This post should be subtitled: Not Even Almost Perfect.
I’m a half-a-week late on this post, but I’ve decided to go ahead and write it anyway.
Last week was our first rest week with P90X, and all week long I felt like I was cheating the hell out of some cheating. Sometimes I felt like I was cheating because the program is markedly easier on the off weeks. Sometimes I felt like I was cheating because, well, I was.
Monday we were supposed to start the week with the Yoga workout. I was still coming off the previous week’s workout high, thrilled because I made it though the Ab Ripper X video for the very first time without having to skip reps in any of the sets. I can’t exactly remember what happened that Monday, but if I had to guess, I would say that the answer is Nothing. I remember crawling into bed that night and saying something like, “We can’t skip the Yoga X workouts just because we don’t like them.” Whereas Zack pulls me through most of the workouts, there are two things I have to pull him through: 1.) eating better and 2.) Yoga X. I guess I just didn’t have the motivation that day to get up and press play. Before I knew it, it was too late in the evening to start the video and be realistic about getting up for work the next morning. It’s especially hard to really get psyched up for the video since it’s 1 hour and 3o minutes long. I know that we spend that much time doing a normal hour-long video + ab ripper, but seeing the 1:2? on the screen is really disheartening.
Tuesday we did Core Synergistics for the first time. I don’t know what I thought this video was going to be like, but it was nothing like anything I imagined. Zack and I both hated it immediately. We made it all the way through the video, fueled mainly by the guilt of missing Yoga the day before. We were miserable, though. When we (begrudgingly) did the video again on Friday, it wasn’t nearly as painful. I guess we had forgotten the awkwardness of doing the videos for the first time. That awkwardness can translate easily into ‘hate’ if you’re not careful to give it a chance. There are admittedly some super weird moves on the Core Synergistics video, though. Adding to that video’s weirdness is the fact that Dreya (one of the instructors/Tony Horton’s Total Crush) is wearing a righteously 80′s outfit, complete with an I Dream of Genie pony tail.
Wednesday was Kenpo, and Kenpo is totally old-skool and routine for us now. I did kick so hard that I got an awesome little twinge in my back. Note to self, avoid that in the future.
And Thursday the Stretch X video finally made a debut in our household. Zack doesn’t believe in stretching and seems to somehow never have any tightness in any of his muscles anywhere ever. This is incredibly frustrating. Even doing the most mundane of hamstring streches has me saying, “WOOOOAH, OWIE!” whilst he’s hanging out beside me, wrapping his body around a broom stick like a Barbershop Pole. Needless to say, I am the one that is going to get the most benefit from the Stretch X video. There were a few stretches that I thought to be unnecessary, one of which dang near caused me to aggrivate an old ankle injury. Instead of doing the “lay on your ankles and lay down on the floor to stretch your quads” strech, I’ll stick with just standing and streching. (*Zack did Ab Ripper on this day because he felt like this week was too easy. I didn’t. Cause I didn’t want to. So nanner.)
Then, on Saturday, we skipped Yoga again. We had the best of intentions; we just didn’t get to it. I have been working myself into a frenzy about this Government class that I’m taking. I finally got to a place where I could take a test, and so I took it. I could have stopped and taken the test later. But at some point you have to make a decision. Government is a key to the rest of my life and my whole future. And even though I think getting fit is important and should be done in a timely manner, there is no deadline. Government has a deadline. I’ve been having a really tough time sorting out my P90X vs. School priorities. At the end of last week Government won because government had to.
Zack and I have taken our 30 day pictures, but I’m not going to post them yet. I think I’ll put them all together at the end, my 1, 30, 60 and 90 and then post it. I don’t really want to publish pictures of my body until I know that I don’t look like that anymore.
(On Monday, *we did the Ab Ripper Video again for the first time in over a week. I was glad to say that I was STILL able to get through the whole video without stopping! After a week of feeling guilty about P90X, it was nice that my benchmark workout didn’t show any regression.)
We are 1/3 of the way through the program. I’m still putting a lot of effort into eating right, but I’m not killing myself over it like I was the first two weeks. I just don’t have the energy to do it right now. I’m still holding fast at 129 lbs. I’m also still wolfing lots of salads (dressingless ones, even)–I’ve eaten more salads in the last 30 days that I have in my whole life combined. I haven’t ingested a Coke since before Christmas. I have to confess, though, that someone brought some mini-snickers into the office in celebration of valentine’s day. Those little jerks are impossible to resist.