Sunday, May 18, 2014

Week of 5/11 - 5/17 Daily Burn

In the immortal words of my daughter Evelyn, "Hey, I got a nice idea!" Let's talk about last week.

(I skipped a week, so what? I'm not good at this.)

Sunday: ...was Mother's Day, and I didn't do anything special because I am a terrible husband and son. We went an ate at this Mexican restaurant down Belmont blvd called Chago's Cantina and it was super, super good.

Monday: Started cleaning up the diet by eating better food, so I was hungry all day.

Tuesday: Successfully cooked a fish dinner for the first time. There was a failed fish dinner about six years ago and I guess I've been scared to try again since. This was good though. Tomato-topped Sole. Really nice.

Wednesday: The workout I did on Monday and Tuesday made my back extremely sore so I went to Walmart and bought Tiger Balm patches. I don't know if they worked or the stretches I did, but it got better as the day went along. Made a marinara sauce which was a fun experience.

Thursday: Nothing happened

Friday: Laundry, dishes, vacuum, recycling, cleaned out the fridge...very productive day around the house. Felt nice!

Saturday: Nothing happened

Now this is usually the part where I isolate a day and talk about something, but there was something that happened throughout the week that I wanted to address.

Last week (the week I didn't write about) I started my 30 day free trial of Daily Burn, a fitness video subscription service that I had been meaning to check out for some time. I signed up, and they also gave me a free trial of their Ignite service, which is a nutrition program. I figured I'd give the Ignite thing a try because it was free, and I didn't expect to use it much at first, but the more I read the stuff on there, the more it got me thinking about the food I eat and how I could strive to do better.  They say on the plan you do the "Ignite" phase, which is a sort of cleanse, I guess. For 21 days, you avoid the "Evil 6" which is dairy, gluten, soy, added sugar, artificial sweeteners and alcohol. I thought it sounded too extreme at first, but the more I thought about it, I decided to dive in head first and give it a shot. So I went out and bought 2 lb jug of vegan protein powder, and a whole bunch of greens. I started on Monday and am still rolling along a week later. Coupled with the workout program I enrolled into (Tactical Body weight Training) I've already lost a couple pounds after just a week. I had really hit a wall, a plateau of sorts with my fitness routine, and that's because I had been trying to out-train a bad diet for months. After seeing immediate results with this new level of diet and exercise, I've never been more motivated to shed fat and gain muscle in my life. I'm a completely different person than I was just a short 10 months ago.  I had been doing well with what I was doing, which was a bunch of Jillian Michaels DVDs and stuff (30 day shred (for 9 months!), Extreme Shed and Shred) but I knew I had to find something else to take my game to the next level. Over the course of those months of working out, I had lost 20 pounds and a couple inches here and there, and had some muscle definition for the first time ever. Clothes fit on me nicely! But, I wanted to go further...And for me, Daily Burn is clearly the answer.

I never talk about my fitness, my workouts, my diet, my passion for getting in the best shape of my life because I don't feel the need to share these details with the world. I'm not getting in shape to show off to people on Facebook how awesome I am. I'm doing it for myself, and to set a good example for me and my family that hard work, dedication to something can and will produce results. I want my kids to be raised in a house of healthy living. I want them to see exercise as in important part of a daily routine, and not something that should be avoided because sitting around watching TV is so much more satisfying, which is something that I've done my entire life. I want to change that road they were probably heading down, because we'll all be happier if we don't go that route. You still can sit around watching TV, but you should be recovering from a killer workout. I mean, my kids are just little right now, and I don't want them doing circuits of squats and push-ups or anything, but I want them so see me doing this, so that they understand that exercise is normal.  I have never felt better in my life, and I've never been in better shape, and I'm not even close to where I want to be.

I've also gotten a swift kick in the pants these past few weeks because my wife has started a workout program of her own. If I know my wife, she will soon surpass me in any endeavor we both undertake, because she is just all around stronger and better than me, which I love. I can't let her do that, so I must go harder and better than ever before. Physical fitness isn't a competition, but, you know, it sort of is...haha. I've never felt more proud of my wife than I have these past few weeks as she's started to change her life like I have. She's working very hard, and I can't wait to see how far she can take it. She's a kick ass woman, and I love her to pieces. Keep it up, baby.

So I didn't think this would go as long as it has, but in conclusion, let me say that I fully endorse Daily Burn. It really is worth it, from what I've experienced. They've got everything on there for any fitness level you may be at. It's a lot of fun to see what you can do with your own body. If you were thinking of maybe trying something different or something new, go get a 30 day free trial of Daily Burn and see if you like it. I do!

 (I should get paid for this shit...)

Also, enjoy this post, because don't expect me to talk about this stuff much, if ever again. I don't like it, I think it makes me sound like a douche, and I'm probably not going to share this post on social networks, because I feel weird about it. No one should feel special just because they work out. Everyone should work out. Do you feel special because you breathe oxygen? Brag abut that! If you ever see me "check in" on social media into a gym just to tell everyone how much better I think I am than everyone else, shoot me in the face. Just put your head down, get it done, and keep it to yourself. It's okay to be proud of your finished result...but there is no finish line. So what's to celebrate? (If you want to talk about a marathon or a 5K or whatever, go for it, because there actually IS a finish line. Go ahead and share that stuff, and be proud of what you've accomplished. That's totally different to me) The only person who should be sharing their activities in the gym is The Rock, because my god, look at that motherfucker.  He's huge!

Okay, shit, for real that's all. Okay bye. 

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