Friday, July 15, 2016

Hating weight loss and looking forward to P90X3

Sigh. Weight loss is such a terrible process. Today's goal was 180.3, and I'm so so close to the 170s. So, yesterday I clocked in, and to my amazement it was 179.8. YES!!! Granted, that's an unofficial weight, because the goal was for Friday, but hey, awesome. So I worked extra hard during this morning's workout, kept the diet clean minus going to a restaurant (where I did actually still stay clean) and I stepped on the scale this morning. And what did I find?....

181.2. DAMN!!!

So, ya, no official 170s for me this week. Just gotta keep on trucking along.

So on that note, I'm really looking forward to starting P90X3 tomorrow. It's a very different program from Shaun T's stuff, I like Tony a lot, and just mixing it up in general sounds exciting. Six months of Insanity and weight lifting is tough. And I'm really hoping this will be a shock to my system and my belly continues to shrink. Man I hate this belly!

Alright, not much to say, but I wanted to check in anyways. Looking forward to the next step in the journey.

Bring it!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mixing it up starting this weekend

I've decided to mix it up a bit. I'm burnt out on my workouts, at least the cardio, so I have a change in mind. We'll get to that. First, let's recap.

Since we last spoke, I got in an excellent lifting workout on Saturday and a decent upper body workout on Monday. Only upper body because baby wasn't feeling well and we had an early doctor appointment. It happens. Sunday I did a short cardio session, Cardio 2 from 22 Minute Hard Corps, but just wasn't feeling it. Not sure why. Tuesday (yesterday) I got through 5 rounds of Bas Rutten's 3 Minute Round Kickboxing workout. And this morning I was running a little behind schedule and opted for Fast & Furious from Insanity. Good times.

As for weight, I missed my 181.7 on Monday by a lot....I cheated over the weekend. It's summer, it's harder. And I had an awesome date nightwith my wife on Sunday, so it was worth it. But ya, Monday I clocked in at 184.0, making today's goal 183.5. Not good. Fortunately I've been clean since, and I weighed in today at 180.8. Lowest I've been ever! Awesome! New goal for Friday, 180.3.


Alright, so, mixing it up, what's that mean? Well, I love lifting, and what I've been doing weight lifting wise has been excellent. I mentioned before, legs are lagging in both time and interest, and I was originally planning on doing some sort of upper/lower split (the one I mapped out is excellent, but I want to put that on hold for the moment) but I think I need something more. I also am tired of Insanity. I love it, Max:30 is awesome, but my body is sore after 6 months of this, and my interest is waning. On top of that, I'm on my third program in a row that's handmade, and the fourth that's Insanity-cardio focused, and it's just losing it for me I need a real challenge (real as in mapped out, not real as in hard) and I think I know what that is. Starting Saturday, I'm diving into P90X3.

So, the changes that come with this. First off, P90X3 is 30 minutes a day, so no change there. That's actually what I started out the year doing. This will be 13 weeks, so a little different from the 8 week plans I've been doing. I'm going to take progress pics, then, at the end of weeks 4 (end of my current 8 week cycle) and week 13 (one week after the end of my next 8 week cycle, so still close). Should be good.

Now, like I said, I love the lifting, especially the upper body stuff. I really want to increase my upper body size, so on top of P90X3, I'm also going to do some heavy lifting sessions. Shorter than what I'm doing now (since I'll also have upper body work in P90X3), but still in there. Not legs though. I'm going to use P90X3 to get stronger in my legs first, and come October when I finish the program and look to get back into that upper/lower split, I'll really hit legs hard there. Maybe I'll add in some leg accessory work somewhere in this program, but not right away. So, 3x per week upper body lifting, plus P90X3. Should be fun.

I've also made a few minor modifications to the schedule so it fits better with my Saturday through Friday week. Nothing major.

So, that's the plan. Why P90X3? Well, Tony's my favorite trainer, by far, and I also love the P90X series. It's where this blog started.

Alright, 90 days starting Saturday. I'll finish this week as normal, and then bail on the current program and get started with P90X3. Let's do this!!!

Bring it!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Closing out week 3

Three weeks are complete in my new program. I didn't get to update you yesterday, so let's catch up!

Thursday I woke up early and hit it hard in the gym! Weights were lifted, and I got to hit everything. Even hamstrings! Overall it was a great workout!

After that, I clocked in on the scale. Remember, I'm shooting for 182.1 on Friday (today, but this was yesterday), so this was an unofficial weigh in. And the scale reported back with 181.8. Boom, in excellent shape (or so I thought...yay foreshadowing). Kept the diet clean yesterday too, and that was that.

This morning I got up early, had a baby asleep on me for a few minutes, and then finally hit Play on Max Out Cardio from Max:30. Overall, I actually felt really good with this one. But, of the 30 minute workout, I only got about 15 in. There was a diaper that needed to be changed halfway through, and at the 6 minutes left mark, I saw it was already later than I needed it to be to be done and still make it to work on time, so I called it quits. Hey, it happens.

I stepped on the scale after that, and clocked in at....


DAMN! Yup, I overshot the goal by .1, and I put on .4 from yesterday. Sigh, such is life. Hey, the number still went down and I'm not in the 183s anymore, so, progress. Hopefully I can get to those high 170s next week. I hope I hope I hope.....

So, Monday's goal is now 181.7. Gonna keep it clean all weekend and try to sneak in a few extra cardio sessions. I really want this, but it's up to effort to get there. Yay motivational stuff, right?

Tomorrow is another heavy lifting day, and I'm ready for it. Man, do I love lifting! Then Sunday is an Insanity Month 2 workout, I forget which. I'll let you know.

Final thoughts: I think I've figured out the schedule for my next program. Rather than doing just upper/lower six days in a row, out of fear of not recovering enough, I'm going to do Upper (Saturday), Lower (Sunday), Upper (Monday), Recovery/Cardio (Tuesday), Lower (Wednesday), Upper (Thursday), Recovery/Cardio (Friday). This is basically an upper/lower, but aside from those three days in the beginning, I never lift more than two days in a row without a recovery day. I'm also going to try to sneak in some extra cardio on leg days, probably plyo stuff to get the cardio and extra burn in the legs. Most importantly, this keeps me lifting upper body three times per week, which I absolutely love and it works better for my schedule. And I'm not ignoring my legs, especially at 2x per week, plus cardio days.

So, that's the plan, and I can modify most of it to be under 45 minutes per day, which is great. Upper body sessions might be a bit longer, but overall this keeps me back on the original plan of 30 minutes a day pretty close.

Alright, that's my story. Big big big UFC fight this weekend, I'm absolutely pumped for UFC 200. Let's do this!

Bring it!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Back from vacation and feeling good

Well, vacation is over, and so are my "I'm taking it easy" days. Let's recap.

Since we last spoke, I had a kickass weight workout Friday morning. Then went to work, got the usual lunchtime walk in, and then the family left for vacation. And vacation included bad for me food! And lots of carbs! It was awesome! I had a pizza the first night and a dessert pizza, and soda on the way up. Not even diet soda, which I'd been binging lately - actual soda! It was great!

Saturday we saw family, ate more unhealthy food (chips, cheeze-its, and even a corned beef hash benedict!) and saw drum corps live. Super awesome! Then that night we got a ton of awesome food from Domino's and ate it back in the room. Also killed a package of Oreos.

Sunday we went into the city, saw more family, walked a few blocks and ate all kinds of breakfast carbs. Again, awesome. Then we drove home and I finished the cheeze-its and drank a bunch of diet soda. Amazing family weekend getaway.

Monday I was still off work, Fourth of July and all. I kept it clean food wise and worked my ass off in the gym again with weights. Side note: we didn't work out on vacation. We talked about it, we tried to, baby wasn't having it and then we just said it wasn't worth it.

Anyways, back to the story. Monday I was super clean, and then we went to the folks' house, and clean went out the window. More chips, M&Ms, and even some amazing golden graham smores that were outstanding (special shout out to my amazing baker of a wife for these!).

So what was the point of all these unhealthy meals? To reset my body! If you've read this blog for a while, you've seen that I stall on the weight loss every 5 to 10 lbs. Going on a binge like this seems to kick start me into weight loss gear again.

So, how's that working out for me? Well, when I left for vacation I was in the high 183s (I forget the actual number, pretty sure it was 183.6). When I got home I was 185.4. Cool, put on 2 lbs, and that made today's goal 184.9.

Yesterday, first day officially back on, I kept it super clean. I tried to fast a little just for the cleanse, but had to get a little food in me. Had a sweet potato quiche slice for breakfast (meal prepped the big one for the week) and a small portion of tuna pasta for lunch. Dinner was chicken and corn. Overall, great day health wise. I also got a workout in, Cardio 3 from 22 Minute Hard Corps (which kicked my ass, wow!).

This morning I got one more workout in, a measly attempt at Cardio Challenge from Max:30 (which went ok, not excellent, my legs are killing me still from Monday's weight lifting workout). I sweated, so that was good.

Anyways, after all that, I stepped on the scale this morning. Again, I've been stuck at 183, and had a goal today thanks to vacation of 184.9. Well, I clocked in at 182.6!! Boom, lowest I've been! Good job diet reset!

So now the trick is to keep it up, until I plateau again. Soda's gone, cheat meals are gone for a few weeks, and I want to see what I can pull off! Heading down to 170, let's do this!

Final thoughts: the more I do on lifting, the more I realize leg-based cardio is going to be difficult. Also doing legs in general is difficult timing wise. I'm looking into some alternatives for my future program, like doing some upper/lower splits and a little less cardio. More info on that to come.

Ok, that's all I've got. Let's get into the 170s people!

Bring it!