1st Week of P90X

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    Jan 13, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    Finally made it through the first week of P90X! Boy, has this been an ass-kicker and I am glad to take the day to recoup and regroup! Even so, I am looking forward to doing it again starting tomorrow.

    So... best, hardest, and worst of this week are as follows:

    BEST: Just completing the week! Despite all the physical rigor, the occasional discouragement at my lack of flexibility, and the stupidity of Mr. Horton's jokes, I did it! And I figure if I made it through this week, I can make it through another one.... AND see some improvement. I kept records of the exercises, reps, and weights I was using in a separate notebook (as directed). If I can repeat or improve on that, I will be enormously satisfied. I guess that's the goal for next week.

    HARDEST: The diet has been hard to stick with and enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I haven't gone off it... I'm just not liking that part. I know what some of you are going to say here, and you're right... I don't need to lose weight. I agree 100%, but as I said before, I'm doing the whole program as an experiment to see what kind of results I get, and this is part of the program. The main reason the diet has been hard to stick with has been less about "cheating" as it has been about the fact that although I am following the plan as closely as I can (and as my budget will allow), my metabolism is so high that the food plan I have been following (calculated according to the P90X Meal Plan book) is leaving me ravenous... and cranky... and too hungry to sleep at night sometimes! I have snuck in an extra snack during these times, but at least made good choices at those times (for example, last night was a fruit salad instead of French Silk Pie). Hopefully I will get some advice from someone who has gone through this program or another fitness-minded person... even if it is just to "get used to it and shut up." However, I hopped on the scale this morning and saw that I had lost about four or five pounds after this week, which is nice in terms of a dividend, but maybe not necessary for physical health.

    WORST: Getting up at 5am to do the workouts. It's not fun, but it's the only time I can do it. I hate getting up before the sun... and in the winter, there's no avoiding it anyway. Even so, I think this is something I will get used to, so I consider this a temporary problem. For whatever it's worth, my dogs actually like this schedule -- up early to pee and poo, then right back to bed while their silly biped master jumps around for a while after that. Occasionally, they look at me from my doorway while I work out, utterly perplexed... and on days when I have to lay down to do exercises (Ab Ripper X), they run over and lick me in the face. They are my cheerleaders and supporters I guess. Guess I should be grateful.

    So that's the first week in a nutshell. I hope that whomever is reading my blog is getting something out of it. Comments or not, I am actually having fun writing about this and will keep you posted.
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    Jan 13, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Well good job in your first week!

    I'd say our best advice is to let us know after the second.
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    Jan 13, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    Keep getting up. You can do it. It starts your day off right.

    The diet is hard bc it is largely lean proteins but a little funky to get the groove of.

    Best
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    Jan 13, 2010 6:02 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidI don't need to lose weight. I agree 100%, but as I said before, I'm doing the whole program as an experiment to see what kind of results I get, and this is part of the program. The main reason the diet has been hard to stick with has been less about "cheating" as it has been about the fact that although I am following the plan as closely as I can (and as my budget will allow), my metabolism is so high that the food plan I have been following (calculated according to the P90X Meal Plan book) is leaving me ravenous... and cranky... and too hungry to sleep at night sometimes! I have snuck in an extra snack during these times, but at least made good choices at those times (for example, last night was a fruit salad instead of French Silk Pie). Hopefully I will get some advice from someone who has gone through this program or another fitness-minded person... even if it is just to "get used to it and shut up."


    I was in the exact same situation as you. I wanted to do the program to the letter. I also have a wicked high metabolism and was left ravenous throughout the day. My advice: tailor the diet. It's what I ended up doing. I simply couldn't live in the constant state of hunger. You have to realize that the program is designed as a general template that will work for the general average. If you're not in that general average, though, you're screwed. It's just like Tony says about the workouts, "Modify, modify, modify" to suit your current fitness level. There is no reason not to "modify, modify, modify" the diet a well based on your individual needs. I upped the calories in a major way - I upped the fat, I upped the carbs. Just keep it whole foods. And I finally felt satiated. I have a 7 - 10 percent body fat, so I don't think it did me any harm. Seriously, don't torture yourself for the sake of doing it perfectly - there is no reason you should be cranky, starving and dropping pounds. Listen to your body.

    (And rejoice in the fact that you get a lot more leniency in how you eat - it's one of the gifts of being a hard gainer!)
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    Jan 13, 2010 6:07 PM GMT
    Congrats the first week is the toughest... I did it last year and it really reshaped my body..same weight but gained in chest and shoulders big time.

    I upped the amounts of everything in the diet plan..the hunger was too much for me. I think the plan is gauged for a slightly overweight person.

    Good luck...you'll be proud you finished...

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    Jan 13, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! And huge thanks to you, innerathlete... your comment is worth it's weight in gold.
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    Jan 13, 2010 10:38 PM GMT
    Congrats on getting through that shitty, hideous first week! I've been there and feel your pain.

    The first time I did P90X I started the diet a week ahead of time to get used to the menu and get in the the right habits. That week was just...well...bizarre. I was bonking before I was even doing the workouts. I knew immediately that I had to adjust that diet or I wouldn't even last the week BEFORE the workouts started. I added more carbs and some dairy...I was fine. That week before working out I lost 10 pounds. I'm glad that I adjusted my diet. I would have never made it through the workouts alive.

    Tony Horton has to be one of the corniest men on the planet. You can set your dvd player to shut off that horrible music. It helped me the second round. The music became too repetitious. He's nice to look at. But, silence would make him even more attractive! LOL =)

    I was going to start my next round the first Monday of this month. But, my back knocked me off of schedule. I may just do the core disc Mon, Wed and Fri for the next few weeks.

    Honestly, this program really got me out of a horrible exercise dry spell. I love it! =)

    Keep working hard! Keep us up to date. =)