P90X Day 90 – Before and After Pictures & Measurements

We made it!  After so much talk and anticipation about starting our P90X journey, it’s hard to believe that it is over. Well, our first “round” is over. P90X is definitely going to continue to be a big part of our workout routines each week even though we are now “P90X Graduates.”

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How I Did It

First, in order for everyone to understand exactly how I got where I am now, I want to list some of the nuances of how we followed the P90X fitness and nutrition program. The main factor that will be different from most people’s P90X experience is that we were training for a marathon during P90X. Here is how I got my results:

Phase 1:

  • Completed every P90X workout
  • Starting Week 2, ran twice a week, no more than 12 miles/week (double day blog post here)
  • Followed the P90X nutrition plan portions very closely (i.e. only 1 carbohydrate/day!)
  • Ate 1,800-2,000 calories/day
  • Only one cheat meal
  • Cut out completely: soda, coffee, caffeine, fried food, chocolate and alcohol
  • See more about how we tackled Phase 1 on my blog post here

Phase 2:

  • Completed every P90X workout, except Kenpo (replaced with long run on Saturdays)
  • Ran 2-3 times a week, from 17-22 miles/week
  • Followed Phase 2 P90X nutrition plan closely, but with more exceptions (more carbohydrates and fruit on double workout days or long run days)
  • Aimed to eat between 1,800-2,000 calories on single workout days and 2,000-2,200 calories on double workout days (i.e. P90X in the morning, 6 mile run in the evening)
  • Had at least one cheat meal/week
  • Drank alcohol on three occasions (2-5 drinks at each)
  • See more on Phase 2 results at my blog post here

Phase 3:

  • Completed every P90X workout, except Kenpo (replaced with long run on Saturdays)
  • Ran 2-3 times a week, from 22-27 miles/week
  • Followed Phase 3 P90X nutrition plan closely, but with more exceptions (more carbohydrates and fruit on double workout days or long run days)
  • Aimed to eat between 1,800-2,000 calories on single workout days and 2,000-2,200 calories on double workout days (i.e. P90X in the morning, 6 mile run in the evening)
  • Had about 1-2 cheat meals/week
  • Drank alcohol on three occasions (1-3 drinks at each)
  • More on Phase 3 nutrition plan here

Results

Ok now on to the good stuff. Where did all this working out and dieting get me? To a GREAT place. My boyfriend Mike also followed the plan with me and is training for the marathon as well. Check out our measurement changes (mine are in pink, his are in blue):

From Day 1 to Day 90

Weight Change from Day 1: -10.8 lbs; -5.6 lbs

Waist Change from Day 1: -2.25 inches; -3.5 inches

Hips Change from Day 1: -1.5 inches; -1.75 inches

Chest Change from Day 1: -1.75 inches; +0.75 inches

Legs Change from Day 1: -1.5 inches;  +0.25 inches

Bicep Change from Day 1: -.05 inches (apparently overall my arms shrank!);+1.25 inches

I was so pleased with our measurements. I was definitely not expecting to lose nearly 11 lbs during this program and over 2 inches off my waist! Mike’s waist shrank by 3.5 inches – incredible! It’s interesting to look back at my before pictures. At the time, I was pretty content with my body. I knew that I could make improvements, but I was happy enough with the fact that I could eat whatever I wanted on weekends, indulge a few times throughout the week and still be considered in fairly good shape. My clothes all still fit (I would always cut back when they got too tight), and I had just achieved my half marathon goal time of less than 2 hours.  I felt that I was fairly healthy and that my weight just seemed to want to stay where it was, as it had for the last several years. My current weight is less than I can remember seeing on the scale. It’s just a little more than the weight as I was when I was 19 years old (and I didn’t have a 4 pack then!).

Before and After Photos

We’re planning to take the Fit Test within the next week so stay tuned for a post on that. But now let’s get to what you really want to see – before and after pictures!

Ab Ripper Really Works!

I plan to write an entire blog entry on my thoughts on P90X as a whole, but to sum it up – I LOVE this program. As I’ve mentioned before, prior to P90X I had run 3 half marathons and consistently worked out 5 times a week for the last year and a half (and probably 4-5 times a week for years prior to that). However, I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I hopped from workout fad to fad diet, trying to find something that worked, and ultimately I think I wasn’t really focusing on anything. The biggest change for me with P90X was the diet – cutting way back on frozen yogurt, alcohol, sugary coffee drinks, diet soda and big meals on the weekend really made the difference. Another huge change was going from strength training possibly 1-2 times a week to consistently 3 times a week, with less focus on full-body strength training and more focus on specific body parts.

I am SO pleased with my results. I can’t wait to see how we look after the next 90 days! No, we aren’t starting P90X over from day 1, but we do plan to incorporate it into our marathon and triathlon training (marathon June 5 and triathlon July 24). Another blog post to come on my post P90X workout plan! Stay tuned for even more changes!

Update – since receiving such amazing feedback on my results I have become a Team Beachbody coach. If you would like me to be your coach or if you want to purchase P90X or P90X2 for yourself, please go here: http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/fitnessfatale . I would love to help you!