60 days down; only 30 to go.

I’ve talked to a lot of people who have tried P90X, but didn’t make it the entire 90 days.  I don’t want to bust on my friends, but
why not finish what you started? For me, the results I have achieved so far are all I need to keep going, but here’s some tips for sticking out any program you start in 2013.

  1.  Define your personal goal.  Your goal should not be the program. It should be what you want from the program.  If you go in with the plan to “do a xx day exercise program or go on xx diet” it won’t be enough to get you to the end.  It should be lose xx pounds by xx/xx/xxxx or lose 3″ around my waist by Easter. 
  2.  Inspire yourself. What is your “why”?  Do you want to look better, feel better, have more energy, rock a bikini….  Your why is what is going to help you stay the course. When you feel like hitting snooze instead of waking up to work out or when you feel like you may want to go through the drive thru instead of making a healthier choice thinking about your why, your purpose, will keep you on the right track. 
  3.  Put it in writing. Write your down your goal and three things you will do to execute your goal.  Example:  if your goal is to lose 5 pounds by March 1st and your “why” is to have more energy to play with the kids on your days off then your 3 things may include things like:  pack my lunch for work days the night before, don’t buy junk food at the grocery store, cut out all soda and sugary drinks. 
  4.  Keep a log.  I love the P90X app.  I record my workouts each day.  I record what I eat daily in my nutrition journal, and I record my measurements. This helps me decide if what I am doing is working or if I have to adjust. 
  5.  Celebrate milestones. Don’t wait for all 10 pounds to come off to celebrate. Celebrate the first pound, then the first two pounds. Cheer from the mountain top when you get the first five gone.  Keep yourself internally motivated. 
What I learned the next 30 days of P90X. 

  1.  Once you can do something for 30 seconds you can do it for 60. 

  2.  They make wide arm pull ups look too easy in Skyfall. 
  3.  If my 8 year old can do crane then I can too.  I just have to stop thinking so much and just do it. 
  4.  I hate recording snacks in the nutrition journal enough to help me cut them out completely.
  5.  Working out with your partner makes it so much better. 
  6.  Sodium is as bad, bad, bad.  Just as bad as sugar.
  7.  You only have to be good 90% of the time. Allow yourself a little latitude and you will enjoy it more.

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Henry Fielding
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