Monday, April 12, 2010

DONE!...But Still Going

People are telling me that they are reading this so I guess I should update it occasionally.  If you are reading, give me shout so I know who you are and I’ll be sure to keep it up.

At any rate, I finished the program!  Woot!  90 days of blood, sweat, and recovery drink.  So, how did I do? Here are the results…

Weight: -12 lbs.
Waste: -3 in.
Arms: +1 in.
Legs: +1 in.
Chest +2 in.

Add in the multiple compliments and I’d say that is not bad. The weight loss averages to about 1 pound per week which is healthy and the gains are in the right places.  The bottom line is it works.  I may not have had one of these dream transformations where someone goes from flab to fab in 90 days, but I did have improvement. Everyone is different and it is going to be different for everyone. I don’t have killer ripped abs, but I do have a smaller waste and better endurance and shape. “Do your best and forget the rest.”

So, what’s next?  A couple weeks ago I was really pondering what would come after P90X.  After rolling a few ideas around in my head, I think I’m doing some planned stuff and some of what life is dictating to me.

First, I’m looking at my goals.  I had some unspoken goals before starting the program and I’m checking to see how I did.  I recently went back to the gym and did some of my old workouts.  Wow!  It’s amazing to see how my old workout will just not cut it anymore.  I can lift more weight and do more sets.  I can do pull-ups.  I shaved 3 minutes off of my 1.5 mile run.  Physically, I’ve improved overall.

Second, I’ve had some changes occur recently that have forced me to move my workout schedule around.  I’ll be changing jobs next month and subsequently moving to another state (even another country for a time).  I’ve been doing a lot of home improvement projects to prep my house to sell.  In the interest of balance and not killing myself, I’ve skipped some workouts depending on the level of activity the projects have required.  The good thing is I feel much more able to do these things because I did P90X.  I can work longer and harder than I could have before.

Finally, I’ve decided that I will do P90X again this year.  I’m not sure when I will officially start, but I want to find a time to do the diet and program in full one more time this year.  In the meantime, however, I’m working on incorporating the workouts into my daily life better than I was able to this first round.  I had mentioned doing the Ab-ripper routine sans-DVD.  This is because I want to be able to take the program with me to the gym so I can do the routines at the gym in the early morning when I used to workout.  This way my evenings will be free and my family won’t have to suffer through me huffing and puffing all night.

Maybe one of the coolest things about the program is that others have either started or are seriously considering it after watching me.  What better testimony can you have?  I never would have thought when I was a 255 pound man 4 years ago that people would be looking at me as an example for being fit.  This proves to me more than anything that no matter who you are, it can be done….if you BRING IT!

Btw…if you are wondering about the before and after photos…I’m not sure if I’m comfortable showing myself online. If I do, I may wait until I have completed round 2 to show a more complete transformation.