P90X: Phase 3 Results!

27 May

Adam and I have finally made it through Phase 3 of P90X!  It’s been a lot of work and dedication, but we’ve also thoroughly enjoyed the program.  It has done wonders for us physically and mentally.

The Phase 3 results below are based on following the nutrition plan (with a couple cheat meals – engagement celebrations etc., and a somewhat cheat week with our vacation).  I was still training for half-marathons, so running 3 times a week.  Adam and I also did a minimum of 5-6 workouts per week.  There was a week-long vacation in here as well where we stopped workouts and following the nutrition plan strictly (we didn’t overly splurge, though).  Overall, Phase 3 has been by far the “least dedicated” due to all the excitement of the last few weeks, but we still worked hard and put in a solid effort.  What can I say, life happens!

Phase 3 Tape Measure Results

(Kelly in blue, Adam in green, in inches).

Waist: -.25      -.75

Chest: -.5     -.25

Hips: -.5     -.25

Calf: +.125    -.125

Bicep: 0      +.25

Body Fat Percentage:

Kelly: 0

Adam: -1%


Kelly: -.5 lb.

Adam: +1 lb. (thank goodness)


Last year this time before P90X I ran a 2:06 half marathon.  This year on the same track/race, I ran a 1:51!  That’s probably not completely attributable to P90X, but certainly a huge part of it is.  I’ve been amazed at how much strength training has improved my running.  I am now a huge proponent of lifting and hope to use this as a lesson to not neglect it in future training plans (as I always did before!).  Honestly, I always worried I would bulk up.  I don’t have a naturally long and thin body, so I’ve feared heavy lifting (I didn’t want to look masculine).  Man alive am I glad I gave P90X a go to prove to myself that heavy lifting will actually make me more slender (and not manly)!  An awesome discovery.


Kelly Back

Low points of Phase 3:

  • Going on vacation and having to deal with some strange scheduling.  It was hard to split up the program right at the end.
  • Our motivation really wavered.  We were just ready to be done.
  • I was running races so I wasn’t able to give 100% during workouts (oh I can’t do legs and back, oh I can’t push myself like crazy – I can’t be sore for my race!)
  • LOTS of celebrations – which is definitely amazing…but lots of treats and temptations :)

High Points:

  • Funny how all the “low points” above are actually life high points.  Phase 3 was awesome in terms of “life” :)
  • Being able to do almost all the moves in workouts.  Really physically being able to bring it.
  • Seeing a lot of results.  We have come very far aesthetically and, more importantly, strength-wise.
  • Trying Shakeology!  We finally got to see what the buzz was all about.
  • Completing the program!

Coming Up:

I’m planning to start Insanity next week, and I’m really excited to see how the programs differ.  I’ll be sure to document my progress as I continue to get fitter and stronger.  I’ll keep running shorter distances (got clearance from my PT to do short distances and see how my knees are feeling).  I’ll aim for another half in the fall.  Let’s see if Insanity brings me the results like P90X has!  Adam will be moving and I’ll lose my workout buddy.  He will have access to a gym for free (lucky stinker) and will start doing his own plan to gain weight and muscle for the wedding (because that’s super visible behind a suit in a January wedding).  :)   We will both work to maintain our healthy (but balanced with treats and relaxing) lifestyle that we have come to enjoy through P90X.

Keep bringing it!


10 Responses to “P90X: Phase 3 Results!”

  1. Lucy @ Lucy On The Lookout May 28, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    The progress pics look awesome Kelly, you can really notice a difference! That’s really interesting you have found strength training to really benefit your running too. It’s been on my mind recently as I’m hoping to mix up all the running with some strength training (yes, I’m going over to the dark side ;) ). I look forward to hearing all about the insanity workout! Also, how would you describe the nutrition plan you guys are on? High protein/low carb or…?

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 28, 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks Lucy! I’ve been really excited with the results of P90X! :) And it’s really fascinating how it has improved my running – though it makes sense when I really think about it. Now my core and legs are stronger which definitely impacts my running. I’m just surprised by how much it impacts it! I’m very glad to hear you’re coming over to the dark side – I think you’ll be really happy you did!! I’ll be curious to see how you like it over here :) Insanity should be a good time…I’m very interested to see how it differs from P90X and how I’ll like it… let’s see! As far as the diet we’ve been following, it is the P90X nutrition plan and it varies by phase. The first phase is high protein/low carb, the second phase is a pretty even mix, and the last phase is high carb/low protein. For me and my category (based on weight, height, etc.) I was around 1800-2000 calories a day. The make up of those calories just varied depending on the phase. I have enjoyed the variety and I think it’s pretty well put together. I’m glad phase 3 eating corresponded with my races – it was nice being higher carb during that time.

  2. atwostoreyhome May 28, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Awesome! You look great, and I can totally tell a difference in the photos! I’ll be curious to hear how Insanity goes. I’ve heard great things about it and would like to try it, but not sure I could commit to it :-D I’m sorry Adam is moving soon :(

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 28, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      Thanks so much! Yeah it’s pretty amazing what a difference it has made. A nice pleasant surprise :) I’m really excited to get started on Insanity – I started reading my info packets today so I’ll be ready to go on Monday! I’ll keep you posted on it – then you can see about committing to it! It’s only 60 days! (that’s what I keep telling myself! ;)).

  3. megbek May 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Go you for posting pictures.
    I totally agree with you that strength training attributes to faster and better running. Ever since I’ve re incorporated strength into my training, my pace has fallen blow nine minutes (I couldn’t break it before!!). Anyway, congratulations on your results, it’s tremendous stuff to stick with p90X. And, I know people doing Insanity with some SERIOUS results – I can’t wait to hear what you do with it! Yay for your man getting in wedding shape! HA!! :)

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      Hahah thanks! Yeah – as much as I absolutely loathe posting pictures like this for all to see…sometimes seeing is believing. And the whole purpose of starting this blog was to help people looking for info/results on P90X/running etc. So hopefully someone finds it helpful! Note I didn’t post all my pics or any with my face :) That was just too far! Though the real pain will come later this week – posting pictures starting from October. The results are more dramatic and thus, embarrassing! Le sigh. Anyways – I’m SO glad to see you’ve had the whole “strength training = faster” phenomenon happen to you too! It’s pretty unbelievable. And yes – Insanity! I don’t know whether to be excited or scared! Let’s hope Adam can stick to his regimen even without his workout partner. Though I’m not too worried – the whole “suit” thing will work in his favor. :)

      • megbek May 28, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

        hehe, so true!! oh boy, i’m sure it’s not too embarrassing. besides, pics like that are nothing but inspirational and encouraging. be excited about insanity! then be scared after the first workout. :)

  4. biz319 May 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I am starting Insanity on June 1 – my step-son burned a copy for me when we were visiting last week in Austin. Can’t wait to try it! :D

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 28, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Good luck with starting Insanity!! Should be a good time – I’m definitely part scared part excited. :)


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