It was 2007 when I saw the P90X infomercial for the first time. The one armed pushups caught my eye, I mean who doesn’t want to do one armed pushups? Ever try to do a one armed pushup? I immediately dropped down and tried, but ended up doing a one armed face plant… It was clear that cool exercises like this would turn my boring workouts into something lot more fun! As tends to happen, motivation faded between ordering it and finally getting it in the mail and I must admit that stack of P90X DVDs sat on my shelf and gathered dust. It wasn’t that I sat on the couch and ate potato chips from a bag carefully balanced on a growing gut, but I had good intentions attempted doing other work outs, including, but not limited to bootcamp with friends (aka gossip hour), classes at a gym (wow, boring…and the looks when you show up late…), making up my own work outs (yes, as productive as that sounds…) and I even joined a gym (hoping that the steep monthly dues would act as motivation – not even close, it became a nice place for an occasional walk and shower). Needless to say, none of those things worked (shocker!).
There are always excuses for not working out (I have a list in case you need any), and the inevitable consequence for those excuses is rationalizing the result. See if any of these fit: just “getting older,” just slowing down, stupid metabolism….
Finally, I stopped paying to drive to the gym to take a shower, and decided to give P90X a shot. On May 23, 2011, I pressed play and that one little click was the start of new and great strides I made for my fitness and health. Just between friends (promise not to tell anybody??) the first few workouts were REALY HARD, and the day after soreness was even worse (ever have it hurt to wiggle your little toe?). Despite my better judgment I kept at it, and it wasn’t long before I started to notice toned arms (which way to the beach?) and even some abs (six pack here I come)! The bottom line is that I never thought I could get into great shape by doing a work out from the comfort of my own home (it doesn’t seem fair), but it has happened and I love everything about my new body! It sounds cheesy, but there is no caption here, no fine print about “being a paid actor”, but P90X worked for me, and it can work for anybody with a TV and a few spare minutes every day.
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Until next time…Ryann