When we did P90X the first time, I was really amazed at how quickly we were able to transform our bodies. 90 days really isn’t that long and it’s already flying by (we’re 35 days in already!). I promised that I’d share my results and part of the reason for that promise is that it keeps me accountable! I definitely had some reservations about posting these pictures, but I decided to go for it in hopes that it’ll keep myself accountable and maybe even inspire others.
December is a tough month to start any diet and exercise plan, but that was a big reason why we started when we did (click here for our diet approach this round). We let ourselves have plenty of cheats over the holidays but stuck to our exercise routine and didn’t get too crazy. To me, cookies and a full belly are part of the fun on Christmas (which also happens to be my birthday!) and I wasn’t about to pass them up this year. However, having a goal in place during the holidays really helped me keep on track for the majority of the month and for the first time probably ever, I felt better about my body after the holidays than I did before Thanksgiving. That itself is enough!
But for those of us who like the hard data, in just 4 weeks of P90X:
- 3 pounds lost
- 1 inch lost off waist
- 1/2 inch lost off hips
- 1/4 inch lost off each thigh
My clothes are starting to fit better now (not close to those skinny jeans, but I do have a pair of bigger jeans that now fit) and I feel SO much better. Not only do I feel more confident in how I look, but I physically feel better thanks to the healthy food and regular workout highs. My body feels tighter and stronger. I saw significant improvements in strength, namely in the number of push-ups and (assisted) pull-ups I was able to do. I also moved up in dumbbell weights in basically every move by the end, or was able to do more reps. My secret to success for P90X has always been to write down my weight and reps every time and always try to beat my reps or move up a weight the next time. This ensures that I “bring it,” as Tony Horton would say, every time.
That being said, I was a little surprised that I only lost 3 pounds given that I lost 8 during the last round and this time I’m breastfeeding (but running way less), but I have a feeling that until I stop breastfeeding, my body is going to hold on to a few extra pounds. And that’s totally fine. I also realize that getting down to my pre-pregnancy weight by the end of the program is going to be unrealistic, not only because I have more to lose, but largely because I’m going to have so much more muscle than I did before I was pregnant. My pre-pregnancy weight was post peak marathon training and during my pregnancy I put on some muscle doing yoga, barre and literally thousands of squats. I’m totally fine with this – the scale is not the end all, be all! It’s about feeling strong and confident.
We’re already on week 2 of phase 2 and I am already seeing more gains. It’s crazy to think we’re nearly halfway done with the program already!
Do you focus more on the scale, how your pants fit or how you feel?