Sunday, January 17, 2010

New Year....let's get going!!

So this is my first post of the new year and 2010 is already looking promising. I can see things coming together but at the same time things won't happen soon enough.

Winter season seems to separate the athletes from the wannabees. And I slowly started to see myself fall into the wannabe category. The holiday season and new year partying can definitely knock you off track from those long term goals if you let it. Not to mention the frigid cold that seems to smack so many New Yorkers like a ton of bricks. I know I'm not the only one who wanted to sleep in that warm spot in their bed for an extra 15 minutes instead of getting up to work out. I noticed this trend for what seemed to be only a few days. But those days ended up turning into weeks. Then as the new year hit, I started looking at the events that I committed myself to doing and knew that my laziness would have to stop. I knew I'd have to turn it up big time if I were to get ready for spring, which we've sorta seen glimpses of. (Although spikes 45 degree weather isn't all that warm either)

I don't know what made me think of this but I figured in addition to my cardio workouts, I'd include that workout many of you have probably seen before. P90X!! I must admit I downloaded the videos, you know, just to get a glimpse of what these exercises were about. I find myself watching infomercials sometimes and in watching P90X, their results really seem unreal. So after downloading all of the videos I decided to make the commitment to go the whole 90 days and see if it's really what it claims.

January 14, 2010 about 10:30am marks the first day.......and let's just say at about 10:50, about a third into the workout I knew I was on to something!! I swear the next day muscles that used to ache from my athletic days were painfully throbbing all over again. I was so gassed and muscles burning so bad, I wanted to do what was easy....QUIT. But I shut that 500lb man on my shoulder (my conscious) up and gutted my way through the workout. DAY 1 FINISHED.....89 LEFT. Clearly I'm going to have to reconsider how much I want to do P90X as a supplement with my other workouts.

Today obviously makes day 3 of my workout and I'm just recovering from the soreness from day 1. As scheduled on the sheet today is yoga. I figured I'd do a lot of breathing and humming. A couple of mantis positions and such. A day off in my head to recover from the first two days of brutal punishment. And as you would have guessed it, it was just as hard if not harder than the first two!! I thought I had decent balance but clearly I was tumbling from doing even some of the basic positions.


One thing I'd like to stress and suggest if you are looking to start a workout regime that is going to require some
gritty work is to invest in the proper nutrition!! SO IMPORTANT!! I would suggest some sort of recovery drink
or supplement that increases your endurance and decreases the amount of lactic acid that builds up in your
muscles. Natural ingredients of course!! I use a supplement called Rhodiola. It has various herbs and plant
derivatives that really give you that necessary push to get through such an intense workout. Go to Nutrilite's
to read more information about it and their other products.

So as I close (The Jets game is on), one thing I wish to implore of you is to not beat yourself up if you notice
yourself swaying off track from where you want to be. Instead, recognize it and make the necessary steps to
correct it. The longer you take to correct it, the more complacent you will be. Years will pass by and in time will
turn into regrets into what could have been. PLEASE....PLEASE.....smack that 500lb man/woman off your
shoulder and do the things you want to do instead of leading yourself into regret.