X out of the P90x program? Yes I did. This workout program is not for most folks, me included. I had great intentions, and gave it a good shot, but in the end it about did me in. I don’t love cardio and this program has days of kenpo -X (kick boxing), and plyometrics -X (jump training), and some pretty intense weight training too. Oh, and let’s not forget the extra 15 minute ab-ripper- X, 3 days a week, on top of the already intense hour workout. Yoga-X is an hour and a half.
Extreme Food…I Mean X-treme
My husband and I decided we wanted to drastically change our lives and our health; so we decided on the P90X program by Tony Horton. I’ll admit, I am a jump right in and get started kind of girl, but my husband is not that kind of guy. So… after gaining a little understanding of the diet and watching the introductory video, we set a start date, made out the grocery list and went shopping. I’ll say, the diet is the hardest part of this program. No junk food or soda, and minimal carbohydrates, dairy and fats; but the mass amounts of protein required, is all but impossible to consume. To supplement the lack of being able to eat enough food in terms of protein; we added protein shakes. I could stomach the taste, but the bloating and gas from the shakes was a big X for me!
We made it through the first round. It was rough, but we were seeing results. I lost thirteen pounds after a month of this punishment. My husband did even better. He was more rigid to keep up with the food, and more intense with the workout. He is also male and a few years younger than me. Men seem to lose weight faster than women too. I was still doing well though.
I hated the workouts so much that I found myself screaming at the TV. Tony Horton was an abominable sight to me. Every time my husband brought me another snack or a plate of food, I felt my stomach roll. I can’t eat when I first get up, or I feel ill all day. Even though my body was looking better, I just felt sick all the time from so much food, and I was still not eating enough. I tried to make super shakes by putting cottage cheese in my shake in lieu of the 10 egg whites, 1 cup cottage cheese and fruit breakfast option. I just could not do it. It was too much food; not to mention X-pensive to eat like that.
Excuse to Quit
Starting into the second round; it was getting easier. Then during a chest and arms workout, I came down and cracked my foot into the chair while doing pull ups. I broke 3 toes. I was really cursing Tony then; although, I was “almost” grateful for the injury. Within a week my husband sustained an injury to his wrist. Maybe we’ll start again later. I don’t know if it will be P90X though. With the food and time requirements this is a tough program to follow. It works, but you have to be dedicated and love to eat mass amounts of food all day long. After you complete the program, the maintenance required to keep that X-treme body, is just as extreme.