Fitness Friday: Week 10

It doesn’t seem like I’ve been doing P90X for 10 weeks now. Here are some highlights/thoughts from this week:

– I killed the Ab Ripper workout on Monday. I did the best I’ve done on it so far! I also started doing the Ab Ripper before whatever other DVD I’m supposed to do on the days I have a two-parter because I’m not so fatigued that way.

– It’s nice to have sore muscles. Much better than feeling like a marshmallow from being stationary too long. That’s how I felt in the weeks prior to starting P90X.

– Sometimes I modify. Since I don’t have a chin up bar, I’ve been doing push-ups, dips or lifting weights instead. I also don’t write down how many reps I do when I’m supposed to because it’s not that important to me. I just know I’m doing better than I did at the beginning, although there are still some moves I struggle with.

– There’s a move called the “pot stirrer” where you bend over and swing one arm at a time in circles. It helps to stretch out your muscles when you’re working on the arms. Tony (the leader guy) asks his team what soup they’re stirring during this move and one girl — a very pretty Latina with blindingly white teeth — says lobster bisque. It irritates me that Tony says it sounds fattening. Maybe it is, but let the girl have the bisque. It bugs me every time.

– There are days that I come home and don’t want to work out. I would rather curl up on the couch with a box of truffles and watch “The Notebook.” Or write on my blog. Or frame pictures. Or read. Or sleep. Or do anything but exercise. When I’m hungry and tired and have other things on my to-do list, it’s hard to get going. But I always feel better afterwards.

– I kind of hate to admit this, but I’m ready for my 13 weeks to be up. I think P90X takes too much of my time. I love the way the exercises make me feel, and I will still make a point to exercise regularly, but dedicating an hour to an hour and a half every day (or at least 6 days a week) is a lot and there are other things I want to spend my time on. Like talking to Pete. Or walking the dogs. Or eating before 8. I think once I’m done, I will still use the DVDs and try to work out at least a few times a week — this has definitely encouraged me to keep it up — but I’ve also learned a lesson in priorities. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to work full time, drive an hour home from work and do everything else I’d like to do, but I do know that spending quality time with Pete needs to be at the top of my list. I think our quality time has suffered some since I started this, and it’s not a good feeling. I’ve also neglected the pups. I guess my challenge for the new year will be exercising enough to feel it without sacrificing most of my free time in the evenings.


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