As soon as I finished the P90X program, I was ready to move onto P90X2. I couldn’t wait to get started! By the time I started X2, I had dropped 15 lbs. I still wasn’t planning on following the given meal plan, but I did start drinking Optimum Nutrition (ON) Amino Energy before my workouts and an ON protein shake after. I was making a meager attempt to control my portions, but otherwise, cooking the same foods and eating salads and whole wheat sandwich wraps with turkey from the deli for my lunches. Not ideal by any means, but an improvement nonetheless. I still had not made the connection that in order to be fit, you still had to eat, despite Justin constantly telling me I needed to take in more calories.
X2 uses the same set-up as the first, but the workouts are very different. I was mildly disappointed the first week because the workouts seemed slower and…well…less sweaty. But my soreness by day 7 put a stop to that real quick. X2 concentrates not only on building strength, but athleticism and balance. Yes, I lost more weight. Yes, I made some serious gains strength-wise. Yes, I felt like a true athlete again. BUT, I will forever be indebted to X2 for one reason, and only one reason….the introduction of the foam roller. H-O-L-Y S-H-I…..Everyone should have a foam roller. PERIOD.
The Mudder arrived right as I was starting the last phase, and since I sprained my ankle, I had to slow down a bit. I allowed myself one week’s rest to recuperate. I hated not being able to jump right back into X2. I was so close to being done with the program too! In hindsight, I probably should have given myself another week (or two…or three) to rest my ankle, but I just couldn’t do it. Inside I was terrified I would lose all that momentum I had gained prior to the Mudder and gain all the weight I worked so hard to lose. I was down to 130 at this point and I wasn’t ready to call that my peak.