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 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 4

I woke up to the sound of my alarm. Snooze.

I woke up to the sound of my other alarm. I laid in bed in the dark contemplating whether I should get up. At this point, I decided to not make any excuses. I drank my usual pre-workout with a teaspoon of creatine. Actually, I was a little skeptical about the creatine because I have been paranoid that my face has been bloated since taking them.

I’ve done research and there are people who says that it has happend to them and others who say that it doesn’t cause it. I’m thinking this is all in my head. I head off to the gym. It’s cold outside, but I try to not let this deter me from continuing my training.

As I walk into the gym, I’m greeted by the front desk. Rather I had to say good morning in order for him to acknowledge my presence. There’s not many people at the gym at 4:40AM. What a relief. I walk to the dumbbells to start my workout routine.

I’m not sure if I know how to do shoulder workouts or proper form. I want to ask the person next to me, but he’s too busy making faces while doing his workout. I don’t want to feel like a total amateur so I continue with my workout. I’m honestly amazed how people can lift more than 30lbs. I can do 20lbs when doing my shoulders. What a let down!

I think that this program has me seeing where my weaknesses lie. I have a lot of them, but I do feel different. I’m nto sure if it’s just me but I feel like people are noticing it too. Oh well. Workout complete.

Jim Stoppani’s 12 Week Shortcut to SIZE: Day 1

I was debating whether I should quit Freeletics or not. I signed up for a gym membership and to pay for a subscription to use the app was nonsense. I liked the idea of having Freeletics on hand and being able to workout at the gym, from home, or just do my running. I saw no point in paying for two things so I had to look elsewhere.

I came across Jim Stoppani. I have to admit when I came across the program, I had no idea how to do it. I ended up just quitting the program before even starting it, but I was determined.

I woke up at 3:30AM to head to the gym. I didn’t arrive till around 4:30 where for the first time, I would be doing something totally different then what I was used to. To my surprise, I realized that I couldn’t lift heavy like I thought. Well, I wouldn’t say I can lift a lot of weight but the amount of weight I was lifting today was just sad.

People were looking at me, but I did not care. I was determined to go in there and finish the workout. There were some workouts where I had no idea what they were. Then I had to research them on Google to find out. Thank you Google! While working out my triceps though, I’ve noticed that my left triceps were hurting. I think it was because I was doing 80 pull-ups and 80 push-ups yesterday.

I feel fantastic! I hope I can continue!