Tuesday, January 12, 2010

P90X Update: Halfway Mark

Here's some positive news:  It's Day 45 of my P90X journey.  I'm at the halfway mark!  Can I get a "woot! woot!" (Thanks!)

Okay, so here are some random impressions so far:

* Overall, I am really enjoying the P90X program; a bright buoy in the recent sea of crapola.  (There's a visual for you!)

Is it bad that I find myself looking forward to Kenpo X day so I can unleash my aggressions with all that kicking and punching?

* I may have mentioned that I suffer from major exercise ADD.  As such, I especially appreciate having something different to do every day and sequences which are segmented into manageable bits. 

The range and mix of workouts are pure magic.

It helps that Tony Horton [see pic] has a great, goofy sense of humor.  I never get tired of hearing him yell, "No Krispy Kremes in the house!  Cheeseburger bad!  Fries bad!  Coke bad!  DOH - I said it!!" 

Admittedly, it's not a chore watching him say it either.  *blush*

* In my mind, this is not a "weight loss" program.  It's a fitness program.  Speaking from the experience of having lost 60+ lbs (twice), there are definitely more effective ways lose weight if that's the only goal.

However, I can't think of any at-home program which could get a person in better physical condition. Physique. Strength. Flexibility. Cardiovascular condition. 

I've been "lighter" and "skinnier" before but the only six pack I've ever had is was the one in my fridge. 

Even at the 50% mark, I feel physically stronger. (Mentally -- that's another thing as you know but this helps that too!) 

I'm enjoying the little things, like being able to carry more bags of groceries from the car into the house. I can actually do the clapping pushups, instead of watching people on the infomercials do them whilst sitting my blumpy arse on the couch.

Just a few weeks ago I got winded to a full stop going up the stairs in the parking garage at work.  It was embarrassing. Yesterday, I went up twelve (count em - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12) flights of stairs carrying my laptop rollerboard.  No huffing and puffing!  It actually felt good. 

Sick, right?

* It's all about "pushing play."  With very few exceptions, no matter what is happening on a given day; no matter how tired I may be (or formerly, depressed), I stick the DVD in the player and push play.  Many, many times I haven't been committed to working out. 

I just tell myself, "Hit the freakin' button. Don't think about what will happen after that.  Just push play."

Especially with everything that is going on, I almost can't handle the idea that I am signed up to do 60+ minutes of exercise every day for 90 days. Holy moly.  If I had to have that mindset, it just wouldn't happen. I'd be putting this off until my parents recover or until my next client implementation is done or until the house is fixed or whatever. 

All I think about is pushing one button.  Easy peasy!

Sure, sometimes I end up doggin' it.  But the majority of the time I find that once I start, I get into it. I enjoy the workout and am glad to have the release.    (Hook, uppercut, side kick!)

A body in motion stays in motion.   Whether you're doing P90X or any other fitness program, the same rule applies.  Starting is the hardest part.  Just push play.

Positive vibes!



PS: It's probably pretty boring reading but if you want to see more details about the day-to-day workouts, I have a P90X Updates button link on my sidebar.  I'll also post Day 60 and Day 90 pictures up there when those days come.  

You can see my post about why I started P90X HERE.

I should probably also mention that I am in no way compensated for my experience or review with this or any other product or program, yada, yada, yada.

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32 comments:

Rae said...

Congratulations on such an accomplishment. I can't get past the 1-2-3 start phase. Sounds like you are having fun along the way. Great job!

Hunter said...

Good stuff. Keep it up!

I can appreciate the appeal of the Kenpo days. I used to hit the heavy bag at the gym on my lunch hour. Some days it was the only thing keeping me sane.

The Invisible Seductress said...

Motivation received----smile---thank you!!!

webb said...

You go, Girl! Getting started is definitely the hard part, especially for us couch potatoes. And it sounds like you have made it a habit - so much the better. I'm doing jazzercize and suddenly discover that I've been going for 12 months - no weight loss, but at least under all that blubber I do have a core! I'm sure it's really there. Keep it up!

Paula said...

Good job. You have inspired me to work out later. THANK YOU!! You look amazing.

Bren said...

Charlene girl! You have inspired me. I workout but need that extra edge to push me harder. I'm trying P90X. :) Congrats I can see the difference in the pic.

Sarah said...

i can see the difference from the pictures of your body - uh, they are yours right? good job!

Charlene said...

LOL @ Sarah - yes, mine. I hate to have full face/body bikini shots of me floating around the web. Ya just never know. Someday I may want to run for Miss Senior America or something. :-)

Thanks for the words of support and encouragment everyone. It definitely helps!!! XOXO

Lourie said...

Wow! I only THINK about exercise. Forget pushing the button. And yet, I gripe about being over weight and getting winded by climbing the stairs. Yours is the second blog I have found through SITS with someone doing for themselves. Maybe I should take the hint! Congrats. Keep it up.

Meanbean said...

good job! I have the intention, but not the commitment, at least right now. I really want to though, and reading blogs ilke yours is very inspiring!

Janine said...

Wow good for you! I had trouble just getting through P90. Maybe it's time to dust off those old dvd's....

Visiting from My Kids Are Fun!

The Guy's Perspective said...

You've got a lot of self-motivation. Good for you!

I'm a musician and "practice" is a lot like that. Often I don't feel like doing it, but once "I push play" I'm surprised at how into I am after 15 minutes.

Anything that requires mental energy is like that.

Trish said...

Thats so great! Its so hard to stay motivated...so good for you!
Stopping in from SITS!

Sarah said...

Awesome! This is inspiring. I've been getting back to the gym, which is great, but I definitely am far far away from a six pack!

Kirsty said...

Congratulations! I borrowed a couple of P90X DVD's this summer and I totally agree-best at home work out ever. Well done on the clapping push-ups. You need to get up on The Wall on my blog :) I bet you'd dominate.

Kirsty said...

PS: I'm your newest follower and I promise not to ditch you :D :D

ApachesPrincess said...

Congratulations and keep up the great work! Its great that you are taking the challenge to make yourself healthier :)

PJ said...

Congratulations. I bought the DVD set but had not touched them. Your story gave me the motivation to pop in the DVD player and start. Along with the blog I started - 2 New Year resolutions launched. Thanks for the uplifting story.

Elizabeth said...

Happy New Year, New England Bloggers!

Our 1-year anniversary is coming up on January 27. To mark the occasion I am going to put up a Mr. Linky on the evening of Monday, January 25 in a post marking the occasion. If you'd like to write a post about living in New England, your favorite places to visit, funny stories and stereotypes, recipes, photos of our gorgeous landscape, anything, it would be great if you would link in. I'd also like a little idea of # of participants, if you could just send me a reply.
Since I don't have emails from everyone, I'm also leaving this message in your comments, sorry for the double-up.

Charlene said...

Thanks everyone!

PJ - be sure to go to the Beachbody.com message boards as well. There is some GREAT support there!! All the best to you!

Queenie Jeannie said...

You are right!!! Starting is always the hardest part. You go girl!

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

I love that you are feeling so strong!!! Your pictures are amazing! It's a great feeling knowing that you are doing good for your body! Keep up the good work :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Good for you! :)

So what did you think of Project Runway?? I think this will be a good season. :)

Artist said...

You certainly can motivate others too.

Divine Mrs D said...

Holy smokes!! P90X!! I tried that once...man...hard.core. Congrats on doing it!! And thank you for visiting my blog :-D

Serenityville said...

I know I've said this before but I really like your writing style. I especially like this particular gem "Hit the freakin button. Don't worry about what will happen after that." As I've been embarking on my weight loss/eating healthier/fitness changes the past 5 months, I am aware of how complicated making the changes are. All those diets and quick weight loss programs are full of it when they say anything about "quick" or "easy". It's a complex process, requiring not only oodles of patience but depths of self-awareness. How else can we get through the thoughts that make us eat/sit-on-the-couch/eat-some-more?

Anonymous said...

I'm just about to start the p90ox . bring on the X Mr Horton!!

Coach Jenn said...

Congrats on your amazing Progress Charlene. P90X truly changed my life and I know it will change yours as well.

Ghada said...

Charlene, awesome! I have heard lots about this program...looking forward to delving back into your results, progress and why you started. Hmmm...I may be a convert :)

Bethany said...

Way to go girl! Thanks for stopping by my blog today as well.

I Love P90X said...

I love your attitude. "Keep Pushing Play" You are absolutely right. Great job!!

Melissa @ Cellulite Investigation said...

I like the idea of focusing on just pushing play. It's easy peasy, like you said. I hope it's still going well. Looking forward to seeing the before/after pics.

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