Working Out Week 14 of 2014
April 5, 2014
Week 14 of 2014 – and the final week, week 13, of P90X3 is complete for me! I am so pleased with myself for accomplishing this 90 day program that I began in January of 2014.
The workouts for this past week were only for 5 days and not 6 as in the past. The final weeks workouts were:
- Monday – Isometrix
- Tuesday – Accelerator
- Wednesday – Pilates X
- Thursday – X3 Yoga
- Friday – Dynamix
Below are my final photos from the program:
I really love the Isometrix workout and I was so glad we got to do that one in the final week.
Accelerator was the final cardio workout for the week. I have missed doing this one as it had not been in the rotation for the past 4 weeks.
Dynamix was the final workout on Friday. A great total body workout to end the P90X3 program in my opinion.
My overall assessment of this workout program is that it is an excellent program that gives you a wide variety of workouts and you will see results if you stick with it. I committed and stayed with the program for the full 13 weeks – even taking it with me on my spring break trip – and can tell you I have achieved positive results. My body is much more toned than it was before.
I have been working out regularly for the past 10 years so I was not going for a total body makeover and weight loss. My reason for doing this program was because it looked interesting, fun and challenging and it was all of those and more for me. The program really increased my fitness level and I lost a total overall of 4 1/4 inches. I don’t own a scale so I don’t know about the amount of weight I lost. I do know my clothes fit a little loose and I even have a couple of pairs of shorts that were snug around the waist and aren’t anymore. I have also noticed that my core and back are so much stronger and toned than before and my arms and shoulders are much more defined, too. My hips have had the greatest weight loss of 1 inch as well as my thighs that have gone down 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch.
This program works – so if you are interested in learning more you can click on the link in the sidebar. Also, my tips for success in staying with it are:
- Write down or post the calendar they give you and commit to doing it every day 6 days a week
- Do your workout out in the morning before the rest of your family gets up – its only 30 minutes so you just set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier and DO IT! Sleep in your workout clothes if you have to…
- Get a friend or family member to do it with you and hold each other accountable
- Join a facebook fitness group and participate in posting your fitness journey – this is a great motivator, in my opinion
- Make sure you include a healthy eating plan when doing the program for increased success and results
As far as dieting goes I DO NOT diet. I just choose to workout and eat healthy. While doing this program I did increase my intake of protein by including protein shakes and foods that are higher in protein. I also tried to eat a high fiber diet – which is something I try and do anyhow. I do enjoy eating dessert a few times a week – in small portions. There are some great websites and recipes you can get from pinterest for healthy foods and meal planning. If you are going to make the commitment to workout you also need to make the commitment to eat a healthy diet and you will see amazing things happen to your body in 13 weeks.
I read this book recently called “7 Days to a Positive Attitude.” I got it on sale at Barnes and Noble, it is a Blue Mountain Arts book. Anyhow – there is a great paragraph in there about half way through the book about measuring your progress:
“It’s easy to get discouraged when you compare yourself to those who seem to have gone so much farther down the road you’re traveling. Remember that we’re each on our own individual journey to a unique destiny – not competing in a race to see who arrives first. So measure progress by your own milestones. Keep your spirits upbeat and your heart full of hope – because you’re on your way to a beautiful destination.”
I really like this quote and I think it just reminds us that each of us is different and that life has its ups and downs. You need to measure your own progress and results and not compare yourself to others and you will be much more successful in all you do.
Well now that I am done with P90X3 I plan to go back to using my Cathe Friedrich dvd’s and Exhale Core Fusion dvd’s. I have created a schedule for myself alternating the weeks with them. I will plan to do P90X3 again in the future but I will probably just make up my own routine using the dvd’s I enjoy the most. I also realized that in the Lean schedule that I chose to do that two of the dvd’s were not used so I need to go back and try those out sometime in the near future.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Workouts Week 51 of 2013
December 21, 2013
This past week I decided to do a routine of cardio one day and yoga the next day. I really liked this workout schedule.
- Monday – Cathe Friedrich Party Rockin Step #2 premix 1 – 33 minutes
- Tuesday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy – Earth & Shavasana – 25 minutes
- Wednesday – Cathe Friedrich Party Rockin Step #2 premix 2 – 32 minutes
- Thursday – Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs – 24 minutes
- Friday – Cathe Friedrich X10 – Step – 26 minutes
- Saturday – yoga book – Tara Stiles-Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga – 15 minutes
These were the dvd’s I used:
The Party Rockin Step #2 dvd was a great workout. I realized I had not done this dvd yet after receiving it a couple of months ago. There is also a Party Rockin Step #1 and I have used that workout. For some reason I had not attempted the #2 dvd but decided to this week. I think I like it better. Although there was a little complication with the foot work on Monday. I had previewed it on Sunday – my rest day – and was all ready. I have found it is best to just watch the step workouts and get familiar with some of the moves before you actually do them. For some reason on one of the moves I missed a step somewhere which sent the long step off the riser – thankfully I did not fall or hurt myself – which I have done before on some of the step workouts. It did scare my cat out of the room though and scared me a little too.
I love the Shiva Rea yoga dvd’s and own quite a few. This week I did Daily Energy one day and the other day I did Creative Core Abs. I was going to do her Yogini dvd on Saturday but just decided to do my yoga book since I got up a little later than normal and my husband was using the TV to watch the morning news. I have a few yoga books and decided to use my Tara Stiles – Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga book. There are lots of great routines in this book and all the photos are in color, too.
This week I also tried out a new smoothie recipe that I made up. I really like how it tasted. I am calling it Cherry Vanilla Eggnog Smoothie. Below is the recipe:
Cherry Vanilla Eggnog Smoothie
10 frozen, pitted, dark cherries
3/4 c. Silk Eggnog
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 c. crushed ice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.
I bought the Silk eggnog for my sons since they all like eggnog. When we went to the store after church on Sunday they didn’t have any regular eggnog so I thought since they like Vanilla Soymilk they would like this. Wrong! They informed me they didn’t think it tasted good. So, I decided to use it in this smoothie recipe so it wouldn’t go to waste. I also like the fact that the Silk eggnog has less calories and fat than regular eggnog. A 1/2 cup of the Silk eggnog is only 2 g. of fat. I don’t have any regular eggnog right now to give you the fat grams on it but I am sure it is over 2 g. I really enjoyed this smoothie and am looking forward to making another one soon.
I also decided to order the P90X3 new workout dvd’s last week. They arrived yesterday in the mail. I have not had chance to look at them much as I have been so busy with holiday things the past couple of days. I am hoping to be able to preview a couple of the dvd’s today. I will be joining a facebook challenge group on my Team Krazy Fit on January 6, 2014. This will be a 90 day program of working out 6 days a week.
I hope everyone is doing well and trying to get in a little fitness in between all the holiday activities. Even if it is only 15 minutes a day it is better than nothing.
Have a great weekend!