Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Getting started with my P90X Experiment. PRE 90X: to P90X. Part 1.

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I have accounted for nearly everyday, (Day 9 on) since I "officially" started P90X on 2/18/14.

However, I "unofficially" got myself off the Couch on 2/1/14. So, I figured it could be helpful if I posted what I did, WAY back then.

To Start. I started Slow. From stopping and starting at various different attempts to unfatten myself over the last few years, I learned going 110% right at the start did not work for me.

This time around, I wanted to almost trick myself. Start smaller. Start slower. Then Eventually, Hopefully, Mentally have myself wanting to do the workouts, rather than just forcing myself through them, like an hour long root canal everyday.

Don't get me wrong. There are certainly still days where I have to force myself through a workout. IN FACT, I just had one. Though, with results and progress, They are fewer and farther between.

In the past, I found I'd go at the workouts and diet 110%, then get completely burned out. And quit.

The programs work. T25. P90X. Whatever. They work.

I just needed to find a way to get them to work for me.

Even with a different approach. Truthfully. I did not think I would stick with it. I did not take any before pictures on 2/1/14 and I never attempted to measure any of my flab. The picture below is from about a year earlier, though it is pretty accurate for my starting point.

I'm not close to done yet and don't really plan to be. There's still a good amount of Doughy Flab to iron out and P90X Exercises I cannot come close to mastering. But it's a process, I'll get there eventually. I already came this far.

I wanted to give a perspective of where I was when I started. So. here we go.

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There was a lot of Ice cream in the stomach on the top left. There's still Ice Cream in the one on the right. Just slightly less.


Aside from that though. I have no record of what I ate before I actually started blogging about it. Since my memory is somewhat hazy. I am assuming it was strictly salad and some type of trendy-pretentious-hipster-bullshit.

Eh. Most likely McDonald's, Doughnuts and Pizza. And Pancakes. And Beer. Well, more Beer than Normal. *More Beer than Normal for Me.

In regards to Diet. I'd recommend writing down everything you normally eat for a week. Then try to improve it. And keep improving.

Let's face it. Eating McDonald's every day for 3 years and then a 180 switch to stuffing salad down your throat is a helluva change. A gradual change is more likely to stick. In my opinion. So. That's been my philosophy.

STUFF FOR SATURDAY 2/1/14
Run
1.5 Miles
Walk
.5 Miles

STUFF FOR SUNDAY 2/2/14
A much needed Day of Rest after that .5 Mile Walk.

STUFF FOR MONDAY 2/3/14
Plyo X
Not sure what the hell I was thinking to do this workout right away.

The notes I wrote on the calendar I was using simply state. "Awful!" I DO remember taking a lot of breaks and doing A LOT of modifying on the Exercises. 

STUFF FOR TUESDAY 2/4/14 - SATURDAY 2/8/14
For the next 5 days, all I did was walk 2.25 Miles.

Suffice it to say. Plyo kicked my ass. 

Another good reason to start slow. I remember being so wiped out that I was really considering just scrapping the whole thing.  

In The Beginning. Do What you Need to Do to Keep Yourself Going. 

If you have to Modify every single Exercise or only do half the DVD or workout for the first weeks, months? Who Cares? If that is going to build you up to doing the whole thing eventually, and keep you going, what does it matter? The key is to be able to find a way to stick with the programs and stay with improving your diet. What good is it if you follow Each Workout Perfectly and Eat Perfect for 2 weeks THEN burn yourself out and quit?

190 Days + later, I have found it does get easier. The hardest part is staying motivated at the beginning.

STUFF FOR SUNDAY 2/9/14
Run
3.15 Miles
Walk
1.25 Miles

STUFF FOR MONDAY 2/10/14
Chest/Back
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As I do with all the workouts I include my "workout sheets."

For me, I have found it helpful and motivating to see what other people are doing. So, I am hoping perhaps having this info on here can help someone as well.

Call me crazy, but reading some quote on Twitter made by Winston Churchill does nothing to motivate me to workout and/or eat better.

Let's try it.
"The Empires of the Future are Empires of the Mind."
- Winston Churchill

Feeling Motivated for Plyometrics and Eating that Salad now?

No? Are You Serious?

Well, how about now?
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Chances are you will have forgotten what the quote was moments after you scrolled past it. Don't get me wrong. Winston Churchill was a GREAT man who led an inspiring life.

Everybody is different. But for me. For working out. For trying to eat better and improve my life.

Results, unlike Quotes, are motivational.

Reading about other people's struggles, progress and results, as I struggle, IS Motivation.

Typing a sentence, that "somebody" once said, somehow, just doesn't seem to do it for me.

Unless it's this:
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or this:
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Ah. Inspiring.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm about to go for a 45 Mile Run.

Smart Ass Sarcasm aside.

To Each his or her own.

If a Winston Churchill or Eleanor Roosevelt quote is going to whip you into shape, more power to you.

My Non-Affinity toward quotes could have something to do with the fact I've only read 1 book in the last 15 years. And that was Rocky III in novel form. Seriously. I'm not making that up.

Anyway. Like I said. "Do what you need to do to keep yourself going." Especially early on.

Well, shit.

Now I'm quoting myself. I suppose that's either some sort of Double Hypocrisy or a Dimension Shattering Paradox. Scrolling through all these quotes which I then forget 15 minutes later, is starting to rub off on me.

Quick somebody post something by Marcus Aurelius.

STUFF FOR TUESDAY 2/11/14
Plyo X

Attempting Plyo again. This time around I did not fair much better. I actually remember thinking I did worse.
 

Just to drag myself through it, AGAIN, I had to take a large variety of breaks and modified most of the exercises.

STUFF FOR WEDNESDAY 2/12/14 - FRIDAY 2/14/14
The only thing I did for these 3 days was to honor Valentines Day by running 5 miles and almost giving myself a Heart Attack.


I did not use MapMyRun, so I'm not sure what my pace was. I'm fairly certain, it was probably around a 14 minute Mile or so. Which. At the time. I thought was fast.

Hence the near Heart Attack.

STUFF FOR SATURDAY 2/15/14 - SUNDAY 2/16/14
I took Saturday off.

Sunday I went for a 2 mile Run and did some light weight lifting. I don't have a record of exactly what I lifted though, I'm fairly certain it was not much and depicted a show of terrible form.


STUFF FOR MONDAY 2/17/14
I decided I was ready to officially start P90X on 2/18/14. So. I gave myself one more day of rest.



IN CLOSING:
I'd like to Ironically leave you with an Inspiring and Motivating Quote.
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P90X DAYS 185-190: Yoga/Running/Arms/Shoulders and the start of one more Vacation.

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To start. I dropped and broke my iPhone. However, I'm due for an upgrade so it really was not the worst thing that could have happened. This is notable because I had my phone for a remarkably long time without accidentally destroying it. Typically, whenever I get something new, subconsciously, my brain says:



STUFF FOR WEDNESDAY 8/20/14
Walk
2 Miles

FOOD
Breakfast
(1) Bagels with Butter
Lunch
(12) Chick Fila Nuggets
Dinner
Buffalo Chicken/Fried Shrimp
(4) Coors Lites


STUFF FOR THURSDAY 8/21/14
Yoga 
Just the first half hour.


Walk
2 Miles

Hand Grips 
20lbs x20 Each Hand x4
20lbs Inverted x20 Each Hand x4
150lbs x10 Each Hand x3
150lbs Inverted x10 Each Hand x3
200lbs x3 Each Hand x3
200lbs Inverted x3 Each Hand x3
250lbs Negatives (Hold for 3 sec) Each Hand x3

FOOD
Breakfast
(1) Bagels with Butter
Lunch
(12) Chick Fila Nuggets
Snack
Popcorn
Dinner
Sausage, Peppers and Onions


STUFF FOR FRIDAY 8/22/14
Yoga
Just the first half hour.



Cut the lawn at my Mom's.



Walk
2 Miles
 
FOOD
Breakfast
Oatmeal. Gross. I tried.
Lunch
(12) Chick Fila Nuggets  
Snack
Popcorn  
Dinner
(2) Slices of Pizza
1/2 Cheese Steak/Fries
(5) Coors Lites

STUFF FOR SATURDAY 8/23/14
Arms Shoulders
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Run
3.26 Miles

FOOD
Breakfast
Crumb Danish
Lunch
1/2 Turkey and Cheese Hoagie
Chips
Snack
Pretzels
Dinner
1/2 Turkey and Cheese Hoagie
Chips
Approx. (12) Coors Lites on the Day

STUFF FOR SUNDAY 8/24/14
Run
3.82 Miles 

This was my first run with some Elevation. Ever. I figured. Why not give it a shot?

Definitely not as easy as running on flat ground. So. I learned something today.

FOOD
Breakfast
Bacon Egg and Cheese on a Bagel
Hashbrown

Lunch
Bacon Egg and Cheese on a Bagel
Hashbrown 
Snack
Pretzels

Dinner
Baked Chicken/ Mac and Cheese
(3) Coors Lites

STUFF FOR MONDAY 8/25/14
I mentioned in the past that it's easier to get workouts in, because NOW that I have had a little bit of success and progress, days of having to forcefully drag myself down to my basement to push play, are fewer and far between.

Well. This was one of those fewer and far between days. I felt fine health wise. No hurting teeth, or Alien Invasion to use for an excuse this time. I had all intentions of doing Chest/Back, but I just didn't make it happen.

I have not exactly followed the P90X schedule, but with the Summer, especially the last month or so, I've just been doing my own thing. That's not to say I haven't been doing anything. I'm still getting P90X workouts in, but it's sort of chaotic. I've maintained my weight loss, though I have lost a bit in some of the reps on the exercises according to the stat sheets. Though, part of that is because I'm concentrating on form, so it's tougher. AND, admittedly, part of it is due to the fact, I'm not following the schedule as close as I had been.

That said. I'm going on one more vacation up the Poconos Starting Tuesday. 


So. I plan to start a whole brand new Round of P90X on 9/2/14 when I'm back.While I'm away, I plan to do some running. Well, that's the plan anyway.

Walk
2 Miles

FOOD
Breakfast
(2) Pieces of Rye Toast with Butter
Lunch
(12) Chick Fila Nuggets
Snack
Popcorn
Dinner
(3) Slices of Pizza

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

P90X DAYS 181-184: Chest/Back, Plyo X, Back/Biceps and Running. Again.

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STUFF FOR SATURDAY 8/16/14
Chest/Back
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OTHER STUFF
Run
3.26 Miles
I wanted to test my feet out after I hurt them running on the Beach. And, I must say, they felt:

 
FOOD
Breakfast
Scrambed Eggs and Bacon with Toast
Dinner
1/2 Cheese Steak and Fries
(7) Coors Lites

STUFF FOR SUNDAY 8/17/14
Back/Biceps
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I felt like doing Back/Biceps. It wasn't on Schedule, but then again, I have not exactly followed the P90X Schedule anyway. So.


OTHER STUFF
Run
3.26 Miles

FOOD
Breakfast
(2) Toast with Butter
Lunch
1/2 Cheese Steak and Fries
Dinner
Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
Chips
(3) Coors Lites

STUFF FOR MONDAY 8/18/14
Plyo X
Plyo was an ass kicker as usual. Though. Once again. I was still able to keep up. I did however, extend 3 of the breaks so this didn't ultimately happen during "Rock Star Hops":


OTHER STUFF
Walk
2 Miles

Bat
Heavy x 5 *** Light x 5 
Heavy x 5 *** Light x 5 
Heavy x 5 *** 33oz x 5


FOOD
Breakfast
(2) Bagels with Butter
Lunch
Turkey and Cheese Sandwich Snack
Low Fat String Cheese

Dinner
Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
Chips
(1) Coors Lite

STUFF FOR TUESDAY 8/19/14
When I got home from work I was beat. My plan was to do Arms/Shoulders, but I went to bed. 

Sort of.


Although, Part of me, was still like:


But, I really need to take a break for a night. So. I did.

Walk
2 Miles

Hand Grips 
20lbs x20 Each Hand x4
20lbs Inverted x20 Each Hand x4
150lbs x10 Each Hand x3
150lbs Inverted x10 Each Hand x3
200lbs x3 Each Hand x3
200lbs Inverted x3 Each Hand x3
250lbs Negatives (Hold for 3 sec) Each Hand x3

FOOD
Breakfast
(2) Bagels with Butter
Lunch
(12) Chick Fila Nuggets
Dinner
Crock pot Pork and Potatoes

P90X DAYS 175-180: Running, Walking, The Beach and Ruining my "Awesome" Tan.

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STUFF FOR SUNDAY 8/10/14 - MONDAY 8/11/14
To start my Vacation on Sunday and Monday:



STUFF FOR TUESDAY 8/11/14 - WEDNESDAY 8/12/14
Running

Tuesday Morning. For no Particular Reason. I decided to go for a little run.


For the first time in my adult life, I got up before 8AM on a vacation. I wanted to try running on the Beach with no shoes. Supposedly, if what I have read on the Internet is to be trusted, running barefoot is actually better for you. BUT, you have to build up to it. THAT is the smart thing to do. 

However:


That said. I ran 5 miles and I felt great. 


I really liked running along the water. So. The next day I ran 8 Miles.


STUFF FOR THURSDAY 8/13/14 - FRIDAY 8/14/14
I went back to the Beach to start to run for the 3rd straight day, AND as I was taking my first running steps, my feet started hurting.


I kept telling myself:


Then, I thought better of it and walked 5 miles along the shoreline. And another 6 on Friday.

All the Plyo X, I've been doing must have helped, because the only thing that was bothering me was my feet. Which, if I wasn't an idiot and took it easy. AND Built up to running 8 miles over the entire week, I would have been fine. Lesson learned.  

Well. Probably not.

Anyway. The weather was great. We couldn't have asked for a better week.

As for my tan.

I'm not that vain to have a legitimate concern about it. I just think it's trivial and stupid, so I decided to post about it.

AND I get it, the sun is BAD. I always put sunscreen on, but from hanging outdoors and walking during my lunches for most of the Summer, I built up a pretty awesome tan.

Like this one:
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We took my little nephew Crabbing. I'm not big on Crabs. It's too much work. I'd rather just eat a Hamburger. Besides, I felt bad about keeping the crabs, so we threw them back.

Yes. I do see the hypocrisy in eating a Hamburger while feeling bad about a crab. I suppose most of us have some sort of hypocrisy in them. Or maybe it's just me. A blog entry for another day.

Being on a Pontoon boat all day and swimming, all day. I never slopped on another coat of Sunscreen, so I got burned. It wasn't bad, it didn't hurt, But a few days later, I started peeling. And the peeled parts were a different color from the rest of my skin.

A whole Summer's work. My greatest creation. Ruined.

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I included the picture above, partially to lament the loss of my awesome Jersey Shore Tan and because, how often do you see your own back?

I'll be the first to admit it's douchey. BUT, It's the first time in my life, I've had something resembling a muscle back there. So, I was sort of surprised.


IN CLOSING:
I made it to 180 days. That's NOT 180 days straight of Eating Perfect and Working Out. But 180 days that I have stuck with it. AND 180 Days better than I was 180 Days ago. Yeah. That makes sense.

180 Days. I could have gone around world
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