So I just finished my first week of P90X, and I have to honestly say….I friggin’ LOVE IT!!! Here’s how I feel in one picture:
Ok so, the first week of the “classic” P90X program consisted of the following
- Day 1 – Chest & Back + Ab Ripper X (ALL my pullups were done with one foot on a chair…womp womp, but I will get there!!)
- Day 2 – Plyometrics (I thought this would be cake after Insanity, but I still worked up a sweat and felt the burn)
- Day 3 – Shoulders & Arms + Ab Ripper X (I was sOOO SORE from Day 1, but I pushed through and honestly I’m that type of person that lovesss the burn :]).
- Day 4 – Yoga X (Ok, so this one is an hour and a half!! Was not expecting that! I work out in the mornings, so I was only able to do an hour and then I had to get ready for work. The first 45 minutes is Vinyasa yoga – and was great – a little difficult, but I am confident as I progress, I will be able to get it down :])
- Day 5 – Legs & Back + Ab Ripper X (Coming from a girl who LOVES her smith machine squats and leg press machine, I was pleasantly surprised by this leg workout, great intensity and variety, plus the pull ups are still killer. I burned the most calories during this workout)
- Day 6 – Kenpo X (Great cardio workout, brought me back to my days of boxing and muay thai – man I miss that!)
- Day 7 – Stretch X or Rest (I was wavering between just resting or stretching….and I decided to do Stretch X. For a stretching routine, this was no joke lol. I really felt it, and I’m glad I did it – my body definitely needed it).
Again, just in case you didn’t get the message the first time, I am LOVING the P90X workout regimen :]. I am so pumped for this program!
As far as nutrition goes, I purchased the P90X2 nutrition guide on eBay, because it has a “vegan” option, and used some great resources I found online:
- The P90X Nutrition Plan Made Easy by The Fit Club Network, and
- The P90X2 Nutrition Plan Made Easy by the Fit Club Network
I then created meal plans for the week, trying to stick as closely as possible to the P90X2 Level A (1800 cals) Fat Shredder 2.0 Plan (Vegan Option). Please note that my “meal plan” is “almost” vegan, due to the fact that I am still eating eggs :]. Here are a few examples (click link below):
Few things to note with the plan above:
- The Vegan Recovery Formula, is a recipe that is included in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide, (which I tweaked slightly). I make it by blending 1 medium to large sized apple, 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 cups of water, and ice (very tastey! :]). I definitely look forward to this after my workouts!
- The Pure Energy Smoothie, is a recipe I obtained from the book “The Hormone Diet”, it entails: 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup of raspberries, and 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk; in addition I throw in about 1 cup of kale, and 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed.
- The “Shakeology Alternative 4” smoothie, is a superfood concoction I have put together, including: 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood (chocolate flavored), 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, 3 tablespoons of Hemp Protein Powder (I use the Nutiva brand), 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 cup of water. I’ll admit it’s not an award winning smoothie, taste-wise, but add a little sweetener of choice (I use stevita) and it is pretty good :].
- The “Garden of Life Protein Shake” is just one scoop of Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder (vanilla), with about 1 cup of water, a few ice cubes, and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. I blend all the ingredients together to make it a nice thick smoothie consistency.
- You’ll note that my calorie intake ranges from about 1500-1600 calories a day, although the P90X2 nutrition guide recommends about 1800 calories a day for “Level A”, I used the calculator within the “P90X2 Nutrition Plan Made Easy” workbook, and my recommended caloric intake came to about 1275…which I thought was ridiculously low, especially with the calories I am burning with these workouts, and for someone who is trying to build some nice lean muscle ;). So I came to a happy medium of 1500-1600 calories :]. If I find that I start to feel tired as the workouts progress, I will probably increase this intake. As my favorite blogger PowerCakes, always says: BE TRUE TO YOU, do what is best for YOUR BODY, everyone is different :]
I plan to post my 30, 60 and 90 day progress shots/details as well. Wish me luck!! :]