In the words of Naked Eyes, “You made me, promises, promises” Alright. Alright. Alright. (Not in the voice of Mr McConaughey) I know I said I was going to start blogging again. And I know I said this over a year ago. But time doesn’t always work the way you want it to. Last January I was finishing up my Career Technical Education credentials in Business and Construction and thought I would have a bit more time to work out and keep track of my health and fitness the way I used to. However, what we often want to do and what happens sometimes doesn’t exactly fall into alignment. Now just a short year later, I find myself in a similar situation. I am currently working on clearing another credential and now I believe I have less time to focus on myself this time around. So what does this mean? It just means I need to get better at time management and prioritizing what is going to help me be the healthiest version of myself so that I may help the greatest number of people.
So after this coming weekend is over, once the bands have played their last songs at the One Love Festival, I will begin to embark on a journey to get back to where I once felt strong and healthy. Some of the friends I made the first time around are ready to join me in this journey as well. And if there is one thing that I have learned is that we are better and stronger together. I hope that my diary of this journey helps you to find some motivation to do a little more for your health and fitness too.
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!
I was going to say tomorrow, but I guess it is already here. So TODAY I am starting my second round of P90X2. This will be at least a 13 week Challenge, maybe longer? It was a little less than a year ago that I started my journey back to becoming a healthy person again. Beachbody provided the avenue for me to do this successfully and so with Beachbody I am staying. P90X got me the major transformation and P90X2 took me that next step forward to be competitive in a few triathlons this past season. Today I start it all over and I am going to attack P90X2 with definite purpose. The triathlon season starts back up in March for me and I am so excited for this opportunity to be where I need to be in my training once the 2013 season hits! So just like I did with the Asylum, I will be posting my meals and training in a daily log format. So follow me on this fitness journey over the next three or so months. I will do what I can to make it interesting. Who knows I just might inspire a few people to take on a Challenge of their own? I hope it’s you!