I figured now would be a good time to make a P90X motivation post because there are so many people who started their new fitness journey on Jan. 1, and now is about the time when they will start slacking on the diet, missing a workout here and there, and then finally get to the point where they go back to their old lifestyle. I’ve seen it happen hundreds of times over the course of a few years of being a Beachbody coach!
It’s almost like a 3 or 4 week curse. People start a home workout program like P90X, are super pumped because they are finally ready to change their life, promise everyone and their mother that THIS TIME is for real, but then something changes. A week or so into P90X they realize that this is not fun, they can’t move because of how sore they are, that pizza calls them out by name, and everyone around them says that they should just go back to their old lifestyle. Negative influences are everywhere. Your buddies make fun of you for eating grilled chicken and veggies while they eat pasta and bread, you order a water at the bar when they get beer, and your wife is ticked off because now she has to purchase healthy food on top of the unhealthy food that she eats. It’s unfair, right? Wouldn’t be easier to just go back to living unhealthy?
Everything that I listed above, with the exception of the wife part (I love you Melinda!), are things that I experienced when first going through my first round. I remember how pumped I was to start P90X. I swore that nothing would stop me from achieving my goals, and nothing did, but it was harder than I expected. For some reason, around that 3 or 4 week mark you start to lose motivation. You’re making such a drastic change in your life that it’s a little uncomfortable, and if you’re not mentally strong and focused on your long term goals, then you can easily slip back into your old, unhealthy ways. The one thing that I had on my side was that I hate failing, so I literally won’t stop until I succeed. It doesn’t matter how many times I fail along the way, have to make adjustments, I will get to my end goal, period. Nothing, not negativity, not cravings, not friends or family, was going to get in my way from getting into the best shape of my life.
The main reason why I started P90X was because I absolutely hate the way I looked and felt. I remember looking in the mirror, disgusted with what I saw, and promising myself that I would do whatever it took to change, so that I could be confident in myself again. I can tell you all right now that there is not much better of a feeling than the sense of accomplishment that you experience after you complete your first 90 days of P90X. All that hard work, all that sacrifice, all those times when you drank water instead of beer, was worthwhile just for the sense of accomplishment and how you feel about yourself. When looking back, there is no way I could go back to my pre-P90X days. My life is forever changed because of this program.
Whenever you feel that you’re beginning to lose P90X motivation, take a second and reflect on the reasons why you started the workout program in the first place. More than likely, you were in the same situation as I was. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the mental strength to commit to 90 days of P90X, and quit at the first sign of struggle and being uncomfortable. If you quit, you’re letting yourself down, and you’re proving to the world that you’re weak. The most successful people that I have come across understand the importance of pushing through when things get tough because they see the light at the end of the tunnel. They know where they are going, and know there will be road blocks along the way, but they will do whatever it takes to break through or go around those barriers and achieve success. Don’t let yourself fall into the category that 95% of Americans do at the first sign of struggle and quit. Be that 5% who accomplishes what they set out to accomplish.
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