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11/26/12 12:05 AM
Welcome!

On Friday 11/23/12 I'm starting my first ever round of P90x and as part of my commitment I will be actively posting updates here for the next 90 days. If you're starting P90x or any program feel free to join me. Everyone is welcome to post here and I will do my best to help keep everyone on track.


I played soccer for 10 years but after high school my team folded & I didn't bother looking for a new one. I started eating junk, fast food being lazy with a bunch of drinking thrown in the mix. I'm 23 right now and at a point in my life where I've decided on a career I've been thinking about since I was a little kid.

That's a little bit about me I really hope some people jump on board with me, I'd love to hear why you decided to take this journey!

Cheers,
-MikeyT


Measurements:


Day 1
Height: 5'10
Weight: 195
Waist: 37
Hips: 40
Chest: 40.5
Right Arm: 14.5
Left Arm: 14
Right Thigh: 22
Left Thigh: 22.5
Body Fat: 22%
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RE: P90x :This is Me - Starting November 23, 2012
11/22/12 10:36 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
mikeyt604:
Hey everyone!

My name is Mike and I'm going to be starting my first round of P90x Friday 11/23/12 and as part of my commitment I will be posting updates here everyday for the next 90 days.

I'm hoping to find a few people to do this with me, if you think you got what it takes let me know!

Tomorrow is my fit test I'll post my results here after!
cheers,
Mike


Height: 5'10
Weight: 195
Goal 175-180ish


Hi Mike!

P90X is a great program! That's awesome that you want to be a fire fighter! emoticon Its tough program but stick with it. It was my first program and I have helped many get though it. I would love to help! I will send you a buddy invite. Happy to help with any questions!

Bring It!
Christina
P90X Certified Trainer
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The calm before the storm...
11/25/12 11:42 PM as a reply to miiKeT.
Fit Test

Until now I've been pretty skeptical about home workout programs but after that I can tell this is the real deal! Pull-ups and flexibility are my weakest areas right now, can't wait to see what I can do 90 days from now!

This week is going to be rough. Day 1 Chest & Back + Ab Ripper X tomorrow, wish me luck!

Took my "Before" pics today... I'll post them in my profile tonight.


later
-Mike
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/24/12 12:29 PM as a reply to miiKeT.
Hey !!

I will be starting p90x from 1st of December . I am also beginner. Hope we can motivate each other.

Cheers !!
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/24/12 8:19 PM as a reply to miiKeT.
I am starting on the 26th of november. I bought p90x this summer and i did it for 2 months but it was hard for me with the nutrition plan. i didnt lose much weight but i gained a lot of muscle for those 2 months. i had to stop because of work. i worked 15 hours over night and the rest of the time i was sleeping. i am dedicated to finish this time and to stick with the nutrition plan as much as i can.
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/25/12 11:41 PM as a reply to GursimranSingh.
Day 1: Chest & Back + Abs

It's my first time training in years and it was intense. I pushed through and got pretty good numbers on the pushups. Pulls-Ups & Chin-Ups are a different story, I decided petty quick to do the assisted version of them. My goal is to be doing them unassisted by the 2nd phase.

Ab Ripper X: Crazy.

Day 2: Plyometrics

Sooo much SWEAT! It was a great workout but I'm not sure how I feel about jumping around like that indoors. We'll see though because something about it makes you want to keep doing it.

ummballer13: So Mondays the big day! I struggle with the nutrition plan 2. What do you find hard about it? I'll help keep you accountable and hopefully work doesn't get in the way! Good luck

GursimranSignh: Hey, Good luck! December 1st I'm going to be looking for you. ;)

-Mike
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/25/12 11:21 PM as a reply to miiKeT.
Day 3: Shoulders & Arms + Abs

I stopped about 15 minutes early today. My arms were really tired & my form was getting ugly near the end. I managed to get thru Ab Ripper X but can't do some of the moves. When I try the pulse ups & heels to heaven my lower back gets a bit sore so I'm kind of avoiding those right now.

Tomorrow is Yoga X and honestly I'm dreading it. I''ll give it a try but I'm not sure how I feel about it, flexibility is not my strong point.

until next time.
-Mike
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 11:12 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
I'd like to join this thread too. I am starting my 1st round of P90X tomorrow, 11/27. My main goal is to lose weight, but along with that get fit, get stronger and have more energy for my family. I am 5-11, 36 years old and weighed about 275lbs about a year ago. I did dieting alone for awhile the past year and lost about 30lbs, but gained some back. At the end of the summer I wanted added an exercise program to my routine and looked at P90X, but knew I wasn't in good enough shape to start it so I decided to go with their older program Power 90. I have had good results with that, I have lost 17lbs doing that program. This past week I have been transitioning to P90X from Power 90 and going thru some of the P90X first phase workouts to get used to them (I didn't do Yoga or Legs/Back). I am now ready to start P90X and 11/27 will be my start date. I am at 240lbs now and I want to get under 200lbs and then set a new goal after I reach that.

I have some workout history, I played baseball through college, but I injured my back in college and have to deal with a degenerative disk in my lower back. I also have flat feet/fallen arches. These 2 things have left me with periodic back/knee/foot pain so I will need to be careful with some workouts (Plyometrics for example). I have worked out off and on that past 15 years since getting injured, but nothing I stuck with long term. I am hoping this is a turning point in my life for fitness and nutrition.

I am also using Myfitnesspal to track my food/calories, etc. I really like it and have been using it daily for 60 days. It is very convenient to be able to have it right on my phone.

I hope to post consistently but probably not everyday, especially the weekends since I am not around a computer much then.

Anyway, I am looking forward to the next 90 days and sharing my experience.

Kyle

Edited to change my age. emoticon You'd think I'd be able to get that right the first time.
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 7:55 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
mikeyt88:
Day 3: Shoulders & Arms + Abs

I stopped about 15 minutes early today. My arms were really tired & my form was getting ugly near the end. I managed to get thru Ab Ripper X but can't do some of the moves. When I try the pulse ups & heels to heaven my lower back gets a bit sore so I'm kind of avoiding those right now.

Tomorrow is Yoga X and honestly I'm dreading it. I''ll give it a try but I'm not sure how I feel about it, flexibility is not my strong point.

until next time.
-Mike


In my transition week this past week, I found I had trouble with some of the Ab Ripper X moves too. There are a few that seem to put a lot of stress on my lower back which I want to be careful of (see me previous post with back history) so I may need to modify some of them until I gain some more core strength. Or at least do fewer reps until I gain more strength.

That is the one thing I like about P90X and the Power 90 program I started with, Tony wants you to push hard but recognize your limits and modify if necessary.

I am also not looking forward to Yoga X, but I think it will be good for me.

Kyle
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 10:11 AM as a reply to kgronseth25.
Hey everyone! Figured I'd see about joining this group with some other beginners. I started Nov 17th, so am just a little over a week into it. Now for some background on me...

I had always been in pretty good shape during high school and was pretty athletic. However, the freshman fifteen got me and a couple years later I blew my knee out in a charity basketball game. That sidelined me for the whole summer and got complacent doing nothing and eating unhealthy. That continued through the rest of college and my first 5 years of marriage. Recently had a kid this spring and saw myself in some pictures and couldn't believe I had let myself go the way I did. A couple months ago, I decided to make a change. I started eating better with the help of MyFitnessPal and running daily. I was able to drop about 30lbs.

I've started and stopped P90X on 3 or 4 different occassions to where either my body just couldn't hold up, or I found excuses to skip a workout, which turned into 3, then a week, and before I knew it I was just done. Hoping with my recent weight loss success, that it will be a motivator to keep going for a full 90 days. Just over a week into the program and have noticed some major differences just with the weight loss. Able to do more exercises, more energy, and not near as sore after workouts. Started Shakeology last week...not sure what I think of it yet. It hasn't seemed to curb my appetite, but I'll give it the 30 days and make conclusions afterwards.

I'm having trouble with the high protein diet phase, but am working on it. MyFitnessPal helps a ton being able to track, but I LOVE carbs which is tough! emoticon Anyways, glad to be apart of the group and look forward to getting through the full 90 days with everyone. Good luck and bring it!
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 10:54 AM as a reply to Arnengaggle.
Arnengaggle:
Hey everyone! Figured I'd see about joining this group with some other beginners. I started Nov 17th, so am just a little over a week into it. Now for some background on me...

I had always been in pretty good shape during high school and was pretty athletic. However, the freshman fifteen got me and a couple years later I blew my knee out in a charity basketball game. That sidelined me for the whole summer and got complacent doing nothing and eating unhealthy. That continued through the rest of college and my first 5 years of marriage. Recently had a kid this spring and saw myself in some pictures and couldn't believe I had let myself go the way I did. A couple months ago, I decided to make a change. I started eating better with the help of MyFitnessPal and running daily. I was able to drop about 30lbs.

I've started and stopped P90X on 3 or 4 different occassions to where either my body just couldn't hold up, or I found excuses to skip a workout, which turned into 3, then a week, and before I knew it I was just done. Hoping with my recent weight loss success, that it will be a motivator to keep going for a full 90 days. Just over a week into the program and have noticed some major differences just with the weight loss. Able to do more exercises, more energy, and not near as sore after workouts. Started Shakeology last week...not sure what I think of it yet. It hasn't seemed to curb my appetite, but I'll give it the 30 days and make conclusions afterwards.

I'm having trouble with the high protein diet phase, but am working on it. MyFitnessPal helps a ton being able to track, but I LOVE carbs which is tough! emoticon Anyways, glad to be apart of the group and look forward to getting through the full 90 days with everyone. Good luck and bring it!


Hi Arnengaggle,
Seems like Mikeyt88 is attracting a good group of people to help keep us accountable. During the last few months of doing Power 90 I was counting calories, but not really following any macronutrients. I started the past couple of weeks of transitioning to the 50% of calories from protein like the P90X phase 1 and am finding it hard too. I have found a few things that have helped me get some some extra protein. I am snacking on 100 calorie cups of non fat vanilla Greek Yogurt from Yoplait, snacking on indivudial tuna packets (the non-canned kind that doesn't require draining) and then I bought some whey protein powder that I have been adding to a little bit of strawberries, soy milk and ice to make smoothies. The smoothies taste great and I can't even tell that I have added a protein powder to it.

Anyway, I would be open to hearing others experiences and tips on how they are succeeding with the diet too.

Kyle
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 11:37 AM as a reply to kgronseth25.
Kyle -

I had been doing the same thing with MFP. Calorie counting but not really paying attention to any ratios...just the net calorie number. Worked great for my weight loss, but in order to get the results I want from P90X, I figured the Nutrition Guide is mapped out the way it is for a reason. Plus, it's just a month of the high protein, then back to more of what I'm use to after looking back and seeing my breakdowns for the week.

You're dealing with and doing very similar things to what I'm doing. I have some of the greek non-fat yogurt. I was fortunate enough to get all the leftover white meat from out thanksgiving dinner, so I've been using that for my protein source the last few days. Otherwise, it's chicken breast city from here on out. Going to try some salmon, but I'm not a real big fish eater.

I've got the Tropical Strawberry Shakeology which I've searched the recipe book to find the shakes that have higher protein than carbs. I've been using either skim or almond mild and some berries and ice. Little chalky tasting, but not bad. At least it ups my protein amount for the day.

I think I've decided I'm just going to have to plan my meals the night before. I know it says to do that in the nutrition guide, but that isn't always the easiest thing to do. But by using MFP, you can tool with what you might eat that day and see where you come in ratio wise. In order to stay as close to the high protein diet, that's the way I'll have to go.

Brett
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 12:07 PM as a reply to miiKeT.
Brett,
Yeah it seems like we are doing similar things with the nutrition. I haven't tried Shakeology yet, but I did get some of the recovery drink. The recovery drink tastes pretty good just mixed with water, but the 40g carbs to 10g protein puts me in a protein hole from the get go since I workout in the morning before work. Like you said, it's not long term for the higher protein part if it so I can live with it for awhile.

I also try an pre-plan some of my meals on MFP, it is very nice that you can get a quick glance at the ratios based on potential meals. I am also trying to add mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to spread out the calories over 5-6 meals versus 3 meals like am used to. Since I have been doing that with the snacks the past week I have felt like I have been less hungry at normal meal times which has been nice.

I am looking forward to kicking off my true day 1 tomorrow, although not being able to do any unassisted pull-ups while giving the program a look last week was a little downer, but that's ok, just do my best and forget the rest.

Any common interests among anyone in this thread? I am a big sports fan...follow Minnesota teams most closely... Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild. Throw in some reading, movies, and PS3 games when I have free time at home (which seems like it is not very often with a 3 year old).

Kyle

P.S. I will most often post during weekday business hours since that is the most likely time for me to be at a computer.
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 12:21 PM as a reply to kgronseth25.
Kyle,
I work out early before work as well. Usually up and started by 5-5:15am. I drink water during my workouts, then use the shakeology as my "recovery drink/breakfast".

Good luck with Day1 tomorrow. C&B can be a beast. I dread the pullups because I can only do 1 or 2 unassisted, the rest of the time my foot's on a chair. It will come with time, just need to keep pushing play. I did Shoulders & Arms this morning along with ARX. ARX is a bear, but already able to keep up much better than day 1.

I'm a big sports guy. I like the KC Chiefs (sadly), KU Jayhawks (finally basketball season), and love to golf. My reading, watching movies, and playing video games has dramatically decreased since we half an 8 month old now.
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/26/12 11:36 PM as a reply to kgronseth25.
Day 4: Yoga X

The first 30-40min were really tough but I found the 2nd half a lot easier. It was a nice reward considering how much I struggled at first lol.

Mainly it's hockey, soccer & football for me. I live in Vancouver & follow the canucks, lions & whitecaps. The MLS is a good league for soccer but if I want to watch something good its the euro clubs all day!

Kyle: Welcome to the group! I use myfitnesspal 2, its great. Yoga X was actually not bad but it was definitely unpleasant. Are you a big hockey fan? Personally I don't know what to do with myself during the lockout lol.

Arnengaggle Welcome, Congrats on losing 30lbs! It actually motivates me to keep working hard. Your going to do great with P90x this round. The fact that you keep coming back to P90x says something. Good luck!

if i missed anyone, Welcome to the group!
-Mike
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/27/12 6:19 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
Way to get through the Yoga X. I've never been able to get into it. Just seems like it's way too long and I prefer moving around. Lots of people swear by the yoga, but it just isn't for me. Today was suppose to be my yoga day, but in making up my workout schedule, I decided to swap Core Synergistics for the Yoga. Tough workout and was drenched in sweat by the end.

Meal plan for today's high protein diet:
Breakfast - Oh So Vanilla (Shakeology)
Lunch - emoticonz of white meat smoked turkey & mixed vegetables
Dinner - 4 egg white omelet w/ ham, cheese, & tomatoes
Snacks - pack of mixed nuts; cup of nonfat strawberry greek yogurt

Protein - 46%
Carbs - 28%
Fat - 26%

Keep pressing play!
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/27/12 7:01 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
Day 1:
Chest & Back - made it through day 1 just fine. Didn't sleep well last night, but still pushed through.
Ab Ripper X - made it through, but modified quite of few of them since I felt strain on my lower back and didn't want to risk overdoing it and getting a setback.

Mike - good work on Yoga. Hockey is probably the one I follow the least, will still watch when I can. I used to be a big fan growing up, but then the North Stars moved to Dallas and I lost interest for awhile, but I have slowly started watching them again over the years. The Wild signing Parise and Suter in the offseason had me excited though and yes the lockout is a downer.

Brett - good work on the nutrition planning! The Core Synergistics one looks interesting, it would probably be a good one for me to help strengthen my core/lower back.


-Kyle
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/27/12 7:28 PM as a reply to kgronseth25.
day 5: legs & back + arx

The leg exercises were no problem but the pull/chin-ups were a struggle looks like I'll be doing assisted ones for a while. It doesn't really bother me I'm just finally seeing what not exercising for so long does to you.

How is everyone else feeling? I'm pretty sore & looking forward to a rest day on thurs!

-Mike
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/28/12 6:39 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
Did Legs & Back this morning. Was having some knee pains, so on some of the single leg moves I had to modify and just did regular 2 legged squats. One move that you wouldn't think would be all that difficult, is the chair salutations or chair pose. Every time after that move I'm breathing hard and sweating. Tough but good. I was surprised with my pullups. I was actually able to do at least one or two of each set unassisted, but then went to the chair to finish up the set. Went through Ab Ripper X fairly well. I find I'm able to do more and more each workout.

Back & knee is a little sore, but feeling pretty good for the most part.

Today's Meal Plan:
Breakfast - Shakeology: Coconut Paradise
Lunch - Chicken Breast, green beans, small side salad
Dinner - Chicken Taco Salad
Snacks - Oikos Strawberry Nonfat Yogurt

Protein - 51%
Carbs - 32%
Fat - 17%

Mike - nice work! That rest day is great. I use it to run on the elliptical for about 45-60 minutes to keep my cardio up. But it's a great day away from the lifting, squatting, jumping, etc...

Kyle - Nice work on C&B. My first time I had trouble doing any amount of pushups and no pull ups (used the bands). I was sore for about a week. Sounds like you may cope better and skip that. ARX does have some exercises that put pressure on your lower back. Modify and do your best!

-Brett
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RE: P90x Beginners - Starting November 23, 2012
11/28/12 7:15 AM as a reply to miiKeT.
Day 2: Plyometrics
Good workout this morning. Modified a fair amount to reduce the amount of high impact moves, but my heart rate monitor showed 740 calories burned so I am happy with that.

I am little sore today, but not too bad. Probably would have been more sore if I hadn't just transitioned from doing the Power 90 program (I was very sore the first week of the Power 90 program).

I did only assisted chinup/pullups yesterday, I'm not strong enough to do unassisted yet. I bought the P90X Chin Up Max Assist Band to try to use for the assistance instead of a chair. Last week the chair just didn't work right in the bathroom door that I have the chin bar setup on, so I decided to give the Chin Up Max a try. It worked well, it was tougher than the chair though since the bands offset my weight vs being able to use my leg to help push my self up.

Nutrition is still going well too.

-Kyle
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