I don't know about you, but over the holidays I took a little downtime. A couple of days before Christmas I made a major move from Northern New Jersey to Southwestern Pennsylvania to be closer to family and start a new adventure in my life! A new fantastic job with WVU Foundation. I couldn't have been more thrilled to have been offered the position I was and join the WVU family. However, between making a big move, having the holidays hit and then going on a 1 week vacation to Punta Cana 3 days after Christmas, my mind was definitely scattered. I got a few workouts in here and there, but definitely wasn't following any sort of a schedule. I payed attention to what I ate and made an effort to eat healthy snacks and meals but indulged more than I would like to admit. My excuse would be I was busy, it was the holidays, but there really are no excuses. I know I could have done better.
However, no looking back. I can't do anything about the last couple of weeks but I CAN do something moving forward. Just before the holidays I was SO excited to get my copy of P90X3, but I'll admit, in the course of moving home and making a new area of my home to workout in I kept finding excuses not to start it. Do you suffer from the same fears that I do when it comes to beginning a new program or starting into a routine again after you've been out of it for so long? Somehow pressing that play button becomes so hard and you think of a million and one excuses not to. I'm too tired. I'm afraid I won't be able to do these workouts. Pull-ups? I can't even do ONE! My goal was to start on Monday 6th January, the 1st Monday back from my vacation, also the first day of my new job! You can imagine how my excuses went then. I'm still getting settled, still unpacking, there's no room, I'm too exhausted. Well excuse time is DEFINITELY over.
P90X3 Week 1 Review
I have my P90X3 calendar pinned up on my wall and started last Monday 20th with Total Synergistics! Over the prior weekend I made myself sit down and fastforward through this workout to see what I was getting into and realized that so many of the fears I had been letting get the better of me were unjustified. Everything in this 1st video I knew I was capable of doing, and so this Monday I pressed play and felt such a great sense of satisfaction after those 30 minutes were over. I mean, COME ON, 30 minutes!!! Who can't find 30 minutes in a day to get in a fantastic workout! I know I can, and any time I talk myself out of it I'm just making excuses for myself. Now that I've started, my competitive nature will surely get the better of me. My goal with Insanity was to be able to start and finish the program on schedule without missing a day. 60 days, 6 days a week. It was probably the most intense thing I've done and I was SO incredibly proud of myself once I finished. I'm looking forward to feeling that same sense of pride once again, finishing P90X3 on schedule.
Agility X- this was workout number 2 this week on Tuesday and I absolutely loved it! It kept me on my toes but certainly was a wake up call to how uncoordinated I am. Something to look forward to improving on.
Wednesday I brought Yoga X! I knew exactly how I was going to play this workout out. Dim the lights, light some candles and relax my mind. Aftewards, perhaps a relaxing bath. A small mid-week reward! I find Yoga very difficult. I just don't have the balance and coordination yet but it's definitely something I'd like to improve and I do enjoy the pace of Yoga workouts and the relaxation piece at the end.
Thursday was probably the hardest but surprisingly least physically challenging workout for me. You're probably thinking "Huh?" That doesn't make sense, but let me explain myself. The Challenge consists of a 30 minute workout with nothing but back to back alternating pushups and pullups. My workout area is the basement and the only door I can use for my pullup bar is up the stairs at the entry to the basement, so I found this workout a bit annoying having to run back and forth from the top of the stairs to my workout mat for pushups and pullups. Not only that, but I recently bought the pullup assist bands and still am struggling with my upper body strength so I didn't feel I was getting the best out of this workout yet. I'm considering reverting back to using resistance bands first and going from there but most likely I just need to figure out better form using the pull up assist bands I bought so stay tuned for progress updates here.
Friday we had a small family emergency so I bumped it to Saturday and took a rest day Friday instead.
Saturday- CVX was probably one of my favorite workouts. It's a great cardio workout but many of the moves were done holding a single weight, so both my strength and balance were challenged many times. I believe I started with 8lbs to see how challenging the moves would be. I think my biggest challenge was the fact that my basement ceiling is so low so some of the workouts I can't fully lift my arms up straight but I made them work! I LOVED how I felt after this workout, I could definitely tell I had pushed myself and my legs and glutes got a good old telling off!!
Sunday- Generally my rest day but since I'm a day behind was my Warrior workout. This was another one I really enjoyed, mostly because I could tell after the workout that my body had received a good challenge. It's a fantastic all over body workout broken into 3 sections, upper body, core and lower body all throughout the video and again, seeing a repeating theme, many of the workouts challenged my balance and in turn engaged my core a great deal.
Overall, I'm absolutely loving P90X3 and getting back into a routine again. Tony is kicking my butt, but I don't wake up each day dreading my workouts because they're only 30 minutes and I'm still feeling the effects. Looking forward to seeing some results in a few weeks and sharing those with you as well. If you have questions about this workout, please don't hesitate to ask. As always I follow each workout with my P90X Results and Recovery Formula. I drink my chocolate Shakeology daily and LOVE it as much as I did when I first started. I've also begun juicing as well, mostly for an added dose of nutrients but also so I can begin incorporating fruits and vegetables into my diet that I don't generally eat because of their texture or the taste by themselves. But that's for another blog post!
In the meantime, I may not be the best, the fastest, the most flexible or the strongest, but I'm improving every day. Everytime I get up and press play I'm investing in myself, my health and my happiness. Press play along with me and join one of my upcoming private challenge groups where I help coach you daily through your at home Beachbody workout, provide you with nutrition tips, meal plan advice, guidance, support and motivation. One of the key things that helped me start and finish Insanity was the support of my coach and fellow challengers. Maybe you could benefit from the same support too! Fill in my challenge group application form below if you'd like more information.
I don't know about you, but I'm definitely looking forward to some great results, and if the test group can achieve them, so can you and I!
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