Jon Thysell

Father. Engineer. Retro games. Ukuleles. Nerd.

Month: April, 2010

P90X Day 8

I survived the first week of P90X!

I like that there’s some variability in the intensity of the workouts. Cause that means either parts of my body are doing pretty well, or that at the very least, I’m not exhausted everyday.

So far the only workout that seemed disappointing was the Kenpo X. During the Plyometrics, I had to keep taking breaks so my heart rate would go down. But during Kenpo X, I found that I actually had to do all the extra cardio in the “rests” because otherwise my heart was barely in the target zone.

Though, that being said, it wasn’t bad for a Saturday workout, cause afterward I didn’t just pass out and lose my weekend.

The Yoga X workout was the big surprise for me, as I’ve done yoga many times before, but with this it’s not the final positions that are tiring, but all of the prep moves you have to do each time that wear you out.

Today I had the first chance to set goals based on my previous week’s work. And I’m proud to say that I increased both weight and reps and was still nowhere near as tired as I was last week.

Although that Ab Ripper X is still murder.

Bring it!

/jon

Pawsgaard revised and now officially the first story of the Guineawick Tales

In September of last year, I posted a short story called Pawsgaard, about the mice of the town of Guineawick, and their adventures with the warrior-rabbit Sven Pawsgaard.

Since then, I’ve often thought about returning to that world, and so for the past few weeks I’ve taken it upon myself to clean up the story a bit, editing out inconsistencies and shortcuts. I’ve finally come up with a piece that I’m happy with, and so now I’d like to officially induct it as the first story of the Guineawick Tales canon.

So if you haven’t read it yet, or if you want to see if my changes have improved on the original draft, please check out Pawsgaard now!

I fully intend to continue writing more stories for the series. Here’s to more writing!

/jon

P90X Day 1

I started the P90X exercise program this morning, and I must say, I’m a little tuckered out. An hour of pull-ups and push-ups, followed by fifteen minutes of ab exercises. I’ll admit that I wasn’t able to keep up, that I pushed too hard during the first set, so my second set was a little weaker.

I took breaks, but I did every exercise as hard as I could, I did my best, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the program. Hopefully I’ll be better able to “Bring It!” as the program goes on.

Here’s to making that “before photo” a “goodbye photo”.

/jon

Interest in an OpenOffice.org P90X spreadsheet?

Ever since my own weight loss, I’ve come to recognize how important documenting progress is to maintaining the motivation to reach your goals. To that end I’ve been using my Weight Tracker ODS for over three years now, and so far I’ve kept off that 100 pounds and kept my weight under control.

Now, I’ve finally reached a point in my physical fitness goals where I think I’m ready to begin the P90X program next week. Among other things, I’m able to do full pull-ups for the first time in my life, and I’m now able to pass the P90X fit test. And as with my weight maintenance goals, I’ll want to keep a record of my progress with P90X.

Up until now I’ve been using a simple spreadsheet to track my fitness progress. For the P90X, I plan on using the paper tracking system it comes with. However, I’ve noticed that there’s a particularly nice Excel spreadsheet for P90X, which begs the question, should I make one for OpenOffice.org?

I don’t have the time to start making a new sheet before I start next Monday, but as it progresses, I might find myself itching to make another sheet. I guess, is there any interest in me making an ODS spreadsheet for P90X?