P90X3 Isometrix Review

Woop woop, it’s Transition Week! And just in time because I was starting to get a little bored. That’s one of the best things about P90X3, T25, ChaLEAN Extreme…there is already plenty of variety during the week, but right when you start getting a little bored, it gets switched up again. Perfect for me.

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This workout felt pretty yoga-ish to me, but in a good, strong way. Isometrics are movements that are a static hold, keeping your muscle engaged but unmoving throughout the length of the exercise. This is very different from the dynamic jumping and weightlifting that we have been doing a lot of so far. This workout requires a lot of balance, which may turn some of you off. You may be thinking it’s a waste of time, especially if you prefer to feel the burn of cardio or strength training. Don’t discount the importance of stability exercises though, as they will increase your core strength and allow you to build your body strength and power later.

Length: 30 minutes, no warm-up.

Equipment needed: if you are doing this on carpet, none really. But I pulled out my yoga mat just because.

P90X3 Isometrix Equipment Needed

This workout is divided into groups of two moves, alternating sides with the moves. For example, you do move 1 on the left side, then move 2 on the left side, then back to move 1 on the right, and then move 2 on the right. Make sense? Now here are the moves:

Group 1

Group 1 exercises

Group 1 exercises

1. Plank, arm reach – exactly what it looks and sounds like. You do a plank, while reaching one arm out to the front. Try not to twist your hips, but that’s pretty hard. It takes a ton of core strength to keep your hips level.

2. Standing leg extension – Stand straight up, keeping your legs as straight as possible. Lift one leg parallel to the floor and lift your arms overhead. Don’t fall.

Group 2

Group 2

Group 2 exercises

1. Plank, left arm, right leg lift – again, pretty self explanatory. You get into plank position, and raise your left arm and right leg at the same time. Hold it until time is called. I had to tap my foot down at times, and raise it back up because I was losing balance and strength.

2. Chair leg lift – Squat down into chair position, then lift one leg so that your thighs are parallel.

Group 3

Group 3

Group 3 exercises

1. Forearm side balance – it’s a side plank on your forearm with your other arm straight up. You can put both feet together, stacked one on the other, or you can put one foot in front of the other. I decided to get fancy and make a triangle.

2. Royal Dancer – this takes serious balance. Don’t feel bad if you can’t do it the first time. Do you see how bad my foot is gripping my mat? Yeah. Balance tip – pick a spot on the wall and stare at it the whole time. Breathe.

We are down to about 18:00 left.

Group 4

Group 4 exercises

Group 4 exercises

1. One Arm Sphinx – Get into plank position, with one arm under you, supporting with your forearm. Hold the other arm straight ahead. You’ll see I still have to work on not tilting my pelvis.

2. Tree pose – balance on one foot with the other foot nestled into your upper thigh. Raise arms overhead and look up!

Group 5

Group 5

Group 5 Exercises

1. Side arm balance – Side plank on your hand this time instead of your forearm. If you’re feeling froggy, lift your top foot up in the air. Otherwise, keep it stacked on top of the bottom foot, or in front of it on the floor.

2. Warrior 3 – Balancing on one foot, raise your other leg parallel to the floor and reach your arms out straight forward. Try to pick a spot on the floor and focus on it. It will help you stay stable.

We now have only 10:00 left!! Two-thirds complete.

Group 6

Group 6

Group 6 exercises

1. Bound Dog – In downward dog position, reach one hand to the outside of the opposite ankle. Hold and stretch.

2. Inner Balance – stand on one foot, with the other foot barely above the floor. Close your eyes and find focus within. (Tony tells you to close your eyes, then he mimes his way around the room – yes I peeked.)

Group 7 – the final one!

Group 7 exercises

Group 7 exercises

1. Bound dog leg lift – same as bound dog, but you are lifting the leg you aren’t holding on to.

2. Moon dog – Just look at the picture.

And then there’s the Burnout. Hold Crane for 30 seconds!

BurnoutAs you can see, I did not do the crane. I did crow. Apparently the difference is this: Crane uses straight arms with your legs pressed against the outside of your upper arms, whereas crow has bent arms so your shins can rest on your tricep/armpit area. Crane is harder, in my opinion, and that’s what I will do next time.

And if you’re wondering…no, I can’t hold it for 30 seconds.

Yet.

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P90X3 The Warrior Review

I didn’t forget about this one, I promise. Actually, I had previewed this disk before I ever started P90X3…and then I lost it. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find it.

It was in my other DVD player upstairs. Oops.

So now that I have it again, I finally did my review of the workout! This is a non-stop (mostly), balls-to-the-wall workout. It had me huffing and puffing for real. So – here’s what it’s all about:

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Materials: You don’t really need anything but yourself and a good pair of shoes. And some water. You’ll want water.

Like most other workouts, you start with a warmup. Four minutes of jogging, jacks, pivot/twist, arm circles, leg stretches, etc… Then down to business.

1. Plank Sphinx Push-ups

So these are fun. Heh. Starting out with a serious move. Start in plank, then move to sphinx (or plank on your elbows), then back up to plank, and then do push-ups as long as Tony tells you to. Back to plank, sphinx, plank, sphinx, plank, push-ups…Tony can make a minute feel like five REALLY fast.

1 plank sphinx pushups

2. Speed Skater

If you know how a speed skater moves, you can imagine how this move works. You sort of glide/hop from side to side, when Tony tells you to do singles. Then he moves to doubles – and you do your glide/hop thing to the right with an extra hop, and again over to the left. I have no idea if you know what I’m talking about, but I can see it in my head. See my picture? Yep, that’s what it looks like. Lol.

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3. Down Dog Crunches

I actually kind of like these – does that make me weird? The video shows you exactly how to do this, but I’ll type it out as well. You start in down dog, then raise your right leg high in the air. Then bring your right knee to your right elbow. Raise it back up high in the air, then bring it to your forehead (haha, right). Raise it up again, then bring the right knee to the left elbow. Then repeat the process with the left leg.

4. Side lunge jump shot

This one feels like something you’d do at basketball practice. You lunge over to one side, kind of like you’re picking up a basketball, and then explode up and pretend to shoot a basket. And repeat. You’ll do this on one side, and then do it again on the other (I usually go right to left).

4 side lunge jump shot

Now we have about 20:00 left. We get a quick break for 30 seconds. Drink your water.

5. Elevator Push-ups

These may be my least favorite of the day. You start in a plank/push-up position – this is the top floor. Tony tells you to go to the middle floor, so you hover halfway down. Bottom floor is hovering as low as you can go in push-up position. He calls out the floors, and you move up and down. Ouch. I end up modifying by dropping to my knees.

5 elevator pushups

6. Double Uppercut Sprawls

Well here’s a little cardio recovery. Kind of. Start out with your right leg forward. Do two right uppercuts, two left uppercuts, then sprawl – which is kind of like a wide burpee down and back up. After you do this for a minute on the right, then switch to having your left leg forward and lead with the left arm first. Not too bad, except your arms should start getting tired somewhere around here.

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7. Roller Boat

What is it with Tony and these boats? He really likes them. You go into a boat, or C-sit whatever you want to call it. Then after you hold it for a while, you roll backwards to basically give your abs a break. Then roll back up into boat. FUN.

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8. One Leg Jump Squats

Self-explanatory – you put 90% of your weight on one leg, 10% on the other. Squat down on that one leg while reaching toward the floor, then jump up. And again. And again. Switch to the other leg when the first leg is finished. Simple enough.

8 one leg jump squats

Now we are down to about 14:00 left. Quick break! Drink more water.

9. Thumbs Up Push-up

Nope, I lied. I hate this one more than the elevator push-ups. Mostly because I am not the best at balancing. You do a push-up, then put your right hand out (thumbs up!) and your left leg up. Then back to push-up, and repeat with left hand out and right leg up. This can be modified with knee push-ups and keeping that knee down when you lift the arm and leg.

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10. Elbow, over the top elbow, sprawl

I guess in MMA style fighting, they fight with their elbows? Sounds painful. Anyway this move involves “punching” with your right elbow, then doing an over the top hit with your other elbow, then down to a sprawl. Kind of like #6 Double Uppercut Sprawls, except with your elbows. You do the right side first, then switch to the left.

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11. Fifer Scissor Twist

I had a little helper with this one. 🙂 You’re supposed to try to keep your legs straight, but I’m not quite that flexible yet. Bring your right leg straight up, and reach your left hand to the outside of that foot. Switch legs and arms when Tony says so…but watch out because sometimes he fakes conversation just to keep you there a little longer. What a jerk.

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12. Warrior Squat Lunges

Oh Tony, always trying to make people laugh. That doesn’t really work when they are exhausted and they kind of don’t like you anymore. This starts out with a Billy Idol fist pump (really), then squat down and reach the right arm to the left foot. Then explode back into a lunge while reaching that hand up high. Jump back into the squat. Jump back into the lunge. Total of 15 on that side, then switch and do 15 on the other side. Sing “Cradle of Love” while you do it. Kidding.

12 warrior squat lunges

We have 7:28 left. Yes, I wrote that down to the second. You’d be counting seconds too if you were doing this. Quick :30 break. Don’t sit down.

13. Super Burpee

Ok, the first time I saw these, I was like WTF, that will never happen. This time, I actually tried to do the real version. I obviously can NOT get my legs up as high as Tony or the other guy in the video, but I do try. For your viewing pleasure, because it’s easier than explaining with words:

14. Think Drills

Quick movements, getting the heart rate up, shuffling, moving when Tony calls out orders…to include the bunny face. I did it just for the photos. I normally don’t do it because I think it’s stupid. But I’m here to show you what you get when you order P90X3. So there. Bunny face.

14 think drills

15. Abrinome

Kind of like a metronome, get it? But for your abs? Ok. Flat on your back, legs up at 90 degrees. Lean your straight legs over to the left for as long as he says, then over to the right. Each time you lean over is one rep, with a total of 8 reps. This burns. If you need to modify, bend your knees a bit.

15 abrinomeYes, I still have tape on my floor from Agility X.

16. Spiderman Squats

Last one! Squat down with one hand on the floor, and do a 1/4 turn into another squat, and back again. After a few seconds, you start doing a 1/2 turn. These I can do ok. It’s when Tony tries to throw in the full 360 degree turn that I can’t make it. And I don’t want to puke or bust my head on my fireplace bricks, so I may just stick to 1/2 turns. No shame in that.

16 spiderman squats

And we finish up with the Burnout – depth charges where you explode up into a jump, then slowly release back down into a squat. This is a full minute and you want to die.

The end. Two minute cooldown and it’s over.

This is a great workout, and you may hate it the first time. After that, you are able to do more and you feel stronger. It’s a great full-body blast, which is what this is all about, right?

P90X3 The Challenge Review

I won’t lie, I fully expected to hate today’s workout. I previewed it a few days ago and it did NOT look fun! Push-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, chin-ups, repeat, repeat, repeat…. Haha yeah, uh, NO.

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But this afternoon I did the workout and it wasn’t that bad! Of course, I can’t do one single pull-up or chin-up, but I did modify. I actually underestimated how many pull downs and push-ups I could do. I’ll have to increase next week.

I used the strongest band I own, and quickly realized that if I wrapped the band around my stairs more, and moved farther away from the rails, it increased the difficulty. That was a good thing. I want it to be difficult so that I build strength.

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Oh right almost forgot…

Length: 30 minutes, as always.

Materials: pull-up bar or resistance band (no bars here)

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We start out with a warmup, but really only warming up the upper body since that is what’s being worked.

Each participant gave a number for the amount of pull-ups and push-ups they planned to do each set. I went with 20 pull-ups/pull downs and 10 push-ups.

Then straight into the fun: wide pull-ups.

Again, I stuck with Alice and modified. I still felt like I got a burn, but not as much as I should have. I will increase my reps next time to 30 per set.

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Sorry, no fancy-pants pictures of me doing push-ups. And I don’t use special handles like they did. Just hands on the floor for me. But here is my worksheet where I wrote down what I was able to do. See those 10 REAL push-ups at the beginning?!! That was a bit of a surprise!!

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For the burnout, I used 12 pound dumbbells to do a bicep curl and press instead of a pull-up, then I did 3 push-ups. I only got 3 rounds in before my arms were total jelly. I’ll call that a success.

So next time I will be doing 30 pull downs with an isometric hold during each one. I’ll also do 15 push-ups during each set (I know my worksheet says 30/10, I’ll fix that). One of the most important parts of this program is knowing your limits, and pushing past that to failure. And next time, you push even farther. THAT is where you grow. THAT is where you find change. Outside of your comfort zone.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.


Kauf

P90X3 Total Synergistics Review

Today is Day 1 of the Classic schedule in P90X3 – and day 1 of workouts for me! I will be blogging about each workout and will give you a breakdown with pictures, modifications (if necessary), and my thoughts. Because isn’t that why you read my blog? Ha.

ImageLength: 30 minutes, plus a short minute or so stretch afterwards. Don’t skip that part, or you’ll hurt more.

Equipment needed: pull-up bar (or alternate if you are modifying like me, dumbbells and/or resistance band)

Image The workout starts out with a brief warm-up, which lasts about 3.5 minutes. It consists of jumping jacks, side lunges, some arm circles, leg stretches, and some other things I didn’t write down. Then we’re ready to get started!

1. Push-up/Side Arm Balance

Well we didn’t waste any time getting serious, now did we? Thanks, Tony. The title plus my pictures should explain it all: do a push-up, then a side plank, push-up, other side plank, repeat repeat repeat. This lasts around a minute or so. To modify, do the push-ups on your knees, and use your knee closest to the floor to support your body when you go into side plank.

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 2. Crescent Chair

So this one wasn’t so bad. You basically start out in something between Warrior 1 and a lunge. Then you step forward into a tight squat and keep your arms raised – otherwise known as chair pose! To modify, just don’t go as low into the movements.

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3. Pull Knee Pull

Oh boy. Tony was going a little crazy with this one. You’re supposed to do a pull-up, then pull your knees up to your chest while at the top of the bar. Haha, RIIIIIIGHT. Since I don’t own a pull-up bar, nor can I do one pull-up (yet!), I modified. A girl in the video did it this way as well. I rigged my resistance band around a board on my stair rail and pulled the band back while in a lunge position. Then I brought my back knee up into a bit of a standing crunch. You do each side for about 45 seconds. To modify this move, you could use a lighter band, or maybe not pull your knee forward. Balancing can be difficult.

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Short break here, maybe 60 seconds. Get a drink of water.

4. Flip Flop Crunch

This looks a lot easier than it really is. Plus my hip flexors were SUPER sore and tight already, so that made it worse for me. Start off in elbow plank. Rotate to a side plank, extending your top arm and leg. Then crunch them together, tightening your obliques. Extend arm and leg back out, then rotate back over to elbow plank. Repeat on the opposite side. A modification could be just to rotate from elbow plank to side plank and back, maybe keep knees down.

4 flip flop crunch

5. Crawly Push-ups

Haha I don’t even have a picture for this one. I mean, I do, but they wouldn’t help. Here’s a video instead. My form isn’t the best, as I was already super sore from my earlier workout. Also, my dog says hi.

We have about 20 minutes left at this point.

6. Releve-plie, weighted

Haha ok this was kind of fun! And my dancer daughter was my photographer, so she was getting a kick out of her mom doing ballet moves. My silly faces were because I was trying really hard to keep my back straight! Hehe. I used a 15 pound dumbbell for this. I probably could’ve gone higher, so I’ll try a 20 next time. There isn’t much of a modification here, other than use lighter (or none at all) weights and don’t go as low into the moves. If you have balance issues, stay off your toes. (Kelly, I’m looking at you.) This lasts about one minute.

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7. Chin-up Circle Crunch

Yep, another chin-up not-gonna-happen move. So I modified with the band. So you lie on the floor, feet off the ground. Bring your knees up to the right side and circle over your chest and straighten back out. Then repeat the circle going in the opposite direction. Modification? Maybe keep one foot on the ground and crunch in one knee at a time.

This is where my dog decided to get more interested in my relationship with Tony Horton.

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8. Boat Plow

Hands down my favorite move of the day. This is something I used to do when I was younger, just for fun! I’m glad I can still do it. Start in what I call a C sit position, legs outstretched off the ground and hands reaching toward your feet. Then at Tony’s call, you roll back and stretch your feet wayyyy over your head until your toes touch the floor. Or as far as you can go. Which ever comes first. And then you hope your dog doesn’t decide to sniff your face or you may start laughing so hard that you fall out of position. Hi, Roxie. Get out of my face.

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9. Balance Arch Press

This was also kind of difficult to show with just pictures, so here’s another video. Oops, forgot to tell you there is music, so turn down your speakers if kids are sleeping. I used 15 pounds, and you do 10 reps, then switch your balance to the other leg and repeat.

10. Three Hop Press

I did my best with the pictures on this one. Hold a dumbbell (I used 15#) in a squat. While in a squat, do three hops in one direction, then stand up on one leg, raise the other knee, and press your dumbbell overhead. Repeat going back in the other direction. To modify, do stationary squats without hopping, and stand up to press without raising one leg.

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11. Glamour Hammer

I started with 15 pounds on this one and had to drop to 10s. I probably would’ve been fine starting and finishing with 12s. You do a basic hammer curl in front, then do another hammer curl to the side.  Repeat. That’s it. Ohhhh, except you’re balancing on one foot for 30 seconds while doing it, and then switching feet. Or don’t, if you need a modification.

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Now we only have about 10 minutes left! Over halfway done.

12. Brannon Boat

Not my favorite move, but it was doable. Difficult to show in pictures. Start out in C-sit, then raise and lower your legs just by inches. Then you switch to raising and lowering your upper body, all the while reaching for your legs. It takes balance and concentration for this core exercise. To modify, lower one foot to the floor.

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13. Flying Warrior

Tony tells you to go light on this one, and he says that for a reason. I used 5 lbs and that is probably my max right now. You could use no weights and still feel it. I guess this is some sort of version of Warrior 3. I’m not all that yoga-savvy, so I have no clue. I just know I almost fell over.

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14. Squat Rockers

Basic enough – you squat, you rock up on your toes, you rock back on your heels and lift your toes off the ground. And again. Trying to keep your back as straight as possible while not falling over is the challenge. I used 15 pounds but probably could’ve done 20.

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15. Side Rise Punch

This one wasn’t easy, but I think I’ll feel good when I’m able to nail it. Lie on your side. Reach your arm under your supporting arm and do a slow punch motion towards your feet. Then remove that arm and punch in the opposite direction. Do this for 30 seconds on each side. My uncoordinated self had to watch them a couple of times before I got the hang of it (notice that confused look on my face?). And 5 pounds was all I could do. Don’t feel bad if you do this unweighted at first.

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16. Warrior Squat Moon

Last move! And thank goodness it was. All these warrior moves, Tony – what’s up with that? Anywho, I really had a hard time balancing. Maybe I was tired. I’ll just let the pics speak for themselves.

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One minute cooldown after the workouts were over. STREEEETTTCH!!! Then drink some Shakeology and R&R.

For my first workout, I actually liked it. I didn’t feel like I was in way over my head (ahem, Insanity), and I liked that I wasn’t gasping for breath every minute. But at the same time I felt like I got in a good workout for my 30 minutes that I can squeeze in before work. And while I’m not able to do all of the moves unmodified right now, I definitely have goals to reach before the end of the program. I want to increase my weights later and I WILL DO A PULL-UP BEFORE APRIL 6. It will happen. Pics for proof. 😉


Kauf

My Whole 30 Meal Plan, Week 1

First off, Merry belated Christmas to all of you out there! I had a wonderful month (yes, month) with visits from my dad and sister, followed up with a visit from the in-laws. We ate, had fun, ate, watched movies, ate, drank, ate, drove up a mountain (what, did you expect us to HIKE?!), ate, drank, ate, slept,…you get the picture. While this holiday season was especially relaxing and enjoyable, it has done nothing for this fab figure of mine. 

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Even more troublesome than my sincere concern that my pants won’t fit when I go back to work in a week, is how I feel. UGH. Yesterday I actually thought I was getting sick. Since I woke up today feeling much better, and without all the tummy gurgling, I can only assume it was what I ate. Maybe that 48th jelly bean was one too many? Or maybe it was the third mini Toblerone.

ImageIronically enough, while stuffing my face full of the yummiest cookies and foods I could find, I read the book “It Starts With Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. It explains the science behind Paleo eating and gives you all the information you need to do the Whole 30 program. The point of the Whole 30 is to take away all of the foods that are inflammatory to your body, foods that cause a negative response that you may not be aware of. After the 30 days, you can reintroduce those foods (grains, legumes, etc) to see how your body tolerates them. It’s like a science experiment in your kitchen, with YOU as the subject!

At the same time, while eliminating non-Paleo foods from your diet, you should notice a few things:

-> falling asleep faster and waking up more rested

-> reduced cravings after the first couple of weeks

-> feeling full between meals

-> improved mood (my family will enjoy this one)

-> weight loss, specifically FAT

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So I am ready! I have created my meal plan for the first week, and I am all set to start my Whole 30 eating tomorrow! Here’s what I plan to eat:

Monday:

Breakfast – Shakeology (the one not-quite-paleo food I refuse to give up, due to the unmatched nutritional benefits) with almond milk, banana, and a boiled egg on the side
Snack – 2 bell peppers, sliced, with cashews
Lunch – salad with chicken breast and a variety of veggies, olives, and topped with salsa
Snack – shakeology with spinach, water, and mint extract (I could use the extra shakeology to flush toxins)
Dinner – baked curry porkchops, shredded cabbage/carrots/romaine salad topped with avocado and paleo dressing

Tuesday:

Breakfast – 1 whole egg plus one white, scrambled with spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, jalapenos, and salsa
Snack – 1 cup berries, 2 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
Lunch – leftover porkchop, kale salad, and a Cutie
Snack – shakeology with almond milk
Dinner – Slow cooker pulled pork, sweet potato with cinnamon and 2 tsp butter (I use Kerrygold)

Wednesday: 

Breakfast – 4 oz ground turkey with cumin and chili powder, 2 c spinach, avocado slices, and a cutie (doesn’t this sound like a TON of food?!)
Snack – apple slices with almond butter
Lunch – leftover pulled pork, bowl of veggie salad with paleo dressing
Snack – shakeology with almond milk
Dinner – chicken fajitas with peppers and onions over a bed of lettuce, topped with avocado and salsa

Thursday:

Breakfast – 2 eggs scrambled, with a side of rosemary steamed sweet potatoes
Snack – grapefruit and avocado salad 
Lunch – leftover chicken fajitas over salad with paleo dressing
Snack – shakeology with almond milk
Dinner – bunless burgers with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a side of carrot fries

Friday:

Breakfast – shakeology with almond milk, banana, and almond butter
Snack – fruit and nuts
Lunch – leftover burger, small salad with paleo dressing
Snack – deli ham (nitrate free) and grape tomatoes
Dinner – Thai coconut soup 

Saturday:

Breakfast – shakeology with water, fruit bowl topped with almond slivers and shredded coconut
Snack – apple with almond butter
Lunch – leftover soup, small salad
Snack – sliced turkey and peppers
Dinner – Cajun chicken

Sunday:

Breakfast – shakeology with almond milk, avocado (for creaminess), and fruit
Snack – cutie and cashews
Lunch – leftover cajun chicken
Snack – sliced turkey and peppers
Dinner – ultimate paleo chili over salad

In case you are wondering why I have SO MUCH FOOD at my meals, there are two reasons…

1) I don’t want to be hungry. Being hungry makes me want to munch. This isn’t about starving. This is about avoiding foods that cause a negative response in my body. I plan to eat myself silly on all of the GOOD stuff, especially veggies and healthy proteins.

2) I am starting P90X3 next week, and while I am following the Whole30 plan, I am ALSO following the nutrition guide for X3. That means I eat a specified amount of carbs, proteins, and fats at each meal. I am also aiming to eat around 1500 calories per day, so that my body doesn’t think it is getting too little nutrition, causing me to stall or plateau. After doing this plan for a week or two, I will see how I feel and see what’s going on with my body – then I will reassess caloric limits as needed.

I’d love for you to join me! Even if you don’t decide to follow the Whole 30 plan for a month, try out some of the meals I’ve listed and let me know what you think. 😉

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Exclusive P90X3 Test Group!!

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is staying warm today. We have a snow day here (yay no school!), so it has been a morning full of snuggles…and yes, I’m still in my pajamas! I’m not feeling at all bad about it though; my muscles are sore from yesterday’s workout, and besides, we all deserve a “snow day” with our exercise routines once in a while, right?

But I am here to talk to you about something that I am extremely excited about. It’s HUGE.

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P90X3 is being released on TUESDAY, December 10th!! That’s in 4 days! It’s like Christmas is coming early for me this year! Only I’m not going to start working out with this program right away, as much as I’d like to. I’m going to wait until my EXCLUSIVE test group starts up on January 6th. Why? I’ll tell you.

The latest Beachbody program, Focus T25, came out in July. I was still very much in the beginning of my transformation, and had a lot of work to do with my body. I got that program because workouts were only 25 minutes. And for me, that is completely doable. I couldn’t pass it up, especially when I was about to start back teaching full time. I started a T25 test group with a small number of women (and one husband), and we stuck together for the entire program. We drank our Shakeology, followed the nutrition plan that was included, and did our workouts. No excuses. In just 10 weeks, I had amazing results. I actually didn’t even really lose weight, but my body CHANGED.

Slide2You can read more about that program here. But because of my results that I got with T25, I am CRAZY excited to start P90X3! Again, you probably ask why. Why this program? Because the workouts are ONLY 30 MINUTES. That’s nothing. There’s a quick warmup, and then you work your body like mad for the remainder of the time. Then you’re done and on with your day. Boom. And honestly, I love love love weights/strength training. Strength training is what makes your metabolism skyrocket, which burns the heck out of your fat and gets you lean and toned. Not bulky, unless you’re a guy.

P90X3 FAQs with bephoenixfit.wordpress.comWant something FREE when you order P90X3 through me, your coach?

We all love FREE – right? Well, if you order P90X3 through me, as your coach, anytime from Dec. 10 – Dec. 31, 2012, you will receive an exclusive P90X3 baseball cap. These can’t be purchased in stores so make sure you purchase X3 through your coach! You’ll also get a set of P90X3 stickers! Haha I love stickers. Might be the teacher in me.

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So, when can I actually purchase P90X3?

December 10, 2013. Four days from TODAY! When you purchase there are two options:

Option #1 – Purchase a P90X3 Challenge Pack. The price of the P90X3 challenge pack is discounted from Dec. 10-31. Instead of being $205, it’s starting out at $180! In the Challenge Pack you get the 90 day workout program, the nutrition guide, the program manual, workout schedule, a month supply of Shakeology, a free 30 day trial of the club membership, and free shipping for the month of December. If you add up all the savings with the Challenge Pack, it’s a savings of over $125! See those people in the picture above? They did the entire P90X3 program AND drank Shakeology. Like their results?

Option #2 – Purchase the P90X3 program alone. The cost is $119.00 and you will pay another $15 or so in shipping.

With either option, you will need weights and/or bands and a pull-up bar. I plan to use a resistance band and wrap it around my stair rail. I’m crafty like that. (Not really crafty, I took that idea from a friend lol.)

If you would like to be notified when you can officially purchase P90X3, please go to my site (in the top right hand corner of this page) and create a FREE account. You will receive an email from me the minute that the program is released! And if you really want it, you aren’t going to want to wait. It’s going to sell out FAST!

So, here’s the most exciting news! I have decided to run an EXCLUSIVE P90X3 TEST GROUP! This is not your normal challenge group. Everyone in this group will be working out to P90X3. We will be working our tails off so that we can get amazing results to be used like the pictures below! It’s only gonna take 90 days.
As your coach, I will add you to our closed Facebook P90X3 Test Group. There, we will go through the nutrition guide and workouts together. We will check in DAILY and post our progress. Yes, you will have to take before pictures. I know those are hard to take. But I promise the after pics will be 100% worth it!
Our group is going to start on December 30, 2013 with our workouts starting on January 6, 2014. We will finish the program on April 6, 2014. That is exactly 90 days after we start! You will be beach ready before the bathing suits are in stores!

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Here are the FAQ’s of P90X3:

When is P90X3 available for purchase?
 P90X3 will be available to order by end of day 12/10.

Where is P90X3 available for purchase?
 Find it in the TBB Store and take advantage of free shipping until 12/31. The tool kit will also be available by end of day 12/10.

When should I order it to guarantee I get it by Christmas?
 Order by 12/15 11:59 PM to guarantee delivery by 12/25.

What special offer is associated with the release of P90X3?
 All orders of P90X3, purchased on TeamBeachbody.com, through a Coach or through a Challenge Pack, from 12/10/13 through 12/31/13 will include a free P90X3 hat. There are no hats for P90X or P90X2 orders at this time.

Is there an App available?
The P90X App will be available for Android on 12/10 and the Android version will include the ability to track P90X3 workouts. The functionality to track your P90X3 workouts will be available soon for the iPhone App.

Is there a vegan meal plan option available for P90X3?
 There will be vegan options included in the new P90X3 Nutrition Guide that will be available on December 10, 2013.

For tips and ideas on how to modify the P90X3 meal plan to be more vegan friendly, we encourage customers to post the topic on the Team Beachbody message boards (http://www.teambeachbody.com/connect/message-boards/-/message_boards/category/19535469). We have dietary experts that monitor the posts and provide some great ideas and direction.

How long does it take to complete P90X3?
 P90X3 is a 90 day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.

Additionally, the Elite Block P90X3 calendar, which is an optional block to be completed AFTER the initial 90 days, lasts 4 weeks.

The Elite Block includes 3 workouts not included within the P90X3 Base Kit. These workouts and calendar can be found within the P90X3 Deluxe and Ultimate Kits. In addition, they can also be purchased separately.

How long are the workouts for P90X3?
 All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes. The lone exception is the X3 Ab Ripper workout (15 minutes), included within the Deluxe Kit. Most workouts include a 2-3 minute cool down period.

P90X3 Results with bephoenixfit.wordpress.comWhat is included in P90X3?

P90X3 Base Kit Includes:
16 unique and brand new workouts on 8 DVDs
Plus, 5 Free Gifts
Fitness Guide
Nutrition Guide
90 Day Workout Calendar
How to Accelerate Intro DVD
24/7 Online Support
Network Exclusive P90X One on One: On One Leg DVD
Network Exclusive Premium P90X3 Hat ($24.95 value) – December Only!

Base Kit Pricing
Retail           $119.85 + S&H
Club             $107.87
Coach          $89.89 (90 PV)

P90X3 Deluxe Kit
 Includes everything in the Base Kit PLUS:
3 Elite Extreme workouts on 1 DVD
Includes free Elite Block Calendar
1-Month E&E Tub
3 B-Lines Resistance Bands

Deluxe Kit Pricing
Retail           $239.70 + S&H
Club             $215.73
Coach          $179.78 (180 PV)

P90X3 Ultimate Kit
 Includes everything in the Base & Deluxe Kits PLUS:
1-Month R&R Tub
Gym-Quality P90X® Chin-Up Bar
P90X® Chin-Up Max
Premium Beachbody Jump Mat

Ultimate Kit Pricing
Retail           $329.55 + S&H
Club             $296.60
Coach          $247.16 (247 PV)

P90X3 Challenge Pack
 Retail Price: $205 (December Promotional Price: $180) 
P90X3 Base Kit
30-Day Supply of Shakeology HD
30-Day VIP Team Beachbody Club Membership

What are the P90X3 workouts?

P90X3 Workouts with bephoenixfit.wordpress.comProduct links. NOTE: These will NOT be active until end of day 12/10 when the products are live in the store.

P90X3 BASE KIT:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3Base?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 DELUXE KIT:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3Deluxe?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 ULTIMATE KIT:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3Ultimate?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 ELITE DVDS:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/X3EliteDVD?referringRepId=227109

P90X3 CHALLENGE PACK:
http://www.teambeachbody.com/shop/-/shopping/BCPX3205?referringRepId=227109

I think you can tell that I am BEYOND excited for this program to come out. I love my weights. I love quick and effective workouts. I can’t wait to see what the end of 90 days holds for me! I hope that you join me and we can see what the end of 90 days looks like for you too!