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My husband and I have been doing the P90X program for 3 weeks now. So far it has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself. If you haven't seen the infomercials, it's pretty intense. If you have seen them, you know what I'm talking about! It's 90 days of intense exercise paired with a nutrition plan.
The first week was HARD! I was so sore after the first 2 days, I could hardly walk. I couldn't even sit down without grunting and groaning in pain. Every move I made took much effort, and was usually accompanied by more grunts and groans. Even rolling over in bed was painful. Then my Results and Recovery drink arrived, (it's one of the P90X supplements), and the post-work out pains were gone. That stuff is amazing! They must put narcotics in it or something, because I haven't been sore since I've been drinking it. It tastes yummy, too!
P90X has a nutrition plan to go along with the excercises. If you do the portion plan, you make your own menu using the appropriate amount of proteins, carbs, fats, veggies, etc. every day. Since I am Terrible (with a capital T) at meal planning, we chose to do the meal plan. You have a week's worth of meals and snacks already planned that you will repeat for the first month. All you have to do is cook them.
Sounds easy, right?
I spent more time in the grocery store and kitchen that first week than I did sleeping! There was a different soup to cook every day, along with some kind of dressing, sauce, gravy, or salsa that had to be chopped, cooked, pureed, reduced, reduced again, mixed, pureed... You get the point. The cooking and eating part was harder for me than the exercising! And since my husband can't boil water without burning it, the cooking was up to me. Needless to say, Dear Hubby has learned how to chop vegetables AND do the dishes! He has been a wonderful help in the kitchen since that first week, and has even prepared a few meals alone.
His training is coming along well!
After the first few days of a 100% change in my eating habits along with new exercises, my body felt much better. I almost felt detoxified. I didn't crave chocolate and sugar like I thought I might. I didn't crave carbs even though the first phase of the program is low carb. I just felt good! My body felt good. My mind felt good.
Then came the weigh in. My goal for the program is to lose 10 lbs. After the first week, I was really excited to see how much weight I had lost. We don't own a scale, so we use the Wii fit for our weight. I stepped on the fit board and waited for it to calculate my weight. Imagine my surprise when the number popped up on the screen. After only one week of circling the grocery store buying foods I had never heard of, chopping them up, cooking them, eating so much food I couldn't finish it all, and sweating my pants off, I had lost...are you ready?...drum roll please...... 0.1lb. Yes, that's right - one tenth of one pound! That's only 1.6 ounces! Not even a drink of water's worth!
But you know what? I wasn't discouraged. Not even one little iota. Because I felt so much better. My body was happy with the changes I had made, and that made me want to continue.
The second week in the kitchen was much easier. All the dressings, soups, sauces and gravies were already made and waiting in the freezer. I didn't feel like I was spending every spare moment grocery shopping or cooking. But I had just started this blog and it took a lot of my time. My husband was traveling, and I didn't find the time to exercise every day like I should have. My body needed a break, I told myself. I could only do so much. I could tell my body was melting away the fat, though. My clothes fit better, and I could actually see myself getting smaller. I was even more excited about my weigh in after the second week. This time I lost 2.4lbs. for a total of 2.5lbs in 2 weeks. Not bad!
My hard work was paying off.
Cut to the third week. The cooking and eating came naturally this past week, and the exercising happened every day like it was supposed to. I could still feel my body transforming and becoming more proficient at the exercises. I actually enjoyed the Ab Ripper X exercises this week ('cause I could finally do them!) My body felt 'clean' and preservative free. We had a potluck at work yesterday, and none of the sweets even looked good to me. (I'm not sure if I want that to last!) I look at food in a whole different light now. I see at it as fuel, and if you want the car to run at it's best, you have to use the premium grade gas. Ok, I'm scaring my self now!
Let's get this post over with! For my weigh in this morning, I lost another 1.3lbs. Total 3.8lbs in 3 weeks. Wow! It feels good!
I will be posting a P90X update every Friday. If I'm brave enough at the end, I might even post before and after pictures. That should keep me motivated!
If you've made it this far, thanks for hanging with me. I hope you have a wonderful day!