Week 8 Review (Results and Update)

Unbelievably, month 2 of P90X3 is now over!  Seriously have no idea where the time is going!  I was a bit nervous about month 2, as I was worried my results would start to peter out, but was pleasantly surprised that my progress has continued (both in terms of my body and mind). I’ve been continuing to eat healthy (albeit with a couple more “cheats” due to Valentine’s Day) and have been on target with my workouts via the Classic Workout Calendar.

My energy has continued to be through the roof and I’ve been in a better mood overall. I’m feeling stronger, happier, and healthier. Doing the workouts with my husband has been fun – I highly recommend doing a program with your spouse or significant other.  It’s an enjoyable and different way to spend time together and it allows us to be silly and get in shape at the same time.  Plus, seeing results in each other is an added bonus! 😉

SO…on to the results (that’s really why you’re reading this, isn’t it??).  Month 2 has given me very similar results to Month 1, as you can see below:

P90X3 Month 2 Results 

Total Weight Loss – 13.2 lbs (which is an additional 6.2 lbs since Month 1)

Total Inches Lost:

 

Month 1 Change

Month 2 Change

Total Change

Chest

– 1 inch

– ¼ inch

– 1 ¼ inches

Ribs

– ½ inch

0

– ½ inch

Natural Waist

– 1 ¾ inches

– 1 inch

– 2 ¾ inches

Belly Button

– 1 inch

– 1 inch

– 2 inches

Hips

– 1 ½ inches

– 1 inch

– 2 ½ inches

Abductors

– 1 inch

– 1 inch

– 2 inches

Arms

0

0

0

Thighs

– 1 inch/thigh

– ¾ inch/thigh

– 1 ¾ inches/thigh

Total Change

– 7 ¾ inches

– 5 inches

– 12 ¾ inches

Overall, I’m really happy with my inches lost!  Although I didn’t lose as many inches as I did in the first month, I lost the inches from the areas I wanted to (i.e. waist and down).  I’m also not sure what’s going on with my arms (I’m thinking the muscle I’m gaining is counteracting the fat I’m losing???).

Obviously, I’m pretty stoked about my results so far with this program.  I didn’t expect miraculous changes, as I’m doing this the healthy way, but I am getting better improvements than I had even anticipated.  I mean…I’ve lost a foot off my body!  Crazy sauce!

Today starts the third block of the P90X3 Classic Schedule, so I’m excited to see what the final block brings (although my husband and I will likely do the additional bonus Elite block afterwards, as well). My hope is to be able to squeak out a pull-up without the dang assist (fingers crossed…).

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.  Remember this is a lifestyle change, not a quick diet. Happy fitness, everyone!

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Week 7 Review (Results and Update)

Week 7 of P90X3 has officially been completed.  Ahh!  How has that even happened already???  It truly blows me away at how fast time is flying by and how engaged and excited I still am with this workout program!  This week posed some challenges, seeing as Valentine’s Day was in the middle of it, but it was a minor hiccup and it definitely didn’t keep me from getting my workout in! (Of course, it helps when your “valentine” is your workout partner!).  We did go off our healthy eating plan a bit for Valentine’s (what can I say? We splurged.  Got to live a little, right?).  In a way, it was actually fantastic that we decided to have a couple of indulgent snacks/meals, because it reinforced how much better we feel when we eat healthy.  After going out for lunch, I felt bloated and just kind of “gross.”  I was excited to go back to healthy eating the next day.  Does this mean that I’ll never splurge again? Absolutely not, but it’s nice to have a reminder that what we fuel our bodies with impacts how we feel greatly.

Aside from Valentine’s Day, I continue to feel amazing overall.  My energy is still skyrocketing.  I’m getting stronger (lifting heavier weights, using less assistance for pull-ups) and I’m starting to really notice physical changes in my body and differences in how my clothes fit. My muscles are definitely becoming more defined and noticeable as well. I’m also seeing some obvious changes in my husband (particularly in muscle definition, as he doesn’t really have weight to lose at all).  It’s pretty exciting.

For my weigh in this week, I am down another 1.4 lbs taking me to a total loss of 11.4 lbs (despite Valentine’s day!).  To give you some perspective, below is a picture of my dog.  My dog weighs exactly 11.4 lbs.  I lost my dog off my body!  That’s insane.  I can’t imagine strapping my dog to my body and hauling her around all day!  Even though losses of only 1 lb don’t seem like much, when you add them up, week after week, it definitely adds up!  I’m excited to reach 15 lbs and then 20 lbs.

11pounds

Since this coming week is Week 8, we’ll be slowing down the intensity of the workouts in preparation for the third and final block.  I’m definitely going to miss some of the workouts (MMX, Incinerator, Eccentric Upper…), but am looking forward to taking my Week 8 measurements!  I’m hoping for another inch or so off all the different parts of my body.

Again, I am just so happy to have an amazing accountability partner, motivation from Workout Tip Jar, and the support of my Challenge Group.

If you’re doing P90X3, how have your results been so far??  Do share below!

Happy exercising!

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

 

P90X3 Week 6 Review (Results and Update)

Yet another week has literally flown by in the world of P90X3.  We’ve wrapped up week 6 and I’m still enjoying the benefits to my new lifestyle and workout program.  My energy, strength, agility, confidence, and contentedness are all skyrocketing. Simply put – I feel amazing. Aside from the usual, I’m also noticing some other changes – my skin looks more vibrant and healthier, my immune system seems stronger (last year I got the flu twice – once in January and once in February), and my body seems more compact (as in less flabby). 😉  Past workouts that seemed difficult are getting easier and my reps and weight amounts have all been increasing.  Again, I was able to decrease the amount of support in my pull-up assist and I was still able to do more reps with less support!  Jackpot!  I think my pull-ups/chin-ups are the most exciting part of this adventure.  I’m slowly inching my way to being able to do unsupported pull-ups.  When (I almost wrote if…but realized it’s not an if, because I am determined to do it) I am able to do one without the assist, I will post a video. For you fitness buffs who can easily squeeze out unassisted pull-ups, it may look pathetic, but for those of us who never thought we’d be able to do one, it will be quite the accomplishment (well, at least in my eyes!).

Today’s weigh in, itself, is quite exciting for me as I’ve officially reached the 10 lb weight loss mark!!! I cannot remember the last time I was able to drop 10 lbs (and definitely not in 6 weeks!).  That’s another 1.4 lbs drop from last week. I cannot stress enough how proud I am of my work and how grateful I am to have found this program, the accountability I get from my challenge groups and husband, and the motivation I have from using Workout Tip Jar. With these tools, I am able to stay focused on my healthy eating and my exercising.  At this point, after 6 weeks, it’s almost become second-nature.  Eating healthy isn’t difficult and I’m enjoying all the foods I put in my body. In fact, I don’t even miss the junk I used to eat. To be blunt, feeling this incredible is way better than how junk food ever tasted.  My journey itself is not over.  I still have another 30 lbs that I’d like to lose (although that number may change depending on how my body composition itself changes). Yet, I know I can do it this time, and you can do whatever you set your mind to, too.  

If you’re doing P90X3, how have your results been so far??  Do share below!

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

My P90X3 Food Plan

A lot of people have been asking me what my eating plan is like while doing P90X3, so I thought I’d share a typical day of eating for me.  For those of you doing P90X3, I’m on Plan A, which is 1500 calories/day.  Although I’m trying to stick as close to the guidelines as possible, I’m not perfect and some of my combinations (i.e. number of protein/carbs/fat for each meal/snack) may be different from the suggested amounts in the guide, but I am trying to be close. Besides, as Tony points out, you have to be flexible with eating, so I think I’m doing okay.

Below is a layout of some of the meals I eat in a day:

Breakfast: 1 egg, egg whites, avocado, and salsa (I cook the egg and egg whites together and top over some chopped up avocado and then top with salsa).  I originally got this recipe from Les Mills Combat and have been in love ever since. I pretty much eat this every single day and never get tired of it.  I was never a huge egg for breakfast person, but this meal seriously won me over (something about the combo of avocado and salsa and egg…delicious!  I highly recommend you give it a try!).

Lunch: Shakeology (often mixed with unsweetened almond milk and some frozen fruit).

Dinner (Here are some that I typically rotate through in a week):

1 – Poached Chicken Breast topped over mixed greens (Kale, Spinach, Arugula) and mixed veggies (whatever I have on hand, such as broccoli, carrots, peas, peppers, cucumber, etc.) and topped with a homemade dressing (I love the Asian Ginger Dressing from the nutrition guide)

2 – Chicken Stir Fry over Cauliflower “Rice” (I throw in a ton of veggies, grate cauliflower for the rice, and top with a homemade dressing)

3 – Turkey Taco Salad (ground turkey, salsa, avocado, mixed greens, low fat cheese, and low-fat ranch dressing and a couple of crumbled up taco chips)

4 – Sweet Potato Scramble (sweet potatoes, meat of choice, peppers, onion, spinach, kale, spices)

 

Snacks (I usually have 2 or 3 snacks a day depending on my calorie intake/hunger)

1 – fruit with almonds

2 – Shakeology ball (homemade)

3 – Veggies with hummus

4 – boiled egg with hummus

5 – Greek yogurt with fruit

 

And because I’m not perfect, if I want to indulge, I have a piece or 2 of organic dark chocolate. Plus, once a week we have some heavier carb options, such as whole wheat pasta with homemade sauce and meatballs and/or sandwiches from our favorite local market.

So there’s my typical food plan for the day.  Again, it’s not perfectly accurate according to the guide, but it’s fairly close and allows me some variety and flexibility. We try to eat as clean as possible, so we try make most of our dressings and eat as much as possible from the perimeters of the grocery store. It keeps me filled up, feeling awesome, and energized for my workouts!

Do you have any favorite healthy meals or snacks?  Share some below to inspire others!

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Week 5 Review (Results and Update)

We’ve completed week 5 of P90X3’s Classic Schedule and everything seems to be going so fast (and so well!).  I am truly enjoying this program.  It provides a lot of variety, is fun, and the workouts zoom by.  This particular week was particularly interesting, because we got to try several new workouts (MMX, Eccentric Upper, Eccentric Lower, Incinerator, and Triometrics), so we had lots of things to look forward to.  

Overall, I thought the caliber of the workouts took a step up (not that the first 4 weeks weren’t intense, but this just added an extra oomph at the perfect time).  It started and ended with a bang (still reeling over Eccentric Upper’s intensity and the pure joy I got out of MMX) and I’m still feeling as amazing as ever.  My energy is still skyrocketing, I feel more alive, and I’m continuing to see results (in cardio and in strength).

For this week’s weigh-in, I am down 1.6 lbs, bringing me to a total weight loss of 8.6 lbs. Not too shabby for 5 weeks (particularly since it’s not taking into account any muscle that I have gained in the process).

I’m looking forward to the next week to bring it in my workouts, since I now have a better idea of what to expect and what weight selections to use.  I’ll probably reduce the assist on my pull-up bar in order to continue to make it more challenging so that I can hopefully do some pull-ups without it by the end of this journey.

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.

If you’re doing P90X3, how have your results been so far??  Do share below!

 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Fit Test Update (Month 1 Results)

So my husband’s shoulder is feeling better, so we decided it was time to do the P90X3 fit test over again (technically after 5 weeks).  I wasn’t sure what to expect after 5 weeks, but was happy to see that we did in fact improve in all areas! Below you can see how we improved.  

Pull-Ups

I did 3 more pull-ups than I did in my original fit test and with less assistance (I decreased the pull-up assist support by 4 inches).  Not too shabby.

My husband didn’t see any improvement in this area, but again, his shoulder has been recently injured and we didn’t want him to push it and get re-injured.

 

Vertical Leap

In the vertical leap, I improved by 1 1/4 inches, and my husband improved by 1 inch.

 

Push-Ups

I did 10 more push-ups and my husband did 7 more (again, we were cautious with his shouder).

 

Toe Touch/Flexibility Test

I increased by toe touch by 1 1/4 inches, while my husband increased by 2 inches.

 

Wall Squats

I lasted an additional 17 seconds, while my husband lasted an extra 7 seconds.

 

Bicep Curls

I did an extra 2 curls (although I think my original weight selection was badly judged) and my husband increased his by 1 (again I think we misjudged the weight choice).

 

In and Outs

I did an extra 10 reps, while my husband did an extra 17 reps.

 

Heart Rate Maximizer

We both improved in this area, although it’s a bit hard to explain how.  Both of our initial heart rates were not as high and they decreased much more rapidly over the span of time.

 

Definitely looking forward to our Day 9o results! What have your results been like? Comment below!

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 MMX Review

Fun – that was what today’s P90X3 workout, MMX, was. It was a heart-pumping, adrenaline-rushing feast of jabs, kicks, crosses, hooks, sprawls, knees, and elbows. As you could probably tell from the title, MMX is a mixed martial arts type workout (as Tony calls it, Mixed Martial Arts to the eXtreme).

A tip for those of you who haven’t yet done or experienced the wonders of MMX, preview the workout first.  Being someone who loves punching/kicking videos (started with Tae Bo in my teens and graduated to Turbo Jam, TurboFire, and Les Mills Combat in adulthood), even I had to pause at times, watch what the combo looked like and then rewind to start at the beginning so that I could get the max out of this workout. The nice thing is that it tells you the combo before you begin each exercise, but it’s sometimes a bit vague or confusing, so I had to watch them first and then go back and restart.  Next time, I’ll be able to do the workout straight through as I’ll remember the moves.  If I had previewed it, I probably wouldn’t have had to pause as much.

Despite having to pause at times, I was dripping with sweat by the end of the workout.  In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have laid down on my carpet afterwards, as I’m sure it won’t be smelling like roses anymore…  The workout itself was filled with lots of variety (different combos, different moves, etc.), which kept it fun and interesting. In addition, each combo only lasted about 30 seconds on each side, so we were changing things up constantly, which kept me interested and having fun throughout. One of the drawbacks, at times, of TurboFire and Les Mills Combat is that they sometimes repeat the combo for too long, which can get a bit boring at times. Don’t get me wrong, I love those workouts and plan to go back and do them again, but in comparison, they aren’t always as riveting as this particular video.  In this way, it kind of reminded me of T25 – ever changing, fast paced, and working your butt off.

One of the things that made this workout so intense were the sprawls (think: burpees) added throughout. Not only are they integrated into combos, but they are packed in the last minute burnout where you do jabs/sprawls on Tony’s cues.  It definitely squeaks out your last ounce of energy at the end.

All in all, an awesome and exhilarating workout.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the first week of Block 2.  Another well-earned tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar

So, have you ever done any other mixed martial arts type videos and how do you think they compare to MMX?  Comment below! 🙂

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Incinerator Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Incinerator – and just like it sounds, it was a killer! The whole focus of this DVD is to burn you out and that’s what it does.  The goal for this workout is failure – which, in this case, means success. To fail, you need to push yourself to your limits until you have nothing left to give.

Throughout the DVD, you do back-to-back exercises that target a specific muscle group (i.e. lats, triceps, biceps, etc.). The first exercise targets muscle growth, while the second is meant to push you to your limit in order to fail. For example, the first exercise you do is the renegade row, followed by pull-ups.  For the exercises, you either have to do 10 reps (i.e. rows, flies, monkey pumps) or the max number of reps in a certain time frame such as 30 seconds (i.e. push-ups, pull-ups, flippers).  With many of the exercises you need dumbbells or resistance bands. A minor pet peeve I have of P90X3 videos is that Tony doesn’t often recommend or ask his cast what they are using (I find this helps me to judge what to use). He did, however, ask his cast a few times throughout this video and would occasionally caution you to choose a lower weight (i.e. for the monkey pump, he mentions that he had to work up to 15 lbs, so I knew to go light here), which was helpful.  Nevertheless, because we record our weights/reps on the recording sheet, I can better judge what I need to choose for next time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this workout. I didn’t find it as crazy intense as Eccentric Upper, but it was still deadly. I think next time I’ll find the workout even harder and more challenging, because I’ll be choosing my weights with better accuracy and will know what each exercise entails (sometimes, I had to stop to watch what the exercise was, rewind, and then do it).  I can definitely see that I’m getting stronger and just more fit, which is super exciting. I decided to lower the support of the pull-up assist to make pull-ups and chin-ups more challenging. At the start, I never would have been able to do pull-ups with this reduced amount of support, which is a major indicator of how far I’ve come.  I can also do way more push-ups on my toes than ever before, and I rarely have to drop down to my knees, which is a bit shocking (for me).  I still haven’t conquered the pesky military push-ups, but they will come (oh, my poor, wimpy triceps).  I’m always jealous when I watch my husband do them, because he has perfect form and makes them look so easy.

As a side note, the cast in this video were ridiculously ripped. Just simply…wow.

Another tip for my Workout Tip Jar. Excited to try tomorrow’s new video – MMX!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Eccentric Lower Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Eccentric Lower. I was a bit nervous, as Eccentric Upper destroyed me, but this workout wasn’t as intense. Not to say it wasn’t a good workout; it definitely was, just not in the “I can’t believe I just survived that” way.

Again with each exercise, your focus is on the eccentric (uh, hence the title), which is when the muscle lengthens. You do the eccentric move for three counts, and the concentric move (when the muscle shortens) for one count.

As the title implies, the focus of this DVD is on the lower body and is filled with squats, lunges, and kicks. As with the Upper video, for the majority of the exercises you do 10 reps each and are happy when you reach 10. For most of the exercises you use some sort of weight (but also have the option of bands or nothing) and Tony occasionally mentions when to choose something light. For a few of the exercises, you also need a chair. As always, there is a modifier, which is nice for those of use who need to modify. There were also several exercises requiring balance, which I really enjoyed (I don’t know why…maybe because it adds something else to focus on?).

Overall, I thought it was a solid lower body workout. I was expecting something a lot worse and had nightmares of millions of lunges as reminiscent of some Insanity/Asylum videos, but it wasn’t as painful as I was expecting. Rather than focusing on quantity, the focus was on the concentric/eccentric combo. Another tip for my Workout Tip Jar, and now I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s adventure.  Two more new videos this week – wahoo!

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.