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Very pleased with my results so far, and wanted to share some advice and hear other success stories in general :)

Decide, commit, succeed is the slogan at the beginning of P90X. I didn't know the slogan before starting, but was very pleased to see that that was the exact mindset I began with which is the basis for my advice.

Before beginning this program, I mulled it over in my mind for a few days. Upon deciding it really was the best idea in my situation, I gave it a full week to digest in my thoughts before beginning. I find this to be the most helpful way of thinking I have ever had before starting a workout program! Once you are mentally prepared for the time and physical commitment, you're really halfway there. If you can get over that hump before you even begin you're bound to do better.

I'm not here to preach though! I just wanted to share that piece of advice and hope that it might help some of you out as well :)

Now onto my quick review of P90X . .

Have you all seen the infomercials? I certainly had but I had actually done a few of the workouts in the past with my dad, who does the program regularly. If you want to start this, I highly encourage it, but be prepared to spend at least an hour a day on it. You will see results, but it is very time consuming.

Overall? I love it! I'm trying to get in shape to be proud, for the first time in my life, of wearing a bikini. I've always been a size 6, but NEVER a size 4 and NEVER toned at all, even when I was in great shape from long distance running. This made me very embarrassed of my rear end and legs in particular in a swimsuit.

So here I am, ready to complete day 10 and already happy with the results. After day 14, I will be posting before and after pictures to share, as well as every two weeks after.

PLEASE share any other success, so-far success in my case, stories you have right now. I want to hear them! I love positive encouragement and this community has been far too dead lately :)

Happy Summer!
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On May 17th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC), etchandetchan commented:
Oh, P90X! I've been thinking about starting that program, I've heard a lot of good things about it. How much space does it take up? I have four roommates, so I'd rather work out in my own room than the living room.

As for successes - since getting serious about weight loss, I've lost 30 pounds. I haven't made any progress in the last two months, but that's for lack of trying. To be honest, I feel kind of encouraged that I've learned enough and developed such habits that even when I'm not paying attention to diet and exercise, I still am maintaining my lower weight.
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On May 17th, 2012 07:44 pm (UTC), chiichick replied:
You should, it's great :)

Actually, it's not bad space wise at all! I prefer to do it in the living room when no one is home, but if they are I can easily do it in my room instead. The only space consuming exercises involve four high knee type exercises forward and back, but you can always just do two instead to take up less space. You need enough room to lay on your back or stomach and reach your arms and legs fully out as well. You will also need some small weights or bands for some of it, not most, but the arm work at least, although I suppose that's not a surprise XD

I completely understand how you feel! Even when I'm not consciously dieting or exercising, I never actually let myself eat whatever I want, so it's good and bad. I tend to maintain but not really lose unless I put real effort in. But congrats on the 30 pounds! That's fantastic :D I'm sure you will make more progress soon :)
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