Hello all you fitness junkies out there! I am checking in at the end of week eight of my P90X challenge. This is the end of phase two and it is a tough one.
I would have to say that these past four weeks have been the toughest I have had since the beginning of my journey back in February when I started with the Brazilian Butt Lift. I feel like I have hit a wall. I am gaining muscle, but it feels like it is at a snail’s pace. I am also hungry 24/7 again. The need to feed is near constant even though I am ingesting a crazy amount of fiber and water to keep myself full. I don’t know if it is hunger out of necessity and I should give in and eat more than my 1800 calories a day or if I am just hitting a plateau with my diet and my body is trying to get me to fall off the wagon. Either way it will get what it wants this week as I am leaving to visit my family in Charlotte. There is no meal plan when I am visiting my folks and although I will be taking my P90X DVDs with me and will be doing my workouts along with a possible trip to the white water center, I know that I will not be able to strictly control my intake like I do at home. If you had ever had my Mom’s cooking you would understand that when I say there will be no control, I mean it. Dang that woman can cook.
Here is where I am today. I am still at 120lbs down from 135 when I started in February, my natural waist is still measuring in at 26″ down from 29″, my hips are 31” down from 37″, my thighs are 22” down from 25″, my arms are 11″ down from 12.5″ , my neck is 12” the same as when I started. So I am down a total of 13.5″ from February to now which is good, but I am not really loosing inches anymore. That just adds to the list of things that are irritating me, though I am not gaining any weight or inches so I should not complain.
I think now is that in between stage where I could easily fall off the horse. Don’t worry, I won’t let that happen. I am committed to staying fit and healthy. I think my plan of attack is to add more weights and cut down on the reps. I have stayed around 15 reps per move when it comes to arms and I am pretty sure I need to find a weight that challenges me to do 8 reps instead. I am going to start incorporating heavy weight leg reps at the gym as well and I have also joined a little social app called Fitocracy, where I can chat with other fitness nuts to get motivated and to give me advice on how to build and sculpt myself into a tight, calorie-burning machine. If you are interested in checking out some of my workouts or my progress you can find me there under my cjackplay user name.
If you have any suggestions or fitness advice, I’d love to hear it. Drop me a line and let me know your favorite workout moves or diet advice. Yes, I know everyone is all Paleo and Whole30 now, but I don’t like to limit myself too much because that always brings me around to failure. I am an eat reasonably and you can’t go wrong kind of gal.
Here are my progress pics from this past four weeks.
Again I am including February start day pics and pics from eight weeks ago before I started P90X phase 1 for comparisons.
I am getting closer to my goals and comparing the progress pictures has helped me realize that I am continuing to get stronger and build muscle. I just have to maintain my focus and up my game a bit to see bigger results. By February of next year I want to be able to run a 5K and do 10 pull-ups with no assistance. I think I can see that through. Again any motivation you can provide would be greatly appreciated folks.
Thanks for reading!