P90X3 Week 12 Review (Results and Update)

ONE WEEK LEFT??!!  How crazy is that?  That’s right…Week 12 of P90X3 is done, meaning there is only one week left of my 90 day P90X3 experience.  However, my journey won’t end there, as I plan on doing the additional 4 week Elite Block, so technically my experience gets extended for another 28 days….

So, on to the good stuff – how did I do?  Again, not much in the way of the “duh duh duh” scale – no change.  In the past, this may have gotten me a little bit bummed, but I’ve been noticing other things that reinforce the concept that the scale really doesn’t tell you everything.  For one thing, my body is definitely smaller than it was last month.  How do I know?  Well, the pant test of course!  I decided to try on a pair of pants that I haven’t really been able to wear since I got married.  They’re one of my favorite pairs and I am always awaiting the day that they finally fit.  A month ago, I couldn’t get them on. Just the other day, well, they finally fit!!!  Slipped on, did them up, no problemo.  Last year, when I was a good 5-10 lbs lighter, I still couldn’t get them on, so I know something’s working.  It feels great to see progress in different ways.

As with the workouts, I am continuing to feel good and enjoying them. I’m generally able to eek out more reps or go up in weights, which is nice.  That independent pull-up is still a bit off, but I eventually I know I’ll be able to do it. Yesterday, I decided to pull out an Insanity video to see how they felt with my new fitness level. I popped in Plyometric Cardio Circuit and was amazed at how much easier it was now than it had been in the past.  I’m not saying it was easy, but it was definitely easier.

I guess what I’m trying to point out is that even if your scale isn’t budging, you could be seeing changes in lots of different, more important ways, such as your measurements, how your clothes fit, how improved your overall fitness level is, etc. The point is to keep trucking along. If you’re eating healthy and working out, you’re heading in the right direction, and that’s ultimately what matters. I still have weight to lose and more progress to make, but I’m on the path to accomplishing it and I couldn’t be prouder.

This coming week is the “Victory” week – it looks like it’s a lot more low key, preparing you for your fit test and your measurements/after photos.  I’ll be sure to share my progress next week on my overall results of the 90 day program and will continue to fill you in on my progress throughout the Elite block.  Thank you for taking the time to share in my journey. I hope, in some way, it helps you on yours.

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

Are any of you doing P90X3?  I’d love to hear about your results so far! Please share. 🙂

 

 

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 11 Review (Results and Update)

Week 11 of P90X3 has whizzed by and I’m amazed at myself for how consistent I’ve been with this program.  I don’t know if I’m in a different mind set or if it’s the variety in the workouts or if it’s simply because the workouts are only 30 minutes, but this has been such an easy program to stick with.  And that’s half the battle, isn’t it?

This week, as with the others, has continued to be a combination of fun, challenge, and exhilaration. I enjoy my workouts and often look forward to them.  Now that doesn’t mean that every single day I’m jumping up and down to do my workouts. I’m human! I definitely have days where I’d rather just veg on the couch and watch TV than go workout. More often than not, however, I still do press play on the DVD. Why’s that?  Well, for one thing, I have an amazing challenge group that I’m accountable to. Two, my husband is my workout partner and I don’t want to let him down. Three, I remind myself how awesome I feel after I’ve done. That third point really resonates with me, because I do feel so much better after I workout. And who doesn’t like feeling good???

My weigh-in this week was a bit anti-climatic as I literally had no change (wah wah wah).  In the past, this may have discouraged me, but I know that I’m seeing so many other changes (in how my clothes fit, in measurements, in how I feel, etc.) that a number on the scale is really not that big of a deal. Sure, I’d love to see that number continue to go down, but I know it eventually will and I’m going to stay positive and proud of my accomplishments thus far.  I’ll keep trucking along and if I don’t continue to see changes, then I’ll start making alterations to my eating plan or up my exercise a bit more. In fact, just a couple of days ago, I saw some pictures of myself that were just taken. When I compared these new pictures to my original “before” pictures, I was amazed and my changes.  Now I don’t have a miracle change where I go from looking like a bloated walrus to a svelte cheetah, but the changes are noticeable (smaller stomach, more defined muscles, slimmer hips, etc.).  Do I have a lot further to go?  Absolutely, but I’m on the right road there.

I truly hope that if you are on your own journey (whether it’s P90X3 or some other program) that you achieve your goals and are proud of your accomplishments. As someone who has literally struggled with my weight for my entire life (since about Grade 2), I know how difficult it is. If I can do it, so can you!  If you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.  Enjoy!

 

 

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 10 Review (Results and Update)

Well, Week 10 of P90X3 has officially come and gone.  Last week I was sick, so this week was my recovery week and trying to get back at it!  Workouts were all good, but for some reason, my eating went a little awry (I blame my parents visiting from out of town.  Scratch that.  I take responsibility, as I was the one who chose to eat the unhealthy things this week, so yes, it was all me!).  However, since this is a lifestyle change, I know there will be days where I’m not always eating perfectly clean, and that’s life, so hey, I’m okay with that.  This week, I’ll get back to normal routines, so, as Pete the Cat would say, “It’s all good!” (how can you tell I’m an elementary school teacher?).  Again, my eating wasn’t completely off, but I did have a few extra indulgences here or there throughout the week, so my progress wasn’t likely as significant as it has been in the past.

Weight-wise, I’m down another 0.4 lbs (so hey, still a loss despite not having the best eating week!), which brings me to a loss of 15.6 lbs.  Wahoo! Slowly inching towards that 20 lb mark!  My ultimate goal would be to get to 20 lbs by the end of the 90 days, which gives me a goal of losing 4.4 lbs in 3 weeks.  Definitely doable, but it will take some dedication and focus. Time to zero in on the finish line. 🙂

On the bright side, I keep track of my weight loss each week on a chart that I made. I’ve done this for years and every time I start, my chart ends up looking like an elevator (as in it goes down, then up, then down, then up, then down, then up, etc.).  Not usually very pretty (and clearly not really making my goals!).  Usually I end up getting frustrated, recycling the chart, and starting over afresh (because who really wants to see that?). This time round, however, my chart has consistently gone down! This is literally the first time ever that my chart has never gone up.  I have to thank P90X3 and clean eating for that (and the support of my husband).  You can check out my chart below (sorry it’s blurry!)…

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As for everything else, I’m still feeling great. I actually bounced back from the flu in pretty much record timing – which I’m going to thank my healthy lifestyle for the speedy recovery (P90X3 + clean eating + Shakeology).  I still have tons of energy, still look forward to my workouts, and still noticing changes in my physique and clothes.  This week was nice, because it was slightly different than last week, so there was more variation.  The workouts, being short and varied, keep things interesting and fun to do.

In all honesty, I couldn’t be happier with the program. It’s getting me the results I want and it’s keeping me “in” the workout (as in, I don’t feel any urge to “quit” or switch it up).

Anyway, I think I’ve been rambling for a while, so I’ll stop boring you all with the details. Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.  Enjoy!

 

 

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 Decelerator Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Decelerator.  Technically, this is my second time doing it as my first time was last week, but I just didn’t get a chance to write a blog post about it (the whole flu bug kind of put a cramp in my schedule).

It had been a while, so it was fun doing a new workout. Decelerator’s focus is on “deceleration training,” which concentrates on slowing down after an explosive movement to help you stabilize and protect your muscles and joints (basically helping you to learn how to land more safely and avoid injury). Throughout the workout, you alternate between lower body (squats, screamer holds, dupers, hops, etc.) and upper body exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, chin pulls, etc.). Some of the exercises are definitely easier than others.  Some I simply couldn’t do (I definitely had to modify on a few) – take a look at crane cracker push-ups and you’ll understand why!  The elevator pull-ups and chin pulls were pretty much insane. When I first looked at the chin pulls, it didn’t look too bad, but then I tried them. Um, yeah…never mind. 😉  There were also some interesting combinations and twists on classic moves, such as the superman/bow and big brother burpees, which were fun to do (well, my husband wasn’t exactly a fan of the bows, but I liked them!).

Overall, I enjoyed the workout. It didn’t “destroy” me like some of the others, but it also wasn’t “easy.”  Honestly, it’s kind of hard to describe.  I liked that it focused on landing safely and avoiding injury, because getting sidetracked by an injury is no fun.  Plus, it’s yet another tip for my Workout Tip Jar. I earned my “reward” the other day and bought myself a new pair of lululemon pants (in a size smaller…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.

 

Week 9 Review (Results and Update)

So this week of P90X3 has been kind of chaotic and a weird mish mash, because I unfortunately got pretty sick.  I went from feeling fine, enjoying the new workout video (Decelerator) to having chills, cold sweats, fatigue, fever, runny nose, and a nasty cough!  Needless to say, I was out of commission for a few days and had lots of bed rest this week.  Normally when I get hit with the flu (assuming that’s what it was), I’m out for a good week (or longer).  But after about three days in bed with lots of rest and liquids, I started bouncing back to normal.  I attribute this to the past two months of just being healthy (eating well, exercising).  The first day back to exercising, I really took it easy (no need to fall back into being sick right away) and when I started feeling stronger, I doubled up to try catch up to my schedule.  Not an ideal week, but not bad for having gotten hit with the flu bug.

Obviously, this week wasn’t one where I was feeling amazing with tons of energy, but I did manage to lose another 2 lbs, bringing my total loss now to 15.2 lbs.  Because of the odd week, I can’t really attribute that specifically to P90X3, as it was probably more due to being sick.  I’m more curious to see how Week 10 turns out when I’m back to normal.  On the plus side, though, Week 9 brought back one of my favorite DVDs – The Challenge.  Not ideal, because I wasn’t at 100%, but still fun to do nonetheless.  Plus, I still kicked my old results in the butt!  I was able to do at least 1 more pull-up (with less assistance) each time than previously and seriously destroyed my push-up numbers!  It actually amazes me how many more push-ups I can do on my toes now than ever before.  It had been a while since I did the Challenge (back in Week 3), so it was neat seeing how much I’ve improved in that time. I was also noticing my “guns” as my husband refers to them, and they are getting much more defined.  I’m loving how my shoulders and biceps are shaping up!  I’ve also reduced the amount of support my chin-up assist gives me, so next week will be a bit more challenging and I’ll be inching my way slowly to eventually doing pull-ups without support.

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

 

 

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.