P90 – Day One

Not going to lie… today was rough!  I am doing the Cardio track for P90, and I actually think the initial workout is less than the older Power 90 version was.  I am guessing that is because its broken up in to 3 difficulty levels compared to the older on that had 2 so they had to carry the difficulty a bit more.

I woke up early (5:45am) and got my workout in so it wouldn’t affect my usual routine with the kids, as I said it was a little lighter than I thought but still had me sweating so I felt good about it.  Im writing this about 9pm and I can definitely feel some of the soreness now.

The biggest change is DIET!  At my weight according to what I read if I wanted to maintain my weight it would be 2500 calories a day with my sitting on my butt job.  I am doing the “6-Day Shred” that comes with P90 to “kickstart” your diet change.  The first day of the shred limits your intake to 1200 calories, and no processed foods or soda/sugar.  I am being very strict with the diet, and I am getting minor headaches (from no sugar I am thinking) but I know from the past that these will pass in a day or so as my body resets.

The biggest challenge is the social triggers that I never think of… for instance one of the ladies at work always brings some candy to share at the weekly meeting… or at Xander’s TKD workout one of the other dads always shares a bag of skittles, having to turn down these treats I usually go after was difficult, but I am glad I did.  No cheating as I want to be fully committed to the change.

Hopefully I can keep my resolve!

I am using the fitbit app to track my food/water intake, for the day I am at 1,089 calories and 109.4 ounces of water!  I had to charge the fitbit today, but Ill have step counts moving forward!

Thanks for following along, see you tomorrow

Back Into The Breach Once More….

A few years ago, I had great success in losing weight and was doing pretty well for almost a full year of keeping the weight off.  Then I ended up with a double hernia and was off my feet for awhile after the surgery, and I never quite got back into the swing of things working out again, let my diet go back to crap. My weight has slowly been creeping back up, but I think enough is enough.    I have decided to do the new P90 program from BeachBody that was just released.  I say new but really it is a refresh of the original Power 90 program which is made for those that may not be ready for the P90X series.


P90 90-Day Body Transformation for Everyone

The program has a menu book, and a starting “6-Day Shred” menu that I went out and did all the shopping for today.  I also took my start pics, and did my measurements.

Weight: 249.4 (Never went over 250!)
Chest: 45
Waist: 43
Arms(R/L): 14/14.25
Thighs(R/L): 26.25/25.75

I have had some starts and stops since I got sick, but I want to go all in this time and make sure I am pushing myself to keep on the program, I feel its time and I am ready.  I have some goals I want to do which I hope will motivate me to keep going.

Goal #1

I want to get back into my training with TKD so I can share that with the kids.  I coach Xander at his competitions, but I want to get my black belt and try a few competitions with Xander.  How can I expect to be the best coach I can be for him without having the same experience.  I also had a dream awhile ago where after Xander was older and if he stayed with TKD, that he would want to open a school and I would partner with him to run the back of the business and let him run the school.  Probably silly as who knows what he will want in 10 years from now, but hey what better way to be in business than with your son.

Goal #2

Tough Mudder!  I want to try my hand at this race which has a Chicago running each year, hopefully I can get a few friends to join in to run as a team.  Elizabeth giggled at me when I told her this goal, but hopefully I can prove to her it can be done.

Its a 90 day program, I am going to try and blog for the full 90 days, discussing the workout and how I feel about the program and to track my food intake.

Good or Great?

I was in Vegas for Pubcon, which was both a wonderful learning experience and also a thought provoking event for myself.  As I tweeted at one point I had a realization that at this point in my life I am going to have to commit to a career path.  For the last 8 years I have been bouncing between online marketing(SEO/SEM) and IT work.  This has worked well for the mostly small businesses that I have been employed by because they got two roles filled by one person.

I feel I have done good work in these hybrid positions and always provided value to the companies, my current position included.  Though I have found that with my kids getting older I am not able to dedicate the amount of time I had in the past to keep up to date in both disciplines.  I wouldn’t say it is causing my work to suffer, but I am definitely behind the curve in testing new ideas and platforms.

That being said, I really want to get back to doing GREAT work.  The only way at this point in my life that I think I can do that is by focusing on one of the paths.  This will allow me to excel at that path and keep a healthy work/home balance with the wife and kids.  The problem moving forward is I love doing both online marketing and IT work.  I need to weigh the paths and the destination to figure out what will be best for myself and the family.