Last summer (2010), I weighed 210 lbs. and hated it. After being ill, losing weight, given medication and ordered not to exercise (except light cardio) I was at my heaviest. So last summer I decided to get in shape and lose weight. I had a goal to get down to 185 lbs. in 3 months but failed miserably. At the end of 3 months I weighed pretty much the same because I didn’t exercise consistently and didn’t stick to a diet.
A few months ago I had lunch with an old colleague and was amazed at how much weight he lost. He looked great after losing 50 lbs. He told me purchased an exercise / diet program named P90X. P90X is a 90 days total-body exercise program on DVDs that you follow at home to whip you back in shape. All you need are some weights or resistance bands, pull-up bar that can attach to a door way and a Yoga mat.
A few weeks later I read Pat Flynn’s Blog, Smart Passive Income, and he too got back in shape after using P90X. I was impressed and convinced that P90X would be a good program to help get me back in shape. I purchased P90X with a pull up bar and eagerly awaited arrival to get started. Update: Beach Body has recently released P90X2.
The Beginning of P90X
The first 2 weeks of P90X was brutal. After each exercise I was absolutely exhausted and would remain exhausted for the rest of the day. I felt as if I ran a marathon. The cardio exercises I couldn’t keep up with. I’d have to pause the DVD and lay down for a few minutes to get my heart rate down. I was definitely out of shape. However, after 2 weeks I was able to keep up without feeling completed exhausted for the rest of the day. The most difficult parts of the resistance training are the pull-ups and the abs exercises which I still struggle with.
Five Weeks Later
Five weeks later after working out 6 days per week for 1 to 1-1/4 hours and changing my diet I saw little improvement. P90X included a book on how to diet, but I didn’t follow it. I basically ate low fat – healthy meals, reduced my portions, stop drinking soda and artificial fruit juices, drank more water, stopped snacking, ate more fruits and vegetables and stopped eating after 9 PM. I knew that most likely the reason I saw no reduction in weight was because I put on muscle which offset the fat I was losing. Also, I felt if I stuck to a really strict diet I would have lost weight.
However, I still grew frustrated that the results weren’t coming quickly. I called my old colleague who lost 50 lbs. and he told me the same thing happed to him. The first few weeks he too didn’t lose much weight, which made me feel a little better. I also expressed to him that I absolutely hated Yoga. A part of the P90X program is Yoga once or twice per week which I didn’t like. It was too long and I didn’t like getting up and down from the floor and trying to get into different award positions. My old colleague told me he too felt the same way and skipped Yoga and substituted it with the cardio exercises. I agreed that was a great idea and from then on substituted Yoga for the cardio exercises.
90 Days Later
Soon after 5 weeks my weight started dropping. It seems as if for weeks I wouldn’t lose any weight then over a few days I’d drop a few pounds. I learned losing weight isn’t a linear process. As I began to lose weight I grew more excited. Most of my weight was in my stomach and could see and feel my stomach getting smaller.
My goal was to lose 23 lbs., going from 208 lbs. to 185 lbs in 13 weeks. I wanted to look trim and fit and not necessarily put on a lot of muscle which I knew I wouldn’t maintain.
The Results so Far
After 13 weeks of P90X, which is the length of the program I am now 192 lbs. I’ve lost 16 lbs. and my waist has shrunk 3 inches which is a huge difference. My pants and shorts that were too tight or couldn’t fit, I can now wear. I’m currently continuing the P90X for another 13 weeks with the goal of hitting 185 lbs. After, I still plan on continuing P90X but I will mix-it up with weight-training at the gym, playing racquetball and swimming.
Below are my before and after pictures:
Before and After Front
Before and After Rear
Before and After Side
My Equipment for P90X
The things I’ve learned thus far are as follows:
- Working out at home is far more convenient than working out at the gym.
- Following an exercise program is great because you don’t have to wonder what to do next.
- Losing weight isn’t a linear.
- Losing weight is very hard work.
- Getting back into shape is all about consistency.