P90X: Day 56 – X Stretch or Rest

27 08 2009

OK I have been slacking on the X Stretch portion of the P90X program. However, it does say you can take a day off! I think that not having to try and fit a workout into the day is a relief. It also gives me a day when I can reclaim my living room as an actual living room! I made a fabulous Salmon with Rosemary, Garlic and Thyme accompanied by grilled onions and red peppers. They were on a bed of Shirataki Noodles. I should have taken a picture but I was too hungry! Shirataki Noodles​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ are made mostly of a dietary fiber called glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber made from the roots of the Asian Konjac plant. I heard they are good for your body since they have very few calories and lots of fiber. I parboiled mine and they just added some texture to the dish. They are kind of chewy and I liked eating them. They are better than eating straight up noodles or pasta.

Noodle and Fettucini Shaped Shirataki Noodles – yummy and healthy!
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For dessert I decided to make something with the figs I bought today. There were a few recipes I found that sounded interesting so I took from them what I liked and made my own version. Again, I should have taken a picture but I didn’t think that I was going to add it to this post! So here’s what to do:

  1. Anywho, you slice the figs like a plus sign on the smaller end, but not all the way through. I guess you could do whatever you want, but this gives it a sexy appearance especially when you plump it with your fingers.
  2. Preheat the over to 350 degrees and then mix some luscious honey with neufchatel cheese at room temperature. I used 8 oz cheese and a few tablespoons of honey, to taste.
  3. You get a 15“ sheet of aluminum foil and sprinkle a tablespoon or 2 of rosemary (or use fresh) in the center.
  4. Add the cut figs on top of the rosemary and cover with the neufchatel mixture. You can add a squeeze of lemon if you like or add some chopped walnuts or pecans.
  5. Cook for 15 minutes and bang you have an awesome dish!
  6. I got a small bowl filled with French Vanilla ice cream and added the fig concoction on top – HEAVEN!!!
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P90X: Day 37 – Plyo Outside!

7 08 2009

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​My brilliant idea was to try the entire Plometrics dvd on the porch. I am working with limited space here as well, but it is doable! You will be able to see from the pictures that I have maybe 7 ft. x 3-4 ft. to work with. There are also steps so literally I have nowhere to go if I exceed my space. When I was doing the Monster Truck Tire and Football Hero exercises I was literally in front of my house in the street. I couldn’t hear the TV from there so I just estimated – maybe I did a few extra, who cares!

Here’s some of those Mary Katherine Lunges! If you feel tired you can put your hands on your hips – when you put your arms up it is much harder.
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Me listening through the screen door to the audio from the dvd! Toonces guarding the “gym.”
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This is an odd shot of me doing the Leapfrog Squat jumps. You squat as low as you can handle and jump forwards twice, backwards twice. It sounds easy but when you have been pushing hard the whole workout these become difficult!
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Front view of Airborne Heisman – I think I look puffy here like a stuffed plushie doll.
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This is the Circle Run where you run in one direction for 30 seconds then the other direction for 30 seconds around a small object that you don’t mind stepping on by accident. I just grabbed a garden work glove. You can rev it up if you are feeling good or do a light jog if you are wasted. They key is to keep your head and body in the same position while your legs and lower half do the movement. This is a good drill especially if you play soccer to improve your footwork.
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P90X: Day 32 – Yoga X

2 08 2009

I have been looking forward to doing the Yoga X dvd to improve my flexibility! The main issue I have with the exercises is really that my hands and feet sweat like crazy. I keep sliding out of the poses! I tried wearing some open toe sport sandals. Those weren’t too bad but I like the idea of having “free” feet and hands during this workout. I also put 2 small towels down for my hands but the towel slides and not my hands. I have seen a few solutions but right now I don’t have the money. When the time is right I will be able to purchase one of these (I really want the Vibram ones!):

Injinji Yoga Toe-Less Socks

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Vibram FiveFingers Flow
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Yoga Socks (They also have fingerless gloves with non-slip grip.)
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The girls have no clue what to do or where to start the workouts!
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P90X: Day 31 – Back & Biceps and Ab Ripper X

1 08 2009

This was another new workout for me this week, Back & Biceps. I have to admit my triceps are still sore, but in a good way. I like the pain because I know I am working my body. My quads feel like merciless steel. I am going to take my 2nd set of pictures & measurements today since I completed the first phase of P90X.

This is the first time I have completed the entire Ab Ripper X dvd actually doing it rep by rep- YEAH! That’s 349 total ab exercises!

The one dvd that I have not done yet is the Cardio X, which they say can be used as a substitute for the Plyometrics. Honestly, it doesn’t sound appealing to me but I will probably try it after I have finished the 90 days.

My expression is like “errrhh” doing the forward bicycle during Ab Ripper X.
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Running up the stairs to do pull-ups!
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This is the Elbows-Out Lawnmower. It starts off no big whoop but the last reps burn!
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X Time!
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P90X: Day 30 – Plyometrics

31 07 2009

I did half of this Plyometrics workout outside since my house is so bouncy. It is kind of annoying to go inside and out, back and forth, but I think it helped to give my house a break. I am limited in my intensity sometimes when it comes to the workouts, but this might be a good alternative. It is so hot and humid out though that it makes the exercises harder. Going back into the air conditioning was definitely nice. I bet my neighbors thought I looked crazy doing all these jumps and things. Whatever anyone thinks I don’t care since I know in a few months I will be looking fierce!

Air hoops! There are a few sport-specific drills we do at the end Bonus Round. I think they are kind of fun. I just visualize the net and….swoosh!
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There’s Willow giving me extra height! I think this exercise is really good for endurance and coordination. My leg could be straighter.
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The Airborne Heisman
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Totally wiped!! Notice the sweat in most of these pictures – gross but awesome!
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P90X: Day 29 – Chest, Shoulders & Triceps + Ab Ripper X

30 07 2009

I was still sore from Yoga X for some reason when I started the Chest, Shoulders & Triceps workout. This was the first time I did this dvd. It was challenging but fun. I think I liked that we didn’t do repeats of exercises. Using the plate for the push-ups was interesting. My floor doesn’t slide the best but I can still do the maneuver!

Today I did the 1st three exercises of the Ab RIpper X without having to stop. I mean I paused, but powered through. I felt my core getting stronger. I still can’t do the whole dvd without pausing but I feel I am 50% there.

This is the Lying Triceps Extension – I think it feels really good on your triceps but you can get fatigued easily. I just use 10 lbs.
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This is the Scarecrow. You hold your arms like this and rotate at the elbows up and down. This one is hard so I use 5 lb. weights.
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Pike Press! You can do this with or without the push-up bars. Either way it is tough – in a good way!
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Bring it!
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P90X: Day 28 – X Stretch (1 Month Down!)

29 07 2009

So today is a glorious day! I completed 1 full month of P90X!! I have been slacking in keeping up with all my posts, but I am finishing them all up and posting them today. I’m going to take pictures/measurements in a few days when I have time. I am still the same size clothes but I feel tighter and more muscular. I sometimes feel frustrated that I am not seeing the “after” yet but I have to be patient. I keep telling myself that I need to follow the P90X Meal Plan. I think that will make a big difference. If I complete the program and aren’t where I want to be I will probably rest a bit and do mainly cardio. For now, doing the X feels great!

These are some of the things I use for working out, minus the pull-up bar. There’s even the box the dvds came in! Pixie is in the background – see if you can spot her!
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