I haven’t written much about my P90x progress or lack of lately. Admittedly, I’m sort of off the program – not exercise as a whole, just the P90x program. I knew this summer with all the travel associated with baseball and softball that it wouldn’t go well. And so I began running about a month ago in preparation, and frankly I’ve enjoyed running again, it’s something different and mentally I think I was ready for that.
I hadn’t been making much progress in round two – a little more weight a few more reps, but that’s about it. My body had adjusted and I stop seeing changes – my fault likely, mentally I was bored with the routine and probably wasn’t bringing it like I should. Running has changed things up a bit, OK, a lot… I’m running about 16-20 miles a week, sometimes more and I’ve already lost another 5 pounds. Down to 150 now – I haven’t weight that since I was 19. As I tell my wife all the time, you never see a fat runner… never! And the reaming body fat is melting away. Yeah! I think that six pack is finally just around the corner. I still do variations of the P90x workout on some days… Example: I still do Ab Ripper, some of the pull-up routines, some weight lifting and many of the stretches, etc. Basically I feel I’ve learned enough from the program that I’m comfortable winging it on my own.
It’s been a long journey getting back into shape – a full six months now of hard work. I don’t think I’ve taken 10 days off the entire time and likely those “days off” involved some sort of exercise. I’m a shell of what I was some 30 pounds lost now and several trips to the clothing store. If you ever wanted to get back into shape, you can. All you have to do is make up your mind and “bring it”. I won’t kid you, and I’ve told several others this is probably one of the top five most difficult things I’ve done in my life, maybe higher. It’s taken a long and sustained effort, you have to push through those days when you don’t want to do it, those days you’re hurting and those days your sick. It really is a life style change and a mental change. Discipline and work ethic are the keys – no excuses, if you want it, it’s waiting for you all you have to do is get started.
I can’t say enough good things about the P90x program – no I haven’t done a video and no, I’m not a coach, I don’t get paid by them; I’m just an average person who did the program, did my best, kept pushing play and embraced what was being taught. It change my life and is something I’m truly grateful for. Later in the year when when the weather starts getting nasty and running gets old, I’ll come back to P90x.
If you don’t know where to start and you’re in decent physical shape, P90x will provide you with everything you need to get started. Remember, you don’t have to be great to get started, you only have to start to become great.