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Lydia's Fitness journey, feel free to join me!
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EDITED to reflect changes over the last [year]:

I'm starting a new thread and would welcome anyone doing (primarily) P90Masters. I'm quite open to people doing hybrid programs since everyone's different and we each have our own journey.

I intend to do Masters workouts, occasionally swapping out or supplementing some Regular P90 or PHH (Power Half Hour) workouts as needed due to physical or time constraints.

I'm also switching my approach up a little bit. I'm setting myself up with Weekly Challenges. The last 12 being the actual 12 weeks of Masters Standard, the first few getting my "workout legs" back.

Why a series of weekly challenges?
I don't do well with long-term challenges... I can do a week easy. If I flub up a challenge, I don't dive back in until the end of whatever I set THAT challenge period. If I flub up a week, I can tackle a new challenge the next week. If I tackle a month at a time, I loose a lot of prescious improvement.

I welcome anyone who wants to join. I hope to be here for awhile, and will rotate through Standard and Lean... then a few hybrids after that. I like P90Masters and what it brings to the table as a long-term program. P-LIFE-Masters

~most recent start-over is about half-way down page 2 of this thread!

Lydia/Leie
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/1/11 5:10 AM as a reply to Leie.
A bit about myself, anyone joining, feel free to share if you want to.

I've been "babying" my joints for a long time. I am double jointed, I have had a bad back for forever, and sprained, strained, hyper-extended, broken or bent backwards most of my joints at some point or another, and they're all weak. I'm tired of doing so and it's part of my challenge to stop the "babying" and to really dig deep and do a bit more each time so I can build up the muscles to keep everything where it's supposed to stay and can match what they do on the videos. For me it will be a series of small steps of improvement, but I look forward to seeing what each week will bring.

I have a bit of an odd workout schedule; but it works for me. I work out in the evenings during the business week, but in the mornings during the weekend... Fridays are my date night (DVR or rented movie) with the Hubby and therefore I take them off. It basically gives me two - 36 hour breaks and it feels like two full days off when it's really two smaller breaks close together. (Thursday PM to Saturday AM and Sunday AM to Monday PM.) It lets the system rest, heal up, and gives me the mental break. When I get vacation days or holidays from work, I'll also workout in the mornings to be able to get it "out of the way" early.

I've done (unsuccessfully) P90 (regular) - it got a bit monotonous about halfway through and I wasn't really PUSHING... and I started skipping days. (Bad Lydia... Bad.) I picked up PHH as a birthday gift and it's a bit above my fitness level, but as I have felt guilty about not working out, I plug one into the DVD player I try my darndest and stop when I just can't go further - which is around 15-20 minutes.

I do ramble on a bit, but meh, it's what we call conversation where I'm from.

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/1/11 3:52 PM as a reply to Leie.
Hello Lydia,

Good luck with P90 Master Series. I am currently in week 5 of master series. Hope you can get someone to start with you. I too started with Power 90 and really enjoyed that program. However, I found that the Master Series had more variety.

Just start and remember to just do what you can. Don't hesitate to ask questions or just post your progress.

Wes
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/1/11 6:05 PM as a reply to wesarp.
Sculpt 5-6 Done for today. Still part of a weekly challenge, but not Week Challenge 1 yet. First time through the workout, I'd estimate about 40% effort, but I "sampled" a bit of each exercise and experimented with lbs.

I loaned out my 3's... I need to get those back. My 5's are currently a bit too heavy; my 15 oz can of diced tomatoes is too light. My 3's should be good once I get them back until I can work up to the 5's.

Cardio Intervals on the sampler menu for tomorrow (I've done that one a few times already though).

Core Cardio for Thursday - first time on that one as well, so I don't expect a terriffic effort "turnout".

Friday is my day off

Saturday I think will be my "rematch" with Sculpt 5-6, Sunday "rematch" with Core Cardio.

Official Week 1 challenge will be the Saturday after.
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/2/11 3:17 PM as a reply to Leie.
Congrats of finishing sculpt 5-6. Good way to find something different to use till you get your 3's back.

Cardio Intervals is fun. Very "busy" work out.

Just do what you can with Core Cardio. It will be new and fun as well.

That's the thing I really like about the Master Series. Lots of variety.

Keep up the good work.

Wes
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/2/11 6:08 PM as a reply to wesarp.
Thanks Wes!

Cardio Intervals - CHECK! (5th of 6 workouts for this week completed!)
A+ on effort
C- on content.

Made it all the way through the end of first round going all 3 intervals; but crashed HARD, still did the second round but stayed at the one intensity the whole way through. After cooldown, I was sitting on the floor watching the commercial at the end thinking.... "Oh Crap, I have to stand up now and put my laundry away." I don't feel too bad about the low content because I've been doing Masters workouts all this week instead of 1-2's every other day. It will get better with time.

It's the first time I've fumbled putting a hanger on my robe-hook (staging area putting laundry stuff away) - I simply missed the hook by a good 3 inches; the arms were WASTED! (Odd, because there wasn't a lot of arm work, I guess it's yesterday catching up with me.)

Pulse stayed high throughout. 170-195ish, but that's kinda routine for me learning a new routine. First time through it never dropped below 180, so the 170 is good. Max will be in the 160's by the end of 12 weeks unless I manage to get Plyo with it.

Going to plunge in with both feet this Saturday... Official Week 1 Masters Lean Challenge is ON! I was plotting my workout for next week and saw that it was all the same workouts (with 1 exception) so I figured, What the heck. Why Not?

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/3/11 3:51 PM as a reply to Leie.
Hello Lydia,

I think you did great! Cardio Intervals is pretty tough. Good luck on Saturday.

Keep up the good work.

Wes
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/3/11 4:46 PM as a reply to wesarp.
Thanks Wes!

Yeah, tonight's going to be a two post night... Just previewed Core Cardio.
Umm. Yeah.
I'll message again if I survive.

~gulp~

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/3/11 5:46 PM as a reply to Leie.
Ok, so I've figured out what my arch-enemy is going to be... Core Cardio. Involves two things I don't have - Core and Cardio.

Tomorrow is REST DAY. Saturday is the start of my official Week 1 Challenge! (and rematch of Core Cardio.)

For those of you who don't want the "gory" details of how brutally I got my butt whipped, you can stop here. If you want to feel better about how well you did your first time through Core Cardio, feel free to read on and compare your experience to mine. (I'd say don't share if you did better, but that's un-sports-man-like.)

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For posterity when I make it halfway through and can actually do 3/4 of this workout:
Warmup: Great. (especially considering I couldn't do Jacks for the first 33 years I was on the planet.)

First four were OK, not great, but I gave it what I had. Abernome I only got 1/4 way through before I modified... going to have to find somewhere to do those - maybe the doorway to my exercise area (2.5'x8' space between the bed and dresser isn't enough space). Only made it about 45 seconds through that one.

Second Four... not as good, but mostly do-able.
Sphinx pushups - I can't quite make it through holding the plank with cater-wumpus hands, alternating when they complete the 3 count.
Kayak-bicycles: I did the kayak parts (was really hard), also added bicycles with my feet on the floor the whole time 2nd round (was more of a foot scoot, knee raise with the core twist motion).
Lateral lunges I could do with a reach straight out the first time(x23ish), just lunges the second time (x27).

Dreya Roll - smacked the POO outta my head on the hamper (better than hitting the wall, worse than missing the hamper), can't get the butt off the floor; did a roll up to sitting, flop the legs around and up onto knees, out to plank, feet in, roll back, roll forward, hands out, tuck the feet, to the knees, out to plank (you get the idea).

DONE.

Didn't make it past the first set of Dreya ROlls.

I look forward to the days where I can do this blankety-blank workout.
(In the voice of the wicked witch from the wizard of oz: "I'll get you my..." Workout!!!)

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/4/11 3:09 PM as a reply to Leie.
Hello Lydia,

Sounds like you did a just fine. It takes a few times to just get through the "timing" of the workouts. The thing is you did what you can and next time you will be more familiar the program. The Dreya Rolls are very tough.

You deserved your rest day.

Hang in there....it does get better.

Talk to you later,
Wes
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/7/11 5:09 AM as a reply to wesarp.
I took the weekend off, and I probably shouldn't've. I feel really good though and think my system needed a "reboot" after two weeks of getting back into the (idea of) working out. Today I am starting with Day 2 of Masters Week 1 Lean.

Core Cardio still freaks me out a bit - I tighten my lower back too much trying to engage my abs due to not having enough ab muscles for the core cardio workout. Last time I did Core Cardio, my lower back got REALLY sore while my frontal abs weren't sore at all... that's a problem in my book. I may do PHH Abs for at least one of the Core Cardio workouts for the first two (or three) weeks and we'll see from there. PHH Abs works the core in a way you HAVE to strengthen the "front" abs that doesn't overtax the back so I'm confident that trying to complete that workout will build the abs I need for CC.

I consider it wiser to take a step back, build the foundation, and re-tackle to build from that foundation. If you try to build your castle without a foundation, eventually it all crumples and gets cracks and breaks. I see PHH ABS once (or twice) a week for the first few weeks as sound strategy, not defeat. (Although I'm open to suggestions!)

After the first two non-programmed weeks I am down 0.5% body fat (according to my scale), but no weight. I take that as a good sign that I'll be able to pretty easily loose the remaining 1.0% I picked up when I wasn't working out (this time). I think the weight remaining the same is fine since I primarily want to thin out and my system will pick the weight it's best at. (Remind me of that in a few weeks!)

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/7/11 5:58 AM as a reply to Leie.
Ok, so I'm going to be a chicken and instead of going Lean I'm going to do Standard first round. I know I can do Sweat and Sculpt (within reason) and I'll build from there. Lean will be second round.

~Bock Bock Bock~
~Arm flappy and head pecky motions~

Yup. I'm chicken.

Scared to push too hard to early and go BUST.

Sweat 5-6 tonight.

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/8/11 1:59 PM as a reply to Leie.
Hey Lydia
how are you doing?
Came back to say Hi and great job

Coach X Mike
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/8/11 3:14 PM as a reply to Leie.
Hello Lydia,

Nothing wrong with the standard program. That's where I am at now. It's still a great variety. Hope sweat 5-6 went good for you. I think the standard routine is a good transition from Power 90 to the Master Series. The first three weeks are a great base for the rest of the workouts.

Nothing chicken about it.

Wes
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/8/11 6:06 PM as a reply to wesarp.
Still chickened out last night and didn't do the workout following such a momentous (for me) decision. I did Sweat 5-6 tonight. Felt great. Went Easy with it, but my heart rate was still in the "plenty high, you might want to back off" range of 170-200+ depending on the set. (slightly over 200 the first trio, backed off the second trio and got down to 170ish, brought it up by the nature of the third trio and ended somewhere between 180 and 190.)

Yeah, I still use the scientific pause and count for 6 seconds.

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/8/11 6:11 PM as a reply to Leie.
forgot to say:

~waves to Coach Mike!

Thanks Wes

never eat your spouse's semi-healthified jambalaya and expect no side-effects throughout your workout. (There's only so healthy you can make sausage; the rest are healthy components.)

Ldya
(Yeah, tired enough I can't type my own name...

Lydia.
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/10/11 3:36 AM as a reply to Leie.
Ok, so I have this mental block about a Week 1. Saturday will be my official start on Week 2. A week from Saturday I'll start Week 3. The Saturday after that, I'll start Week 3 again. Makes no sense, but neither does my phobia of starting a long-term workout regimen. Posted my approximate caloric meal ranges on FB (Mike), but those really need some work.

I ought to get Hubby on board with exercising and eating better. He never wants to eat what I cook because it's "my food" and he doesn't want to eat it all even though I've told him I cooked for us. He doesn't eat fish unless it's fresh from the sea... and there aren't many fisherman's wharfs in a land-locked state... and you don't want to even think about eating the fish from the river close by. It was closed from swimming for a long time due to contamination in the water.

~sigh~

Hubby says he's proud of me, but also cooks foods that plainly contain things I really have no interest in from a "good nutrition" plan. In Jambalaya, he uses chorizo instead of turkey kielbasa. In his soups and stews he uses no salt so it has no flavor... and trust me after the first 6 meals of eating the same chicken noodle soup in a week and facing another 10, ya gotta do something to "spice" it up a bit. He makes my favorite chicken bowtie pasta with chicken and veg, but dresses it with Herb Ranch dressing. He doesn't want to use oil and herbs because he had a bad pasta-oil incident as a kid.

He is infamous for making something healthy, but then sabotaging the dish with one crazy bad ingredient.

Hubby is at work tonight so I'm 90% sure to get my Sweat on.

Borrowing a quote from a friend:
"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
~~Bill Cosby.

Later.
Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/12/11 3:28 PM as a reply to Leie.
Hello Lydia,

Hope the start of your second week went good. Just one workout at a time. I try not to think to far ahead of where I am in my routine. You are doing great!

Wes
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/14/11 3:17 AM as a reply to wesarp.
I did work out right after I got up this past Saturday - Sculpt 5-6 and my energy was really low.

Hubby was really sweet and made me breakfast Sunday - Hashbrowns (about as plain as you can make them) and an omlette (just eggs and seasoning, no cheese this time!). I was going to work out last night (Sunday), but decided to workout in the evening due to Saturday's low energy... then Hubby decided to make it DVD night.

~sigh~

I'll get the rest of my week in, I would have liked to have gotten yesterday's Sweat on though.

Lydia
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RE: Mid November Starter(s)
11/14/11 3:07 PM as a reply to Leie.
Well you did a workout Saturday. Good job! Sometimes an additional rest day is needed. Hope Monday's workout went good.

Hang in there....

Wes
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