P90X + LEANGAINS RESULTS – TWO YEARS LATER
IF YOU FALL OFF THE HORSE GET BACK ON
This past July 4th (07.04.2014) marked two-years exactly that I finished my first round of P90X…and, because I shared my one-year-later results last year, I thought it only fitting to share my two-year update.
BUT, this two-years-later post is about more than proving you can maintain results – this two-year update is about showing that once you fall off the horse YOU CAN GET BACK ON – sooner than you would think.
For me and my family, this past year has been a bit more than just hectic – it has been a bit of whirlwind. From going full-time in my own business while keeping a second part-time job to getting ready for baby number 3’s arrival, it seems like this year has been non-stop from the get go…and it only got more and more hectic as the year progressed.
As is normally the case with my family, the months leading up to the new baby were the most hectic and busy time of the year (and this was especially true with baby number three’s arrival). Ella Sofia was born on January 4th 2014 and the months leading up to her birth were filled with tons of both work and personal deadlines, holiday planning, cooking, decorating, Christmas shopping, and lots of celebrating…not to mention moving kid number two in with kid number one and having to repaint the entire house (including the baby’s room because the baby girl couldn’t have the neutral green…she’s gotta’ have pink).
Well, longer story shorter, with all this going on in our lives I truly found myself with little to no time to workout.
During this time I did my best to fit in at least 3 workouts a week, but even that seemed unattainable or too stressful to actually do. Exercise, which was something I do to become less stressed was actually stressing me out more because while I was working out all I could do was think of all the other work and personal obligations I needed to be doing before The Deadline (That Deadline being Ella).
So, before I even noticed there I was…16 pounds heavier and only gaining weight.
End of P90X2
Start of P90X3
MY HORSE WAS P90X…BUT P90X3 CHANGED THE GAME
There I was…letting The Funk take control of me and my life.
I found myself depressed, stressed, not exercising, throwing healthy eating to the wind, and losing control of my weight.
Yeah, I was working out and I was still Intermittent Fasting, BUT I WAS ONLY WORKING OUT ABOUT 3 DAYS A WEEK, NOT RUNNING AT ALL, AND EATING ONLY ONCE A DAY…and we all know I’ve tried the Spartan Diet before with no results.
So, right at my most depressed and stressed moment, there came Tony Horton like an angel from above (bit dramatic?), claiming that 30 minutes a day was enough time to get it done.
“30 minutes a day?!” I thought to myself. “No Way! 30 minutes is not enough time…but then again…Tony’s never steered me wrong…?”
And, after about a 30 second internal debate, I decided to give it a go. Right then and there I made a commitment to start P90X3 immediately after getting home from the hospital with our brand new baby Ella….and that’s exactly what I did.
After arriving from the hospital, the very next morning, with new baby in hand, I got up at 4:30 am, and for the next 90 days, hit play and got back to my own personally modified Intermittent Fasting approach to the LeanGains eating style.
You see, yeah, I was still busy with work and home life, but no matter which way you skin the cat, I was saving an hour off my workout daily…and I don’t know about you but I can get a lot of stuff done with that extra hour…so much stuff done that I was no longer thinking about my stressful life while trying to destress via putting my body through an even more stressful 30 minutes…makes perfect sense right?
SAME HORSE, NEW GAME
At the end of P90X3’s 90 days I was back on the horse but in a whole new game!
Hell, the last day at the beach a few weeks ago I was laying in the sand with nothing to do. My kids were all asleep and my wife was falling asleep herself…so, with a bit of energy and nothing else to do, I hit play on my iPhone and did Isometrics right there – on the beach before my own sleeping family even noticed.
The point is that though P90X3 may have gotten me back on the horse it did something much more important – P90X3 GOT ME IN A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME!
You see, with the power of knowing 30 minutes done right could work wonders I got back on track, and, when a bit more time freed up, I went back for my 3rd round of P90X2…and what I noticed shocked me big time!
THE NEW HYBRID + SHAKEOLOGY
As you all may already know (if you’ve already read my P90X3 review), I truly believe, speaking from personally experience, that P90X3 got me better prepared for P90X2 than P90X did.
I don’t know how to really express this in words but after completing my first round of P90X3 my body felt better than it had ever felt before. My injured shoulder felt, well, perfect, my two bum knees felt like brand new, and I was running faster and longer than ever. The only drawback to P90X3 was a bit of a drop in overall arm mass.
So, with my newfound fitness I decided to step it up a notch!
Soon after finishing P90X3 I started my own X2/X3 hybrid (which includes throwing in some X3 doubles on P90X2 off days) but that’s not all that I changed. After being scared straight by Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (a movie about The American Diet and the importance vegetables play in our body’s overall health), I also tried out Shakeology for the first time ever. Though I’ve known about Shakeology for over two years now (if you’ve done any Beachbody program there is no way you don’t know about Shakeology…it’s pretty much everywhere Beachbody is) I never tried it out because I really don’t believe in taking supplements anymore, but after realizing Shakeology is not really a supplement but more like a meal, and after watching Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, I decided I needed to up my vegetable intake game.
So, I started taking Shakeology (in place of one meal…still within my 6 hour feeding window) 30 days ago and can honestly say I noticed a pretty huge difference in my energy level, soreness, digestion, and overall feeling of well-being by day 3 (not to mention a visual change in my size and body composition just two weeks into taking the meal replacement shake)…but more about this on a later post. I am actually going to write a full review on Shakeology soon so please be on the look out for that if you’re interested in learning a bit more about the product and my thoughts on it.
RECAP – UPS & DOWNS, BUT THAT’S LIFE
So, if there is one thing I can take from this year is that, though we may have some ups and downs this year, we should try not to stress over it too much because that’s life – and as long as we have more ups than downs then there’s really nothing more we should be asking for anyway.
And with that final statement, without further adieu, below is the incremental visual results of what my own personal ups and downs did to my physical body over the last 2 years.
VISUAL RESULTS OVER TWO YEARS?
INCREMENTAL VISUAL CHANGES OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS
HEALTH/WEIGHT STATS OVER THE PAST YEAR
X/X2, 3 Days/Week
End of P90X3
Hybrid (X2/X3) + Shakeology
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