Happy anniversary to me. 2/3rds of the way done with P90X! Took my progress pics and measurements yesterday, and although I feel I look exactly like I did 30 days ago, I have lost 7.5 inches overall. Not too shabby. My favorite part though is that some of the exercises and yoga poses that were very difficult for me in the beginning are getting easier. Yay!
I know my blogging has mostly centered around food lately, but I will still update on my progress with the Beachbody workout programs, among others. After all, my delve back into physical fitness (after too long of a break) is what led me to start eating better in the first place.
So my "2/3rd of the way done" review of P90X is this. I really like the program. I would not though call it a weight loss program. It is definitely strength and endurance training. For someone who has never done much in the way of working out, etc., I would suggest starting out with a month or two (or three) of other programs before moving on to P90X just so that you get the full benefit of being able to actively participate in all of the workouts without too much stopping. Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred is a great starting point. It is still a strenuous workout yet it is only 20 minutes a day with three levels so that you can progress as you master the previous level. Mostly, It will get you in the routine of working out everyday (P90X is a 6 day per week workout plan) and will build up your core muscles. 30 Day Shred is a great workout. You will see results. There is not much variation though, so I would assume most people plateau at about month two or three using just this DVD. Perfect time to move on.
All in all, I am very happy with P90X. I have one month to go and I feel that in 90 days I will have results that I wouldn't have had in that amount of time with another program or with my usual gym routine. Also, with P90X I was able to cancel that pricey gym membership (actually, I cancelled it two months into my Jillian Michaels rotation)!
It seems odd, with all my recent food porn posts, to post my progress pictures directly into this entry. If anyone is interested, the links below will take you to my much less than magazine quality photos. There is still work to be done below the belt, but it certainly took me longer than 60 days to get where I started...
Day 1, 30 & 60 - front
Day 1, 30 & 60 - side
Day 1, 30 & 60 - Back