Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Transformation Inspiration

Greetings wonderful Pink Lemonade Readers. Welcome to another installment of Weight Loss Wednesdays. Since I recently "graduated" from P90X, I thought it would be nice to share my transformation story with all of you. I hope you find it inspirational to know that if you keep at a workout program (any program, not just P90X) you WILL get your goals.

As you can probably tell by my beaming smile, I am just thrilled with the results of going through P90X. This is my first bikini photo in over 10 years and I think it is probably the best one of my life.

If you have not heard of P90X, it is a challenging workout program designed to get you in the best shape of your life in 90 days. To take a few steps back though, I'll share my wider success story, which goes back about 2 years when I was 40+ pounds overweight and extremely unhappy and unhealthy.

After having two children, and approaching my late 30’s, I really lost my motivation to workout and my metabolism went down the drain. I was overweight, unhealthy, unhappy and trying to care for two children under age 4. When I felt like going to bed BEFORE my children, I knew something had to change.

I started with a small goal to ride my exercise bike 10-20 minutes each day. Once that felt easy, I decided to increase to 30-45 minutes per day. It was on one of my 45- minute rides that I saw a BeachBody P90X infomercial on TV. At the time, I thought to myself, “there is NO WAY I can do that.” In the back of my mind, I thought, “hopefully some day.”

I did a little research and found another workout from BeachBody called Turbo Jam. It really changed my life. I found it to be fun and challenging, but not insurmountable. I really liked that there were participants of varying fitness levels as well.

Through a combination of BeachBody workouts like Turbo Jam, Slim-in-6 and Power 90, I lost 30 pounds and have kept it off. I just hit 40 last year and my new goal was to get in the best shape of my life. I decided to tackle my earlier inspiration and go through P90X. Throughout many of the workouts, trainer, Tony Horton says, “Do your best and forget the rest.” This is my new motto as well. I recommend it as a great motto for all.

It is easy to get caught up with comparing yourself to your neighbor, coworker, or worse, some celebrity or model. We need to focus on our own personal best and then set a goal to get even better. I’ve included my before and after photos so that you know that I did not start out as the fit person I am today. And, I am still trying to better myself each and every day.

So, if you are on the fence about trying any fitness program, I say go for it. And, if you would like to try P90X, or any of the other Beachbody programs, sign up with me and I'll coach you to success!

- Coach Jenn blogs about health and fitness almost daily at

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