After starting and stopping about half-a-dozen workout programs, I decided to enlist my lovely other half for a deep dive into Tony Horton's infamous P90X program. This ninety day weight-lifting and cardio program has helped a lot of people—J included—get into the "best shape of their lives," which is where I'd like to be in 2017. In an effort to motivate, inspire, and assist others on their own P90X forays, as well as hold myself accountable, I've decided to document each piece of my journey and share it in weekly recaps.
A little background: P90X has three 30-day sections. Phase 1 is "Fat Shredder," Phase 2 is "Energy Booster," and Phase 3 is "Endurance Maximizer." Each phase comes with its own tailored nutrition plan, and workouts for each day of the week. Right now, we're in the "Fat Shredder" phase, which will actually last us longer than 30 days because we started on November 28 and we're restarting on January 1 in order to account for our holiday road trip (which will make most parts of P90X highly difficult and some utterly impossible).
Success in a program like this takes a lot of planning and preparation — and after a weekend of Thanksgiving and birthday celebration boozin' and consuming in Oregon, we decided spending a month or so previewing the workouts (read: doing the best we can, which isn't great right now) and dialing in the nutrition (aka figuring out how best to feed ourselves the required 33 pounds of protein each week) would be highly beneficial. Turns out we were right. It may be in part due to the stress of finals, but at one point I actually did break down in tears of frustration at the amount of time it takes to prepare all of the required food. To that point: starting a program like this during my finals week? Idiotic.
So where are we at now? The tears were wiped away, and overall I'm feeling pretty good about this program! It's definitely an ass-kicker, but in the good kind of way. The workouts remind me of my volleyball days — tough and effective. The nutrition plan is overwhelming (fat shredder phase = high protein, high veggies, low carb) but slowly but surely I'm getting the hang of it (basically, eat all of the protein all of the time). Oh, and I've lost FIVE pounds since last Sunday, so high five!
A few notes from my journal on week one:
Workout: Chest & Back + Ab Ripper
"Equal parts excited and overwhelmed."
"Plyo was hard AF! Tight legs and hip flexors made jumping hard — but overall I enjoyed the challenge of the workout. Reminded me of my VB days!"
Workout: Shoulders & Arms + Ab Ripper
"Down 3 lbs from Monday!"
"Everything I do takes a little extra effort because of how sore and tired my muscles are, but I'm down 4 lbs and sleeping like a ROCK!"
Workout: Legs & Back + Ab Ripper
"Started legs and back but we weren't feeling it (exhausted). Giving myself grace because I know this is just the 'prep' round. I'd be lying if I said a burger, bottle of wine, and a cookie didn't sound amaze balls."
"I'm down 5 lbs, which is hard to believe ... trying to remind myself to TRUST THE PROCESS."
"Regretting those two margaritas last night (amazing what some time off drinking can do!), but reminding myself that we're in this for the long haul. It's a lifestyle thing, and margaritas are included in that. Maybe just have one next time."
A typical day of eating and drinking for me (J eats almost double this... how he has time to do anything but eat, I'm not sure):
96 ounces of H2O (three Nalgene bottles), 1 cup of coffee, 1 La Croix
Burrito (1 tortilla, 3-oz. chicken, 1/3 cup each of bell pepper, zucchini, onion)
Green smoothie (2 cups spinach, 1/2 banana, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, 3 TBSP canned coconut milk, 2 TBSP almond butter, coconut water)
3-oz. ham chunks
1 cup carrots
Salad (1 cup chopped romaine, 3-oz. chicken (pre-cooked in the CrockPot), 1/2 cup bell pepper, 1 TBSP green onion, topped with pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and EVOO)
Celery sticks with peanut butter
1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology blended with coconut water
3-oz. chicken breast
1 cup brussels sprouts and shallots, sautéed and topped with green onion and balsamic
And there you have it folks! Overall, I'm enjoying the challenge of this program, and I'm REALLY enjoying the results I'm already seeing! I've tried a lot of different programs, but none have really resonated like this one. If you'd like more details on my experience with P90X or need help kickstarting your own journey, leave a comment or shoot me an email! Happy to listen, and happy to help. xoxo