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This is Jose A. (yes there is a Jose B. you’ll be meeting soon!). Jose A. is the “class clown”, and every group needs one. You know, the one with all the Chuck Norris jokes memorized and the quick wit to make everyone stay plugged in just to hear the non-stop one liners. But beyond the great dynamic he brought to the Misfit group, he’s also been bringing it like nobody’s business! He isn’t all the way to his goals, but check out how amazingly far he’s come in just 90 days!
Jose’s Story ==
My Story begins back in 2005 when I initially purchased P90X. Like many others, I was sitting at home one evening and came across the infomercial for P90X. As I watched it I was very excited to see a home fitness program that wasnt all about karate chops and step stools or cheesy aerobics. The idea of physical moves like push ups and dumbbell curls really drew me into the idea of P90X. I had used programs like Tae Bo before, and I while I did lose some weight, I was not “Fit”. I had no muscular definition, I wasn’t toned, I wasn’t even stronger. Its what I like to call, “skinny-fat”. The scale went down, yet my body looked exactly the same. Apart from this, doing the Tae-Bo workouts quickly became boring to me as they were all simply an extended version of each other. No variety, no “muscle confusion”, just non stop repetitive movements ‘til your brain turned to mush. With P90X it brought out the “male-ego”, since all guys want to do is lift big weights. This was enough to convince me to pull the trigger, and so I did.
Upon receiving P90X I still remember briefly looking at the diet guide and quickly pushing it aside as I quickly told myself that “I know what I have to eat”. I knew nothing of the dangers of too much fruit, not enough protein or carbs and vice versa. I thought fried chicken was good because it was chicken, despite the large amounts of Fat contained in that breaded-deep fried disaster. Now at this point the entire concept of “muscle confusion” was not even important to me. I was still flying high on my ego trip about being able to incorporate dumbbells into this program. After going through all of the contents, I arrived at the P90X pull up bar. What happened next would prove to be one of the biggest mistakes I would make in my short P90X career. I looked at the pull up bar, and immediately told my wife to return it since “I couldn’t do pull ups, then I wouldn’t need it”. What a dummy I was. The next day after going over the 3 available P90X schedules I decided to go with the Classic schedule which incorporates a total body routine consisting of Strength, Cardio and Flexibility training. Within the first day of trying p90x I realize how badly out of shape I was including how weak I truly was. I had to modify almost every movement. Anything from doing push ups on my knees, to using the resistance bands for pull ups. Taking longer breaks and even skipping moves because I would convince myself that they were too difficult before I would even try them. Due to my excuses I only made it to day 4 which just so happened to be Yoga X. I didn’t even need to watch the video before I would decide Yoga wasn’t for me. Once again the dummy in me had appeared. For the time being, this would be the extent of my P90X career as I quickly shoved the DVD set into a shelf, never to be seen again.
Over the next few weeks my wife decided to try some other Beachbody programs and she stumbled upon Turbo Jam. It was mostly cardio based with a nice, fun, energetic atmosphere which incorporated total body sculpting routines, but nothing compared to P90X. After seeing her use the program for a week I decided to join her. Because Turbo Jam was not as intense as P90X, I was able to do the workouts and as guaranteed by Beachbody, I saw quick results. Within the first week I had lost nearly 5 lbs and after 2 months I had lost 22lbs. While I was happy with these results, and those of my wife’s, I still had not achieved the “look” I wanted. I still lacked toning and enough recognizable strength that I wanted. Once again my misery got the better of me and for the next few years to come I would once again gain all the weight back and live with a constant state of depression and anger because I could not find any answers that I was looking for.
Fast forward to January 2011. I hit my heaviest weight EVER of 234lbs!!!!! I would look in the mirror and see nothing but anger in my face. I couldn’t believe it. This time I decided to “find” my P90X DVDs and give it a go once again. I told myself there were no excuses about modifying or not being able to do a workout, such as Yoga. I began the day after New Years and made it thru the first 59 days. I got on the scale on day 59 and saw the following number: 234.4. I WAS FURIOUS at first but I took a step back and thought carefully about what I had done, or failed to do over those 59 days, and it was obvious. I never followed a proper nutrition plan. I ate pizza, burgers, fries, you name it. I justified it all based on the notion that I was working out with P90X so it would be ok…how wrong I was. This taught me a lesson on the value of proper eating, but that raised my next question; how do I properly eat for a P90X workout routine? My salvation would present itself in the form of a YouTube video with the tag: teamripped. I was able to learn about teamripped.com. Here I learned about Nutrition, exercise form, good vs. bad habits, lying to myself and motivation amongst other things. I made teamripped.com my go to hub and Coach Wayne Wyatt now became my Coach. I restarted P90x on March 3rd 2011, and now after 9 months I have lost 41lbs, I feel better than ever and I am achieving the “look” I have waited so long for. My journey is not complete however, as I have made Health and Fitness a part of my life. I will continue to get better, and I have now set out to help others.
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