Learn from my noob mistakes
When I first started to do P90x I wanted to get in shape for my wedding and I was partially committed. I didn’t understand the big picture. I was having a cheat snack once a week, skipped a couple workouts when things got busy, and I only saw it as a 90 day program. There I was preparing for a life long commitment to be married but I wasn’t in the mindset for a life long commitment to my health.
I didn’t bother to calculate my daily calories and didn’t bother with a heart rate monitor. I looked forward to my wife making brownies every friday. I didn’t realize that eating that 1 unhealthy snack every week and I wasn’t eating enough for 90 days (12 weeks) would set me back from obtaining the results I wanted. This ruined almost an entire month of the fat I was trying to shred.
When work got busy, life events crammed my schedule, or I had a lack of energy, I came up with excuses NOT to do my workout. I’d brush it off and say to myself “Bah, I’ll just delay my workout a day…or two”.
I was counting down the days 89 days left…50 days left…20 days left…I’M FINISHED! What did I do when I finished? I ate pizza, fudge, candies I used to eat. What a horrible mistake that I will not make again.
Beach Body’s slogan is “Decide. Commit. Succeed.”
I failed epically at step 2. “Commit” which made me not “Succeed.” I was setting myself up for failure by making BAD exceptions for myself. When I decided to revisit P90x, I was going to “Commit” 110% of myself this time. I know the program works because I have seen the videos and I know I didn’t do EVERYTHING I could have.
Solution #1 – Decide
I calculated the calories I needed to intake. I follow the P90x nutrition guide. I use a heart rate monitor to make sure I’m in the correct zone for P90x Cardio & Insanity. I make a small substitutions because I do not like asparagus soup and I have one of the other soups instead. If I’m out of one vegetable for dinner I will use another.
NO BROWNIES. No bad snacks. If I have a craving for a snack I eat a protein bar instead, but usually I don’t have these cravings anymore because I eat the correct amount of calories.
I also started using Shakeology as a meal replacement. I enjoy this every day. I didn’t want to make my lunch every day. I thought this shake would be perfect. It tastes unbelievably delicious…I just finished mine a few minutes ago. It is CHEAPER and so much more healthier than eating out. $4 for a meal! Thats incredible. I get it delivered to my house every month for free and I always have my lunch ready. I feel full and have more energy.
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Solution #2 – Commit
When life gets busy, I get BUSIER. When life gets hard, I work HARDER. If I have to, I will wake up before work at 5:50am to do my workout. I don’t want to look back and think I could have done more. I’m doing more NOW. I don’t miss workouts…and I have even started doubles! I will always get it done.
Solution #3 – Succeed.
This is the most important part. My life is longer that 90 days. For me P90x is more like PForeverX. I don’t want to be unhealthy so I don’t plan to stop. I will continue to do my P90x workouts which I now mix with Insanity and I LOVE IT. I love the way I look and feel. I can look back with no regrets and that gets me more excited for the future.
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