Reboot P90X 2015: Day 3 Shoulders and Arms

Another day of soreness, my body is still getting used to all this movement. Today, it’s working on the shoulders and arms.

It feels good to have a regular routine and exercising different parts of the body. Though it sometimes seems like everything is sore, it’s not true. Arms and abs are probably the most sore parts of my body. Hopefully I’ll get better and it won’t feel as sore anymore.

The Exercises

  • Shoulders and Arms: focusing on shoulders, biceps, and triceps
  • Ab Ripper X: skipped

I did one round of 12 exercises for the weight lifting portion. 10 repetitions with 10 lb. weights. Skipped the bonus round. Completely skipped Ab Ripper X because after doing the first exercise, my stomach felt like it was on fire and completely refusing to do anything. I could hardly use it, so I just stretched it out for a bit.

Though it feels like I’m doing a light portion of the workout this week, I need to establish a baseline and to ease my body into this program. P90X is intense and if you go too hard in the beginning, it can cause injury and pain enough to get you to stop. But you have to keep going, even if it means not finishing everything.

The important thing is that you keep going!

The Meals

  • Cinnamon and Sugar oatmeal
  • Lomo Saltado (leftovers): stir-fry beef with onions and tomatoes, steamed rice and fries
  • Pulled Pork Burger with beans and coleslaw
  • 1 small bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 cup of spiced chai tea

In the spirit of being healthier, I am trying to add a fruit or veggie side to at least one meal a┬áday. People think being healthy means you have to cut this, stop eating that, and it’s all no, no, NO to things you love. It makes it hard to stay on track when you’re denying yourself so to flip the script, I focus on adding something positive. Try one extra helping of veggies. Go for the healthier meal option today. Make one positive choice to improve yourself and if you keep going, it’ll be easier to make more choices that are better for you.

One small step to being healthier can lead to big changes ahead as long as you keep on going.


Back in the Game

It’s time I really kick it into gear and I completed Shoulders and Arms with the bonus round.

I used10 lb weights for most of the exercises and a few with 5 lb weights. I can feel myself getting stronger and more energized. It will probably be a few more weeks before there will be noticeable changes in muscle tone, but I’m on my way.

One thing I noticed since starting a food calorie diary is that I don’t eat enough on a daily basis. It explains my lethargy and why I keep binging every two weeks. I’m not trying to lose weight, I just want to maintain my weight. My body knows best so it fights back when I skip breakfast or I have a light lunch. I’m working on it and hopefully, I’ll be eating enough so I won’t have these binging episodes anymore.


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.

Weekly Update II

This was a great week to jump back into the swing of things however once my cousin arrived from overseas on Friday, I put an end to all my workouts as she’s staying with me for the next 5 days. It’s been fun having her around since she’s a doctor finishing up her specialty in endocrinology. So, taking her around has been quite taxing on my body without doing extra workouts and eating good food but in smaller portions is helping me maintain my current status.

Here’s a quick recap of my week:

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March Madness: Day 10

I felt better today though I’m still a bit light-headed. I guess it’s just one of those days.

I was curious as to how my body is changing, even though it’s been less than 2 weeks, I did a bit of measuring. It turns out that I lost 1/2″ from my waist, hips, and thighs…Yay! I thought my thighs were getting bigger with all these lunges, but in fact, it’s shrinking. Hopefully this will continue as the weeks progress.

Exercise Plan

Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper X.

For Shoulders & Arms, I used a combination of the 5lb and 10 lb weights. For 5 lb weights, I did the tricep exercises, static arm curls, and shoulder flys for 15-16 reps. The rest of the exercises I used 10 lb weights with 10 reps. I did 20 reps for chair dips. And in the bonus round, I used 5 lb weights for 16 reps.

Ab Ripper X was slightly easier again. I all 349 exercises and for the mason twist I did 50 reps with a 5 lb weight. At the end of today’s workout, my belly button was tingly…I guess I was working out my transversus abdominus!

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: 2 mini pumpkin pancakes, 1/2 cup yogurt with mint
  • Snack: 4 Girl Scout Thin Mints
  • Lunch: rotisserie chicken and blanched asparagus with pennette
  • Snack: 2 hard-boiled eggs and lemon honey jujube tea
  • Dinner: 1 chicken cannelloni, 1 small plate of seafood linguini

I went out to eat again. My friend called me out of the blue for dinner and I wasn’t feeling like eating the food I have in the fridge, so I went out to a local Italian restaurant nearby. Funny how we discussed food, exercise, and weight…he’s looking to bulk up while his roommate is trying to slim down. They probably shouldn’t be eating the same food.


March Madness: Day 5

Yay for Friday!

Exercise Plan

Today is the first day of actually doing a doubles workout. It wasn’t so bad doing Shoulders and Arms and Ab Ripper X…but I definitely felt the burn by the end. For Shoulders and Arms, I did 10 reps of everything with 5 lb weights and 15 reps for max rep exercises. I think I was at 75% effort and next time, I need to increase the reps or increase the weight because I wasn’t feeling anything until the bonus round. Ab Ripper was harder to complete immediately after the arm workout, and I missed only 12 reps of the sit-ups. This double workout is just what I needed. It felt pretty good by the time I was finished.

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: 1 egg over medium and 1/3 wheat Lavash flatbread with chili sauce and guacamole
  • Snack: beet juice and blood orange jello with plain yogurt and mint
  • Dinner: veggie curry with mushroom stew and 1 cup steamed rice
  • Snack: 1 blood orange and 2 Girl Scout thin mints

It was a pretty hectic day today that I totally forgot about lunch, but I wasn’t feeling too hungry and I had a snack to keep me going. By the way, for dinner, I ate 1/3 of the plate…if I ate all of that…that’d be my meal for the entire day!