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Blog: Miriam's Mission
I am a mother, employed full-time, enjoy physical fitness, and exploring nutrition and recipes. I've always liked working-out but was never 100% committed to making it a lifestyle. I joined several gyms over the last 18 years in efforts to try and stay in decent shape. When I worked-out, I was serious about it but it never lasted more than several months. Something always came up and I would always put working-out at the bottom of the list of things to do. I've always maintained a decent weight but I would not say I was in the best of shape. I had no definition, and endurance and strength needed lots of improvement. Genetics is not in my favor or at least it doesn't look that way so I knew sooner or later I'd be facing weight management issues.
In 2009 my husband was diagnosed with cancer. After 5 months of outpatient treatment followed by 5 months of inpatient treatment, including a stem cell transplant, we lost the battle. As a result, I was left to be a single parent, working full-time, sleep deprived/an insomniac (since I was only getting 2 hrs of sleep while living out of a hospital room), I had put on weight from being completely inactive, and after a visit to my doctor's office to asses my overall health, I also found that I had high blood pressure and anxiety (something that was never a problem for me before). All of this was a result of HIGH STRESS over a long period of time, SLEEP DEPRIVATION/INSOMNIA, and complete INACTIVITY.
My doctor wanted to put me on medication for the high blood pressure but I rejected the suggestion and decided I would fix the problem myself. I decided then that it was time to commit myself to a lifestyle change that would include working-out, sleeping more, and developing a much more balanced diet.
Not really knowing where to start I decided that I wanted to do something from home because I also wanted to spend as much time as I could with my son. I decided to start by jogging every day. I was eventually jogging 2 miles daily (7 days a week) after work around the neighborhood. I dropped some of the weight I had gained and was feeling better and sleeping a little more. That seemed to get my blood pressure back into a normal range but my body was still not in “shape”. This went on for about 7 months until I had a series of injuries (not related to jogging) and took the next 2 months to recover. Next, I decided that I needed to do something more than just jogging but I did not want to go to a gym I still wanted to do things from home. I had always been curious about the P90X infomercial because I remember watching it so much during those late nights of no sleep and I always thought it would not work.
One day I decided to look into the BeachBody website and I started to ask people I knew who also worked-out a lot about some of the programs. It turned out that an acquaintance and a relative of mine were both using P90X and were seeing results. I decided then I would invest in the program and give it a try and I am THANKFUL I did!
On Friday April 8th, 2011 I began my P90X journey.
God has a way of always providing what we need.
P90X (Round 1)= Complete (April 2011 - July 2011)
Insanity (Round 1) = Done (Aug 2011 - Oct 2011)
P90X/Insanity Hybrid (Round 1)= Yeah (Oct 2011 - Jan 2012)
P90X2 (the sequel Round 1) = That's a wrap (Jan 2012 - Mar 2012)
Mighty Mud Dash 5K - 2012 = MISSION ACCOMPLISHED (Mar 2012)
Insanity (Round 2) = Done (April 2012 - June 2012)
P90X (Round 2) = Whew (June 2012 - Sept 2012)
JailBreak 5K Mud Run - 2012 = Victory (Oct 2012)
Insanity (Round 3) = I got this (Nov 2012 - Jan 2013)
P90X/Insanity Hybrid (Round 2)= Rocking it (Jan 2013 - Apr 2013)
P90X2 (Round 2) = totally smoked (May 2013 - Aug 2013)
P90X (Round 3) = In progress (Sept 2013 - ...)
One year later: April 2011 - June 2012
Weight: -23.5 lbs
Waist: -7.5 in
Hips: -4.5 in
Chest: -2 in
Right Upper Arm: -1 in
Left Upper Arm: -1 in
Right Mid Thigh: -4.5 in
Left Mid Thigh: -4.5 in
Total inches: -24.5 inches
Blood Pressure is normal
Anxiety issues gone
Lose weight, improve high blood pressure, and get healthy! DONE
Tone and sculpt, build on strength, and maintain exercise and a healthy diet.