Wednesday, September 30, 2009


The original title was “A Healthy Breakfast”, but it all depends on your perspective of what a “healthy” breakfast might be.

I am not a cook. I reheat, I do prepare stuff when necessary, and I do try to cook something on occasion.

They say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you start the day off on a good breakfast, the rest of your day should go the same way.” Hopefully.

I picked up this recipe from Beachbody coach Mark Briggs. I read one his messages on Facebook about it, and decided to try it – whole oats, whey protein, and (either water or milk). I’ve tried it both ways, and I prefer using almond or soy milk.

This is how mine turned out:
¾ cup Quaker Whole Oates
1 scoop Beachbody chocolate Whey Protein Powder
Put each into a bowl and lightly stir it up. Add 8 ounces of a liquid. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

I also added:
One washed strawberry, quartered, and diced finely
1/8 tbsp organic peanut butter

I mixed it and microwave it for 90seconds. After removing it from the microwave, I added a sprinkle of brown sugar cinnamon.

It definitely kicked breakfast up a HUGE notch. You can alternate the strawberry for any fruit – a diced banana, blueberries, or whatever you choose to use.

Try it out sometime. I’ll tell you this, it gave me enough energy by the time I arrived at work, and I stick with WATER as opposed to going for a cup of coffee.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


I seem to be doing more and more of this lately.

"Bonking" can have many defitinions. When I describe "bonking" I'm referring to not having enough in me during my workouts. In other words, I don't have enough energy to continue the workout and I "bonk" or lose energy.

The past few weeks, as I've been very diligent of the foods I'm eating and the calories that I have been taking in, I have made sure to eat only the healthy stuff and avoid fried foods. But lately, I've noticed that this has been an advantage and a disadvantage.

It's an advantage because I am eating healthy, nutritional food. The setback of not having enough calories is that I lose energy quickly during a workout. If I burn over 500 calories in a workout, and I'm only taking in 1300 calories, that leaves me 800 calories - hence, I bonk. (That's just a speculation). Although it feels like I'm taking in 1300 calories, after calculating everything out, I'm taking in about 1800 calories.

I've added a protien shake in the morning for a little extra energy, a protein bar during the day, almonds to snack on, and I drink about 72+ ounces of water daily. (Yes, I drink a lotta water).

It just feels that I'm missing something and I cannot grasp on to what it is. When I pinpoint it, I'm sure I will make a subtle change and I'd be back on track in no time.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Yoga X

I never truly appreciated Yoga X during my first three rounds of P90X. It was always something – wearing sneakers, not having proper equipment, hurt… I used to substitute X Stretch for Yoga X.
Not anymore.
This time, I was determined to do Yoga X, no matter how hard I worked. I had exactly what I needed – yoga mat, yoga blocks, water, and determination.

Now, I love Yoga X. It’s my newest staple in the workout.

In phase 3 (weeks 9-13) of P90X, I will probably add Yoga X AGAIN on my rest day. If my muscles are tight and they will be pushed to the extreme (which will happen), I am confident that Yoga X will alleviate it.

I’ll let you know how it goes, when I get there.

P90X week 6

I hate make-ups in life. I don’t like leaving loose ends or as they say “leaving stones unturned”. Yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist.

I was extremely diligent in weeks 1-3 of P90X for my workouts and nutrition. In each round, when the workouts change, that’s when I seem to slack.
Not this time.
I had no intention of slacking and I stuck through it, and I worked hard. It was worth it. It hurt, but I saw past that, BEYOND my goal.

I am being strict on myself, no one asked me to do it, no one suggested it. I’m doing this.

Enough talking.
Time for doing.

P90X week 5

P90X’s workout for day one of week 5 - Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps – wiped me out. To quote trainer Tony Horton, “In a good way, I mean that in a good way.” I expected soreness this week, and I got sore. Unfortuantely, this sorness caused a slack for two days.

The following morning, I woke up and heard Beachbody trainer ShaunT’s voice in my head screaming, “C’mon yo! Let’s GOOOOOO!!” (This is from the INSANITY promo).

I got out of bed, and jumped back into the P90X workout. HARD! When I say hard, I’m talking hardcore. For anyone who has done any extreme workout program such as P90X or INSANITY, that’s the kind of intensity of this workout.

This was my workout:
P90X: Legs & Back
P90X: Kenpo X

I burned 425calories in Kenpo X – which is the most amount of calories I’ve EVER burned in Kenpo X. I worked hard in Legs & Back by lifting 30pounds. I’ve never lifted 30s in L&B, but it was worth it. I was wiped out after my second workout, but I felt great, confident, and I KNEW that this was exactly what I needed to jumpstart my workouts again – and it WORKED!

My mindset was in the right place, my goal was ahead of me, and I’m prepared to work. I accomplished what I set out to do, and I’m prepared for what tomorrow will bring.

I changed things up a little bit, which gave a little variation and it kept my body offguard.

Always Carry A Business Card

My girlfriend was at my place for the long weekend. We had a hunch she’d be home late (which can happen). While she was here, we went to the supermarket for some food. Plus, I also bought some groceries for my place.

As I’m looking at milk, my girlfriend runs up to me saying softly, “J! J!” and pointing at this couple with a shopping list. Then “P90X SHOPPING LIST”.

My ears perked up, QUICKLY.

I walked over, politely said, “Excuse me, I noticed your shopping list. Which Beachbody program are you using?” He said, “P90X. I haven’t started it yet.” Then we chatted for about ten minutes.

As we were leaving, I was about to give him my business card – which I left at HOME.
Fortunately, we exchanged information and I said, “If you need a hand, let me know.” At that, we shook hands and continued our shopping.


In the 70s there was a commercial that said, "The American Express card. Don't leave home without it."
Never leave home without a business card.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Recovery Week (not exactly)

Allow me to start off by saying that this week, "recovery week", was anything BUT a recovery week. I worked late several nights, didn't get up early enought. But you know what, that's in the past. It happened, it's over.

Wednesday night I did workout to P90X's Core Synergistics and Ab Ripper X (changing up the recovery week a little). I burned a total of 564 calories and my maximum heart rate was 212. My average heart rate was about 160bpm. yes, I worked out that hard.

The two Insanity workouts that I did with Jimmy Nelson and the 2620 crew kicked up my P90X workouts.

Core Synergistics worked my hard, pushed me, and it was just what I needed. I felt great. Throughout the rest of the week, I did some light stretching (no video, just old-fashioned stretching).

Now I'm ready for week 5, or phase two of P90X.

In case you want to "see" the changes from day 1 of P90X to day 30, here's a 30 day progress photo.

Power 90 3-4 Series

This blog post and the video are long overdue. The videos were filmed while I was doing Power 90 3-4 series in July 2009. I've reivewed seven video tapes (of my workouts that I've filemd) to review for the 3-4 series. Fortunately, I was able to narrow and edit it down into a 60 second video - with a preview ot the 5-6 series (or the Power 90 Master Series). The Master Series is not part of the original schedule for Power 90. The Power 90 Master Series was created AFTER P90X. The Power 90 Master Series is a smoother progression into P90X because it gets you much more familiar with the exercises.

I'd like to post several credits for this video:
1. The Power 90 logo is from the exercise program, Power 90, designed by Beachbody.

2. The first audio heard is Linkin Park's "Numb" from their album METEORA. The line "I'm tired of being what you want me to be" is from an acapella version of the song.

3. The music used throughout the video is by Cirque Du Soleil. The name of the song is "Storm" and it is from the Cirque du Soleil show KA. I edited the song to fit the video.

4. The last music heard in the video clip is by Outkast. The song is called "Speedballin'" and it from the motion picture soundtrack of the film TOMB RAIDER.

Enjoy the video!