I really never thought I'd be writing these words. If you would have asked me a few months ago (or even a few weeks ago really) what the three LEAST likely blog post titles I could ever write would be, I'd have said:
"HOW I DECIDED THAT I HATE ICE CREAM"
"ANNOUNCEMENT: WE ARE GETTING DAY JOBS"
"MY FIRST WEEK OF P90X"
And yet, here we are. And I did just type that title. And I am about to talk to you about how I just finished my first week of the original P90X and how I actually kind of liked it and how I'm excited to see where this program takes me in my fitness journey. WHO AM I RIGHT NOW?!
If you follow me on social media, you know that a few weeks ago I decided to give P90X a try. I had been doing Piyo for about a month on our road trip and when we got back I was feeling like a new challenge. You might be wondering how I, the person who has said over and over that I don't like workouts longer than 30 minutes, came to this decision. To be honest, I don't really know. Maybe it was a moment of weakness? In my first week of P90X I definitely has a few moments where I though, "Why did I decide to do this again?!" But overall I feel empowered. And a little bit excited. Here's why...
Years ago, pre-baby times, I tried P90X. Just 2 of the workouts... the cardio one and the yoga one. And I couldn't make it even halfway through either. I fully gave up on it and wrote it off as a workout for legitimately crazy people. And I've never tried it again since then. In fact, when Beachbody asked me to be in the corporate test group for Tony Horton's newest program: 22 Minute Hard Corps, I was super skeptical because my only experience with Tony was those 2 workouts I failed miserably on.
For the first week of P90X I just dabbled. I tried random workouts from the program and still mixed some Piyo in. I was SHOCKED that I could finish the long workouts without feeling like death. Don't get me wrong, they are super challenging! And I wake up sore the next day for sure! But even the fact that I can get through them is truly a testament to how effective the short workout programs I've been doing from Beachbody are! When I tried P90X years ago I was running and going to the gym and still couldn't get through it. Now I'm doing simple half hour workouts from home and I am able to slay my P90X workouts. What a difference!
Hopped up on American Ninja Warrior inspiration stories and the confidence I was feeling from being able to get through the P90X workouts, I decided to officially commit to it. Mostly because I want to prove to myself that I can do it. Yeah I've got fitness goals, I want to be in the best shape of my life this year, and I feel like to do that I need to up the ante, but I really just wanted to see if I could. Do you ever feel that way? I want to see if I can push myself while also managing the symptoms of my Hashimotos disease. I know it will be tricky, but I'm tired of feeling limited and held back by it and I want to prove that I am stronger than my circumstances!!!
For years and years I've told myself that I'm just not cut out to be an athlete. That I'm not genetically blessed to have a fit body (or a body that responds quickly to exercise at all). That I'm not strong enough to do workouts like P90X. That I'm just not the type of person who likes working out hard. That I'm never going to be someone who has a body they are proud of and I should just accept that. And I just came to this point where I thought to myself, "ENOUGH!" So here we are! Still with me?
First week down! My before photo and 1 week progress photo are at the top of this post! I didn't take my weight at the start but I do have photos and measurements so I'm excited to see how this program brings new results! I've gotten a few questions on social media that I wanted to answer for anyone following along...
PROGRAM: I decided to follow the "Lean" calendar. P90X has a few different calendar options: Classic, Doubles, and Lean and after reading up on each I decided I wanted to try Lean.
ACCESS: I do have a hard copy of P90X on DVD but a few of you on Snapchat noticed that I've been streaming it every day from Beachbody On Demand. (You're all so perceptive!) P90X is one of the included programs On Demand so anyone who has Beachbody On Demand can access it. You can get a free 30 day trial here if you want! (After that it's just $2.99 a week which is amazing!)
NUTRITION: Even though P90X comes with a nutrition guide, I love the Potion control container plan from Beachbody that goes with 21 Day Fix and 22 Minute Hard Corps so I'm sticking with a tweaked version of that. Basically, I'm experimenting and seeing what works best for my body. My daily meals go something like this: protein and veggie for breakfast, fruit, carb, seeds/nuts, veggie and protein for lunch, protein and veggie and fat for dinner. (It falls into category 2 on the Portion Fix for anyone wondering what calorie bracket I am working in. I should be in calorie bracket 1 but I've found that when I do high intensity workouts I need the extra carb and protein serving each day or my body holds onto weight and won't let it go.) It's been a week and I feel pretty good with that breakdown but I'm paying attention to my body and I might tweak it as I go if I need to. I'm also drinking vegan chocolate Shakeology every single day. And I'm using some of the Beachbody Performance Line. If you're interested in trying any of these things just shoot me an email and I'll help you find the best deal!
I'm going to try to do weekly updates! We'll be traveling a bit in the middle of this but I'm going to do my best to make it through. I also am planning on doing a Hashimotos update soon so if you're interested in that make sure to stick around. You can also subscribe to my blog via my FB page... my blog posts automatically feed there.