Answers about P90X

Stats are funny. The other day I did a post about them and about how most people care about their blog stats but that some people pretend not to. Okay, it was more of a rant. Someone (not one of the people I was referring to in that post) with a lot of readers saw it, and he decided to mention my blog on twitter to get me a higher stat day, probably because I said I enjoy seeing high stat days. Of course, high stat days for me are usually days I get close to 80 hits on my blog. So I said, sure, why not?

But then John saw the post I had done earlier about P90X results. And he tweeted about that. Three or four times.

Oh my.

Never did I suppose someone would see that blog post and go to facebook’s P90X fan page to add my story to it. But they did. Oh my word. NEVER did I think that when I posted my back fat on my little blog that so many people would end up seeing it.

I mean, it’s fine. I wouldn’t have put it on the internet if I had a problem with people seeing it. But it was still quite unexpected.

I’ve had a lot of questions in the comments on that post and on the fan page, so I’ve decided to do a quick blurb about what I did for the program, just to answer the most common questions. I’m certainly no fitness expert or nutritionist, but since the questions were aimed at me, I’m going to answer them the best I can.

When I started P90X lean, I got sick about a week in with the flu, and I had to take about 2 or 3 weeks off. Some of the people on facebook said this happened to them too. It’s really frustrating, and I understand how hard it is to have to start over again.  But it’s worth it.

When I started back, I didn’t take any more breaks. I didn’t do it the way I was “supposed” to do it though. Because Tom is a runner, he needed some days off of P90X to run. So what we would do is on days that there were cardio, Tom would run, and I would either do the cardio (cardio x, kenpo x, or plyometrics) on my own or I would do an hour of cardio on the treadmill or outside.

I also didn’t ever do the nutrition guide. It was a little too rigid for us, and we hate fish and seafood, which it often called for. The first month and a half or so, we continued to eat the way we had been eating. I think if we had eaten healthy all along, it would have made a difference more quickly in our bodies. I started to feel like I wasn’t changing at all, so I decided to change up our diet. I started cooking dinners from Cooking Lite cookbook. We would have a salad with marinated and grilled or baked (boneless, skinless) chicken breast chopped up in it for dinner once a week. We already only would allow ourselves to have soft drinks on the weekends. I stopped doing so much baking, even though I enjoy it, because that just meant sweets around the house, and I have little willpower when it comes to food. I started eating more fruits and yogurts, and we did a lot of chicken instead of red meats, though we still had red meat occasionally. When the diet changed, I started to see more of a difference in my body, and I wished I had done the healthier eating from the beginning. (Now that we have the Insanity workout with a different nutrition guide, I am finding it easier to stick to. I am getting stuff for us to eat that makes it easier to stay within the general guidelines of that nutrition guide, but we aren’t so strict about it that we worry about having EVERY meal be something from the guide. But we didn’t get this guide and workout program until we were done with P90X.)

Even with that, I didn’t lose weight. Tom gained about 10 pounds of muscle, and I traded out some fat for muscles. I still have fat to lose, but I know now that the scale doesn’t necessarily reflect fat. Muscle is heavier than fat, and so as I leaned out in some areas, I added muscle. That meant I looked a little different, but I didn’t weigh any differently. My weight would fluctuate daily by about five pounds, but that is normal, even if you aren’t working out. So I quit worrying about it. I started to judge my progress more on how I looked in pictures each month or on how many pull-ups or push-ups I could do.  That seemed to be a better indicator of how healthy I was or strong I was. When I started, I couldn’t do any pull-ups. It was frustrating. By the end, I had seen a big improvement in my strength.

Tom was my cheerleader and coach the whole way through. Days I didn’t want to do it, he would push me, and while I was striving for one more pull-up or a few more pounds to lift, he would encourage me. In the last month and a half, I would occasionally do two workouts a day by doing an extra half hour of cardio on the treadmill on days when I did P90x if I had time. Tom would always be really encouraging of me doing all I set out to do. I really recommend doing this program with someone. I am the kind of person who is not very intrinsically motivated to work out. So when we finished the P90X program, and when I found out that I couldn’t do the Insanity program safely because of my asthma, I took a break. I would still do about an hour of cardio outside two or three times a week, but that was it. I was eating well, but I needed and wanted to start working out again.

Yesterday, I called up my girlfriend Jessica, who had expressed an interest in doing P90X Classic with me when I started it. So she came over, and we did Chest and Back plus Ab Ripper. My arms and chest are pretty sore today, but I feel good, mainly because I know that I’m back at it. It just feels good to know I’m doing something good for my body again. I’ll be interested to see how different it is to do the classic program versus the lean program. I guess I need to do some more before and after pictures, as well. Oh boy.

Finally, here are the links to posts I did when I started the program, when I was in beginning of the program, when I was almost done with the program, and when I got done with the program.

I hope that answers all the questions. If not, feel free to ask some more! =) Thanks for all the encouragement. And thanks, John, for getting my story out there!


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