#UpYourGame 2017 – It’s Over!

This year’s #UpYourGame Challenge was quite the roller coaster, but I do feel that I came out of it better than I went into it.  I remain a work in progress (FUCKING PERPETUALLY), and indeed, when it comes to challenges, I am on to the next one almost immediately.  I want to keep the ball rolling, now that I’m in the right place mentally with my workouts and eating, so that’s just what I’m going to do.

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#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 17

You got your good news, you got your bad news.  And, by “you,” I’m really talking about me, because none of this affects you at all!

The good news is, this morning marked workout 10 of the 18 workouts in the 4 week Fitness Is Function Bodyweight program that I’m doing.  The bad news is, the workouts are still boring as fuck, because it’s the same goddamned moves every day, and worse still, now they’re longer.  The average time went up from 35 minutes to 45, and there’s one on the horizon that’s over 50 minutes.  Plus, weeks 3 and 4 have 5 workouts per week, instead of the 4 workouts in weeks 1 and 2.  Ugh.

Worser.  I’m going out of town on Saturday, for work, and I won’t be back until late next Wednesday.  So, I have to shuffle around the workouts I’m going to miss, while I’m away, which cuts out my scheduled rest day this Friday.  I’m making up one of the workouts I’ll miss before I leave, and the other one I’m making up after I get back.  Double ugh. Continue reading

Everything I Did (And Did NOT) Do to Grow My Hair Over 25″ Long

I’ve been sitting on this post since sometime last spring.  But, here we finally are.  In a video that is currently uploading, as well as in the post below, I outline the top things that I did/do, and the things that I DIDN’T/DON’T do, to grow my kinky hair past 25 inches long.  I’m not expert on hair, but I am an expert on my hair.  I figure, since people buy weave in lengths that are equivalent to my real hair’s length, I’ve made significant progress in my growth quest.

A lot of the things I’m about to go through are going to be things you’ve heard before.  Maybe even all of them will be things you’ve heard before.  Or, some of them may be the exact opposite of what you’ve heard before.  That’s kind of the problem with advice for growing out our ‘fros, or with the videos on YouTube about caring for afro-textured hair, in general.  There will be people making points in complete opposition to one another, and it can be hard to figure out whose advice you should take.  But, that actually brings me to my first point. Continue reading

#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 2

chili
This bowl of chili is a ghost. It was demolished shortly before this blog post. 

I have to say, day 2 went much better than expected. On the other hand, the beginning is nearly always much easier than the during. I’m happy to have the juice detox under my belt, I took some “before” pictures early this morning, and I’m generally feeling very excited to be taking care of myself, again.

I had scheduled a morning workout, knowing full well that there was a 97% chance that I wouldn’t actually do it until this evening. But, I got up around 6:45, took RayRay out for her usual first walk of the day, and rather than get back in bed, I thought about how much nicer it would be to come home from work tonight, knowing that I wouldn’t have to do a goddamned thing– that is, if and only if I just sucked it up, and did my wod there and then.

So I did. It wasn’t even awful! I’ve had this epiphany about morning workouts 423,231,945 times before, give or take, but if you just drag your ass out of bed and get it over with, it is ALWAYS worth it. Especially since I’m currently working out at home, which makes it even more doable. Let’s face it: Lying in bed for another 30 minutes isn’t ever going to make a positive difference in my energy level throughout the day.

I’m really going to work on forcing myself to get back in the habit of getting my workouts done before work, because by mid-morning, it’s like it never even happened! You don’t feel like you missed out on any sleep, plus, you get to enjoy your entire day without having a sweat session looming over your head, fucking up your opportunity to have a much nicer evening of watching YouTube videos and eating that batch of chili you FUCKING NAILED making yesterday– the aroma of which was still wafting through your apartment this morning, while you were doing bear crawls. Okay, for a lot of that, “you” is very clearly and specifically me, but me get the idea.

#UpYourGame 2017 – Day 1!

And, we’re off!  I wound up deciding to use day 1 as a day to do a quick juice detox.  You know– a “hard restart,” but for my guts.  I’m debating over doing a second day, since I do usually do 2-3 days.  But, I’m heading back in to work tomorrow, and I’m far too busy feeling depressed that the holiday break is officially over to stack having to juice all day long on top of it.

I didn’t work out today, on account of the juicing, but I just finished planning/scheduling my workouts for the next 4 weeks.  It may require some tweaking in the 3rd and 4th week, since it’s looking like I’ll be heading out of town, for work.  I’ll worry about that later.

To keep things simple (I prefer workouts and programming where someone else just tells me what the fuck to do), I’m going to be trying out Mark de Grasse’s Fitness Is Function 4 week bodyweight program, which I downloaded about two years ago, and then NEVER DID IT.  I also downloaded the kettlebell one, and NEVER DID THAT ONE EITHER.

I was probably just too busy doing other workouts, because I had been working out consistently at the time, and kept it up until the dog came around.  So, I guess I shouldn’t feel too bad about letting these ones sit on the shelf my hard drive, collecting proverbial dust.  Better late than never!

I’m also in the midst of making some turkey vegetable chili, at this very moment.  It’s simmering on the stove, the aroma taunting me, whilst I sip on green juice.  With this batch of chili, dinner is sorted for the whole week in one fell swoop, which is super dope.

Breakfasts will be eggs, as usual, since that’s all I ever seem to have time for (and, I often don’t even have time for that).

Lunches will be salads and other healthful choices from places near work.  I’ve got plenty of options.  It’s L.A.  Ideally, I’ll be brown bagging my lunch, once I get more on top of meal prep.

The primary objective is just to get back on a schedule, with my meals.  I think the only reason my poor diet hasn’t completely destroyed me is, I typically have only been able to have one or two meals, per day.  I haven’t had breakfast in weeks.  Yesterday, I worked all day on my 2016 hair favorites video, and didn’t eat until around 8pm at night.

I had a steak sandwich, in case you were wondering.  Last hurrah, and all.

Oh, and since that  mention of my last video segues so perfectly into a shameless plug, here it is:

#12DaysOfFitmas – Day 4

Which lie did I tell?  Because there was the one lie, where I said I was going to stick to bodyweight only workouts, and that went out the window on day 1.  Then, I also told you guys that I was going to do a 2 day juice detox before #12DaysOfFitmas began, and that also went out the window.

I realized that all of the holiday parties that would happen during the challenge–not to mention celebrating on Christmas and NYE themselves, right afterward– made it a bit less-than-smart to detox, only to turn right around and retox a few days later.  Instead, I’ll be doing a detox to start off 2017 for a couple days, then I’ll get real about eating properly.

In the meantime, I’m just trying to not eat like a complete idiot.  Though, my office Christmas party was last night.  There were tacos.  There were cupcakes.  There was hooch.  There was karaoke.  I indulged in all.

Which brings me to the third lie, wherein I actually didn’t get a workout in yesterday, on Day 3.  I’d planned to do it in the morning, before work.  But, I just didn’t have enough time, because I had to do a full beat on my face for two Facebook Live shows that I host on Thursdays.  Then, with the party after work (there was no going home in between, as the party was at our office), the dog and I got home pretty frickin late, and slightly turnt.  Especially the dog.

So, now I have to do a makeup workout, which isn’t a huge deal.  After all, in my previous Fitmas challenges, the feat has always been to do 12 workouts in 12 days.  I did always stipulate that if you want/need a rest day, it simply meant making up for that day’s wod with a double on some other day.

Still feels like I copped out, though.  Mainly because I didn’t say that explicitly for this year’s challenge.  Oh wells.

In any event, I got an a.m. workout in today, I’ll do an evening workout tonight and order will be restored.  My day 2 workout was the one you see in the video above, from Marcus Martinez.  I did modify it a bit by cutting it to 4 rounds instead of 5, for my currently-unfit-ass.  I’ve done this wod before, so I knew modification was going to be necessary.

Today, I did this circuit that I made up on my own:

4 Rounds

  • 20 swings
  • 5/5 clean + front squat
  • 8/8 rows
  • 20 Russian Twists
  • rest 60 sec

Pretty much the moment I picked up the kettlebell, the dog bolted, and hid out in the bedroom until I let her know it was over.  This is perfect!  As long as she stays freaked out by my workouts, I won’t have to worry about her safety.

Tonight, I’ll (finally) do an all bodyweight circuit, from MBodyPro, since I have that membership I bought years ago, and I haven’t used those workouts in forever.

Need food now.  Gotta go!

#12DaysOfFitmas – Day 1

So, I lied.  I said that I was going to focus on doing strictly body weight workouts for this year’s 12 Days of Fitmas, mainly because I have the puppy to worry about.  Wouldn’t want to clock her in the head with my 20kg kettlebell, you know?

I’d written a circuit I was going to do tonight, pulled out my whiteboard to write out the WOD, and then saw the *last* WOD I’d done at home still written on it, which was a nice little kb circuit.  Exactly the type of shit I need to be doing, since I’m coming from the couch back into workouts.  And, I caved.

I kept a close eye on the pup whilst I warmed up to see if she was getting too close, and to see if I’d need to be put her in her crate, or what have you, for safety.  But, she seemed so perturbed by what I was doing, she stayed away the entire time!  Like, peeking at me for a while, then scurrying away into the bedroom, type of deal.  Now, as I type this, she’s at my feet, nuzzling her cold, wet little nose on my leg, in hopes that I’ll pick her up.  Back to business as usual.

This is very encouraging!  I’m excited to be able to work out with weights so soon, and I’m excited to work out period.  The circuit I did is posted below, and I think I probably got it from Marcus Martinez, at some point or another.  I’m not really sure.  It went pretty well.  I did 4 rounds with my 12kg, just to keep it easy on my first day back.

I’ve been nursing some pain in my achilles for several months now (indeed, it began before I stopped working out, and well before I even got my dog; yet, it has not gone away despite the lack of workouts…).  It’s great to be able to use kettlebells at this stage, because I can work out hard without having to use any movements with impact, if I don’t want to.  Huzzah!

The WOD

4-6 Rounds

  • 10 alternating swings
  • 6 alternating clean + pause squat
  • 10 figure 8 to hold
  • 10 explosive deadlift
  • rest 60-90 (seconds, not minutes or days)