Still here and still going strong. So far I'm into the fourth week and I still haven't missed a single turn. There have been a few moments when I've felt weary, too tired to bother, but in the end I've gritted my teeth and worked my way through another 60 minutes or more of Tony and his gang.
Saturday was Yoga
, and as always it's a tough one. I did the routine in the afternoon, and it seemed harder than normal, but maybe it was just me. I held the Crane Position
for a whopping 6 seconds (hands on floor, knees on elbows, lean forwards and balance on hands), though I doubt I'll ever try this one without a cushion in front of me for the inevitable faceplant. I usually do pretty well with the yoga for the first 25 minutes and then it gets hard. The Right-Angle Pose to Extended Right-Angle Pose & Grab
is still a killer, and the Warrior Three to Standing Splits
are a strain but then the Half Moon to Twisting Half Moon
just leaves me crashing out and putting a foot down. Even my oms at the end don't seem as good as the guys on the TV. No real progress there...
Sunday was day 18 and that means Legs and Back
followed by ARX
. As far as legs are going I'm not too bad on that front. I've decided that the only shoes that don't slip during the Wall Squats
are a pair of crocs (my walking in the garden shoes). This time I managed the 90 seconds two legged and even nailed the Single Leg Squats
too. In total I did 116 chair assisted pull ups
, compared with 97 from the week before. I think I might try and do some unassisted during Phase 2, wish me luck. ARX
was fine, I kept up with the gang and even knocked out a couple of extra Mason Twists
and did the harder version of the Leg Climbs
. Next Phase I'll try the other harder versions too.
Monday was a bit more tricky: I didn't have time for Kenpo
till after my dinner (around 10) and I still bugger up the block combination move every time. I'm going to have to practice that one during the day I think, otherwise I'll keep on punching myself and twisting my own arm. It's not so much self defence as self attack right now.
Tuesday and again I did the routine (this time X Stretch
) after dinner. It's funny to discover myself reaching further and stretching more after such a short time.
And with this routine I've finished the first three weeks of P90X
. Now I have a week for "Recovery". What this means is I have no weight training, and no pull ups. Don't get your hopes up too high though, because this week you get Yoga
x 2, and a new routine called Core Synergistics
x2 along with Stretch
x 2 and one Kenpo
So I wearily did Yoga X
Wednesday, in the afternoon again. Not a good call, I have to do these routines in the morning when I can, I feel much better doing them earlier for some reason. So, what can I say about yoga that I already haven't? It hurts, it's hard. I can't do Half Moon to Twisting Half Moon
at all, it's a bit better than before, but not by much. I managed 16 seconds for the Crane Position
, but I did end it by falling on my head. sure glad I had cushions ready. I also managed to touch my heels for the One/Two-Legged Hamstring Stretches
, a good improvement.
Now for other thoughts. Diet
-wise I've not really gone to the lengths that the course reccommends. I have cut down the fat as much as possible, and tried to replace as much carbohydrates with protein as I can manage / afford. It should be 50% protien to 30% carbs, but I quickly realised I'd need to eat 6 egg whites for breakfast, fish for lunch and turkey for dinner to get close to that. I got some protein powder to up the protein intake and I have a scoop with my morning oats and then again after workouts in a milkshake with a banana. However, I got the cassein powder which is slower acting than whey, so next month I'll try some whey to see what difference it makes to me. I'm trying to get my extra snacks in the morning and afternoon to keep my metabolism going fast and I avoid eating 3 hours before going to bed. I cut down my 3 large bottles of beer a day (3 litres...) to 1 or two small cans a week (it's hard). I tend to finish any wine there is on the table so I'm only getting a couple of bottles a week. Self discipline is not one of my strengths, it would be better if someone rationed my wine intake to a glass every meal or less, but as long as there's no wine in the house (and my neighbours lock their doors) I'm ok.
Monday night I actually took the dog out for a (brief) run. Probably only a kilometre and a half, but it felt easy, so I might do it again and go further.
And how are the videos now I've seen them at least 3 times each? Well, Sometimes Tony still makes me smile, often unwittingly. Anyone else notice the frisson of sexual tension when Tony strokes Shawna's neck going into X Stretch
? She can't resist a smile there, something's afoot methinks. It's hard to see if she smiles later in the video when he touches her arse, mainly because she's lying on her back with her knee by her nose. I know, weird things to notice, but when you watch a video several times you start paying attention to the little things.