Sunday, March 14, 2010

P90X Success!

Was it only three months ago that my son so affectionately referred to my backside as "blumpy"? 

Mommy ain't blumpy no more.

I have successfully completely all 90 days of the P90X Program by  (*fist bump*) 

If you're so inclined to read my day-by-day updates, feel free.  I'll warn you that since I didn't plan on the masses actually reading the workout briefs when I was writing them, they are pretty boring.  On the plus side, I did post some exciting "before, during and after" pictures.

Hey - where did everyone go??


In 90 days, I lost 10 lbs (plus two more last week), 11% body fat and more than nine inches total -- mainly from my waist, hips and thighs.  I feel stronger than I ever have in my life and most importantly, my "skinny jeans" are loose.  (Call me superficial.  Whatevs.)

So, does P90X workYES.    If you want a recommendation, you got it.  Raving, in fact.  It's so worth the money in terms of potential results. 

That said, you have to work to make it work.

Personally I would have gotten better results if I had started paying closer attention to my eating earlier on in the program.   It's not an excuse, but starting at Thanksgiving maybe wasn't the best strategy from a food perspective. 

When I describe the ritual of waking up at crazy early hours and/or setting aside more than an hour a day to do these crazy hard workouts, people usually look at me as if I'm crazy.  Well, they do that anyway, but even more so when I start talking Tony (Horton, that is).

But ya know, I tried the "eat kinda okay and maybe work out sometimes" method.  It didn't make my blumpy any smaller.  Go figure.

Good news is that even though the P90X workouts were ridiculously hard for me at first, they got much easier over time.  In the last 20 days or so, I found myself actually pushing harder than the people on the DVD. 

Still, the reality check is that life never gets easier, the days never magically grow more hours and "pushing play" never fits neatly in the schedule with all of the other demands we must handle everyday.

This week's Balance Beam takeaway is something I learned from a guy named Tom Kinsman many years ago.  If I had taken better notes, I'd remember Tom's reference for the concept.  However, I did find this quote from Jerry Rice which sums it up perfectly.  (Bet you didn't know that I am a huge NFL fan!)

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”

The way Tom put it, "Successful people do the things that people who aren't successful won't do."

Bottom line is sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do the hard stuff.  I know last week I said "do less."  Make no mistake. That does not translate to "be lazy."

Pick your battles, but when you plan on winning one... get your blumpy arse out of bed early and fight.  Hard.

Remember:  If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.

I know people say that "self-praise is no praise," but personally I'm feeling pretty freakin' proud of myself for working P90X and getting the results.

Whether it's a fitness program or a completely different goal, I'd love to hear your stories of where you found success doing the stuff that other people typically wouldn't want to do.

Or, if you're aware that you have a goal which requires you to "cowboy up" a lil' bit and are inspired to start now -- please, do tell.

Thanks again for all the support!  You ROCK!

PS:  Click HERE to read all my 21-Day Quantum Wellness Cleanse posts.  Another great program!
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Bruce Coltin said...

You're a fox to me. Firm or fleshy, I don't care.

Bruce Coltin said...

Really. I don't.

C. M. Dobson said...

That is awesome! Congratulations!

Linda said...

Soooo proud of you. I own the program. I have done it maybe twice. That method does not seem to be working!! Congrats.

Charlene said...

Linda - do you mean you did two workouts? If so, the key in starting is to MODIFY. Plyometrics especially will kill you if you try to go full-tilt the first time. Then of course you wont want to do it again. I hope you'll give it another shot and just do each workout to what your current ability really is. I did "modified modified" at first... but it really does get better. Good luck!

Vivianne's Vista said...

Charlene you rock! Congrats on finishing the program. You look fantastic! (and strong... scared of you girl!) I have seen the P90x commercials a zillion times and am always intrigued but intimidated. The time committment is what stops me because I'm always short on time to begin with! I agree with you though, the beach body workouts are pretty great. I enjoyed their TurboJam workouts. Congrats again.

Renee' said...

Those are awesome results. I too love Beachbody programs. I am a Team Beachbody Coach and have done P90X twice now. It is so enjoyable to watch yourself grow physically (and emotionally) stronger each week. If you have had success with P90X, would you mind telling your story via my website ? I would so appreciate it for my readers and other P90X'ers! Good for you!

Serenityville said...

Uh, already sweating with anxiety over what I SHOULD be doing....I'd like to hear a story of somebody changing their habits permanently! My 15-20 lb weight loss that started in august has plateaued since Jan - at least I haven't gained - but the motivation is mostly gone and it's SCARY to think of what could happen. How do we make the change SINK IN and be a new lifestyle instead of just a fad?

Charlene said...

Thanks everyone! I thought about becoming a "coach" as well but I have so much already going on, I just felt like I coulnd't take on more.

I'll be by for sure Renee - thanks for asking!

Missa said...

You are kicking tail woman! You are such an inspiration. Mama is definitely not blumpy! Sizzlin'!


Sarah said...

Awesome! Your dedication is so so inspirational!

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

Congrats Charlene! I knew you would "rock" it! I'm a huge NFL fan as well, love the quote! Great results!!

Anonymous said...

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Bullgrit said...

Well done, Charlene.

You look great in the photos. (Great abs and guns.) I'm only on day 24 of P90X, and I feel just all around so much better. I can only imagine how you must feel after the full 90 days.

"people say that 'self-praise is no praise,'"
-- Self-praise is fine if you really feel it and mean it. In this case, you went through the regimen, so you know how hard it is.

webb said...

So proud of you. Sticking to a fitness routine is tough! You go, girl.

The Guy's Perspective said...

What's up with this P90X!! Every day I found out another friend of mine is doing it. I'm not sure I have the time right now, but I'm intrigued for sure.

I'm a jazz musician, and there was a stretch where I practiced 2-3 hours daily for about 12 years or so. It's like anything, I was scared to take a break for fear I'd never be motivated to do it again.

tds said...

Ran across your rollcall on SITS and saw P90X and had to come check it out. One of hubby's friends is doing this so now I'm really intrigued! Your pics are incredible...clearly made a difference for you. Off to check beachbody...thanks for the kick in the butt!

Renee' said...

Charlene--Thanks SO much for stopping by and contributing your fantastic results to my site I appreciate it so much. I will email you some information about coaching and even if you are busy now, you can still get our products at at 25% discount until you have some time to work the coaching business. If anyone has questions about anything, please contact me via the site above. I'd be so excited to coach you all for FREE!

AngieB said...

Congratulations! I have several friends doing this program, and it's kicking everyone's butt - what an accomplishment to have finished it!!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

So you are a P90X graduate? Wooooot! That's amazing! I prostrate myself in front of your awesomeness. That program is still too scary for me.

Erin said...

So impressive!! Way to go!! So often when we have a big goal (like 90 days of P90x) it is easy to skip over the accomplishment and move on to the next goal. I hope you really took the time to savor this awesome accomplishment. My parents have done P90x for the past year and have both had complete physical and mental transformations. Being healthy is one of the best gifts you can give your children.
Enjoy your SITS day!

Tracy said...

Amazing! Thanks so much for the great inspiration! I'm only on week 2 but what feeling it is to accomplish week 1 of P90x! Thanks again! ~ Take Care

Mel ~ said...

I am in awe! I have to get me "arse" moving somehow. The stress in my live is debilitating right now, and the anti anxiety meds are just not enough. How much is the program anyway (just in case I don't get around to checking it out)?

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