Update- Day 14 of P90X – Losing Inches Not Weight!
This video was for day 14 of P90X but I’m just now getting it posted. There is a lot exciting news… at least for me. I have been working out without missing a day and more importantly, I have been following the nutritional guidelines for P90X to the letter. I also created a spreadsheet to track my progress. It is an easy Excel macro file but if anyone would like a copy for yourself just let me know. In addition I have been keep track of my calories, protein, fat and carbohydrates using a website that I found called MyFitnessPal.com. Check it out, it is great and it will help you out a ton on the nutrition side of P90X.
At the beginning of this challenge I told myself to only measure and weigh myself on Sundays because I knew that the numbers would fluctuate and I didn’t want to get discouraged. So on day eight I weighed myself and I had lost 12 pounds and I was blown away. I really didn’t make any other measurements other than my waist which was down 1-1/2 inches. Needless to say I was excited so I increased my efforts the next week and raised my intensity level as much as I could.
On Sunday the 11th of March I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and check my progress. So, I jumped out of bed on Sunday, ran to the scale which I was certain that would reveal similar results to last week. Anyway, I jumped on the scale and I had lost 1 freaking pound. I was totally bummed! At first I thought the scale was wrong or something because I brought it this week as hard as I could! Then it dawned on me that I should check my measurements just to make sure I was not going crazy.
P90X – Ditch The Scale
Stick With The Measurements!
So, I slowly walked in my office wondering about the scale the entire time, grabbed the measuring tape and started measuring. I started with my waist because I like every other male on the planet…that is where we want to lose it the most. So, I wrapped the tape around me and I was blown away at the results! I had lost another inch around my waist taking me down 2 1/2 inches so far. I freaking couldn’t believe it. I only lost 1 pound but lost an entire inch in my waist! At first I tried to make heads or tails out of it but the only explanation that I could come up with is that I was building muscle at the same pace I was dropping fat. Pretty cool I must say!!
I proceeded to make the other measurements and I had lost inches over my entire body… just not weight. This was amazingly encouraging and I am again energized to get through next week to see where I end up. I’m getting more proficient at doing the P90X routines but they are still really hard. At least I don’t look and feel like a complete bonehead while I’m doing them now.
P90X – Concentrate on What Matters!
One last thought. For those of you watch the scale as a guide to your fitness must reevaluate what is really important. Yes, it’s nice to know how much you weigh but when you watch what you eat and exercise using P90X, the scale is almost meaningless. Muscle weighs more than fat and what really means something is how you fit into your clothes. I learned that the hard way. But make no mistake, I have completely committed to see this thing though and for no other reason than finding out what my optimum weight is. There is no table or calculation that can determine your optimum weight should be. That number is completely up to you to find out and you won’t do it until you go through the process.
This is day 8 of doing P90X and I just finished my workout. Last week my entire body was sore. I think the only part of my body that wasn’t sore was my eyelids. I was a little worried that working out sore would be a problem but I did it anyway. I found out that my soreness decreased almost to nothing after I got into the next workout.
Anyway, I have lost 12 pounds and I’ve lost 1.5 inches in my waist in the first week! I know, that sounds too good to be true so when I first saw that, I weighed and measured again just to make sure. P90X Rocks! At the peak of my soreness it was a little debilitating but I kept going and I’m glad I did. Now I’m super motivated. To get those kind of results that quickly is pretty motivating don’t you think?
The workouts are still pretty tough and I can’t do all the reps especially on the Ab Ripper X. I just do as many as I can… rest then do as many I can to the end. P90X is freaking brutal workout! I have added reps this week so I’m heading in the right direction. Also, the decline pushups are really hard for me… I found out that it’s a good way to face plant though! What I’m doing is a rep or two and then slowly descend to get kind of a negative rep in to help build strength. I have never had too much upper body strength, even when I was thin. All I cared about when I was younger was to be able to hold my guitar up for 4 hours and play.
P90X – A Life Lesson
One thing I want to say is that I am finding an amazing correlation with the commitment that it takes to do P90X and any other achievement that I have ever enjoyed in my life. When I was studying for my MBA, it took an amazing amount of commitment and dedication to see the process through. I just kept on keeping on until the day came when I could say that I had a Master’s Degree. The same thing applies with P90X or anything else that you want to accomplish in life. Oh, and by the way, there really is no time table to be successful… only dedication and commitment. Those are the only ingredients in Success for literally anything!
I tell people in Marketing and in Business:
“Anything is possible if you want it bad enough” Also,
“To be successful…go as fast as you can at your own pace.”
The only way you can ever lose at ANYTHING is if you quit…
Keep Pushing Play. Not just for P90X but for whatever else you want in life!! The most successful people in the world have only one thing in common. They hang on when everyone else let’s go… So, don’t let go and success will find you!!
Hello again. It’s February 27, 2012 and as promised, here is my Day 1 Update. P90X definitely lives up to billing. It’s a brutal workout. I’m hoping with the combination of the workouts and the nutritional changes that I have already made will translate into great results… I have to tell you that I am extremely tired from the workout. Also, I learned a few things that I’m going incorporate tomorrow and workouts from now on. That is.. don’t get in a hurry and definitely don’t try to keep up with instructors at first… No way unless you are already in shape (which I am not).
After working chest arms and back, I ran out of gas to complete the entire AB Ripper X portion of the P90X workout. I got through half though… not bad for someone who hasn’t worked out in years I guess. I’m trying to keep things in perspective and not get in a hurry. I didn’t get into this bad of shape over night and it certainly will take commitment and patience to see it though. So far so good though. My daughter worked out with me and we had a good time bantering back and forth.
Anyway, I have going to add in the Ab portion that I missed to the end of the workout tomorrow. I don’t know if that is acceptable but getting started, I don’t think it will hurt anything. I’m taking it a little slow for now so that I don’t pull something that will set me back even further than I already am.
I really think that going on a strict P90X diet a week before you start the workouts is probably a good idea for someone that has lots of weight to drop. It will help build up good habits and give you energy to start the program and see it though. I hope that is the case anyway!
I’ll keep posting updates as time goes along on my P90X journey to good health and fitness. Oh and I will post my before pictures soon… Boy am I dreading that!
Hello everyone. This is my initial video on my personal journey with P90X. In the video, I go over why I decided to take the P90X challenge and my approach to the nutrition plan. I lost 8 pounds just going on a strict diet a week or so previous to my workouts. Doing it this way allowed me to shed a few pounds and build up my energy level in order to handle what I am sure is a brutal exercise regimen. Sorry for the length of this initial video… I guess I had a lot to say. I will keep my future videos shorter. Also, I will post a Day 1 video after my first P90X workout and share my thoughts as well. After that I plan on posting every week or so.
By the way, I will post my before pictures soon but frankly, I’m to disgusted to even look at them at the moment. I will say that according to everything that I have read, I am a good 40+ pounds over weight so hopefully the P90X challenge will get me back to where I want to be and more.