Bring It: P90X Day 30

P90X is a to the bones, hardcore workout created by Tony Horton. It isn't a program for everybody. It probably is something only a few would even attempt. Yes, it is that serious. But, if you are serious about your health and you are serious about transforming your body, this might just be the workout for you.

There is no fluff in P90X training. This is all about the basics. There is no fancy moves. All of the moves are old school, but they are effective.

If you would like to start from the beginning of this series, please click here. If you want to read about my previous day with P90X, click here.

Feel free to leave your comments below. I want to hear from you, whether it is your advice, your struggles or just a quick shout out to say "Way to Go!" This is my personal journey to test the system for you, and the comments keep me motivated. Thank you for participating!

P90X is an extreme workout system promising to transform your body in 90 days.
P90X is an extreme workout system promising to transform your body in 90 days. | Source

Bring It

Plyometrics - UGH!

That was my first thought when I woke up this morning. I had struggle through 3 weeks of it in Phase 1 and naturally, that is the one thing that did not change with Phase 2. I haven't been a big fan of Plyometrics. Then again, I am not a big fan of jumping either. But, I did the workout anyway because the P90X workout guide says I have to!

Yet today was different. I felt like I was slacking yesterday in my workout because some of the moves were so advanced, so today I had plans to really stick in to Plyometrics. I took the advice of Tony Horton. I let my mind wander so as I wouldn't focus too hard on the pain. Yes, this is a difficult workout. Your legs will burn. It's a good pain (well, once you see the results!), but this workout still hurts.

Then suddenly it hit me. I was jumping higher. I felt stronger. Wow! I actually kind of liked this workout. It must be growing on me. Which is a good thing because Plyometrics and me have a future together. I am only on Day 30.... 90 is a long way to go!

This is your wake up call... either you are going to see the change or you are going to see there is something you need to change to get results!
This is your wake up call... either you are going to see the change or you are going to see there is something you need to change to get results! | Source

30 Day Review

So today is the official 30 day benchmark. I thought the celebration would be a little bit better, but because I am trying to get in shape, I won't bake that cake and indulge. The day was just like any other day of waking up and just pushing play. Yet, today I took pictures.

Documenting your results is very important. It helps you see the transformation and get motivated. And if you aren't seeing a transformation, it is time to re-evaluate what you are doing.... are you not giving it your best when you are working out? Are you consistently eating too much of the wrong stuff? There are so many factors and your 30 days is the wake up call.

So one of two things will happen today. Either the blinders will be lifted and you will be pleased with what you are seeing. Or, you are going to be disappointed and realizing you are not putting in the correct amount of effort!

For me.... the blinders were finally lifted! Which is great because yesterday I was a little angry with the lack of results!

If you can see the results, you might as well flaunt it!
If you can see the results, you might as well flaunt it! | Source

The results are in...

When I took the Day 1 picture, I thought to myself, "It really isn't that bad!" Sure, I had weight to lose. What can I say, my body likes to stay were it is. When I get fat (and usually it happens because I got pregnant - 2 years later still struggling with the excess weight), it likes to stay fat. When I get skinny and fit - it likes to stay that way. Who would have known my body was as stubborn as my mind.

Today, looking at that same photo, I cringed. The photo is horrible and I have been wearing my blinders for a long time. I just got used to it. I knew I needed to do something, but I never had the energy or the time. I finally made the time and the energy followed.

Just by looking at the picture, you can see I am not really happy. I am standing with little confidence. After 30 days, you can see the change. My love handles are disappearing and (ok - so I didn't flex for the first one!), you can see my arms and upper body are getting stronger. There has been big changes, even though the scale isn't showing it.

If I had it my way, I would burn the picture from Day 1. I am horribly embarrased. But, I have to show it because I need to show this program is working. So I am putting myself out there for everybody to see. For the past 30 days, I brought it! And for the first time, I can see it.

Is P90X for you?

For the 30 day review, I seriously considered whether or not this program was worth it. I had my doubts. I am an average person and I have weight to lose. For the past couple of weeks, I started having the impression that this program was only beneficial for those who were at the right body weight and just needed to tone. I felt it lacked on cardio and that was the reason the scale wasn't showing results.

Then I saw the difference. A picture is worth a thousand words and this one says a lot. However, I will outline the pros and the cons of this workout!

Cons

  1. It can get a little boring. I am not a fan of push ups, pull ups, lunges and squats. I like to change things up so I stay interested and don't get bored. However, Tony Horton is a hoot. So, I guess if the results are there, that works for me.
  2. It is time consuming. At a minimum, expect to workout for at least an hour. If you are a busy person, this might not be the workout program for you. It is more beneficial to do something than it is to do nothing. And, if you find yourself constantly skipping, try something different.
  3. It might be too difficult. As I get further into the program, I am finding more and more moves that are beyond my capabilities. I still try them, but if I can't do anything, then is it really worth it. If you are just starting out, try the original P90X before you go extreme. This is a tough workout, and if you don't watch it, injury can result. You should always practice good form and if you aren't strong enough, you might fail to realize the exercise is wrong.

Pros

  1. It is easy to follow. Every knows how to do push ups and pull ups and squats and lunges. The moves are old school and very basic. There are no fancy moves to test your coordination. After all, we are here to workout.
  2. It comes with an online support system. If you need help, these are the people to ask. I have been contacted by several coaches offering their assistance. It is good to know they are watching out for me.
  3. It has proven results. These aren't paid actors. These photos are not touched up. That means it works. When you see it on real people, it seems to mean all the more!
  4. Modification is key. If this workout seems a little tough, work your way up to it. I have found that with most exercises I can find a way to modify it to work for me. Can't max out on push ups, go to your knees. Can't do high jumping, take out the high impact. Most exercises have a modification move - that means you can cater it to work for you! Just remember "Do Your Best and Forget The Rest!"

Ready to jump on the bandwagon?

I am still torn. I can see the results, but I want to keep going further. After 30 days, can I tell you to get on the bandwagon and buy the program... no. It is a difficult program and very time consuming. That means if you are not serious about getting in the best shape of your life, this will easily become a DVD series collecting dust in the corner.

However, look at the picture. You can see the difference! So, make a decision for yourself. If you want results like that and you are serious, make the time commitment and join me. Together, we can travel the 90 days and transform our bodies and our lives!

Want More...

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Matt Stark 5 years ago from Albany, CA

Congrats on making it to day 30! I have been following and am inspired by your dedication and work ethic. Keep at it! The picture says it all. Great job!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! If this doesn't inspire and motivate people sitting on the fence, nothing will. You are such a good girl!

JIM


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow, You are looking amazing. What a difference in just 30 days!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Matt - Thanks for following this. I am glad it has been inspiring. I wasn't planning on posting pictures until the end, but I was so impressed... I had to. It really took putting the photos next to each other for me to believe all the dedication was worth it.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thanks Jim, I have been behaving with this one. I can finally see what everyone else has been seeing the whole time. I hope it inspires others. If anything, if somebody else is looking for 30 day photos, maybe this will pop up. I had a hard time finding ones at 30 days!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

EXCELLENT work!! Great idea to take the before picture!! Looking good mama!! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Just Ask Susan - After seeing the photos... I am even more inspired. I was getting a little bit irritated for awhile there thinking there was a lack fo results. But, I took the blinders off finally. I was super excited when I saw the difference. 30 days made a big change!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sunshine - Thanks so much. It is always a good idea to take a before picture. I have taken a before picture before every workout obsession I start with. Unfortunately and fortunately, this is actually the first time I actually got to an end point to see results. That is a good accomplishment in itself. Thanks for the support!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Great going BBG28. You did it..I see the results in your 30 day workout!

You rocking lady! With Thanksgiving around the corner...am sure you won't feel guilty in splurging ;-)


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

barbergirl...

You do look awesome! As I look down at my belly I can't help but wonder...where did the last 30 days go?!? Is it too late to join the P60X-Day workout...because...I did nothing the first 30 days but read your wonderful hubs. Yes...I am apparently blaming you.

Congratulations on a great accomplishment!

Thomas


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

This is amazing!!! You look great and I can't wait to see that dress on you! I can't wait to see you in general! I can't wait to see the day 90! So impressive! I am so proud of you!! What a great accomplishment!! Another great hub and another great day! I can't believe you made it to day 30 already. You are amazing! Keep up the great work :-)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - Thank you so much. I am glad that I have results that can be seen. And yes, I look forward to Thanksgiving. I can splurge a little bit and not feel bad about it... too much! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - jump on board for P60X.... I knew there was a reason all my Mountain Dew was missing! ;) Thanks for the support. You worked hard keeping up with it all!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - I am secretly hoping the dress will be too big by the time I am done with this. I will pay extra for the alterations! I can't believe I made it through the 30 days and I am looking forward to day 60 and day 90. I can't wait to compare the results. This is what really drove it home for me. Seeing the change. Looking in the mirror, I could see the difference but I really couldn't see the difference - If that makes any sense. Standing side by side with a much unhealthier version of me says a lot and I don't ever want to go back to that again!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - that is amazing! I told you Laurel won't go to Club Fitness any more because she found out her trainer was using steroids! Apparently they all do there - I'm going to show her this and I'll buy the program if shed like to try it!

I think it would be perfect for her - she's 23, about 5'3 and 130 - she just wants to move some weight around:). I am so impressed! You look totally hot in that picture! I am amazed! Good going girl! Can't wait to show this to Laurel!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - This is a great workout for those who are looking to tone up. I think I did it a little backwards because I should have lost the excess weight first and then toned up. I am just a few steps up on being out of my leg, but I am pushing through it anyway. I think Laurel will probably love this workout. It really moves the muscles. Kicked in the workout for the arms today and they feel like they should lie on the floor or something... lol. Let me know what she thinks!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I can't wait! She loves having a work out but now that she's in school and working all the time the gym hours wouldn't suit her anyway. This is something she could do at her own time. I bet my sister and her friend would like it too - they have been going to Zoomba? IDK but it's hard for them both to get to the class after work and it's once a week, I like your program because it is a commitment and I think it's healthier to exercise every day. I'll share it on FB:)!! I never think to do that enough!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I love zumba... that is an absolute blast! I wish I could take a zumba class out here. I used to take them all the time when I belonged to the YMCA in Wisconsin. When I had my gym membership, they didn't offer those classes here. It is a fad so it is offered as a class itself. Someone just needs to get a zumba video done that I can do at home.

I hear you about sharing things on Facebook. I always forget to share that stuff. But, I do a lot of it with Twitter. People who follow me on twitter expect me to spam my writing... lol


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

WOW! What a difference! how exciting to see and what a great motivator.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - I can't lie - when I saw the picture comparison I puked a little because of how embarrased I was. I never realized it was that bad!!! But, I am glad this shows such a difference and really shows the program has done something. I was having a hard time believing all of this was worth it for awhile there. The pictures really helped give me that extra boost of motivation!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ahhh Zumba - that's it! My SIS and I get hysterical when she tells me about how hard the class is - like she and Jen thought they were going to die during the first one! Lol. I've never seen it done but from what she says it's a lot of moving and grooving:) lol

Yeah about FB - I forget to "share" my own stuff;). But then I make up for it and do a whole bunch at once! I'm sure my friends adore it:)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - the nice thing about Zumba is it is so fun you don't even notice that you are working out. I feel like I am young again and at a club just getting my groove on. Of course, it does depend a little on the teacher - but yeah... it is so much fun. Makes me think I want to go out and get Just Dance 3 and have a private party in my house tonight. Cause no one wants to see that! LOL

As for FB - I share most of my stories unless I don't want to... lol... like I haven't shared any of my fitness things just because I know very few of my friends will actaully take interest in it. I might share the last one but that is about it. Besides, it wasn't until I started becoming facebook friends with some hubbers that putting my stuff on their actually made any difference. LOL They probably adore me as well... but as most people do on Facebook, they skim through and skip most!


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

OOOOOOOH YEEEEAAAAHHH! Love the picture! That's great! There is significant improvement there. That's an awesome pic. Keep it goin girl!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - Glad I can show there are some good results happening here! I can't wait for day 60!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yeah I know what you mean about FB - but I know that in the end - when you put the before and after photos - it will probably go viral! I mean people want to see the total result and many people don't want to invest in a maybe. When they see how it worked for you - the proof is in the pudding:)

And I am getting more selective with what I post on FB because I can tell people get tired of continuous stuff but they aren't readers like us most likely:). I am trying to learn twitter better!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I will probably post Day 90 on Facebook for my P90X. That is about it for the series. However, Twitter is all to the wall self promotion... lol. If you need any help understanding twitter let me know. I think I have gotten the hang of it so far. I am still learning and sometimes I tag the most random words, but who knows what people might use to find you! LOL

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