Category Archives: Fitness

P90X Update

So, we’re half way through P90X, and while we love it and what it’s doing for us, there are some other life issues that are getting in the way, and we’re going to have to put P90X on hold, I think, probably until February.

I’m really torn about it, because I don’t want to quit, but the workouts are long, and we just can’t fit them in at a reasonable hour and still get enough sleep.

“But,” I can hear you say, “There’s lots of time in the day!”

You’d be right, and all of that time right now is taken up by a few things. We get up at 5:45 in the morning, so that Wendy can get to work on time, and then I work until 3:30, at which time I pick up the kids from school and watch them until Wendy gets home from work which would normally be about 5:00.

Except for the issues she’s dealing with because of the four idiots over the past year that couldn’t drive their way out of a box and totalled two of her cars. Right now, she’s seeing at least one therapist of some sort each day, which means she typically doesn’t get home until six or six thirty, then it’s time for dinner, which leads us to 8:00 or so, and then getting the kids to bed and making sure they get some time with her, and she doesn’t get a break until 9:00 at night. To then have to exercise for an hour and fifteen minutes or more means we’re often working out until 11:00 at night, and we can never get a solid nights sleep except for two days a week.

So, until she can dump a few of these physical/massage/accupuncture therapy treatments, we’re going to go back to doing workouts that are more in the 30-45 minute range so we can get a good nights sleep, which, in many ways, is just as important as the exercise.

P90X First Week

We finally, FINALLY, started P90X last Teusday, and today is our rest day.  I thought that after doing Power 90 and Power 90 Masters Series that P90X would be  a little harder, but something that would come pretty easily – to the point where I really thought I ‘d be able to at least complete all the exercises except for maybe the pullups.


It’s absolutely a step above those other programs. I am sore today like I was sore the first week of Power 90 after having never worked out. I can finish about 85% of Ab Ripper X, about 90% of Yoga X. Anything with pullups, I struggle to complete more than about 4-6 full pullups before having to resort to using a chair for the rest of the workout. I ran out of gas on the pushups in Chest & Back. The only workout that went about how I expected was Kenpo X, which I found to be pretty much the easist of the bunch.

I’m excited to see the changes over the next 83 days. I’m really hoping I can do the pullups by the end.

You Don’t Need Surgery (A Rant)

Wendy has a friend from a long time ago that she just got back in touch with using Facebook. He appears to have been impressed with the results we got from our weight loss adventure, and they got to talking about it. He and his wife, apparently have been considering gastric bypass surgery to lose whatever weight they may have. I don’t know how much they weigh, or how much they need to lose, but it’s apparently quite a bit (I would hope) as they are considering the surgery and the doctors seem willing to do it for them.

One interesting tidbit I learned from Wendy after this conversation was over is that the doctors won’t perform the surgery until they lose 10% of their wieght. For a three hundred pound person, that’s 30 pounds, which is not insignificant. One other thing I know, from having another friend go through it, is that it severely restricts the amounts you can eat, and even the types of foods you can eat, and if you eat too much of anything or certain things, it can cause all sorts of problems. And one last note, if you watched The Biggest Loser last season and saw Ron, he’d had the same surgery, and it certainly didn’t solve his problem. Also, it’s surgery, so it costs a hell of a lot, and death is certainly a possibility.

The last three items alone, possibility of death, might not work, potentially unpleasant post surgery life, should make anyone think twice about the surgery, three times, even. But when you add in the first item, that you have to do a bunch of work on your own before they even let you have the surgery, why would you want to go through with it at all? Certainly, if you can lose 10% of your body weight, what’s preventing you from losing another 10%, and another?

The reason GB surgery works at all is because it limits your calorie intake and absorbtion. You just feel fuller, and it bypasses most of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. You can limit the calorie intake all on your own. Hell, the fact that they require you to lose 10% of your weight before the surgery should prove to you that you can do it. Very few people actually need the surgery.
So why do people opt for the surgery despite the risks and side-effects (see here: WebMD on Gastric Bypass)?

I have to think it’s due to two dangerous mindsets. The first is our media. In their desire to push the story out, and the prevailing idea that the media should just report and not get involved (though political media certainly seem to get involved), we have a situation where by reporting the statistics about obesity or the number of people who lose weight only to gain it right back, the media has taught us that you can’t, by yourself, lose weight and keep it off. What the media really needs to be doing when they report on these things is providing real information about how to go about solving whatever personal problem that you may have. Provide us the statistics, sure, but help us solve the problem, too.

The second is that people in our society want everything done right now for minimal effort. People look for quick fixes and fixes where they don’t have to put a lot of effort into it. This is why we have all sorts of fad diets and diet drugs, and any other quack idea that may relieve them of the need to actually do anything.

What you get when you combine those two is the mistaken belief that surgery is the answer, and it’s not. Did I say it already? If you lost 10% already, in order to get the surgery done, you can lose more without the surgery. You can limit your caloric intake if you want. You can put your mind and body to work and gain more out of it than just the weight loss. With weight loss that comes from a real fitness program, you gain confidence, and the ability to put your newfound confidence to work. And, you don’t have to put up with all the nasty side effects of the surgery.

Just to add one more nasty little statistic (you can see it in that article I linked to above), “One study noted that people lost about one-third of their excess weight (the weight above what is considered healthy) in 1 to 4 years.” One third of the excess weight? So a 400 pound man that should be 200 pounds loses 60 pounds in a minimum of 1 year? That’s not success in my book, it’s dismal failure. I’ve lost 60 pounds in 6 months from exercise and a well balanced, properly sized diet, and it didn’t cost me thousands of dollars, a painful surgery or years of dealing with vitamin deficiencies or anemia or lack of energy.

If your considering Gastric Bypass surgery, just don’t. There are better options.

How Much Is Your Health Worth To You?

We went camping this past weekend at Alta Lake State Park, and had a blast. We went with my brother and his family, and my parents, and some other friends of my brother, some of which I knew, others I didn’t. He has a boat, and generally, attached to this boat, are various and sundry tubes upon which you lay, sit, or stand while being dragged around this lake at high speed. Great fun. Two years ago, we did the same thing, and no amount of prodding would get me to plant my ass on said tube. Why? Because I felt like a boat and was generally out of shape and uninterested in doing anything athletic because I would tire quickly.

Two years later, after six months of exercise and eating right, I was arguably the fittest male among our group (I say arguably because my brother would likely argue 😉 ), and I was certainly in far better shape than I was two years ago. And damn if tubing isn’t fun!

Until you lose your wedding ring in the lake because it’s terribly loose on your finger because you’ve lost so much weight.

Three days later, I’m still upset about it. I didn’t realize how much emotion and devotion was tied up in that ring until it was gone. It was the ring my wife put on my finger when we got married, and though we’ll replace it in some sort of meaningful fashion, the new one will never have the same set of memories attached to it. It was just an $800 hunk of metal, but it was an $800 hunk of metal imbued with my memories and quite a bit of magic. I still have the memories, but now, they’ll also be associated with that loss.

However, when I asked Wendy how she felt about it, she said that my health and the things it allowed me to do (like tubing) were completely worth the loss of the ring. So we’ll go do a ring search, and I’ll find a couple rings I like, and then she’ll go back and pick it out and present it to me in some sort of tiny little ceremony that we like to do (probably similar to the one we do every year on our Anniversary), and it will be special, and it will be a symbol of the new “Us”. And it will always serve to remind me to take my ring off before going tubing!

I Have Permission, Really I Do!

Wendy has finally given me permission, even told me to go ahead and do it so she can show off how hard she’s worked, to post her before and after shots. Needless, I think, to say, but we are both absolutely thrilled with the results the other has accomplished.

Wendy before P90Wendy after (so hot!)