Day 23: P90X Core Synergistics, Not So Bad

Day 23: Core Synergistics

Today I faced my fear. I kept thinking to myself that core synergistics sounded like a whole of of abs. It was, but the workout mixes in a little bit of everything to take your mind off of the pain. Plyo, arms, chest, lunges, cardio: 60 minutes of fun. The whole time you focus on keeping the abs tight and building the core. It was actually kind of nice. I love rest week. P90X IS FLYING BY! I can’t believe how fast this program goes. 

My diet went well today. I am starting to switch out proteins for  variety. Egg Beaters are wonderful!

One more thing, I have another work acquaintance thinking about stating P90X. This stuff really works! You see progress immediately and gain confidence from doing things that you never thought possible. If you are thinking about trying P90X; Do it!

Tip of the day: If you are having trouble with push ups, set aside the push up bars. I was able to do a ton of push ups today without push up bars. Normally, I use them to during chest and back. I always wanted to give 100% and didn’t even think about moving into using them gradually. Without them, my form is better and I get more out of the workout. I am sure in a month or so, I will be ready to bring them back into my workout.

8 responses to “Day 23: P90X Core Synergistics, Not So Bad

  1. I agree with you, I just finished my first week of P90X and thought that I could run thru it but I was wrong. I like you find the abs harder but like they say pain is just weakness leaving your body. Continue on your journey and good luck.

    • Thanks Cesar,

      Congrats on week one! It only gets easier from there.

      For me, I could barely walk by day three. I was never before aware that I had the muscles that were crippling me with soreness. That is exactly when I became a believer in P90X. If you are sore and in pain, you know you are getting major results.

      Good luck with the rest of the program. Keep me posted on your progress.

  2. Hi

    Good news is yesterday’s workout was better than last week’s plyo. I don’t feel sore like I did a few days ago. I think my body is just adjusting itself.

    And now the bad one… I-crave-chocolate-so-bad. My darling After Eights are sitting at the bottom of my desk’s drawer but I can’t have one 😦 I totally understand how Homer felt when he sold his soul for a donut. Even in the middle of the plyo, that a** kicking workout, I was thinking of how nice it would be to have some tiramisu. How will I get rid of these cravings? Any ideas?

  3. Mmm Donut…

    I am the same way. My biggest challenge was overcoming my addiction to soda. An ice cold Coca Cola sounded so good after a work out.

    The very best thing that you can do is to find a “replacement” for your chocolate habit. Eat something healthy that you like (maybe a few almonds) whenever you have a craving. This will fill you up and take your mind off what you think you really want.

    Another thing you could do, is buy chocolate protein bars and treat yourself to one bar per day. You will get your fix and still get a bunch of protein.

    Cravings are in a big part caused by hunger. I was thinking about how they are similar to going to a grocery store. If you shop hungry, you will buy a lot more unnecessary and unhealthy foods. If you eat before you shop, you will come out spending less and have a bunch of healthy stuff. Stay full with small meals all day and you can fight off cravings easily.

    After a while you will just see food as fuel. You will even be grossed out by commercials for fried fast food. The cravings start to go away in week three and by week four you are free!

    Hang in there and don’t fall into temptation. Besides, if you eat the donut the devil will turn your head into a donut and you will have cops waiting outside your house all day. Who wants that when you are trying to complete your P90X workout?

    Keep it up Sena! You are doing great.

  4. Hey,

    The thing is I’m used to eating healthy. I’ve been watching what I eat since I started high school-which equals to 7 or 8 years. That’s a long time and ideal to develop habits. I always eat real food, my food doesn’t come ready in a package. But I always had a sweet spot for chocolate. I like it dark, I really want to taste cocoa. I never liked soda, even when I was a kid and haven’t drunk a single one for…I don’t know, maybe years. Just like Tony says in the beginning of plyo dvd, don’t drink coca cola, it’s not good for you 🙂

    Your protein bar idea sounded good so I googled for protein bars and powders and they’re ridiculously expensive in here. Like 75 TL (50 dollars) for 500 grams. What is that, powdered gold?! Prices are far better in international sites but shipping rates seems a little high. 60 dollars for shipping are you kidding me?? You live in the States, how much for shipping to Turkey is acceptable? It would be so nice to make my own chocolate milkshakes filled with protein. Oh maybe I can even find a way to make it taste like mint chocolate, yay for liquid After Eight!!! By the way you have some weird stuff to eat in there. There’s a substitute for everything. We don’t even have fat free salad dressings!

    I’m not falling into temptation, it was nice having someone to tell me I’m doing great, thanks 🙂 This p90x thing is like a religion. You learn how to have control over your mind, your urges and everything. As for the donut head, it would be so frustrating to have one since I can’t possibly have a bite for myself. Love The Simpsons…

    Heading for my work out. Take care and bring it!

    • Hi Sena,

      It sounds like you have been eating right for a while. Hopefully, that is paying off for your by making the P90X diet a little easier

      I guess I do take some of the food substitutions in the U.S. fore-granted. But, I bet that the food in Turkey is generally less processed and probably much fresher and healthier. America has a big problem with high-fructose corn syrup being added to everything because our government subsidizes corn crops. It is even found in most breads.

      Whey Protein does look like it is more expensive in Turkey than U.S.. But, I did find this:
      1363 gr – 99 TL at GNC (There are stores in Turkey so you don’t have to pay shipping)
      (I don’t speak Turkish so I couldn’t do a very broad search)

      I also found a recipe to make your own protein bars using whey protein:

      You may also want to look into BeachBody’s Shakeology. With whey protein so expensive, it may be worth trying if you can ship it in cheaper.

      I hope this helps!

  5. I found your blog recently and have appreciated the posts. I started p90x about 10 days ago and so am about 2 weeks behind you. I am enjoying reading your posts to see what I can expect for the next day. So far so good. I have set up a blog at as well to hopefully encourage others in the future.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Moblue,

      Congrats on starting. Thank you for following along.

      I took a look at your blog and you are off to a get start. Also, I went to Austin, TX for the first time in October and loved it. I am glad that I don’t live there because I am not sure that I could stick to the P90X diet with an Ironworks BBQ around the corner. Stubs was good too, but Ironworks…… Wow!

      Keep up the hard work! At this point, you need to really believe it when Tony says, “Do your best, and forget the rest.” If you are struggling with the dive bombers, or anything else, do what you can in good form. You will get there.

      Thanks for the post!

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