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P90X Journey: Day 17

In P90X Journey on 4 November 2010 at 10:11 am

 

How do I tell you that I am in beautiful pain? Other than the way that I just did? lol. My upper body hurts so dang much from Monday’s battle with Chest & Back that it hurts to type this. I mean, how is it that my friggin armpits hurt? Seriously? People do this willingly?

I laid in bed this morning sleeping so soundly. I went to bed at 10pm and it felt amazing to get in 7 hours of sleep. My alarm clock went off at 5:40 and I kept hitting snooze until around 6:20am. I finally got up but then I walked into the living room and popped open my laptop and commenced to Facebooking and Tagging. 20 minutes later I decided that I should workout. lol. I laced up my shoes and I worked out to Hip-Hop Abs: Ab Sculpt: My inner thighs are burning, and my knees are starting to get mad at me.  I guess because even when I was active, floating patella aren’t the coolest thing in the world to have….but I’ve got them! But now that my muscles aer finding their proper place in life they are forcing my posture to pay attention. My knees, on the other hand are like blind and deaf ADD students being yelled at and pointed to. I really liked the hip flexor workout section because I think that it really made my hip problems wake up but in a proper way. I figure if I can strengthen my hip flexors and get some blood flowing in there then the pain may subside.

Well for lunch I am having some chicken with some sweet peas. I drank Tea once I got in the office;green tea with pomagrante…yummmmy. I also had a bowl of HBO w/ Almond Cereal this morning. Tonight I may eat chicken and sweet potatoes……wait.. I have the Russ Parr movie screening. I will have to workout when I get back in the house if I don’t get there early enough to workout before 6pm. We’ll see.

Workout

 Well… I got off work and I rushed home so that I could get dressed and head back out to the Lincoln Theater for the private screening of Russ Parr’s new movie, “35 & Ticking”. I sat down and ate a small portion of chicken breast and a whole plate of broccoli before I ran out of the house. I did this because Ben’s CHili Bowl is right next door and that was a set-up waiting to happen…lol. Once there in the theater I was down in the VIP section with 2 of my friends and just watching all of the stars swing through. The movie was hilarious! Afterwards there was an After party across the street. I took a pic with Clifton Powell and then I told my friend that I was read to head home because I needed to get my other workout in for the day. YES, you heard correctly. I turned down a social event to go home and workout.  Making sure that my fitness schedule didn’t get messed up was more important to me that hugging Nicole Ari Parker… who is gorgeous! Or kidnapping Darius McCrary in Ben’s Alley and having my way with him. Yes……P90X is crack and can rewire your brain. Sad, yet great….right?

Well, I got home and I worked it out until about Midnight and below are my results. I didn’t do Ab Ripper X because I got light-headed at the end of the Shoulders & Back exercise and had to sit down and eat a few baby carrots and drink water. So I just went straight to bed after that. I am learning to listen to the body. Here ya go!

The numbers in the brackets are the 2nd Round of reps.

  • Shoulder Press: 15 each [13] left elbow hurts and shakes but worked through it and stretched it out
  • In-out Bicep curls: 16 [16]
  • Tricep Kickbacks: 20 [22]
  • Swimmer’s Press: 16 [10] arched back…need to stand up straight.
  • Supination Curl: 15 sets [18 sets]
  • Chair Dips: 25 w/ a stop at 15 [30 w/a stop at 20]
  • Upright row: 20 [22]
  • Static Arm Curls: 12 [12]
  • Twist Kickback: 11 [12]
  • Seated Shoulder Fly: 16 [18 reps]
  • Crouching Cohen Curls: 16 [16 w/ pain in coxis. Spine stretched/dropped OUCH]
  • Lying Down Tricep extensions: 14 [14 OUCH!]

I’m still Bringing IT!!!! I hope that you are too. I have to make it to 30 days because I am turning 30 in December and I want to make a physical and public statement that I will NEVER be above 200 pounds every again!!!! Its time to reverse the curse. And I may not be under 200 by my birthday as I walk the beaches of Grand Cayman….but I know that I will still be on the right path.

My birthday cruise falls directly in the middle of my 90 Days…..and so does Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I will not let them sabotage me… I have several Tupperware dishes and that is how I will use them. I never know what to eat the days following those dinners anyway.. I’m a single woman so I don’t cook, I always go to someone else’s house for the holidays…lol. I am already mapping out my fitness routine while on the ship. I have to. And walking all day will help too. Fun times ahead people. I am taking it one day at a time. I may not be where I want to be but I am no longer where I use to be. When I purchased this program I weighed 232.5 and a few days later the program showed up and I began. Being 3 days away from completing my 3rd week of P90x I have been 227.5 for the past two days and have lost 2 inches in my waist. THIS is a sign of progress… THIS is me sticking to my word; fulfilling what I promised myself! And each day is hard. But Today is not just another day, it is proof that I have victory over Yesterday! Be blessed!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 16

In P90X Journey on 2 November 2010 at 9:44 pm

 

I VOTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There…. end of blog. Today that is all that matters. lol

Okay, Well I got up this morning and I worked out for 30 minutes to Sean T’s Hip Hop Abs: Fat Burning Cardio. It felt good to get up and have the energy and the stamina to work through it. I was proud of myself. I did every step. I could remember when I use to have to take breaks in the middle of this workout, or when I needed an inhaler. I can hold my head high knowing that I need neither to finally make it through this workout.

I even had enough time to eat my Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds & soy milk. That is my fav cereal and I cant remember the last time I actually sat down at my house and ate breakfast. I actually enjoyed it, relaxed and watched television. I dont think that I have EVER done that on a weekday.  So I got dressed and I headed to the polls. It was very empty when I got there, but I didnt mind, I voted and left out and headed to work and actually got there early.

For lunch I had a cheeseburger with fries and an extremely large cup of  lemonade, but I did frink water throughout the day. The lunch was free so I didnt mind that much. I just know that I have to put in work. Unfortunately my underwear feels tighter today. I know that is TMI, but I have no clue why my boyshorts are cutting off my circulation in my hip/groin socket. Bananas, right? I mean… it is painful. It is enough to make a woman want to free-labia it ( free ballin was genetically not an option). I guess I could have said Captain Commandora. lol. Maybe my thigh muscles are getting bigger or my butt is lifting into place. WHo knows! I just had to share that.

I also have to share why I am writing this blog. I am writing so that when I get to the other side of this journey I can remember. I can have evidence of my struggle. I dont want to be a fitness buff who makes everyone who has yet to accomplish what it is that I worked so hard to get feel as if it was a walk in the park. I want to hold myself accountable. I want to make sure that I never forget where I have been and how it felt to be here. I love me, but my current physical form is NOT me… it is where I happen to be right now. And I am okay with that…for now. Hence why I am working it out so hard.

I was going to walk right into the house and start Plyometric (spell check) but then my TV was on the movie JACK and I had to sit and watch because I had never seen it before.So, it goes off in like 5 minutes and then I will begin to workout. I’ll tell you all about it. I have never done Plyometrics before……I am actually scared. Feeling the pain of the Chest & Back workout yesterday but again… proud that I finished! Okay…. time to put on the shoes. BRING IT TIME!

Workout

WTF is PLYOMETRICS and who pissed off the Roman Gods?!!!! I was all happy that I could keep up with the warm ups. But not too long there after did I contemplate switching back to Cardio X. I should have known something was up with the one-legged P90X graduate showed up. Yep, made me feel like crap when he was hopping around all perfect and I was about to pass the hell out. I understand equal rights,but they just mind fucked my emotional status.  I’m too fat to out hop a one-legged guy! How do you come back from not being able to out hop Tink Tink?!

My legs were fine for the first couple of squats, and then  my knee caps started popping and I knew that i was headed down hill from there. The ski moves I was cool with until they added the 180 turns. I couldn’t squat on those so I just stayed up and did 180 and I found that to be just as challenging, noted by the sweat in my eyes. I also couldn’t do the rock star. My weight is currently too heavy for me to have faith in lifting both knees up like that. I know because I tried it and the way I landed felt like one of my knees were going to give out on me. Scared the living daylights out of me. So two-legged jumps are currently out of the question. Also, I felt weird with the squat jumping jacks. My legs were clapping to a hip hop beat that was being formulated by the gaps in slaps. I mean, they were slapping so hard I felt like tipping my own crotch! Seriously, you would have thought that a ghetto stripper was in my house mocking me. Having made my point… I’ll move on.

All and all this was challenging and I did the modified version. I’m sitting on my couch after just getting out of the shower and I am still wiping sweat.  My only problem with P90X and I have been meaning to write this for a while, is that they assume I know what the fuck they are talking about. Meaning, if this is my first time turning on a disc, yelling out MILITARY MARCHES and then beginning the clock and movement is retarded. I shouldnt have to constantly pause my DVD because they failed to show me what the move is. I also have this problem with the modified person, they never show what they are doing until halfway through the countdown or at the very end. If you are going to have a modified person, show the modified move before hand so that we can be in sync with the movement. Its like they forgot about us when it comes to this. I actually get pissed off every time they start a new move and I have to miss a rep or two to catch on to what the hell they are doing. But this could be me and the fact that I ate broccoli for dinner and my bodily functions are executing treason and I have to sit amongst it. TMI? Welcome to my UNCENSORED blog.

I noticed a lot about my body today. When I tighten my abs, I cant breath. I walk around with my shoulders up by my ears and I seldom notice until my neck and shoulders start to hurt. I get cramps in the arch of my foot every time I jump and I have no clue how to fix this. My legs being uneven ( for whatever reason) is really effecting a lot of my performance, causing me to do a lot of modified versions, and my sciatica is a gift from satan’s spawn. But I will prevail. This is just my current feedback. Soon I will have more and better complaints as I progress to my fitness goal. I want to be able to jog the MS Walk/Run full 3 miles in March,I want to be able to walk into Rave, LVLX, or Shoe City and buy clothing without people wondering if I am on crack or pray that I am purchasing it as a gift for someone worthy of not making the seams commit suicide. I want to start my own dance crew and be able to choreograph some awesome routines like I use to a few years ago. I know that I can do these things….and I will. I am learning to be patient.

In closing, I know you are wondering about my steps ( I doubt it but the sentence set-up sounded literary)….my pedometer is on crack and I need to buy another one. I also get happy when I step on the scale at night after I’ve eaten all day and it weighs less than the day before. Yesterday my scale said 228.5 in the morning on an empty scale, and tonight it said 227.5. I’m excited just to see my scale say that number. Now… if by Friday it can say 225.5……I’ll stop call Nicki Minaj a Bitch….on twitter.Ok…timeforbed.I have to get up in the morning.

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

P90X Journey: Day 15

In P90X Journey on 2 November 2010 at 9:58 am

 

I know that I said that I would workout this morning when I woke up…. and I said this at 2am in the blog when I had to wake up at 6am….and yeh….it didnt happen. But, staying true to my word, I worked out for 2 hours when I got home.

I woke up this morning and rushed to work without breakfast. I almost stopped and made some eggs and then decided against it due to time. BAD MOVE! Because when I got to work I was stuck in my office all day because I didn’t have my building badge and needed an escort. I also sucked butt and ate free mini snickers all day. I also think that I had a few Reese’s cups. It was there. Towards the end of the day my body was craving more sugar and so I got an orange ade-ish soda from the vending machine. Again, I prefaced with the fact that I sucked, so dont judge me. lol.  But good thing is that I did take my lunch, so I had my two small fajitas and that was it for lunch.

When I got off work I went to the grocery store and got a few more staples to assist me in making my meals. I had a drumstick off of my roasted chicken for dinner. It wasnt big at all, but it was enough to keep me from passing out. I was proud that I stopped eating because I felt myself about to over indulge and I stopped. Go Me!

Tonight I decided that I would switch to the Classic routines, just for a switch in order to my brain. I also wanted to do 2 hours of workouts a day to speed up my results. if I can lose 2 inches in 2 weeks with only 1 hour, I wanted that to only get better. I also wanted my fitness to improve. So I did the Chest and Back tonight with the Ab Ripper X . That totaled to an hour and sixteen minutes. Then I took a ten minute break and found a P90X support group on Sparkpeople.com and then I continued with Sean T’s Hip Hop Abs: Fat Burning Cardio. WOW!!! I remember when I first bought this thing, I had to stay low with Tanya because I was so out of shape. I would use an inhaler in the middle of workouts, constant breaks….but not tonight!!!! I was doing the high impact exercise format and loving every bit of it.

The only downfall is the fact that my Right hip socket and lower back side hurt. It flares up in stretches, bending flat back at the waist, and kicking/jumping….so basically when I move…lol. It doesn’t hurt so much when I have finished stretching but the initial stretch does hurt the most as well as jumping.But it is not unbearable, I figure if I can get my abs tighter it can help support those muscles that I have been using improperly for the past 15 years.  I also got side cramps during Hip Hop Abs because I had drunk water after the P90X workout…oh boy did that hurt! Sitting here writing this my back and shoulder blades are twitching with mini spasms. I was proud of the push-ups…even though I did them on my knees… I did them. I will build up to a full push-up. Tony Horton said, “Rome wasnt born in a day, so neither will your body”. I like that. It is a process that I am finding ways to stay engaged.And even though I am wheezing because of this phelm that I keep attempting to cough from my lungs ( sorry for the TMI) I keep it moving….. I felt unstoppable. I made up my mind and I did it!!!

My P90X workout went as follows: (All Push-ups were on knees & pull-ups done with Heavy Band)

Standard Push-ups:  15 (BURN)

Wide Front Pull-up:  24

Military Push-ups:  16 (BURN and at a faster speed)

Reverse Grip Chin-ups:  24

Wide Fly Push-ups:  15 (Stopped at 10 with a burn))

Closed Grip Overhead Pull-ups: 30 (seated)

Decline Push-ups: 15 (on knees)

Heavy Pants: 20 ( With Medium bands and a loop)

Diamond Push-ups: 13 ( Goal was 15 but left wrist on palm side began to hurt)

Lawnmower: 20 each side ( medium bands)

Dive Bomber Push-ups: 6 (confused on form….)

Back Flys:  20 ( medium Band)

Standard Push-ups Rnd 2:  25 (Shakey arms)

Wide Front Pull-up Rnd 2:  24

Military Push-ups Rnd 2:  20 ( first pause at 12 with both a burn and a shake)

Reverse Grip Chin-ups Rnd 2: 30

Wide Fly Push-ups Rnd 2: 20 ( BURN!)

Closed Grip Overhead Pull-ups Rnd 2: 30 ( in lunge forward )

Decline Push-ups Rnd 2: 15 (on knees)

Heavy Pants Rnd 2: 20 ( With Medium bands and a loop)

Diamond Push-ups: 16 ( Didnt go all the way down & left wrist on palm side began to hurt)

Lawnmower Rnd: 20 each side ( medium bands)

Dive Bomber Push-ups Rnd 2: 8 ( switched feet because knee locked and scared me. Pushing back hurt right hip)

Back Flys Rnd 2:  20 ( medium Band)

Ab Ripper X: I did 25 of each set with minor problems, but I am getting too sleepy to type. lol. I have it written down for me. But at least I finished them all. I will get up in the morning and do Hip Hop Abs before I head out to vote and then off to work. I am proud of myself!!! I hope that you are getting use to changing yourself as well. God bless!

Sincerely,

~*My Mother’s Daughter*~

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