A little introduction : I m a sixteen years old boy living in southeast europe.I have decided to write these posts to track my progress.I'll set a list of goals I plan to archive during the following years I may failat all of them but I'll try as hard as I can . 20 May 2013 (12:30 C.E.T Paris,Berlin,Madrid Time) My mission has begun ....
Going to gym six times a week:Gym is an amazing thing and I plan to take my gym sessions to the next level.Last summer I went to gym six times a week three hours a day the results were astonishing i doubled my force and increased my muscle mass.I will write details for my progress in a special section I have created in "MS OneNote".Of course I will update my progress in these posts now and then.Exception are made to this goal when I m on vacations and trips .
Getting only A-s and B-s in the following two years of High School: I m considered one of the best students in my class but every month I will get two or three grades below B like C or even D.I want to be medic or a civil engineer and pursue those professions I have to be exellent.This is the most important goal and the hardest one too.Maybe I ll break these goal in the following weeks (My first high school year ends in three weeks) but the hardest part comes next september with the beggining of the second high shcool year .I ll have to study more than three hours a day ,one hour before gym and two hours after gym.
I will read more:I ll try to read everyday at least 20 pages.Ten after i wake up and 20 before I sleep.I thinked i read habit in one of tynan posts.
I ll organise my time better: Internet is definitely my biggest timewaster!!!! I plan to surf only for 20-30 minutes on the internet.I have planned to check facebook twice a day 5 pm and 9 pm only to communicate with my classmates.I ll only use internet for my homeworks and very very important stuff.Those sacred 20-30 minutes will be my only chance to read any blogpost or watch a video on youtube,this strict schedule takes place monday----thursday weekends will follow a different schedule.
Spend less pocket money or get a job: I consider myself lucky because i was born in a wealthy family with two lovely parents who invested for me a lot even at moments when I didn't deserved a penny for my extremely faulty behaviours . As I mentioned previously i was raised in a wealthy family but I live in a poor country where poverty is spread in every town and neighbourhood so i have decided to spend only 50 dollars a month,that may sound insane for some people but in my country thats what most of teens spend.I usually spended 150-200 dollars a month pocket money.I ll ask my parents to give me that amount at the start of each month.
Note:If i manage to find a job this summer it would be superb.
Get C1 Level in English Language and start to learn french basics:C1 level in English is all I ever need in english I have to take an exam called "FCE" this september and if I want to archive C1 level I have to gather 90% of the points . As for french I plan to register in a wellknown course center and in the same time I ll learn french in shcool.
Thats all. If I m not able to archive one of these goals I'll post an update Asap.
In my opinion you are wasting your time with going to the gym that much unless you absolutely love it. You can get the majority of the health benefits with going three times a week for an hour. If you want to gain size (weightlifting) you will never get big doing that. If you are interested in weightlifting, search stronglifts, a great program for beginners. I beat my high school bench press record in a year doing it.
Going to the gym is great, but 3 hours a day, 6 days a week? You're going to hurt yourself...
Anyway, for managing your internet time more effectively I'd recommend WasteNoTime. It's a great tool to keep track of just where all your hours on the computer are going.
I'm 16 years old as well, and I'd just like to compliment you on your english. I'm trying to learn Spanish and I know how hard it can be to find the time to consistently practice. Good luck with your goals!
I first heard about Vipassana from Rivers Cuomo, the lead singer for Weezer. He was explaining that despite being a rock star, he was celibate because of Vipassana. Powerful stuff, I guess. He raved about the benefits of it, although I don't remember exactly what he said anymore. It stuck in my mind, and over the years I thought about signing up, but something always seemed to be in the way of me leaving society for ten days to learn how to meditate.
The idea is simple and extreme, both of which appealed to me. You go to a meditation center in the middle of nowhere, agree to be silent and without any contact with the other world for ten days. Then, on a donation only basis, they teach you how to meditate, which you do for ten hours each day.
Finally, after knowing about it for five years, I signed up and went to a course. No notepads were allowed in, so this is reconstructed pretty faithfully from memory.
Today I finished Yoga X, and thus, since it is week 4, one month of P90X. Tomorrow is a rest/stretch day, so come Sunday, I'll be in phase 2.
So here are my thoughts after one phase. I have kept detailed notes almost every day, but this is more of a summation of my first 28 days.
First Week- The first week is the toughest, as everyone says. I could do about half of the first three workouts, but once Yoga X came around, I felt a lot better. My estimation of the first two workouts was that P90X is easier than crossfit.
Nights- I had been having this weird thing happen, almost like a panic attack or a histamine reaction, at nights after doing cardio. Before P90X, I had been running three times a week as my only exercise. I call it "night fever", it's where my body seems to get hot, my heart rate speeds to about 80-90, and my nostrils get kind of congested. Perhaps it is due to allergies, although I think I got it once up in Wisconsin during the winter. Either way, it happened a little on the first two nights, and then never again but like once barely randomly. Maybe it was all in my head, but I decided to breathe through it if it ever comes on or I feel it. Also, note that I started working out after sunset as opposed to before. If it's allergies, that would explain it.
Nutrition is Important- In addition to night fever, I get this weird shit where my heart rate goes up into 80-90 depending on my posture and what I've eaten and it feels like a switch has been turned on. Fuck that. I hate it. I had my worst bout about two months before starting P90X, after eating three appetizers from Applebees at 1 AM. Fuck that shit. I can't stress it enough, seriously damn that symptom to hell. I've pretty much stuck to the nutrition plan in P90X, but one time I deviated and ate a Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger at 1:30 AM. When I layed down at like 4, guess who showed up? That fucker did. I couldn't really sleep until it was much more digested. And the burger wasn't as good as I had remembered. Screw unhealthy food, I'm sticking with the good stuff.