P90X 60 Day Results

60 days down; only 30 to go.

I’ve talked to a lot of people who have tried P90X, but didn’t make it the entire 90 days.  I don’t want to bust on my friends, but
why not finish what you started? For me, the results I have achieved so far are all I need to keep going, but here’s some tips for sticking out any program you start in 2013.

  1.  Define your personal goal.  Your goal should not be the program. It should be what you want from the program.  If you go in with the plan to “do a xx day exercise program or go on xx diet” it won’t be enough to get you to the end.  It should be lose xx pounds by xx/xx/xxxx or lose 3″ around my waist by Easter. 
  2.  Inspire yourself. What is your “why”?  Do you want to look better, feel better, have more energy, rock a bikini….  Your why is what is going to help you stay the course. When you feel like hitting snooze instead of waking up to work out or when you feel like you may want to go through the drive thru instead of making a healthier choice thinking about your why, your purpose, will keep you on the right track. 
  3.  Put it in writing. Write your down your goal and three things you will do to execute your goal.  Example:  if your goal is to lose 5 pounds by March 1st and your “why” is to have more energy to play with the kids on your days off then your 3 things may include things like:  pack my lunch for work days the night before, don’t buy junk food at the grocery store, cut out all soda and sugary drinks. 
  4.  Keep a log.  I love the P90X app.  I record my workouts each day.  I record what I eat daily in my nutrition journal, and I record my measurements. This helps me decide if what I am doing is working or if I have to adjust. 
  5.  Celebrate milestones. Don’t wait for all 10 pounds to come off to celebrate. Celebrate the first pound, then the first two pounds. Cheer from the mountain top when you get the first five gone.  Keep yourself internally motivated. 
What I learned the next 30 days of P90X. 

  1.  Once you can do something for 30 seconds you can do it for 60. 

  2.  They make wide arm pull ups look too easy in Skyfall. 
  3.  If my 8 year old can do crane then I can too.  I just have to stop thinking so much and just do it. 
  4.  I hate recording snacks in the nutrition journal enough to help me cut them out completely.
  5.  Working out with your partner makes it so much better. 
  6.  Sodium is as bad, bad, bad.  Just as bad as sugar.
  7.  You only have to be good 90% of the time. Allow yourself a little latitude and you will enjoy it more.

Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.
Henry Fielding
(1707-1754) Discuss

Today – YogaX

Today’s workout is yoga.  A lot of people avoid programs with yoga in them thinking that it is just a bunch of stretching and it isn’t in alignment with their goals of slimming down or bulking up.  They envision something like this

or this

not this (but I thought it was funny)

I looked up what yoga is.  The word yoga means unite.  To unite the body with mind and the mind with the soul. Yoga is an entire lifestyle philosophy which includes exercise as one part of it. Training your mind and body and connecting with your spirituality to achieve a balanced life are the main goals of the yoga lifestyle.  Active forms of yoga that are included in many exercise programs, like P90X, improve strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina. Many people who do yoga say that it reduces anxiety and stress, improves mental clarity, and even helps them sleep better.

Yoga Baby

That’s what I read, this is what I know. During the first 30 days of P90X yoga was the most difficult of all of the exercises.  I didn’t have the strength or the flexibility to do a lot of the poses.  As I continue with the program I have noticed a tremendous difference in my strength and flexibility that carries over into my other training and has improved my running.  Each time I push play on the YogaX dvd I am able to do more.  The sense of accomplishment doing each exercise is incredible and gets my day off to a perfect start and I have so much fun doing it everyone wants to join in.

Yoga Kitty
To read more check out this article Why Every Athlete Should Do Yoga

Best Workouts of 2012

Are you looking for an exercise plan for the New Year?  Here is a list of my favorite workouts from 2012.

The Best Cardio Workout – I know you’ve sung like no one was watching, but have you ever danced like no one was watching?  Put on your favorite tunes and just go for it. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up, blast fat, build lean muscle, and burn 300-500 calories per hour.

The Best Ab Workout – laugh until it hurts. Not only is it good for your soul it is a great Ab workout.  It can also improve your overall health.

The Best Workout to Tone Your Arms – whisk something up in the kitchen.  Oh, feel the burn as you whisk away.  Never mind the calories you will consume enjoying your creation.  You’ve just worked on toning your arms and shoulders.  Making dinner made #1 on the list of 10 things to do to drop 100 calories now.

The Best Workout to Tone Your Legs – I have 2 favorites for burning those leg muscles.  Combine the two and you have a super leg workout that’s a lot of fun.

  1. Give someone a piggyback ride.
  2. Take a brisk walk on the beach, ankle deep in water.

Put these two together and you have a muscle burning good time.

My three tips always for fueling your energy – free, fun, and friend.  Find fun ways to get your heart rate up while spending time with friends and family this holiday and remember to make holiday gatherings are about the friends not the food.  You won’t leave with any regrets!!!

Happy holidays

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