Jo (my husband) and I are staring P90x on Monday. Before the package from Beachbody arrived I was 90% excited and 10% nervous. Now, after installing the pull-up bar, reading over the booklets and doing the fit test I'm 70% nervous and 30% excited.
We did the fit test and I passed... mostly. I did find the results somewhat surprising. I would have guessed that my thighs would be one of the strongest muscles in my body and that I'd fail at upper body strength because a large majority of my workouts over the past 5 months have been on the stationary bike or running. I'd have been wrong.
I failed pull ups and my wall squats test (I only held the position for 44 hellish seconds, not the minimum requirement of one minute) but I rocked pushups. I did 20 off my knees instead of the minimum of 15 and I think I might have been able to go harder, but I thought I was only allowed to have a one second pause between each. That's what you get for not reading close enough. As for bicep curls, where I was supposed to do a minimum of 10 curls with 8lbs? I did 12 with 30lbs.Yay!
Jo pointed out that the things I did well at (push ups and bicep curls) are things that are in The 30 Day Shred, so it makes sense that I'd be good at them because I've been doing them a lot along with Jillian Michaels. (Can't we just do bicep curls? No you can not. You need to work big muscles in with the little ones because they don't burn enough calories on their own!)
So, anyway. I passed enough to go on and start the program (especially since I'm modifying it a bit. More on that later) but didn't do well enough to feel super confident going in. *sigh*
Now, about those modifications. I know everyone says P90x works but you have to follow it exactly. Well, I can't. I accept that means my results may not be as dramatic as some people's, but that's my reality. First of all, Jo and I are pescatarians. That means we can't follow the meal plan exactly. We're going to give it a shot, and try to follow it as closely as we can while substituting out meat for other protein-y options but if it becomes a problem (especially with our daughter) we'll reconsider. We eat pretty well already, to be fair. Not much junk food (except on my cheat day which I'm going to give up for the duration of P90x) and no fast food aside from Subway -- there aren't a lot of meatless fast food options LOL Still, it's a modification.
The other big modification applies only to me. Jo is going to be doing the P90x classic workout plan but I'm doing a modified version of the lean workout plan.
I'm currently in the midst of doing the Couch to 5k running program with my daughter. I'm not willing to give that up because these runs are the only real excercise she gets (unless you count gym class at school, which I don't). Not only is it good for her health and mine, but I'm enjoying the time spent with her doing something active.
I don't think I'm capable of doing an hour long intensive workout and running with her on the same day. The runs still take a lot out of me (mentally and physically) and trying to do both in the same day would just lead to burn out. I'm not into that, oddly enough.
She and I run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays so on those days I will not be doing P90x (At least at first, I may talk myself into doing the X Stretch on those days eventually, but I'll have to wait and see how my body feels). That means instead of a typical P90x Lean schedule that might look like this:
Day 1 - Core Synergistics
Day 2 - Cardio X
Day 3 - Shoulders and Arms, Ab Ripper X
Day 4 - Yoga X
Day 5 - Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X
Day 6 - Kenpo X
Day 7 - Rest or X Stretch
My schedule will look like this:*
Day 1 - X Stretch & C25k
Day 2 - Core Synergistics
Day 3 - X Stretch & C25k
Day 4 - Cardio X
Day 5 - X Stretch & C25k
Day 6 - X Stretch or Rest (I always make exercise on Saturdays optional)
Day 7 - Shoulders and Arms, Ab Ripper X
Day 8 - X Stretch & C25k
Day 9 - Yoga X
Day 10 - X Stretch & C25k
Day 11 - Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X
Day 12 - X Stretch & C25k
Day 13 - X Stretch or Rest
Day 14 - Kenpo X
That means I'm only doing the program at half intensity (and thus, in theory I should do something more like P180x) but it's the best solution I've come up with to combine C25k with P90x. Maybe once I start the program I'll find I'm able to do more than I think, but I want to avoid injury or burnout at any cost so it's the best plan I've got.
It would be super awesome if I found I was able to do P90x in the morning and still manage to pull off c25k in the afternoon, but I'm not optimistic LOL I am far from being in awesome shape ;) Did I mention that I'm slightly sore today and I'm blaming the fit test? LOL I am, and I am.
What I'm hoping to get out of this program is some more muscle mass, increased flexibility and fitness and a kick in the butt out of this weight loss plateau I've been stuck in for what feels like forever. Especially the last point. I really, really want to start seeing the scale move in the right direction again. I'm hoping if the workouts don't do that the menu plan will.
I keep reading that I need to eat more to lose more, but the idea scares me. I've read all about it, the theory behind it seems sound but I'm scared I'm going to have to re-lose pounds I've already ditched. Having the food plan helps a bit with that anxiety though because someone has done all the work for me (other than the actual cooking, of course).There is no question about portion size or whatever, it's all figured out and written down for me. It feels a little bit like having a dietician holding my hand while I step out into this new calorie level. That gives me the courage to give it a go. Hopefully I won't regret it LOL
Oh! One last thought before I hit 'Save' on this post. Jo and I took our before pictures and measurements yesterday. I really regret not taking before pictures five months ago when I started watching what I was eating and exercising more. I think that if I had them and I could see actual progress it would help keep me motivated. So, while I freaking hated posing for those pictures, I did, and now I can't wait to see if I can see a difference in three months, even though I'm doing a modified program.
*that is a crapton of X Stretch. Maybe I can try and work something else in on occasion too. I can't really make an educated decision right now though as I've never tried any of the dvds yet