everyone can do it – including doing it at 6am. Finally, take it one day at a time.

Here are some pictures I have for the yoga pose

Warrior 3 pose

The wheel

Warrior 2 pose

Twisted prayer