After carefully reading over the P90X Nutrition Guide and grocery shopping for my portion plan, reality is sinking in…
When I unloaded my grocery cart, something seemed wrong:
No pizza rolls…. No soda… No pot pies….
I went to pay with my credit card and realized something. It wasn’t how much I was going to miss junk food… It was how much junk I have been putting into my body through ignorance of my diet. Ok, I am not going to lie… I will miss a coke now and then, but I will survive. It feels nice to be in control of my diet for a change.
I decided that the only affordable method for me to stick to the p90x nutrition plan, is the portion option. After calculating my caloric needs using the guide, I am in the level III category. That means that I need to eat over 3000 calories in small scheduled portions throughout the day. Phase One of the diet plan is the fat shredder. I will be eating 9 portions of protein each day.
My first grocery list included:
10 oz of almonds
10 medium-sized apples
10 cups of baby carrots
Low-fat salad dressings
10 oz of cheese
60 oz of skinless, boneless chicken breasts
10 cups of cooked vegetables
10 cups of cottage cheese
30 oz of low-fat ham
30 oz of low-fat turkey
80 oz of soy milk
30 oz of string cheese
80 oz of low sodium v8
20 slices of whole wheat bread
80 oz of low fat yogurt
This list is for 10 days of food. After doing the math, it looks like I will be spending about $100.00 per week on the p90x nutrition plan. That is not too bad… I will probably save a little money since I will no longer be eating out, or buying lunches at work.
One thing that I learned through this experience, is that eating is going to be an investment. I am no longer eating because I love how food tastes. I am going to have to eat to fuel my body. Taking this perspective is going to make the p90x nutrition plan possible.
Tomorrow I take my fitness test and initial photos. P90X is just two days away. I am excited, nervous, and going to enjoy my last supper….. BBQ Ribs, Brisket, and Sausage with a tall glass of Coca-Cola.
To learn more about the P90X nutrition plan, make sure to click the link above.