Update – Through Day 9

12 Feb

I will make this somewhat daily going forward, but since I decided to start this blog today, I have to play catch-up!

The Work Outs

I just finished Day 9 of Power 90.  It was the best workout so far!  I actually kept up with Tony and “the kids” in the video on all the cardio and I feel great!

Day 1 of Power 90 was a circuit training day.  I struggled!  Using dumbbells, I managed to get through about 75% of the workout.  I was being conservative with the weight and reps I chose so I could benchmark myself.  Over the course of 4 circuit workouts so far, I’m already seeing results though!  On Day 1, I did 10 push ups; on Day 8, I did 16 push ups! That seemed like quite a big improvement, and on my work out sheet I noted that I added 2 push ups each time!

I also added weight to the other exercises, or reps.  My plan is to lose weight, so I’m focusing on doing 12-15 reps per exercise, versus 8-10 (which is recommended if you are trying to add size; more weight, lower reps).

Even on Day 8, I’m finding the end of the workout to be very difficult!  The 7-7-7 push up routine is especially hard.  You do 7 wide, narrow, and normal push ups.  I’m having to do them on my knees, and I’m only able to do 7/4/1!  That marks progress from where I started when I couldn’t do 1 on my knees!

The ab ripper 100 is so far my biggest struggle.  The program is to do 10 reps of 10 different exercises, totally 100 ab movements.  Today was my 4th ab ripper, and I’m not close to getting through it yet.  My core muscles are so out of shape, I’m getting muscle spasms as I do the routine.  The good news is that I’m getting the spasms a little further into the routine each time!  I got through the first 4 or 5 sets today before I got a spasm and had to stretch.  When it happens, I stretch for one set, and then try to rejoin them.  I’m hoping that after a few more days of ab ripper, I’ll be getting through the entire thing.

Diet Plan

I’m eating very well!  I haven’t had junk food of any kind in 3 weeks.  I started Weight Watchers a week before I started Power 90.  I weighed in this morning at 209.8. I’m down 10.5 lbs over the past 3 weeks, or 3.5 lbs a week on average.  I expect that to level out around 2 lbs a week (based on my exercise and Weight Watchers guidelines).

I’m eating 4-5 times a day.  Breakfast in the morning is probably my biggest, and most carb-oriented meal.  I typically have an egg white omelet with veggies, one or two packets of quaker oatmeal, and black coffee.  I’ll alternate out oatmeal for non fat yogurt and fruit on occasion.  Lunch I try to have soup or a salad.  I’ll have an 8 oz glass of skim milk with it to make sure I’m getting some protein thrown in.  For dinner, I’m mainly doing portion control with meat and weighing 4-6 oz. of chicken/beef/fish that we are having, a steamed veggie, and sometimes a salad.  My snacks have been anything from almonds, or a protein shake I’ll mix with a handful of blueberries, 4 oz of non fat yogurt, and 4 oz. of skim milk (delicious).

I’m going to continue to use Weight Watchers to control my intake, and hopefully lose weight.  I think that it works well with Power 90.  My energy levels have been fine, I’m losing weight gradually, and I am never feeling hungry.

A few days ago, I got my first months supply of Shakeology.  I did a lot of research online, watched videos that were for and against, and decided to try it.  I’ve only had it 3 times so far, but I have to say that I like it a lot.  The last two workouts were my best.  Granted, I’m getting used to them, but I felt better during them.  Is Shakeology helping that?  Hard to say, but this feeling of increased energy coincides with me starting it!  It is pricing, but luckily for me the cost is not a big hinderance.  I’m going to use it for the next 2.5 months as I work towards completing Power 90.  The flavor is great!  I’ve had very non-appealing protein shakes before, but this stuff is delicious and pretty filling.

Results So Far

I could not help checking my measurements early.  As I mentioned above, as of today I’m down just over 10 lbs.  On day 6, I did my measurements again and I was pleasantly surprised by my results!

In just 6 days on Power 90, I went from a 44″ waist to a 42″!  My chest went from 45″ to 44″!  Last night, I went out with my wife and I was able to put on a suit that would not have fit me just a couple of weeks ago!  I can tell that all my clothes are just a bit more loose than before… a terrific feeling for sure!

I’ve also noticed that my energy level and focus seem a bit better than normal.  I’m pretty much always in a good mood, but I have found that my energy stays strong and consistent throughout the day now.  I don’t get an afternoon lull.

These early results are pretty encouraging!

What’s Next?

I am realizing as I write this that I’m 10% of the way through Power 90!  As I work towards Day 30, my goal is to push myself a bit harder in each workout.  After 30 days, I’m going to switch to the harder level of Power 90.  The next circuit is a bit harder weight training routine, and a harder cardio and ab program.  My hope is that I can get myself in good enough shape to jump into P90X when I’m done.

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos and testimonials of people who have done Power 90, and it is helping to keep me motivated for sure.  I’ve seen numerous videos of guys like me, in their 30s and 40s, married, jobs, kids, etc who started the program in the 210-230 range.  Obviously, those who post their results are probably the ones who did the best and really stuck to the program, but their results are AMAZING.  One guy in particular lost 35 lbs and the outline of abs in just 90 days!  He went on to do P90X and by the end he was really ripped!  If I can duplicate this kind of success in 6 months, I’ll be thrilled!

As of right now, I’m confident!  I have a lot of will-power and I’m generally pretty good at accomplishing things I set my mind on.  That said, my goals are ambitious so I know I have to focus each day!  May 3rd is schedule to be Day 90


2 Responses to “Update – Through Day 9”

  1. savor the sweet life February 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Good luck with your fitness journey! I’ve done P90x before, but not Power 90. I’ll have to check it out. The hardest part of of P90x for me was the meal plan…I love carbs!

    • getfitwithdavid February 13, 2012 at 12:48 am #

      Hey thanks for the post!

      Power 90 is a lot less intense out of the gate. Doin in conjunction with weight weathers allows me a bit more food choice options. However, I am limiting my carbs within weight watchers.

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