Happy 2013 and I’m back!

Hello friends. It’s been more than a few since I last blogged. First and foremost, my apologies for just kind of disappearing. I had been posting daily after every single workout throughout my P90X journey and beyond. After doing this for about 7 months, I honestly got a bit burned out. My workout routine was continuously changing as I was seeking the best combination of P90X, gym, and outdoor workouts. By the end I was finding my blogs to be forced and my inspiration to write them was certainly not the same. It’s not that I wanted to inspire any less or be any less accountable, but rather that if I was sharing, I wanted it to be true and worthy. And once I stopped blogging, it was that much harder to start back up. Then I hit a pretty big set-back. On October 31st, Mary and I headed up to Seattle for a week of visiting her family and on the first night there, I got really ill. I’m still not sure if it was a bug or food poisoning or what, but all I know is that I have never projectile vomited like that ever before in my life. I was pretty much down and out for the entire week that we were there and I was barely able to eat. When we got back, I had lost 6 lbs and my muscles were definitely deflated. I was very frustrated and immediately got back in the gym to try and put the size back on. Well… that proved to backfire. I was doing incline chest press with 75 lb dumbbells… a weight that I can normally do a good set of… but not this time. I was still too weak coming off my illness and in an attempt to lift the weights above my head, found I could not do it. My back overcompensated and lifted off the bench and that was it. Disc injury. 😦

It was barely the second week of November and I couldn’t do much more than lie on a yoga mat on the floor. I tried to still get work done on my laptop, but that was even difficult. I was basically disabled for the next 4 weeks. Sitting was too painful, so I could only drive a little bit. I hit pretty bad depression as I was not only stuck on the floor, but I was not able to earn money, work out, play drums… not really able to do much at all. Meanwhile, my muscles were disappearing on me as I could do no physical activity. On week 5 I got on the scale and I was down to 144 lbs. I can’t even remember the last time I weighed that little. My back was feeling a bit better and I decided it was time to get back into it, even though I should have probably waited longer. But I started slow and have been working my way up since.

In the past 3 weeks I have been doing a combination of P90X workouts and Turbo Fire cardio workouts. I’m not following any program exactly, but I am doing a good job of putting together a solid routine for now. It will be a while before I am back in the gym, so for now this is perfect. I know there is still an issue with my back that was there since before the injury and eventually I will have to look further into that. Unless of course my body heals itself… and that is always a possibility.

We are now in the possession of P90X 1 & 2, Turbo Fire, and Insanity. I am focused on mostly the traditional weightlifting routines of P90X and mixing in some Turbo Fire cardio workouts. I will soon expand more, but this is good for right now. I am in the process of setting my goals for the year and they are bigger and better than ever before. I’m excited to continue on this journey and to share it with you in hopes of inspiring you to be the best you can be. And that brings me to my next blog which you will see later today. Here’s a hint… juice cleanse!

Have a great day and I’ll be back soon!

“You can’t change your genetics, but you can change your attitude, your persistence, your environment, the people you listen to and hang around with, and the things you do. You can change, so if you want to, just get started.” -Craig Ballantyne

P90X – Round 2, Day 47!

Keeping the weights going!

P90X – Shoulders and Arms
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 81 Minutes

Yesterday, I ended up without an official workout.  However, yesterday was definitely far from a rest day.  I acted in a short film called “Tuning in Tuning Out” and we shot at our studio to the tune of a 16 hour day!  It was an amazing, but very long day.  We certainly worked hard and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.  Check it out here:  https://www.facebook.com/TuningInTuningOut

After winding down from the shoot and getting to bed around 3:30am, there was no chance for an early morning today.  However, I still got up early enough and got to my workout before noon.  We had some time pressing errands to run, therefore I am just blogging now.  Yesterday’s workout was supposed to be Plyometrics.  However, instead of pushing that and doing Plyo today, I just continued on with the weights and hit the Shoulders, Arms, and Abs workout.  I need more of that anyway… I’m losing too much weight! lol

So I dug in deep today and pushed it hard!  My Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps, and Abs all got quite a workout.  I used the stretch band at maximum resistance for most of the sets.  I went to fatigue each time and really got a good pump.  I feel like I need to continue to do more weights.  I will of course still see the P90X program through til the end, but since I am on round 2 and already doing some modifications, I will continue that way and work in more weight workouts.   My body is asking for it and I must oblige.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I am total spent but very happy and blessed for the weekend I have had.  Tomorrow morning is an early start to what is going to be a very busy week.  I will be working out of course, but the times will be all over the place.  Stay tuned!