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P90X3: Review of the first three weeks!



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Three weeks ago I started P90X3.  Yes, I must have been crazy to start a workout program two weeks before Christmas, but it was a fabulous way to stay on track during the holidays, and maintain my awareness of the food I ate to fuel my body.  I had treats, and enjoyed them, but I made sure to curb any over indulging, because I wanted to see the results of my hard work.
            
When I started, I did one 30 minute workout each day, from the Classic schedule of P90X3.  There are four other program schedules: Lean, Mass, Doubles and Elite. My goal was to get in better shape, get stronger and lose weight, so I chose the Classic schedule. While the program comes with its own meal schedule, I chose to follow the meal plan from the 21 Day Fix, as I completed the Fix, lost 10 pounds and was accustomed to the eating plan.

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I’m loving the varied workouts.  The program has a different 30-minute workout each day for a week, with the option of resting on Sundays, or doing the low impact Dynamix workout, which is geared toward improving strength, balance, and flexibility for athletes. This schedule block is repeated for three weeks, followed by a transition week and then a new three week block with new workouts!  The variety keeps me engaged without ever getting bored.

It’s a 90 day program, so I’m in this for the long haul! It feels empowering and healthy to stick to my goals! My favorite workouts of the past three weeks included Agility X (a variety of agility drills), The Challenge (alternating push-ups and pull-ups), Yoga X and Dynamix.  While the other three workouts (Warrior, CVX and Pilates) were challenging for me, I knew my body was benefiting, especially from the burpees and plyo moves in Warrior and CVX! A bit of grumbling and huffing, helped me through those and what Tony calls "Elevator Push-Ups!"

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 On Monday, I started my fourth week! A month ago I never would have thought I would have survived the program let alone during the holidays, but here I am! I got stronger, and more flexible!  While I only lost two pounds, during the past three weeks, it was over the holidays, when I attended plenty of parties and gatherings.  This week was a transition week, between one block of workouts, to the next block, which I start this coming Monday. 

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When I started the program, I woke up at 5:15 a.m. and worked out first thing in the morning (as I had done during the 21-Day Fix). After the first two weeks of morning workouts, the holidays came, and I was on vacation from my full-time job. So for week of “stay-cation,” I slept in each day until 8:30 or so, had my Shakeology for breakfast, and worked out around 10 a.m.  Because I had the week off, instead of doing only the 30 minute workout on my schedule, I did doubles!  This is what helped me stay on track for all my holiday parties.  


My sons joined my workouts a few times each week. Since I resumed working, I work out in during the evening. When they workout with me, the time passes quickly, because they add their 8 year old and 11 year old commentary, which makes the workout more fun.  Plus, they are the perfect audience for Tony’s corny jokes!

When they workout with me, they are learning about the importance of exercise at any age, and allowing the body to move. While they both have bundles of energy, sometimes they also groan with me, when we have to do Super Burpees or Elevator Push-ups!  We all love yoga, and this is the one workout we always do together, and they learn about the importance of being still and mediating as well. 

My nutrition was so-so during the holidays.  I didn’t want to feel deprived at the seven (yes, SEVEN) parties I attended over two weeks. From my holiday party at work, to a gingerbread house making party for the kids, to a New Year’s Eve party, I would have my treats, without any guilt, and for the one week I had off from work, do my double workouts.  In addition to daily double workouts, I made sure to drink three liters of water every day, which of course increased my trips to the potty (LOL)!!  For these parties, I would practice my healthy eating tips for the holidays, and then have a slice of dessert, or a glass of wine.

At the New Year’s Eve party, I had a little too much dessert. Everything looked so good: cheesecake, chocolate cream pie, caramel toffee bars and apple tart. I had a little piece of everything and it was delicious!  On the way home, though, my stomach hurt. I felt bloated and sick after all that sugar. After eating clean for so long, sugar and junk food actually makes you feel sick and sluggish.

The next day, I made sure to fuel my body with lots of healthy, lean protein, fruits, and veggies, some oatmeal, my Shakeology, and my double workout of course!  

Even though I completed three weeks of the workout schedule, and this week is supposed to be a lower key transition week, today, Accelerator, a cardio workout, kicked my butt! The video below shows a few of the moves from this workout.


This past Monday, it was back to work and the start of my transition workouts before next block of scheduled workouts. I returned to my strict adherence to the 21 Day Fix meal plan, using my containers and NO MORE TREATS, for a while, anyway! 

It will only get harder from here. My goal for this week is to focus on my nutrition and stay on track. I planned my meals for the week, and prepped as much as possible, so I have no excuses. I have fabulous support, motivation and inspiration from other Beachbody coaches and my original challenge group I joined this past fall.  It’s cathartic when I’m able to vent, and my fellow group mates understand, lift me up, and give me props when I’ve stuck to my daily goals!

Meal Plan
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