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Last week, I announced the Winter Fitness Challenge with P90X and I’m working hard with great results! I just completed two full weeks of P90X and have lost 5 pounds already!


Oh, The Pain
I’m not going to lie, my body hurts in places I didn’t even realize I had muscles! I have been physically fit most of my life, including seven years of military experience, but P90X is more challenging and rigorous than any workout program I’ve ever done. The first week of P90X was painful (in a good way). I remind myself the sore feeling is my body changing. Right?

In the second week, I did feel a slight pull in my abdominal muscles and chose to skip two of the 15 minute Ab Ripper X routines. While I want to challenge myself during this journey, I don’t want to injure myself. I do listen to my body and know when I need a rest.

The Determination
I can’t do a pull-up, not even 1/2 a pull-up on my own. In fact, I look ridiculous even attempting to do a pull-up. I huff and puff and use all my might, veins popping out of my head, and only pull myself up an inch or two. It would probably make a pretty funny You Tube video.

Currently, I use a chair to assist me with the pull-ups, but I am determined to be able to do at least one full unassisted pull-up at the end of these 13 weeks! The people on the videos make it look easy pumping out 15-20 pull-ups without breaking a sweat, but pull-ups are tough. I will get there!

p90x pull ups

The Dedication
The P90X program is intense and most of the workouts are around an hour or more in length. I have three young kids, work from home during the day and teach classes several nights a week, so I have to carefully plan my workouts every day. Every night, I calculate how long the workout will be, look at my schedule and decide when I will fit in a workout the next day. I try to get it done in the morning while my youngest child is at preschool, but occasionally the workout doesn’t happen until after the kids go to bed.

Fitness isn’t something that just happens, it something you fit into your life. If something’s important, you find time to make it a reality. There’s so much I could be doing instead of working out (like writing or cleaning), but I’m choosing to use my time to get fit and healthy and make ‘me’ the priority. After nine wonderful years of being at home raising kids, it’s time for me to bring it and that’s just what I’m going to do!

Are you joining the Winter Fitness Challenge? How do you fit exercise into your busy day?

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Beachbody or P90X. 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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  • Jordan @ Harleys and Heels January 26, 2015, 10:12 am

    WAY TO GO, GIRL! Super proud of you! I definitely appreciate you making the comment that it takes dedication and time management to get the workouts in. YES! Keep up the good work – sore muscles and all. 🙂

    • Nicole January 26, 2015, 12:21 pm

      Thank you Jordan! I appreciate your support. 🙂

  • Rita Anne January 26, 2015, 4:43 pm

    Yes, I am. We are doing a walking challenge at work. I know it is nowhere near what you are doing but it is getting people moving; including me. I love reading about your progress.

    • Nicole January 28, 2015, 12:34 am

      That’s awesome! Any exercise is great in my opinion and it’s so much easier to stay motivated when you do it with others!

  • Angie S January 27, 2015, 11:23 am

    Good for you!!! I did P90X in 2009 and loved the results! Then injuries happened and 5 years later I’m FINALLY getting back into shape, although not with P90X (too much high impact stuff). I never could do a pull up without a chair!
    Body Pump is my favorite thing ever (and yoga) as it’s low impact but still gets your heart racing! If you ever have a chance to try it, do – it’s a blast, and now I can do more pushups (on my toes even) than my teen age son!
    Keep at it!

    • Nicole February 2, 2015, 11:33 am

      I will have to try Body Pump! I love that you can do more pushups than your teenager. That’s awesome!

  • Sue January 30, 2015, 2:04 pm

    Way to go! I do not usually get my daily allowances of fruits and vegetables, so I’ve been making smoothies for my dinner with lots of healthy spinach or kale, and fresh fruits.
    BAM! Done!

    • Nicole February 5, 2015, 10:55 am

      Great idea with the smoothies! I drink them for lunch occasionally. Need to do it more consistently. I feel so much better when I eat well.


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