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P90X – more details and pictures!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Ok, I have come to grips with posting the pictures and detailed stats. I’m only putting links to the photos so that, if looking at weight loss photos is not your thing, you can opt out! Be kind, people. When I reach my next goal – in 2 more pounds, I’ll post updated pics!!! These were so 8 pounds ago 🙂

Detailed Breakdown of Progress:
P90X - Stats

Pictures show days 0, 30, 60, and 90:
front view photo

side view photo

back view photo – my favorite – new muscles, yay!

P90X Update – Finally!!!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Ok, I expect to take some heat for waiting so long to post the results. I don’t really have an excuse. Anyway, I finished my first round of P90X on August 27 (in reality, it was P117X for me – had some injury time outs that were unrelated to the program). Remember way back in May when I started? I posted my day 0 stats HERE, and then left everyone hanging!

I cannot say enough good things about P90X. It’s no exaggeration to say that it has drastically changed my life. I feel so much better about myself. I’m healthy, I’m in shape, and I am eating clean! Fitness and good nutrition are now permanent parts of my life, but that wasn’t always so. Those of you who know me well, know that I have always enjoyed being active and athletic – playing soccer 4 seasons per year in high school, doing intramural sports in college and grad school, going to the gym (intermittently), taking fitness classes, never turning down a chance for a good competitive game (bring on the contact sports!!!). Somehow, though, I never had the body that I wanted. Even double sessions in high school didn’t completely do the trick! I just kind of gave up and assumed that “this is just how I’m made.”

I know many people, particularly women, struggle with weight-related self esteem and confidence issues; I have certainly suffered through many years of feeling bad about myself in all different types of situations, but all relating to how I perceived myself physically. If you’ve ever experienced this type of debilitating lack of confidence, you know that it can creep into so many parts of your life: social, personal relationships, even work, etc.

While this is extremely personal for me, I feel an obligation to talk openly about it, because, through P90X, I’ve taken huge strides toward resolving these feelings and becoming a physically and mentally healthier person. P90X has given me the opportunity for a total transformation! I always thought I was doing the right things to lose weight and get in shape. I thought my diet was decent and I exercised a lot. P90X taught me that, in my case, 75% of my problem was diet. I wasn’t necessarily eating bad food, just the wrong proportions – too many carbs and not enough protein. People OFTEN ask “do I really need to follow the nutrition plan for P90X?” The answer is YES, you do! I asked the same question – who feels like dieting anyway?? But, with some prodding from Jesse, I decided to really embrace the entire program, nutrition and all – it’s only 90 days, right? Between the intense (and very satisfying) workouts, and the change in diet, the pounds and inches were melting off. I was never hungry! In fact, I was eating much more than I ever had (very large grocery bills prove it).

I hit a bit of a plateau in phase II. I stayed on the fat shredder phase of the diet for 60 days, instead of only 30. It’s very flexible that way – you just need to listen to your body. I think I stayed on the fat shredder phase for a bit too long, which slowed my results a bit (see phase II results). In phase III of the workouts, however, I moved on to phase II of the nutrition plan. I never got to phase III of the diet (still, to this day). I’m still loosely following phase II. Anyhow, have a look at the results. I have a more detailed version of the results table that shows from where the inches were lost (e.g. waist, legs, etc.), but it’s kind of big, so I decided to go with a summary instead. If there are cries of outrage, I’ll see what I can do to post the deets.

Just as an update, I finished P90X on August 27. Since then, I’ve continued to exercise (4 or 5 times/week) and eat well and have lost about 9 more pounds (more on that in another post). Now I’m just kind of maintaining. I’d maybe like to lose 5 or 6 more pounds, but I’m not going to obsess over it. I am the thinnest I have EVER been. I went from a size 10/12 to a size 6. I wasn’t even a size 6 in high school!!! Thanks, Tony Horton, for showing me the way!!! If I can do it, anyone can do it. It just takes a commitment to eat well and press play every day – one day at a time.

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