Weekly Update IV

Exercise Plan

Since I offset my P90X plan, my rest days are on Tuesdays. So, this week, it was the last two days of my Recovery Week and I’m starting on Phase Two, Week 1 of Doubles. I took two extra days off since my shoulders were feeling strange and I needed more rest. But I started Doubles officially on Friday and I think it went pretty well. I did the strength-training and ab workouts in the morning with the cardio exercises at night.

  • Yoga: didn’t finish because I felt tired and hungry. I stopped during the yoga belly section, with 15 minutes left of the program to spare. I did pretty well and lasted longer in the crane and wheel positions. My shoulders were feeling a bit weak, but other than that, no major pain.
  • Stretch: I definitely needed to stretch and discovered that I am a little bit more flexible.
  • Break (2 Days)
  • Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X, Cardio X: stayed with 5 lb weights and lower reps (10-15) to adjust to the new workout. Skipped Cardio X. Felt sore in my chest, shoulders, and triceps the next day…guess it’s working.
  • Plyometrics: Made it through to the bonus round. Must go lower on the lunges and jump higher, but it was late and I didn’t want to disturb my downstairs neighbors.
  • Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X, Cardio X: I used 10 lb and 15 lb weights for most of the exercises and alternated between 10-15 reps. For the forearm exercises, I used 5 lb weights and 15 reps. I don’t want large forearms! Ab Ripper X was ok, but there’s still more room for improvement. Cardio was pretty easy and flew by really quick even though I did it at night.

Food Plan

I haven’t been eating the healthiest this week, but I was never really starving either. But I notice that I can’t eat much per meal, but I eat more smaller meals throughout the day and snack in between. I need to cook up some more food since I’m running low on reserves and my fridge is stocked with ingredients, but few completed dishes. Hopefully next week will feel more settled in the food plan.

Photos

Here’s some quick snapshots of what I ate during this week:

French Toast with Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Air-popped popcorn (no butter, no salt)

Steel-cut oatmeal with blueberries

Sizzling Rice Soup

Frozen Vanilla Yogurt with Strawberry and Graham Cracker Crumbs

I know it’s silly to post up disconnected photos of your body, but I’m proud of my abs thus far. Last year, my sole exercise goal was to have great abs and I did ok, but it wasn’t as defined as they are now from Phase I of P90X. I’m hoping that by the end of P90X, it’ll be “beach-ready.” LOL. To some, I might be already there, but I want everything to be flatter and a bit more defined. By the way, I am not sucking it in.

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End Phase I of P90X

It officially took me 45 days to complete Phase I of P90X Doubles. The first 30 days (Phase I) is scheduled just like Classic, so there was no doubling up of workouts aside from adding Ab Ripper X to the strength program. My delay in completing Phase I was due to a week of traveling and then I had a vacationing relative at my place for another week. Nevertheless, I’m ready to start Phase II, which is where I’ll actually be doing the Doubles schedule of workouts.

The workouts weren’t too difficult to master in Phase I, though I have a lot to improve upon, which is a good thing. The strength-training exercises like Chest & Back, Legs & Back, and Shoulder & Arms have helped me get stronger. I’m starting to use 15 lb weights for Phase II for some of the exercises, which is quite surprising to me. However, for tricep exercises, I still use 5 lb weights.

Kenpo feels more like an aerobic workout than a martial arts training session, but it does get the blood flowing. As for Yoga, I’m getting better every time, though I’m still working my way up to perfecting Crane, the Yoga Belly section, and Wheel. The Stretch program is simple and basic. It’s pretty helpful since I find stretching to be one of the most important parts of keeping your body in great shape. I do additional stretches sometimes since the ones provided in the program isn’t always enough.

Plyometrics and Core Synergistics knock down my confidence a few notches and makes me realize how out of shape I am in reference to these specific workouts. They’re challenging for me and it really takes a lot of effort for me to complete these two workouts, but it’s a good thing since I have 60 more days to go. So by the end, I’ll master it.

Measurements

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Start of Phase I End of Phase I
Height: 5′1″
Weight: 103
Chest: 30.5″
Waist: 24.5″
Hips: 33″
Thigh: 18″
Calf: 13″
Arm: 9.5″
Height: 5′1″
Weight: 103
Chest: 30″
Waist: 24″
Hips: 33″
Thigh: 18″
Calf: 13.25″
Arm: 9.5″

So, not much has changed but I expected as much since I’m not really trying to lose weight or anything. Externally, I want to look more toned, but internally, I want to be stronger, more flexible, and have more endurance.

Photos

Here are my photos after doing 45 days of P90X in Phase I. They all look about the same so I’m guessing the changes will show by the end of the program. FYI, the right is the before and the left is the after.