Bring It: P90X Day 90

P90X is an extreme workout created by Tony Horton. It will take 90 days, 12 DVDs and a whole lot of determination to get to the end, but once you get their, the results you see will be nothing short of amazing. P90X works off the basis of muscle confusion. The variety is in the package; you just have to be willing to give 110% each and every time. Combined with a good diet, your extra body fat will be running away.

This is my own personal journey of the P90X system. When I first bought P90X, I was anxious to put it in and push play. That didn't even last a full week. It took a full year to recover before I tried it again. Yet this time there was something different. There was pure stubbornness, a goal, and a really good support system. 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. While my journey for P90X has come to an end here, I still have a long way to go. Please share your own personal stories or advice to help others find inspiration and motivation. I look forward to hearing from you.

P90X consists of 90 straight days of grueling workouts. In the end, your body will be transformed! Do you have what it takes to Bring It?
P90X consists of 90 straight days of grueling workouts. In the end, your body will be transformed! Do you have what it takes to Bring It? | Source

Bring It

Today is a sad day. Not only is it the end of the year, but it is also the end of my journey with P90X. I have made it. I can officially call myself a P90X graduate. This is an outstanding accomplishment. With a program this tough, there aren't many who can say they have completed the entire program without skipping a day.

Today was filled with mixed feelings. Excited because my journey here is over and that means I can introduce other workouts into the mix. But sad because I have found a routine and it has been working. Now there is nothing saying that come Monday I can't (or won't) be starting up on round 2 of P90X, but what I do know is no longer writing about it might not make me as dedicated or accountable for what I have been doing. Therefore, even though my journey here has come to an end... for today... it really hasn't come to an end. In order to keep myself accountable, I will be back with an update in 30 days!

So needless to say, with it being the last week and no decisions made on what to do next, I really have spent the entire week pushing it my hardest. Not only did I want to see maximum results, but I also wanted to fend off those pesky Christmas cookies that somehow kept managing to find their way into my hand!

This morning I woke up and I was really sore from Core Synergistics. Not moving too well, I put off my workout until nighttime when I would have gotten enough time to stretch out the aching muscles. Thinking about it now, today was YogaX and that would have probably cured my aching muscles some. So after doing my workout, I feel a little better, but still have those darn sore muscles. You can't say I didn't end this journey with a bang...

So, now what you have all been waiting for....

The Spotlight is on

When you put yourself out there in the public eye, documenting your personal journey, the spotlight is on. These results are realistic to what any normal person could expect.
When you put yourself out there in the public eye, documenting your personal journey, the spotlight is on. These results are realistic to what any normal person could expect. | Source

The Results are In

This is one of the hardest times to try to expect results. As many people are aware, even though I started my journey at the beginning of October, my travels with P90X have unfortunately... or fortunately... run through the holidays. While most people usually put on a few extra pounds of holiday weight, I wasn't just trying to maintain, I was trying to continue to lose. This in itself can be stressful, especially when those Christmas cookies and other holiday goodies seem to be calling out your name.

The key that I found was not to restrict yourself. Not that you should go out and eat the whole pumpkin pie if you feel like it, but to treat yourself to a taste so you don't end up overindulging. This can be difficult for some, as a taste might only be a tease. It requires a lot of willpower, which frankly when it comes to food, I don't have much. Yet, I have made it and I have the results to show it.

When I first started the program, my intention was not to test my success at counting calories. I was testing the program. That was it.... end of story. However, halfway through I realized I wasn't actually eating enough calories on most days. This caused me to change my habits a bit. I wasn't showing the results I wanted because I didn't feed my body enough to actually be burning away the fat. I was actually in starvation mode. So, I started paying attention to my calories, but the main focus was to always test the program! So even though I paid attention and tried to stay away from the goodies, I still ate whatever I wanted most of the time. In the new year, I am going to try to zap even more results by paying closer attention to my nutrition and eating right.

Are you ready to jump in yet?

Counting the numbers...

If you have been following my journey from the beginning, you are already aware that I measure success in several different ways. Not only do I count the number on the scale, but I have also been tracking my body fat percentage, the number of inches lost and my BMI, body mass index. In addition, while it hasn't been directly tracked, I have also been watching my clothes go from being snug to actually falling off because they are too big.

Weight - I have always had a problem with the scale. When I am on a health kick, I seem to become obsessed with it. During this journey, I tried to limit the scale to only once a week and view it the way it should be used... as a tool. I did occasionally slip and check the numbers, but I found that was counterproductive.

  • Weekly weight loss - This week I lost 0.4 pounds. I would have like to see a little bit higher of a number, but a loss during the holidays is still better than a gain.
  • Total Program weight loss - Over the course of the 90 days, I have lost 14.6 pounds. Since I actually started trying to lose weight back in March, I have actually lost a total of 25 pounds. Nothing to be ashamed of. I look like a whole new person and feel like one too. However, my goal is still far from being reached. I still have another 20 to 30 pounds I still want to lose!

Body Fat Percentage - I am lucky enough to have a digital scale that also measures my body fat percentage. Not everybody is going to have this luxury, but because of this, I was also able to track it as well. Now I am not sure how accurate it is because I have been given different results on different ways of measuring body fat. However, the most important thing is to really stay consistent.

  • Weekly Body Fat Percentage lost - This week I lost 0.3% body fat. While small amounts may not seem like much, when dropping body fat percentage small amounts are a big deal and will add up. This means I am gaining muscle and getting rid of the pesky fat. It has just amazed me how much the body fat percentage has changed week after week.
  • Total Body Fat Percentage lost - During the 90 days, I have officially dropped 3.4 % of my body fat. This to me is a big deal. For body fat percentage, that is a big number over the course of time.

Body Mass Index (BMI) - I am not a big fan of BMI, however it is one of the tools used to tell if people are healthy, overweight or obese. The reason I don't care for this measurement is because typically people who have more muscle mass usually don't come out ahead. Therefore, I try to take this number as it is and not be too worried about it.

  • Weekly BMI drop - This week my BMI stayed the same as last week. Not too big of a deal since I didn't have a big drop in numbers on the scale. BMI is measure purely off of weight and height.
  • Total BMI drop - Since the start of the program, I have dropped 2.2 points. While I am not where I want to be, it is definitely in a much healthier range than when I started.

Inches - Inches are the best tool for measurement, even if they can be smudged a little if you aren't measuring in precisely the same place each and every time. Yet, even if your measuring skills aren't up to par, the inches are definitely going to be noticed when your clothes don't seem to fit anymore. For my purposes I measure several different parts of my body to calculate my loss. If you measure less parts or only one side, you will see your inches aren't as high. For me, I measured: Ribcage, Waistline, Hips, Arms - right and left, Thigh - right and left, and Breast area (Since those are usually the first things to disappear during weight loss!)

  • Weekly Inches lost - This week I lost an additional 3 inches. It seems that is typical after a recovery week when your body really is the mode of changing and rearranging. With the lack of results on the scale, the additional inches are always welcome.
  • Total Program Inches Lost - Since the beginning of P90X, I have lost a total of 18 inches. That is amazing and really what has made all the difference. The number on the scale doesn't show as much but the number of inches has really showed how much my body has transformed. There wasn't one area that really had the most excessive inches lost - it was pretty much all over. The results are in the pictures. Out of all the results I measured, this one is by far the most impressive!

And the Journey Comes to an End

This has been an absolutley amazing journey so far. For me, it isn't over yet. I still have a long road ahead of me before I reach my goals. However, I do know that I am halfway there. I am not certain what the new year will bring as I end P90X, but I do know that I have come out of this a much stronger person, both mentally and physically.

This program has changed me. I am not the same person I was before I started. I am much happier, I have much more confidence, and I seem to have more of a drive for life again. Results from this program will vary, and it sure isn't something suitable for everyone. In fact when I started, I actually wasn't even at the level necessary according to the guidebook to even begin. But I am stubborn and I did it. If I can, I am sure there are so many others out there that could accomplish the same feat. Thank you all for your support and thank you for following my journey!

What a difference 90 days makes...

Here is a compilation of photos from Day 1 through Day 90. The changes are obvious, not only from the physical changes but to the confidence and happiness that also shows through.
Here is a compilation of photos from Day 1 through Day 90. The changes are obvious, not only from the physical changes but to the confidence and happiness that also shows through. | Source

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kellymom1970 4 years ago

barbergirl, That is so cool, you look great!!!!! Keep up the good work with working out. I just got my neighbor to start working out that was one of the reasons for her new flattop. I am showing her this hub you did amazing! Thanks. Her hair was a hit at the party tonight.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

I-am-soooo-proud of you girl. You are awesome and you look fantastic! We just toasted to the new year here at the house, and I hear a "You got mail" Happy New Year My Friend!!

jim


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

You look absolutely AMAZING!!!!! I can't wait to see you in real life :-) You didn't win the prize though :-( Sorry. lol. You did so good with your inches and I can really see in the picture that the core synergistic really helped your mid section! I can see the difference in the last 30 days. It is almost too bad that you weren't strong enough to do it from the start. I bet you would have lost a few more inches. You will have to keep up on the core workouts so your tummy doesn't get weak again but stays strong!! Also if your core is in shape so is your metabolism! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU DID IT!!!!!! OMG YOU ARE FREAKING AMAZING!! lol. I am so happy for you and I hope you can keep up with your good work and continue to lose the weight you want to lose! Watch out because I am ready to take you on in the last 2 months here :-) I will never come close with the inches (although I have lost 9 inches since March), but I am ready to do some major butt kicking :-) You accomplished an impressive feat, but now the real work begins ;-) Don't think you can slack with this competition ;-) Anyway... I work in a few hours so I should go start to do my workout :-) Congrats again! I am so proud of you! So... in honor of your past 90 days and amazing achievement... BRING IT! lol.


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Wholly crap! Those pictures really tell the story. That's awesome BBG! WOW!

An interesting note is that in the first picture you didn't look all that happy. You're standing there with your arms at your side and a look on your face that says you wish the picture would just get taken already. In the others you look more upbeat and pleased with your body. Posing, smiling, maybe gettin a little cocky. But why shouldn't you. Look at what you did. For a lot of people the results would go in reverse during the holidays.

YOU KICKED ASS!

The biggest difference is in the first 30 days when the fat looks like it was shredded off. After the first 30 the changes aren't nearly as noticeable. Aparently the core routine really started to build the muscle.

Congratulations. Not a job well done. An amazing job well done. :) This has got to be a great new year for you.


mtbke5 4 years ago

I'm so proud of you! You look absolutely amazing. Keep these pictures handy so if you ever feel like giving up you can see just how far you have come in this journey. No matter what program you decide to do next, just remember to always push play! I'm always here if you need anything and just remember that no matter what, you make a difference and are loved.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Dam! I am so proud of you! WOOT WOOT! 90 days! Ok I cheated, I rea this last night...you're right it's kinda sad! I've been checking in with your journey while I have my morning java. I have come to really enjoy and look forward to your daily hub...

You look totally awesome!! I do not know anyone who could have stuck with the program before getting burn out. You kept pushing - and pushing play....you deserve a week off and I'll send you some virtual cake:) lol

WTG!!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Unbelievable! But totally awesome. I wish I had your determination. You are really brave to put the "before" photo up. If I put my "before" photo up, everyone would run away...

But I really should do something this year. I need to get into some kind of better physical shape. Ok, I'll give it a go. Maybe I will even be brave enough to post the before photo if the after photo looks as good as yours!

You are amazing!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kellymom - Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for sharing this so others can see how much of a difference this program makes. Keep rocking those flattops!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, thanks so much. I appreciate it. This year I am cheer and raising my glass to a whole new me. I am a few pounds a way from what I wanted for the New Year but that just keeps me all the more dedicated to keep pushing it harder! Hope 2012 is good for you! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Oh Myth - you don't know what you are asking for. I thrive for competition. In reality, I ate a few extra peanut butter balls so I didn't win the prize cause you couldn't think of one anyway ;) But yes... I am still going to push this hard. I think I might even start back up with Day 1. Unfortunately, I might only do a 30 day review so the results won't necessarily be reviewed like they have been here. YOu will have to wait and see who kicks who to the curb... So yeah - BRING IT! LOL Keep up the good work and I am glad to see you are super motivated in the new year!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Posting the 4 pics at the end really highlights the changes you made through this program. Awesome!

Interesting about your starving yourself. I find that to be the hardest thing about fitness - finding that balance between enough to eat and too much. Of course, eating the right stuff makes a difference!

I think you're right though about being accountable through writing a daily hub on your workout. A monthly update might help so I'll be watching for that. Or you could go on to the P90X Plus :)

Congratulations on this (and think of the example of perseverance you've shown your kids too!)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - Thanks so much for being an amazing support system. This program really did a good job. If I would have been paying attention to my bad eating habits, I can only imagine the first 30 days would have been so much more noticeable. And yes - you can tell I wasn't happy with the Day 1 pictures. In fact, if I had it my way I would completely delete the picture. But, it was were I came from and a reminder to never go back to that time. I am definatley much happier and I still have a ways to go. My motivation isn't going to leave me now! So time to set new goals and see what trouble I can bring... to the remaining fat!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@mtbke5 - Thank you so much Melissa. I really appreciate you sticking by my side in this. The program has really made a huge difference. Maybe I should frame it and keep it handy and in site. It will keep my motivation continued on those days when I don't feel like working out. Right now, I am back in competition with my sister so I still have the extra push. I will need this after Cassie's wedding though. That is when I am going to get lazy. But I am looking forward to the summer... when I actually need to buy a new bathing suit and won't be embarrassed to put one on! ;)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Thanks for the virtual cake... tastes good and really low in calories! LOL And yeah - it is kind of funny how you get used to the daily routine of things. So not have you had your cup of coffee, but your daily bit of inspiration as well! Thanks for the support.... now are you ready for the next challenge... 30 hubs in 30 days - we can do this!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Austinstar - I hate the before picture as well and am very much embarrassed by it. But, luckily for me, that is not who I am anymore. So I don't have to worry about it. That is in the past. Now I just have to remember to keep it up and keep going. I am never going back. By the end of 2012, I will be even further than I am right now! :) And if you ever need the motivation to get moving... you know where to find me!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well I know you sure can! I'm starting a little early with a list and some bare bones. I am so glad to have your support though because I know you will challenge me to be a better person...like you:).


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - I was really try to go for the Holy Cow ending... lol... I was happy to put those pictures up side to side. It really states the whole story. As for fitness and health, nutrition is definitely the hardest. I find I like variety in my food and when I am trying to eat healthy I don't get that variety. In 2012, I am going to work on the healthy foods just a little bit better. Who knows... maybe when I do a 30 day update... it will make all the difference! :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I think I have the workout part down pretty well and I too want to focus on my eating.

One thing I plan to do, which will be fairly simple, is to just portion out my food. Instead of taking a scoop of rice, I'm going to measure out 1/3 cup or whatever it is I decide to use as my basic measure.

The other thing I need to do is cut out sugar! I quit smoking cold turkey after 16 years of a pack a day. In retrospect, that seems so much easier than cutting out sugar, which seems to be everywhere.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I know you can do it... I see you already posted your first one. I saw that and immediately thought... and you got a good start! Go you! We will push through until January 30th!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - Whenever I am watching calories measuring really seems to do the trick. I was on weight watchers and while you counted points, not calories, you had to be meticulous about the measuring... unless of course it was veggies that were 0 points. For those, you could eat whatever you want! Good luck on your nutrition in 2012 - we can do it... and if you can give up smoking cold turkey, the sugar should eventaully get easier! :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I wish that one could count...but it doesn't:) lol We are starting tomorrow right???


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - jump on the bandwagon Real - let's do this! Why doesn't that one count, BTW? We will start when you are ready... but don't wait too long! :)


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Azure11 4 years ago from UK

Wow, congrats BBG what an amazing job you have done and the pictures speak for themselves - you look fab!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Azure11 - Thank you so much! I appreciate all the support from my fellow hubbers and friends. This truly has been an amazing journey.


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

Cha-ching! Awesome! In the stats you improved you also should have mentioned your Hub Count! :-) P90X raised your hub count by a whopping 90!!! :-) roflmfao...


wisconsingirlmartin 4 years ago

wow cheeka you look amazing! can't wait to see you in feb!!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - You are very right! It did raise my hub count by 90... plus some. There are also the reviews I am doing for the other programs! So it doesn't just stop after 90... it is a lifestyle commitment! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - You are very right! It did raise my hub count by 90... plus some. There are also the reviews I am doing for the other programs! So it doesn't just stop after 90... it is a lifestyle commitment! :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@wisconsingirlmartin - You just got to Bring It! We will see how much further I can go before coming home. Sure you will be shocked... the pictures don't do it justice... but when I dress up... bam! LOL


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

PROUD, PROUD, PROUD you should be of yourself BBG. Not only did you make it through the 90 days but so much has changed. Very cool! And you wrote a hub a day (at least). And you have all those lil ones running around, ugh - makes me tired thinking about it. CONGRATULATIONS!

Sharyn


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Sharyn - Thank you so very much. I accomplished so much in just 90 days and I feel very good about that. Now I am starting another round. I want to keep going. Luckily since I am not writing about the program each and everyday, I feel like my time has been freed up a little bit. However, now I am attempting to do the 30 in 30 and I have fallen behind. Ahhh - I guess I was so consumed with P90X that has all that has been on my mind lately :) Thanks for stopping by. This really has been a great experience and I can't thank all my supporters enough for the help! :)


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myawn 4 years ago from Florida

Ahh very good in 90 days you look great!!You've given me inspiration to keep going on my no sugar low carb diet.Love the beore and after pictures. Thanks!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@myawn - It has been a very long journey to achieve success but what I have found out was no matter how difficult, the results will always be worth it. However, when it comes to diets we need to change our way of thinking... It needs to be a lifestyle change and not just something we do to lose the weight. Keep on pushing through - I know you can do it! :)

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