P90X final review and progress….

Hey all!!! I hope you all are having a safe day out there.  Weather has been a bit crazy as of late!!??? Tornadoes, storms, blizzards!  Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh MY!

It’s snowing here today.  Perfect day to cuddle up (after a workout of course!)!!

I wanted to give a quick review of P90X, as last week was my last day of the 90 day Classic Cycle.

My Start shots aren’t great “start” shots because my start was about 7 years ago.  These are my progress photos post Chalean Extreme.

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I did really well with Extreme, as it is one of my favorite programs of all time.  Heavy weight and slow reps!  I feel like i’m safer that way with form.  Especially considering i’m sort of a klutz and get hurt easily.

So… anywho…here are my progress shots from P90X.

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Pros: This program is very simple to follow once you learn the basics.  You keep log sheets of every workout so you know how many and weight size weights you did for each move.  I HIGHLY recommend keeping this log.  It will help you not only during the quick changeover between moves, but also help you to PUSH past your last goal.  I had MANY a time when I saw my last push up number and said to myself “Eiren, you can go 5 more!” (yes, i talk to myself out loud when working out!).  Guess what, 9/10 i did the extra 5!  They weren’t easy, but I challenged myself.  I did the 12-15 reps as I was not looking to bulk.  Tony gives a great option for bulk vs lean for the users.

There is also a great variety in the videos.  You change them up every 30 days, so you really can’t get bored.  And there are two “rest” days, but one is yoga and the other is stretch.  So you give your body ample time to recover.  **Side note, i don’t take many rest days.  My rest days are a different form of exercise, like pilates or a less intense cardio.  I know that I can end up sedentary on days i’m not active, so i push to make sure i get some type of fitness in.  Even if it’s a good walk.

I liked the cardio videos from the dvds, however I found them a little less challenging than my TurboFire workouts.  If i’m going to give an hour of fitness, I want to KILL IT. If i put on the clothes, i MAKE THE EFFORT!  About 1/4 of the way through the program I switched and ended up doing a hybrid with TurboFire for cardio.

If you like to be entertained, Tony is a complete goof ball in the video.  He definitely made me laugh the first few times!  You can always put the video on prompt too, so you don’t have to hear them count.

Cons:  The videos are long.  If you have an hour a day, then I would do the classic.  Otherwise, you will be doing almost 2 hours of work.  It’s a LOT of dedication, but it’s totally possible if you have the drive and ambition to dedicate to it.  The other con is the ab ripper x video.  While this DVD is HARD.  I like to do more than one ab video per week. I did incorporate some of my other abs dvds into the mix.  Plus, i like to get some back work.  This is what I really enjoyed Core Synergistics.  The DVD was done during the “rest” weeks between sessions.  I loved to do it because my low back is always is need of strengthening.  I did notice a little increase in my love handle area… 😦  I’m working it off now!

The con i had was the damn pull ups.  This is A SELF-CON.  I was frustrated with myself because I couldn’t do them.  I ended up getting a back injury and then went to the bands on the door for that move. I also then injured my shoulder when we moved to Maine, so I don’t think my results are completely accurate because the push ups became really hard with a bicep tendon strain.  OVERALL:
Overall, I would grade P90X a solid A.  I think it’s a phenomenal program, and one that I will certainly keep in my library (a very large one) of fitness DVDs.  I probably will go back to it eventually.  I get bored easily, so that’s the joy of the Beachbody programs.  You can mix and mingle them.  It’s like dating! 😛 You never break up, you’re just on a break!
I think it’s a great program and would recommend it!!!!

What’s next for me?? Well if you follow my IG and Facebook, I’m moving onto Les Mills Combat w a hybrid of Chalean Extreme.  For my body type, i was in the BEST shape of my life doing Chalean Extreme.  So it’s back to that, and I will integrate it on the HIIT days of Les Mills Combat.

I am LOVING this program!  It is not as much tuck jumps as TurboFire, but it is NO JOKE!  I am covered in sweat post workout and am seeing my body lean right down… in 1 week!!

Happy progressing to you!!!

oxo.

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Have you tried P90X??

Are you always trying date new workouts?  Or do you like to stay with the same program??

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Friday Favorites!

Hey all… soo… how was your week??  I’ve been busy getting my resumes out there!  I actually had a phone interview this week.  I don’t know why they always make me so much more nervous than face to face?  I was also a complete DORK on the phone on Wednesday night!  But that will follow below under my favorite this week!!

Do you have “themes” of things that you find that you enjoy during a week?  Here were a few of my favorite things… (yes, I just said that while humming “The Sound of Music”!)

Loreal BB Cream

This stuff is amazing!!  I have been using it for almost a month now and my skin has completely changeD!! For the better of course. Have you used it yet?  I saw it on a feature on the Today Show and figured it sounded much better for my skin that tinted moisturizer.  I have found that I don’t require as much foundation anymore!  Which is a very good thing for my wallet, because I use the mineral makeup.

Loreal Cleaning Conditioner

I got this cleansing conditioner this week after hearing about it.  I have admired the Wen commercial for a while.  (sidenote: why do they play those commercials on the OnDemand for Storage Wars?? How many men care about their hair??) My scalp has been in a little trouble due to some thyroid and hormone issues, so I’m trying to come up with ideas to remedy the constant fall out.  I figured I would give this a shot for $6.99.  The first day I used it my hair felt really greasy.  I didn’t blow it out, and it never dried.  NEVER! lol!  I read the reviews and then I figured out that I needed to wash it a certain way!  It also takes your hair at least 2-3 days to get used to the lack of “stripping” that shampoo does.  My directions for successful application.  It takes me about 6 pumps to clean my hair. I do 1 pump per area of my scalp.  Then I comb it out in my hair, while i’m in the shower, leave it on for 2 minutes and then RINSE IT OUT as much as I can.  It will take a little longer to dry with a blow dryer, but my hair has NEVER been this smooth!!!!

Yummie Tummie Shaping Tank

I know there is absolutely NO NEED for me to wear a shaping tank.  However, I HATE the little bump that my jeans and button create.  It’s a pet peeve of mine.  Also if you knew me, you would know that I have some actual “tummy” troubles, and end up very bloated at the end of the day.  I bought this to help ‘suck me in’.  I couldn’t be happier!!  I also got it on a great deal from Zulily.com! I ❤ a good deal!!

The weather!

Yes, I am totally loving the change in season.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a summer bumpkin with the rest of them. However, I love the fall.  I love everything about the fall!!  My favorite thing right now is the change in nights.  I love to be cold when I sleep.

Getting a phone call from Karena from Tone It Up

Have you ever heard of Karena and Katrina.  I think I mentioned it before that I use their Nutrition Plan.  I have had great luck because they offer gluten and dairy free alternatives.  Plus, their are so motivating!!  I also integrate their weekly workouts into my fitness routine.  But back to the call!  I just found out last week that they make calls to members of their plan on Wednesday evenings.  I was out with the dog on Wed night and I heard the phone ringing.  I thought it was my sis, so I thought I would call her back.  When I got in it was a blocked call, and I listened (AND SAVED!!) the voicemail from Karena.  I was so shocked. I didn’t know what to do, so I tweeted her back!

She called me back!! I was so “star struck” i wasn’t sure what to say.  I think i got a little kerobbled.  I thanked her about a 100 times!  lol!  I’m very rarely at a loss for words.  Still at a loss and i’m shaking my head at my silly reaction! I still have questions! haha!  Isn’t that how it always happens, after the fact??!

Strong is the New Skinny

One of my high school friends, Lauren, reminded me of this quote this week.  It’s SO TRUE!!  I love muscles.  When I feel strong, I feel good about myself, feeling good equals confidence, and confidence equals “sexy”.  🙂  I also lift because I get to eat more!  Is anyone else way more hungry on the lift days??

Fumble

I’m loving myself some Fumble this week.  I worked 40 hour weeks,plus almost an hour to and from.  So I was gone for 10 hours a day.  When I got home from my workday I had to workout, eat, shower.  It left so little time for Fumble moments!  I’m enjoying the tiny times with him.

Continuing my Pinning Recipe Making

I’m loving that I’m actually making what I’ve been pinning!!!  I made Laura @Sprint2TheTable‘s Microwave Cookie today!! I subbed pumpkin for the sunbutter, and then topped it with Shakeology frosting.  This was a fabulous, high protien snack!!!

And lastly, I can’t forget my little good luck charm

Frogs

We had a lot of rain on Tuesday afternoon/night.  I went to go let Fumbs in the afternoon and when I went to go open the umbrella, I found this little guy!!

I didn’t think anything of it, but then Jennifer at FortheGlow told me that frogs are good luck!  I looked it up, and they are indeed!  They offer good luck, especially while in transition.  Eerily wonderful in my shift into my “new life”!!!

What are a few of your favorite things from the week??