Try-Try Try Again

Back on April 12th, I attempted to get back into a fitness regimen by starting the T25 Alpha workout which is a five-week program. My starting weight was 224.6, and I did great the first week and weigh in at 219 at the end of the first week. I am reaching 50 this year, and I know that is not an excuse, because there are older folks that compete in fitness tournaments and start their weight loss journey older than me. It was tough, the second and third week, went great, I made it through each exercise each day – not nailing them, but making it through the days’ exercise. During the fourth week on Wednesday, I had some family issues, which I talk about in Troubled Daughter post. That took away any means for me to work out on Thursday, and that rolled into Friday. Over the weekend it was ok, but Sunday evening it was all downhill. I did not work out one day of the fifth week. I had pizza and beer that Friday to make things worse – I blew it. The thing is when I weighed in that final week Saturday, I lost a little less than a pound from the week before, I came in at 222. I thought that was strange since I did not work out at all and ate poorly – go figure. I told myself that Saturday that I would start the program over again the following Monday, of course, that was last week, the week of May 17-21, which means I did not start.

Ok so, Today May 24, 2021, I started the T25 Alpha program again, my first weigh-in is 222.7. This time, I was thinking maybe if I record each day as I exercise, I would stick to the program. Better yet I will post on my YouTube channel each workout and maybe, just maybe, I will stick to the whole five-week program this time around. I am thinking if I believe people are going to see me, maybe it will hold me responsible – I don’t know that was an idea I had. The thing is that trying to fit in some kind of exercise is tough, for me at least. Let me give you a brief overview of my day; I wake up at 5 am to get ready to go to work and I start working at 6 am. I work until 3:00 PM. Now, being at home there is no commute, so at 3 pm I help my daughter with her homework, which takes anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the assignment. I then take a little break, but during the break, I start prepping items for dinner that evening. I left open 4-4:45 to work out because I start working on dinner around 5, we usually eat at 6:30 each evening. After dinner, I clean the kitchen Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun, because Tue and Thur my daughter cleans the kitchen. The main cooking is done by my partner, she is a better cook in the kitchen unless cooking that day has anything to do with BBQ, that is my domain. Anyhow, I am usually done cleaning the kitchen by 7:30 depending on what is cooked – sometimes more dishes are used one day than another. At 7:30 I then try and write for my blog, prep any videos, and take care of my social media platforms, and as many as you already know, it can take a few hours – depending on what content is put out there. So, my day sort of ends at 9:30 pm, give and take. I then try and sit with my partner for at least an hour to watch a show, don’t want to neglect her. So we are looking at 10:30 to 10:45 pm wrapping up my day, now I sometimes sit and see if anyone contacts me or I spend a little time reading some blog post,  there are some amazing people out there and the content they put out is just amazing – I still have a ways to go.

As you can see my 4 to 4:45 window is small, and believe me I have had to occasionally use that time for family and work issues. Other times, my day is exhausting so I end up watching some TV, maybe catch a quick NHL game or some news. That is the reason I say it is hard for me to get into a fitness program. Thing, I might have mentioned this, but there is a good possibility that I will be losing my job in three months or so, and that is when I realized that I need to get back into taking care of myself because I read that this pandemic has caused people to lose focus on themselves and if you go out to an interview employers see that if you let your self go, this might reflect on your performance – just saying, it might not be true. That is why I decided to get back into shape, take care of myself not just for the next potential employer, but for myself as well.

So here I am again, the second attempt to try and stick to 25 minutes a day for 5 weeks.

Published by iPapito

Strange but true, I was born in San Salvador, as an abroad US citizen. It sounds strange, but you see, my mother was 5 months pregnant and happen to be visiting San Salvador. She slipped and fell in a pool and well, I was born. I am a twin, but unfortunately, he did not make and I did. My mother’s side of the family happens to be well of, and I had the opportunity to live a nice life early in my childhood. You know, private school, servant, nice home, and vacations. Things change when my mother decided to follow my father to the United States and well, that is where my story begins. I started a blog a while back, but life sort of hit and I left it behind, but now as I am a bit older, I decided I needed an avenue to share my experiences with others, while at the same time allowing me to open up and talk like I am on someone’s couch, I guess you could say. This blog will be more like an open book, created by experiences that I have had throughout my life. Experiences that many could relate to and what I did or how I handled it, you know after the fact. You never know there just might be a piece of information, idea, an option that someone could use and it would help them through the experience. Just remember these are my experiences, things I have been through, work through, and lived through – it does not mean I am right, but it does not mean I am wrong – it is simply an experience.

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