Let me start by saying that I am not an avid body builder, not even close.  While I would love to have the body of Usher or Terrell Owens, I don’t have that kind of patience or will power.  My whole life I have relied on the luck of my genetics.  Since I was young I could eat whatever I wanted and not gain a pound.  I love junk food.  Candy bars and Ice cream are items that I will NEVER do without. . .   no matter what.

My skinny body kind of sucked as a kid.  I idolized Walter Payton from the Chicago Bears and Jerry Rice from my San Francisco 49er’s but my mom told me that I couldn’t play pop warner football because I would get killed by the big kids.  So I didn’t play in organized football until I was a sophomore in high school and I no longer lived with my mom.  I remember when I was a junior and I was in the gym working out, one of the assistant coaches started helping me lift.  He said I could be really good if I put on a few pounds.  He said “what do you weigh?  Like 175 or 180?”  I looked at him and told him I actually only weighed 150 pounds.  He couldn’t hide his disappointment.

I started drinking milkshakes and buying some of the workout supplement protein powder, but I wasn’t meant to be a muscle head.  My size helped me to do very well in track and field as well as basketball.  It even helped me in football because I was very quick and elusive and despite my size I could tackle bigger kids.  In fact I lead my team in tackles my junior year and I was a corner back.  Think about that, leading tackler and I was way out covering wide receivers.  Guess you could argue that my defensive linemen and linebackers sucked, but whatever.

When I was fresh out of high school, my friend Victor and I got a membership to a gym that had opened in Rohnert Park.  We went all the time and had visions of being buff, but I hated that place.  Dudes just walked around like they were god’s gift and the women just stood on the treadmills trying to look sexy while all the guys looked at them.  It was often crowded and I will never love the smell of a public gym.  So nasty.  We used to go in and jump on the stair master side by side.  We always went for 10 or 15 minutes and had it on the hardest setting possible.  We would sweat our asses off.  But in reality we really weren’t helping our selves any.

I finally felt like I was getting out of shape about 5 years ago.  I was a manager at a grocery store and my job didn’t involve any physical activity.  I walked around in a suit and tie and just talked all day and ate.  That seemed to be all people did at that store.  Share stories and homemade desserts.  When I weighed myself I realized I weighed more than I ever had in my life.  I didn’t feel really out of shape but I was.  I saw a picture of myself with my daughters by the pool and I realized that I was pretty. . .  well. . . gross.  I didn’t want to be that dad.

My wife and I spent some time with Billy Blanks doing the Taebo videos years before.  I actually like that workout and it was fun but I really needed more.  So I got the p90X workout.  At this time I was working as a manager trainee in Nashville.  I usually worked 2-9 at night.  By the time I got home it was 10 or 1030 pm and I would jump on the P90X video.  By the time I finished the workout I was wired and couldn’t fall asleep until like 3 in the morning.  I felt great results doing the workout but it was too long.  I got through the 90 days and then stopped working out.

About 6 months ago I decided to start back working out.  I got the insanity 30 minute workouts.  I like insanity, it will kick your ass.  I did this for a couple of weeks but it got boring very quick and I stopped doing it.  I ran into the P90X3 workout and had to get them.  30 minute workouts are great for me.  I work 60+ hours a week and hardly have time or energy to do anything when I get home.  I am almost done with week 3 and look forward to the next phase of this workout.

I must mention that I kind of cheat too.  I don’t do the Wednesday workout (yoga) because that is basketball night.  I go to the gym and play between 4 and 8 games of basketball.  I also usually skip Sunday because I want a day off and it is stretch day (dynamix).  I also don’t do the nutrition schedule,  I never believed in “dieting”, last time I did P90X I ate better naturally.  When you work out you tend to want healthier food and besides that it made me drink more water( I never drink water, I hate it).

I did research the recovery drink that Tony Horton mentions so often in his work out videos.  To buy it from Beach body cost a lot of money.  People who work, out swear by this recovery drink.  It is supposed to help your muscles recover from a hard workout and give you the stamina to go onto the next workout the next day without being so sore.  I make my own recovery drink and it works great.  A work out recovery drink should be 4-1 ratio of carbs to protein.  So I buy a jug of chocolate milk from the store and a container of agave nectar.  1 cup of chocolate milk and 2 tablespoons of agave and I drink it.  I have noticed that I feel so much better the next day and I am not starving an hour after my workout like I usually am.

So I just wanted to start this blog entry off with information about starting my workout and post results good and bad for P90X3.  I will keep you posted on the results and how it is going and when I feel brave enough post the before and after photos.

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