I should've posted this blog two weeks ago when I finished week 3, but I posted a vlog instead so bear with me.
Anyway, I am now down with the first "training block" of P90X. The first two weeks were pretty tough, especially the first week - man was I sore. The second week I wasn't sore at all (well maybe a tad), and by the third week I felt like I had been doing the workouts forever. Not that I was bored with them, just that they definitely seemed less challenging than they did the first week or two.
There's still a few exercises or movements that I can't do well. For example, many of the yoga positions. I've never done yoga before and the first time I did it I thought it was pretty silly, but after two or three times I realized it actually is a pretty good workout. I was definitely working up a sweat trying to balance myself in a lot of those positions. The "crescent pose" is especially difficult, as is "twisting half moon" and "crane." Though I'm not sure I understand the point of crane - all you're doing is putting ALL of your body weight on your wrists. It took me a long time to get the hang of it and even then I could only hold the pose for about 10 seconds at a time before I fell face first to the floor.
Also, I started taking the Kenpo X seriously. If you read my entry about the first time I did it I said I gave up halfway through the video. Well, I decided to give it another shot, and another and another. Not that I'm an expert on it now, but at least I can get through the entire workout. Still, some of the sequences are overwhelming mostly because they go SO FAST on the video that I can't keep up. It's like playing a video game or something - you just have to memorize the pattern. But I keep falling out of the rhythm. Ok, jab, cross, hook, uppercut - and I wind up throwing like 3 hooks and an uppercut the entire time. Oiy.
The fourth week is the "recovery phase" where you do yoga twice, "x stretch" twice and start a new disc called "core synergistics" (also twice). These are mostly abdominal exercises, but you use your whole body. So unlike Ab Ribber X, you're not just sitting or laying on the floor the entire time - there's a lot of lunges and pushups involved. Yoga X also throws in some ab exercises too, so even though you've had a week off from Ab Ripper X, you're still giving that area a pretty good workout through yoga and Core Synergistics.
What's nice is when I look in the mirror with my shirt off I can see my abs actually starting to take shape now. Well, actually it's just the top row of the six pack. I also see that 90-degree, L-shaped shadow on both side of my abs below my ribs. That's really amazing. I think I had some definition like this maybe 10 years ago when I first joined the Navy and was working out every day, but it's been a long time.
The problem is I still have this damn spare tire/gut/love handles. I think this layer of fat is here to stay forever. I think the only way to get rid of it would be to get liposuction (or get stranded on a desert island). This is something I've always thought about but have never pursued seriously. Whenever I mention it the first reaction people have is either "stop drinking beer," or "you look fine the way you are." To which I respond that I've had a gut well before I drank beer and science shows beer itself has nothing to do with having a gut - it's just body type and other genetic predispositions. So quitting beer altogether wouldn't magically make my gut go away. Also, I may look fine to you, but I'm the one that has to live with this every day. Even though I think I look great from the bottom of my ribcage up, that doesn't negate how embarrassing that midsection is to me.
So anyway, I'm glad to be a third of the way done with the program. I'm very curious to see how my new work situation is going to affect my exercise regimen since I'll be sleeping in late instead of getting up at 5:30am. Even though it's only been two days as of this writing, when I sleep in late I almost always wake up starving so I immediately eat breakfast instead of starting my workout. Also, knowing I have a ton of time before I have to be anywhere makes me put off my workout for as long as possible. The nice thing about working 9-5 and getting up early to workout is that it's a great motivator to keep you on schedule.
I always said there's probably a Catch-22 to working at home. Hmm....
P.S. I'm down to 175lbs. For two weeks in a row I was stagnant at 177 which was pretty confusing because I managed to drop a pound four weeks ago despite going OVER my calorie count that week.