Thursday, January 19, 2012

P90, Day 13 (16)

This really shouldn't be an entry.

I didn't feel like it today. Not one bit. I'm totally drained and bushed. I didn't feel like following my diet today, either - hence the delicious Burger King we had for dinner. Funny thing is, I probably didn't go too far overboard calorie-wise, given my other meals today.

Maybe I'll be back on for weights tomorrow...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

P90, Day 12 (15)

I'm seeing steady progress. I was able to kick my left leg back and grab my ankle for a quad stretch. For some reason, I've been able to do it with my right leg for a while, but that blasted left joint kept eluding me. I still need to learn to breathe better, though; I got really light-headed after the workout.

Afterward, I hit up two scoops of protein powder, since I did weights. I might do that from now on. It's still just me, though - no Shaundra to be seen. Still, I worked hard and pushed through, which isn't as hard for me to do when it's an upper-body workout. I really get into it, especially arms and pushups, envisioning the body I want...

But as for cardio tomorrow, I can't make any promises.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

P90, Day 11 (14)

I did not, I say, DID NOT want to do cardio today. And guess what?

I wound up having a great workout. Guess it just "bees" that way sometimes...

Monday, January 16, 2012

P90, Day 10 (13)

Um, yeah...

So what's with the ( ) in the title? No use lying about it.

I reluctantly got back on track after taking a few days away. The combination of the day job and working out afterward is proving brutal. Hard to believe there's some people who do all this and have kids.

Masochists.

It would help if I got proper amounts of rest as well. But damn, I want to have some kind of life. The weekends just aren't long enough to get everything done that you need to. Guess that's everyone's always talking about how busy they are. I used to think they were bullshitting, trying to make themselves sound more important they they really were.

But now I know they were telling the truth.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

P90, Day 9

Another weight day.

I noticed that I'm getting stronger. That's a good thing. Goes a long way toward keeping my motivation up. It's hard enough to keep this up, but if I'm not seeing/feeling results, what's the point?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

P90, Day 8

Cardio. Sigh. At least I did it. And that's about all I can say about that.

Monday, January 9, 2012

P90, Day 7

Today's workout left me in a good news/bad news situation...

The good news? I had a strong session where I made some nice progress over the last weight routine and left me feeling pretty strong.

The bad news? I'm also feeling it in a different way - and it's only Monday. Five more days to go. Already an uphill battle.

FML...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

P90, Day 6

Technically, today was supposed to be our off day, but between Shaundra having to work until 4 (her schedule has her working on Saturdays) and the Texans playoff game (we won!), we wound up pushing Day 6 until today - meaning we now will be working out seven days in a row. Hey, it is what it is. Might as well man up and hit it.

I don't know if it was the day off or if we're starting to ever so slightly adjust to the workouts, but today's session went pretty well. We were both able to do more than the previous go 'round and we weren't quite as slagged afterward. I think it also had something to do with us doing it in the morning while we were still fresh, as opposed to in the evening after a day at work. Either way, it was a solid workout and it felt good to finish the first week. Tomorrow it's back to weights, so I'm really looking forward to that. If I didn't know any better, I'd say I'm seeing some small changes in my muscles already - though I'd attribute that to muscle memory and my previous weight training history. I didn't think I'd see, much less feel, results this fast, but it's awesome nonetheless.

Now if I could only get that scale to start going down...

Friday, January 6, 2012

P90, Day 5

Tired as hell, but I made it through. And I managed to bounce back from the "shambacle" that was yesterday. Not only that - I did better on the weight routine than I did Wednesday, so I'm already showing progress. And I'm already feeling the soreness - or is it the aggregated soreness from the entire week?

All I know is I have one more day in this first week, then I'm off Sunday. And I'm gonna relax - HARD. Don't nobody call me, text me or ask me for shit - 'cause it ain't gettin' done. I'm just gonna sit back, relax and sleep (with a few breaks to eat, work on my novel and web series and cheer the Houston Texans on to their first playoff victory - GO TEXANS!).

But first I gotta eat.

Damn, I could really go for a cheeseburger right now...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

P90, Day 4

Shammed my ass through the workout today. The mind was willing, but the body... not so much. I made it though, but it's nothing to write home about. At least I kept moving and didn't give in to the temptation to turn the video off halfway and say "at least I did some of it."

Yay for small victories.

And to think, this is a six-day-a-week program. (Sigh...) I know things will get better. They have to. I'm just going to keep pushing forward and let my will lead the way - even if my bastard-ass body says otherwise.

Two more days. Just two more long, agonizing days and I can take a day off. It can't come fast enough and it won't last long enough. Whoever coined the phrase "no pain, no gain" was definitely onto something...

But for right now, they can go suck it. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

P90, Day 3

So far, so good...

We did the sculpting routine again today. I did a bit better this time - especially given the fact that I was pretty damn tired from the job as well as the previous two workouts. But progress is progress and I'll take it. An old friend of mine joked that I wasn't going to be able to move later this week. While I won't argue with that possibility, I'm not there yet, so for now I'm gonna keep kicking - which is actually part of tomorrow's routine.

Joy.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

P90, Day 2

We did the Level 1-2 cardio abs workout today, And it kicked my ass from the start. I thought I was just a little sore from yesterday, but wrong answer! I couldn't even do all of the power yoga - and that was at the start of the workout. My disdain for cardio only deepened today, but it's due to the fact that I sucked so badly at it. Shaundra warned me the workout was no punk. That was an understatement.

Things can only go up from here. Tomorrow brings another round of sculpting with weights. Much more my element, but with the mounting soreness from yesterday and today (which, I might add, is worse), I don't expect a banner day. At this point, it's just about making it through...

Monday, January 2, 2012

A New Journey: P90, Day 1

A new year. New resolutions. For some, anyway...

I've been working out for a while in a bid to put on muscle and lose fat. I wouldn't call myself a muscle head - far from it, actually - but I've been living something of a bodybuilder's lifestyle. Or at least attempting to. I've had some success; one look at me and it's obvious I've passed the weight rack a few times, and I even had a co-worker ask if I trained because I walked like a fighter. But that same glance made it painfully clear that I indulged in too much of the wrong kinds of food as well, as evidenced by my weight this morning of 257 pounds (I''m 5'9").

Having tried fruitlessly to lose weight through dieting (I just figured out I'm an endomorph, to whom carbs are truly an enemy - and which I've been eating plenty of), Shaundra suggested I join her in a round of Power 90 she planned to start at the beginning of the year in her own next-gen attempt to slim down. No, not the nice, shiny P90X or even the hot-off-the-presses P90X2. The original, over-a-decade-old program, which we have on (gasp!) VHS. I was reluctant at first - I know weights and I'm comfortable with them, but workout videos and I have never gotten along. Plus I didn't want to "waste time' on something that wasn't going to help me bulk my muscles up. But three things changed my mind: the chance to workout with my girl, the fact that nothing else I had tried for fat loss worked and, frankly the fact that I was TOTALLY and COMPLETELY wrong about what P90 could do for my physique. (I mean, have you seen the size of some of the guys who've used the program?)

Shaundra's plan was to start with the original program, and work our way up to the more advanced ones. Sounded great to me. So today was our first day - several sculpting routines using weights. Not the amount of iron I'm used to working with, but perfect given the number of sets and reps. I was confident I'd do fine, but common sense told me not to underestimate the routine.

And I'm glad I didn't.

I usually get sore the morning after a workout. But today I was sore immediately after it. It wasn't too bad at first, but it quickly progressed. It's not the worst I've been - far from it - but it makes me realize I wasn't in the shape I thought I was muscle-wise and that this will be anything but a cakewalk. And to think, this isn't even P90X.

Tomorrow is cardio abs. I'm not a lover of cardio. At all. And I hate running. Needless to say I'm not looking to it. But if in the next 90 days I'm able to transform myself into the lean, ripped machine I've always wanted to be, then it will all be worth it.

Let's just hope I live long enough to see it. ;)