How I Heard About P90X
I heard about P90X from watching TV. TV is something that I don't watch very often, but I saw an ad come up where Tony Horton (the creator of P90X), was speaking and showing what P90X was. There were stories of people who completed P90X, in addition to Tony Horton going over the muscle confusion and an overview of the program. The idea of the program stuck in my head.
Why I Was Ready to Start P90X
Since about two years ago, I continue to learn about myself. I realize that when I was younger, I did a lot of counter productive things to my growth and happiness. I was negative when I spoke, and I anguished over mistakes made and trying to not hurt other people's feelings.
A person I consider a friend showed me a self talk book which I read. This helped get my mind going in the right direction. I realized that my mental image of myself was completely backwards. It used to be natural for me to say that I was dumb, inadequate, ugly, and useless. I cannot believe at the present day that I thought those things. Now I know I am smart, talented, handsome, and my worth is beyond measure. This is not ego, this is the reality about myself.
In short, I was ready to start P90X, because it was the next natural step for me. Because I value myself very highly (including my body), I knew that a change was in order. P90X is the tool I use to get my body in the physical condition it needs to be. The main purpose for this is that I will now have a longer, happier, more full and abundant life. My chance of illness, injury, and health problems as I get older is greatly decreased.
For Those of You Wanting Tips
I've thought long and hard about the people around me who inquire about P90X and want tips and pointers. I cannot stress enough to you how important it is for you to get your mind right. This is something Tony Horton stresses in the DVD workouts. You must be prepared to work hard and make a life-long commitment. But before that, you must get the right picture of yourself.
The right picture of yourself means you begin to cleanse yourself of all negativity, doubt, and the idea that things are just too hard or challenging. I've heard it over and over from people. I hear some of the following:
- Losing weight is so frustrating.
- I just can't give up the foods I like.
- Why do I look so fat?
- What is my problem?
- It's never easy, but it is worth it.
I sometimes wish I could just transfer the knowledge I have in my brain to people so that they could realize how backwards their thinking is. But I do realize that most people think the way they do because that's how they've always done it. Nobody has given them the tools or training to change, so why would they? Some people may say, "but you are already so fit, you have it easy."
No I do not have it easy. I was fifty pounds over weight a few years ago. I made a change. It is as simple as that. Now my thoughts are like this:
- Losing weight is irrelevant. I am in shape and have the energy to be happy and productive.
- I only put food into my body that is beneficial. With only the occasional fun splurge, there is no comprimise.
- I have a fine, fit, and trim body. My hard work continues to improve upon this.
- Thought I am imperfect and make mistakes, I always move forward and find success.
- There is no easy or hard. There is only choice.
It seems like a common obstacle for people is that they don't know where to start, and don't want to take the effort to get their bodies healthy. I understand this. If you are overweight and have not exercised for a while, then you know it is going to be painful to make change. You know that you will struggle at first. And after a week or two, it will all end because you didn't see enough results.
Have a little faith. Get your mental picture right and stick with it as a life long thing. There is no losing weight and then you are done. There is no getting in shape and then you are done. There is a life long decision of being active and having your mind and body in tip top shape. It is as simple as making a choice each and every day, I cannot stress this enough.
What P90X Is
P90X is a tool. You need a dvd player, the P90X DVDs, dumb-bells (20 to 30 pounds), workout clothes, including shoes, a room with some space to workout, push up bars, pull up bar, and around an hour a day. If you can spare these things (which will cost you about $200), then you can begin. P90X provides you with a schedule to start your first 90 days. It tells you which DVD to put in each day, as well as a nutrition guide to help you get your eating right - five meals a day, with a mid morning and mid afternoon snack as part of that.
It is as easy as that. You put in your P90X DVD for the day, and you do what Tony Horton says to do. He shows you very easily what to do and you just follow it. When you are done, you are tired and feel great. That is all you do each and every day, it is not rocket science. This is how I did it. I got up each morning (and waiting until evening some days), put in the DVD for the day, and went to work. I pushed myself in the workouts and was not afraid.
And I canont stress this enough: I DID NOT MISS ANY WORKOUTS NO MATTER WHAT! Even if I had a basketball game that day, I still did my workout. Do not let yourself get into the mode that you can relax and miss workouts. This is a life changing decision, and you must be committed.
You Can Do It Too
I know that those of you reading can find the success I did. I am in Hawaii right now and walked on the beach, very proud of how I look and feel. You will know you are ready for a change like this once you have the right mental picture of yourself. There will be no worries about how hard things are or that you don't feel like it. You will have the desire to make the change, and I am so happy for those of you who get to this point. It is a wonderful thing to realize you are special and worth the effort to shape and sculpt your body and begin a very healthy life.
There's not much more I can say to all of you. P90X.com has all the tools you will need. They will ship you the DVDs - or you can search for them on Amazon.com for a cheaper cost. You can buy dumb bells at most sports stores, and P90X.com has the bands for sale. Amazon.com has many pull up bars, and you can read a review of the bands and other products on this blog as well. You can do it. Replace the time you are watching TV, playing video games, eating garbage, or lounging around with an hour or so of doing P90X. It will be so worth it and your life will be changed forever.