{ fit ME..... p90x questions + recipes }

Okay, I'm on day 3. And I'm not going to lie. It hurts. I hurt. I can't even do some of the things (like chin ups - which may very well be even HARDER to do than pull ups!) and these push up things where your legs are on a chair...Anyway, enough moaning. ;)

Okay, so I'm going to try to answer your questions in this post....let me know if I miss anyone's questions.

A lot of you have asked what we needed to get started....
We got the p90x set (workout videos, starter guide, nutrition guide). You might be able to find it used on ebay but they often don't come with all of the information packets which I think you need. We are doing the classic workout plan but they have 3 different options.
I also got a new pair of snazzy workout pants that I love from Victorias Secret of all places. Not necessary of course but thought it would help the motivation. It does.
I also had to get a pull up bar for the workout programs (I picked one up at Target for $20) which is less than the p90x one ($60).
We had the 3, 5 & 10 lb weights and stretch bands and yoga mats already. I'll probably have to get 20lb+ weights for Will at some point and maybe 12-15 for me.

1) Recipe requests - Posted below. But I again, I highly recommend this book - great recipes, great workouts (way happier workouts than p90x, journal writing tips, meditation tips, etc.)

2) I am not using any of the p90x supplements (bars, shakes, etc.) I am a loyal fan of Health-FX products and use their whey protein & supplements (Life FX, Cardio FX, thermo pm FX, etc.) I try not to use protein bars but occasionally make my own. I like eating "real" food.

3) I am not totally following the p90x nutrition plan. I plan to start incorporating more of their recipes into our weekly meal plans but this week used other recipes as I hadn't rec'd my p90x kit yet.

4) Did I mention it hurts? everywhere?

5) I am not counting my calories or even figuring out how to count them. And I don't keep track of every rep I do during the workouts. I'm just eating really clean and healthy. And I'm just working out as hard as I can 6 days a week. I have no aspirations of being a fitness figure competitor or body builder therefore I can only take this stuff so seriously. ;) I did track the pre-fitness test and body fat & weight just to see where I'm at at the end of each month.

6) Oh and I was wrong about the time....I thought each workout was 50 minutes but NO! Some are 20 (Ab Ripper X - which you do combined with another workout) and some are longer (Yoga X - 1 hr. 30 minutes). So I'm trying to figure out how to plan on at least 1 hr. 15 minutes in the morning...without having to get up any darn earlier.

ps - I don't recommend watching Julie & Julia (as I did last night) while you are trying hard not to want to eat things like this. Just a friendly tip. ;)

Lentil Soup ( 2 servings) - I doubled this recipe

1 zucchini diced
1 carrot diced
1/2 onion diced
1 cup dried lentils
1 tsp curry powder
s & p to taste

Place veggies and lentils in a soup pot and cover with 4 cups water.
Bring to a boil then simmer for an hour.

Amansala Salad with ginger seasame dressing (1 serving) I quadrupled this for Will & I for 3 salads each this week (pictured above).

1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded romaine lettuce
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup diced avocado
1 4-5 oz. piece grilled chicken
1 TBS sesame seeds

I also added 1/4 cup diced cucumber, some diced jicama and some bean spouts.

I cut everything up on Sunday and grilled 4 large pieces of chicken and chopped that up too so all I have to do is throw it together each day at lunch. (picture below)


Ginger sesame dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 TBS low sodium soy sauce
2 gloves garlic, chopped
2 TBS honey
2 TBS peeled and minced ginger
1 tsp toasted sesame oil

Combine in blender with 2 TBS water. Process until smooth.

recipes from book: Bikini Boot Camp


paula said...

we keep on saying we want to do this, but because of my husbands height it makes a door pull up not usable. we had a friend that completely transformed his body by doing just this.

TamiJean said...

Woot! Rock on!

I think we got the same pullup bar - works great, never had any problems with it.

Those afraid of the pullups - there are also band exercises that can be done.

Also? Those pushups with the feet in the chair? UFFDAH.

The Kenpo workout is my favorite, I think you're creeping up on it. <3

GORGEOUS photo, and one that illustrates some of my favorite things:
1) Make food in advance
2) Store food in such a way that you can see it clearly and want to eat it.

(They call me Tami, Queen of the Leftovers! Okay...no they don't. But they COULD.)

LobotoME said...

Hi paula! You can use stretch bands instead of the pullup bar - they have a guy in the video demonstrating how to do that if you don't have a door way to use or because you are tall!
join in on the FUN -- i use that term loosely ;)

LobotoME said...

Hi TamiJean - Thanks for your support & encouragement! Haven't done kenpo yet - is that the kickboxing one because if so I think I'll love it. Did plyometrics today - had no idea what that was before doing it- was hoping that it was like PILATES because they both begin with a P - but NO - it was lunges and squats and jumps and boy oh boy are my legs feeling it now!

amy and ann said...

great great recips and we sound like we are taking this on the same level as far as the meal plan goes. We love food too....and need it! Yea for my day two and your three! OUCH! amy

Nessa said...

I combined P90X workouts with Southbeach-ish diet plan... I lost 20 pounds and really toned up. It is great. I could do 3 pull-ups no chair by the time I found out we were expecting.

Baby is due in a few weeks - so plan is to use his 10 minute trainers first then back to the P90X workout later. Good luck to you!

simplesong said...

first --good for you! and thanks for sharing...i've been curious about this p90x but everyone tells me it hurts like no other...and that's enough to keep me away : ).