Week 1 on P90X wasn’t entirely successful. Days 1-3 were good; I did what I could. I used light weights, 3 or 5 pound; kneed many of the pushup sequences, and generally found alternative ways of making it through the workout when something was getting too difficult. The Ab Ripper X section was intense; though, it sent my hip flexors into a tissy for days instead of my abs. I’ve found a 10 minute ab blaster workout that is more intense of a ab workout, and I definitely prefer it. Day 4, which was Yoga X, took me to the max. I injured my supraspinatus and splenius capitis muscles. I can’t blame P90X for this, as it is an injury I have been nursing for numerous years. Thus, Friday I took off from doing Legs and Back. I didn’t feel like it would be wise to try and crank out some chin ups with an injury to my back. Saturday’s Kenpo X brought me back into the spirit of working out. I sweated buckets and felt like a complete dork punching and kicking the air martial arts style. Though I was surprised by burn in my arms from punching the air and in my thighs from holding horse stance not to mention the external oblique workout I got from all the kicks (oh, yeah).
I did keep track of what I ate during this period–not with the aim of losing weight, but to make sure that I wasn’t overeating due to increased metabolism and to make sure I had enough energy to do my workouts. I increase my meals from two rather large meals to six smaller meals a day with breakfast time being the highest caloric intake at one time. The start of the week I weighed 110. Today I am at 106. Now, don’t get all crazy on me. My weight normally fluctuates about 5 pounds during a month naturally. So only time will tell me exactly what weight loss or gain I have obtained. I am not afraid of gaining weight, so long as it is muscle mass.
The most noticeable thing to me is increased strength in my core, which is evident by the increased definition in my abdominal muscles. Working out in the morning also elevates my mood throughout the rest of the day. I believe I can also attribute this to eating many smaller meals.
All in all a good first week despite a few minor set-backs. I feel good with this progress and aim to achieve more this coming week.
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