Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 1

Hi everyone, whoever "everyone" is, and welcome to my blog. I plan to write about and describe (in detail) the torture, pain and discipline that is to become my life.

If you don't know about it already, P90X is a workout and nutrition system. A really intense workout and nutrition system. It comes with 12 workout DVD's, in which Tony Horton takes us through the workouts, along with three of his buddies, who change depending on the workout. The nutrition plan is in 3 phases, and is based on caloric intake. This was disappointing because I've always been a huge advocate for NOT counting calories, but instead understanding what it is you're eating and why it's doing you good (or harm). But, I can put this aside for these 90 days and become a calorie counter. Although, it's not so much about calorie counting so much as it's about servings. For example, each day I'm allowed 5 servings of protein, 2 dairy, 1 fruit, 2 vegetables, 1 fat, 1 carb, 1 snack and 1 protein bar.

Today, being the first day, I've discovered that this nutrition plan is more than sufficient. This morning, we had egg whites, chicken bacon and half an English muffin for breakfast at 6:45. (Oh, who's "we"? My boyfriend, Chris, is also doing P90X.. We're P90X partners.) Anyway, this meal lasted with me until about 10:00, which is a big change for me since I usually have cereal and end up starving by 9:00.

My first workout was core synergistics, which, as described in the fitness guide, "focuses on strengthening the lumbar spine and trunk muscles, which are the foundation for all the other muscles in the body". I'm excited about this one because I have a curvature in my spine (scoliosis), and I've heard time and time again that strengthening the core will help with the pain.

The workout was tough. There were parts I couldn't do (like the chaturanga run), but I wasn't discouraged. I just hope I'll be able to do the whole thing at the end of these three months!

SO! Starting stats:
23 years old
19% body fat

Fit test results:
Pull-ups: 1/2 (yes, that counts)
Vertical leap: 9"
Push-ups: 7
Toe touch: -5" (hoping for major improvement here)
Wall squat: 1:03
Bicep curls: 23 with 10lb weights
In & Outs: 21

Just so we're clear, I am absolutely not doing this program to lose weight. What I want is this: to come out of the program with a stronger, leaner body and habitually good eating habits. Not that they're bad now, but.. I'M A SUCKER FOR PASTRIES!! But no more!

I really hope you'll all follow me through my journey. I'll try to post every day, even if it's just a quick "I'm TOO tired to post!" But I'm a full-time student as well, so finding time may be tricky. I'll do my best.


  1. that looks so intense! good on ya for doing it! where did you learn about this program?

  2. Christopher heard that it was really great from a friend of his! It's hard to believe this stuff until you hear from someone you know that it works.. and this certainly works!

  3. Great that you got started! It is a great program. I've done it twice now and awesome results! any questions let me know. You can contact me at the URL assoicated with my name.

    Im a beachbody coach and can help with any questions, tips, motivation, accountability if you need any. It's tough, but the results are amazing!

  4. Thanks, Kevin! It's great to have support :)