This is a personal story shared with me by one of my readers. I think it is a good representation of what you can expect from P90X. I hope Jonathan’s success will give you the motivation to go out and create your own success story. Enjoy…
I originally started P90X because after losing my job and changing careers I had quite a bit more time on my hands. I had heard it was an intense but successful program and some friends of my wife gave us the program as a gift. I was also eating terrible food and was in much need of a change of diet.
The Sunday before the first week we sat down and spent half the day planning out our meals. We bought everything to make at home and adhered to the diet plan verbatum. We measured everything out and only ate foods on the diet plan. We didn’t eat any snack food and didn’t eat even an ounce over the specified portions. We both felt 100% better within a day.
It was inevitable that over the course of the 90 days someone would invite us out for dinner or there would be a birthday party to attend. So instead of completely losing track we would enjoy ourselves, but eat in moderation and even then still try to eat proper foods and portions. If we were simply unable to eat good food then usually the change in one meal or being off diet for one day wouldn’t set us back and if anything it helped trick our systems or clean us out a little.
A typical day for us would be an omlet, two strips of turkey bacon, and a cup of grapes for breakfast. A mid morning snack (allowed in the program). A salad for lunch with lettuce, tomatoe, green peppers, 6 ounces of sliced turkey breast, and a squirt of non-fat dressing. A protein bar mid afternoon. A protein shake following the workout at 6pm made with 12oz. of skim milk then dinner after cooling down. Dinner would be a meat of our choosing ie. 6 oz of lean beef, grilled chicken, a filet, a boca burger, pork loin etc. and a vegetable. We began having our carbs with dinner but soon switched it to lunch for the extra energy in our workout. I normally save my other half a dairy serving for the evening so I can have 4oz of yogart an hour before bed.
The first Monday, June 21,2010, I weighed in at 199lbs. My goal wasn’t weight loss it was to get a nice six pack like I had in high school. We popped in the first DVD and it kicked our @$$! Everyday that week, day after day, it wore us out. We could not even come close to finishing the workouts. We did all we could do, took a break, and tried a little more. The first two weeks were the hardest. After that it stayed hard but was manageable. The only reason this worked for me is because the diet was simple and I didn’t have to plan my own workout. I could just put the DVD in and do what Tony was doing. If I would have had to put in anymore effort than that you wouldn’t be reading this right now. I also had to remain focused on each day individually. I never looked at what exercise was next or watched a video ahead of time. At the moment it was time to workout I looked at the book, put in the DVD and did what I saw. I have finished P90X and I still can’t complete every workout. I have to modify routinely but I still do what I can. It’s better than getting discouraged and doing nothing.
I weighed in the morning of the 90th day September 26, 2010 and weighed 168 lbs. I had lost 31 lbs. None of my pants fit anymore because I’ve gone from a 38 inch waist to a 34 inch waist. I never tracked my body fat percentage but I’d imaging that the change is substantial. I still have a little gut so I’ll keep working out to get my six pack, but I feel way better. I still struggle everyday with the workouts, and if you’ve done the math you’ve realized that I missed a week. Because of a scheduling conflict I missed week twelve and had to redo it. I stuck with the program because I set my mind to wanting to know that I could complete the program and see what the results would be…. no matter what. I did not have a number in mind when I started and had NO EXPECTATIONS. I only wanted to start and finish the program. I recommend setting goals, but the goal that worked for me was “Finishing”.
I started P90X over again yesterday. We’ll see where it takes me in the next 90 days. My wife and I had a gym membership for years and dropped it after we saw we could stick with the program. We’ve used the savings to buy less than $100 in workout equipment. There are a few more weights we need but that’ll come with time. We buy a lot less food at the store. We spend a lot less when we do shop and are able to buy better tasting food because of that. Above all else we save TONS OF $$ since we eat at home 90% of the month. We enjoy eating out but It’s hard to eat healthy when we do.
Thanks for sharing my story Ab Man. I hope it helps others stay on track and live healthier life styles.