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3 WEEKS (ALMOST) - STILL STRUGGLING....
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Hey All;

Finally! Finally got started working out! My Wife and I have been overweight for 15 years. We're in our late 40's - mid 50's. She's lost some weight on occasion - me? just getting bigger every year. Found out I was type II diabetic 11-12 years ago. Scared me for about, I don;t know, 3 months! Lost weight (little) took pills, etc. Then, started putting the 30 back on (and then some). Started taking insulin 2 years ago - more and more each month. Finally, my Doc told me, not only do I need to shoot up in the evening but since my numbers keep getting worse, it's time to shoot up in the morning too!

I decided I wasn't going to do that. We started walking 1.5 miles 5-6x/week back in February. As that got easier, I started watching the P90X infomercial. Asked around the office to see if anyone would let me borrow their barely-used P90X DVD's. No one seemed to be able to find them. Finally I said, "for the price of a 2-3-month gym membership, let's order it". It came. It sat on the kitchen counter. We went on vacation. Came back, still sat on the kitchen counter. Finally, we said "lets get started".

We started on a Monday night almost three weeks ago. We didn;t have a way to do real pull-ups and figured we wouldn;t need one right now anyway since we probably can;t do them anyway. She started about 35 pounds overweight. Me? I'm 100lbs + overweight.

We found ourselves having to mostly watch the first weeks worth of workouts. We did what we could (Just like Tony says). I was disappointed in my abilities that first week. I couldn't jump. Couldn't do more than a few pushups. Ab Ripper X? Forgetaboutit!

But you know, slowly but surely, day after day (I did miss one workout travelling), we both noticed we were getting stronger! Suddenly, we were doing more, lasting longer, etc. Last night for instance, we did the Yoga DVD. I did about the first 2/3's of it before I realized I had done it! I noticed the night before that, I needed bigger dumbbells. I started with them, could not finish with them but felt exhausted after the workout!! I was finally able to push myself. We're in week three but have decided we're going to keep this workout going another week before we do the "recovery week". We don't want to count that first week.

Weight wise, coming off a little slower than I would like. We're still playing with the diet/portions but, we'll get there. I'm still allowing myself a "cheat day". Sometimes though, when I cheat, I feel really bad about it. I think that will help me to stop cheating eventually.

I think my Wife and I are in the "zone" now though. We love the workouts! We motivate each other to keep going. DO I really expect to look "different" at the end of 90 days? Some maybe, no, I don't know. All I do know is - I like what I did last night and I'm looking forward to what I'll do tonight.

Xyankee
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RE: 3 WEEKS (ALMOST) - STILL STRUGGLING....
4/13/12 5:07 PM as a reply to Xyankee.
Hey Xyankee! Looks like are pushing through good and with a good attitude. I have an Accountability and Support group where we have some P90Xers and some Insanity people. Feel free to stop by and take a look. It doesnt matter when you start or which program, we have people that can help and would love to have your support and encouragement, as well!

[Edited By Touseef]

Coach Chad
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RE: 3 WEEKS (ALMOST) - STILL STRUGGLING....
4/14/12 1:02 AM as a reply to CoachChadLB.
Hey Xyankee, glad that your doing it, Im just finishing my 2nd week of P90X and its been a hecka of fight. I've been sore for the last week and half and its just now starting to go away. So far I've lost 10 lbs in the first week, I haven't checked the scale since, but hopefully I've lost a little more.

As far as your cheat days, I would suggest to limit that as much as you can, maybe like once a month or less. You want to get the most out of this program, so less cheating would equal to greater results.

Anyways, keep pressing PLAY everyday and good luck on your journey.
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4/14/12 7:14 AM as a reply to Xyankee.
I'm on day 13 of P90X. I'm doing the Classic Version. I love the strength training; however, I'm not fond of the yoga. For the 1st phase, I have decided to only do the strength training and Ab Ripper X and on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturday, I'm doing HIIT. High Interval Intensity Training. I'm doing about 35 minutes of this. This works out better for me because I found Plyo and Yoga too long and slow for me. I haven't tried the Kempo and I won't during phase 1. P90X is a great program; however, I need a hybrid in order for me to get what I want. I won't force myself to do a workout that I find boring. Although I don't following the meal plans that came with this program, I eat 5-7 healthy meals per day. Each of my meals consists of a lean protein and complex carb. My lunch and dinner also consist of veggies. I wouldn't recommend allowing yourself a cheat day, cheat week or a cheat month. Think about the goals that you are trying to obtain. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. Those cheat meals each day will add up. By the way, you can use bands in lieu of using a pull-up bar. Because I can't do a lot of pull-ups at this time, I use the bands which I love. After 13 days, I have seen physical changes taking place. My back is becoming more defined and ripped. All of the other areas are becoming more defined and toned as well. Allow yourself to commit 100%. Why should you do this? It would be because your health, body and you deserve this. Much luck with this program.
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4/14/12 2:18 AM as a reply to Xyankee.
Good for you, Xyankee! Keep up with the workouts everyday. Like what Tony says in the videos: Do your best and forget the rest! Keep pushing play, keep pushing play.
Your results will improve over the course of time as long as you keep bringing it. Guaranteed.

Like what agrapefitness said, I wouldn't recommend a "cheat day" with your meal plan either. Eating healthy is something you have to get in a habit of doing regularly. I know its tough giving up those cheeseburgers, the cokes, sweets, etc. But once you go further into the program and start seeing significant results, your motivation towards your goal will increase even more because seeing that eating healthy and working out really works!

Anyway, great job so far, and keep bringing it! I'm not telling you it is going to be easy, I'm telling you it's gonna be worth it!

Jim
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4/14/12 2:52 AM as a reply to Xyankee.
You've stuck with it for 3 weeks, way to go! I just started week 10 and still struggle through some of the workouts. I actually decided last week to use the CardioX workout in lieu of PlyoX. Why? Even being small, it's just too much for my joints. I live in an apartment complex with concrete floors covered in tile, not cushy at all!

Keep pushing play, and stick with the nutrition guide. Once you have a cheat meal, it's too easy for it to turn into a cheat day, week, or even month. If you're really craving something, find a way to make it healthier. If that's not possible, make a list of foods you want to eat after you've completed the program. It's very likely the first couple bites then will taste good, but then your stomach will feel like you've swallowed a rock. What's that saying? Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!

As far as not noticing much change on the scale, don't worry about it. You're seeing advances in your workouts which proves you're getting stronger and building endurance. That's still improvement! I have not lost any weight or inches in the 9 weeks I've completed, but I see changes in my 30 and 60 day pictures. BIG changes.

Keep pushing play and encouraging each other.

Good luck to you both!

~Denise~
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4/17/12 12:29 PM as a reply to Xyankee.
The main thing is sticking with it, for sure. If you do that, you'll have GREAT results. It irks me when people say...it's too hard.... I mean, I am 6'3" and was weighing nearly 300 lbs when I started. I was like you...I watched some of the videos. I remember my first time doing Plyo. I thought I was going to die...and doing the hopping on one foot and making a cross in the floor during hot foot....EEEK!!!! No way...

So, I just want to encourage you. I tell people all the time, if you are doing everything perfectly, you don't need P90X. Sure, it can be used for maintenance, but I don't know ANYONE who would be honest with you and not tell you they struggled during it. At least on some parts. I did like 10 pushups on my feet the first day and the rest of it was from my knees. Serioiusly.

So, to encourage you, here is a video we shot at the first Summit. I am told it is quite funny and you will definitely be able to relate to it. Let me know what you think!!

[Edited by Touseef]

Talk to you soon!!!!
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RE: 3 WEEKS (ALMOST) - STILL STRUGGLING....
4/14/12 7:22 AM as a reply to JayFloyd.
That video was funny.
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4/14/12 10:20 AM as a reply to Xyankee.
My husband and I were (are) in the same boat as you and your wife. We are now in week 6 of P90X

Hang in there and keep pushing play, it does get easier but then you have to bring it so in reality it gets harder. I can't do the pull ups so I do the bands and I still get a pretty good workout. Hubby can do pull ups, he installed a bar between a doorway. My husband (and I) had never done yoga and I know at the beginning when he saw the yoga his thoughts were oh why but after that first one kicked our butts he now has a mat and blocks.

For both of us the weight hasn't come off quickly but my husband has dropped two pant sizes even though the scale hasn't changed for him. We too are playing around with the diet. The biggest thing (and hardest thing) for me is changing to eating 6 meals a day (use to only eat 2) but since I have changed to this the weight is coming off.


Nicole
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RE: 3 WEEKS (ALMOST) - STILL STRUGGLING....
4/14/12 2:45 PM as a reply to Xyankee.
Good Work Xyankee!

I work in the medical field and answer questions on weight loss all the time. I often tell people to not get on the scale.... work on eating right, getting your exercise time in, in short, work on being healthy, and the weight will come off. You should also be tracking how much insulin you are taking, and I bet that starts to get less and less as well (you should check in with your doc every now and then, and follow dosing instructions). Weigh yourself only when you take your pictures and I bet you will be surprised at the results. I know you are anxious about results, but like Tony says, trust the system, it works. Just have to give it a little time.

As for the "cheat" meals, I know some would say eliminate them, but I know how hard that is to do. "Do your best, and forget the rest".... really work on it, and try to avoid it; If you have to have the bad stuff, take 1/4 of what you would normally take. Remember, this is a lifestyle change, a marathon, not a sprint. This will change your life, so you have to make life changes.

Good luck, and keep up the hard work. The hardest thing is just showing up. Decide. Commit. Succeed.
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6/3/12 9:03 PM as a reply to JuliaCasey.
Hey All;

Just thought I'd check in with an update.

First off, it's week 8! Could have been week 11 but my wife and I weren't happy with a couple of our weeks. In phase I, we really struggled that first week and decided to do an extra week. I was so proud of us for doing that! It could have been easy to just keep moving with the program but we felt like we would be cheating ourselves. Then, in Phase II, we had a couple of weeks were we missed too many workouts. We decided to stay in that phase 2 extra weeks! Again, we pat ourselves on the back for not taking any shortcuts. SO, I guess we're doing P111X!! Its ok though - we always looked at our first pass through P90X as just that - our first pass and we knew we would start it all over again once we were done. Again, we realize this is a marathon, not a sprint.

WEre doing 80-100% of the workouts, reps, etc. Still cant do "real" chinups but we do our modified version. Better than nothing. We still struggle with some of the abripper X. Weight training and aerobics - we hit thatprett yhard. It gets better every workout.

We do really well during the week, nutrition wise, especially at breakfast and lunch. Dinners are a little more difficult, especially with teenagers, and their work schedules, etc. It;s getting harder and harder to have sitdown dinners. But, most night,we do well.

Weekends are still a different story. I have been able to cut back on my insulin. Im down about 15 # and my wife 25#. SO, we're getting results but they could be better.

This week is phase II recovery week then it's on to Phase III!!

Hope y'll are doing well!!
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6/4/12 2:23 PM as a reply to Xyankee.
I'm glad to hear that both of you are making progress. I'm on day 64 of P90X. As you might have heard most of your success will be about 80% of your diet. Continue to strive to give 100% towards your meals and workouts.
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6/4/12 2:57 PM as a reply to agapefitness.
HI;

Thanks for responding. I just read your story. Really fascinating. You were up and down for a long time. Me, I've just been going up, up, up!!

I agree with your statement about you cant outwork a bad diet. So true. Im sure I would be further along If i was doing a better job of the diet. I've allowed myself to cheat on the weekends. When my relatives came into town over the holiday, everything centered around food and drink. It's like we would finish a meal and then think about the next one.

that being said, Im not going to beat myself up about it. we've come sooo far in 8-11 weeks. Im in this for the long haul. I have to be. Not getting any younger! As I mentioned earlier, the first round of P90X was always meant to be a "preliminary" round. We knew there would be at least two rounds, probably more. We were not like the majority of the people. They didn;t have to go nearly as far as we did. Im not taking anything away rom their accomplishments. We have a long road to go.
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6/4/12 4:34 PM as a reply to Xyankee.
Xyankee,

It does get addicting, doesn't it? I am speaking to your comment about being in it for the long haul. I never would have thought that I could commit to a workout like this...even as little as two years ago. Yet here I am! I have done a round each of P90X, Insanity and Rev Abs solo. Then I started doing hybrids: P90X/Insanity, P90X/P90X+ and I am currently doing P90X/Rev Abs. Keep up the good work!
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RE: 3 WEEKS (ALMOST) - STILL STRUGGLING....
6/6/12 7:29 AM as a reply to Xyankee.
Just keep pushing and playing every day and strive for improvement each time.
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