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.