Tuesday, April 19, 2011



I've fallen.  Can you help me get back up? 

For two-and-a-half weeks I have barely exercised at all.  I got off my schedule and was never able to get back on.  Family activities has a lot to do with it for sure.  I opted to take the kids fishing one day instead of working out.  Little League and the kids martial arts also plays a part.  I rush home from work in order to get the kids to where they need to be.  I never eat dinner before 7pm, and by 8 I have no desire to workout.

@The_Nit tells me I need to schedule it like an appointment.  He's right.  I need to resign myself to the fact that I can't plan anything else between 8 and 9 pm on any night and just make that my workout time. 

Because of a water main break in downtown Harrisburg, the Capitol Complex is closed and we have a day off!  WooHoo!  So, today I did a Spinervals DVD, "Sweating Buckets", to try and get myself back on track.  It was a great day to get restarted.

Hopefully this was just a bump in the road.

Time to reboot...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Day 45: What a Weekend!

Hi Everybody!
I had one heck of a weekend, but now I have to get back on track.
This past winter, my Mom had 5 trees cut down at her house.  As I burn wood all winter to heat my house, she said I could have all of wood from her trees – I just had to split it and stack it.  At least it was cut to length.  Saturday, my wife, two sons, sister, her husband and daughter descended on Mom’s, armed with a hydraulic wood splitter and a wheelbarrow.
It sounds easy with the wood splitter, but let me tell you after seven hours of moving logs – big, heavy, round ones at that – we were all pretty beat by the end of the day.  And we’re not done yet.   We still have at least another days splitting to go.  I’m guessing we split and stacked two-and-a-half cords on Saturday.
And Sunday….well, I was as sore as any day I’ve had from P90X.  Let me tell you, if you ever want a whole-body workout, I completely, 100% endorse the splitting and stacking of wood.  Legs, glutes, core, arms, chest, shoulders and back all were put to the test. 
But I must say that I wasn’t as sore as the rest of my family that doesn’t participate in P90X.  I was able to move and get a significant amount of work done in my yard yesterday.   Also, P90X definitely helped when it came to moving some of those bigger rounds.
So now it’s time to get back on track.  Either tonight or tomorrow morning I’ll do Biceps and Back, then yoga tomorrow night. 
But one thing is certain, I’m counting Saturday as my Chest, Shoulders and Triceps workout!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 40: Marked Improvement

Wow!  What a week it has been.  I think I’m really knocking it out of the park. 

I’m seeing some great strides in my push-ups, pull-ups and arm and shoulder exercises….but especially the pull-ups.  I’ve jumped about 3-4 reps per exercise, and I can really feel my back getting stronger.  

Biceps and Back on Monday went very well, and I didn’t experience any soreness, yesterday or today, in my arms or elbows.  I also used a 5lb heavier dumbbell for almost all of those exercises.

I did miss yesterday’s Yoga X exercise due to some unforeseen circumstances, but I’ve made up for it with two added cardio sessions.  I ran three miles on Monday and rode my bike for an hour today.  I’m also going to try and run on Friday as well.  I may substitute Yoga X for Kenpo tomorrow.

My goal in the upcoming weeks is to add a cardio workout (biking or running) on each of the resistance training days, and a fourth on Friday (Day 7 of my P90X week).  That fourth cardio workout will be dependent on how I feel, and whether I think I need a rest day.  I always try and listen to my body and not force myself to work out if my body says I shouldn’t. 
Hopefully, the P90X training, along with the cardio training will allow me to compete in not only the 100k Tour de Cure, but also some road and trail runs this summer.  I’ve been asked by a friend to run with him in a 5k mud race, with obstacles, sometime in April.  That sounds fun.  Who cares about the finishing time for an event like that!

Keep on pushing!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 36: Week Six Begins!

OK everybody, I've started week six, and I'm raring to go.

Today was Chest, Shoulders and Triceps.  Got all but three exercises in today before my arms just wouldn't let me do one more repetition.  In fact, I'm having a difficult time holding my arms up to type - 2 hours after completing my workout.

Finally, I've started seeing some progress on the scale.   As you know, I have stopped weighing myself daily and am now only weighing myself on Saturday mornings - the first day of my P90X week.  Today, I am happy to report that I lost 5lbs last week and am down a total of 11lbs since starting this program.

Recently, I've been adding some different things to my workouts.  I am trying to run a couple times per week on my lunch hour - I only made it out once last week, but I'm striving for more this week.  I also want to try and add some biking into the routine.

A friend recently asked me to ride with his team on the Tour de Cure, an event to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.  I did this ride with them three years ago - but that ride was 50k or 31 miles.  This year they want to ride the whole shebang....100k...62miles.  That's a lot of miles on the bike.  So if I'm going to do this, I need to put some serious miles on before the June date.

All this exercise really has me feeling good.  Sore, yes, but pretty good.  My knees have stopped hurting.  My shoulder has stopped hurting.  Everything is falling into place.  And now I'm losing weight to boot.

I'm hopeful that one of these days I'll be lounging on the beach, and a friend will yell from his yacht, "Looking good Pat."  I'll reply, "Feeling good, Louis!"

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 34: 5 Weeks Down

I’ve made it through five weeks of P90X!
While I’m very excited about that, I also realize that there is a long way to go: eight more weeks to 90 days.
I think it has been a success so far.  I haven’t lost as much weight as I would like, but I’m down two pant sizes.  I’m now wearing pants that I have worn in close to 10 years (yes, I still had some hanging in a spare closet – but they’re khakis so do they really go out of style?).  All of my shirts now fit, and some are even getting to be too big.  That’s all really good news.
But I think the best news is that I’ve hooked my Henry on exercising as well.  Every single night he asks if we can go down and exercise.  I’ve talked at length about the trials and tribulations of having Henry “help” me exercise, but if I can get him to WANT to exercise every day, then I’ve done my job. 
Hopefully, I will soon get Ben, 7, on board the workout train.  He’s been seeing me exercise regularly and we’ve all been eating healthier since I’ve started P90X.  He’s noticed, wants to get participate and has even vowed to try cauliflower!
That’s not to say that he, or any of us, is perfect.  He had a meltdown on the way home from martial arts the other night because he’ll, “never be allowed to eat at Burger King again.”  I assured him that wasn’t true; we just won’t go there as often as we have in the past. 
So now my goal is to get the whole family to be more active, instead of leading the sedentary lifestyle we’ve lived in the past.  Let’s get up and get moving!
But that battle is not yet won.  Sometimes the lure of Phineas and Ferb is far too great.
Even I like Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 32: Shavasana

I am the Warrior King!
Not really…
Last night was Yoga X night again.  I think it went really well.  But let me tell you, by the time I got to Warrior 3, I was ready to pass out.  That’s a good workout!
I lucked out last night and was able to do the major portion of the workout without kids in the house.   But then they came home, and Henry, 4, immediately ran down to see what I was doing.  Seeing it was Yoga, his favorite, he ran up to get his shorts – because, obviously, you can’t work out in sweat pants.  Duh.
He made it down to start exercising just as we got to the Seven Yoga Ab Exercises of Death (my term, not Tony’s).  And then we went to Shavasana.  Ahhhh, bliss.   Quiet.   Relaxed.   Quiet…..
“Daddy,” in a whisper.
“It’s really quiet.”
“Yes it is.  We’re relaxing.  Shhhh.”
“Daddy, Why do we have to be quiet?”
“Because we’re trying to relax.  It’s better to do that when you’re quiet.”
And so it went. 
At least he didn’t spill my water.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 31: The Weekend

Sorry about not blogging over the weekend.  It seems more and more that the weekends get shorter and shorter, and busier and busier.  I still managed to get in all my workouts, though some days I didn’t feel like it, but finding the time to blog about it proved difficult.
Saturday was Chest, Shoulders and Triceps.  This is a punishing workout.  I’m not too proud to admit that I didn’t make it the whole way through the routine.  By the time that I got to seated tricep extensions, I couldn’t do one more exercise.  I just couldn’t lift my arms up any longer.   Of course, this comes after a day of fly-fishng – my new hobby. 
My wife says my hobby is really collecting hobbies.  I’ve started a bunch of them, but I get bored quickly and move on to the next one.  I really like fishing though, so hopefully I’ll get a lot of use out of the gear this year.  I caught two fish, and there is no better salesman for fishing than actually catching fish.
Sunday was PlyoX.  I now love this routine.  I got the whole way through it without having to push pause for the first time.  I really felt good afterwards. 
Yesterday was Biceps and Back, and boy do my arms hurt today.  Extending my arms all the way feels like my biceps are going to pull completely out through the inside of my elbows.  Of course, afterwards I asked my wife if she had bought her tickets yet….to the GUN SHOW!  Boom!  Pow! Firepower!
Half way through my fifth week, I’m starting to really see results, especially in my arms and shoulders.  My waist size has dropped pretty dramatically.  Four weeks ago, I had three holes left on my belt.  Today I have none.  New pants and belts may be on the shopping list before too long. 
Tonight is YogaX and I’m ready to go!
Do your best!