Finally Completed a Beachbody P90x Fitness Challenge - and crushed it!Friday, October 24, 2014
"Your cholesterol numbers are high. Since your family has a history of heart disease, I'd like to put you on Lipitor."
These three words from my primary care doctor felt like I got in hit the head - really bad.
My rationale: I was turning 50 and I was having a tug-o-war with my hormones. Not my fault!
For the past 2 years I struggled to keep the weight. In addition, I'm petite so when I whined about the 10 pounds I gained and that my clothes were tight, people dismissed me like I had weight and body image issues.
For the past two years, Mother Nature had a blast with the snow machine. I practically lived in stretchable work-out clothes which made it easy to not notice that I was gaining weight. I was in denial because I always had this genetic power to lose weight fast.
You see, when I was 25 years old, I was pregnant with my first. I weighed 95 pounds but by the time I gave birth, I was 167 pounds! After childbirth, I never lost all of the weight I had gained, remaining in the range of 105 to 118 pounds, depending on the season.
After my fourth child, I started looking into working out. It still sounds silly when I hear myself say "working out". I never consistently worked out in a gym because I got intimidated by the machines and really had no clue how to work them.
I think when women approach 40, there's a trigger that pushes us to be obsessed with working out. In my case, I was about 39 when one infomercial caught my attention. Maybe the audio and visuals were emitting subliminal messages in the frequency resonating with my brain waves. I became convinced that I, too, could be ripped and fit like the people in the infomercial. (Although I doubted my baby pouch would actually turn into a 6-pack abs. I teased my 4 kids that I had 8-fold abs courtesy of them!)
So, ten years ago, I purchased my first Beachbody Power 90 DVD work-out. Within the first couple of months, I completely transformed my body, and I developed a level of muscularity and fitness that I never had in my adult life. Over the subsequent ten years, there were years that I maintained a high level of fitness, and there were other years when I slacked off, ate poorly and my fitness level drastically declined.
I used to love eating Carbs. (Who am I kidding? I still love eating Carbs!) My husband and I used to savor a huge bowl of apple pie and vanilla ice cream - every weekend. When out with family and friends on a buffet, I'd go straight for bread and the dessert table. But aside from that, I ate pretty healthy, so I thought!
When I visited my family in the Philippines this summer, I insisted on having merienda (afternoon snacks) every single day. I enjoyed various Filipino desserts - and I convinced myself that it was all worth it. The taste and fun in every bite made me happy - so I thought - until I went back to the US and realized I gained an additional 15 pounds (I was almost 130 pounds!). Surprisingly (or not) - family and friends still told me I looked great and that it was all in my head.
Well... clothes were getting so tight I thought I was having chest pains.
So going back to the three words that resonated in my head : Cholesterol. High. Lipitor.
That's when I convinced myself to take my health seriously and consistently. I am saying NO to Lipitor!
I chose a work-out routine that's not long, boring or intimidating. I tried different exercise challenges but I wasn't able to fully commit until my future son-in-law recommended P90x3.
I didn't want to purchase another DVD, but I needed to invest in myself. And as the P90x3 infomercial said, "Get ripped in only 30 minutes a day" - or your money back!
One thing I did differently this time was took a "before" photo and measurements. Trust me, it really got me motivated!
The first few weeks were tough. I needed someone to hold me accountable and to give me the thumbs-up to skip a work-out when I wasn't in the mood.
I saw improvements after 30 days but then I fell off the "eating healthy" diet that in Day 60, it seemed like I gained the few pounds that I lost, so I reminded myself of my goal, "saying NO to Lipitor".
And on Day 90 - I crushed it! I lost 13 pounds, and a total of 9 inches.
I felt good. I had my energy back and motivated! I'm happier and inspired to write again! (Keep an eye on my book about fitness.)