Make a Calendar- Stick to It

One of the keys to my success has been that I make a calendar, and stick with it. For me, one of the major reason I was stuck in the fitness doldrums was that I took far too relaxed of an approach to my schedule.

I, like many people, would go to the gym, warm up on the treadmill for 10 minutes, and walk around for an hour looking for machines to use with very little rhyme or reason to what I did.

That all changed last March when I began P90X. I had a schedule, I had a plan and I stuck to it. I tweaked the P90X schedule so that I had Yoga X on Saturdays (it is 90 minutes long and was far too long to do in the mornings before work). I stuck to the schedule and had really good RESULTS.

With my first round of P90X2, once again I decided to start off by sticking with the calendar. The only small change I made was moving Yoga to Saturday mornings. I love having yoga on Saturdays, it just feels like the perfect way to end a week and kick off the weekend.

I think what days you do which workout is less important than having a plan. I know myself. I know that if I came downstairs at 5:15 am, and had to make an on-the-spot decision about which disk to throw in, I would cop-out and pick the easiest one, every time. It is my natural inclination to revert to the path of least resistance, it is just how I am wired. Knowing this about myself (know thy self, right?) I go into each 3 month round of P90X, or whatever, with a plan. I create the calendar ahead of time I know, not guess, but know, ever day what I am going to do. I have tapped into to some other RESOURCES for helping me create hybrid schedules.

Making a calendar, and sticking to it has been one of the most important keys to my success with at-home workouts.

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The Next Round

Monday morning signals the start of my second round of P90X2.

For this round, I joined a Facebook group of guys who all did P90X2 together. We are doing a P90X2/Insanity: The Asylum Hybrid. I love hybrid workouts schedules because it keeps things fresh and exciting.

I did a P90X/Insanity hybrid for two rounds last year and I loved it. I am very excited to get started with this. The Asylum is the hardest cardio I have ever done. Insanity is hard, the Asylum is crazy.

Our first week looks like:

Week 1: (April 30)

Monday: X2 Total Body, X2 Ab Ripper
Tuesday: Asylum Speed & Agility
Wednesday: Asylum Strength, X2 Ab Ripper
Thursday: X2 Plyocide
Friday: X2 Balance & Power, X2 Ab Ripper
Saturday: X2 Yoga
Sunday: X2 Recovery & Mobility or Rest

The only workout I haven’t done yet is Asylum Strength, so I am excited to give it a shot. I have said this before, but one of my favorite parts of using Beachbody’s programs is that you can mix and match them to suit your personal needs, so you don’t get bored.

I thought my RESULTS from P90X2 were good, I think my results from the next 90 days are going to be insane.

NFL Draft Round 1- Mark Barron and Doug Martin

As I stated yesterday, I was hoping the Bucs would come out of the first round with Morris Claiborne or Trent Richardson. My worst fear was that the Bucs would stay put at #5 and be left with neither.

When the Browns traded up from 4 to 3 to pick Richardson, I thought things were looking bleak for the Buccaneers. Little I did I know, GM Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano had a plan all along.

Instead of moving up to pick Claiborne or Richardson, they moved back and selected Alabama Strong Saftey Mark Barron. I never really considered Barron for the Buccaneers, because sitting at pick 5, I didn’t think it was a good value. When the Bucs moved back to 7 and took him, I was surprised, but thrilled.

When I watch football, certain players jump off the screen. I can clearly remember watching Alabama’s drubbing of Penn State this year, and thinking that Mark Barron was a stud. The guy was all over the field making plays. He is big, strong, fast and really smart. Playing in a pro-style defense at Alabama under head coach Nick Saban, I have no doubt he can come in and start day one.

I went to sleep with about 5 picks to go in the first round and woke up surprised to see that the Buccaneers jumped back into the end of round one to grab Boise State running back Doug Martin. From everything I have read, he is a very complete back, out of a Ray Rice mold. As this was also a major need for Tampa (hence the interest in Richardson) I am fine with it. I would love to see the Bucs do some more wheeling and dealing and move into the top of round two to grab Nebraska LB Lavonte David. He is a stud and could eventually be a long-awaited replacement for my Mr. Derrick Brooks

Some of my other thoughts about round 1

  • The Browns gave up too much to move up one pick, but no one will care in a year when Trent Richardson is among the top 5 backs in the league
  • There was not enough excitement about picks 1 and 2. These guys are both going to be great players. But because we knew where they were going ahead of time, it killed the drama and excitement. All anyone cared about was pick 3 and beyond.
  • Something about Morris Claiborne worries me. He just has a look in his eye that screams that his score on the Wonderlic was not a mistake
  • Miami will regret the Tannehill pick. Mark my words.
  • Buffalo getting my son, Stephon Gilmore is cool. Danielle and I have planned for a long time that if/when we have a son, his name is going to be Stephon Gilmore. And damn is the young man good-looking.
  • One of the reasons I love watching sporting events with Danielle is that she doesn’t have any knowledge of most things ahead of time, so her reaction is based on nothing but what she sees, which is really refreshing. I usually know most of these guys back stories, and have a ton of accumulated knowledge that shapes my opinion. So when Seattle selected Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick and they showed his face, her immediate response was, and I quote: “He looks like a damn criminal.” As it turns out, that is exactly what he is. Terrible pick, terrible value. They could have gotten this guy at any point last night or tonight. If they loved him so much, move back and get him later. Rule #1 of drafting, don’t take a guy in the first round when you can get him in the 3rd. It’s just stupid. Pete Carroll always strikes me as thinking he knows more than everyone else.
  • Rex Ryan, when you draft a guy in the first round, and Mel Kiper spends five minutes questioning his effort and attitude, you probably took the wrong guy.
  • It turns out that the Browns had no intention of drafting Brandon Weeden with pick 22, but when Kendall Wright was taken at 20, on a whim they decided to scrap their entire plan (that being Colt McCoy at QB) and took Weeden. I think Weeden is going to be OK (maybe not much of an upgrade over McCoy) but in 15 minutes, the Browns front office made choices that will impact their team for a long, long time.
  • This is a great opportunity for the Bills to trade for McCoy, whom I thought they should have drafted when they had the chance three years ago.
  • The Steelers never blow anyone away with their picks, but they are always good picks. DeCastro is going to be a monster.
  • Did Jon Gruden ever see a team take a guy and have a negative thing to say about it? For a guy who scowles so much, you think he would be bubbling with negativity.
  • Speaking of Jon Gruden, is there anything worse for a Jon Gruden hating Buccaneers fan than having to listen to him discuss what is wrong with the Buccaneers, when so much of what he is talking about was his fault? I watch the draft to see Mel Kiper break down players, but when you stick Gruden on the set, in the middle of the table and allow him to talk non-stop for four hours, it becomes almost unwatchable for me. I know the picks were coming in fast, but Mel is the guy whose opinion I care about, not Chucky.
  • I am very excited about tonight.

RIP-B.C.S.

I have written about this BEFORE, and BEFORE, and BEFORE and BEFORE

But I think it bears repeating, I hate the BCS. I hate that someday I will have to explain to my children that we used to select the national champion of college football by letting computers rank teams and arbitrarily throwing the “top” two together, often leaving out of the mix other, equally or more deserving teams. I hate the excuses BCS people offer for why they think this system is the best they can do. I hate that they fail to see the reason and benefits of a playoff. I hate literally everything about it.

All of this is coming from someone who buys into the nostalgia of the bowls. I love the Rose Bowl, I love watching the sun set over Pasadena during the game. But the BCS needs to go.

It looks like that FINALLY may be happening. Change is a slow process, especially when there are entrenched interests who want nothing more than to protect their cash-cow. A four-team playoff is not perfect, but it is absolutely a step in the right direction. Ultimately, I would love to see an 8, or even 16 team playoff.

For now, baby steps.

With the Fifth Pick…

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…

Here is to hoping that either Morris Claiborne or Trent Richardson are still available when the Bucs pick at 5. I would seriously hate to have a repeat of the year the Bucs had a chance to go up and draft Calvin Johnson and instead chose to sit where they were and take Gaines Adams (who is now dead).

The Bucs have the chance to continue to completely remake the face of this team following what ended up being an absolutely terrible season. They have already added Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, two of the premier free agents available.

There was a time in my life (before the NFL went and screwed up the draft) when draft weekend was like a holiday for me. I will sit and watch about 48 straight hours of draft coverage. Then, I would proceed to go and add every new draftee into Madden, making the players as close to their real life abilities as possible, and play out the season. This took hours.

I don’t own Madden anymore (something I regret terribly) but I am still addicted to the Draft. So, who is your team? Who are you hoping they take?

I am going to be on Twitter tonight (following sporting events on Twitter is awesome). You can follow me @In_Terrys_Head

Site Update

With more than 500 people visiting this site yesterday thanks to my video being featured on the P90X Facebook Pageit was brought to my attention that I should make navigating the site a little easier.

I added to new tabs to the top of the page (just under the header) for Diet and Workout posts. I linked to all of my post from the last year that related to either of these topics.

I did this to help people find what they are looking for. Also, it will make things easier for me as I am trying to point people in the right direction when they are looking for advice.

I have yet to figure out how to add a “Contact Me” Icon to the site. Until I do, if you want to get in touch with me with questions, please email me at terrancegilmore@gmail.com or Facebook.com/terrygilmore1.

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