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.