Bring It: P90X Day 64

P90X promises results. In just a short 90 days, it guarantees you will be in the best shape of your life. It is an extreme workout, but you need to be able to push yourself. If you don't give it your all, you won't get the results promised.

P90X was created by Tony Horton based on the concept of muscle confusion. The harder you push it, the more you switch it up, the greater your results will be. The P90X program consists of 12 DVDs. There is definately enough variety; but in that variety you will find workouts you despise as well as workouts that you will love. The idea is to do all the workouts so you have to take the good with the bad. In the end, the results will far outweigh the bad.

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 love hearing from you and it really has kept me motivated through this entire process. This is the final stretch of the series and will most likely be the hardest with the holidays in full swing. Together we can keep each other motivated to maintain or lose during this difficult time.

P90X is an extreme workout created by Tony Horton. Are you ready to get into the best shape of your life?
P90X is an extreme workout created by Tony Horton. Are you ready to get into the best shape of your life? | Source

Punch out those brownies!

Sweets are my weakness... but even if I caved in to my weakness, Monday is a day to start over fresh! Time to push the brownies away and get the workout in!
Sweets are my weakness... but even if I caved in to my weakness, Monday is a day to start over fresh! Time to push the brownies away and get the workout in! | Source

Bring It

It's Monday! Now who isn't motivated on a Monday? Ok - seriously, the better question is probably who wants to stay in bed and sleep Monday away! Well not me! I have come into Monday with a positive outlook. This past weekend was full of bad decisions and a cake pan full of brownies (that yes - I ate almost the whole pan! My husband who wanted them ate one!)

So look at Monday in a positive light. It is a fresh start. The sun has come out on a brand new day and the start of a brand new week. If you had a bad last week or maybe an overindulgent weekend (like I did!), this is the time to start over. Bring it like you never have before. Kick those calories and bad decisions into the past.

This is the motto I am living with today. It is a new day and time for a fresh start. Not to mention it is my favorite time of the week. It is results day! We all love seeing results. I have tried to stay away from the scale with the exception of today so I don't become obsessive. However, when Monday comes around I am anxious to get to my results.

So that is what I did... I measured and then I pushed play. Today was Chest, Shoulders and Triceps from P90X. It is a killer workout and thankfully there is not a single pull-up included. However, I still am having a hard time feeling my arms right now. But it is a new day! And the burn feels so good. Things keep getting switched up this month so now is the time to push it harder than I have in the past. We want maximum results for Day 90 and this is the phase to get the magic happening!

Time to measure your success!

Mondays are the day for results. How do you measure your success!
Mondays are the day for results. How do you measure your success! | Source

And the results are in

After the first few weeks of P90X, I started dreading Monday weigh-ins. I just couldn't bare revealing that not a pound was dropped from the scale. I would have loved to say I hit a plateau, but in reality, you would have had to start losing weight to have hit a plateau, and my weight-loss slide hadn't even begun.

Lately I joined a website called MyFitnessPal. This site has been instrumental in my continued weightloss. It has taught me I wasn't giving my body enough fuel to be doing this harsh of a program. The result was a lack of results. Now I wasn't intentionally starving myself, I was starving myself by trying to make healthy choices. But without counting calories, I wasn't actually understanding how many calories I was actually consuming. However, since I have started using MyFitnessPal, the pounds are starting to show on the scale and I no longer hold my breath hoping to see results. Instead, I know they will be there because I have combined exercise and diet and I am doing it the right way!

Weigh-in

The scale seems to be a necessary evil, but it is a useful tool to measure your success.
The scale seems to be a necessary evil, but it is a useful tool to measure your success. | Source

I'm a loser baby!!

Let go and lose it!

There are many ways to measure your success. You can measure it by the pounds lost on the scale, how much your body fat percentage drops, a lower BMI (body mass index) and the number of inches lost. These are concrete - smudging the numbers proves to be difficult so these are the ones we like to see. However, you can also measure success by what you see in the mirror and how you feel.

I like to take all of these measurement tools and combine them. Alone they don't tell me much, but together they give the bigger picture of the whole journey.

  • Weight lost: 9.8 pounds (this week I dropped 1.8 pounds)
  • Body Fat percentage: down 2.4% (this week a change of .4%)
  • Inches lost - total of 12 inches (I have been on a stalemate with inches the past 3 weigh-ins)
  • BMI points - total of 1.5 points down (this week minus .3 points)

Now I find these to be pretty outstanding numbers. Now the inches aren't changing much recently so this month, and I hate to say it, I am actually focusing on the scale. Normally I wouldn't encourage this behavior since we all know the scale can give false readings based off muscle mass. But, knowing I am on a weight-loss journey, I need to start losing the pounds and slimming down that weigh. Especially since the inches have me in check for the time being.

How about you...

What success do you look forward to?

  • The physical numbers lost, scale or body fat or BMI
  • How my clothes fit
  • Hearing compliments from others
  • The increased energy and knowing I am feeling healthier
  • Darn - I don't have any results
  • Other - please comment below
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What you see is what you get

Success can also be measured in how you feel, and that is sometimes the biggest accomplishment. The looks people give you because they see the change; the way your clothes fit (or don't fit), and the extra energy that you didn't even know was possible. These are great feelings and only something truly appreciated by someone going through the journey.

Right now, I am at a point other people are starting to notice. During Thanksgiving, I was visiting family and some didn't even recognize me. Granted, it might have been awhile since they have seen me - a few months - but I have lost so many inches and enough weight to completely change the way I look! This was an outstanding accomplishment. The fact that I have changed so much to make myself unrecognizeable is just jaw dropping. This was more of a compliment than I can ever fully admit.

In addition, I have mentioned this before, but my clothes are starting to get too big on me. My workout clothes are getting big (which makes jumping jacks difficult since my pants keep falling down!) But on a better note - I actually went and bought myself a new pair of jeans. These jeans were 2 sizes below what I was barely squeezing into before. Now I have never liked shopping but this might be a game-changer. I think my husband needs to work a little more overtime so I can revamp my wardrobe!

The energy is probably the most noteable difference. Now I have always been a busy bee but the added energy has got me bouncing off the walls. I can keep up with my kids; I look forward to going for a daily walk. I have always stayed busy before, but I don't lose my burst before noon now. This is a great feeling. I fully credit P90X for this because I am truly healthier than what I was when I started.

There are many other ways to measure success as well. It is up to you to decide what is a victory of the numbers or what is a NSV (non-scale victory.) The way I feel tops the charts. The fact that people are noticing makes me blush. Yet, it is the small victories every single day that make me smile. The little further that I can reach past my toes; my increased self-esteem, the feeling of just being stronger than I was when I started the program.

Whatever your successes have been - don't forget to remember them all. That is what will keep you motivated!

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Lapse 5 years ago from East Coast Rules

You're finding what surprises most people that are in your situation. The inches lost off your waist are far more impressive/impactful and important than the pounds you lose. Pounds are nice to lose, but the bottom line LITERALLY is more fun to watch shrink.

I'm VERY happy for you dropping those jeans sizes. :-) Keep going!!!! You're doing great.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - Thanks so much. It really is about the big picture... and while I wasn't that big... I did fill up the whole picture... lol... sorry I am in a sarcastic humored mood or something... lol

Yes - the shrink is awesome. I love anything concrete. Feelings change from day to day so having concrete numbers really keep me going!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Hey... I told you a long time ago about the make sure you are eating enough calories... in fact we had that discussion when I was visiting you in Cali! You should be giving credit to where it is due ;-) lol... jk. I am glad you are starting to notice the pounds lost. Also you were obviously going to hit some sort of wall with the inches... your body can only lose so many inches without losing weight. Also you lost an incredible amount of inches... so your body somehow has to balance before you start losing the inches again. You might end up losing only another inch or maybe if you are lucky 2 by the end of this program... just keep it up! You already have made such progress and are doing so amazing that I have no doubt you are looking totally awesome!! Just remember to eat enough to fuel your body and you will be just fine!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - Yes - I do remember that conversation... so are you eating enough yet! LOL... When we moved out I really thought I was eating enough calories but it wasn't until I started using MyFitnessPal that I realized how truly wrong I was. I was consitently under by about 300 to 500 calories a day. I probably wouldn't have really even thought about it but one day my hair started really falling out. I shed anyway, but I did some research and a lack of nutrition can cause your hair to really shed. Seriously - I was feeling bad for the drains! LOL... so since I upped my food - I can really see the results. And then this weekend I had a "bad decision" weekend and I think it almost helped. It tricked my body into thinking it eats that bad normally... lol


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lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

Good for you! It's great to see a P90X review with real-world results. Keep it up!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lisa42 - I think one of the reasons I started this was because I wanted to see real results from normal people and I figured others would to. I am still not done with the program and I have seen a bit of change since I started, however at the end, I will do a complete review and give my yes or no onto whether this program really is for anybody! :) Thanks for stopping by. I hope you come see the final results! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yay BBG - you keep raising the bar! I am amazed every day by your continued upbeat attitude and the power to push play - over and over again! You're awesome!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Thanks for your continued support. I know if I didn't push play you would support that too but I am pretty sure you would give me a hard time for it. Now after the 90 days is over, all is game. I can take a break with no reprecusions. But until this journey is complete... I got to stay in check. I got to get that full 90 days in so I can give everybody a legitimate review of the entire program.

Oh yeah - and I also must say - you are dedicated as well. I mean - you are here with me every single day. Along with Myth because she is here everyday as well. So you guys have just as much determination and drive as I do! Even though I am the one working out! lOL


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Brownies huh. LOL. It's hard to resist an extremely delicious treat. Actually I would be kind of dissapointed if you didn't endulge in the brownies. Who can resist a pan brownies? Androids and other non humans maybe.

I just thought of another way for you to measure your success. When I went to college and took a Physical education class they had us measure certain things to determine our health status. I wish I would have thought of this a lot sooner so you could have done this from the beginning (if you wanted to), but better late than never.

One of the best measurements to determine your health is your heart rate. The stronger your heart the fewer beats per minute. After you complete one of the days take your heart rate 10-15 seconds after completion and record it. At the end of the 90 days take it again after the same exercise. The beats per minute should be fewer than the first time.

The second test is to measure your flexibility. Sit on the floor and lean as far as you can and hold it for 10-15 seconds and record how far you can stretch. At the end do it again.

The 3rd test is stomache strength. See how many crunches you can do in a minute and record it. Again at the end do it and see the progress.

The 4th is push ups.

I don't know if you're interested in doing this, but I thought I would put it out there.

Sometimes ability is better than weight loss. Look at NFL linemen. They weigh 300lbs and more and can out last my ass in full gear with me in regular clothes. :)

Maybe I shouldn't be happy about that. LOL.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I have heard of those measurements for success but I never really thought of adding this in. I know P90X has a test that you do before you start to see if you can actually do the program. I failed. I couldn't hit the minimums to actually be able to do P90X. I believe it has those measurements in there. But, because I couldn't get through the test... I didn't actually measure it! LOL - now I wish I would have sucked it up and took the test. I wish I would have been tracking this sooner... especially since all the workouts keep changing mostly each week. I might have to use those tools when I start up Round 2 - let's see if I am nuts enough! :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Trust me. I don't think anyone's going to question whether or not you're nuts enough for anything. LOL.

After all you're doing P90X during the holiday season. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - You bring up a very valid point. After all, not many are crazy enough to start up a workout that goes through the holidays. I bring a whole new meaning to holiday gain! :)

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