The Results

I was initially too embarrassed to show these pictures. But, after having sucked it up and shown them around a bit, and really being blown away but the response from people, I have decided to post them here. I didn’t take day 1 pictures. I was too ashamed of how I looked.

The Picture on the left was taken in December of 2009. January 2010 was I think the most I have ever weighed, somewhere between 230-235 depending on the time of day. My weight usually fluxuates between 2-5 pounds a day.

On March 14th I was 228.5. I started p90x and after missing two workouts in the first week due to overwhelming soreness, I didn’t miss another workout for 3 full months.

In the pictures, they go from left to right, from mid-April to mid-May to mid-June. (white shorts, black shorts, white shorts).

From Drop Box
From Drop Box
From Drop Box
From Drop Box

I went from looking like a D-lineman, to an inside linebacker, to a DB in 3 months. I weight 202-ish now (I played football at 205). I went from a size 36-33-ish. None of my clothes fit. I did all of this by pushing play every day and eating well. I didn’t even follow the diet guide that comes with the program. I cannot imagine what the results would have been like had I done so.

Instead of taking a week off like I told myself I would, I jumped right into a p90x/Insanity hybrid, where I have substituted all of the p90x cardio workouts for Insanity. Not to sound arrogant, but Kenpo X and Plyo X are not hard enough any more. I still do Yoga X every Saturday. It is my firm belief that Yoga is the glue that holds the entire program together, and without it, the rest is pointless.

I cannot imagine what the results are going to be after three months of this hybrid. I have found that if I have a calendar with my workouts planned out, it takes all of the guess-work out of it. That way, when I am stumbling around half-blind in the mornings getting ready to workout, I don’t give myself the opportunity to back out, or pick an easier workout. It is already planned, all I have to do is push play. I know myself well enough to know that if given the opportunity, I will make excuses for why I should take it easy today. I did so for the last four years. I am done making excuses. This is possible. It was hard as hell. I have worked my ass off (literally). But it is possible. This is not a 90 day program. It is a rest of your life program.

Father’s Day Weekend

I think father’s day is the most important day of the year for me (aside from Avi’s birthday) because it is something that I have earned. I work my ass of as a dad. There are days on the weekend where I am more tired from running with an almost-4-year-old than I am after working a tough 8 hour day at work. It is a different kind of tired, but it is tired none the less.

I had a long weekend with The Av-Ster and I wanted to make it something special. Avi and I went to the Spencerport carnival and parade Friday night and hiked the length of the gorge trail at Stony Brook Saturday. I didn’t really know what to expect from her little legs as far as hiking went. I can now say that this kid is a trooper. He hiked, we swam, we fell, he got cut knees. At one point the two of us were climbing up a big rock when it shifted under our weight, I lost my balance and stepped on Av’s shin. I was sure I broke it. Regardless of how much weight I have lost, I am still 200+ pounds. She was fine.

At one point on our way back, we got stuck above a waterfall. We had two options, we could backtrack 10 minutes and pick up the trail, or I could have Avi cling to my chest while I scaled the wall of the gorge. We chose the latter.

It was the best day I have ever spent with her. I love that we enjoy the same things. I love that playing, and hiking and running are all things she wants to do when I ask her what she would like to do tonight?

Her 4th birthday is approaching and I have a whole set of feelings about it that I am not ready to address yet.

My P90X Story

There was a day that sticks out clearly in my mind. I walked into the bathroom and glanced at myself in the mirror. I was so appalled by what I saw that I sat down and cried. That was just one of the many days that led me to where I am now. I told myself I didn’t have time to work out. I told myself that I was too busy taking care of a one year old, then a two year old, then a three year old. I let myself slip further and further into someone I was no longer proud to look at in a mirror.

That all changed this spring. I had started and not finished p90x once before. I did it for a month, felt good, and quit. This time, there would be no quitting. I had the DVDs, I had the new yoga mat. I had a pull up bar, a had a plan and I was going to stick with it.

Danielle told me to take day 1 pictures as I would want something to compare with when I was done. I did not take the pictures because I didn’t want to be faced with the realities of how I looked. Of course, Danielle was right and I wish I had those pictures.

I have never been a morning person, so getting up an hour and a half earlier every morning to workout my ass off was something I was not sure I would be able to do. I began on Monday, March 14th. I weighed 228.5 (not even my high point). The first week I missed two workouts. I was tired and sore from starting the program. I made up the two workouts over that first weekend. I have not missed a day since (aside from a day off a week). For the better part of three months I have done double workouts doing Cardio X every other afternoon, supplemented with runs of anywhere from 2-5 miles.

In the first month I lost 10 pounds. I got bigger, faster and stronger. I could run further, faster. I could play with Avi for hours and not need to sit down and catch my breath after a bought of Air Bending. In the second month, the weight loss slowed down a bit. I was down another 6 pounds to 212 on May 14th. I kept up with all of my workouts, doing mostly two per day. I did a spinning class Mondays and Fridays for 45 minutes. I worked my butt off (literally). By the end of month 3 last week I was past my goal weight of 205 (where I played football in college).  I had lost a full 25 pounds down to 203.5.

I really cannot overstate how highly I think of this program. If you eat well and push play everyday, you will see results. Period. I think a major mistake that people make (myself included) is that they either see results and get complacent, or don’t see enough results and get discouraged. When I talk to people about the program I get a lot of the same responses.

1.) “The videos are too long, I don’t have an hour and a half every day”. -To this I say bullshit. I work full time, I was a full-time student during most of the last three months. Avi is a busy and active almost 4-year old. We have a house to maintain as well as all the other day to day responsibilities people have. I found the time.

2.) “It’s too hard”- Yes it is. But I owe it to Avi to be around for a long time.

3.) “I don’t like the Yoga”- If you are not going to do  Yoga X, don’t do the program. The vast majority of the results that I have seen have been a direct result of me doing Yoga X. The strength, balance and flexibility as well as calmness of mind and body that I have gained thanks to Yoga X is amazing. In my opinion, there is no more critical part of any workout program than flexibility. Tony refers to yoga as the fountain of youth. Yoga X is hard. The first time I did it, I had to break it up into two parts. Now, it is the most important hour and a half of my week. Yoga X has made my a life long yoga-ist.

I had planned on taking a week off after finishing the program. I changed my mind. I found a p90x/Insanity hybrid calendar online. By the end of the three months, I found that Plyo X and Kenpo X were not hard enough anymore. I am doing another 3 months of p90x, this time substituting in Insanity workouts for the Cardio Days.

I even heard an awesome rumor that p90x 2 is coming out this fall, sounds like the perfect Christmas present. This has been a life changing experience for me. I honestly feel like a different person. I have yet to take the day 90 pics, but I am excited to see the changes from start to finish.