June 5, 2009

Tomorrow Is National Trails Day

(Photo by R.B. Boyer) If you happen to live in Austin, you may have heard about National Trails Day happening tomorrow at the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Volunteers will be helping to keep Austin beautiful by doing various projects. Here is a quick overview of the event from the Austin Parks Foundation website: The National Trails […]

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May 25, 2009

P90X: Week 1 Recap

My first week of the P90X program is officially in the books. I can honestly say it was one of the most intense weeks of workouts I have done in my life. It sort of reminded me of football practice back in high school. My entire body felt sore at some point throughout the week. I had sore muscles that I didn’t even know I had.

For all those who are thinking about doing this program, I highly recommend it. Here is a breakdown of the first seven days and what you can expect from the program. I also included the soreness level for the day after on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the most sore.

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May 18, 2009

Starting P90X Today

p90x_lgTwo months ago I wrote a post about packing on a few pounds and said I would share my results. Well I managed to gain about 6 pounds and increased my lifts in every single exercise which is always good. An example is the machine bench press, which I did 5 reps of 135 on Day 1. The other day, I pumped out 10 reps of 175. Big difference!

Now that I am moving and will no longer have a gym, I have decided to start the P90X program today. If you have never heard of it, you can check out the website here. Basically, it’s a 90 day fitness program that has helped tons of people transform themselves. The program includes 12 workout DVD’s along with a meal plan to go along with the program. Best part of all, it can be done at home with only a few pieces of equipment (dumbbells, chin-up bar, push-up handles, etc.)

If all goes as planned, I will have my last day on August 15th. I will be posting my pictures and progress after each phase of the workout (3 phases total), along with my before pictures below.

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April 3, 2009

Kick Off Your Day With One Of These

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For the past two weeks, I have been starting everything morning with the concoction you see above. I used to drink coffee or tea in the morning to get going but I find this works MUCH better. So what is it?

A Banana-Spinach-Protein-Oatmeal Smoothie

You read that right, everything above is somewhere inside that green liquid. It’s like an energy drink only it doesn’t contain any of the crap they add to it. It won’t make your heart skip a few beats either!

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March 30, 2009

My Plan To Pack On Some Pounds

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About a week and a half ago, I decided to go on a bulking diet. If you are not sure what that is, it’s basically a diet where you eat more calories than you burn and lift weights in order to gain some weight. I have been in to weightlifting for about 6 years now but have really slacked off over the last year (more like not lifted at all).

I managed to go from 185 all the way down to 168 without even trying. I do eat as healthy as I can and avoid all boxed foods as well as junk food (chips, McDonalds, etc). The only time I “cheat” and eat less healthy foods is when I go out to eat sometimes. So that might have a lot to do with losing a little weight since it’s hard for me to get a lot of calories in when I am eating nothing but healthy foods.

Anyways, I’ve started to look like starvin’ Marvin from South park so I made the decision to bulk up.

Below you will find a breakdown of what I am doing in the gym as well as what I am eating. I’ve been documenting my weight everyday and once I hit my goal I am going to do a post with before and after pictures to show everyone what is possible.

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