Note: I wrote this as part Fitness Fridays at Betty Beguiles
I finished the first 6 weeks of the P90X program. A little fitness background:
- I've pretty much always worked out. I find it not just helpful but necessary for my mental well being. Most days, I run.
- I like to bake (and I prepare a hundred thousand meals a day) so I'm rarely a skinny person but most of the time I'm at a healthy weight. Not look-great-in-a-bikini healthy but my-doctor-isn't-worried-about-my-heart healthy.
- I gain weight every winter.
- I've never lost weight without cutting waaay back on the calories. I can run for hours a day and the scale won't budge until I start regularly going to bed hungry (and dreaming of cookies). I think, by definition, losing weight has to be uncomfortable.
So, I was not terribly shocked to see such high numbers on the scale in February (+7 to be specific). It happens every year. I got right to work, figuring the weight would come off when I started working out regularly again. It didn't happen. On April 1, I started P90X. I loved it right away and have done at least one workout 6 days a week for the past 6 weeks. I've lost about 3 pounds so far. I think I could have lost a lot more, but April and May have been very cake intensive. Cake cake cake - every weekend a party with leftovers. As I said above, unless I strictly limit and count every calorie, I will not lose weight. So that's what I'm working on right now. It is, by far, the trickiest part of the equation for me.
Back to the P90X DVDs - I'm still loving every minute. Most of the workouts have become - dare I say - a little easy (except for Core Synergistics - I hate that workout). Even though I'm not getting the spectacular weight loss I hoped for, I'm in far better shape. I'm much stronger, running much farther, and feeling really good. I care a lot less about those last few pounds because I'm more confident about what I can do.
But I still want to lose the last 4 pounds. :)
(Not proofreading! Must make lunch for my children.)