Kris Gethin’s DTP – Day 9

After work I wanted to go to a different gym. I texted the guy, and he said he was going to call his co-workers to allow me to come in. I drive their and sat in the parking lot waiting for confirmation. I got nothing. Great… I continue to sit a couple of more minutes hoping that I would get a text. My pre-workout is kicking in. I’m itching. I’m scratching my face off. Forget this.

I drive to Giant Fitness again, and it’s crowded. Luckily, no one was using the machines that I needed to use. I notice people looking at me, but I don’t care. I need to get this done or else I’m just going to be scratching myself annoyed. I open up my app and look at what I did last week. I decided to do pyramids this time instead of sticking to one weight set the whole way through. My legs are dying.

The person next to me is moaning. It’s annoying me. I continue on with my workout. People are looking at me. Probably wondering why I’m still at the same machine for the past hour. It’s okay. I’m just following what I need to do. After I was done, my legs were so wobbly. Walking up the stairs felt so heavy. I wanted to laugh so bad because in a way it felt amazing.

I need gym clothes. Gym clothes are expensive. I wear the same gym clothes everyday. Don’t worry. I wash them, but I would to invest in some clothes eventually after I get a new wardrobe first.

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JIM STOPPANI’S 12 WEEK SHORTCUT TO SIZE: DAY 20

HIIT cardio.

That’s what my rests days consist of considering that I have 3 of them per week. I think something is wrong with me though. I took a little bit of preworkout and drank half a monster, and I was on fire. I was so amped up I was just destroying the elliptical. It came to the point where the music that was playing in the gym had me so hyped I was talking to myself to amp me up even more.

Ever experience it? It’s insane!

Doing 30 minutes of interval cardio is honestly fun. It switches the pace and the time goes by faster. Today the time went crazy fast though. Good thing no one was upstairs with me or they would’ve thought I was crazy!

November 2, 2017: 30 Years To Where

I was often told that my life would be a great story to tell. What’s so great about my life? Nothing. 

I hate to admit, but at the age of 30 I am completely disappointed in myself. I’m disappointed that I’ve constantly blamed the people I love for my circumstances. I’m disappointed that I never listened to the good advices that people gave me. I’m disappointed that I’m not to my full potential. I’ve dreamt big dreams but I never put my all into anything. So what am I to do? 

I don’t think I have a huge amount of debt compared to others, but I have debt. Debt is like this crazy Venus fly trap that slowly closes down on you and saps you of your ability to live. I feel stressed when money even comes to mind. I get stressed and frustrated when I constantly try to figure out how to get out of this mess. Actually, I just want to run away. When I get my paycheck, I spend it right away. That’s my problem.

So in order to get somewhere, I’ve created this blog just to document my journey. Feel free to read along because I know other people are in my situation or can relate. Feel free to even comment for some advice. 

I read in a book that in order to truly start making money I need to eliminate bills as much as possible. 

This is what they look like:
T-Mobile: $200 per month

Lowest I can make it: $100 per month

Action: Pay off $1609.75

Gas: $120 per month

Car Insurance: $65 per month

Gym Membership: $21.05 per month

Best Buy: $2496.00
Food varies, but I’m hoping that I could eventually factor that in. My problem has always been money. I’ve always purchased the latest gadget. I always ended up trading my things for something of lower value. I was never really satisfied. My soul is literally craving for something and nothing seems to work. In order to get out of the mess I am in, I need to most likely lower my T-Mobile first. The other part of me is saying that I should pay off Best Buy each week until it’s gone. Interest builds up after all. Either way, the first step is to just pay something. 

Here’s my journey towards making that $50,000.

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…

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!