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I am taking a trip out to the Midwest to visit family and friends therefore, decided to use my trip as a motivator. To get extra funky, I have named the program Super Sonic Sexy Style (S4).  I have six weeks to sexiness! Drap to fab is on its way! I have finally found the mother of all eating plans and couldn’t be more thrilled.  I have changed my eating plan (with the help of Tosca Reno’s new book Stripped) by removing flour, sugar, dairy and alcohol (yes, my wine will need to go. :-().

Stunning week! I lost five pounds and very happy; 156 to 151.  Would love to see the 140’s by next week.

S4 eating plan

Meal 1-steel-cut oats w/milk, nuts, and cinnamon

Meal 2-orange, two hard boiled eggs

Meal 3-vegetarian chili

Meal 4-huge salad with tons of veggies, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts and balsamic vinegar

Meal 5-protein shake with water and fruit (added L-Gutemine and creatine)

Meal 6-protein shake w/water (optional—only if I am up and hungry)

S4 workout plan

Sunday-20 minute turbo jam cardio

P90X Shoulder, Arms and abs

Monday-P90X plyometrics

Tuesday-20 minute turbo jam cardio

P90X chest, back and abs

Wednesday-P90X Cardio X

Thursday-Legs, back and abs

Friday-Turbo Jam 45-minute cardio blast


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My workouts have made me dog-tired.  After a tough P90X workout, I want to lay down and nap for about two hours. This has been consistent since the beginning of the program.  So, I got to thinking…is this right?  I thought being healthy and working out was suppose to give me energy and I was suppose to feel GREAT!  Why do I feel like shit?

During the cardio videos, Tony suggest wearing a heart monitor to make sure you aren’t overdoing it.  Hmmm…maybe I should invest in one.  Oh so many choices…after much research and contemplation, I went with a Schwinn. This handy dandy fitness tool not only gives me my heart rate but also how many calories I have burned.  Nice.  The first time I used it was during a Kenpo DVD, which is basically kickboxing and a tough one at that.  Come to find out; my heart rate was  90% of my maximum heart zone (MHR), consistently!!! Ouch! No wonder I can barely function.

According  to How to be Fit I was working in the “red line” zone which should be used in interval training.  This zone should be used for short periods of time.  You can actually hurt your results staying in this zone for longer periods of time.  The article states,

“On the other hand, perhaps you’ve been exercising vigorously, but not losing the weight you expected to. Could be you’ve been working too hard and need to drop back to this zone (Zone 2 60% to 70% of your MHR) and exercise longer. To burn more total calories you’ll need to exercise for more time in this zone.”

So I can take it down a notch and get results?  Now, someone is talking some sanity!  God bless-ed!  Whew…..

I have worked out four days now, using my monitor and I’m a new woman!  I feel so much better.  I am so happy I bought this little gadget.   I highly suggest buying one; especially during the P90X challenge.  It is a difficult workout and is quick to get your heart rate up, up, and up!  If you are overdoing it, you could stop seeing results and burn out which could lead you to frustration and maybe even quit.  After googling “overtraining” I was stunned to see how many personal trainers were quick to point out that, “you probably aren’t overtraining”.  A few articles say, “Just because you are tired and hurt the next day doesn’t mean you can’t workout.” While this is true…this still doesn’t mean that you aren’t overtraining.  How could you know unless you have a heart rate monitor?  I tend to think that many newbies might be working it too hard at first and this is why many can’t stick to a health regimen.  They find it so tiring, difficult and simply give up.  If they were educated on how to workout using their heart rate as their monitor they might find it more fun and enjoyable and they could progress at their own pace.   I highly suggest getting one of these handy dandy tools; you could be overtraining or you need to bring it UP!

Some symptoms to look for if you are overtraining taken from Wikipedia;

Overtraining may be accompanied by one or more concomitant symptoms:

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P90X–Week 6

If you are a TV watcher, I am sure you have seen the famous infomercial, P90X,  that is getting many people up and moving and I don’t mean a little walk in the park but rather taking their fitness regimen or the complete lack thereof, to a whole new level.  I am one of the many P90Xers that has decided to be challenged or rather jumped into the exercise hell of fire.

I have always been a gym junkie and felt that I was in ‘average’ shape.  I have done it all; yoga, pilates, zumba, HIIT (high interval training), kickboxing, cardio and step workouts…you get my drift; I am not new to fitness. But, these workouts make me feel like Rocky Balboa’s punching bag. I come out beaten, sore, and completely exhausted.  I am so exhausted that I have to lay down for a bit afterwards.  Maybe I’m working too hard, you think? Maybe, but one has to BRING IT (Tony Horton’s-the developer and the trainer in the video DVD’s–famous words), right?

Let me start off by giving some background information–I’m the typical overweight story…you’ve read them, “I weighed a gazillion pounds had an epiphany, worked out like hell, ate carrot sticks for six months and viola—I’m at my goal weight! Yeah for me!”  Well, my story is similar minus the carrot sticks and add months to years, minus goal weight and add 20 more pounds to go! Progress –sure; but these last 20 seem to be barely budging. My heaviest was 226, after about seven years; I am at 155 and am trying to plow through the last 20 pounds hence P90X.

Words to the newbies, the program is very difficult; therefore, you should be in decent physical condition and you should be highly motivated!  Some of the moves are difficult; like tons of push-ups and chin-ups but don’t let them scare you…there are modified versions.  For example, I do my push-ups on my knees and some days I incorporate a few on my toes (when doing this, I can only go down a weenzie bit, but I’m still workin’ it! If you feel it–you are workin’ it!) I keep challenging myself so that one day I will be a toe-upper rather than a knee-upper! 😉  If you are very new to fitness, I think this will be too much and could de-motivate you; leaving you frustrated.  So, I recommend the Power 90 for newbies.  It is still challenging but won’t be exasperating!

I have to say, I am not happy with my results thus far–six weeks in–working out like a mad woman and my diet is super clean (mostly raw foods, too) and only 2 kilo’s lost. (that is 4.4 pounds), body fat from 30.5 to 29.2, waist from 32.5 to 30.75.  I don’t see any difference in my after pics.  I understand this is a 90 day program, but one would like a little motivation for all her hard-earned work!

A little note on weighing myself in kilos.  When I went to Europe, their scales were in kilos and I must say there is something psychologically exhilarating weighing two digits rather than three! Which makes me happier? Waking up to find the scale reads 155 or 71, yes, yes, I know they are both the same…but there is something about smaller numbers that doesn’t seem so daunting.  Like losing 20 pounds or 9 kilos?  Hmmm…which looks more doable here?  I love diversity!  Kilos it is!

I got obsessed with the scale-weighing myself everyday at first, I took this as a scientific approach to see how my body reacted to certain foods, etc.  But then the emotions crept in, pestering little things, and I couldn’t stand the roller coaster of the scale which was causing a roller coaster in my emotions!  Oh my poor boyfriend, bless his little heart for putting up with me! So, I think I will weigh weekly and measure monthly, we shall see how this goes!  Not sure if I can hold out that long. I’m trying to let go and have faith that this will work.

My desire is to post a couple times  a week regarding my journey.

Anybody doing P90X?  Or any questions, let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts!

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