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My Three Days at Vipassana

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.

One Month of P90X

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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.

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