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Michael Delaney [userpic]

Workouts can be killers

August 5th, 2009 (06:53 pm)

I haven't been in LiveJournal for a while. I was dragged kicking and screaming into Facebook and I haven't left since.
However, I did restart (big surprise) P90X over two weeks ago and I am halfway into week three. I needed to lose the weight and get back into my size 32 pants. I swore I wasn't going back to size 36 again and I meant it. I have been extreme. I have missed workouts, but when I do, I do extra workouts to make up the difference.
I am at 218 pounds and I need to get to 195-200 to get back to comfortable in my body again.
I am going to get to size 30 and 175 before Halloween if it kills me, which considering what I put myself through today, might not be too far from the truth.
Yeah, I did an hour of Shoulders and Arms, 15 minutes of Ab, 30 minutes jogging and will bike 2 miles to work and 2 miles back in the morning.
Tomorrow is Yoga, which I have been putting off for a while. I can't keep putting it off. I know it's what my body needs.

Michael Delaney [userpic]

Back to P90X

July 13th, 2009 (05:52 pm)

I intend to go to a Halloween party dressed as a Gladiator. I REALLY needed to pick up with P90X again.
I haven't been here at LiveJournal for a while since I got roped into Facebook. I never intended to be there, but a friend of mine invited me and I am sort of glad I did. I found over 15 of my friends that I haven't heard from in a very long time. I even found an old friend from when I was much younger. He had moved several years ago and I hadn't heard from him since.

Anyway, I am back to P90X with a vengeance! Gods I hope it doesn't kill me.

Michael Delaney [userpic]

Lordy... lordy...

June 18th, 2009 (06:06 pm)

What a workout! I needed to catch up (remember, our worst enemy is our own mindset) and so I did the Ab-Ripper first (to make sure I actually do it) then the Back and Biceps (A killer workout on its own) and then, after a brief rest, I went right into Kenpo!
Tomorrow I will do the Yoga workout in the morning (to take up time before all the stores open up)
That leaves Saturday which will be a stretch of Ab-Ripper, Chest and Triceps and Plyo. That will completely catch me up for week six. Only seven more weeks to go.

I have been terrible about my workouts and I realized that I am destined to forever do hour long workouts five to six days a week. When I stop, my weight goes back up. Genetics was fair with my health, but abysmal with my metabolism and weight.


Michael Delaney [userpic]

What a workout!

June 11th, 2009 (02:58 pm)

I had forgotten just how tough the second string "Back and Shoulder" workout can be! I can barely lift my arms, but what a wonderful burn it is.
Summerland festival is coming and I want a Beach Body for the occasion.

Just remember, the only competition you have is yourself!

Michael Delaney [userpic]

Been a while...

June 8th, 2009 (05:47 pm)

It's been a while since I posted anything. The calendar shoot is past (though I wish I would have given more thought to what I was wearing.) Summerland festival is just around the corner (August 20th) and I am hoping to lose a lot more of the weight that I managed to find in the past year.
The P90X is helping, though I would be far better off if I could do this a little more regularly. I saw a poster that truly spoke to me. There was an athlete sweating with determination in their eyes. The caption said, "You vs. You!" The only individual I have to contend with and compete against is me.
If I can remember that, I can do this thing!

Bring It!

Michael Delaney [userpic]

The deeds are done...

May 29th, 2009 (07:39 am)

Last weekend was a great time. The photo shoot went better than I expected. I wasn't physically where I wanted to be, but I was a lot closer than I was over five weeks ago. I wore my sarong and now I wish I would have worn the Great Kilt. It would have hidden some of the imperfections that will inevitably show up in the photos.
THe Bardic Competition was a lot of fun and I am glad that I stuck with it. I already have several ideas for next year.

Michael Delaney [userpic]

Vacation over... :-(

May 26th, 2009 (07:39 am)

Oh my what a weekend this was! I stepped well out of my comfortable boundaries for some fun in the sun. First I posed for a beefcake calendar shoot. The nice photographer lady took many... many... many pictures in various poses and various scenarios. I was wearing a purple sarong and wished I would have thought to wear my kilt instead. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20.
Then I gave in and competed in the Bardic Competition for the first ever Wellspring Bardic Chair. I gave it my best but I didn't quite have the necessary oomph to win. My storytelling skills are a bit lacking, but I was strong in the songcraft. We decided that the competition needs a score for popular vote. The judges have their opinion, but I think the people should have as much say in the judging as they do in the Mead competition.
It was a lot of fun and I intend to try again next year. I believe, as long as I am the Grove's Chief Bard, it is my duty to keep defending the Grove's honor!

So, I am continuing the P90X as I am really liking the results I am still getting. I would love to be losing more weight, but my jeans fit nicely and I am getting closer and closer to the size 30 jean that wins me my suede pants!


Michael Delaney [userpic]

Yoga day...

May 18th, 2009 (07:25 pm)

Only five more days until the photo shoot. No, I'm not where I would like to be, but I feel a lot better about where I am. This is a recovery week in P90X. Don't let the name fool you, the recovery week just stops using the weights as resistance and the whole body becomes the object of focus.

I think there are possibly a few poses that accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.
Let's hope for the best!

Either way, this will be a wonderful week. Thursday Mom and I will be taking our annual trip to Cedar Point Amusement Park. We have been doing this for over 30 years. I was actually only 6 the first time we went. Of course, I couldn't ride most of the rides, but we had a really good time. We have watched rides come and go and seen the evolution of the park.

After we get back, I will have packed for Wellspring. I will be there from Friday to Sunday. The photo shoot, I understand is on Saturday.


Michael Delaney [userpic]

Who stole my body...?

May 15th, 2009 (10:32 pm)

OK, I know this wasn't my body when I woke up. (OK, I know, it's Friday and I've been up since Thursday afternoon.) I am about to take my shower after the second workout of the day. I did Plyometrics this morning and just finished Shoulders and Arms. I looked in the mirror and noticed my arms. Whose arms are these? I realize they are pumped with blood after the workout, but this is ridiculous!
Another week of doubles and I might just be ready for the photo shoot in 8 days. Or I am going to drop dead from exhaustion and I can be in the Dead Pagans of the Community calendar.
I'm out of here!

Michael Delaney [userpic]

In the face of adversity...

May 12th, 2009 (09:39 pm)

I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get a workout in today. Yesterday I spent the day mowing the lawn and figured my arms and back had more than enough for the day.
I had a busy schedule for today, but a meeting was cancelled, so I had more time than I thought and I managed to get the Chest and Back routine finished. So, I am still on schedule.
The photo shoot is less than two weeks away. I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I know I am a lot better than I would be if I hadn't!

I still have to finish my Assistant Senior Druid and Bardic report for the Council of Elders meeting and the May business meeting. I have to work on my submissions for the Bardic competition at Wellspring, and hopefully get my material for the Bardic submission for Clergy. No pressure.


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