Saturday, May 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
After giving it a few days of rest, I realized that I needed to get it checked out before attempting to X it again.
The doc confirmed that the pain in my neck, back and shoulder all stemmed from my trapezius muscle, which extends over the shoulder cap. I received some treatment and noticed significant results fairly quickly, but minor pains have lingered. I've been getting massage treatments as well which seem to be the best way to get short term relief. However, they are getting rather expensive, and I'm now starting to think I'll just have to live with the pain. Let my mistake be all of our lesson. ALWAYS STRETCH AND WARM UP!
There is a bright side. According to some studies, strength training might be just what I need, and P90X is just about the best strength training I've ever experienced. Maybe getting back on the horse is the only medicine that can bring me back to 100%.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Dude are you on creatine or having you been working out with Hector too? Your muscles do look confused. How many eggs do you eat a day?
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Jory has been diligently following P90X for weeks. I know this because our apartment smells of eggs and protein shakes 24/7, and I can't walk two feet without tripping over weights or a yoga mat. He's been known to slip in references about Tony, Pam aka Blam and the guy with one leg during conversation. There are also moments throughout the week when he will look over at me and silently make an "X" with his arms, then go back to eating half a cow, two chickens and a few boiled eggs. The picture to the right was taken pre-X. He now has lost ten pounds and is looking pretty svelte. I think the next sixty days are promising for our boy Jory.
My flexibility has improved, but in terms of lifting I've been in this kind of shape a few times. I'm ready to take this to the next level. The next 60 days should be exciting. We'll see how much the program switches it up and if these new exercises really confuse my muscles. haha.
I refueled this week getting my vitamins, protein, and food all in place. I'm ready to go the distance as we enter round 2.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I was browsing through some old pictures on my computer and I ran into this one. This picture was taken one morning when I used to live with him. I think he was saving that cookie overnight on the corner of his bed to eat when he woke up. Did Darren slip back to his old cookie stashing ways?
Friday, January 16, 2009
After 4 days of rest (while sticking to the meal plan), I felt like I was ready to give it another go. I checked my weight and was pleasantly surprised to see that I was 199 (lost a few while I was sick). The workouts were all Xtremely challenging, and every day I woke up sore in a new place that I hadn’t felt soreness in for a long time. On day 10, I woke up and weighed myself at 194! I couldn’t believe it. I had lost 9 pounds in 10 days!
Now I’m more motivated than ever. I’m already almost half way to my weight loss goal of 20 pounds, and at this rate I can probably get down to 180 or lower (my ideal weight). Also, the workouts are getting easier to recover from. I’m not so sore the next day that I can’t move, but I am nowhere near being able to keep up with Tony and the one-legged guy on the video.
Bottom line is that I still have a long way to go, but now the goal is in sight, and there is no wondering whether p90x can work for me. My only question now is how far I can go with p90x.
Rocky is the man! Thanks for the clip Jory! Just hearing the music on this video makes me want to bench press a car.
As I enter week 3 I'm feeling great. I'm starting to remember the dedication it takes to do this for 90 days. - Phil
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I went to golds gym last Wednesday and started up the video on my ipod. I could hear and see Tony and I began those silly stretches. Then I looked up and saw a few people looking at me. You see, some of the stretches are something you want to do behind closed doors. A few of the moves on the video I just skipped altogther. I couldn't bring myself to spread my legs that wide in front of people that early in the morning. I just don't think people really wanted to see that.
When I got to a move called the "Royal Dancer", I realized that I couldn't do these videos in public. I hit stop on the video, went straight to the bench, ripped out a few reps, and then hit the showers. I think I heard someone say "looking ripped James Fonda" on the way to my car. I drove straight to Best Buy and returned my ipod.
Monday, January 5, 2009
When's the P90x basketball tournament Adog? I'll let you be the first captain. Who do you want Jory or Darren?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Depending upon your level you will need 7 servings of protein a day. Each serving is equivalent to approximately 3 ounces of meat. That means you need to consume 21 ounces of meat a day. Sometimes I'll eat a steak for dinner which is 8 ounces. On this program I would need to eat a steak for lunch and a small one for breakfast. There's no way I can do that. Instead, I'll pound a breakfast protein shake right when I wake up. There's no other way to eat that much protein in a day without having some for breakfast. I've already knocked out 2 servings of protein this morning so I have 15 ounces of meat to eat for lunch and breakfast. The one nice thing about this program is you can eat a lot of food.
If your a level 3, which I believe is the case with Jory and Darren, then you will need 27 ounces of protein a day. I think my friend Hector had the best idea - "Just put some chicken in your wallet".
Friday, January 2, 2009
Just to be clear, I have no complaints about working in a desk job. But balancing work, school, and now married life has somehow translated to more fast-food and less basketball and working out. Its time to re-prioritize. Its time to get rid of my old bad habits and start managing myself to meet all my goals (not just some of them). Its time to set the record straight.
When Phil told me that he was doing P90X, I thought that this could be the perfect chance for me to get back into shape like I had been talking about for so long. At first he was pumped up about it, always talking about how in shape he was going to be in just 90 days. His enthusiasm was contagious, and I couldn't wait to get started on the program myself. Then it happened. Phil crashed. Actually, Phil crashed hard. This picture was taken of Phil on the night that he fell off. Drunk, tired, and willing to drink any alcohol you put in front of him.
I don't know exactly why. Maybe it was the strict diet plan, or maybe his body was just too beat up from the intense daily workouts. Whatever it was, one thing became clear, Phil couldn't finish P90X on his own. As you can see, he was in decent shape too. I'm pretty sure that he was following the plan to the T. Personally, I think he lost the mental battle, and that's the part that we all have to look out for. The mental games we play with ourselves can easily prove to be our demise. There are just too many times when we can cheat ourselves by over-eating and then conveniently forgetting to write in the extra calories, or just tell ourselves that we're doing what we have to do when we really know we're not. Sooner or later we'll just be right back where we started, or worse.
I know its a cliche, but the truth is that its our lifestyle that has to change. Take Phil for example. Only one month after his falling out, he took his "before" picture for his second attempt at P90X, and it became obvious to him and now to us all that not only will this program not be easy, but that all our situations are probably a lot worse than we previously expected.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Jory, the youngest guy up for the challenge, has recently expressed the most interest in the program. He seems highly motivated and determined to make a change.
As a kid Jory got some static from his brothers and friends for always sleeping on the couch. Some people went as far as calling him "lazy". Will Jory have the energy to conistently pop in that p90x dvd every day? or will he reach for that "Step Brothers" dvd to start memorizing more Will Ferrell's lines.
Jory definitely has potential to be super ripped. His brothers have proved they have the genetics. Time for Jory to execute.
Darren was on the hunt for a program to kick him in gear. He used to be in great shape. He founded a basketball tournament years ago and reached the pinnacle of his athletic career when he snatched 2nd place in the tournament.
Since our tournament days it's been all downhill. We've played golf together, but I hope that's not a measure of our athleticism. Darren is the only guy who rents a cart to wheel around his golf bag. I guess it's too heavy to carry 9 holes.