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November 10, 2008

Week Two (P90x)

Well, I survived the second week of the P90x program.  With the first week, I'd sum up the experience with just one word...sore.  But the second week, I'd have to use the word...drained.  Seemed like I was tired all the time.

The big news about the Ab Ripper X session, I was able to complete one of the exercises that I couldn't previously do.  The wide leg sit up....

Before, I just couldn't do it.  But this week I got it in my head that I was going to push it...and surprise!  I actually did four of them.  So there's progress!

Another thing that I was able to do was one of the poses in Yoga X called 'Warrior 3'

War3

I was only able to hold it for a second...and my form was awful.

Week Three

It's hard to believe it has been three weeks already.  I've had a couple of challenges this week that I didn't have on the previous two. 

First, my extended vacation was over and I had to go back to work.  Keeping up with my workouts was easy when I didn't have anything else important going on. However, it was more challenging having to divide my time with work.  The good news is that I didn't miss a workout.

Second, I resumed running.  Since experience is quite draining, I put my running on hold for a bit.  But I started running again this week.  This led to a really rough Thursday.  It was Legs and Back day....and it was running day.  So I ended up doing THREE workouts.  Strength training for legs and back, the Ab Ripper, and my running.  When I got up Friday morning, it felt like I'd gone three rounds with The Mighty Thor.  But by Saturday, I felt fine.

One big thing I noticed this week was the difference in how I felt after doing the kenpo workout.  The first two weeks left my lats feeling really sore.  This week I didn't much notice it.  In fact that over all soreness feeling is pretty much gone.

Another yoga pose that I tried was 'crane'....

Crane

I wasn't able to hold it but for a moment...points for trying though.  Also, points for not falling on my face.

Speaking of yoga, I picked up some yoga blocks and they make some of the poses easier when you have to reach for the floor and can't quite make it.  People that CAN reach the floor can steady themselves with that hand...but people that can't are putting extra strain on their backs and then there is all the wobbling and wiggling.  With a block I can reach the floor without having to bend quite so far.

mat

Weird thing I'm starting to learn about yoga is that I'm not getting good at it so much as I'm getting more to a point that I can try more...and push farther.  I know I've been anti-yoga for years.  But I can't explain how great it makes me feel.

Plus, there is something else I've noticed.  As some of you will remember I wear a Body Bugg calorie counter that tells me how many calories I'm burning at all times.  Anyway, here are some things I've noted about different types of workouts....

1. Strength training - Doesn't burn tons of calories DURING the workout.  But my rate of burn stays up for about a couple hours.

2.  Cardio training - Burns tons of calories during the workout and then drops off fast about 30 minutes afterwards.

3. Yoga - Burns lots of calories...and keeps my burn elevated all day.  My body tends to burn at anywhere between 1.4 - 1.7 calories per minute while I'm at rest.  On yoga days I'm burning 2.0 - 2.3 calories per minute.  That might not seem like much but when you add it up for the whole day it makes serious difference.

Those 'wide leg sit ups' that I could just barely do in week 2, this week I did 14.  And the 'warrior 3' pose...I was able to hold it for a few seconds on each side before collapsing. 

In the kenpo class, I actually finished the class.  Before I'd flaked on the last 10 minutes because I was just thrashed...but I made it to the end this time.

I'm beginning to notice some changes in the mirror.  Also, some of my newer running shirts that were snug on me when I got them are getting more loose in the midsection.  I'm going to try to get some pictures posted next week.  In fact I'm running behind on my annual Halloween shot.

chinesecrestedpirate

Chinese Crested Pirate says...."ARRRRG!  Now go get ye some exercise, ye scurvy dogs!"

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