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Hi everyone, my name is Joe, and I registered at beach body a few years ago when I bought p90x. When I bought it, I got all fired up and was ready to go... Made it to day two (plyo). Was so sore I couldn't walk. Gave up. Couple months later a friend of mine did the program and had amazing results. I tried Again and made it about 10 days. Gave up again.
Now here it is 2 years later...KNOWING the results I want are a few months away and I can't bring myself to start because I know my tendencies. I deliver Budweiser beer for a living and use my muscle for a living. Lifting 700-900 cases of beer a day and 10-30 kegs (162lbs each) per day. So when I'm sore, I'm miserable day in and day out. My body type is stocky. Currently I'm 5'10" 252lbs. 40"waist, wide shoulders, easily gain weight/mass. I'm on a fixed income so can't afford to gamble on gimmicks or false promises (for instance the pre workout drink that's recommended... Not saying its a gimmick, but I couldn't afford it or another supplement even if it did work as I imagined let alone promised.).

Bottom line..I'm fat, I'm tired of being fat.... I believe in the product, but muscle cramping and soreness is to be expected but I need to be able to earn a living... Any tips, recommendations for helping me get through the first 45 days until this becomes part of my life and results motivate me throu the pain. I feel so worthless, I'm on antidepressant medication..I get so inspired and then talk myself out of committing to something I've never seen through before. Sorry if this seems weepy...I'm actually a joker and like to live/laugh....but you are all strangers so I can out my heart out there without judgment.

Thanks
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/18/13 2:31 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
Hey Joe!

Honestly don't be so hard on yourself. Making a change to fitness in your life, especially when not having that kind of lifestyle is ROUGH. I should know. My first time doing Insanity I was super pumped, did the first month and was fine, had to modify here and there, but it worked for me. But then the first week of month 2 came around and it was so rough on my body especially my legs that I really felt the impact when I had to work and ended up giving up. And I only made it 2 weeks into Asylum before I stopped. Luckily though I have found a good motivation group and have really been on top of challenging myself. I know for me the best thing that helped was finding out the why behind my desire to lose weight. Originally it was just to look good, but really I found that I wanted the confidence boost, and the overall better lifestyle and by narrowing it down to that I was able to push myself through Les Mills Pump and am currently doing Les Mills Combat!

Let me tell you Joe, as hard as it may be, as much as you may get sore YOU CAN DO THIS!! Be confident, and find your why. Is it to set a better example for people, just to make a change, or (and this is one of my favorite answers and what I jokingly tell people when they ask) to look good naked. As far as narrowing down the inflammation to help with soreness, you should definitely stretch whatever you work out pretty well, and know your limits.

It takes 21 days to create a habit! Set a time each day that you know you can commit to working out and stick to it, and have others push you to stick to it as well!

- Daniel C.
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/18/13 2:44 PM as a reply to DChavez1189.
Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly.... I can't express what the positive feedback means when I dwell on negativity the majority of the day. I've decided to give it a go this weekend.. If its not too much trouble could you check this thread and remind me to get offmy ass. It's so easy after a log day to throw in the towel and justify laziness...I want so badly to look good, and be attractive to my wife, an d be active and around for my two gorgeous daughters. I want want want want, now it's time to DO
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/18/13 3:29 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
Of course I'll be checking in Joe, even if you didn't ask I would! Don't forget when you do start out that it's not about going the pace of Tony and the gang during the videos, your goal is to give 100% of your effort. You can do this! And I'll be here cheering you on every step of the way!
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/18/13 3:42 PM as a reply to DChavez1189.
I appreciate you brother... Im lower than low right now....I don't know you but your support is priceless. You're a good person....THANK YOU
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/18/13 4:58 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
one piece of advice that has always worked for me in many different aspects of life is creating shorter goals, I know 90 days seems short, but try shorter. I have always been told that it takes 21 days to create a habit or break a habit. Once I got started in doing P90X it got to the point where I would hate myself if I didn't push play. I started almost a year ago and have completed 3 rounds of P90X in a row and am currently 3 weeks into P90X2, don't get discouraged brotha
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/18/13 5:06 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
Looks like you are in great hands here with Danielemoticon There will come a day when you will feel empowered by your accomplishments and won't turn back. 1 day at a time is all it takes. As for the soreness, if you can't afford the recovery drink, try some low fat chocolate milk within an hour of finishing your workout. It should help with muscle recovery. When the workouts feel too tough, just modify, take breaks or march in place. Just keep moving! We believe in you!

Kristin
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/19/13 8:22 AM as a reply to khus.
Joe,

I can totally relate! I made it to day 30 on two separate occasions, and stopped. Made excuses on why I couldn't continue working out and pressing play. I'm sure there are scores of people who have gone through this! Don't get discouraged (easier said than done).

I started on January 8th and I've taken a whole new approach to P90X this time around and I hope to provide you some insight:

1. Diet/Nutrition: No excuses this time. I made a commitment to myself to cut all the junk and really follow the 50/30/20 protein/carb/fat macros. I use MyfitnessPlanner.com to help me track what I'm eating. I have cravings here and there, but everyday I'm on the internet looking at people's success stories to help inspire me and motivate me to push on.

2. I got a partner to do it with me. I'm fortunate that my wife and her cousin volunteered to do the workouts with me, and this is a huge help! I suggest you find one of your long time friends on Facebook and see if they would be interested in doing the workouts with you. This is huge in my case because they affectionately call me "coach". They help me stay motivated and on track with pushing play and staying on my diet.

3. Message boards, forums, etc. This is a virtual accountability. You won't know any of us from another, but stay on the forums, and post how you felt after a workout, or how bummed you were for not doing one. It's all about motivation and accountability. I use these forums as well as the ones on MFP to just let everyone know how I feel.

4. Take the photos and do the measurements! The scale will not be the only indicator that you are making progress. Take the time to do the measurements and keep track of your results -- you'll be amazed what you don't see on the scale!!!

5. MODIFY, MODIFY, MODIFY. I'm finishing up my 2nd week and I'm still using a stool for pushups, and I can't finish Yoga or do 25 reps on the Ab workout. I take my time with these. If I have to stop at 10 during ab ripper, I pause, and then pick up where I left off. Listen to your body and don't let the TV affect your personal workout or level. You're not there yet, and neither am I.

Take pride in the fact that you're looking to make a positive change in your life, and that you're going to go through a 90 day process 1 day at a time. You're going to be tired, and you'll be sore. All of that will subside in the 2nd week -- promise.
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/19/13 5:06 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
Hey Joe!!

Ok my friend, how did the day go today?! I wanna hear all about it! Lol. Tell me 1 strength you found and 1 area of improvement you noticed in today's workout!

My day was good! Managed to sneak in my Combat workout before work even though I'm not gonna lie, my alarm went off and all I wanted to do was turn it off and sleep more! Lol
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/19/13 5:33 PM as a reply to DChavez1189.
Hey Joe and Everyone,

I think I'm going to piggyback off this feed and follow it along. I have tried and stopped and restarted so many times, it's ridiculous. For whatever reason, now is different. I'm giving it my all and accepting no more excuses. But, I still need the support. Truthfully, the most motivating is hearing everyone's stories of quitting and then finally making it through. Thanks everyone for offering your falters on the way to success.

Good luck Joe. I'm tripping right along next to ya, faking it til I make it.
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/19/13 5:40 PM as a reply to charliegetfit70.
I have the same problem, but I need to get back in shape and especially lose some wait as I'm in the Army. I just signed up to be a coach so that my motivation to succeed and help others do the same will keep me going. I could always use some new workout partners so if you are interested let me know.
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1/19/13 5:55 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
Hey Charlie!

It'd be awesome to have you on board! Which program will you be going with if you don't mind me asking? And when will you be looking to start it!

I'm sure you saw my first message to Joe. I'm all to familiar with the starting and giving up! And I've started to turn it around and definitely am looking forward to helping you make that push!

You've done one of the biggest things already when it comes to boiling down and making the change! You've admitted a fault publicly and have asked to be held accountable which is a BIG thing to do! You can do it this time! And we will be cheering you on the whole way through! I look forward to hearing more from you!

-Daniel
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1/19/13 5:57 PM as a reply to DChavez1189.
Hey Adam!

That is an AWESOME commitment to signing up as a coach right away! I'd be glad to help you every step of the way as well! You are going to rock this journey this time around especially! Post in here daily if you can so we can keep each other motivated!

- Daniel
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 12:12 AM as a reply to joeweiser.
Hey Everyone,

By now I know I've checked in with most of you individually! But it is a new week, and I just wanted to do a roll call/Check in and see how everyone is doing so far! Post your triumphs, your struggles, and any questions you've run in to so far! Remember, we are all in this together! Lets do this!

- Daniel
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 3:40 AM as a reply to DChavez1189.
Hi Daniel, Joe and fellow P90x'ers!!

I gave Insanity a go at the end of last year and gave up at the end of the 8th week. My sore knees were the main reason but I found myself in a similar spot to Joe before doing this. Every time I started a new workout program, I gave up after the first few days.

Even though I could see the finish line, I had to stop. Since then, I kept beating myself up for not finishing Insanity and my knees were sore for a few weeks afterwards but I kept using it as an excuse. My doctor said there was not likely to be any long term damage and they are just very sore from training so hard. I went to a physio and had a deep tissue massage which did wonders. She helped me realise that what I failed to do was to make modifications to Insanity so I could keep going without damaging myself and risking injury.

The first week is always going to be sore if you have not worked out for at least a couple of weeks no matter what sort of training you are doing. I find that if you manage to push through the hard day/s where you may feel low in motivation, do whatever you can to push yourself through that barrier and it will rarely happen again because you know you've done it once before and you can do it again.

I am starting P90x as I have read a few different posts and it has compared to be less intense but more rounded for toning as well as losing weight. I'm on my 2nd day and my chest is VERRRYY sore but I know that comes with the 1st week. The 2nd week I know I will feel the difference and much better from pushing through.

Keep pushing through that barrier Joe. Even if you feel like you're struggling one day, believe in yourself to battle those demons and you will feel soooo much better for doing it and the next time it won't be so hard.

Keep us all posted, there are plenty of people that would love to read about how you are doing.

Tunni
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 5:20 AM as a reply to Tunni.
A lot of great advice already, but I will add or agree on a few points.

1. Start smaller. P90X is really hard and while they say it is for anyone, I think that to start something as difficult as P90X yiou should have a decent level of fitness to start. While you can definitely jump right in just do what you can and modify as you need to, I would not recommend going from the couch to P90X. Instead, give yourself 2-3 weeks to "get into shape" to start P90X. During this period, do some basic strength and conditioning 4-5 days a week. Send me a friend request and I will send you some details on a good 2-3 program that will get you ready.

2. During the 2-3 weeks above, track everything that you eat on myfitnesspal.com. Don't modify your diet from what it is today. Just track it. You will be amazed at some of the things that you will learn from doing this. The data for most people is eye opening and it will be easy to see what you need to change if you want lose weight, reach the macro nutrient goals, and be strong for the workouts.

3. Get a partner to work out with you. Wife, girlfriend, son, daughter, friend, neighbor, or really anyone that can provide some face to face motivation. The motivation that you can get from these boards is great. There is nothing like having someone that you can actually do these workouts with and that you can talk to face to face, however.

Good luck and I will keep an eye on your progress.

Mike
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 6:36 PM as a reply to mcartt11.
Hey everybody...I wanted to check in and give a quick update....when I started this thread I had every intention of cleaning out my basement and getting started on Saturday....but the basement job was huge! Much bigger than I had planned....so I didn't get started....the basement job however was a huge workout because Sunday my abs and legs were on fire. Sunday I finished up and got lazy...no excuses...just lazy. Long story short, it's Tuesday but I finally got started. I ran out of excuses, watched a ton of YouTube testimonial vids and got tired of seeing guys much fatter than me not only attempt but succeed. So after work, I threw on some shorts, and got going. I'm doing the LEAN variation, so tonight was core synergistics.
With my line of work I have a lot of trunk strength...so the abdominal portions didn't burn as bad as the pushups and leg lunges. My form was terrible, I couldn't keep up, and it was hard. The warmup had me winded before I even got started. .....that being said, I still pushed play. I knew I had to check in here, and I asked for help and advice....not someone to listen to a fat guy complain. I'll be honest...Im really looking forward to not having a gut in the way, so the workouts become easier....but I know that will come.

Now while I just got started on the workouts, I have been watching what I eat since Friday night. I'm not following the nutrition plan to a T, but I've been making choices I can live with. Before, my diet was atrocious. Monster energy drinks... Two cases of mt dew a week, frozen pizza, mcdonalds, taco bell....you name it, I ate it....a lot. I've cut all that out cold turkey. Strictly water, if I eat out (twice) it was subway. Tonight I had a salad for dinner. I know I'll have pizza here and there, but for right now I don't want to slow my progress. Food has always been my reward...what I looked forward to. Now I'm trying my best to look at it as fuel and nothing more. Thanks again to all of you for chiming in and supporting a stranger... I'm doing the best I can... Baby steps.

Joe
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 7:14 PM as a reply to joeweiser.
Woo! Great Job so far Joe! It's great to hear about your commitment, and I'm glad to be seeing your post! Keep up the great work and keep us posted!

Don't forget to take your before measurements and photos! You're going to deserve your shirt.
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 7:40 PM as a reply to DChavez1189.
Yeah, I took my before pics...the pics seemed much worse than what I see in the mirror everyday lol. I saw Walmart had whey protein powder for $20, so I'm thinking of picking some up for post workout. Honestly right now I don't feel too bad....more relief that I finally started. Now I'm focusing on feb 22nd. 30 days at a time.... Small goals.

I'm also noticing in the research I've done that the lean variation is more aerobic...I'm pretty strong, just way way out of shape. My goal in 180 days is to be built like Jason Statham. Correction, 179 days ;)
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RE: I have a problem with giving up.
1/22/13 9:55 PM as a reply to DChavez1189.
Oh trust me I know what you mean about the before pics! I'm the same way! Lol. And I like that, and can't wait for you to see how far you come just 30 days in, you got this!

And that's a good goal! Statham's a pretty good build. I know My dream goal in sculpt would be like Chris Evans in Captain America (yes a super hero) Lol. I absolutely love that movie and the character! But you know what looking like the absolute best me that I can be is the only goal I need!
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