JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 17

I woke up this morning to head to Church. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to do my HIIT cardio real quick afterwards before I headed to work. 

I decided I would go because knowing me I probably wouldn’t’ want to go to the gym after I get off work. I ate three slices of pizza when I got to work along with some apples. I was supposed to start my apple diet, but there’s this excuse I always give to myself. Don’t waste food. Eat it and then start your diet. Oh well. I bought a huge bag of apples at Walmart last night. I’m thinking that I’ll eat one every hour.

On Day 17 of this workout routine, I have to say that I like it. Sure, I’m not going as heavy as I wish I could but as long as I gain steady progress. That’s what really counts. I’m thinking after I’m done the program I’ll join beach body again. Who knows…

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JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 16

I must be in love with that snooze button because I did not wake up till like 5:45AM. I’m lying in bed thinking that I’m just going to skip it. I won’t have time to do it because I have work. Maybe I should go. Maybe I should just clean up real quick. I quickly get out of bed to jump into the shower. The water is freezing, but at least I’m wide awake. I feel like I’m forgetting something. Yeah. My preworkout. I can’t leave the house without my preworkout.

I step outside and into my car I start driving into the freezing weather. It’s not even freezing yet, but I dislike the cold. I kind of miss California but don’t really want to live there due to all that drought that’s happening. Oh well. Half way to the gym I can feel the preworkout kicking in. My body is on fire. The only way to release the burning sensation is to get my workout in. The gym is crowded.

I immediately greet my buddy at the front desk. We have a quick chat, but I can’t talk for long. I immediately go to the weights. People are lifting heavier than me. I don’t care. I’m here to grow myself. I pick up the dumbbells and target my back. Kind of wish I knew if my form was good. For some reason I feel like weights feel different at different places. For some reason the weights felt heavier whereas the other gym I went to the other day it felt lighter. Maybe it’s just all in my head.

I am still amazed how muchI struggle doing incline bicep curls. They’re harder than I thought. My left arms I a lot weaker than my right. I’m thinking that maybe I should add heavier weight for my left and a little lighter on the right. Suggestions? I wanted to use one of the cables, but someone was using it. Great. I had to improvise. I manage to finish my workout. I think I feel great. Who knows. I feel like I can’t see progress but supposedly others are seeing it. Oh well. Can’t wait to eat my bag of apples tonight.

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 15

I wake up late. I feel like skipping a workout day. It’s my day off, so what would I do if I decide not to the gym. 

I ended up going anyways. I take my preworkout before I step out of the door. Upon arriving, I grew the person at the front desk and I head straight to the basement. I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I felt amazing. I mean it’s like I literally came there to do one thing and one thing only. Get my workout in. I think I’m starting to overcome that limiting belief where I know I can do more than I think I can. I’m amazed by my results.

People are looking at me. My head is rushing and I feel pumped. Considering that I”m on day 15 of the workout program I don’t plan on stopping. I wish I can eat a little healthier. That’s a story for a different time. I had to seated calf raises and I had no idea what I was doing. I was trying to get my legs underneath of the pads. I did not know how to adjust the height. Google didn’t help. YouTube didn’t help. People looking and all I could do was last. I tried texting my friend, but I wasn’t really sure what he was saying. I still managed to finish my workout.

I’m amazed by how much I actually don’t know. Till next time..

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 15

I wake up late. I feel like skipping a workout day. It’s my day off, so what would I do if I decide not to the gym. 

I ended up going anyways. I take my preworkout before I step out of the door. Upon arriving, I grew the person at the front desk and I head straight to the basement. I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I felt amazing. I mean it’s like I literally came there to do one thing and one thing only. Get my workout in. I think I’m starting to overcome that limiting belief where I know I can do more than I think I can. I’m amazed by my results.

People are looking at me. My head is rushing and I feel pumped. Considering that I”m on day 15 of the workout program I don’t plan on stopping. I wish I can eat a little healthier. That’s a story for a different time. I had to seated calf raises and I had no idea what I was doing. I was trying to get my legs underneath of the pads. I did not know how to adjust the height. Google didn’t help. YouTube didn’t help. People looking and all I could do was last. I tried texting my friend, but I wasn’t really sure what he was saying. I still managed to finish my workout.

I’m amazed by how much I actually don’t know. Till next time..

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 13

I think it’s amazing what the human mind can do. I can’t really that about the human body because I’m still in this journey. I can say that every time I hear that alarm, I dread getting up. I slap that alarm so many times that I lost count. It was around 6AM and my friend has not hit me back yet. It’s my fault because I ended up falling asleep earlier when we signed up for a free guest pass for Lifetime Fitness. Oh well.

Today’s a rest day, but Jim Stoppani want’s me to do 30 minutes of cardio. I lay in the dark just procrastinating. I want to eat some junk food. I want to sleep. It’s amazing how much we condition ourselves to think negatively. Stop.

I change my attention. I change my focus. I start wondering about how it would feel to lose this fat that’s on my sides. I don’t look that bad when I have clothes, but there’s something about these handles that just needs to go. Someone the other day noticed I’ve been losing weight. Sometimes I wonder if I shoul stop because I don’t want to lose way too thin. There was chart that said for my heigh the ideal weight is 155. I don’t think I’m close to it so I should say I’m safe.

I get up and take a preworkout. During my rest days I wish I had coffee on hand but it’s the only caffeine substance I have avaiable that I can take instead of heading to the store. I want to invest in a keurig.

I head to the gym. Cardio. Here we go. No one’s at the gym except me and some other guy. He’s on the elliptical and off I join him. Doing intervals on the ellipitical is fun. I don’t have headphones so I notice that I talk to myself quite a few times. Usually you can catch me chanting the word “focus” to each stride that I make.

After my workout, I head to Wawa to get 2 bottles of Naked Juice that has 30g of protein each. That’s 840 calories in those two bottles combined! Well, that’s my meal for the day.

I look forward to more cardio tomorrow!

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 12

Sound asleep I could here the distant sound of my alarm on my phone. Snooze. 5 minutes later I heard it again. Snooze. Waking up at 3:30AM is hard. I guess it does not help that I literally put the phone right next to me. I don’t really remember what time I woke up actually. I do know that it was around 4AM because I could remember me being on T-Mobile thinking of ordering the iPhone X. I exited the site. I’m proud of myself for once. Why would I need the newest phone when my 7 plus does everything that I need it to do?

I text my friend and I get ready for today’s workout. Upon arriving at the gym, I can feel the itchiness. Slightly. I’m thinking that it does not help that I take preworkout in the middle of the day just because I need to get through my day.

Today’s a leg day. I hate legs. I don’t think I like legs. Actually I don’t like squatting and dead lift. I’m pretty sure my form for romanian deadlifts is bad. I kind of wish I could ask the gym members if my form is okay or how to even do it. I can’t ask my friend because he will simply tell me that it’s perfectly fine.

I’m bad at math. Well, today I was at bad math especially when trying to figure out the amount of plates I should put on a bar. I guess I need to work on that. I’m thinking I like leg extensions and using the machines. I’m hoping that I eventually can get a bigger behind.

So far I’m liking the program. I’m not eating healthy though. Yesterday I ate chinese and I am hoping today I can start doing an “apple diet”. I’m thinking it’s more of a fast, so maybe I’ll eat only apples during 6PM-10PM only. I’ll do that for 5 days. I really want to get rid of my “love handles” because they’re just annoying me.

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 7

Rest, but don’t rest. Really? I could hardly sleep last night. I probably was sleeping really awkward because my legs were just hurting. I looked at what today’s “rest” day consisted of and it looks like I was supposed to do HITT cardio or just brisk walking. Great. Not only that, I woke up late. Bummer.

I’m at work walking around looking like some robot with an awkward zombie pose. Doesn’t help when customers are walking through the door and I’m in the back of the store doing a thriller walk towards them.

Upon further research, it looks like it’s actually a good thing I’m in pain. Looks like my body is going into some kind of chaos mode which is basically adapting my body so I’m able to handle heavier workouts. Sounds like I’m going through transformations each time I work out. When I look at it that way, I’m excited!

So my goal after work is to hit up the gym real quick to do intervals on the elliptical before I head out to eat with a bunch of friends!

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 6

Rest.

I honestly thought I was going to be able to wake up to head to the gym. I really wanted to do my cardio intervals. The moment I got out of bed to step on the floor, I could feel my legs. Wow. I guess when your sore in your lower body you know you did a good workout. Despite me not being able to do heavy weights, I’m happy that I feel hurt.

I went to the bathroom only to find myself walking myself back to bed. Forget this. Off I went to go back to sleep. 9 hours of sleep felt amazing! I guess I was just so tired from the day before.

I’m supposed to be eating organic food. Not sure if I just should just order a smoothie though for today. I wanted to do a 24 hour water fast, but can’t yet because tomorrow my friend’s are treating me out as a late birthday treat. So, I’m not trying to overload when breaking a fast too quickly.

Intermittent Fasting: Day 1

I tried. I really did. I just feel really tired. I haven’t slept since 12AM because of going to the gym and then church and I’m at work at the present moment. It does not help that it’s cold outside. There is no heater in the store. I wanted to hold out until I got home to eat, but I think I’m going to break my fast. Actually, scratch that. I all ready ordered food.

I ordered pad thai, pineapple something, and 3 rolls of sushi. I’m probably going to regret this. Who knows? Intermittent fasting for me is just a way to control my calorie intake. Maybe I’m looking for something far more than just trying to lose weight. I do need more energy. I do want more clarity. I just know that I’m going to knock right out right when I get home. 8 more hours to go.

I need to buy batteries because I haven’t looked at a scale in months. Last time I checked I was 175. I’m hoping to get to 155 pounds by summer. I think it’s important to document my weight. Or rather maybe it’s important to keep track of what I eat. Someone told me to download some app. Who knows?

JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 5

I was debating whether I should of done my workout before Church or after work. Wednesday I perform at Church at 4:15AM. Afterwards, I head straight to work to do my 12 hour shift from 7:30AM to 7PM. I chose to do it before.

I woke up at 11:30PM and ended up hitting the gym at 12:30AM. Early I know. I grabbed a drink of my preworkout while I was on the road. Just in time for it to kick in when I walked through the doors. My friend met up with me. There was only one other person there. I think I like nights. Maybe.

I went straight to the weights by myself. Let’s face it. When we are in the gym. The journey is on our own even if we have people with us. We are all facing our inner challenges and so I was doing just that. I had to do romanian deadlifts. Really? I don’t even know how to deadlift. Judging by my form I think I was doing well. My lower back was arching a little. Sucks.

Maybe a month from now I can lift heavier weights. Right now doesn’t seem like it’s my time to grind, but I push on. The worker at the gym talks to me. Interrupts my workout. He starts talking about religion and politics. I just want to finish up so I can head home and prepare for worship service.

My legs are wobbly. I’m not sure if I pushed hard enough. I think I should do that next time. But I was able to finish. I find myself looking up videos now to make sure I’m doing the right form and how to adjust so I am able to adapt.

Well to wrap things up, I gave my friend my creatine. I didnt’ realize that I had creatine in my preworkout. I’m not sure if I’m just getting fat, bigger muscles, or I just feel bloated especially in the face. Tomorrow and Friday is my rest day.