I began my first day of P90X back on September 7th of 2008, but made the decision to start two weeks earlier. I was watching TV, eating junk, and drinking beer - which was a pretty normal weekday night for me. And like many, many others I was sucked into the P90X infomercial. I was looking at pictures and videos of people who were overweight like myself and then miraculously 90 days later were transformed into ripped up-sexier versions of themselves. Well, I jumped online and order P90X and the rest is history! (Read my Review of Round 1)
At that time I weighed 188lbs and was wearing size 36 pants. By the end of Round 1, I was down to 164 lbs and my waist was reduced to a mere 34 inches! More importantly I felt wonderful! I had energy to burn, my complexion looked healthy, and I had a new sense of confidence. Well, I still wasn't where I wanted to be. After a short lay-off due to a banged up shoulder I decided to give P90X another go at it.
I came into Round 2 weighing 164 lbs, with a 34 inch waist, and 18% BF. These numbers are pretty good and initially I wanted to see if I could gain 5-8 lbs and bulk up some. So, I changed up my supplements and started to use Cell Mass and Nitrix from BSN Labs. After about 2 weeks I could really see and feel the difference with these supplements and they helped me immensely during the course of the 90 days. After phase one I was down to 162 lbs but I noticed that I was looking very lean and healthy and decided to scrap the idea of gaining bulk and let my body do what it wanted to do! I just got off the scale and my body decided it wanted to be 157 lbs, with a 32 inch waist, and 12% BF. If you would like to see my comparison pictures CLICK HERE.
Now that I got the stats out of the way let us talk some about how I got through P90X for a second round. For the most part I followed the program as planned, but I am the type of person that gets bored rather easily so minor changes were needed to keep me focused. Remember variety is the spice of life (or something like that?). Here are some of the things I did differently:
- Added dumbbells to my workouts instead of resistance bands,
- Got a HRM to track my calories,
- Tracked my BF% with a digital scale and calipers,
- Altered my mindset to have a positive attitude towards Yoga X,
- Switched my workout room from the Gameroom to an empty guest bedroom,
- Tried new supplements,
- Followed some different P90X blogs,
- Started a Twitter account,
- Substituted in some P90X Plus workouts,
- Muted Tony and listened to music,
- and towards the end Added running, swimming, and cycling.
Now that this round is complete I am going to start training for a Sprint Triathlon that is scheduled for August 2nd. Since this blog has been so helpful in motivating me to workout I am going to continue to post daily about my triathlon training. Which will, of course, include many of the P90X workouts. Over the next few days I plan to change up the format of the blog some and archive Round 1 and Round 2 of P90X for easy viewing access for those of you who are just beginning the program.
I mentioned in the first paragraph (which seems many, many words ago!) that P90X has changed my life. And it has in such a positive way that it is hard to really put into words just how awesome P90X really is! It ingrains in you the proper way to eat and workout and I cannot even imagine myself ever going back to the way I was before P90X. I no longer crave unhealthy foods because I no what happens if I do - I lived it.
In closing I would like to thank everyone who reads or has read this blog. Especially Boomer, Steve, Glenn, Mike and everyone else who has shared their ideas and opinions in the comments. I would not have made it this far without all of your support. Thank you all very much!
P.s. ... if you have a P90X Blog and would like me to link to it please drop me a comment!