Over the years, my husband and I have tossed around the idea of trying P90X. The program seemed challenging, the success stories, well, successful, and the workouts looked fun. Unfortunately, we never progressed further than those occasional conversations. The biggest factor was probably the cost. We couldn’t quite justify shelling out $120. Instead, we belonged to a gym which over the years has absolutely cost us more than if we had ditched the membership and spent that $120.
I’ve had my most recent gym membership for more than two years and I have probably actually used it for a whopping total of four months. Of course, if you are a regular follower of my blog, you know that for the past three years I have been dealing with herniated disc issues which has not made life – or exercise – easy.
Earlier this month, while in the depths of depression over my weight, my lack of progress on the fitness front and finally, all of my “fat” clothing feeling suddenly tight, I organized a 30-day fitness challenge in an attempt to find motivation and make myself accountable. 150 people joined my challenge to move for at least 30 minutes a day for 30 days. I was expecting perhaps five or ten people to join me in the challenge, I was shocked that so many people were seeking the same motivation as me. What has been absolutely amazing about everyone is how diverse their activities are, and how dedicated they are to being fit. Honestly, I have looked to these folks many times over the past three weeks as a source of motivation.
Two weeks ago, still feeling the sadness and depression of being overweight, I headed over to the shopping center to find a new pair of jeans. Now, I’ve already gone up two sizes in my pants during the course of this injury, and there I was needing to size up yet again. Forget it! I stormed out of the store upset and angry at my entire situation: my fitness – or lack thereof, my injury, my weight.
Then, I bumped into a fellow runner who, as it turns out, is a Beachbody coach. She suggested that I try P90X3, the newest Beachbody program and third iteration of P90X. This program consists of 30 minutes a day for 90 days. So there I was, at a real low point and I was desperate. I thought it over for 24 hours and then decided to go for it.
I decided to purchase the P90X3 Challenge Pack which includes the X3 program and a month’s supply of Shakeology, a superfood shake designed to supplement your diet. I officially started the program on Monday and have been going strong all week long. I can certainly set aside 30 minutes a day for this high intensity workout which changes from day to day. What’s even better is that my entire family has been getting involved. The kids had a couple of snow days this past week so I invited them to workout with me, which they did. Not only did they get a good 30-minute workout, but they had fun, too, and so did I. We were all tired and laughing by the end of the video. This weekend I asked my husband to join us and he has finished the last two days with us. I suggested that he skip the gym this week and come home for the workouts, I really hope he does.
I can tell you this about P90X3 after finishing up week 1: I’m sleeping harder, eating better and feeling much better about myself. I can’t do all of the exercises perfectly but who cares. I’m committing myself to this very do-able program for the next 90 days. No longer do I have to skip a workout due to school cancellation or sick kids who need to stay home. Also, this past week I have been forced me to work on my weaknesses which I am well aware of but do nothing about. I have no choice because the exercises demand from me that I at least try.
Looking forward to the next 90 days.