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P90 Master Series

I started P90M a little early. I wanted to start it at the beginning of the week and at the beginning of the month, so I cut off the last few days of P90 to start early. Honestly, I was really tired of doing the same 2 routines for 6 weeks and I’m looking forward to more variety in P90M. Sadly, the first 3 weeks are still the same 2 routines (new to me though!). I’ve done both routines once and they’re going to take a bit of getting used to. There is slightly more yoga in this one and a lot more leg exercises (or at least more intense to me). I’m not expected to do thousands of pushups, but the ones I’m expected to do are (obviously) harder.

One thing that I really like about P90M is that I start the system (common in P90X) of setting small goals verbally during the workout. It is stressed to do what I can and not try to keep up with the video, which is good because I can’t keep up. Setting a goal of 8-12 or 10-15 or whatever varies a lot with these new workouts and I realize I’ve been doing more reps with fewer weights, which isn’t what I wanted (though it is easier in my opinion). The videos do a great job of telling me about how many reps are expected so I can set my own goals. This sort of system works for me. I do, however, need to buy a few things for this new workout. I need more weights because 10s aren’t doing it for me and I only have 1x 15lb. Also, I may get 2x 3lb weights for the shoulder exercises because the 5lb weights are brutal (right now I’m using canned goods instead of weights).

Abs are still killing me. I’ve actually skipped them a couple times, which isn’t helping my case. I’ve started altering when I do them and rarely do them directly after my workouts (usually because I’m really tired already). I’ve done them about 1hr before bed on a couple of occasions and this seems to be fine. Still working on setting up a routine that works for me, which has changed since Summer has changed my schedule.


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I’m starting to do a number of things for my health. I’ve been using Spark People on and off for a year, but I’m kind of a slacker. I like the simplicity and convenience of it, but I still find tracking things a hassle sometimes. Perhaps that’s the procrastinator in me.

Yesterday I began the Power 90 series of workouts. Several people recommended P90X, but I quickly found out that crawling before walking is essential here. I have zero experience with working out and found out yesterday that I have a long way to go even at the very beginning of the P90 series (P90, then P90M, then P90X, then P90X+). The push-ups were what killed me and my range of motion is apparently a lot more limited than I thought. I start on cardio and abs when I get home. I’m strangely looking forward to it despite how broken I feel after yesterday’s workout.

I am also starting to cook more. I bought groceries this week with the intent of cooking rather than simply eating. Years ago my wife bought me a couple of cookbooks entitled Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen and Help! My Apartment Has a Dining Room. I will be working my way through several recipes and will report back on my progress. I intend to work my way through both books a la Julie Powell, though I don’t plan on being as thorough or determined as she was about such a project.

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