January 3rd marked my 90th day - the finish - the goal of the P90 (Power 90) program. If you are not familiar with P90 is it a workout and diet plan from the Beachbody Fitness team (read all about it here). Basically, I have worked out 6 days a week and followed a 1,300 calorie per day diet of all home cooked meals for 90 days. Strictly. No Taco Bell (this is no joke), no Subway, no Wendys. I have eaten in a restaurant occasionally but have made the best choices possible (salads, steamed veggies, baked fish no sauce, basically a waiter and chef's nightmare). Did I mention no Taco Bell!?!?
As you know, I entered a Biggest Loser contest at work and really needed to step it up a notch, not just because I wanted to win, but because I was ready. Ready to lose weight, ready to get into shape, ready to be healthy, and ready to really make a significant change in my life - for the good and hopefully forever. I knew I needed to do something different than what I was doing so I tried to find a new program. I had seen P90X on TV, online, and numerous other advertisements. I didn't think I was ready for it. Words like "extreme" and "ripped" didn't sound like what I was doing for. Thanks again to Kylee and Craig who did some research and recommended the P90 for me as they were doing the P90X (Power 90 Extreme) and it was encouraged to do P90 before attempting the X.
Guess what? I did it. And you know what else? It's working - really working. I have lost about 22 pounds since I stared on October 3rd and this is just the beginning. (PS 22 pounds for a 5 foot tall person is a lot!).
How do I feel? MOTIVATED. Really freakin motivated. I have noticed a big change in myself and I like it. I don't apologize for not eating the birthday cake people bring in to work (in fact, most people don't even offer it to me anymore). I am starting to be ok with going out all night without drinking (this was and is extremely hard for me). I can have fun and have a few, I really can. This is a HUGE step for me as I do seriously enjoy the booze. I just pick one event every two months where I let myself indulge and go from there.
How do I keep it up? ACCOUNTABILITY. I talk about my goals to my friend and family - and I cannot thank them enough for their support. PS - I still need it, for sure. You guys are the BEST and I cannot do it without you. The next round of the Biggest Loser starts next week at work and I want to flippin win it this time. Not second place, FIRST. I would be happy with second, let's be serious, but I am in it to win it. I have a calendar on my fridge where I record my workouts and my diet every day. Using a scale from 1-10 I grade myself everyday on how closely I followed the guidelines. I want a TEN everyday. I hate seeing a 5 and knowing I could have done better.
What's next? You got it - P90X! Bring it. It's on the way in the mail (Christmas present thanks to Mom, Dad and Jamie) and I cannot wait. I am so excited to get to that next level and start my next 90 days of extreme workouts. Even though I have heard that it is wildly challenging and many people cannot get through some of the routines, I think I am ready mentally for the challenge.
So, next time I high-five you a little too hard or you catch me flexing in the mirror, don't hate on me, it's just that I am in the zone and it's good here.