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P90X again?

Whenever I catch up with friends, whether at work or anywhere else, this question always comes up: are you still doing P90X?

Well, friends, yes. Yes I am. I’m actually starting another round of P90X this coming Monday. And I’ve got a few new faces looking to come along for the ride with me on this one. I couldn’t be more excited for them. Like I’ve mentioned before, I love being a coach for people who have made the decision and commitment to make positive change and progress in their lives. I’m good at helping people reach their own conclusions about what needs to be done and at making people realize how unnecessary it is to stress, in general. (You can either affect change, or you can’t. Stress is the inability to cope with that reality, in my opinion. But, I digress.) And when it comes to P90X, the commitment to the program is a commitment to positive change and progress.

I’ve thought about jumping onto other exercise regimes. I’m a fan of what Team Beachbody has to offer, and things likeĀ Insanity and T-25 Focus came to mind, with the big sell on those programs being how little time it takes per workout. The workouts from P90X, comparatively, need more than an hour a day, which was starting to seem like too long a time to commit after my 2nd round at it. But I think the real reason I was looking elsewhere was that I was beginning to get bored of the routine.

So I took a break. I still kept active, but I didn’t work at it nearly as hard as when I was in the program. And then the holidays arrived and oh, how the food appeared. The wonderful, tasty, so-bad-for-you-but-you-can’t-resist food made its way to my gullet. And I indulged. And it was good. And I realized that you can balance the good-for-you with the not-so-good-for-you and not blow up and rebound back into your pre-P90X self. Sure, my weight would flex up and down, week-to-week, but I remained stable. I could have real pizza again and I remained stable.

And with that realization, I knew that breaks were okay. We all need them, not just because the work is hard, but because breaks from anything consistent can make you crave for that consistency again. The recently boring eventually becomes un-boring again. And the routine that you’ve gotten used to and that you know gets results becomes the go-to routine, once again.

And that’s where we are now. I know P90X works. And I’m going to make it work for me once again. If you thought those photos from April of last year were impressive, just you wait.

Bring it, 2014. I will be.

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-Mickey

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Rhymes in the morning.

Morning routines are something I never really developed. I mean, I wake up, shower, and then go do whatever it is I have to do. And even that’s not always consistent. Sometimes I’ll just wake up and watch tv. Or play video games. Or just lurk on Reddit. (Ok, well, if anything is as consistent as waking up for me, it would be checking Reddit.) But I’ve never had a routine that I’ve created and had to do or else my day couldn’t get started.

And maybe that’s a good thing. I’ve always been very adaptable and the fact that I can just get up and go at a moment’s notice seems like a pretty good skill to keep. But a part of me has always been in awe of people who have there must-do morning routine starts down pat. Whether it be the smell of coffee, or a song to start the day, or a good breakfast (which is something I should probably start doing), some people have their mornings figured out.

This morning, I think I found my routine. I don’t need it to start my day, but other than breakfast, it’s something I want to do to make my days better. I spent two hours writing song lyrics and playing guitar. Some people workout or jog in the morning — another couple of things I should probably start doing — but I want my creativity to be my workout in the morning.

I finished the song I’ll be ending my Saturday set with. It doesn’t have a title and I’ll probably change the hook/chorus over time, but the story is set. I’ve realized that I’m not much of a metaphor/punchline expert (yet), but damn, I can make stories rhyme. Come to The Central to check it out in its first live performance. It’s definitely going to be on the EP.

Here’s to the morning rituals that make your day better.

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– Mickey

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