I had written on this forum a year ago, determined to make a start, taking steps towards fitness and body sculpting. But as time progressed, obstacles got in the way. 2 weeks after I had started, I injured both knees badly and was ordered by my doctor to stay off them(not exercising). And so I did and I never tried to get in shape again. Even after I was fully healed, I made excuses about "starting tomorrow". I gained weight
and after a year, I spiked to a lifetime-high 242(I'm 6'3" and thickly built from the waist down).
I'm not fat. I'm not even badly overweight but I'm soft, and hellaciously out of shape. The pot belly was starting to form. The love handles, which I had never had, had appeared in force and I felt lousy. After dating a beautiful woman, who was a fitness fanatic, and losing her in part, I believe, due to my lack of fitness, I developed the impetus to start again. I'm ab challenged now but something strange happened...as I started to work out, I got more and more motivated. I'd love to say that my quest for fitness has nothing to do with looks but I'd be lying. I want to look better. I want to look as great as I can and make every ex girlfriend I've ever had that's spurned me choke down a healthy helping of regret. I guess everyone's motivation is different.
And something strange has happened. I'm 20 days into the campaign and the exercises aren't bad at all. It's not so much that I'm used to the routines. No, they still kill me. As I challenge myself more, I keep myself exhausted but mentally, I don't mind doing the exercise each day. If anything...I seem restless
when I don't do them. I feel...wrong when I'm not working out. Almost as if I don't like being sedentary anymore. I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment of movement. It's as if my body actually rejects lying around now. I'm not as hungry either. I don't know if that's just me focusing my attention on other topics or the fact that the exercise has sparked my metabolism to more effectively hammer at my fat storage.
In any event, after the first 2 weeks I lost 6 pounds. Granted, I haven't lost a pound since and I never really took inch measurements when I started. (stupid, I know). I've eaten better but not great but I can see myself tightening the eating restrictions because part of my psyche is finally declaring war on my current fitness level and I don't think I'd mind as much.
But I need help. I'm sure that there are plenty of exercise routines that work great for anyone that uses them. I use P90 because it's encapsulated and because I've heard glowing reviews for everyone that's used it. Sure, I've heard bad commentary about Horton's "comments" and music. I'm sure they suck but what I need to know is that after 40 min every day, of circuit/cardio alternating workouts, six days a week, will I get to my fitness goals?
I just want to lose the extra weight and gain some mass upstairs. I could barely do four pushups before and I'm a bit better now. They say it takes 90 days and show you ridiculously fit pictures of people but I'm dubious. I'm not looking for an excuse to stop but I'm concerned. With the exception of a slightly tighter frame and a small amount of extra muscle on my arms, chest and back, 4 weeks haven't yielded all that much and I'm a third of the way through the program. Am I doing something wrong?
Don't get me wrong, if someone chimes in: "Stick with it. You'll get there in 650 days." then I'll do 650 days to get there and keep doing it to keep it. But I don't know if this is going to work. Will P90 work? Currently, I started doing women's pushups(yes, I'm in ass-shape), started at 8 reps per set and now I'm up to 11. Once I hit the 15, I'll move up to regular pushups
and ramp back down to 8 reps per set until I make it to 15.
I figure once I've maxed out everything, I'll be doing 15+15+21==51 pushups every other day, which is pretty good, no? I have no idea. All I know is that I am seeing small changes.
I guess what I'm looking for is advice and reassurance. Will this happen if I stick with it, and if the answer is yet, then I'm locked on course and I'll keep you guys posted.