Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I briefly mentioned completing S90 in my last blog, but considering it took up three months (!) of my life, I felt it deserved a full blog to itself.
For those who haven't heard me talk about it before, S90 is Supreme 90 Day, basically a cheaper and easier version of P90X that I heard about in a previous round of the BLC and found at Bed, Bath and Beyond for 20 bucks. I tried it once right after I bought it, but I didn't fully commit to it. I skipped days - once I skipped a full week. And, not surprisingly, eventually I stopped altogether.
It gathered dust until my move from MD to DE. My stability ball and hand weights, same story. I think on some level I was just too scared to try again. It was tough. Don't get me wrong, I have seen P90X and it is way easier than that, but it was still tough. There were a lot of exercises I just couldn't do. Not for a prolonged period of time, anyway.
But then I started to feel guilty about having this DVD set and not doing it. I bought and completed Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp, and I liked that experience so much, it brought S90 back to the forefront of my mind.
But I kept putting it off. I fell into the waiting-for-the-perfect-day trap. "I'll start it on the first of the month." "I'll start it at the beginning of next week." You all know the drill. Eventually I just gave up on finding the perfect day and committed myself to it during BLC 19. We set weekly goals, and one week I bit the bullet and said "My goal this week is to start S90 again." So there it was. By the following Wednesday, I had to start.
That was the push I needed, because I got off my butt and did it. After the first day, I sat down with my calendar and the S90 workout schedule and wrote down each workout in my planner. In pen. In RED pen. At the top of that day's box. I really couldn't miss it. I was absolutely determined to finish the entire 90 day cycle without skipping a day (barring personal catastrophe or injury).
I started out making notes about how each workout went, but that fell by the wayside around the time that I had to give up my 5 pound weights to my sister (apparently she considered them hers, even though they were really my dad's). At that point, I began to feel like the workouts weren't as challenging as they could be. They were still great cardio workouts, but I knew my muscles weren't building up. I could have gone out and purchased my own set of 5 pound weights, but I just never did.
Nevertheless, I continued. I learned that I needed to re-inflate my stability ball after every two uses or so (I bought it at Five Below, so it's not really of the best quality). I discovered that my lower back pains, which had been a daily morning occurrence, were decreasing in frequency and intensity. I further discovered that if I did not stretch properly afterwards, my back pains returned with a vengeance. I found myself getting more flexible in my stretches.
On the flip side, there were some bad things. Some days I skipped the warm up segment (usually only if I had just done something else and I considered myself warmed up already). Some days I skipped the cool down and did my own stretches. Not the best behavior, but in my defense, when you do the same warm up and cool down every day for 90 days, it tends to get boring. I modified exercises time and time again. Some days I skipped exercises like burpees entirely, instead doing football fast feet or something to keep my heart rate up (at least I didn't sit on my butt for that time, right?).
And then there were the crazy days. The days I put off my workout until late. The days I went out with friends without having done my workout and ended up having to do it at 2 in the morning - you would not believe how dreadful that is. The days where I just couldn't care less. And the one day (I'm not proud of this) where I snacked during the rest periods. I don't know what my issue was that day; one of those hollow-leg days, I guess.
There were also the days when I would be halfway through a workout and want to give up. Quit. But I never did. Even if I modified every exercise, I finished. Once I reached 30 days without skipping a day, then it became a matter of pride. I had made it that far, I had to finish it.
And finish it I did. Day 90 was Sunday, August 19. I was at home for the weekend. I wish I could say it was such a rush, or that I cried. Instead I drank some water and went to shower and pack to head back to Delaware. In a way, it was a rather anti-climactic ending to a three-month commitment.
I gave myself two days off from exercising, and tomorrow I am going back to the gym for the first time in a long time (hopefully; I don't know if my membership, which is month to month, gets cancelled if it's inactive).
As for a reward, I never decided on one. I thought about a massage, or a mani/pedi, or something else to relax me after all that work. But then I realized I would rather have something tangible. Something I can look at and say, "Oh, yeah. I bought that after finishing S90. I remember that. What an accomplishment." I decided that I don't want it to be practical; some things on my weight loss reward list are, like a really nice set of mixing bowls for cooking. I just want it to be fun. I'm toying with the idea of going on a $90 shopping spree at Barnes and Noble or someplace similar. As yet, it's still up in the air, though.
Overall impressions: I am extremely proud of myself for what I've achieved. Even if I didn't lose weight (my eating habits are an entirely different story, after all), I gained a lot in other areas. Some of it physical, most of it mental. It was a great experience.
My DVD set came with a booklet outlining the program's suggested eating plan. Maybe next time I'll give that a try as well. I seem to recall, though, that the first week was kind of a detox type of thing, which I'm not into. But I haven't looked at the booklet since I bought it, so it's highly possible I'm wrong.
Closing this (very long) blog with something witty or inspirational seems nigh impossible at the moment - I've been working on this off and on for the better part of an hour now, and my brain is clamoring for bed. So I will just say: watch this space for my next self-made challenge, which has yet to be determined. :)