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Calling all P90X veterans who were obese at start... help please
I am hoping some of you can help me out. I am considered obese, much to my shame. I have tried P90X before and have never gotten far- yes it is hard, obviously, but most of the problem is that my mindset was terrible. Excuses won. I'm over that, or at least I REALLY want to be over that!! Sooooo...I have a couple of questions--

1. Did you start with classic or lean?

2. One issue I had is that there are lots of things I couldn't keep up with. Did you hit the pause button and get your breath back and continue so you did everything along with the video, or did you follow along just doing the best you could for each thing?

3. Did you follow the eating plan or did you make your own?

4. Any other advice??

I am a 37 year old mom of 3. I work part time and my workouts will be afternoons- the only free time I have ;)

Thanks for any help and advice!!

Best wishes,
Laney
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Laney,

I was considered obese as well and lost nearly 50 pounds after two rounds of P90X. I started a few times before that and never did keep up with it and then in August of 2011 I decided that enough was enough!

laney13:

1. Did you start with classic or lean?


I started with Classic, and matter of fact, did all of the four rounds I completed that way.

laney13:

2. One issue I had is that there are lots of things I couldn't keep up with. Did you hit the pause button and get your breath back and continue so you did everything along with the video, or did you follow along just doing the best you could for each thing?


I just did my best to for each and took a breather when they were still going and I was attempting to recover lol. But if you need more time in between exercises then by all means hit pause!

laney13:

3. Did you follow the eating plan or did you make your own?


I did BOTH!!! First 90 days I did my own diet thing... and pushed hard in the exercises. My results after 90 days were tiny at best.. you could see some differences between my Day 0 and Day 90 pics but nothing dramatic. Instead of being discouraged I decided to try and do the entire package... I figured "I am not the fitness expert here.. Beachbody is and who am I to argue which combo works!?!?" Within the first 60 days of Round 2 I was seeing dramatic results and lost pretty much all of the weight I wanted to lose in that second round! I did the entire second round on the Fat Shredder Phase 1 diet plan and it made a world of difference!

laney13:

4. Any other advice??


Biggest thing is don't get discouraged and don't try and keep up with the folks on the video. When they say "Do your best and forget the rest", that is exactly what they mean! You will get there... it just takes the will to want it bad enough to persevere through the beginning struggles. Once you get past that you will be glad you did and you will have the results your deserve!

- M
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Great advice, yes do as much as you can every day and you will see progress each week. If you feel like you really aren't benefiting from P90X by not being able to perform enough of the exercises then I would suggest starting with the Power 90 program and progressing back to P90X. We have two members on our team who have had incredible weight loss success, one of them started with Power 90 and one of them went straight to P90X. Stick with it and let us know how things are going, you're going to love the results!
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Hey Laney,

First off, congrats on not giving up. Take care of that fire and it will do nothing but grow.

A week ago I finished my P90X for the first time, dropping my body fat percentage from the Obese range to the Normal range while losing 35 pounds. Still have some work to do, but well on my path. You can do the same or better.

Here's my thoughts on your questions:

1. Did you start with classic or lean?

I did classic. My reason for this was so that I could build the additional muscle I needed to continue on my fitness journey. Either option is great. From what I could tell, the main difference is the Plyometrics workout being switched out with the Cardio X workout.

2. One issue I had is that there are lots of things I couldn't keep up with. Did you hit the pause button and get your breath back and continue so you did everything along with the video, or did you follow along just doing the best you could for each thing?

Followed along the best I could until I was able to keep up. When I started I couldn't do any sit-ups or pull-ups. At the end I still couldn't keep up with the machines on the DVD, but I got dang close! Modify as you need, just make sure you're pushing yourself (A heart rate monitor is a great tool for this).

3. Did you follow the eating plan or did you make your own?

Followed the eating plan like a mad-man. My problem before starting P90X is that I really didn't know what healthy eating was. By following the plan I now have the proper eating habits to help me in the long-run.

4. Any other advice??

Don't give up. Like you, I'm a parent. It's tough, not easy, hurts, but so friggin worth it. As I like to say, 1 hour of a hell workout for 23 hours of heaven. I knew I was helping the family in the right direction when my 7 year old wanted to workout and started eating much better like her mom and dad (not Spinach is one of her favorite veggies).

Well, that's a lot of information. I hope it helps you out and can't wait to see your end results.

Feel free to reach out if you need anything else, or even just to vent. I'm only a message away.

Keep pressing play Laney, for yourself and for your family. emoticon

~~ Tim Collins
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