Revisiting An Old Life

So my going to the gym in the morning hasn't been working out quite as planned. Just can't bring myself to getting up in the morning and leaving the apartment -- I always find an excuse like too cold, too ugly out and best of all: just a few more minutes of sleep. I've gained like about 20 lbs since last summer and my back as been feeling it.

As fate would have it, the other day I got a phone call from a friend (Alex). What started out as a normal conversation took a turn for the worst. He brought up this old program I did back in college called P90X -- it was a good time in my life. Was fit and healthy and my body was agile as ever. The problem was the amount of time it took daily to keep up with the program. Eventually nearing the last few weeks I got distracted with stuff like going out and eating like a pig.

Our conversation went on and he asked me if I could join him to do the new version of P90X called P90x3. At first I was like Oh god and then was I was super hesitant about it. But I have this thing where I can't let people down. And hey doing this is probably the best thing I can do for myself. So I agreed but told him I would look into it and let him know in a few days if I'm actually going to put myself through it all again.

So the next day I started looking up some reviews and stories from people who have done the new program. As I looked around, I found out that this is a super new program that was just released in December. Oh yeah forgot to mention, this program is lead by the coolest guy in the world Tony Horton. This guy is beyond energetic and full of life. Say what you want about him, but he is probably the coolest guy I know (virtually). Anyways, since the program was fairly new, the reviews and stories were pretty limited -- hell because it's a three month program, people are still in the first phase of it.

So from what I could find about it and the differences between this version vs the first version I tried a few years back is:

  1. This one is much quicker than the first -- like literally 30 mins vs the original 60+ minutes. Now yes, this doesn't include the warm up and cool down, but still the amount of time is much less than the original.

  2. According to the testimonials, this one is much better and efficient in weight loss and acheiving personal goals. Now this remains to be seen only because everyone's body is different. So I'll see how it goes as time goes on.

  3. The Yoga portion of it is significantly shorter. When I say significantly, I mean much less than the 90 minutes the original one was. Yoga is amazing for the body and helped me out a lot, but doing it for 90 minutes straight was just so overwhelming.

Everything else is relatively the same from what I've seen -- but again I won't know till I try it.

I decided to go with it and do it as a team effort with Alex -- Call it peer-pressure or even me needing a reason to do something good for myself -- either way I probably needed the push. So far I'm just reading through the material and trying to plan out the next three months. Obviously it won't go completely according to plan -- but it's nice to have some sort of blue print.

I'll keep updating this blog with results and what not -- should be an interesting three months coming up. Oh and the first one to back out of this program within the three months buys liquor for the rest of the year. It's always nice to have an incentive for not quitting (or quitting first =]).

Quote of the night from Mark Twain:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

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