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September 6, 2011

P90 X Review

Today I completed my 42nd day of the P90 X workout.  

I was kind of skeptical when I started this 90 routine a little over a month ago.  I didn't really know what to expect.  I had never really lifted a lot of weights before and my 12 and 15 pound dumbbells collected dust for a couple years until I started bringing them out a few months ago.  The problem was I didn't really know what to do with them - other than your standard shoulder press and curls and incorporating them into lunges and squats - I felt a little lost.

I can now say, that with the help of Tony Horton, I feel stronger and leaner.  I'm seeing definition in my arms and shoulders that I've never seen before, I'm not afraid of trying a pull up, even if I need to use a stool to help me up, and I've lost an inch from my hips and 3/4 of an inch from my thighs.

I haven't followed his program exactly because I practice my yoga 5 days a week and I don't have the time, nor, do I want to do 3 days of weights, 5 days of yoga and then 3 days of other cardio.  So I've been following his weights and my yoga and on my rest weeks (Week 4 and 8) I do the Plyometric work out or Cardio X along with yoga.  

I also haven't been super strict with my diet.  I mean eat pretty damn well - I think.  Most days I consume less than 2000 calories (with the P90 workout calculation where you calculate your resting metabolic rate and then incorporate the workouts, I need 25oo calories to maintain my weight, so I cut it by 500.), I eat a ton of fruit and veg and get enough protein.  But I have bad cheat days and I didn't cut our my rice, pasta, oats for the first month, which the P90 program recommends. 

So, beginning yesterday, for 30 days I am going to avoid all oats, rice, pastas and breads.  I still eat squash and zucchini and fruit and salad, I'm simply trying a little experiment.  I figure if I've lost an inch from my hips and I'm half way done the program, let's just see what this will do in the next 30 days.  





 

5 comments:

hannahjustbreathe said...

My sister started the P90X earlier this year in an attempt to get back into shape and lose some baby weight (her daughter turned a year in June). And no joke, she looks better now than she did before she was pregnant!!!! I've done a few of the workouts with her just to see what all the hype is about, and I definitely liked the ones I did.

Still... I don't know if I could give up my yoga! I like the combo route you've gone. Hmmm...perhaps that's something I could try, too...

Lady J said...

It seems to be working! And I find that the yoga helps really stretch out my muscles and the soreness from the weight lifting goes away a lot faster.

Lacey said...

Wow! That is quite the change! Make sure you supplement it with enough veggies for fiber & carbs! :)

Lady J said...

Will do Lacey! My fridge is stuffed full of fresh veggies :)

Les said...

Fresh veggies ...

*mumbles under his breath incoherently*