I (Rachel) wanted to take a minute to go over a couple P90X particulars before we get started on Monday.
First I just want to throw out a short disclaimer: P90X IS HARD SO DON'T INJURE YOURSELF. In case that didn't fully soak in I will repeat it one more time. P90X IS HARD SO DON'T INJURE YOURSELF. Kasey and I have debated if we should do the fitness test P90X recommends. At first we thought we should skip it since we know that we are not in shape and we don't need a fitness test to confirm it. But on second thought we have decided that we are going to do it because it will serve as a very important reality check. It will not only help us set our goals and monitor our progress, but more importantly it will help prevent us from crippling ourselves by WAY overexerting ourselves right out of the gate. Both of us have been minimally physically active for almost a year and just had babies, but we still think of ourselves as the athletes we once were...that is a dangerous combination. Taking the fitness test not only brings us back to reality but will be our best defense against hurting ourselves. We highly recommend that you take the fitness test too. Be smart and set yourself up for success. Go slow, modify, and adjust as necessary.
This weekend Kasey and I will be taking our measurements and current weight and posting our "before" pictures. I am absolutely dreading posting my pictures. DREADING! But like a good girl I will humiliate myself for the betterment of my fellow P90Xers. Even though you won't be posting them, I encourage you to take "before" pictures and measurements as well. They will inevitably serve as your greatest motivation. Nothing will make you more proud of yourself than to see the pounds and inches falling off.
Lastly I want to talk about our diet. Kasey and I are not going on a formal diet. We are both nursing babies and feel a calorie restricted diet is not wise at this time. P90X comes with a recommended eating plan and you are more than welcome to follow it or whatever kind of diet you are comfortable with, but we will be doing our own thing. Our own thing being making good food choices, staying away from junk food and sweets, and drinking plenty of water. I personally have very strong convictions when it comes to what I eat. I eat my food as natural and whole as possible and I never eat artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, or soda. But I do enjoy a good piece of chocolate and I have every intention of enjoying some seasonal goodies when the holidays roll around. I am sure Kasey will not be giving up her peanut butter either. Somethings are just not worth going without.
Kasey also has this awesome spreadsheet that will help us record our progress. She will post it here soon so you can download it. If you have any other questions shoot me a comment.