Sunday, November 7, 2010

Phase 1 Post-mortem: The Walking Dead

If you haven't seen the new AMC Original Series based on the award-winning comic book written by Robert Kirkman, you should.  In fact, take $20 to your local comic book store and buy the first collection, then read it.  Then watch the show.  Or vise versa.  Do it.

Today officially ended Phase 1 of the P90X Extreme Home Fitness Program.  When I started, I weighed 281, down from my hefty 306 when I started heavy into martial arts.  I wore a size 46 jeans, and *could* wear XL, but honestly, 2X was more comfortable.

Today, I weigh 265 lbs, down 16 lbs, 41 pounds in total.  I wear a size 38 in jeans, and I fit comfortably into Large shirts now.  16 pounds was a little less than I anticipated losing in phase 1, but then I realized that I've packed on some well developed muscle as well, which may tend to skew my weight loss results.  So, I'm feeling pretty good about that.

I completely obliterated my fitness milestones; I wanted to be able to fit into my "Skinny Jeans" again, and I wanted to be able to wear some very nice large-size shirts that were given to me for Christmas last year, two goals that I had planned to reach by the end of Phase 2.  I'm happy to report that I have achieved both before the end of Phase 1.

That in mind, I'm having to set some new goals.  I turn 30 on November 24th.  As it stands, I plan on weighing less than I did in High School, and being in better shape by the time the big day rolls around, two things I never thought I'd say.  Ever.

Phase 2 is going to prove no less challenging.  I've had a nice recovery week, despite missing a few of the stretch workouts this week due to feeling like poop.  Tomorrow beings a somewhat similar yet different set of workouts; it still covers all the different sets of muscles, but it covers them in different pairs, and in different orders (the Muscle Confusion thing, I guess).  Its going to be tough, and I'm probably going to whine about it hurting, but I'm so close I can't stop now.  :)

Career-wise, things are still slow.  I've put in for some jobs, but I'm still gainfully unemployed at the moment.  In a couple weeks, I'll have to resort to working anywhere that will have me.  I'm hoping things turn up before then, but you gotta do what you gotta do.  :)

I'm particpating in the 30 Characters Challenge; basically, you create one new character for every day in the month of November.  I'm having a lot of fun with it, despite the fact that I'm behind a day or two.  Going to try catching up tonight, and broadcasting it live over the interwebs.

Finally, I end with a warning; watch out, ladies...I'm gettin' HAWT.


Monday, November 1, 2010

Week 4: Recovery

Howdy Everyone!

This past week was pretty intense and busy, despite me freeing up some time by not having to study my Gomaru Ryu Bukendo stuff for testing. This past week was the last week of workouts, now I go into a recovery week to finish out phase 1; its basically a week concentrating on cardiovascular fitness, allowing the body to recover from the hard resistance training I've endured over the past three weeks. Yoga, Core Synergistics, and a bit of martial arts rounds out this next week.

The end of this next week also marks my Day 30 mark on the program. So, next Monday, I'll give you guys a post mortem on what I've accomplished in the first 30 Days of the Program.

Then, its on to Phase 2, where I'm thinking about upping my workout weight to enough to max out in 8-10 reps, or sticking to the 12-15 rep maxout for developing lean muscle and stuff. Here's what Phase 2 Brings for the first three weeks:

- Chest, Shoulders and Triceps, Ab Ripper X
- Plyometrics
- Back & Biceps, Ab Ripper X
- Yoga X
- Legs and Back, Ab Ripper X
- Kenpo X
- Rest/X Stretch

Everyday, for weeks 5-7, then another Recovery and Ab Focus for Week 8. That will be my 60 day mark! Seems so far away!

Anywho, tonight was Halloween. I snuggled up on the couch with Sarah and watched the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. I really enjoyed the heck out of it. I loved the occasional cinematic and visual tips of the hat to the original. I really like Jackie Earl Haley as Rorschach in Watchmen, and outside of Robert Englund, I don't think they could have gotten a better person to play Freddy.

Also, this week finished out my work for my buddy's clothing company; I designed some fun, cartoony takes on some Halloween Classics for several of their products, and now I can finally show off some of the work I did for them:

Happy Halloween everyone, hope it was great, and some more updates soon!  Enjoy and have a great week!

====Kaishin Chado====