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In an effort to save money, I cancelled my expensive gym membership at the beginning of this year and decided to do the P90X videos. I found a great deal on Amazon a few months and thought ‘why not?’ I’m in decent shape after completing the 5K challenge this summer and needed a workout I could do inside, because it’s too cold and snowy here in Nebraska for me to run outside. (I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold.)


I’ll be honest, I’m a little freaked out about the intensity of P90X. I did the Insanity program a few years with my husband, so I know this is going to be a huge committment and a challenge for me. For the P90X challenge, I will not have my workout buddy (my husband) and am doing the videos alone. However, I am committed and ready to take the next step in fitnes to acheive the results I want.

I enjoy being active and staying fit. I was in the military for seven years and fitness was something I learned I really enjoy and love, but not in a competitive environment. I would love to lose a few pounds, but my main goal is to be more toned and active. Over the years, I’ve found if I don’t have a schedule or set routine, I will skip days or do the same workouts each day. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I slacked on my gym time and put on a few pounds that I worked so hard to lose this summer. I created this Winter Fitnes Challenge to keep myself accountable. I know that if I write about and share my P90X journey, I will stick with it and hopefully inspire others to join me!

I am going to follow the recommended 12 week fitness schedule included with the DVD set and blog weekly about my progress. I will also post pictures and updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. At the completion of this challenge I will update with my before and after pictures! I’ve heard others have excellent results with P90X, so I’m excited to actually see some changes. My starting weight for this challenge is 160 pounds.

My Challenge to You
I know that some of you may be beginning your fitness journey and P90X is not for beginners, so my challenge to you is to follow the fitness routine of your choice. There are so many great DVD options. If you are a beginner, Hip Hop Abs is a great and fun program that is low cost. If you are short on time, try T25 (25 minutes a day) or P90X3 (30 minutes a day). Other options that I’ve heard great things about, but haven’t personally tried, include Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution and The Firm.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter what fitness routine you do. The important thing is you are active and pick a program that fits your current fitness level so you don’t injure yourself and can actually do the routines.

Are you going to join me in this journey? What DVD set will you be using?

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Beachbody or P90X, but does contain affiliate links. I am not a trainer or doctor and recommend you always follow your doctor’s advice. This is just me sharing my fitness journey and I hope you join me.

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  • Leah January 14, 2015, 3:42 pm

    I have heard great things about P90X. What do you think so far? For me, I have to get out of the house to work out…and a gym with childcare, so that at home gym won’t work for me, but it would be so much better to not have to leave the house when it is soooo cold!

    • Nicole January 15, 2015, 12:51 pm

      P90X is tough, but I’m hoping this sore feeling = results. When my kids were little (I had three kids under four at one time), I had to go to the gym to actually get in a workout. The daycare was the only way I could get a workout in for the day. Two are now in full day school and one is in preschool, so I have some ‘me’ time finally to workout and work from home.

  • Kristin January 14, 2015, 4:41 pm

    I started a 12 week program on January 2nd, it is the home version of Les Mills Body Pump. So far I love it, I bought the program on beachbody.com. I love the sore feeling I have had the last two weeks, it means my body is changing! We also have a treadmill and on my “walking” days on the program I have been slowly increasing the amount I jog. (I walk for 5-10 min to warm up, then jog as far as I can, trying to slightly increase the time each time I’m on the treadmill, then walk the rest of the way) I would like to try a 5K this spring or summer! I just had a baby in November and I have lots of weight to lose, as well as muscle to gain! My husband and I are doing this together but being a male he is already far ahead of me. I am not letting that get me down, it took me a year to put on the weight it isn’t going to come off in a month. Good luck everyone and thanks for letting me join your challenge!

    • Nicole January 20, 2015, 11:16 pm

      You have a great attitude!!! I need to remember that this sore feeling is my body changing. 😉

  • Morgan Thoene January 14, 2015, 9:52 pm

    I too am currently trying to get back into shape. I had a baby 2 months ago and have lost the majority of the baby weight. I would love to loose the rest of it and then some. I have been a bit heavier for the past few years and need to shed the extra weight. I have already started to work out 3 days a week and would like to add more when time permits. Good luck! I hope you meet your goals.

    • Nicole January 15, 2015, 12:48 pm

      Thank you Morgan! Good luck to you too! I know it’s tough finding time to squeeze in workouts with a newborn.

  • Jordan @ Harleys and Heels January 15, 2015, 11:39 am

    Go Nicole Go! This program is no joke! I can’t wait to hear about your progress. I will be sure to follow you on Insta. I am licensed through Beachbody to teach Insanity. I teach classes 7 times a week in Council Bluffs and Omaha. I love everything affiliated with the company programs. And listen, if you ever want the accountability piece, I am ALWAYS doing challenge groups online. I will gladly add you to it and NO I won’t be that annoying coach that requires you to purchase through me. 😉 I am all for giving people extra support when they need it. Get it, girl!!!!!!

    • Nicole January 15, 2015, 12:47 pm

      That’s awesome! I enjoyed the Insanity program. It would be fun to do a live class. Thank you for all the support!


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