I just woke up from a nap. It was the first time that I woke up on my own!! I think that I am making great headway. Generally, day 3 and 4 are supposed to be the worst. So far, my day 3 was pretty great. I had an awesome nap in the evening, where I fell asleep pretty easily and then woke up pretty easily. Right now, a little after midnight, I am pretty excited that I still have the entire night ahead of me. I am already planning the things that I can get done for school and business. Just to give you a comparison, on the first night at about 5 am, my body and mind were both flipping out. basically saying "what is wrong with you Neetu? Have you turned into a nocturnal freak? Why are you doing this STUPID sleep experiment?!?!?! GO TO SLEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!!!!!!!!!" So, there has been great improvement since then.
On another note, I have seen some changes in my health in the past few days. On day 1, I started the day with allergies for some odd reason, which hasn't happened in months. Then on day 2, the allergies persisted so I had to go to class with tissues. Today, my allergies greatly diminished and hardly bothered me, which is great! In the past, when I would have an allergy ridden day, the only way to get over it was with a full night's rest. I was paying close to see when the allergies would go away because I hate taking a daily allergy pill. It is just such a hassle. It was nice to let it pass naturally and let my body take care of it. I am excited to see what the rest of the night brings. Last night, Manish was having a really tough time staying awake. It was his third night and he was just really suffering. Kind of delerious and all. Ty said that the difficult phase is unavoidable, so I keep expecting it to come, but it doesn't show up. Kind of strange. We'll see. I'll keep posting my updates.
after 2 naps that were less than satisfactory, I was able to get in a great nap. My body is craving a full night's rest,so I did not wake up feeling totally rested. I feel like I would after a night with 8 hours of sleep,but waking up on the "wrong" side of the bed. Just a little bit sluggish I suppose.
Manish's after nap comment:"For some reason, all of my tiredness is in my left eye" very funny and bizarre.
okay, continuing on....The first few minutes after waking up are pretty foggy, but after a little while my mind totally clears out and I can function again without thinking about my next nap.
Today I finished Yoga X, and thus, since it is week 4, one month of P90X. Tomorrow is a rest/stretch day, so come Sunday, I'll be in phase 2.
So here are my thoughts after one phase. I have kept detailed notes almost every day, but this is more of a summation of my first 28 days.
First Week- The first week is the toughest, as everyone says. I could do about half of the first three workouts, but once Yoga X came around, I felt a lot better. My estimation of the first two workouts was that P90X is easier than crossfit.
Nights- I had been having this weird thing happen, almost like a panic attack or a histamine reaction, at nights after doing cardio. Before P90X, I had been running three times a week as my only exercise. I call it "night fever", it's where my body seems to get hot, my heart rate speeds to about 80-90, and my nostrils get kind of congested. Perhaps it is due to allergies, although I think I got it once up in Wisconsin during the winter. Either way, it happened a little on the first two nights, and then never again but like once barely randomly. Maybe it was all in my head, but I decided to breathe through it if it ever comes on or I feel it. Also, note that I started working out after sunset as opposed to before. If it's allergies, that would explain it.
Nutrition is Important- In addition to night fever, I get this weird shit where my heart rate goes up into 80-90 depending on my posture and what I've eaten and it feels like a switch has been turned on. Fuck that. I hate it. I had my worst bout about two months before starting P90X, after eating three appetizers from Applebees at 1 AM. Fuck that shit. I can't stress it enough, seriously damn that symptom to hell. I've pretty much stuck to the nutrition plan in P90X, but one time I deviated and ate a Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger at 1:30 AM. When I layed down at like 4, guess who showed up? That fucker did. I couldn't really sleep until it was much more digested. And the burger wasn't as good as I had remembered. Screw unhealthy food, I'm sticking with the good stuff.