One day in July 2013 I came across post on facebook that was a showcase of some P90X before and after photos. P90X is an extreme home fitness program that you do from the comfort of your own home and no fancy equipment is needed. I had just moved to Hawaii and after being jobless and eating a vacation diet for 6 months, I looked like this.
Not bad, not bad… but I was at my highest weight and least fit of my life. My diet was pretty good and I was pretty active too, but I knew exactly why I was gaining weight. Getting older means loss of muscle mass and I was 37 years old. Let’s be honest, for most people it’s all down hill from here and I did not want that fate! I knew it was going to be challenging but I ordered the P90X dvds along with a pull up bar and resistance band. I signed up for a free account on teambeachbody.com, took my before pictures, did the fit test (passed!) and started the workouts on July 20, 2013. I also joined a challenge group on Facebook which made it so much fun! I had also given up my daily habit of drinking alcohol recently which really gave me the confidence I needed to really focus on my health. I tried to be more conscious of what I ate but didn’t go on a diet. I did order the P90X recovery drink and drank it after every strength workout. It’s very delicious and I felt it kept me from getting too sore and tired.
P90X is hard. I’m not going to lie. I hated it at first and predicted that I’d last a month. My house is small and hot (it was summer in Hawaii and I had no ac) but I did it every day. Well, almost, I think in the end it took me 98 days to complete 90 workouts. Here is my 30 day after photo. You can already see some abs starting to show.
Here I was starting to feel more energy and seeing my muscles bulge out a little bit. I don’t own a scale but if I had to guess I would say my starting weight was 150. It was right about at my 30 day mark that I decided to go vegan. It took me about a week to flex into it. One thing that was helpful about being vegan was that it limited my options regarding junky processed foods and helped me eat more clean. Here is my 60 day after photo. I’m definitely feeling really strong here and more energized. At this point I was actually fantasizing about working out. Weird, and totally not me! Unfortunately I took this photo during the day so it’s hard to see, but alas I’m definitely looking smaller.
The last 30 days were the easiest for sure. You start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, you are used to eating healthy and working out every day and people are starting to notice you changing. It was the home stretch and I was really looking forward to those final shots and posting them on Facebook for my friends and my challenge group to see. For my 90 day photo I had to bust out the after photo poses! I was so proud of my self. I have never stuck with a fitness program this long and I worked at a gym for 8 years!! I think the reason I stuck with P90X is because it was so hard that I KNEW I was going to see the results that I saw on the commercials. Also because I was seeing those results happen before my eyes. Here are my 90 day after shots:
Look at my back! It look so different from before! Doing these photos made me realize that this bathing suit is not at all flattering from the backside so I took some photos in my much sexier suit that I got in Costa Rica. Here they are next to my before photos:
Woot! The last month or so I started to wonder what I would do after the 90 day challenge. After all that hard work I couldn’t just quit and let it all go to waste. Plus with all this added energy and strength I didn’t want to quit. Look at what I can do that I could NOT do before (that’s me on the bottom):
So, I decided to keep going and add the Shakeology drink to my nutritional regimen. I really needed more protein in my diet and I absolutely could use something to curb my hunger after work. I also decided to buy another set of workout DVDs, Debbie Siebers Slim in 6, from Beachbody. I’m going to mix those in with P90X every other day to keep from getting bored.
I’ve also decided to become a beachbody coach, which means I help people on the program. Not only do I love helping people, but inspiring and motivating others helps me stay on this path. I have to set a good example now! Take the Beachbody Challenge with me! I only encourage you to do so because it has helped me tremendously and I know it will help you too! I will help you every step of the way!! If you need more inspiration, check out the post I saw on facebook that motivated me to try P90X. Click here to learn more about P90X! Please contact me if you have any questions!