P90X is a program designed to force people into phases where their body adapts and adjusts, and in the process gets stronger. There are three of these phases and in between each are recovery periods where the body can be sure it won’t be overtrained.
As a result, different people will get results faster than others. Often enough, people don’t really see major results until the last 30 days of the program. This can cause people to become frustrated and think that they’re not making any progress–and the people who seem to be most affected by this (in my experience) are women.
Here are my suggestions:
1) Take a series of before and after photos. One set before you start P90X, another after 30 days, another after 60, and another after the full 90 days are up. The pictures will tell the tale even if you haven’t seen anything yourself.
2) Take measurements. This includes bust, waist, hips, thighs, and upper arms.
3) Consider doing more than one round of P90X if you haven’t gotten the full results you want after the 90 days are up. It may be that calories need to be tweaked up or down, your body needed more adjusting than most–all sorts of things can contribute.
4) Results are often made in the kitchen. You can work out like crazy but if you’re not eating as you should, your results will be lacking.
5) Start SOMEWHERE. Don’t be afraid to modify some of the workouts and build your strength and endurance from there. I began doing pushups on my knees the entire duration of the workouts, I now begin and do either most or all of the pushups on my toes. I’d NEVER thought I’d be able to do that! And if I can…so can you, trust me!
6) Find out the truth of what you’re burning versus consuming. You want to eat enough to fuel your workouts, but if you’re looking to lose weight, you need enough of a deficit for the weight to come off. Finding this balance can be tricky, and it may take some zigzagging with the calories to get it right. Or better yet…buy something like Bodybugg. Here’s a discount coupon for you if you want to give it a try. I LOVE mine, serious eye opener on what I actually burn per day. It’s MUCH less than I thought due to how sedentary my job is and various other reasons.
7) Patience. As Tony Horton says, “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your body.” Just keep. It. UP. I remember starting and stopping so many diets back in the day because I had so much to lose it seemed like I wasn’t getting anywhere. Once I was able to live on my own, monitor my food intake, and just KEPT IT UP…the weight came right off, and I KEPT IT UP for a year…and lost over 100 lbs as a result. So YES, I am not someone who is a perpetual Skinny Minnie feeding you crap, I have been there, done that…and I know how challenging it can be. Persistence and consistency is the key!
Women have more fat than muscle on their bodies than men and come by it naturally, and hence building muscle tends to be easier for men. If you eat a low fat, clean diet and are patient you’ll yield the fruits of your labors. 🙂