I’m a big believer in setting specific goals – I’ve got my day to day goals, monthly goals, 12-month goals, 5 yr goals, etc. Seriously, I tend to write these goals down and put a decent amount of pressure on myself to stay committed and attain each goal. I have a good track record of accomplishing what I write down or what I publicly share (note to readers – I write down more goals than I share).
As many of you know my wife Robyn and I started P90X almost a month ago. P90X is a 90-day program so staying committed was an initial concern – that’s why I wrote the goal down and decided to share it publicly through the P90X Challenge that we announced to giveaway $4000 to charity – talk about building leverage and putting pressure on myself to hit the goal of completion!
Well…aside from completion I set several other goals, one of which I’ll share with you now…with some specifics on how I hit the goal.
One of my specific goals for P90X was to get back to my high school football weight of under 190 lbs (I actually fluctuated in high school between 185-188) by the end of the 90-day program.
Keep in mind that I haven’t been in high school since 1994 and I’m currently 34 yrs old.
My starting weight on Day 1 of P90X was 197.
You may be thinking – losing more than 7 lbs isn’t too big of a deal Kris. I’m not suggesting it is, but I will tell you I haven’t been there in at least 15 years. Also, the 197 is a bit misleading even though that’s what the scale said when I stood on it Day 1 – truth is I’ve fluctuated more around the 198-202 lb range for the last several years. I can’t remember the last time I was under 197.
As of Monday of this week I weighed in at 189 lbs.!
Yep, I broke my 90-day goal in a mere 22 days.
My new goal is 185….and I really don’t think I want to go below that figure unless I get tons of compliments, which will lead to ego bloat….and then I’ll probably set a goal of 170 or something ridiculous like that! LOL
Alright – here’s the secret sauce.
First, Robyn and I haven’t missed a day of P90X and we have given as close to 100% as possible each and every day of the workout. We aren’t superhuman so we’ve worked harder during some workouts than others, but I can tell you that we’ve looked over at each other more than a few dozen times with sweat dripping off our foreheads, while being in some cockeyed, embarrassing position only to see each other dedicated and working hard.
Second, I cut all bad snacks and haven’t caved once. This one was difficult, especially because I am completely addicted to Middleswarth BBQ Potato Chips. In addition, it’s pretty standard that Robyn and I eat dinner with her parents several times every week and it’s been tradition to have dessert after every meal – well….no dessert since we started P90X. The only snacks I’ve eaten have been grapefruit cups, pretzels, and an occasional nutrition bar.
Third, I drink a Carnation Instant Breakfast drink after every workout in the morning – it’s my breakfast meal supplement. Many people say breakfast is the most important meal of the day; instead of skipping all together I use meal supplements in the morning – Carnation has several flavors and is actually pretty delicious….and contains tons of vitamins and minerals.
Fourth, Robyn and I have generally followed the P90X meal plan. When I say generally what I’m really saying is that we’ve used it as a guideline, but we haven’t been over the top. For instance, once again we’ve cut “junk” from a typical lunch or dinner – I haven’t had chips or fries (OK, I’ve snuck maybe 5-6 fries off Kris Jr’s plate over the last 26 days – I just was making sure the fries weren’t hot :)). Instead of white bread I’ve been getting wheat or something other than white (lots of 6-inch Subs off of Jared Fogle’s Subway menu, for instance). For dinner I’ve been eating low fat cottage cheese with pineapple instead of other higher fat or higher carb options. I’ve also focused a bit on portion control – for example, Robyn and I eat at the Cheesecake Factory yesterday – I ordered a petite Filet Mignon (prob 6 oz) versus the regular sized 10 oz’er that I would typically order.
So there you go!
Setting specific goals and discipline work!
BTW – I have many other goals as it relates to P90X and many of them have either been achieved or are on their way to being achieved.
I’d like to know what your goals are?
If you are on P90X share with me what your main goals are.
The more specific the merrier, but having started P90X is an accomplishment in and of itself.