After three months and 78 workouts, we’re finally done with P90X!
It has been a long journey, but I’m pretty darn excited to have completed the whole thing. Towards the end, I definitely subbed some runs and elliptical workouts in place of a few P90X workouts (i.e. Kenpo and Plyometrics), but for the most part, I followed the schedule.
I’d like to give a shout out to my main man for being my workout buddy for the past 13 weeks. Making fun of ourselves, complaining together, and pushing each other made the adventure 10x more enjoyable.
We started the system on May 12th and finished yesterday, August 9th. I traveled home to Illinois a few different times in the middle, which complicated the workout schedule a bit, but for the most part, I was able to make it work by shifting workouts to different days.
And now what you’ve been waiting for: the results.
I kept going back and forth whether or not to show the before and after pictures just because I like wearing shirts in public and stuff like that – weird, I know. But in order to really show my progress, I’ve decided to share the results. Below are my front and back pictures from the start of week 1 and the end of week 13:
You kind of have to look really closely to notice the results. Haha. From my own examination, my shoulders and back are way more toned, and my hips/waste are a bit smaller (I can tell this mainly from how my clothes fit). Overall, I lost 5 pounds, which I’m actually quite proud of. I was happy with my before weight, but I wanted to be more toned, and that is what happened. Out of curiosity, I weighed myself after each week, which I can’t say I enjoyed. I usually weigh myself like once every month or two, so seeing small fluctuations higher or lower every week kind of made me paranoid.
Despite the fact I was way too aware of every .1 I lost/gained, it is kind of exciting to say that the last time I saw my current weight on the scale, I was in high school, which is really weird to think about. At the beginning of college, I gained about 15 to 20 pounds but eventually got back down to a healthier weight by not eating Ramen, Easy Mac, and cafeteria pasta for ever meal. Before starting P90X, I was at my happy weight – a number I could easily maintain with a balance of healthy eating, occasional splurging, and consistent workouts. Seeing the result of healthier eating, rare splurges, and harder workouts is pretty cool. I need to figure out how to calculate my body fat percentage because I think that has improved a lot. My veins in my hand/wrist pop like woa. It’s fascinating to me.
One thing that should be noted is that we didn’t follow P90X exactly, so my results aren’t a true testament of what the system can help you achieve. For the workouts, I did about 85% of them exactly how they should have been. Over the last month, I decided to switch in a run here or there in place of the workouts I really didn’t like. For the nutrition plan, I loosely followed the theme of each phase (high/low fat, protein, or carbs) and decided to just eat as healthy as I could without hating my life. This means, I avoided junk food and did our weekly meal planning with the goal of eating clean. I was a little surprised with how much will power I actually had over all those chocolate cravings.
So how did I celebrate being done?
I made my healthier chocolate chip cookies recipe (despite our apartment being 85 degrees). I’ll probably bring the rest into work because I don’t know how long these will last now that I have complete freedom.
So there you have it! My P90X results. Now that it’s over, I definitely plan to do a few of the workouts every once in awhile because I never realized how much I enjoy weight lifting, and I really enjoy some of the workouts. However, I do plan to incorporate more runs back into my workout routine. Here’s hoping I can keep up with what I have accomplished so far!