I have spent the last 180 days with Mr. Tony Horton, and he has proceeded to whip me into better shape than I thought I would ever be in again. A lot of you have asked me to post my pictures and share a little more of my story. So here goes.
This is how things have changed over the last 6 months of my life.
Before I get into this, I want to give an absolutely huge amount of thanks to my hot wife. Without her helping me eat right and supporting me, I would not have followed through on this. She even changed her own eating habits to support me in this. She is a huge blessing in my life, and I thank God that he put her here with me.
Brace yourself. This could be is a lengthy post.
March 23, 2009 @ 3:00 PM
I switched doctors to go to someone closer than I had been driving (30+ miles), and he required a full physical for all new patients. I’m expecting all the standard stuff: “You could probably drop a couple of pounds,” “Oh, you’re on blood pressure medicine because it runs in your family,” “Turn your head and cough,” etc. Simple enough, right?
First off, he is the best doctor I have ever been to in my life. I was at his office for no less than an hour and a half. He asked me every question imaginable. He probably knows me better than I know myself now. Then he asked me to take off my shirt and hop up on the table. That’s where it all officially changed (and no, this isn’t turning into some sexual harassment story).
Now, I know I was a few pounds overweight, and I also know that I thought I was pretty good at hiding it with my clothes on. However, when your doctor says, “Dude, when did you get those?” “Those what?” “Those moobies?” you know something is wrong. When he later asks his med student intern if he should write down “S.M.B.” under chest exam and then explains that it stands for “Small Man Boobs,” and you then realize that he’s only half joking (and wonder if it’s now part of your permanent medical record), you really know something is wrong.
Needless to say, I left that day completely and totally pissed off. As I should have. That is the nicest thing a doctor has ever done for me. It was in this moment that he changed my life, just by “poking” some fun at my lard laden body. It was just what I needed to hear, whether he knew it or not at the time.
I made a follow-up appointment for 3 months later, and I went about the business of changing my life.
March 23, 2009 @ 5:00 PM
As any good nerd would do, I began my research. I wasn’t interested in some fad diet or meaningless workout program. I wanted something that worked. I wanted something practical. I wanted something concrete. I wanted something that would give me great results for the right reasons.
I didn’t want to go to the gym and work with a personal trainer, and I didn’t want just general guidelines. I wanted a complete plan that I could do at home within my schedule and that showed me what to do, what to eat and how to change my life. I had never exercised in my life (at least not regularly), and it was time to change that. And I had to figure out a way to do it that wouldn’t cause me to burn out and quit 2 weeks later.
After some discussions with a friend and some online research, I eventually stumbled across P90X. I thought to myself, “wow, that sounds pretty good.” Then I watched the videos on their website, and I thought to myself, “maybe I should start a little slower.” P90X is ridiculous. So I did some research on it’s little brother and predecessor, Power 90. This seemed like a good fit, and the results were seemingly undeniable. It was all common sense: eat right and exercise. Duh, Einstein! “Oh, and here’s a book on how to eat and some DVDs to workout with.” Exactly what I was looking for.
March 26, 2009
I officially committed and ordered Power 90. No turning back now. It was starting to get real.
Brace yourself. Here’s what I looked like on this day (click thumbnail for larger view – if you dare):
I weighed in at 177.0 lb. I had started at about 185 a couple of weeks before this since I knew I had a doctor’s appointment coming up. I had started to eat a little better and lost about 8 lbs by this point already.
March 30, 2009
I wrote my first official Josh is a Big Loser post. Continuing to change how I eat and what I do.
April 6, 2009
This is the day I officially started Power 90. Day 1 pictures were taken and measurements were recorded. It was time to spend almost every day with Tony Horton and the Kids.
These were my first official Day 1 pictures (I didn’t look too happy, did I?):
My starting weight for Power 90 was 173.5 lb. I had dropped 3.5 lbs getting ready to start by eating less and running a little bit.
May 5, 2009
Day 30 came pretty quickly. I was super excited because I saw major results during this past month. My weight dropped to 168.0 lb, and I was noticing some major changes in the mirror.
Surely I couldn’t do P90X…or could I?
June 4, 2009
I ordered P90X on this day.
Day 60 was upon me, and changes were still coming. My doctor had switched my blood pressure medicine on my first visit, and it was becoming apparent that it was making me very tired. Since starting Power 90, my BP had dropped to extremely good levels, so I called in and he told me to scale back my dosage and then eventually took me off of it completely (I had been on it for years)! That made a HUGE difference in my energy, and my BP was still holding great. Score! Also, I was down to 164.5 lb. Things were going exactly according to plan. Sticking to the nutrition plan made a big difference.
For some reason, I decided to look at the ceiling during these pictures…
June 23, 2009
My 3 month follow-up appointment with “Dr. Blunt” had arrived. I was more than a little nervous going back for some reason. I really wanted to make sure he wouldn’t need to put me back on any kind of BP medication. Thankfully, all was well with that.
When he first walked in, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when he looked up and grinned from ear to ear. He shook my hand and told me congratulations. He was more than thrilled with how far I’d come in 3 months. He was even more thrilled when I told him I wasn’t done yet. This was only Day 79 of 90.
“All right. Moment of truth. Take off your shirt.”
I proceeded to remove my shirt, and he proceeded to literally applaud my progress. Can’t say a doctor has ever clapped for me before.
I left the office that day flying high as a kite. I knew what I was doing was working, and it pushed me to keep going.
July 4, 2009
Our country’s Independence Day was also my own personal independence day. Day 90 fell right on the Fourth of July. I had stuck with it for 90 days, and now I felt like a new man. Heck, I was a new man.
My weight was down to 162.0 lb. I had met every goal I had set out to accomplish so far. I was thrilled. My doctor was thrilled. My wife was thrilled. Everyone was thrilled.
Where, oh where did my moobie go? They had disappeared (mostly), and I had replaced them with a nice sunburn on my arms (thanks to Sports Camp).
July 6, 2009
Now that I had lost the weight, it was time to get in the best shape of my life. Throwing caution to the wind, I started P90X the day after I finished Power 90.
The insanity of P90X began. New journey. New pictures. New shorts.
July 7, 2009
Severe pain from working out like I’ve never worked out before. This never officially went away during the 90 days.
August 2, 2009
Day 28 of the X. Four weeks in and time to change the workouts up. Bring the pain again.
Am I starting to see some abs? Where have those been hiding all this time?
August 6, 2009
I celebrated my 29th birthday feeling better and in better shape than I ever have been.
August 30, 2009
Day 56 brought me 8 weeks into the P90X journey. Still feeling good and getting much stronger. Time to really change up the workouts and push through to Day 90.
October 3, 2009
Day 90 has arrived. I have completed 180 days with Tony Horton. He has brought me from the weak, fat, sloth that I was to the much leaner, stronger me.
I’m still not where I want to be, but I’m putting a bookmark on this page of my life. I obsessed for 6 months about getting my act together, and it has changed my life.
It’s still hard to believe that I went through this transformation in just 6 months.
Here’s what Power 90 did for me:
And here’s what P90X did for me (not quite as dramatic from looking at the pictures, but look at the numbers below to see more):
Here are my before and after fit test results showing how much stronger I became during just P90X:
|Prior to Day 1||After Day 90|
|Resting Heart Rate||62||57|
|Wide Front Pull-ups (2 fists wider than shoulders)||2||8|
|Toe Touch (inches past toes)||+4″||+7.5″|
|Wall Squat (min:sec)||1:24||4:20|
|Bicep Curls (w/ 20 lbs)||20||46|
|In & Outs||18||112|
Here are my before and after measurements showing how much I lost during Power 90 and P90X (180 consecutive days):
|Power 90 – Day 1||P90X – Day 90|
|Waist @ Bellybutton||39.125″||33″|
|Hips @ Pantline||37.75″||34″|
|Weight||173.5 lb||160 lb|
I’m down to about 160 lbs, which is 25 lbs lighter than my heaviest weight. My goal from this point on is to lose some more of the body fat and continue to get in better shape and to be able to do more pull-ups (my big weakness through this whole thing, having never done them before this). I think I may do the Lean version of P90X to accomplish that, but I know that a huge part of it will be my diet. I have to keep it clean to shed this fat. It’s going to be tough.
But for this week, I’m going to take a well deserved break (for the most part). I’m exhausted!
In the next few days/weeks, I’ll post some more of my thoughts about going through this, such as things I’ve learned, things I liked and disliked, etc.
If you want to view my progress pictures through my Picasa account, you can do so by going here:
- 40 Days of Focus
- Amelia Church of Christ
- Church Issues
- Devotional Thoughts
- Josh is a Big Loser
- Power 90