Through the course of my life I have abused and neglected my body and my overall health. Being a smoker for over 30 years was a major detriment to my health and one of the worst things a person can do to their body. On top of this, I was also an alcoholic and drug addict which did much more damage to my body. I have now been drug free since 2000 and have not had a drink in over 3 years. I quit smoking in January of 2010 and this alone has been of immense benefit to improving my health but it hasn’t been enough.
I began working out back in 2000 but have never been healthy. I could lift heavy weights but that was about all. The downside of that is the damage lifting heavy weights did to my joints and shoulders. Now I deal with constant pain.
Having been diagnosed with COPD in 2009 I knew I had to change something and had no idea what to do. My lung capacity was 52%. I did quit smoking which helped improve my lung function a little but I still couldn’t do anything without pausing for breath. I couldn’t even climb my stairs to go to sleep without crawling up the last few. On top of this, once I quit smoking food began tasting really good so I ate…a lot. Fast forward 1 year and I had gotten up to 234 pounds with 29% body fat. Now I really couldn’t do anything. Not only could I not breathe very well, I was getting obese. The hardest part now was just getting up to do ANYTHING. I had hit my bottom. I was extremely depressed and a change had to be made.
It just happens that a friend of mine had told me about a group of people who were doing a Fit Club and were going to be showing how to use P90X. I had seen the infomercials and thought “there’s no way in hell I can do that”. Well, I decided to go to see what this was all about.
The group began and the main point Tony Horton makes all throughout the videos is “Do your best and forget the rest” and that was reiterated by the coaches at the Fit Club. I know I wasn’t doing everything perfect and definitely wasn’t keeping up with some of the other people or the videos but that was ok. I was doing MY best. After the class I was feeling pretty good. I stuck around and talked with the coaches who invited me to come work out with them each morning. I decided I would do that and they restarted P90X in the middle just to help me. This is when I found out what “Coaching” was about and the Beachbody opportunity as well as Shakeology.
I was still kind of struggling along and life stuff was getting in the way occasionally. Scheduling and business was interfering with the 3 of us getting together in the mornings. I ended up going off on my own to continue the workouts because now I was beginning to feel a little better and wanted to go at my own pace.
I was taking Shakeology to help with my cravings for food and it also increased my energy. While I can’t say for sure what helped lift my depression I believe it was a combination of the workouts and Shakeology with Shakeology being the main reason. I wasn’t doing enough of the workouts yet or pushing so hard that it was creating Serotonin which affects how we feel. Diet and exercise are contributing factors to increased production of Serotonin. This is in no way a cure for depression and as that is a serious illness it should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor but in my case it really helped alleviate the symptoms. As my exercise level increased I really began to feel much better.
At the end of January after a little over 2 months I attended a Beachbody event that really changed my outlook on fitness, Shakeology and how I could not only get healthy myself but how I could help other people do the same which would also help me. After this event I really threw myself into P90X from the beginning and added Insanity as well doing a hybrid workout program.
Once I really committed to P90X and Insanity as well as the nutritional side of fitness I began to see the results I was looking for. Not only was I looking better and shedding body fat but I was feeling a lot better.
After finishing this hybrid workout I started P90X by itself mostly to do what was done for me. I was helping a friend who is a Type II diabetic. He was in the condition I was in. Overweight, not happy and overall unhealthy. Within 2 weeks of P90X he was able to reduce his medications that help regulate blood sugar. This is due to burning off the fat around the organs and also being more aware of the food you are eating. When doing any fitness program it’s important to eat properly to get the results you desire. 80% of fitness is nutrition.
If you’re asking yourself what you can or should do for a fitness program and you’re asking yourself “Why P90X?” I hope I’ve been able to help you make a decision. Whatever it is you do just remember to do your best and forget the rest. There are many options available. Here’s a comparison chart to see the different programs from Beachbody.
If you have questions about P90X and if you should start doing this extreme program please watch the video below. This is an overview of P90X and what it can do for you.