Day 2 – it continues

So I did my day two workout which consisted of squats, pushups, burpees, X jumps, jumping jacks, and lunges.  I did that one after the other for 10 minutes without stopping.

Wow.  That wasted me.  I was sweating profusely the whole time.  Hoping that this will burn off the excess fat.  Day 3 is kettlebells, hope it shows up this week 🙂

Day 1 Lets start this over

I didn’t like working out, but I did like the way it made me feel.  Yeah, I was sore, and I sweat a lot, but that’s okay.  I felt like I was accomplishing something, if only just doing something on a regular basis.  A good friend of mine has been doing a lot of research and work into paleo, fitness, body chemistry, and other things I can’t even begin to understand.  I want to learn more, but I learn better by doing, so I asked him to help me plan a work out.

I’ll be doing it for a month, three days a week, and the nice thing about it is it’s not long periods of time.  Workout 1 is sprinting.  There’s a cul de sac in our complex that I walk half way around, sprint the other half, then rest for 30 seconds.  Did that 8 times tonight, and I feel pretty good.  The key is not to punish myself or workout until I puke.

Workout 2 is sets of exercises.  I have a big list, and I am going to choose 10 from it and just do circuits one after the other until my time is up, I think it’s 10 minutes.  Sit ups, burpees, squats, etc.

Workout 3 is kettlebell.  Looking forward to that, because that’s strength training and I want to work on my shoulders especially because they’re giving me issues and after getting the all clear from my doctor, I’m interested to see what I can do.

For me, I tend to bounce around from thing to thing and I didn’t want to stop P90x, but I really thought that I was doing damage to my knees and ankles so I needed to stop.  I’ll keep posting here and keep track.

The one thing that I have learned is that it all starts with what you put in your mouth.  Think before you eat, and if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it 🙂

P90X-Day….ahhh crap.


Yeah, I’m going to have to stop.  Did 16 days in a row, and I can’t continue, at least right now.  My shoulder is popping audibly, and I can’t put all of my weight down on my right ankle.  The thing that pisses me off is I twisted my ankle running for the train this morning.  My knee is giving me sharp pain when I go down stairs as well.  The impact from the jumping and the strain from the pullups and pushups really did me in.  As much as it was helping, I can feel myself breaking down.

Does this mean I’m stopping?  No.  HELL NO!  I have to admit I do like the feeling I was getting during the workouts, and I did like the results.  I am going to do the  yoga dvd when I have some time, maybe on the weekends, and I’m going to continue with the AB ripper several times a week.

Things I learned from P90X

  • Tony Horton is kinda corny at times, but he’s inspirational.
  • I’m not meant for high impact stuff right now.  I spent too long sedentary to jump back in this intensely.  Plus I’m carrying around a lot of extra…well less now.
  • The biggest challenge was time.  It’s LONG and I was not able to sleep because I was keyed up from the workout so I was losing sleep too.
  • I recommend trying out stuff you can find on youtube for a week and see what you think

I am getting home at 7:30 at the earliest and sometimes finishing up my workouts at 11pm.  I’m WAY too keyed up to go to sleep, so I’m losing out on solid sleep.  I’ve been talking with my friend J a lot and he had recommended something less impact related, but I’m someone who needs to find stuff out on his own.  I knew he was right because he’s a lot more knowledgeable, but truthfully, I was really working the P90 stuff, but again, it was taking a LONG time and I wasn’t getting enough sleep.

So I’m sitting down on Thursday with him and we’re going to create a workout that is designed to burn fat in a different way, and hopefully I’ll be able to share the results.  I’m not giving up, and I’m not quitting, I’m being realistic and I’m finding a healthy alternative.  I found my way through the food, I can find a way through the exercise.

Not giving in or giving up.  Just adjusting. 🙂


Wow, okay, so I have been doing this for two weeks now.  Here’s what I have learned…

  • Doing something is better than nothing
  • Tony Horton is kinda corny, but he’s effective
  • I’m getting better at ignoring the clock and paying attention to what I’m doing at that moment
  • I am good at kenpo 🙂
  • Yoga is my nemesis
  • I’ve done something for two weeks
  • several people have told me that my updates are inspiring them to do their own
  • I’ve definitely realized that while this is really cool, it’s not a permanent thing and I have to have something in place for when I get to day 90
  • I feel physically really good at this moment
    • emotionally too!
  • I’m not as scared about Tough Mudder in October than I was before – thanks Randy!

I’m really looking forward to a long weekend for the 4th, and then we leave for Lake George on the 13th for a week.  Thank goodness for my parents!  I’m going to take a sailing class this time 🙂

P90x-Day 12 & 13

We had dinner last night with friends, she’s an amazing cook.  All chinese food, but really excellent, not greasy.  Ate about a pound of spagetti squash and some really good walnut and shrimp with fish and some greens….wow, getting hungry again.

Anyway, we were out really late and I couldn’t work out after eating the ton I ate, so I’m adding it onto the end of the workout as I’ve been instructed.  Got up this morning and did my normal Kenpo workout and I have to say, I was on for the whole thing.  I even did a lot of the jumping jacks and other stuff that the people on the dvd do during the breaks.  If I could only do that during the yoga dvd, it’d be awesome.

Going to do some studying this afternoon, plus I think I might have found a really good problem to work on to help studying.  I’m going to try to get my hands on baseball data and build a small datawarehouse out of that to see what I can come up with 🙂


Yoga.  Thou art the bane of my existence!  Actually I liked it a lot more last night than I did last week.  I wasn’t cooking and worrying about testing stuff for work, so it went better.

Still only did 50 out of the 90 minutes, but I made progress.  I’m definitely finding that i’m a lot tighter in my core than I’d like to be in the sense that turning and twisting and holding poses in Yoga is rough.  I think I sweat more last night during yoga than I do during the plyometrics, or as Gillian puts it, the bunny workout.

I lost my workout partner now that school is over.  I’m hoping he continues with me as much as possible, but it’s the summer, and there are so many things to do.  I’m going to keep to my routine and try to increase my flexibility and strength.  I’m looking forward to tonight, can’t even remember what I’m going to be doing, but Saturday is Kenpo, which I really like.  Sunday I might try to tackle the stretching dvd as was advised by a friend doing the same program, but he’s at day 59 or so.


I have to say I’m impressed with our progress.  No, I’m not cut like Brad Pitt, but I do feel better, I can do more pushups and situps and last night’s Shoulders and Arms workout didn’t make me want to jump off a cliff.  There’s a lot to be said about sticking with something.  My triceps are really starting to pop out, so that’s kinda cool.

Up to this point, doing the workout has been more of a chore than anything else.  Something I feel like I have to do, but it’s still good.  I’m enjoying the results, and for the first time, I felt like I was getting somewhere.  Last night not only did I push myself a lot harder than I usually do, but I also found myself looking forward to Saturday’s Kenpo workout.  I’m not sure I’ll get to the point where I enjoy it, but I have made the mental shift to enjoy how it’s making me feel and look, so I think that’ll do for now.  Work for it, and you’ll get the benefits.

I want to add, none of this would be possible if I wasn’t eating properly.  I am finding that once I get started, I am really getting into it.  There was a point last night that I did ignore the clock, just went away for a while and just copied what they were doing.  Before I knew it, I was half done.  I had been watching the clock like a hawk, which I think made things a little harder.

Tonight is Yoga, and at 90 minutes, I have to say I’m not looking forward to it.  I am going to try to spend the rest of the day ignoring the duration and concentrate on how it’s going to help my core.  Oye.


Today was rough.  I was still pretty sore from yesterday, and I wasn’t really feeling it when I got home.  On top of that, Aidan had marching band practice – last one before camp in August – and I knew he wouldn’t be able to do both, so it was plyometrics for me, by myself.

I did it. 🙂  Whole thing start to finish.

That has to be the hardest one because it’s really true when they say it’s jump training.  All you’re doing is jumping around like a freakin rabbit the whole time.  At one point I had to pause it to put my sneakers on.  For one of the drills, it’s pretty bad on the ankles, but once I put my sneakers on, I was good to go.

Anyway, I did it, so I’m really happy that I got through it, but I’m really hoping that I don’t have to do too many without my training buddy 🙂

If anyone is thinking of doing it, he repeatedly says, Do your best and forget the rest, and it really is good.  Don’t worry about what you can’t do, just try to do as much and as intense as possible.  Quality is always better than quantity – it’s better to do 5 deep squats than 10 messy ones.


Yes sports fans, I am continuing on my quest to NOT get my ass handed to me when I attempt Tough Mudder in October.  Today was Chest and Back, and this time we did AB Ripper along with it.  The first part was 53 minutes with Ripper being 15.

Dude, the 15 minutes of Ab workout was 10x harder.  Ugh, talk about my kryptonite.  Aidan and I pushed through both workouts, and I can safely say that I would not be able to do this without him.  I killed the Chest and Back workout when it went into the cooldown and turned on AB Ripper before we could think about it too much.  My lower back has always given me issues, and last night was no exception.  I’m hoping that after a few more times, I’ll be able to keep up, but for now, I’m just going to do as well as I can, and push for quantity without losing on quality.  I’d much rather do 10 of something well, than 25 of something sloppy.

Still using the resistance bands from rehab on my shoulder and elbows, the new more difficult bands should be coming today.

Tonight is plyometrics, and I’m a bit nervous, but gonna do it anyway.  Aidan has marching band practice on Wednesday night, so he’s going to skip Yoga.  Trust me, his workout will probably be harder 🙂  They work those kids like you wouldn’t believe.

It’s 7:12am, I’m on my way to work, and I think I might write a little bit today.  Lets see what happens.


Is a rest day.  Wow man, I cannot BELIEVE we made it through a week of this thing.  It’s not impossible, but it is really rough at times.  Totally worth doing, and really satisfying knowing you’re done for the day, or in case of yesterday for the week.

7 days in, I definitely want more.  Aidan’s is even starting to get ripped a little.  He’s got a 2 pack instead of a 6 pack, but he’s firming up quickly which he’s thrilled with.  Looking back, I hated/loved plyo, AB Ripper is ridiculous, but totally necessary, and Kenpo was a good workout that flew by.  I’m hoping that now we’re through one turn, this week will be smoother because we’ll know what to expect and we can concentrate on more intensity and pushing harder instead of just getting through.  Need to try to write stuff down now as well so we can track things.

Had dinner at my b-i-l’s house on sunday, was nice to hang out and just eat good food.  He’s a wonderful cook.  Stayed paleo the whole time, except for my wife’s banana muffins.  He’d made ceviche, which was unbelievable.  Have to learn how to make that, I could munch that stuff down for hours.