Phase one of my P90X experience has come to an end and for the most part I can say I am happy with the results I have seen. The most notable benefit that I have gotten from P90X is how great I feel when I do karate. Before this program I got tired very quickly and it took some time before I got my second wind. Now I feel like I can go harder for a longer period of time and I feel that I can recover quicker. While I haven’t seen a significant amount of weight loss it really isn’t a big deal, because I know that the longer I stick it out the more weight I will lose. To date I have lost 4 pounds, 1 inch around my hips, a little over an inch around my belly, and 2 inches around my waist. This may not sound like a significant achievement, but for someone who weighs 150 pounds and is 5’7″ it’s pretty good. Another positive aspect I have noticed from doing the program is how hard my stomach is getting. I swear that Ab Ripper X is by far one of the toughest ab routines I have done and Core Synergistics is tough enough to get the job done too.
I can only imagine how great I am going to feel at the end of the program. I am very excited for the weeks to come because the program is really going to start to pick up. I am doing the doubles work out so on selected days I will be doing an extra cardio tape. I have yet to do Cardio X (because it hasn’t been introduced into the program yet), but I bet it will be a great calorie burning workout.
The dieting has gotten easier as the days have gone by. I really feel that this is the most important part of P90X. If I was just doing the tapes, without changing my eating habits, I would not feel as good as I do. I can say this because I was doing two karate classes a week and I was feeling like crap during the class. I also know that without these dietary changes I would not have lost any weight or inches off my waist. If you’re thinking about doing P90X, but aren’t willing to do the necessary dietary changes, don’t bother because you will just end up being disappointed and will have wasted your time and money.
The P90X honeymoon is over for me. Just like in a marriage you’ve got to put in a lot of effort if you want to make it work. If I’ve learned anything over these past 4 weeks it’s is that every day is going to be a struggle. Some days I won’t want to do the program and others I’m going to want to crack into a nice ice cold Coke, but I just keep telling myself, “keep your eye on the prize.”
Check back next week to see how I get through the first week of Phase 2. Everything is going to change and it’s going to be a lot harder!