P90X2 – 13 Weeks to the New Year!

WOW! I just came to the realization that September is almost over! Only 13 more full weeks before the end of 2014! This time last year I was recovering from the Bakersfield Triathlon (Olympic Distance). That was the last race of my 2013 Season and probably the start of my physical decline in 2014. At the time I was thinking that I could just take a few months off and get back into it slowly. One excuse after another allowed me to undo much of the training I had spent that season gaining. Since then I have not completed a full Beachbody Training Program, I slipped back into eating some of the foods that are not good for me, and my functional triathlon training took a back seat. About the same time (October) my hamstring issue started to rear it’s ugly head. I began to pull away from all training. After a few months, I started to justify to myself that I wasn’t riding my bike since I had yet to receive my Falco V from my new sponsor Falco Bike. I lied to myself and said that I didn’t feel right riding the Trek because I was “sponsored” by another company. I started and stopped a bunch of the programs I had already completed before, but I didn’t get anything going enough to get me out of my funk. So now here I am a year later, having gone through rehab on my spine, I am a little slower and justifiably so, but I am focused and determined to make this next season count. This past June, when I thought I was going to power out the Ironman Lake Tahoe, I had pledged to start and finish at least 13 weeks of P90X2. Well I am going to renew this pledge. I have completed this program before and it led me to amazing results physically and mentally. Yes mentally. There is something about committing to, and completing, a 90 Day Health and Fitness Program that makes you feel like you can do just about anything. Working out every day, eating clean, and focusing on personal development is just about as good as it gets when you are trying to get yourself on the right track regardless of being an athlete or not. And by starting today I will be done with the 13 weeks just before New Years! Insuring that I finish off this year by being stronger, faster, and healthier than I have ever been. That is the goal and I am sticking to it this time. No more excuses. There is an Ironman course with my name on it in 2015 and I will kick its ass! Bring it!

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Has it been a week?

Seriously!? Almost a whole week has gone by and I have not posted any accountability. Shame on me! To be honest, I really have not been THAT accountable. Even though I woke up at 173 lbs this morning, and I have been drinking Shakeology and taking my other supplements every day, my nutrition and fitness has not been what I would call “Stellar”. I let some traveling and my kids be an excuse for me to eat pretty much everything I shouldn’t as well as lay off of the daily scheduled workouts (even though keeping up with an eight year old and a six year old seems like a workout in its own right).

Alright, so yesterday I covered 200 yds in the pool with my son on my back. I used him as a weight and drag dummy while I swam and ran the length of the pool. That was a rough little session (he weighs 63 lbs, solid muscle). And, over the weekend I walked a bunch and climbed some boulders at the beach. So at least I have been active there. And I really didn’t eat bad as far as my meals, I just ordered desert a few too many times ;-). So all in all my daily health and fitness hasn’t been a total loss. I have just been doing different stuff. Which is what I ask my customers and friends to do when they travel.

Truth be told, I am starting to stress a little about my Ironman Lake Tahoe training. I’ve been using the excuse that I am just shooting for a finish at this race to postpone the real training. I mean I know the speed that I need to go to finish the race, and these speeds are completely sustainable with the proper nutrition. I am just not sure that once I get there, that I’ll be able to dial it down and just go for the finish with this plan. That is where the training will come in handy. So I had better get to it right?

The injuries I sustained a couple weeks ago on my bike have all but healed completely. I am still a little sore on my left leg and my hamstring has a little twinge every now and then. But I am hoping that the recovery time will be enough as I work back into a regular regiment.

No excuses! Enjoy the rest of your hump day!

 

Day 15 of …. ?

I don’t know exactly how many days there are until the Ironman Lake Tahoe. I do know that today I got one day closer to getting there, and tomorrow I’ll get even closer. The important thing is that today I pushed play and spent the time and energy wisely to get me closer to my goal. And even though I am a bit sore from this past Saturday’s Team Beachbody Super Workout, I was able to get through the workout better than I did 2 weeks ago. My core felt stronger today. I finally was able to do a decent boat (something I have struggled with in the past). Looking forward to Plyocide tomorrow! It’s going to be interesting 😉

Monday, June 23, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 175
Breakfast:
 
3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 X2 Core added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Lightly Breaded Chicken, Whole Wheat Pasta, Carrots, a Dollop of Ranch Dip, and a Clif Bar
Snack: Power Bar (Protein), 2 Handfuls of Raw Almonds, TWIX

 

Where did the past week go?

I need to start writing things down on a notepad or use my Notes App. Either my memory is fading or the meals I have been eating are better off unrecorded 😉 With preparations for my daughter’s 8th Birthday and Father’s Day Weekend I completely blew off blogging. And rightfully so. Priorities right? And to those of you who are interested in knowing how I got my calories last week, I was about 70/30 (Clean to Junk Food) on my intake. Not gonna lie! There were plenty of treats and cake and goodies! So since I didn’t write anything down I conveniently forgot what I ate for the past week, with the exception of yesterday and my daily supplements that I rarely ever miss. I do know what I did for my workouts though. So in an effort to provide you with some information, I’ll talk a little about that.

This past week was a conditioning week. I started P90X2 Phase 1 – Foundation and it was awesome! Everything started to feel good again! It is amazing how this program works. My core already feels tighter. My weight is staying around 171 which is a good weight for training. I am carrying a little extra fat at my abdominals which is most likely from moments of ice cream weakness, but I don’t see that being an issue over the next few weeks as I start to reign in the nutrition during next 3 months.

Good news is, I was able to get back on my Falco V yesterday after being off of the bike for 18 days letting my hamstring heal. It was nice to get out and get reacquainted with this incredible machine. It is literally like gliding through the air when I get into the aero position, tuck my head, and just let the legs do their thing. Felt pretty good too, but I have a tendency to over do things, and sure enough when I settled in and found a rhythm, I started to push it and my leg let me know that I needed to ease off. Getting to the Ironman Lake Tahoe is going to be a process over the next 3 months but I am totally up to this challenge. Tonight I have a little friendly local bike unsanctioned bike race “Tuesday Night World Championships #2“! This race will be more of a “me settling in to groove and trying to stay there” as opposed to me going all out and trying to race the animals I know that will be there taunting me to push it. I want to see what a good and steady pace will achieve as well as I want to avoid straining that weak hamstring. Fingers Crossed!

The rest of the week will be full of Yoga, Stretching, and group workouts at the Beachbody Coach Summit in Las Vegas. This will be my 3rd time attending this coaching conference and it is always a motivator! So excited to be going this year and I can’t wait to see what Beachbody has in store for us! I’ll be back on Sunday in time for a late night Recovery + Mobility workout and then Monday its right back in for a 3 week P90X2 Foundation block with added cycling, swimming, and some running in the second week. Time to make these days count!

Here are my workouts and supplements for the past week:

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 X2 Total Body and X2 Ab Ripper added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Friday, June 13, 2014
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 X2 Yoga added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Salad
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 X2 Balance + Power added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: P90X2 Recovery + Mobility added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula

Monday, June 16, 2014
Breakfast: Bacon, Eggs, Country Potatoes, Toast, Coffee
Lunch: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 29.4 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Salad with Steak and Tomatoes, Bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with 2% Milk, Corn Chips and Salsa
Snack: A couple handfuls of Sour Patch Kids (My Kyrptonite)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Weigh-in: 171
Lunch: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra, and Chocolate Shakeology
(More to come tomorrow!)

Happy Training!

Walking Wednesday followed by a Therapeutic Thursday Morning

Yesterday I was sore from Tuesday night’s race. I had a weird knee twinge which usually means something was tight and I didn’t stretch enough! Happy that it was Walking Wednesday and we were able to go have a Yummy Fajitas Adventure! The walking helped warm up the leg for sure, but it was the hour on the Rumbleroller and finding the hot spot at my left adductor that got rid of the twinge right away. I have been struggling with hip flexor, quadriceps, hamstring, gluteus, soleus, and calve flexibility lately. (Missing my weekly P90X Yoga) All of those muscles, and some others I have not mentioned, can attribute to knee pain. But just because something hurts doesn’t mean that I am injured right? Its if I continue to push those muscles without working on flexibility that ultimately leads to an injury. It was so awesome to feel the pain go away last night as I rolled my inner thigh on the Rumbleroller, it hurt like a son of a gun, but the result was so worth it! I am sure I’ll be revisiting the Rumbleroller and stretching more this evening as well.

After staying up as long as I could last night to watch Fallon (my Tonight Show Vice) I finally had to turn off the TV and go to sleep. I confirmed that I would be joining some guys for a 6 AM ride. Yeah, 5 am came early. Hit the snooze button 2 times. Rolled out of bed. Filled the water bottle. Aired the tires. Oh yeah, got dressed. Headed out the door at a deliberately slow pace while drinking my E&E. Arrived 5 minutes late :-\ Sorry! Luckily Brock and Aaron are cool and waited for me. Mike got an early morning flat and couldn’t make it. So the three of us went off on our ride up around the Panorama Bluffs. On our way back we were moving but it didn’t seem like we were going that hard. I could tell my legs were searching for fuel. Aaron and Brock were putting in some strong pulls. We all rotated to the front, taking turns, to keep the momentum going. And it paid off! Each of us got a piece of the KOM when we were through.
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Great ride this morning and what a great way to get the blood flowing for the rest of the day!

Now I am starving! Bring on Lunch!

Triathlon Training Log

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 171
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: BBQ Chicken Primo Salad and Water
Workout: Walking Wednesday
Dinner: Fajitas, Beans, Rice, Corn Tortillas, Ceviche, Chips, Salsa, Guacamole
Recovery: 1 Hour Rumbleroller 
Midnight Snack: Chocolate Shakeology with Almond Milk and an Organic Peanut Butter Sandwich (Calories for 6AM Ride)

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Morning Weigh-in: 174
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 31.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Weigh-in: 171
Post-Workout: P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology

Stay tuned for Saturday the 24th’s Post Time Trial Blog Entry!

Tony and the Kids

This past weekend, I’m not going to lie, was pretty freaking amazing. My parents, kids, and I, along with a huge group of friends, colleagues, and fellow health and fitness enthusiasts, spent our Saturday at Cal State University of Bakersfield with Tony Horton. I think my kids, 7 years and 5 years old may have enjoyed it more than me! They have seen Tony on the TV screen over the past few years with my P90X, X2, and X3. They even have their own Tony and the Kids workout. My parents got in on the fun too! They have been working with Tony and the Folks and love it too! 20140517_135800 IMG_20140518_095427 Beyond the physical workout we all got to enjoy, the messages that Tony had to share I felt were more what I needed to hear. Especially when it comes to nutrition. I know that I let my physical activities give me an excuse to eat whatever I want over the past year. The problem is I know that eating fatty, salty, sugary, fried, foods isn’t good for me, but what is more important is that it is not properly fueling my body based on it’s demand. How can I expect to continually get better as an athlete if I am not fueling the body optimally, right? In fact, I have actually been setting myself up for injury. Luckily, the supplements I take have been carrying me through these moments of nutritional weakness. However with the addition of the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe goal, the supplements and a 60% / Clean 40% Dirty Eating rule just isn’t going to cut it. I can’t afford to get injured more than I already am hindered by this nagging left side tightness (which I am addressing with a Spring Stretch Challenge Group on Facebook). Flexibility is a key component of fitness. Flexible is something that I have never been. I know that it is going to be a painful journey, but I need to be flexible and know that it will open up a whole other level of fitness and health. Sunday I spent the day with the kids swimming and playing games. Kind of a Recovery Day of sorts. Much needed. Met the new puppy! IMG_20140518_115622 Today was a good day all around. Davis and I spent a little time in the morning together. I got in a quick swim, spent lunch with Addison at her classroom birthday party, got in some time at the office, hit the bike trail for a hot and windy ride, dinner with the girls, and a dog walk. Looks like the puppy is staying. The girls named her Scout after Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird, after briefly being named, Ginger, Bella, Lola, Sasha, and maybe a few others. The remainder of this week I will be focusing on stretching, eating better, and getting better sleep…oh yes…and riding my Falco V! Group Race/Ride tomorrow night and a Time Trial this weekend!

Triathlon Training Log – May 17-19, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 171
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Snack:
Protein Bar, PowerBar
Lunch:
 Chicken Terriyaki, Noodles
Workout: 30 Mins Ultimate Warrior with Tony Horton
Dinner: Pepperoni pizza and Potato Wedges
Snack: Ice Cream Sandwiches and Popcorn

Sunday, May 18, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 173
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Turkey Sandwich and Potato Chips
Workout: 5 Mins on BOWSWIM
Dinner: Penne Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli in an Alfredo Sauce
Snack: Bag of Popcorn and a Lime Popsicle

Monday, May 19, 2014
Morning Weigh-in:
 172
Breakfast: 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Workout:
Lunch: Pizza, 2 Cupcakes
Pre-Workout: Energy and Endurance Formula
Workout: Cycling 18.7 Miles added AcidCheck Granules and Pink Himalayan Salt to Water
Post-Workout:
 P90X Results & Recovery Formula
Dinner: Steak Fajitas and Spanish Rice, 1/2 Pulled Pork Sandwich
Dessert: Bag of Popcorn and a Lime Popsicle
Snack: Turkey Sandwich

Triathlon Training Log – April 25, 2014 – Day Off

Morning Weigh-in: 170
Breakfast:  3 – AcidCheck Caplets, 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch: Salad with Chicken
Dinner: Assorted Yummy Tapas 
Dessert: Brownie Bites topped with Marshmallow Creme and dipped in Graham Cracker

No training for me today. Took a day off. Racing this weekend! I’ll do some light workouts tomorrow though! Have a great weekend!

Disclaimer: I am a triathlete with a full racing season which includes training for the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe (my first Ironman). I am not eating with the intention of weight loss but rather to maintain weight and fuel my addiction to the sport, plus I have a wicked sweet tooth ;-). So here is a simple rule of thumb, if you are not as active as I am, don’t eat everything that I eat. But if you would like help finding out a meal plan and workouts that would be good for you, please don’t hesitate to text or call me at 775-722-8184 or Facebook me at www.facebook.com/fityak. Looking forward to hearing from you!

It Was A Good Second Saturday During Spring Break

Friday, April 19, 2014
Average Morning Weigh-in: 167
Breakfast: 
 3 – AcidCheck Caplets2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra2 –  Vector450, and Chocolate Shakeology
Lunch:
Hot Dog and Chocolate Shakeology
Dinner: New York Steak, BBQ Ribs, Ranch Style Beans, Red Potato Salad, Greek Vegetable Salad, Garlic Bread, Carrots, Sweet Peppers and Ranch, Lemonade
Snack: Angel Food Cake, Smith Bunny Cookie, and Water
~ Carbo Loading for Day 1 of Ironman Training on Monday April 21st – I am ready! ~

It was so nice to wake up this morning and feel good again. I had my morning supplements and shake and felt good about the day! I weighed in at 167 which is about my normal racing weight for last year. So this is a good thing right? I think so. Now that I am at the weight I want to be, its all maintenance, fueling the machine, and building the endurance. Extremely excited for the day at this point.

Headed to the park for a community Easter Egg Hunt.
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Went out by the pool with the family and even got in some tree trimming and pruning along with the swimming 🙂
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Here is a little YouTube Video Addison and I made! http://youtu.be/q-qh8I8aRho

Then Anna put together an amazing meal with a kicker for dessert. The kids loved it 😉EasterEveDinnerEasterEveDessert

I hope your day was awesome too!

Have a Happy Easter!

Find the Triumph in Every Failure

If I had followed the calendar and not taken any breaks from my P90X3 schedule, I would have finished the program by now. So yeah I made it most of the 90 days this time but I definitely did not follow the regiment as suggested. But please don’t take my not completing a predetermined schedule as a total failure. Yes if my main goal were to lose 40 pounds and go “from Flab to Fab” in 90 days, I am convinced that this program would have done an amazing job all while only working out 30 minutes a day, but that wasn’t my goal. So here I am reflecting on my choice to stop the program when I did and focus on the good that came from this program and view it as a personal triumph. My goal for this new program was to (1) become familiar with the product so that I could help other people who were going through it too, (2) work on my upper body strength to become a better swimmer for the 2014 season, and (3) to lose a winter layer of cushion and be at race weight for the start of the season. Pretty basic goals right?

So here I am today, sitting around 170 lbs, leaned out, and stronger than ever. So yes, what some would consider a Failure in one respect, I am seeing as a Triumph. Everyone has different goals in their life. When you embark on a personal journey, whether it be fitness, professional, or anything, its important to state your goals and make daily efforts towards their completion. And what do you do when achieve your goals? Yep, set new goals and get back to work! Brilliant!

My new goal is somewhat of an audacious one. I decided to raise money for Zerocancer.org and complete the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe! This is my major goal for this year. In preparation for this monumental event, I am pulling out all of the stops. As I basically discussed in Water Break?, starting Monday April 7th, I am dusting off my Focus T25 program (in lieu of P90X3 – I feel T25 is better suited for help with running), I’ll also be adding Tri-Core on the Evo Fitness Bike to the mix for cycling, and using the Bowswim for the majority of my swim training. To round out this multi-faceted training schedule, I’ll be tackling a fairly prolific racing season as a sponsored triathlete for Falco Bike while maintaining to be a faithful advocate for the following supplements: ActivitSlimming Formula, CordastraShakeologyVector450, and AcidCheck.

What are your goals?

Swimming with the Kids!

P90X3 Day 69 of 90 – March 21, 2014

Weigh-in: 172
Breakfast: 2 – Slimming Formula, 2 – Cordastra3 –  Vector450, and Vanilla Shakeology
Lunch: Granola Bar
Dinner: Rotini Pasta Primavera with Breaded Chicken
Snack: Popcorn, Honey Bunches of Oats with Almond Milk, Granola Bar

Dropped weight a bit last night after yesterday fasted cycling and caloric deficit. Loved having those morning Abs! However, I missed a workout today. I haven’t been so good with the P90X3 workouts this month. Not the right way to start out the first day training for the 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe but I had fun with my kids so that is all that matters, right? I was able to be active with the kids though which is good. We spent some time in the pool and played with the BowSwim. Hoping I’ll be able to get into the pool tomorrow and get in some swimming time again 🙂

On another note and possibly a reoccuring theme you will see for the next 6 months is the fact that I am extremely excited about helping Zerocancer.org raise some money to increase awareness for Prostate Cancer at the IM Lake Tahoe. I love that I am getting to do something good while training for such a milestone event in my life. I hope that people will help me make a difference!

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