P90X Day 60

July 22, 2010

After hitting another milestone, which is 2/3 of the way done, I took a pause and try to remind myself on why I took on this challenge in the first place.

I believe it is not only healthy but also necessary for a person to have goals in life: Physical goal, Spiritual goal, Family goal, Financial goal, Social goal, Intellectual goal, Career goal, so on and so forth.

I have also learned that a good goal is a goal that is:

Specific. In this case, I would like to be able to go through P90X

Measurable. There are 90 days to finish it and there are measurements done in the beginning to be compared with the results along the way and at the end. Pictures (like the ones posted below) are also good as part of the measurement.

Personal goal. It’ll only work if it’s me who wants to do the goal, not someone else wants me to.

Time Limit. There’s a time limit to it. not indefinitely. As in this case, the program is supposed to end after 90 days.

In writing. Throughout the exercises, we are encouraged to write down what we do. The main purpose is to know what we did last so next time we can push more for the improvement. But the fact that we are writing it down, it has a little bit more weight to the commitment as well.

So, it does appear P90X is an easy pick to have a “good” goal. It fulfills all the criteria of a good goal.  But it’s totally not easy to do. As I said on my previous blog, I don’t think I can get this far without my workout buddies. And the more I do this, the more I’m convinced of it.

So, here are some of the comparison pictures. It’s comparing day 1, day 30, and day 60 from the left to right respectively. (Click on the pictures to zoom in)


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.

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

P90X Day 8,9 & 10

June 1, 2010

Date: 5/29/2010 – Saturday, 5/30/2010 – Sunday & 5/31/2010 – Monday

Since everyone was out of town, my buddies have decided to take a break on Saturday and just skip Sunday. I decided to try the stretch X on Saturday and do the yoga X on Sunday. The Stretch X was by far the easiest of all. Having yoga the next day following Stretch X was a little bit strange since it was like stretching back to back. But my body definitely needs that break. Monday, we picked up the “Arms and Back” exercise. Basically doing curls and shoulder presses using dumb bells for an  hour.

I have been trying hard to follow the nutritional plan. It turns out to be harder to follow than I expected. It’s simpler to do the exercises because it’s once a day. When time comes, just press play and do it. The nutritional part is done throughout the day and many outside factors can easily throw off the plan. I guess I need to learn to be more discipline and serious to do it.

I have to resort to making protein shake to fulfill the protein portion of it. So, I got one of the handheld blender that can do the mixing straight in the glass. It’s actually pretty tasty I might add.

I guess through this weekend, we have completed a whole week of P90X. 1 week down, 12 more weeks to go. That’s worth a celebration. We should have ice cream party tomorrow. Hmm maybe not ice cream party. How about carrot party?…:)

The following 2-3 weeks, we’ll be doing the same thing as last week. So, I’ll just combine several days into one blog and talk about something new instead of copy and paste what I wrote from last week.

P90X Day 7

June 1, 2010

Date: 5/28/2010 – Friday

So, today we took P90X to a whole new level by doing it at 6am. My body never had to jump from cold and stiff condition right out of bed to fully ready to do the jumping exercise (Yes, it was plyometrics, which is the hardest to me so far). Not to mention that we still had to go to work after the workout. But it turned out to be not as bad as I thought and I had that evening freed up. So, I guess doing it in the morning wasn’t too bad.