Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. Another two weeks have flitted by, and I am sad to say our arch nemesis Mr. El-Ters has passed. At least, I can only imagine that’s what’s keeping him from posting. I would blame his recent promotion or successful enterprise, but I know he wouldn’t use such trivialities as an excuse to disregard his own team. Yes, he must be deceased. Anyway, let’s get down to business.
New and Improved
I am very please with the new set of exercises. Weeks 5 and 6 show us the advent of the Eccentric Upper, Triometrics, Eccentric Lower, Incinerator and MMX videos. My favorite would have to be Triometrics because I am not a fan of the repetition some videos get into (even P90X had that problem). The Trio routine takes you through an exercise and slowly makes it harder, then moves on to a completely different one.
I didn’t have a problem with any of the new videos. If I had to choose, I would say Incinerator is my least favorite. I definitely feel as though I work hard for both eccentric videos, and I am a fan of the punching and kicking. So, sorry Incinerator. You’re not a bad workout, you’re just the shortest straw.
As I predicted, my new diet regiment has made some slight changes to my body. The influx of calories was greatly appreciated by my muscles, and I found myself with more energy and able to complete harder exercises. Trust me, you’ll feel great when you are able to finish a whole video without stopping (remember Ab Ripper X?). However, the benefits come with some … visual side effects.
But I will not be discouraged. I have been utilizing P90X on and off for several years now, and Tony Horton has not led my astray yet. I liken the change to a new store in a mall. The property owner erects a plywood facade, assuring the potential customers that all is well and to please pardon the noise while a shop is renovated. That’s what I’m doing. I am rebuilding my body and making it stronger, and that is going to come with some short-term changes. So pardon my noise, Team Tech Guy, but I’m undergoing some major renovations right now. This store opens in six weeks, so I have plenty of time to make it ready for you.
A Day in the Life
So what exactly do I eat to make it to 2,700 calories? I’ll give you an approximation of my daily diet.
2 cups Oatmeal
6 oz Tuna
3 Egg Whites
1 scoop Protein Powder
2 tablespoons Peanut Butter
6 oz Chicken
6 oz Broccoli
6 oz Chicken
6 oz Broccoli
1/2 cup Cooked Brown Rice
I mix and match the vegetables, meat and fruit, but I consistently stick with the oatmeal and rice. These foods put me slightly under my calorie requirement (2686/2700), above my fat requirement (95/90), below my carbohydrate requirement (260/270) and handily above my protein requirement (252/203). Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve only been eating one cup of oatmeal, bringing my carbohydrate levels down much lower. And if I’m already gaining weight without fully following the nutrition plan, what would I look like if I did?
For the third month of the program, I’ll re-evaluate my calorie count. I may have overestimated my needs when doing the calculations, so I will try to be more conservative in two weeks. Hopefully I will still get the benefits of eating more without feeling like I’m eating too much.
My Cheat Day
For these past weeks, my cheat meal was … a whole day. Not necessarily cheating for all of it, but I went home over the weekend and was privy to a bevy of home cooking. Lemon-poppy seed waffles, chipotle meatloaf, butternut squash soup, etc. It was wonderful, but most of the food would have already fit into my daily requirements for my diet. I’m certain I went a little over with dessert, but that’s what the cheat day is for.
For the next cheat day, I have a little surprise. I want you, my fans, to choose what I eat this time. It will probably be my last day at 2,700 calories, so I made this poll for you.
Disappointing, or Promising?
Here are the progress photos from Week 6. I recently found a scale, and measured in at 168 pounds. That’s two down from my starting weight, and my belt has gone back up to 33″. Whether I am gaining size because of muscle or fat remains to be seen.
So I may have added a few pounds. But there’s one important thing to remember: I’m running practically unopposed. Mr. El-Ters’ absence has essentially handed me the win, so I might as well experiment with methods I may find questionable. So sure, I’ll stick with the 2,700 plan for the next two weeks. What have I got to lose? And the results may surprise you as much as they’ll surprise me. Until next time, thank you for reading.