P90X Weeks 4 & 5: Recovery and Phase 2By
Week 4 was my recovery week which means I got to take it easy, relatively speaking. It was a welcome respite since my left shoulder blade had started to give me some problems. A few trips to the chiropractor and the recovery week got me back to normal though. I really enjoyed doing Core Synergistics during the recovery week, I think it might be my new favorite workout. One bummer about the recovery week however is that I gained half a pound. Even though I was working out and eating clean, I still managed to gain. I know half a pound isn’t much, but it was a bummer nonetheless. The workouts are a lot easier during the recovery week. I did my measurements and have lost a total of 3.5 inches. Only a measly half inch on my waist though so that was a bit of a bummer since that is where I need to lose it the most. I’m not really sure what kind of results most people see. I should check out the P90X website but I haven’t had time.
I had been tracking my calories on Fitday.com, but I got a new phone not too long ago (Sprint HTC EVO 4G
) and decided to try out some of the Android apps for calorie counting. I downloaded a couple but Calorie Counter was my favorite and I have been keeping track with it. It has been working really well. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t show the percentages of carbs, protein and fat like Fitday does. It has a really good database of foods plus the bar code scanner is excellent. I am still doing the Fat Shredder diet although I think I go over the 20% fat pretty often, it’s really difficult for me to stay that low on fat for some reason.
By the time week 5 rolled around, I was ready for some tougher workouts. The mix up of new weightlifting routines was nice and I was actually a little sore after them so that is a good sign that they are working. After week 5, I lost another pound so I was happy to see that. I’ve lost a grand total of 5 pounds now so that is a pound a week on average which isn’t too bad. I was hoping for more but I guess slow and steady wins the race.
Even though I haven’t quite seen the results I wanted to see, I will be interested to see how the rest of the program goes. Maybe I had my expectations set too high. I will just be happy when I can wear my pre-pregnancy clothes again, that is my main goal here. It is no wonder that people are overweight, losing weight is hard work! I plan to stick it out and hopefully by the end of 12 weeks, I will be back in decent shape.