Here we go! Round 2 of P90X for this year and a renewed vigor for following the diet. I’ve got a class reunion coming up in a few weeks that I’d like to look my best for. I’m down 50 pounds since the last reunion, but I’d like to top it off nicely this month.
Today’s Chest and Back workout was tough to get through. Yesterday I ran the Warrior Dash (results to come) and then went straight to work from 9pm to 3am. That made for a very sleep me today. I took a nap as soon as I got home from work and ate before I worked out today, so the workout didn’t happen until around 8pm. I watched the video this time and I did pretty decently considering my energy level.
I did boost that energy level with a couple of scoops of N.O. Xplode, so that helped a good deal, but about halfway through the second round, I bonked. Well, I say I bonked. I wasn’t exactly completely drained like a real bonk, but my muscles just didn’t have the endurance that I’m used to seeing by the time the second round came. That’s one thing I noticed through the first round last year. At the beginning of the cycle, my numbers dropped SEVERELY during the last half of the routine, but by the end of the 90 days, they were nearly as good in the back nine as they were in the front. I expect the same thing to happen this time.
One of the new things I’m trying during this round is the use of some pretty cool spreadsheets I found at www.excelworkouttools.com. The Excel Workout Manager for P90X is a very detailed spreadsheet that lets you track all of your vitals including your fitness test results, measurements, weight, and body fat. It also has a calendar with the routines built in for every day of the program. You can track your reps and weight in separate boxes and it will even graph your progress in terms of total weight and total reps per weight lifted. This is going to provide me with some pretty cool results to be able to share with you. There’s also a spreadsheet for P90X plus!
The Nutrition Manager spreadsheet came with it as well. It’s just as detailed as the Workout Manager, but is focused on tracking your weight, goals, progress, and daily intake. It will calculate the level you should be eating at daily as you enter your weight and other vitals. It will calculate your body fat based on based on the Navy Method as well. This spreadsheet uses the portion plan to make sure you’re checking all of your boxes for the day.