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CJ =), Author of this P90x Nutrition Blog

CJ =), Author of this P90x Nutrition Blog!

Hi! I’m CJ =), a work-from-home mom and wife of a P90xer.

When my husband decided to give P90x a go three years ago, we made a deal: He’d commit to doing the exercises without fail, and I’d manage the food. He promised to eat anything that I put in front of him! So, I memorized the nutrition guide from cover to cover, researched supplements, protein powders, bars, the works.

When I started this blog, my hubby was on day 32 of the program, and he had already lost 6 lbs, gained tons of muscle, and trimmed 3 inches off of his belly.

I decided to start this blog because, as I managed his nutrition, I developed a p90x nutrition journal document that I wanted to share with other P90xers out there. Also, I found I had a knack for coming up with creative P90x recipes that fit into the portion approach, so I started posting them here for others’ benefit.

This site was a hit – and I kept getting requests for more meal planning tools, so I self-published a P90x Menus and Shopping List eBook for Phase 1, Level II. It’s now the highest rated and best selling Health and Wellness ebook on Smashwords.com! (Yeah, so I’m bragging a bit…lol) =)

 

I am not a doctor or nutritionist. I don’t have any training in this – I’ve just done a lot of research as I planned my husband’s portion approach and helped folks here on the site. So here is the inevitable C.M.A. statement – while I share my opinions about P90x nutrition here, my advice should not replace that of your doctor, nutritionist, priest, rabbi, etc.!

I should also mention that I’m not a Beachbody coach – I’m not trying to sell anyone on P90x. My goal is to share the results of my research into P90x nutrition and the new recipes I’m coming up with, in the hopes that it will make starting out easier for other people than it was for us!


I hope this is helpful – keep pressing play and don’t forget to BRING IT! – CJ =)

P.S. I really appreciate that so many of you are so thankful and want to help. As requested, here is a list of ways you could show your gratitude for the site:

1. Buy my ebook.  P90x Menus and Shopping List eBook for Phase 1, Level II. It takes all of the guess work out of your P90x nutrition for Phase 1, since I’ve done all of the planning for you. Check it out if you are interested in making your own life easier and supporting my work here at the same time! =)

2. Donate. The Paypal button is on the right side of the page. This is my hobby, but if I make some money off of it, that does help justify the time I spend helping people on the site instead of doing my “real” work!!

3. Share. Pin my recipes to Pinterest, share on Facebook, Google+, etc. You could also write a review of one of my recipes on your blog and link to my site (preferably with the words “P90x nutrition plan”!)

4. Comment. Your comments, questions, and reviews of my recipes and your experiences/tweaks make this site the dynamic, awesome community that it is!

5. Submit recipes (with a picture). I can always use more. And plus, you’ll be famous. =)

6. Say “thank you” – send me an email!

The fact that people are asking this question just goes to show what a great, supportive community P90xers are. Thanks, guys. =)

– CJ =)

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  1. Melissa McAllister

    Hi CJ! Love what you are doing here. I have pointed people to your site often. Are you going to do any other newer programs? Are you and your husband doing any Hybrids? Would love to hear about that. Reading personal experiences helps with my clients. So I do appreciate this.

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks so much, Melissa! I’m flattered that you have found my site useful for your clients!

      We haven’t done any newer programs, but we have definitely considered it. Do you have a recommendation regarding which of Beachbody’s newer programs have a need for a site like this, especially on the nutrition side of things?
      Thanks for your feedback,
      – CJ =)

  2. Shannon

    Hello. I just purchased the book. Thanks a bunch! I can’t wait to look at it and get started soon on my P90X journey!

  3. Nikki

    I am just starting with P90X and was kind of intimidated by the nutrition plan. It just looks pretty complex to fit into my busy life. My sister and her husband started the program a couple months ago but after a couple weeks they gave up on the diet because it took up so much of their time, they both work full-time and have 4 kids. I was worried I would have the same problems. Now that I’ve found your site I’m having much less anxiety and am overall more excited. I plan on showing your site to my sister also so hopefully she kind find the encouragement she needs to back on track.

    I am so excited to have found your site. It is so great of you to help all of us out without expecting anything in return. Thank You.

    1. CJ =)

      I was totally intimidated at first too, Nikki! The unknown of it can be very daunting. My hope is that I can save you guys the confusion I went through, because once I got a week or two into it, it really became second nature. I’m so happy if I can shorten the learning curve for people like you and your sister, and encourage you to push through that fear of the unknown, because you can do it!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Feedback like yours makes my day and makes the effort worthwhile. =)
      – CJ =)

  4. Carmine

    I’m following the portion plan and would like to know what “The Ultimate Meal”(it’s a powdered nourishment meal)it’s website is http://www.ultimatemeal.com would be as far as protein,fat,carb,etc.

  5. Carmine

    Hi CJ….I JUST STARTED P90X TODAY….I.’M CHECKING OUT YOUR SITE AND IT LOOKS LIKE JUST THE THING WE BEGINNERS NEED….THANX FOR DOING ALL THAT LEGWORK

  6. Morgan

    Hi CJ! I’m sorry if these question have already been asked, but I sadly do not have time to read all of the posts to find out. 🙁

    I am very interested in the e-book you have out for the first phase of the P90X diet! Are the recipes that you have included in the e-book individual recipes or are many of they for more than one serving? The grocery list that I am able to see in the sample given looks like a lot of food, but I just wanted to check.

    Also, do you have any plans to come out with e-books for phases two and three? I have been looking for something like this for a while, so I am excited to possibly get this one and potentially have others on the way! I look forward to your answers… and thank you for providing such an awesome blog and e-book!!!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Morgan!
      The P90x menu and shopping list ebook uses the recipes on this site, so many of them are indeed for more than one serving. However I do reuse the leftovers as part of the plan, so if you are cooking for more than just yourself, you’d need to double or triple the recipes to make enough food for other people.

      You’re right that it is a lot of food for one person! A big reason for that is that the food you are eating is so healthy. My favorite example? A Big Mac is 540 calories. To get the equivalent in plain chicken, you’d have to eat 16.2 ounces of chicken breast! So eating the 2400 calories called for by Level II of the P90x nutrition plan doesn’t sound like so much more than we’re used to, but when you’re talking about eating 2400 calories of healthy protein, veggies, and few condiments, it is a lot to power through! A lot of people have trouble finishing all of the alloted calories when they start out the program, and that’s OK. The Beachbody staff do not recommend that you stuff yourself. The idea is that your body is going to start needing those calories over time, so you’ll probably have less trouble finishing it as time goes on. So if it looks like a lot of food, that’s because it is!!

      I do have plans to come out with ebooks for phases 2 and 3 – this first one has sold so well that the Phase 2 is in the works. However, I’m not going to committ to a date on it, because with the last one I had to ignore my whole life for 3 weeks to get it out on time! I can’t afford to do that again. I’m working my way through it, but can’t give an ETA at this point. One encouragement, though, is that people who have used the first ebook have told me that it helped teach them how to go about planning their P90x meals. I think once you’ve seen how I’ve done it, and spent a month using it and/or making substitutions for your tastes, you’ll find that you can plan your next Phase fairly easily using my P90x food journal pages.
      Hope that helps!
      – CJ =)

  7. Teresa

    Hi CJ!
    Just found your site and can’t wait to try some of your recipes! So, how is your husbands journey with P90X going? My husband and I started the program about 3 years ago..I gained 10 lbs the first go round, he lost 25! We still use P90X, One on One with Tony, and P90X2. Great program, if you stick with it!
    Thanks for the great siteT
    T:)

  8. Stacey Tucker

    Hey CJ,
    I’m starting P90x This Monday and I my anxiety is was more about the nutrition plan than the exercise. I like to work out but it’s hard finding little ways to save time and money on food. I know I know everyone’s excuse, but I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your website and I can tell you put alot of time into it, It’s in my favorites and I will be definitely telling you how I’m doing.

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Stacey, please do let me know how it’s going for you. I’m so happy the site is helpful. Keep me posted!
      – CJ =)

  9. Melanie

    CJ,
    Thanks so much for this site! My husband and I both are in day 9 of P90X. These recipes are wonderful and so easy to make (I am a mom of 3 and work full time) so I do appreciate the quick and easy recipes.

    1. CJ =)

      You’re welcome, Melanie!! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m a mom of a gaggle of children myself – anything to help a fellow mom balance a pile of children and P90x at the same time is worth it! Keep me posted on your progress.
      – CJ =)

  10. Denise

    Hi CJ….awesome wesbite. Just wondering when you’re ebook will be available! My husband and I are starting P90x on Monday….wish me luck!!:)

    Thanks!

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Denise – Hopefully you’ve seen it already, but the shopping list ebook is available NOW! Woohoo! =)
      – CJ =)

  11. Aulani

    You are awesome CJ!! Your site is awesome..It’s very informative. Thank you so much for sharing.. I am starting my p90x journey 9-9-2012. I’m an avid runner but I notice as I get older my muscle tone is not quite the same. I’m just a little worried about the food. It’s a lot of food wow!! I will share my progress with you if that’s ok..

    1. CJ =)

      I would love that, Aulani!! You are so welcome. I’ll be very happy if the site helps contribute to your success – that makes it all worth it. =)
      – CJ =)

  12. Skippyn8

    I started P90X today and will be going grocery shopping today. This site is extremely helpful. I was wondering if anyone is still active and wants to be my Team Beachbody Buddy. All the ones I find look like they haven’t been active for a long time.

    Look me up screename: Skippyn8

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks for commenting, Skippyn8. I hope someone responded to be your buddy! How is it going so far?
      – CJ =)

  13. Penny

    I did P90X for the full 90 days last January. I kept it up through May but then the summer got the best of me so I quit. I am starting back up now and I am SO happy to have found your site as it is hard to eat the same stuff over and over again. I can’t wait to try the recipes. Thank you!

    1. CJ =)

      Thanks for your feedback, Penny. How is it going so far?
      – CJ =)

  14. Jules

    CJ,

    This site and your menus are really inspiring me to start P90X and stick to it. Exciting. Thanks for all your hard work. I’ll let you know how it goes.

    1. CJ =)

      Hey Jules!
      So glad to help. You can do it! Please do come back and let me know how it goes and share your success story – not many people do!
      – CJ =)

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