My Holiday “Compromise”

So I know my last post talked about celebrating Christmas alone… and all my grand plans.

Well turns out it didn’t happen and I wouldn’t feel right lying.

On the night of Christmas eve (aka last night), I received a text asking for my whereabouts and why I wasn’t at the dinner I’m traditionally at. After  a few texts between my little sister and them, I suddenly had plans to go to LA to visit.

So I realize this comes as a bit anticlimactic after my last post about celebrating Christmas alone, but I realize in my ways, this just reminds me that life is full of little compromises.

Even though I had planned to celebrate Christmas alone, my time back in the area would be concentrated with the people I cared about. I would be productive about the time that I’m here and then head back to SD where I can continue my staycation: relax, unwind, and spend enough time in the hot tub to look like a raisin.

It’s a nice thought that life (and the gym)  is filled with moments of compromise. The nights where I stay up writing papers, wake up early for work, and struggle to put the extra 5 pounds on the plate. The mornings where I realize I forgot to my meals for the evening and spend an extra few dollars buying a veggie tray at work. You might have plans, goals, or even hopes. But being ready to be flexible and go with the flow is important as well.

Sitting here and typing this, I realize that I just compared my holiday plans to buying a veggie platter for lunch. But I mean… metaphors, right?

Today ended up being a lot of fun. We visited my favorite boba tea place, I had a chance to spend time with my little sister, reconnect with a friend, and spend some time catching up and debating life’s great questions. Even though I wasn’t the hermit that I want to be, I’d say that I had a chance to recharge still.

Highlight? We went hiking today (cardio, check), and we have a gym trip planned in the morning tomorrow (weight training, check). Way to fit fitness into my holidays, spending quality time, and everyday life!

This was my holiday compromise. The best part about all of this? My prime rib hasn’t been made and is eagerly awaiting a good roasting… After that soak in the hot tub of course!

Half way through #4weeks2shred

I know it’s been a week since I posted — thank you for everyone who’s reached out in the past week. I promise I haven’t fallen off the bandwagon! The shred has still been on, but the past week has been brutal.

As I’ve mentioned previously, the doubt that follows along this plan is real. I end up feeling tired at the end of most days so I’ve been a little MIA.

That being said, I’m loving the progress I’ve witnessed so far.  To quote Kris – this is one of those moments where you have to “do as I say, and not as I do”. Being in a temporary housing situation, a scale is something I don’t readily have access to. Thus, I can’t really report any number changes– Don’t worry though, I’ll update you all as soon as I can.

A little fun update – I managed to win a contest for Kris Gethin’s and Kaged Muscle’s brand new supplement stack – pre-kaged in-kaged and re-kaged. More details on this soon but this stack is sick. Check out the details at the link I just posted but I can’t wait to get my hands on them!



My Current Program: 4Weeks2Shred

Exciting news! After a month of exploring my new apartment gym in DC, I’m going to be starting a brand new program.

Day 1 was back and biceps with a mix of calves and lower abs. The principles employed by Kris is definitely grueling towards the end. The change in reps is something that I’m not used to but is a great mix up because my body is definitely in shock and it keeps things interesting. Excited for shoulders/triceps tomorrow and what’s next for the rest of the week.

See excerpt below from my Current Workout page:

Excited to be partaking in the 4Weeks2Shred cut program by Kris Gethin, a 28 day shred program developed by Kris himself. The program employs his principles of DTP Xtreme and has a split of:

  • Monday: Back/biceps
  • Tuesday: Shoulders/Triceps
  • Wednesday: Active Rest
  • Thursday: Legs
  • Friday: Shoulders/Abs/Calves
  • Weekends: Chest/Calves

Program Start Date: July 6, 2015

Anticipated End Date: August, 2, 2015

Perspective – Rethinking my Goals for this Program

A few days ago I talked about how I might not be reaching my weight goal… and I think I’ve officially become ok with that. My reason: fat loss.

A few days ago, I weighted 194.9. I was almost certain 190 wouldn’t be a problem by the end of February. Needless to say, I was a little upset when my weigh in came in at 197.3. I reevaluated my goals, and rethought my progress. I questioned myself, until I realized I forgot one little detail — body fat percentage.

My first weigh in was 194.9 at 25.9% body fat, and my latest at 197.3 at 23.3% body fat. After some number crunching, I realized that I’d lost 4.5 pounds of fat.


Before anyone starts criticizing the “variance” in the body fat measurements provided by a foot scale, I’ll be the one to say that I typically don’t consider my Withings Smart Body Analyzer to be the best measurement that I could probably get. That being said, given that the measurements were made under similar conditions at similar times of day. I’m willing to let my pride go a little.

While I’m not sure its possible to lose that much fat within a few days… and I’m curious to know how much of it had to do with the amount of water I had, this was a nice reminder that I’m slowly reaching a point where my weight has less and less meaning.

This is especially important given that I’ve recently started HMB supplements which support muscle growth and prevent muscle breakdown.

More details on HMB supplements later but no — they are not a steroid.

How keeps me going

I’m currently training on Kris Gethin’s 12 Week Daily Video Trainer. The entire daily video trainer includes daily videos on the workouts, printable plans, a PDF of the 12 week schedule and more. With a free account, you can get email reminders, subscribe to a calendar, or have the workout applied to the Bodyspace app on your phone so you can track your workouts at the gym.

I’m an avid user of the printed calendar, calendar subscription feature, and Bodyspace app. Every day after my workout (or at the end of a rest day) I cross the day off with a highlighter. The small little checkmark becomes part of my positive reinforcement. Seeing the 12 weeks fill up in blue highlighter makes 84 days seem manageable. I like having the at-a-glance view so I know what body part I can plan to workout next. The calendar subscription gives me the freedom to plan my life around certain workouts that I know I’ll want to spend more time on, and each calendar event actually contains a link to the full workout so I always can plan my workouts ahead of time. The Bodyspace app not only acts as an excellent tracker at the gym, but also provides a weekly recap on how I performed as well as useful information such as my one-rep max and a log of how much I’m lifting.

Having such a tangible connection to the Bodyspace community at has been essential to my success and huge foundations to the progress I’ve made thus far. I highly encourage you to check out some programs and get plugged into the community. Add me on Bodyspace @john10142001. I hope to see you there!

Hello World.

This is my attempt to start blogging. Day 1 consists of the set up. Which has been interesting to say the least… As far as “how I’ve accomplished everything so far…” well there’s more to come when it comes to that.

To be continued…