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I’m a P90X Graduate

I finished my P90X regimen last weekend. Even though I had to push out other things from my life, (like blogging and gaming), to make time for the workouts, I did thoroughly enjoy the whole effort. And boy, was it effort.

P90X is tough, it is intense, and it requires a real adjustment in daily life. Especially eating habits. Working out was the easier part of the whole thing, because it just required physical exertion for 1-1.5 hours each day. The diet took attention every hour of the day.

I’d do well on my diet for 3 or 4 days, but then I’d screw up and eat something I shouldn’t, or eat more than I should. My boys’ favorite restaurants are CiCi’s pizza buffet, Golden Corral buffet, and Moe’s Mexican food. We’d go to one of them at least once a week, and I’d blow my diet right out.

Plus, I like going out to a restaurant for lunch once or twice a week, and sitting down for someone else to cook, serve, and clean up while I just read a good book and eat the food. I continued to do this during P90X, but I’d have a salad or something that seemed low calorie and low fat. It wasn’t till the last few weeks that I really started checking food nutrition information carefully.

I went online to the sites for my favorite lunch-time restaurants, and I got a shock. What I thought had been good choices when eating out, was actually just as bad as any of the obviously bad choices. One salad that I had been eating once every week or two actually has over 1,000 calories and 60 grams of fat! I shit you not. My base diet was 2,000 calories and 40 grams of fat per day. So even when I thought I had been doing well, I was totally screwing it up.

But, despite the epic failure at following the P90X diet, I did manage to loose 18 unneeded pounds of padding. My muscles are firmer, and I feel absolutely great. I’m fit and solid.

I’m no underwear model, but clothes fit better, (I’ve had to buy new, smaller jeans). I have more energy, and playing with my boys is easier, with less exhaustion afterward. And apparently, judging from the pictures, my posture has improved.

Don’t laugh at my farmer’s tan.

No, I don’t have a six-pack. Although, I bet if I had managed my diet better, I would have the ripped abs. But, I’m still working on everything.

I’m moving from working out every day to working out 3-4 times a week. I’ve got a better understanding and grip on my diet now, so I think I may still slim down a bit more. Maybe the abs will start showing through soon.


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9 Responses to I’m a P90X Graduate

  1. brogrit says:

    congrats! im proud of you…and by the way, we all have abs, some just have a bigger protective covering than others…

  2. Eerily says:

    Most people are pale in their before pic and tan in their after pic. You reversed that :)
    — Eerily

  3. michelle says:

    Good Job Bullgrit! Trust me, I had a major calorie counting issue a few years ago, don’t look at it all too much, you’ll just want to stop eating. And your brother is right, we all have abs, but for most of us they are hidden…like your brother’s…hidden under the chocolate cake and cookies and cream ice cream, etc that he likes to eat instead of those apples he keeps letting go bad.

  4. Matthew Hans says:

    How old are you? I know you are a father, and that makes me think of my father. My father could never do something like this. One of my university friends is doing p90x.

  5. Bullgrit says:

    brogrit: My protective covering isn’t thin enough, yet.

    Eerily: The before pic was taken without flash. I thought the bathroom was bright enough, but it wasn’t. I used the flash in the after pic.

    michelle: As they say, “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.”

    Matthew Hans: I’m 42 years old.

  6. grant niemeyer says:

    guess i have a question for ya did it help with the “pain” of old age? You know the little aces we all start getting from unused muscles rejecting being used on occation?

  7. Bullgrit says:

    Muscle pain: yep, my muscles are more used to being worked, now, so they don’t hurt when I use them. Joint pain: not so much, my joints still snap, crackle, and pop as much as they ever did.

  8. Webbra says:

    If your before picture is 18 pounds more than your after picture, I hate to think how overweight I must be. You were not fat.

  9. Bullgrit says:

    Thanks Webbra. I knew I could afford to loose 10 pounds, maybe even 12. When I had lost 15, I was surprised. I never considered I had more than that much extra weight on my frame.

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