Posts tagged p90x
And now, I have a cold. I think the universe is insisting that I don’t get anything done until spring break. Less than two weeks to go…and only one more week of after school tkd club. Two more classes, and then I will have at least 2 days a week where I can focus on catching up on client work, homework, housework, working out, and whatever other kinds of work I’ve forgotten. I’ve managed to get in quick workouts of some kind or another most days, although I skipped a couple days to study for a midterm, and no P90x.
So here’s hoping that I can dig myself out of the chaos if I get a little more time freed up.
My shoulder is throbbing. Why, you ask? I don’t know. Swimming, carrying around a heavy backback, carrying around a heavy gym bag, sleeping on it wrong…your guess is as good as mine. All I know is that I got out of the pool tonight and it started hurting, and I’m really annoyed. I was all set to get back on track, and now I have a hurting shoulder and it seemed like a dumb idea to do an arms workout with a bum arm. And doing an arms workout with only my left arm wouldn’t really work. So no P90x. AGAIN.
Ah, well. It will pass. I got a swim in, at least.
Today’s workout: 30mins Swimming
The things I have learned/changed so far in P90X:
Due to my arch injury, I’ve gone through the gamut of modifications and possible solutions. Jerry-rigged arch supports, modified workouts, swapping in Insanity, you name it. Finally I bit the bullet and decided to stay away from anything that involves jumping, lunging, downward dogging, and the like. So the final verdict is:
- Replaced all the cardio workouts (Plyo, Yoga, and Kenpo) with low-impact alternatives; i.e. biking and swimming.
- Replaced Legs & Back with either biking or swimming, may do a modified or different alternative workout in the future.
- Better Supports: Got some faux-orthotics, which so far are working out well. As long as I’m not jumping or doing fast direction changes they stay put without tape (hooray!), and they make all my non-running shoes useable again (epic party!)
I know that the swimming I’m doing is not as intense as a P90x cardio workout, but obviously I can’t jump in and do an insane amount of swimming right out of the gate. Endurance will come with time – I’m content for now that I’m doing something, and it’s not taking the healing process backwards.
This has been the harder part, but I think I’m finally hitting equilibrium. Things that are working:
- Eating more, earlier. Unfortunately I can go most of the day without eating much (either intentionally or because I’m busy or forget), but then I tend to eat way too much late. Not good. Reminding myself to eat large meals earlier has solved a lot of my problems.
- Keeping easy protein sources handy at all times. I have to plan for my lazy days. Nuts, trail mix, protien bars, etc.
- Breakfast. This goes along with eating earlier, but having easy breakfast stuff has helped. I made a batch of healthy breakfast burritos and threw them in the freezer, because I am never going to have the motivation or time to cook that early.
- Pre-making as much as I can/having canned meat on hand. Easy protein = good.
- Finding easy, healthy go-to recipes. I get too ambitious sometimes, which is fine for weekends, bad for busy days.
- Whole wheat. In an effort to stick to the nutrition guide, and eat things that are better for me, I stocked up on whole wheat tortillas, pasta, and rice – so when I do eat carbs, they’re actually healthy, and I have less temptation to eat the ever-feared white food.
Doing all this, I’ve managed not to binge/eat anything ridiculous all week. I still have to be mindful, but spreading my calories over the entire day instead of binging at night has helped a lot. If I can actually get all the P90x workouts in this week (the few left in my schedule), and make it to the rec to swim/bike, I should be back on track – and hopefully in an actually sustainable way.
Today’s workout: 30mins Swimming