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!

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!!!

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.

Me listening through the screen door to the audio from the dvd! Toonces guarding the “gym.”

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!

Front view of Airborne Heisman – I think I look puffy here like a stuffed plushie doll.

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.

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


Vibram FiveFingers Flow

Yoga Socks (They also have fingerless gloves with non-slip grip.)

The girls have no clue what to do or where to start the workouts!

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.

Running up the stairs to do pull-ups!

This is the Elbows-Out Lawnmower. It starts off no big whoop but the last reps burn!

X Time!