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dark4181
Murfreesboro, TN
I had a big health scare last winter. You know, one of the ones that smacks you in the face and says "Hey, you need to shape up, or you're gonna die!" Naturally, while I was still recovering from being bedridden for 2 months, I was also handicapped by severe muscular atrophy; I couldn't do much but slowly build my endurance back up. At the end of Jan 2011 I weighed 275 pounds.
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My fitness goal: Tone Up

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I had a big health scare in winter 2010. You know, one of the ones that smacks you in the face and says "Hey, you need to shape up, or you're gonna die!" Naturally, while I was still recovering from More ...
I had a big health scare in winter 2010. You know, one of the ones that smacks you in the face and says "Hey, you need to shape up, or you're gonna die!" Naturally, while I was still recovering from being bedridden for 2 months, I was also handicapped by severe muscular atrophy; I couldn't do much but slowly build my endurance back up. At the end of Jan 2011 I weighed 275 pounds.

Skip forward to March 5, 2011: I had been watching my eating carefully, had lost some weight; and I finally felt well enough to commit to Power90. At the time I weighed 255lbs. The first two weeks were marrow blastingly hard. I can't remember ever having been so sore. After those two weeks, I almost gave up, because I wasn't seeing the results I was hoping for.

However, I persevered, and on a friend's advice, altered my diet slightly to account for my workout. The second two weeks saw a radical change. The first real indicator was my face starting to lean out.

The next wasn't as noticeable, but my middle did get tighter. I attribute much of that to Cardio, and Ab Ripper. By 6-11-11 I was down to 239 pounds, but my waistline was being more stubborn. Further advice from a friend lead my to begin eating more at each meal, to my surprise, it worked again. By the end of Power90, I was hovering around 230lbs. I had lost 25 pounds since starting, and 45 since being in the hospital. I was sold.

But I didn't feel ready for P90x, so I resolved to complete another round of Power90 first. Looking back now, I wish I would have jumped right into p90x, because improvements didn't come nearly as quickly as they had before. My body had become use to the routine, and I plateaued between 225 and 230. Even after swapping in P90MS workouts to try to shake things up didn't have much effect. My waistline did continue to tone up, but I wasn't seeing any other result. I didn't want to just quit and jump to a new workout though, so I kept on through the program

Skip forward again to 11-1-11. I finished Power90 for the second run, and was feeling incredible. On the advice of my friend, I decided to take a few days off before starting P90x. I did slack a bit on my diet in that period, so my weight crept back up slightly to 228, but I was still feeling good, and eager to continue.

I began p90x on 11-14-11 at 228 pounds. I work out in the morning, because I find that it sets a great tone for the day, and also prevents the majority of soreness from taking hold. Still, I remember wanting to just lay down and sleep after my first Chest & Back run, and I remember being very sore the next day waking up. And Plyo made me sweat more than I ever had before... At least, that was the case until Yoga X two days later.. But, I'm still going, working hard, Bringing it. I finished the first week down 6 pounds from when I started.

5-13-2012. I just finished my second consecutive round of p90x. The differences between the before and after photos are astounding. I'm going to take a week off to let me body rest, and prepare for some opportunities I have coming my way. I plan to maintain with X Stretch and Fountain of Youth, and Shakeology of course. Next on the docket is Insanity, beginning 5-21-2012.

I completed Insanity! The first week I felt like I was gonna die! On day four, when Pure Cardio hits, it's crazy! Then recovery week lulls you into a false sense of security, so when the Max cycle begins, it's like starting all over! I was so proud of myself to make it through without missing any days!

As of 8-20-12 I'm doing an Insanity p90x hybrid, with occasional double days. It's hard but great! I haven't stuck to my nutrition too well, but I'm still seeing progress, since I'm mostly working on upper body size now. Will likely do Body Beast next!

Programs
Meal plan:
Your current meal plan is: Power Vegetarian at 1900 calories.
Workout programs:
P90X®
P90X One on One®
Power 90®
INSANITY®
Yoga / Pilates
Gear:
Heart Rate Monitor
Push-Up Stands
Resistance Bands
Supplements:
Shakeology®
Whey Protein Powder
Pure Creatine
P90X® Peak Results and Recovery Formula
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