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    Quote Originally Posted by Urarienev View Post
    I think I missed where you said why you were losing sleep *scratches her head*

    I don't how you do it. I couldn't do p90 anything with no sleep
    Heh, apparently I can't either. I did work out last Monday, but I missed the rest of the week. The lack of sleep finally caught up to me.

    I did get lots of sleep over the 3 day weekend, so hopefully that'll help. I'm also quitting the P90X and doing a shorter, easier workout for now. Hopefully I can resume once I work through my funk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post
    Heh, apparently I can't either. I did work out last Monday, but I missed the rest of the week. The lack of sleep finally caught up to me.

    I did get lots of sleep over the 3 day weekend, so hopefully that'll help. I'm also quitting the P90X and doing a shorter, easier workout for now. Hopefully I can resume once I work through my funk.
    Thanks for the rep hug!!

    I'm glad you got sleep. I am terrible with my sleeping patterns personally. I am working on that for next week. I think that weight loss has a lot to do with sleep though. At least, I know it does for me.

    Also, I think taking it down a notch from P90X is good thing. I have heard it is hard!
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    Monday's weight: 265. Up a pound, but not terrible all things considered.

    I did my workout Monday, but am in the middle of an allergy attack today, so on account of difficulty breathing, am taking the day off. Tomorrow is Yoga day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Urarienev View Post
    Thanks for the rep hug!!
    !

    We're struggling a bit now, but if we just keep at it and don't give up, I really believe we'll regain our wind and start rocking it soon enough. My own personal goal is to just not give up and throw in the towel during the down phase, so I'll be ready when things pick up a bit.

    I'm glad you got sleep. I am terrible with my sleeping patterns personally. I am working on that for next week. I think that weight loss has a lot to do with sleep though. At least, I know it does for me.

    Also, I think taking it down a notch from P90X is good thing. I have heard it is hard!
    It is! But there are alternate exercises that are easier.

    If my current routine fails, I may try this one, or a variation of it:
    http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009...-build-muscle/

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    Not weighing myself this week because nothing good will come of it!

    My primary dietary goal is to get back on track, and hit the grocery store.

    I do plan on working out this week. To that end, I'd like to talk about the P90X3 program as I go through it.

    P90X3 Intro:

    So P90X3 has two primary calls to fame: First, the workouts are 30* minutes long, and second, P90X3 creator Tony Horton has suggested that the ideal order to tackle the P90X programs would be P90X3 -> P90X -> P90X2. Basically, P90X3 focuses on a lot of more basic core compound movements and high-intensity workouts, which help prepare you for the Pull-up/Push-up mania that is P90X. (From what I can tell, P90X2 is an unholy abomination.)

    There are two caveats to the 30 minute workouts. First, there is a 12 minute "Cold-Start" workout that Tony suggests doing. It's pretty easy, and invaluable at 5:30 in the morning as a way to wake up and prepare for the more intense workout. Otherwise, you'll have to be prepared to really push yourself in the 2-3 minute warmup each workout provides. The other caveat is that there is a ~3 minute cool down at the end of each workout that's not counted towards the 30 minute total.

    Day 1: Total Synergistics:

    The first workout is a full body workout that focuses on compound movements (exercises that require many muscle groups) and balance. Each exercise appears to be a variation of a more traditional exercise. For example, instead of straight lunches or squats, you see something like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reQjRLfIR3Y

    The workout basically consists of 2 pull-up variations , 2 push-up variations, 2 squat variations, 2 abdominal exercise variations, 2 military shoulder press variations, 2 sets of curl variations, etc, for a total of 16 exercises.

    I opted for the bands instead of the pull-ups, because the cheating with a chair didn't work very well with the movements you had to do at the top of the pull-up. Otherwise, I found this to be a challenging and pretty fun work out.

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    Workout completed. I'm feeling inspired to eat better today as well. My goals is to make meals consisting of:

    2 palms of protein
    2 fist sized servings of veggies
    2 thumb sized servings of fatty foods (like seeds, nuts, egg yolk, etc)
    Optional bonus: 2 fist sized servings of carbs. Primarily after my workout, so the goal is to focus on fruits and starchy foods for breakfast and lunch.

    If I fail come dinner, I'll at least see if hunger - and not eating enough earlier in the day - played a role.

    Day 2: Agility X

    Before the workout, you need to lay two 4-6 foot strips of tape in parallel, around 4 feet apart. (Make the tape longer and farther apart to increase the difficulty.) Then you put an "X" at the beginning, middle, and end of each tape. These become your targets.

    The workout consists mainly of sports-centric exercises where you run in patterns and/or jump from the various targets. There are a few exercises that focus on lunges, squat jumps, vertical leaps, and plyo push-ups, but this workout is mainly about moving, changing direction, and high stepping. The first 10 minutes, including the warm-up, isn't too bad, but man, after that the intensity really kicks up. I had to pause this one a few times to get my heart rate back to normal speed.

    Overall, good workout, but I can see why this is considered by some to be the black sheep of this particular program.

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    1. Went to bed on time.
    2. Exercised.
    3. Diet is still crap. (Or rather, healthy food with too much junk to go with it.)

    I do have an idea for quitting sugar that I'm excited to try, though.

    Day 3: Yoga X

    I don't have much to say about this one, really. It's definitely easier than the 90 minute P90X routine. My only issue is that it felt very rushed at the end. There were a lot of different poses that only lasted maybe 10 seconds or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Udog View Post

    I do have an idea for quitting sugar that I'm excited to try, though.
    What is your idea for quitting sugar? Sugar is like alcohol to me. I feel good immediately after consuming it but shortly afterward, I have a "hangover". Which I attempt to cure by consuming more sugar (my upper palate is sore right now from eating a bunch of butter mints while on a 3:00 a.m. reading/alone time binge ). As hard as the ketogenic diet is to maintain, I've been thinking of going back to it for a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbone View Post
    What is your idea for quitting sugar? Sugar is like alcohol to me. I feel good immediately after consuming it but shortly afterward, I have a "hangover". Which I attempt to cure by consuming more sugar (my upper palate is sore right now from eating a bunch of butter mints while on a 3:00 a.m. reading/alone time binge ). As hard as the ketogenic diet is to maintain, I've been thinking of going back to it for a little bit.
    Basically, I'm trying to train myself to say "no" to junk food. It's worked the past 2 days, but let me go a week before going into details. I have the same issue though, where too much sugar makes me feel almost drunk.

    Anyway, past 2 days were good. Went to bed early, and even got 8 hours of sleep last night. Diet was pretty good. For now, I'm not eating sweets, but I'm allowing up to a fist-sized portion of things like pasta. As for the exercises:

    Day 4: The Challenge

    Ah, here is the push-up/pull-up mania that I know and tolerate love!! The workout starts with you choosing two numbers: The number of push-ups, and the number of pull-ups you aim to do for each round during the workout. (I opted to use bands instead of cheating on my pull-ups. It may have been too easy, as everything is sore except my back.)

    Once again, there are 16 total exercises, consisting of 4 rounds with 4 sets per round. Each round has a version of a pull-up, and then a version of a push-up, and then you repeat the same two exercises. After a one minute break, you then go into a different push-up/pull-up variation.

    There is also a burnout round at the very end where you do 1 pullup, 3 pushups, and repeat for like a minute or two.

    Overall, this one was quite tough. I kept my numbers pretty low, and by the end I was still shot.

    Day 5: CVX

    Pretty sure this stands for Cardiovascular X, as it's basically a cardiovascular workout with a light weight added in (5-10 pounds, max) for a bit of resistance training. I consider it to be a neater version of your standard aerobic workout that you see in many home-workout programs.

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    Just in case anyone was actually following:

    Day 6: The Warrior

    16 exercises again. It's a whole body workout, focusing on a lower body, core, upper body, and agility-type movement for each round. I only made it about 12 minutes in though before I crashed, so hard for me to go into more detail. It's totally my fault, too. Between an allergy attack affecting my breathing, and skipping breakfast and doing the workout at 11:00AM, I simply didn't have the energy.

    For next week, I'm going to take a break from the P90X3 and do an easier workout that I had from a previous program that I participated in. I think I need 4-8 weeks of an easier program and I'll be ready to really push myself with one of the P90X programs.

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    Today wasn't a perfect day, but it was probably the best one I've had in a month. Good enough that I'm going to count it.

    Tracking my food is sort of blowing my mind, though. I forgot how much food I have to eat (2,700-3,000 calories), so even when I have 3 square meals, I'm still only getting about 1700-2000 calories. No wonder I keep on burning out! I can only starve my body for so long before it hits the emergency systems...

    Anyway, my diet plan is pretty simple, and one that's a combination of the P90X3 diet plan plus the one recommended by Precision Nutrition. (This article goes into it a bit near the end.)

    The plan consists of eye-balling your macro nutrient servings. So a "palm" sized portion of protein (meat, tofu, yogurt, etc) is 1 serving. A fist sized portion of veggies consists of 1 serving of carb. Likewise, a handful of fruit or starchy foods is considered 1 portion of carbs. (The idea is that a serving of veggies is a bit larger than other carbs.) A thumb sized portion of high fat foods (nuts, seeds, nut butters, 1/8-1/4 avocado) would be 1 serving of fat.

    For someone of my size and activity level, my goal is to eat 9 servings of protein, 18 servings of carbs, and 8 servings of fat. I may adjust these down the road, but that's my starting point... and it's been really hard hitting them.

    Protein: 4.5/9
    Carbs: 11/18. (5 veggies, 4 fruits, 2 starches. I also had 5 sugar portions, but I won't count them towards my goal.)
    Fat: 8/9

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