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P90X Day 6 and sundries

I know I've been bad about replying to comments, I've read them all, I'm just running out of time. I have a nice long rainy day to look forward to this weekend, so I'll do my best. Don't get your feelings hurt, it's not you, it's me. :)

Yesterday I didn't get to do my workout (horrors!) because I went in to film what's called a "slate." It's me talking into the camera about something for 20-30 seconds so casting directors can hear me, see me move, etc. Good times.... At first you think, talking about myself? Until they get what they want? Awesome! Then you realize how boring you really are and you just feel dorky. Just me? Okay, then.

P90X Day Six - KEMPO

Remember how I said Plyometrics was my fave? It may have been muscled out of first place. Ditto on the "I've never sweat so much in my life" category, too. This one is a bit too complex for me to break it down bit by bit, but it's essentially kick boxing with self defense mixed in. I had no shortage of "targets" for my punching and kicking. Heh.

One of my favorites: Stand in a boxer's stance, one leg leading, fists held loosely and close to your torso. Visualize an attacker in front of you. Forcefully drive your hands up to their "collar," grab it and pull them to your knee, which you envision driving into their face. Release, step back. That's one. Do 15, then do 10 with a "yell" on "impact." And thank you for using "impact" correctly, Tony Horton. :)

There's jabbing, uppercuts, crossed, blocks, it gets very Mr. Miyagi there for a bit. There is no bad there. I loved all of the kicks, sideways, back... One thing I like about these programs - it's about perfecting your form, not necessarily getting the rep #. I know that eventually I'll get to where I can do every one of them as many times as they are, but there were times I had to hit pause because I felt like I wasn't do it right, etc. at one point I felt my heart rate was way too high, so I hit pause, "jump roped" in place for a bit to get it back down, and then picked back up where I started. It makes me feel like I'm doing it right, not just doing it.

I was doing all of the kicks in my bathroom (I have a big screen TV in my bedroom, I can see it from my master bath) because I wanted to see my form in my mirrors. It's very empowering to see muscles standing out where you're not used to seeing muscles. Like, those little stabilizer muscles that wrap around the outer part of your thigh? Ditto on the inside of your thigh? Bad ass. After ten minutes of jabbing and punching my arms were red - you can see the blood really moving in your body. BAD. ASS. it's only been a week, but I can already see some definition in my arms where there wasn't before.

My thighs have been puffy, but I know it's water weight because of all of the micro-traumas in the muscles from working out. Not to be gross, but I've also noticed in the past 24 hours an increase in bathroom visits, which makes me feel less puffy. I know the weight is going to come off, but more importantly, I know the muscles are getting stronger. COOL. (I've put on almost 4 pounds this week. I'm not worried.)

Later today I'm going to do what should be today's workout, the Recovery and Stretch routine. Awesome. I've got some fierce knots in my calves that need some deep stretching to get rid of.

Some of the punches/kicks

side kick get in "horse stance" which is a semi-squat, knees and toes facing forward, legs slightly bent, back straight and fists at your side a la Bruce Lee. Drag left heel to right arch, lean left and side kick (straight out) with the right. Do NOT hyper-extend, be in control of the motion both out and in. Go back to neutral. That's 1. Do 15, then do 10 with a yell and kick higher. Repeat on opposite side.

back kick get in fighter's stance (mentioned above like you're going to punch someone in a fight) have left foot forward, lean forward at the waist, turn, LOOK AT THE TARGET BEHIND YOU, and kick WITH YOUR HEEL straight back. be in control of the kick back and in. Do 15, then 10 with a yell and kick higher (leaning down more in front)

sword/hammer with side lunge DUDE. Medieval times! Hahahaha. Hands up, feet together, lunge sideways (think fencing) extending lead arm (if you're stepping left, lead arm is left) like you're stabbing someone through with a sword, make a fist, pop your hand down - called a Hammer Punch - in control of the muscles the whole time. 15 reps, then do other side. This feels AWESOME.

step drag/claw/low punch I love how everything feels like street fighting. Back to Fighter's Stance, lunge forward with left leg, extending left arm out in a claw, like you're going to grab someone's still-beating heart from their chest (my words, not theirs. But come on. Mine's better.) Jab with your right as if you're punching them in the gut. 15 reps, then 10 "doubles" which means both hands come out at the same time. Switch and do the other side.

front back knuckles/ball kick/back kick Get in Fighter's Stance, left leg leading. punch out BOTH arms as if you have an opponent directly in front and back of you. Kick forward straight out - being in total control of your leg in and out (decide where you're kicking. Groin? Gut? Face? I went for groin.) then kick behind you (leaning forward and looking back at your opponent) being in control in and out. 10 reps each side.

vertical punches BRUCE LEE IN THE HOUSE! Hahahaha. Squat into Horse Stance, fists at side. Alternate chest high vertical punches, getting faster with every 10. Do 100 of them. Each punch is 1. Tony lied to us and kept us going past 100 - we did 130. Arm. Killer. And totally awesome.

There were cardio breaks every 10-15 minutes where we'd jump rope, do jumping jacks, jog in place, leap in the air. It's all finished with some awesome deep stretches.

Later tonight I'll do the next workout. There are 12 in all, so we're half-way through my spam. :)

I was graciously given a Dreamwidth account, and while I originally said I wasn't going anywhere, I can see myself using that site and making this one friends only, or vice versa. That was I can have personal stuff locked down in one spot. I'm not sure how I'll work it out yet, but I'm pretty lazy, so... I'm "Stoney" over there, which is FANTASTIC. I wish the name squatter over here on LJ would dump his LJ that's not been updated since 2002... If you have an account, please comment with your username so I can add you on my list. :)

I have yellow roses popping open all over outside. Thank you, spring rains! Chilling outside after some hard work is going to be sweeeeeeet. Have wonderful weekends!


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May. 1st, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you're posting these exercises, and that it's working so well for you! I keep thinking about trying the p90x program, but I'm a lazy sod and kept whining about how expensive it is and how there aren't really any in-depth reviews that don't seem to be written by spokespeople....shows what I know!

Also, have you watched the Twilight movie with the RiffTrax playing yet? HILARIOUS.
May. 1st, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to know you're not bored to tears with my posts! I'd hoped someone would benefit from them. I have to say, this is the BEST workout I've ever done, and I've hired a personal trainer in the past, too. Thumbs WAY up on this one.
May. 1st, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
If you want to get the sample chapters back, send them a stamped, self-addressed 8 1/2 x 11 brown envelope that can contain the editor's letter AND the chapters without any of them being folded. That's practical, plus it tells them that you're prepared for all eventualities.

I suppose not hearing back from anyone is a sign I don't have it together, lol

Agents and editors are notorious for taking a long time over manuscripts. It's annoying but normal; they have to deal with so many, after all. This should help, but it doesn't. Every writer that I know--and this includes me--gets into a panic when a manuscript is out there and the editor or agent hasn't responded yet. I've talked to dozens of friends who realized that the story's fifth page had to be fixed the minute they stuck it in the mail, who are convinced that the agent hasn't responded because she secretly hates the manuscript's genre, who are certain that there must be something wrong with the way they're querying, who demand a thousand times a day if I would tell them if their manuscripts were bad. (Which, duh, of course I would. And have. And I've gotten the same responses in return, sometimes. My friends and I are ruthless with each others' work, thank God.)

It's scary, putting your work out there like that.

I'm glad that you're trying to make the proposal better, though. That's a good sign. (Queries and proposals are practically an art form. A very necessary and very terrifying art form.)
May. 1st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Do I *want* the sample chapters back? Don't they just circle-file them if it's a no-go?

I'm reminding myself that it takes WEEKS and MONTHS to get anything done in the publishing biz, and to not panic. I, uh, have to remind myself that a lot. :D

I'm trying to keep the proposal in my voice and tone, which is how the book is written. I figure that needs to be in sync. Thanks for always having advice for me, btw! I really appreciate it all.
May. 1st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
If you don't indicate that you want the chapters back, yes, they will probably throw the chapters away.

If you do indicate that you want the chapters back, you may get notes, comments, etc. about what they liked and what they didn't. You may only get a form letter--I confess that I've never gotten the notes and comments with rejected work. But I know two or three people who have. (And personal notes giving you advice indicates personal interest and possible future contacts. Even if they don't buy the work, it's still valuable.)

I'd ask for the chapters back. Look them over. Probably cry and rage over the rejection. And then send them out again. (Of course, I have problems getting things printed out, so I'd definitely want my copies of the chapters returned.)

Thanks for always having advice for me, btw! I really appreciate it all.

You're welcome! I want Oh My Heck! to be sold and to become a best-seller so that I can read the whole thing!
May. 1st, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Oooh, notes, comments, etc! That's great - if even one or two people send that back, that would be tremendous, I didn't think of that. :)

And the saving the environment part by reusing is something I should have thought of first. :)

Hahahaha, I hope the same thing!
May. 1st, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
i was going to say all of that, based on submiting fiction. i grant i have only really tried with Baen, specifically with people i have met, so it may just be that they HAVE met me that causes me to get all those notes (Pam Pogoloni re-wrote one of my stories sooooooo much i told her SHE should publish it now and just give me a "this was inspired by" line in a note lol)

i also say (i know it is non-fiction) that maybe you could go tool around on Baen's Bar (its their forum section) where you might bump into someone who also does non-fic and see if you can get specific advice (this presumes you have not already done this, a thing i have no knowledge of. i would like to assume you have, except that i know many people don't even think that its a possibility) the reason i suggest looking at Baen's is two-fold: one is that they are really nice people who all pretty much critique everyone else and there is very little friction in that, and two is because there are a *lot* of pros just hanging out with us amateurs, and the pros pretty much *never* mind helping.
but its just a thought. it might not work for you, might take too long, something. i am just trying to help. i want to read this book! i plan on buying it the *day* it comes out (and i RARELY *buy* non-science-fiction books!)

good luck!!!
May. 1st, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I feel like I'm getting a workout just reading these exercise posts! Too bad I'm really eating a piece of cheese toast and drinking coffee. I wonder how many calories typing burns...
May. 1st, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, cheese toast. I'm having some lovely sushi for my lunch today, trying to stay good. (Um, I will be having mojitos in the garden tonight, understand. Heh.)
May. 1st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I do not have a Dreamwidth account (nor, to be honest, do I know what one is) so I would love to be included in your Friends Only LJ if it ever happens that way round.

Your exercises make my muscles ache just by reading them. Do you do this to music? Sorry, if you've already mentioned this and I've missed it. Is there a Stoney's Workout Playlist?

I'd dearly love to read your book when it's in print, because I'm sure it will be soon.
May. 1st, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
The DVDs I work out alongside have music soundtracks, so I don't need to provide my own music. (It also has the option of listening only to music and not listening to the instructor, which is cool.)

Boy, I would sure love for that to happen!
May. 1st, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
have you seen how DW handles the "friend" thing? its really different (i like it a lot)
May. 1st, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have a dw account now. It frightens me but I will get over it. I am ruthless1 there too. I just opened it today so there might be work to be done on my part.
Your workouts sound like they would kill me. But it's intriguing too. I am so glad you have a place to process what is going on! It's gotta be so good for you.
Publishers can take forever with books. I would definitely encourage you to keep track of who you send the book/chapters too so that you don't accidnetally send it to someone twice. That happened to a friend of mine.
May. 1st, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I am loving these workouts, I have to say. I'm wearing some... short shorts right now and not tugging down the backs. \o/

I've been doing that very thing: writing down when I submitted, and what in particular, and if they list a time frame to expect a reply, I put that down, too, so I don't jump the gun. My white board is my bff.
May. 1st, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I find your P90 posts really inspiring, and since I am thinking about starting it up after I finish my current program.
I'm over at DW too same name as here.
May. 1st, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're getting geared up to maybe attempt this yourself! It's AWESOME. Go go go!!!
May. 1st, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
I just added you over there; it's rian_aphasia at Dreamwidth.
May. 1st, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I need to figure out how to make it look nice over there... I am an old dog, and that's a new trick! *sad face of woe and torment*
May. 1st, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Does this work out of yours include a one inch punch? Because it needs to.

For my general exercise needs, I try to kill myself with African Dance classes twice a week! The live drumming is usually loud enough to be heard throughout the entire dance gym.
May. 1st, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
"Does this work out of yours include a one inch punch?"

I have no idea what that means.
May. 1st, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
It's a reference to Bruce Lee. Tada!
May. 1st, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahhaa, why didn't I get that?! Awesome.
May. 1st, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm on DW with the same username, and friended you over there. When I got my account I spent hours and hours trying to get it nice. I found this tutorial really really helpful:

It takes you step-by-step through installing Mixit layout themes on DW. And this fixes an issue with usernames not showing up on the Friends page: http://dw-styles.dreamwidth.org/5062.html

May. 1st, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
How helpful, thank you!!
May. 1st, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I have a Dreamwidth account, too, though I'm still just noodling around on it. Same name as here.
May. 1st, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
I just opened a dw account also and added you! Huzzah!
May. 3rd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Stoney - don't delete me from your list of approved readers!! i never update my site here - i'll admit i got it just to follow you and angstgoddess003

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