Monday, February 01, 2010

It has begun ...

... my foray into P90X territory has started. I've been taking notes on my diet, have a shopping list for the next few nights dinner (very high in protein, low in carbohydrates), and a one hour date with my DVD player this evening. Wish me luck!


Genomic Repairman said...

Good luck I've got a buddy on month two right now. I've gone the route of doing spin and cardio boot camp classes.

Tom said...

I tried spin classes ... I just couldn't take walking bowlegged. Even the cushioned seats didn't help and I bought my own gel cushion. I have never tried a cardio boot camp class. My gym has a few but they're dominated by women. I may exercise like a girl right now *ducks* but I'd feel a bit awkward in there.

So, it's just me, P90X, and my racquetball at the gym three times a week.

You looking to drop weight, or just tone up?

Genomic Repairman said...

Drop a little weight in the midsection and tone up my arms and back, but my main goal is to build endurance. I've been thinking about getting into cycling. I'm have a short stature and wide frame thanks to my middle eastern father so I shall never be a Calista Flockhart but I want to stay mobile.

Mad Hatter said...

What on earth is P90X?

Tom said...

Mad Hatter, I suppose you don't watch many infomercials eh? :)

This is P90X.

GR, yeah I hear ya. I need to lose the midsection myself (probably moreso than you). Staying mobile is always a good thing, and it's why I took up racquetball and tennis. I should have known something was up when most of the guys who play at the gym are 250+ (and play rather well), and that racquetball isn't necessarily a fat burning game if you don't want it to be.

Anyways, Day 1 of P90X sort of sucked ... it was "Chest and Back" and after about the 100th push-up, when I stood up my right shoulder went all weak. I have had problems with this shoulder before (I think I have a torn or frayed rotator cuff) back when I was in Little League and then playing softball.


Popping Advil right now, and while the pain is gone, it's still majorly weak. I may move over to the P90X Lean routine which makes tonight a "Cardio" night. That should give me another days rest for the shoulder and may really be what I need to shed the pounds. Then, I figure, if I really like the results I can always do the regular P90X routine for days 91-180.

I really hope the diet helps ... because drinking V8 and eating cottage cheese is not something I would normally do of my own volition.

soil mama said...

I worry a bit about programs like PX90 since they seem fairly intense but you don't have an actual trainer to make sure you are doing everything properly. Back in the day, I did ~5 sessions with a trainer that were spaced out a bit. it was good to learn the proper mechanics of the exercises and get everything set just to me then a after a few weeks she would check up on me again and we would reevaluate the routine.

Now I don't have time for a trainer or the gym and just try to go for daily walks and do aerobics to DVD's a few times a week. I feel a bit silly but hey, I'm a mom so it's OK ;)

Not to totally bash your new system, but the diet seems a bit sketchy too. It doesn't seem like a diet you would live on long term. I would rather see them promote a "whole foods" diet based on more veggies and fruit than protein and V8. I know that when people are trying to build mass they want more protein, but I think it's a silly and unsustainable way to loose weight. (my confession: I've recently joined weight watchers and have lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. It has helped me with portion control and making better decisions about what I eat without having to eat a specific diet. I am NOT one of those people who are doing WW and eating sugar free jello and "lite bread" though. Just whole foods and focusing on more veggies and fruits for snacks instead of chips and crackers.)

you should do the "micro world weight loss challenge" where we all have to report on how we are doing. you could probably do some stats and make some nice figures :)

Tom said...

soil mama, the high protein diet is to jump start your metabolism. The diet breaks down as follows:

1st 30: 50% protein, 30% carbs, 20% fat
2nd 30: 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat
Last 30: 20% protein, 60% carbs, 20% fat

The diet provided with P90X is huge on veggies. I need to eat 4 portions of veggies a day, with one portion equaling a cup of cooked veggies (for example), 2 cups of leafy greens, or a cup of veggie juice (hence the V8). It is also about portion control. Protein servings are 3 ounces. Sure I need to eat 7 portions a day in the first month, but that does change once the "fat burning stage" is over. I've read up on the WW program, and things are pretty similar. I've also run this diet past a friend of mine who has a health/fitness/nutrition background and they said it should work well.

They do offer a maintenance package (diet and exercise) once the 90 days are up too, I'm just in the month where they force me to break all my bad/lazy habits.

soil mama said...

ok, the long term diet with PX90 doesn't sound as scary. I'm sure glad the Atkins craze is over, that was such a sketchy diet! It made for interesting discussions in biochem class though :)

Mad Hatter said...

Nope, no C-SPAN, no Weather Channel, and no infomercials. Good luck! And hey, are you gonna post before-and-after pictures??? ;-)

Tom said...

Am I gonna post before and after pictures?

Yaaa ... NO.


Ok, maybe if there really is a marked improvement, but improvement or no, who wants to see the stomach/chest of a 37 year old microbiologist who has been in the lab for far too long?

I know I don't.

I am keeping a diary on the whole experience. Maybe if things work out, I'll publish some of it.