keeptalkingdarling asked: Hello! As always, your blog continues to inspire me. Um, I am thinking about doing P90X. Someone gave me the DVDs. What are your thoughts on the program? Also, I've been fighting a sinus infection. I haven't been able to work out (fortunately I haven't gained weight during this sedentary period), but is there anything that I can do to keep me toned during this time of infirmity?
Hi! Great question and a topic that’s near to my heart. I actually went through the entire P90X program twice. It’s a really well designed & thorough fitness program. As with any regiment, you only get out of it what you put in. 95% of people who start the program quit before its over for a multitude of reasons - they get bored, they lose interest, they find it too hard, too time consuming, etc. The DVD’s do nothing to help you get in shape if they just sit on the shelf or if you just watch them as they play on your TV. You’ve actually got to do the work. For the few people who do go through the entire program, the transformation can be dramatic. Keep in mind that 70-75% of fitness is how you eat & only 25-30% is exercise so just doing P90x doesn’t mean that you can overeat or eat junk food & still get in shape. It’s greatest strength is that it provides a structured plan for you to follow. It totally takes the guesswork out of what to do. Everything is laid out for you. All you have to do is follow along. Just stick with it for a full 90-days. I’ve met lots of people who get all excited when they first receive the DVD’s & then go full-throttle for 2 or 3 weeks but then lose steam. When I did it, I really committed 100% to the program, even the parts of it I didn’t really enjoy. I wanted to see exactly what the program could do. After 90 days, it really felt like a huge accomplishment to finish - almost like a graduation. I saw such a dramatic transformation that I decided to do it again. I wholeheartedly recommend it, especially to people who are serious about changing their bodies. It’s too difficult a program for those who are less than 100% committed. There’s just no way you’ll make it if you half-ass it. Also know that the company (beachbody.com) is releasing a sequel called P90X2, which is supposed to come out by December. So for people who are thinking about buying the DVDs, pre-order the new version instead of the original. You don’t have to do the first version in order to do the new one. Also, lemme just say that I am not affiliated with the company at all and my positive recommendation comes completely from my own experience. As for staying in shape while sick, the key is to keep a clean diet. What and how you eat is about 3 times as effective as how you exercise, so if you’re sick and can’t workout, you can still make up for it by eating a reduced calorie diet (but still healthy foods) since your activity level will be diminished. Hope this helps and hope you feel better soon!