By Carlie Connolly
I just recently purchased P90X, and let me tell you, the ‘X’ means extreme and it sure doesn’t lie. Just getting past my first week, I’ve got to say I’ve never felt so soar in all my life. The fitness plan consists of working out six times a week, one to two hours a day depending on the type of exercise it is.
My resolution of being healthy and losing 20 pounds has never felt so good. After being in University for four years, it was a struggle to say the least. Junk food, parties and lack of sleep were all the big obstacles in front of me that I just couldn’t beat. It’s not the exercise I have the problem with, it’s the food part. Food is just so good. If I’m having a bad day, I want candy or ice cream, or just something to satisfy my needs. Now, I look at food as not the enemy like a lot of people do on extreme diets, but the obstacle. I love to challenge myself, and by doing this workout and diet plan, I’ve never felt so good. It’s all about that end goal for me… losing that 20 pounds. If I’m ever struggling with the extreme workouts, I take a breath and think how good it will feel to be done day 90. I’m actually very excited for that day to come, as my muscles have never been so far. Instead of focusing on the future success, I have really learned to focus on each individual day and take those tough obstacles as they come. Believe it or not, after each day, I feel even better than I did the day before and I don’t even think about the future as I’m so focused on the task at hand.
I’ve never been a fan of those crash diets, because I can say I’ve been there, I’ve tried them. I completed a weight loss program that allowed for 1,200 calories a day (not a lot of food!) I’ve restricted my caloric intake and hit the gym hard all the time. What I’ve learned is none of those work. Diet and workout really do go hand in hand when it comes to weight loss and I’ve finally figured that out which feels really good. Instead of restricting myself from food and overdoing it on the workout, I balance it all out to have the best of both worlds. As for now, the exercise is the biggest challenge as its had me push my limits like never before.
Here’s to a good change and a healthy lifestyle!