Well Week 3 is in the books and what a roller coaster it has been. I say it every week but it is really flying by. 21 days down, 69 to go.
In case you missed it I am doing the Classic routine in P90X3. Each Block is divided into 4 weeks. The first 3 weeks of each Block in Classic have a nice mix of cardio, arm and leg workouts. The 4th week of each Block are referred to as Transition Weeks. So next week I get to pick up some new workouts and lose some of the ones I have been doing. I will have 3 new workouts in the mix next week and I am anxious to write a review on each. Maybe Dreya will be in 1 or 3 of them…..
I was a huge fan of The Warrior in Block 1. Unfortunately that is the last time I will see The Warrior in these 90 days. Its a great mix of cardio and strength training but apparently isn’t needed in Classics after Block 1. With that said, while doing sprawls in The Warrior yesterday I managed to do something to my right knee. When I went to squat and jump back I heard/felt a pop in my right knee. No pain followed, it just felt weak. Yesterday it felt slightly unstable and weak all day. Today it feels slightly better. It also pops whenever I bend my knee. Like there is a catch in it??? I’m not sure, I will keep a close eye on it and if it doesn’t improve I will get it checked out. My plan in the short term is to modify for my right leg and not push it too hard. I’ve had plenty of breaks, fractures, sprains etc over the years so I feel pretty comfortable in knowing if I can keep going or not. Time will tell.
Outside of the injury I have made great strides in Week 3. A lot of the moves in the workouts are coming to me easier now. In The Challenge my numbers were 8 and 25 this week. That is up from 6 and 20 the two weeks prior. 25 push ups weren’t too bad. Military push ups were the only thing that got me. I managed to do 23 in the first round and 22 in the second round. The 8 pull ups did get a little sketchy at the end but I was able to get through them. Yoga is starting to come to me as well. I’m not normally a fan of yoga but I’ve stuck with the P90X3 yoga without much grumbling in my head. Dynamix is spectacular. On the 7th day you have the option of Dynamix or rest. I would HIGHLY recommend to try and get Dynamix in. It wont push you too hard but the stretches are glorious. I would say this workout might be the most responsible for my improvement in other workouts. Its stretching, but not like yoga. Its more stretching that triathletes or Olympic runners would do. Its fun, you should do it.
Unfortunately I am still REALLY struggling on the food cravings. Last week was bad but this week has been worse. I haven’t caved but I just feel like its coming. When I say cave I don’t mean one bad meal, I mean like a 2 week fast food bender. Hopefully it wont come to that. I am trying my best.
I travel for work 3-4 days a week and am gone from home 14 hours usually. I pack a cooler filled with lunch, dinner, snacks, and water. This has worked so far. Over the last 2 years on the days that I traveled I would eat ALL of those meals at restaurants. It could’ve been fast food, or a sit down restaurant with a business associate, but they were all in restaurants. That’s how you gain 40 pounds in 2 years. Well, also lack of exercise, but that goes without saying. I swear I have eaten my body weight in raw broccoli over the past 3 weeks. I love broccoli, but usually steamed and covered in cheese. YUM.
I have only lost 1 pound in the last 10 days. I lost 7 in the first 10 days. I’m not sure why that is. I’m not feeling discouraged though. I’m seeing muscles I haven’t seen in years and feel spectacular. Possibly I am building some muscle and it hasn’t burned any fat yet? I don’t know why, but I’m sure some of you that are smarter than me might have an explanation. Energy level is sky high. Everything is feeling “tight.” Arms, stomach and thighs feel much tighter. Everything just has this layer of fat covering it up. It will burn off, just have to keep pushing.
Week 4 starts tomorrow. I will review each new workout individually as I complete them, and most importantly let you know which ones Dreya is in.
Transition Week here I come!