Almost certainly, there are physical limiters. Our physical bodies have some small part in our abilities. Not everyone is a born runner, or born triathlete. Not all great runners and triathletes were born that way.
All animals, humans included, have the survival instinct ingrained into their being. Like a river, we all will take the path of least resistance to achieve our goal. Once we lift our arses out of the bed, everything we do has a cost, and eventually the price must be paid. A higher dedication comes with a higher price, and for some of us, the cost is simply too high.
As I begin my tenth week of P90X, I am finding it harder and harder to get motivated. The temperatures here have been almost spring-like, and the urge to swim-bike-run has been strong. If nothing else, I have dedicated myself to P90X and what it can do for me. I added in a few rest days early in the plan, and recently, I missed one Ab X workout (15 minutes), but other than that, I haven't missed a thing.
I am not ripped.
As a matter of fact, I haven't lost pretty much any weight at all. Yet, I know I'm stronger. The muscles along my back and neck or bulging. My triceps and biceps are bigger. I can get to twenty now on those damnable pfiefer scissors. This morning, I did all forty Mason Twists and added the 10 bonus twists.
I could have gone farther!
My love handles are still with me, and my mind is asking questions. The answers reside in the foundation that I laid for myself:
- Never used a chin up bar.
- Used my own meal plan and not the P90X meal plan.
- Never laid off the beer, wine, and fatty food.
What do all those things have in common? They require dedication. I'm not going to sit here and whine about how things didn't turn out the way I wanted. Nor am I going to express frustration that those ripped peeps on TV can do this shiz and look like Tony Horton, yet I cannot. The truth is, I took the P90X motto, "Do your best, forget the rest!", to heart. For me, over the past ten weeks, this has been my best.
I fully realize that Rome wasn't built in day, nor was this body. I have years and years of potential and PRs ahead of me before age sets in and PRs become a thing of the distant past. I am willing to make this investment, to take this time to become the person, the best person that I can be.
That too, takes dedication...
p.s. We are conducting a virtual race on Valentine's Day (or there abouts!) see the post below....