Well, technically the journey began yesterday while Avi was napping. I ordered X2 for myself back in September to take advantage of the free shipping. I ordered the deluxe package that included the foam roller (may I never go a week without foam rolling again, but more on that later) two medicine balls and the stability ball along with two additional workouts for phase 2. Upon further review, I wish I had sprung for the Ultimate kit that included the Rumble Roller, as I will probably be going out and getting one anyways.
I sampled a few of the phase 1 workouts the last two weeks, but took a week of recovery (using X2 Yoga and Recovery and Mobility, which included the aforementioned foam rolling). I started yesterday with X2 Core and today with Plyocide. X2 offers a lot of freedom in scheduling which is a departure from x1, which was very rigid in the scheduling (which was necessary for me at that point in my life, when I needed structure). 10 months into this process, I have a greater understanding of my body and what is needed to achieve results, so the flexibility is something I like. Phase 1 is Foundation, where many of the workouts are focused on improving core strength and balance. After 9 months of X1 and Insanity, I have really good cardiovascular endurance and body strength, but core strength and balance are still weak spots. This was really evident the first time I tried to pull off the 1 leg med ball burpees in X2 core.
The foundation phase can last anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on need. I think after doing a few weeks of the routines after Christmas that I will shoot for 3 weeks followed by a short recovery and move into the second phase which is more similar to the structure of X1.
I didn’t follow the nutrition guide during my first 9 months, I just tried to eat clean, lean proteins and cut a lot of the garbage out of my diet. Because I didn’t follow the guide, I think I had to work harder to achieve the results I did, doing 2 sometimes 3 workouts a day to make up for a not-as-strict-as-it-could-have-been diet.
The goal this time is to use the MyFitnessPal app on my phone to track my food. I am shooting for about 1900 calories with 50% protein, 25% Carbs and 25% fat for the first month. It is going to be a real challenge meeting those percentages, but I am going to do my best.
I am starting from a level of fitness that is light years beyond where I was last March when I kicked my own ass into gear. I am 50 pounds lighter, Tim Tebow, I mean God only knows how much less % Body Fat. In order to take that to the next level, I have to truly dial in my nutrition and give every workout my absolute best effort.
When I am done with this in three months, it will be a year, almost to the day since my P90X start date (3/15/11). I said back then that this was not a 3 month fad for me, that it was a life changing routine that I would stick with. The beauty of the P90X/Insanity/Asylum/X2 workouts is that there is so much variety that I don’t ever lose interest. When I need a change, I just change up to something else. Following these 3 months where I follow the program as it has been laid out, I will probably create a hybrid program with X2 and Insanity the Asylum. But lets focus on this first.
This is me this morning. 187 pounds. I will continue to update throughout the next three months.