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****[P90X] OPEN TO ALL... CAN YOU ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION? R-U RIPPED
add muscle 6-pack abs get ripped in 90 days shakology results
10/19/12 4:37 PM
Welcome to the thread. Now let me ask you??
R-U RIPPED????
That is the question. Can you answer that with confidence? If you can great we need you. I certainly need more help getting there. My name is Charlie. I am 34 years old married, father of 2 great kids. I started my OFFICIAL fitness journey this year in March. I have gone through a round of P90X, P90X-2, and have had some good results but not GREAT results like in the infomercials. I have worked out in the past but I never completed it. I mean I would go strong with P90X or another program but never commit to the nutrition portion. I always had the mentality that if I worked out it would make up for the bad eating. I mean it worked in high school why not now. Did you have that experience as well? It was not until I committed to the eating portion that things started to get better for me.

When things started getting better I started to hit a short plateau or should I say I was getting bored. That was when I got back on the message boards. When I got on here I realized this was another powerful tool to help get in shape and stay focused. Interaction with other people that shared the same struggles was what I needed to get through and break the next layer of fat. With the help of some great people, through daily posts here, and weekly challenges it helped keep me motivated and lose the weight. Others before me have been doing this and I too would like to return the favor an not only succeed myself but help others along the way.

I have started another round of P90X and would like to continue the momentum this time with the mentality of being able to answer with confidence “YES, I AM RIPPED”. If some of you out there have struggled with P90X, maybe completed it once or twice but never really committed to it and have decided that NOW IS THE TIME!!! than join me. If you are new to P90X and want some FREE support join me. I’ll have my trusty mega phone on loud for some that need that “X-tra”support and motivation for that last rep or one more pushup, we have all been there. Being united with a common goal goes a lot farther than just doing it alone. I’ll do my very best to provide what I know and what I have experienced when I went through this journey. This is open to all that are looking to get healthy, make some friends along the way but most importantly to be able to answer this question men, women, night owls, and early risers like myself that do this at 4:00 pst, but most importantly it is to be able to answer this question R-U RIPPED????
I KNOW WHAT MY ANSWER WILL BE IN 90 DAYS. HOW ABOUT YOU???
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My tools for this Mission:
1) Food Scale: The one I use is a sharper image one. It is digital that converts from oz to g. I use to have a standard one but it did not seem to be as accurate as this one. No more GUESSINGat portion sizes. If I need 3/oz of chicken or 28/g of Raw almonds I weigh it out and I know that I have an exact amount that my body needs. I use to Eyeballit all but than that is what got me in a lot of trouble and crappy results. Do you need one???? Not if you are one that can already answer the question with a solid YES... Is it necessary??? No but if you are like me and tend to over estimate portion sizes. Get yourself a food scale. They are inexpensive and are worth the investment.
2) www.myfitnesspal.com - This thing has been around for a while and it is one of if not the best food tracker there is. It has a large food database. This caters to all types of food. From raw nuts to Vietnamese Pho. It has a broad specturm of food you can use to log. It is fully functional on its own and is not program specific but you can customize it to a P90X schedule. Right now I have it on a Fat Shredder schedule. You can open it up to all people or can keep it private. Once I get established here I will start posting my food journal. Did I also mention that it cost FREE 99LOL.
3) Shakeology - I am using the Chocolate with Superfoods one and it is excellent. When I went through my first round this year using Shakeology alone helped me to drop weight. It did it by reducing my cravings for sweets which here in my office we get a TON of. We get sweets from vendors that range anywhere from Cheesecake, Cannoli's from Boston to See's delivered to our office. An I was usually one of the first to swarm at it. That does not happen anymore thanks to Shakeology. I'll share my favorite recipe later. If you are not taking it yet, try not to wait much longer as it really does help.
4) P90X Pullup bar and Bowflex Selecttech adjustable weights - I wanted the same pullup bar as what Tony uses. Call me anal but if they are using it in the video then I will use it as well. I like that it has more grip options than the Iron gym one and there is one that I saw at the store made by Golds Gym that looks like the P90X one but has a pin in the center of it. I guess you can take it off by pushing the pin and split the 2 in half. I am more afraid that it might break because I am add weight now to my pull ups so, I'll stick to what I have.
The select techs I've had since 2007-8 and they replaced my Crossbow home gym. Anyone remember those? It was the knock off to bowflex. These are great as I have just 2 dumbbells that can act like any pair from 5lbs to 52.5lbs. Although bulky they do there job. The only downfall is that they only go up to 52.5. There are other adjustable ones by PowerBlock and those I have tried and they will be on my list to purchase soon as those go up to 90+. If I get those I think it will be awhile before I out grow that set.
5) Foam roller - Although not required I am using this as a carry over from my round of P90X2. This thing does wonders for your recovery. It will take knots or release any tension on your body. I use this on Sundays or just when I feel the need for some myofascial release. Basically a self massage.

So that is it. Those are my tools for what I need. What about you? Feel free to share. I may add what you have to my list.
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Before I get too far in here were my first results with P90X, the solo picture in the red shorts was my most recent after I completed P90X2. More result photo's to follow.
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Accountability time
Plyo X done. Had a bit of a hamstring issue afterwards but seem to be fine. Food wise was good as well. Was not really hungry today so calories were low. Here you go.
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Wednesday Accountability Time - Knocked out Shoulders and Arms. Loved the pump on the glamor muscles from this workout. Nutrition was a bit tough only since I did not get in all my meals at the right time. Still by dinner time I was pretty full.
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Still enjoying yoga. Even as long as it is. Am thinking of trading it up for foam rolling. Diet post later today.
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Hey man,

Looks like youre pretty dedicated...keep it up. Im sticking with the diet plan in the nutrition guide so I have no need to use myfitnesspal.com even though I have used it in the past. I wouldn't skip yoga. Much needed for flexability. Foam roller is good but use it after your workout. Im already in phase 2 of diet plan as I just started my 5th week. Where are you in the program?
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Hey there,

You made it over. Cool. I use MFP for the tracking, since I am on the fat shredder. I use to just follow the nutrition guide for the portion control but found that to not really work for me so someone from the old forum recommended MFP and I have been using that along with counting calories as that has been the most effective for me.

To answer your question I am on my 2nd week so you are not far ahead of me. I have completed 1 round of p90x as you saw from my picture above. I hear ya on the foam roller, I was just thinking out loud. Its just that the YogaX is just way to long and you will seen in future posts that I am an early riser to workout. I make it through but man getting up extra early on that day.... Whew.... I am thinking of doing the foam rolling though on sunday. Thanks for stopping by. Feel free to post here. Would love to do this with ya. Is this your first time through P90X?

Charlie
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Awesome - love the dedication and precise food tracking. I definitely need to get on MFP asap.

I think it would be helpful to list what you actually have for the meals rather than just all the ingredients. I'm having a hard time picturing what you did with eggs and rice for breakfast one day, and also what you did with pork, tofu, and vegetables.

Also, 1500 calories a day? That's impressive if you can maintain that, though I suspect you may need some more calories eventually... What is your height and weight? Sorry if you already wrote that in an earlier post.
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Accountability time: Friday, all. Today was the last weight workout for me. Knocked out Legs and Back this morning at 4.... stuck to 35lbs for pull ups. Feeling really strong.....
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REmogul:
Awesome - love the dedication and precise food tracking. I definitely need to get on MFP asap.

I think it would be helpful to list what you actually have for the meals rather than just all the ingredients. I'm having a hard time picturing what you did with eggs and rice for breakfast one day, and also what you did with pork, tofu, and vegetables.

Also, 1500 calories a day? That's impressive if you can maintain that, though I suspect you may need some more calories eventually... What is your height and weight? Sorry if you already wrote that in an earlier post.


Thanks REmogul welcome here. I personally love MFP for the tracking. I use to just journal it on a laminated piece of paper that was set for the portion approach. I would color off each appropriate portion for that day. Was ok but not as affective, as MFP since I weigh my food and MFP is pretty accurate with it's info on the Macro's. The 1500 cal was just that day. I am off Wednesday's and my day usually starts later so instead of breakfast at 6 it is usually around 8:30-9 and my snacks I just fit in when I can. Lunches on those days are late on those days that I sometimes tend to combine the snack and lunch together. I dont really go that low, and it was pretty low for me on that one. I usually try to get close to 1800 if not over. Yeah jump on that MFP app it's free, and I choose to count calories because on my round of P90X back in March I was toying with the portion approach and found that after 30 days I got subpar results. Dont get me wrong I was happy but I really was gunning for 60-90 day results in 30. Ya it's not typical but I am not one of the "Typical" I want to be unique. So after the 30 days I went to the phase 2 eating plan but cut my calories drastically to 1600 for the month and I shed body fat like crazy.

So I do believe in counting calories and dropping down to a manageable level to shed body fat. If you like post on here how you are doing, would love to help ya if you wanna try it.

Ok I can do that? So just to make sure I know what you are asking you want me to list what I do with the ingredients? Thats not a problem. I can do that.
Breakfast was an omlete using the 5 egg whites, 1 whole egg I threw in onions and bell peppers with this for the veg that I eat. I also had some turkey bacon for added protien.
Lunch was my Shakeology recipe that has been my staple.
Dinner I just grilled the pork and portioned out some rice, I grilled the tofu and had some frozen vegetables.
I weigh my food but and portion it out on my plate so that I have my protein, fast carb's(white rice) sometimes, but for sure vegetables. The chips was just an impulse.
Hope that helps.
Charlie
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RE: ****OPEN TO ALL... CAN YOU ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION? R-U RIPPED????
5 meals
10/19/12 7:49 AM as a reply to TEAM209.
Thursday's meal
Breakfast - Omlet with 5 egg whites, 1 whole egg, white onions and bell peppers. Grapes and coffee. No veg this time.
Snack - 1) Greek yogurt, 2) My shakeology recipe (best tasting one I've had)
Lunch - Left over grilled chicken thighs (no skin). Normandy vegtables and grapes.
Dinner - Sushi. Grilled tilapia (dont know why it threw in a brand, thought I had generic put in.)Had some cali rolls but took off the rice. Just to lazy to list each ingredient. Plenty of raw tuna and salmon sashimi.
Thats about it.

I think I like this listing my meals as far as what I did with them. If this helps anyone please let me know....
Charlie
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RE: ****OPEN TO ALL... CAN YOU ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION? R-U RIPPED????
nutriton log myfitnesspal.com
10/19/12 9:07 PM as a reply to TEAM209.
Still going strong on the nutrition. Got lucky today as I had to go off site and the location provided. Wasnt that hungry for afternoon. Dont know if that means anything since I am only on week 2.
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Thanks, definitely helpful.

Awesome dedication to a pristine diet. I'm sure you're getting awesome results!

I'll be following this thread.
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Hey all I got saturday all dialed in. It was KenpoX for me. Did good with it but may look to change it up next week as according to my HRM I was at about 60% my target heart rate. I know that Insanity gets my heart going but we will see.

Today, Sunday was rest day but going to do some foam rolling to workout some knots.
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Hey all accountability time:
Week 3 and it's Chest and Back time. Got it done!!! Love it. I increased my numbers again and upped my reps for all pullups, still at 35lbs, but crushed it. I a whole lot stronger this round.

Here is my log for today. I made my omelet with the bell peppers and tomato's. Had some deli meat so I added it as well. Good source of protein. Lunch is chicken. Snack is my R-U Ripped Shake-O. Hope everyone is doing great. Stay strong.

Charlie
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Was miserable all day yesterday with allergies. Sneezing and frequent nose blowing messed me up. Still got my workout in. Had Plyo-X in. Legs were more torched than ever. Today was the glamor muscles again. It was Shoulders and Arms. Man, I still love the pump that I get from that workout, and the energy I get from the E&E preworkout formula really helps me since I workout in the early morning. Doing todays as yesterday was a blur. Ate good but just bad day
Nutrition:

Breakfast-5 egg, and 1 whole egg, 1/4 c bell pepper and red onion. Sautee the 2 veggies and added the eggs for an omelet. Also had 1/4 c of seedless grapes

Lunch-3oz grilled chicken breast, 3 oz grilled sweet potato, 1 serving of birds eye normandy vegetables, and 1/4 c grapes. The chicken I grilled on a counter top grill along with the sweet potato.

Snack-2oz turkey ham, 1/4 pouch of guacamole (really amounts to 2 tsp). Put some on both pieces of turkey ham, and made a roll up. Also had a medium apple.
Will repeat that for 2nd snack.

Dinner-3oz Top Sirloin Grilled, and 2 servings of Birds Eye Normandy veggies.

More to come tomorrow.

Charlie
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Sorry for falling off everyone. Hard to stay on top when work calls. Chime in when you can. this is more of a support thread than anything else.

Accountability time-Legs and Back for me. Broke all previous records for me on the pull ups. Last weeks pull ups were in the 10 rep range with 35lbs attached. I upped the weight to 40lbs and managed to squeeze out 8 reps solid. Felt really strong. all my leg workouts with exception to groucho's, iso chair exercises and 80/20 squats had some weight added. Tonight after my son's harvest festival will be ARX. Be good over the weekend.

Charlie
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Made it through the weekend. Now is the start of recovery week. Although I feel like I have way more energy to burn I'll stick to the schedule. Today was yoga x but I still have tonight to decide if I want to do something, possibly some insanity cardio. We will see. Have any of you deviated from the recovery schedule and added more workouts or did you all stay to recovery.

Charlie
R-U RIPPED? If not, than join me.
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Sorry for the lack of activity. It was recovery week and really not very exciting. This week is the start of Phase 2 and I love it...
I missed lifting weight all last week since it was recovery week. I cant wait for Wednesday as it will be Back and Bi’s. Gonna be adding 40lbs of extra weight for all my pull ups. Only way to improve is to up the numbers right? How is everyone doing?

Charlie
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