The formula to losing weight isn’t a big mystery. Working out and making healthy meal choices are usually the right solution to the equation. The concept sounds simple, but it can be a difficult lifestyle to maintain.
I have struggled to lose weight since I was a child. Now at 21, I have yet to encounter major success.
As a senior at Cal State Fullerton, I have a very busy schedule. I am a full-time student, work 30 hours a week at my part-time job, and stay involved on campus. In addition, the driving I have to do on a daily basis is exhausting.
Because of my hectic schedule, I usually pack a quick lunch or eat out. I also find it hard to commit to a daily exercise regimen because once I get home I just want to stay where I feel most comfortable.
However, for the past three weeks I’ve pushed myself to go to the gym and put aside my complaints of being too tired. I have committed myself to working out five evenings a week.
In my hour workouts I focus more on cardio by going on the elliptical and stair master for a total of 45 minutes. The remaining 15 minutes I try a variety of weight training stations. To be honest, I really don’t know which ones are best for me, but they all make me feel “the burn.”
Doing the same thing everyday has grown to be a bit monotonous. I have yet to see the outcome that I’m looking for, specifically when it comes to the energy I have throughout the day.
This is probably due to the fact that I created my own routine with exercises that might not produce the results I want.
It is easy for me to get discouraged when I do not see dramatic enough changes after weeks of work, which has inspired me to try something else.
According to the TV infomercial I see almost everyday before bed, I can achieve my fitness goals at home with P90X, one of the most well-known fitness programs.
I have not tried the program, but after reading through the website and doing some background research, I think it could be right for me.
The core of the P90X system includes 12 exercise DVDs. In addition, there is a nutrition plan, dumbbells, resistance bands and a pull-up bar.
According to the P90X website, the science behind its success is muscle confusion which “uses targeted training phases so your body keeps adapting and growing.”
The workout uses short training exercises to initialize fat burning and challenge your muscles. It promises to leave no room for the dreaded plateau effect I’ve encountered countless times.
Infomercial products are not typically things I am interested in, especially with the reputation that “as seen on TV” products have.
I expect to see changes by dedicating an hour everyday to this program.
Hopefully, completing the P90X regimen over the course of 90 days will help me lose the extra weight.
To make sure I can reach my fitness goal, I will log my results, keep an hour free to complete a workout every day, and pack all my lunches the night before so partaking in unhealthy fast food can be limited.
It would be rewarding to lose about 20 pounds at the end of this experience. But most importantly, I will be personally be testing the legitimacy of the P90X system.