P90X Workout Review Update…Getting Back on the Horse

Me and Duke – my motivation

I am a woman of my word, even if that word means posting sports bra-baring and somewhat unflattering pictures of myself on the internet.

As promised in my original P90X workout review, here is my update…

It all started on a Fourth of July horseback ride. Actually it started as I was rummaging through a bunch of pictures that we took while on a horseback ride over the fourth. My heart skipped a beat as I laid my eyes on a picture that showcased me perched on the back of Duke, the horse. Starkly contrasting the beautiful Colorado landscape was a plump version of myself, smiling goofishly under a sun hat. Everything about me looked a bit more round and dimpled than normal.

Is that me?

Sometimes it takes the objectivity of a camera lens to show you what you’ve been neglecting to see yourself.  I quickly came to the conclusion that I had long ago outgrown the ability to eat three servings of cream-based Pinterest pork chops for dinner, Twizzlers right before bed and never work out to boot. Changes needed to be made, and they needed to be made immediately.

“Changes needed to be made, and they needed to be made immediately.”

That’s when I was introduced to P90X.

Sweaty, winded and grimacing after plyometrics

I started my P90X journey in August and a mere 90 days later I can honestly say that I’m a changed woman. Not only did I huff and puff my way through an intense daily workout, but I dragged myself out of bed at 5:45 every morning to do it. This may not sound like a huge feat to some, but for this girl rolling out of bed before 7 am normally takes a crowbar or the smell of bacon….and bacon was obviously not an option.

An at-home fitness regimen that utilizes an array of workout routines from cardio and plyometrics to martial arts to yoga to hour-long weight training sessions, P90X truly runs the gamut and successfully confused my underutilized and completely oblivious muscles into submission. It’s a high intensity workout 6 days a week that is high in repetitions, total body exercises and short rest periods. All in all, it’s consistently brutal and effective and exactly what I needed.

The journey has been long-fought. After a bout with the flu in mid-September I simply could not make myself get back into the routine and missed a week as a result. However, I noticed that the longer I went without my daily morning meetings with Tony Horton, the worse I felt, I even began to feel a little depressed, which is not blissful at all.

I needed to get back in there.

Like a prize fighter returning to ring…. ok more like a sluggish slacker fumbling for her yoga mat… I made my 5:45 a.m. re-entrance into my living room workout command center on Monday morning and got back on the horse…only this time its name wasn’t Duke and I was no longer a rolly-polly perched on top.

“I wasn’t really measuring my success by pounds.”

As the days progressed I could feel definite changes in my strength, my energy and see a difference in my waistline. I have managed to lose 10 pounds total. However, I wasn’t really measuring my success by pounds. Instead I chose to measure my success on how I felt, how I fit into my clothes and the elimination of rolls around my mid-section. I can proudly say that I can now fit into the long-awaited skinny jeans and feel more confident about my body than I have felt in a long time.

Check out my progress in the video below! (If it doesn’t show up right away just click refresh)

I admit that as weeks 10, 11 and 12 rolled around I ended up scaling back to 3 to 4 days a week rather than 5 to 6. But I figured that going from twice a month to 3 days a week was still an improvement. I still have a long way to go to get to fitness model status, but that’s not really what I’m going for. More than six pack abs I want to feel confident, capable, and durable on a daily basis, and that’s what P90X gave me.

Now that I’m crossing the finish line I’m going to stick to a modified version of P90X, 3 days a week until the end of the year. And then I’m really excited to give the Insanity workout a whirl. Created by Beachbody, the masterminds behind P90X, I’m expecting only good things, and another thorough butt-kicking from Insanity as well.

Just call me the home workout queen.

I plan on documenting my Insanity journey too. So stay tuned….

If you’re interested in learning more about P9o0X or Insanity visit Stacey McClellan Doyle at www.beachbodycoach.com/hippiefarmgirl or www.facebook.com/BornToBeFitandFab. She’s a great motivator, extremely knowledge in all things Beachbody, and will absolutely help you reach your goals.

Next: See How Much Sarah Lost With a 7 Day Cleanse

I love your feedback! Leave any comments you have about working out and staying motivated. I’m curious to see what your experiences have been!


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13 thoughts on “P90X Workout Review Update…Getting Back on the Horse”

  1. Ann says:

    Good for you!! It can be so hard to completely change our habits, but so worth it when we can finally overcome our old self!! You are looking terrific!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Ann!

  2. Teresa says:

    Way to go – impressive finishing and for posting pictures!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Teresa 🙂

  3. Kerissa says:

    Good for you, Sarah! You look great! I felt like I was reading the journey I’ve been on since March – seeing an unflattering picture of myself and committing to a workout. I did TurboFire and have never felt better. I like P90X and Insanity as well. However, after you finish Insanity, give Turbofire a whirl – it’s fun and the results are pretty amazing!

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks! I’m not familiar with TurboFire, so I’ll definitely have to check it out. Working out at home is awesome, so if I can compile a bunch of workouts that would be perfect 🙂

      1. Tia Ziegler says:

        Hey friend, you are doing amazing and I of all people know how challenging it can be to get your butt out of bed! (love ya) so in saying that I am so proud of you for sticking with it and never ever think because I am a gym rat and PE teacher it comes easy! You my girl are a motivation to me!!!!

        1. Sarah says:

          Thanks Tia, that means a lot! I knew it wouldn’t be easy which is exactly why it took me so long to start but now that I have, it feels pretty great 🙂 We need to yoga together sometime..

  4. Tia Ziegler says:

    We should totally do a yoga class together.

  5. Amy Pabst-Green says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!! You give me motivation to live a more healty lifestyl! You look great! I need all the motivation I can get to get my butt to the gym! I love reading your blogs! You are in inspiration 🙂
    BTW… I would love to also do yoga with you and Tia

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks Amy! I’m the same way when it comes to the gym that’s why I started working out at home, you should try it! We should all do some yoga soon 🙂

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