Reboot P90X 2015: Day 1 Fit Test and Then Some

After much delay and much failure, I’ve started back up again. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall down, what really matters is that you get back up.

So here I am again on Day 1 on P90X. I did the fit test without the heart rate monitor and it’s quite sad to see the numbers. Sure, they’re only numbers but I remember when I was more in shape when I first started P90X years ago. Age has not been kind to me and my body keeps rebelling.  It is time to start over.

The Exercises

  • Chest and Back
  • Ab Ripper X

I did one round of C&B, that’s 12 exercises, and I didn’t repeat the rounds. It was tragic. 10 pushups per set and about 15 pull-ups with the green bands. I modified most of the exercises to the most basic format: alternate between pushups and pull ups. For Ab Ripper X, I made it through all 11 exercises and 25 repetitions. It was exhausting but I’m glad I did something.

lomo saltado, meals, beef and fries, rice

The Meals

  • Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
  • 2 Eggs, 2 Slices of Ham, and 1 Pack of Instant Noodles
  • Lomo Saltado: Peruvian stir fry with beef, onions, and tomatoes with a side of rice and fries
  • 1 shortbread cookie

For meals, I don’t follow the prescribed diet. I am a normal person trying to eat healthier but honestly, it’s hard. I don’t fake my meals. I eat real food, even if it’s not good for you. I don’t do supplements, recovery shakes, protein bars, etc. I like whole foods that are as natural as possible. So yes, for today, I had some instant noodles and I used half a pack of seasoning that comes with it. And shortbread. So what? This was what I ate and I know I can do better.

Because I have done this program before, it makes me feel more embarrassed about my body. Knowing what it used to be able to do, what it used to look, and even where I started…I have become such a slouch! I wonder if people noticed I let myself go and why didn’t they say anything? Then again, what can they say that will sound positive and not judge-y?

Here’s to tomorrow! Show up and let’s go!


Back and Biceps

Yesterday, I completed back and biceps, cardio, and ab ripper x.

My entire body is sore and I’m eating meat to compensate. Yes, I said it. MEAT! According to the calorie calculator, I’ve been eating over my usual limit of 1400 calories for the past 3 days. I think my body needs it.

I took a break today. I could barely lift my arm without a twinge of pain. Maybe I went a little overboard with my agreement to do Doubles but if I push through, I’m sure it’ll get easier in time.

With my 1400 calorie diet, I eat pretty much whatever I want. What I want is pretty darn healthy and recognizable too.

If you’re curious as to what I eat, here’s what I had yesterday…which was about 400 over my usual. But hey, I did 3 workout sessions!


  • 1 cup Strawberry Kefir
  • 2 Slices of Multigrain bread with butter
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted, dry roasted pistachios


  • Sorrento salad with a boiled egg, Caesar marinated chicken, and Cranberry, Walnut, & Gorgonzola dressing

Dinner (Volunteer Appreciation Party – not typical dinner):

  • 1 hummus and veggie wrap
  • 1 red velvet cupcake
  • handful of Veggie Straws
  • 1 bottle Jasmine Tea Ginger Ale


  • 1 slice of Pizza Hut Hawaiian pizza
  • 1 slice of Pizza Hut Supreme pizza

Second Goal Met

I finished the second week of P90X and I’m starting Week 3!


It’s a small victory and I’m a week behind schedule, but I have to go at my own pace. This is what works for me.

I did Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X with 75 Mason Twists.

I noticed that I’m getting stronger every time and it’s nice to see improvements, however small. My body is slowly changing and I’m starting to see more definition in my abs, which is usually the first place I notice physical changes. But there is also a little loose skin as I move about…so the fat is shrinking, but my skin isn’t compensating fast enough.

What gives?

I know I’m getting older and my body isn’t what it used to be, but I’m still young. I guess my body needs more time to compensate. It took me 6  months of doing nothing to get to my flabby self…it might take me a year or more to get back into “shape.” I need to be patient and wait it out.

After all, it’s only been three weeks.

Unexpected Injury

Day 6…Legs and Back. After a day of much needed rest,  it was time to get started all over again.

I think all the meat, fat, and carbs from yesterday’s feast was what my body needed to repair itself because I felt good this morning…good energy, clear mindset, and not sore at all.

But something unexpected happened.

Since I don’t have a pull-up bar, I usually use bands over the doorpost.

Halfway through the program, I was doing the pull-up section and when I pulled, the band broke free of its harness and snapped right at my head with the arm holds hitting my knuckles at full speed. Instant bruises on 3 of my fingers and I swear I saw stars when that band hit my head.

I need something more substantial to do my pull-ups or find an alternative exercise because I’m not doing that again.

Ab Ripper X…20 reps of everything, 50 Mason Twists.

It’s a good day despite the minor injury. No pain, no gain, right? 😉

Oops. I Skipped

…a workout that is.

Today is supposed to be Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X…Day 5.

But I totally missed the boat on this one and instead, I indulged in a giant family eating party. That’s right, when my family and I get together…I mean, my extended almost 30+ relatives…we EAT! I’m sure many families are like this since food unites us all but honestly, it felt like a non-stop buffet for an insane amount of hours.

I’m not gonna lie, I pigged out and I LIKED IT!

No guilt. No remorse. No pain.

But I know that means tomorrow…it’s going to be Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X. No getting around it this time since I had a day off.

Let’s stay on track and keep plugging along!

Know Your Limits

When I awoke this morning, it was easier to crawl out of bed, but I still felt pretty sore. Not “I can’t move” kind of sore, but it was noticeable as I moved about doing my morning routine.

I changed and hit play. This time, it was Shoulders and Arms.

I didn’t have as much difficulty in this exercise as I thought I would. Sure, the exercises were tough and I was using 10 lb weights for most of it except the tricep exercises, which I used 5 lb weights. I skipped the bonus round.

I thought about doing Ab Ripper X. I hit play and got started.

Once I started doing the first five exercises, my abs were burning and my body could barely cooperate. I tried to push past the pain for the in-and-outs, but I couldn’t do it. I had to stop.

No Ab Ripper X today.

My abs are still on fire from the last time. My body is still getting used to working out, so I don’t expect the soreness to recede so quickly. My abs and pelvis area are tense…so I had to do some stretches like cobra and upward dog to ease the pain.

Tomorrow is Yoga…and I’m kind of dreading it.

Just Show Up and Press Play

I feel so sluggish, tired, lazy,and depressed. It took so much energy just to get out of bed in the morning. I wasn’t motivated. I wanted to delay the start. I just wanted to sleep the day away.

It’s not the perfect beginning but if I can do this at my lowest emotional point, think of how much easier it will be on the good days.

I sucked it up, put on my workout clothes, and hit play.

It’s the first day of P90X.

Chest and Back. Ab Ripper X.

The first hour wasn’t so bad. As I kept going, I felt more energized and awake. The sluggishness started to fade away and I was getting pumped by the half hour mark. I’m not great at doing push ups or pull ups, but I know that if I keep going, it will be easier.  My goal was 16 reps for each exercise. I did 10 reps with 15 lb weights for lawnmowers and heavy pants. For back flys, I did 10 reps with 5 lb weights.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could be using 15 lb weights to start! But I believe I am stronger than I was during the last attempt at P90X.

For Ab Ripper X, I decided to go for 20 reps of all the exercises instead of the full 25. I didn’t think I was ready…and I was right. My abs burned and I started to sweat halfway into the routine. By the end, I was practically shouting the numbers going through the last few exercises. And I did 30 Mason Twists. It was all my body could handle.

I was spent but satisfied that I completed Day 1.

Post workout: my arms a little sore with a slight ache, my abs feel like I still need to stretch them out, but overall, my mind and mood is better than it was this morning.

Exercise is my emotional savior.