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I'm one of those people that needs to workout. Unfortunately, I'm also one of those people that gets lazy and doesn't want to do anything. Woe is me - I am my own worst enemy when it comes to working out.

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WorkoutThis is a calendar tracking my workouts for the month. Green circles are when I did a workout, red circles connect the goal of working out at least 5 days per week.

GOAL #1: Start doing P90 workouts for 2 weeks straight.

GOAL #2: Start a loading cycle of creatine on 11/10 11/17. This includes bulk workouts using weights that are heavy enough that I can only do 5 reps max.

GOAL #3: P90X workouts for 3 weeks straight. Ends on 11/15.

 

 

01 DEC 2017 - The left knee has been very tender since working out on Tuesday. I went heavy (70lbs) on the balance lunges and think I'm paying a price. Today was barely 15 mins of Chest and Back followed by 5 mins of Ab Ripper X. Not good...

28 NOV 2017 - 20 minutes of Legs and Back, and half of Ab Ripper X. Left knee is struggling so I could finish the super skater lunges.

27 NOV 2017 - Light session of Yoga X this morning. It's been 3 days of heavy workouts and this was a good day to just focus on stretching.

26 NOV 2017 - Shoulders and Arms, the whole workout (not the bonus round) and then all of Ab Ripper X. Very nice workout, and as usual I was wiped out afterward.

25 NOV 2017 - P90X Plyometrics... did the first 2-1/2 sections. Felt real strong at the beginning but was very wiped out by the end.

24 NOV 2017 - Wow... never have I been this wiped out after an upper body workout. I was totally destroyed.

Today I started a loading phase of creatine, and also started my 6th week of P90X. The beginning of my week is Chest and Back (push and pull city). And if you're loading creatine you want to lift heavy - so I maxed out on round 1 and barely made it to the first few exercises of round 2 before I was finished.

I gathered myself after 10 minutes and started in on Ab Ripper X, got halfway thru that and was done. Wasted. Felt like I was going to throw up. Struggled to put things away, swallowed my protein drink, then lay down for 30 minutes.

Felt pretty good after that, but wow - maybe I got trashed after a massive leg workout, but never on an upper body... that was pretty insane.

23 NOV 2017 - Did half the P90 Sweat A workout with Sunshine, then the full P90X Kenpo X workout. I don't have to dash out the door today so could spend some extra time exercising. Sweet!

22 NOV 2017 - 25 minutes of Core Synergistics. Having trouble with motivation during recovery week... got up a little late and had to scramble to make things happen, but at least I did something.

20 NOV 2017 - Yoga, 20 minutes... mostly stretching that is not easy in the morning, but really good in the long run. Still in the middle of recovery week so I'm not pushing it by any means.

19 NOV 2017 - Core Synergistics, the full video. Good workout, but after finishing it I'm reminded that there's still quite a ways to go before I can consider myself in shape.

18 NOV 2017 -  This upcoming week is known as "recovery week". Every 4th week it's good to back off and take it easy, allowing your body to recover from the daily stress. This morning, even though it was a Saturday, was interrupted with so things that needed to be taken care of at work. All that to say that after taking care of work along with laundry and shopping that happen on Saturdays, I ran out of time and motivation. So both Sunshine and I did the 10 minute warm up of Core Synergistics and that was it.

But at least it was something.

17 NOV 2017 - Didn't rest yesterday so today was my day off.

16 NOV 2017 - Supposed to be my day off but I'm going into work early tomorrow and won't have time for a workout... unless I get up at 4am. Not gonna happen.

P90X Chest and Back today, plus Ab Ripper X. 40 minutes of extreme workout - very good...

Oh, and I'm one day early for goal #2 and I achieved goal #3. Time to set a new goal!

15 NOV 2017 - Kenpo X today... felt alright. I was working late last night and didn't want to get up this morning, but pushed thru it to at least get in a 20 minute workout. Kenpo X also has a lot of stretching at the beginning, which is good - but it can take away from the real workout if you're pressed for time. But still, I got in a workout and that's a good way to start the day.

14 NOV 2017 - Phenomenal workout... feeling stronger and pushed it today - I have not sweat like this in a long time. Did half of P90X Chest and Back, and half Ab Ripper X. Sweet!

13 NOV 2017 - P90X Yoga today... a full 15 minutes, I got into the warrior poses. That doesn't sound like much but I did 10 minutes of stretching before starting, so the whole workout was a good 25 minutes. Mondays and Yoga mean stretching for me, and my calves were really tight so today was good.

12 NOV 2017 - Sunshine wanted to workout today, so we did P90 Sculpt A and Ab Ripper A. Good workout... I thought I would do a little Shoulders and Arms afterward, but we got a late start at 3:30p and I had zilch for motivation. Tomorrow is another day.

11 NOV 2017 - P90X Plyometrics baby! At 6:15 on a Saturday morning... woo hoo! Actually the cleaning lady will be here at 9:00a and I will have zero motivation to workout in the afternoon.

Did the first 2 sections of Plyometrics, which is a tough tough workout. Felt strong, recovery rate is way down, and looking forward to 2-1/2 sections next week. The biggest challenge was trying to be quiet with all that jumping since everyone was still sleeping.

 Woo hoo!!

10 NOV 2017 - Half of Chest and Back and half of Ab Ripper X. I need to keep reminding myself to go easy... but I think that's a good thing. 

08 NOV 2017 - Did half of Kenpo X. Felt strong at the beginning, but wore down by the end... would have been wrecked if I did the whole thing. Tomorrow I rest.

07 NOV 2017 - About half of Legs and Back today, and half of Ab Ripper X. Everything felt good, but I'm sticking with my plan of going easy until the 17th.

06 NOV 2017 - 20 minutes of P90X Yoga today. Monday is a semi-rest day, with a focus on stretching. I put on the yoga video and try to stretch sore muscles. This morning was a little tough since it was 59° in the house this morning... no, we have't turned the heater on this winter yet.

05 NOV 2017 - Sunshine and I did 10 minutes of P90 Sculpt A then half the Ab Ripper X. I followed that with 3 of the 5 sections of P90X Shoulders and Arms along with the rest of Ab Ripper X.

In the pain and soreness department, everything seems to be going well. I'm becoming much more devoted to the foam roller, especially after a leg workout. But still, I think I'm going a little too fast in progressions and decided to change the date of goal #2 to 11/17. Better to be safe than sorry...

04 NOV 2017 - What a workout... did all of P90 Sweat A and Ab Ripper A with Sunshine (she rocked it), then the 1-1/2 sections of P90X Plyometrics. Yeah BABY!! We haven't sweat like this in long, long time.

03 NOV 2017 - Half of the Chest and Back routine, plus half of Ab Ripper X. Late for work... Happy Friday!

01 NOV 2017 - Kenpo X today. This is a martial arts workout with a lot  of punching and kicking. Aside from the significant stretching beforehand, I was able to do about 25 minutes of this video - still going at a light pace and feeling pretty good. Gotta stay motivated...

31 OCT 2017 - P90X Legs and Back today along with Ab Ripper X. Again, trying to take it easy and not do too much too soon. But it felt good today, especially with the new knee braces. I'm curious to see how tender my knees are today. Woo hoo!

30 OCT 2017 - Did about 30 minutes of P90X Yoga this morning. Mostly stretching because I needed it so bad... I keep forgetting that I'm supposed to be doing light P90X workouts, and the result is a lot of soreness. The knees are already tender and must be handled very carefully.

29 OCT 2017 - We did the P90X Shoulders and Arms warm up, then all of the P90 Sculpt, and I finished with the first section of P90X Shoulders and Arms. Need to keep reminding myself that I'm supposed to be going light, avoiding an injury from doing too much too soon.

28 OCT 2017 - Sunshine and I did half P90 Sweat A, the whole Ab Ripper A, and I finished with the 20 minutes of P90X Plyometrics.

Plyometrics has 6 sections and I did the warm up and the first section (jump squats, run stance squats, airborne Heisman, and swing kicks - cycle thru 2 times). Hope to be able to make it thru all 6 sections, but will take some time to build up muscles and endurance as well as keeping my knees from getting injured. That will be a lot of jumping and squatting...

Plyometrics is, for me, the hardest workout. In the past I would be in the middle of the workout and get lightheaded, needing to stop for a few moments to catch my breath. After completing the workout I would be literally wiped out the rest of the day, having very little energy to do anything.

So this will be a challenge... woo hoo!

ALSO... I'm looking at creatine. From what I've read the best use is to have a loading cycle followed by a maintenance cycle. Loading is 25 grams (5 teaspoons) a day for a week. Maintenance is 1 gram (1 teaspoon) each day. And it doesn't do any good unless you're lifting a weight that you cannot do more than 6 reps with... in other words, light lifting of 12-15 reps doesn't utilize creatine. You'd be wasting your money on the stuff.

After 2 weeks of P90X I might be ready for creatine.

27 OCT 2017 - P90X Chest and Back baby... woo hoo! Now I'm starting out so everything I did was very light, and because I have to drive off to work in a little bit I only did half the workout. But it's P90X, and that's a good thing.

And I matched my previous high of 13 straight workouts!

26 OCT 2017 - On the 7th day God rested. And so did Terry, because Thursdays are his day to rest from the weekly workout program.

25 OCT 2017 - Did the full P90 Sculpt A workout. Slept pretty good also, only woke up one but didn't look at the phone, and fell asleep within 15-20 minutes... not bad.

Okay - I take Thursdays off, so my next workout will be Friday. This is also when I reach my goal of starting P90X. The first workout is Chest and Back, a combination of pushups and pullups and other upper body exercises. Woo Hoo!

24 OCT 2017 - Dodged a bullet... when I got up this morning I had zero motivation and so didn't do a workout. But on the way home I was feeling lousy from work and decided some exercise would be a great way to blow off some frustration. Sunshine and I did half the P90 Sculpt A workout, followed by Ab Ripper A, which kept the streak alive. Normally we have no energy to do anything after getting home from work, but today we did it. Sweet...

23 OCT 2017 - Kind of flaked out today, only did 10 minutes of P90X Yoga. Stretching is really all I'm looking for with yoga and it's Monday, so my motivation wasn't exactly where it should have been. But at least I showed up.

22 OCT 2017 - Even though it's Sunday, we did the Saturday Special. A good workout that finishes with Crescent/Crunch, one of my favorite exercises that blends a yoga Crescent pose with a balance move. The balance move is where you stand on one leg while pulling the opposite knee up to sort of a crunch position, holding the shin or bottom of your foot. Sunshine did the whole workout, and the streak is now up to 8 days in a row - WOO HOO!

21 OCT 2017 - Did the whole P90 Sweat, including both sets of Sprawls, and the Ab Ripper A. Again, getting stronger... I think I'm over the injury risk now and the biggest obstacle will be staying motivated... just need to keep showing up. Oh, and since it's Saturday, Sunshine joined me for half the workout also - good job Baby!!

20 OCT 2017 - Back at it after resting on Thursday. P90 Sculpt today along with Ab Ripper A. Felt good... just gotta keep showing up. Oh, and I made my 5 day goal for this week also - woo hoo!!

18 OCT 2017 - P90 Sweat today... had to fight to keep focused but got thru the whole workout. Again, I'm noticing an increase in strength. And yesterday was the first day at work without experiencing any stiffness in the back. This is what I was aiming for...

17 OCT 2017 - Still at it. Did the whole P90 Sculpt today and Abs even though it's Tuesday and I don't have a lot of time to cool down (need to get ready for work in less than 5 minutes). Nice to get that out of the way - feeling stronger too.

16 OCT 2017 - Did yoga today... needed to stretch and also give muscles that haven't been used to working out a rest.

15 OCT 2017 - Did the full P90 Sweat A today with Sunshine. Felt pretty good for being the 3rd day this cycle. We even did Ab Ripper A afterward - gotta stay with it.

14 OCT 2017 - I've been very sporadic with working out... not a good thing. Right now I'm in a pattern where I workout for a week, then take a week or two off. Not good.

So I'm trying to find motivation to stick with it. That's part of the reason I'm publishing my results, hoping that by making it public I'll have more motivation.

 

 

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