P90X Day 1

P90X Day 1:  Chest and Back + Ab Ripper X complete.  Two major observations tonight.

  1. The human body gets lazy and out of shape VERY fast.  Not working out for a few months has seriously set me back.
  2. Lifting extra weight only makes Tony Horton’s abuse of your body hurt more.  I need to lose my weight fast.  Things like pullups don’t work well when you weigh this much.

After it’s all said and done, I would say that score is Tony Horton 1, Tyler 0.  89 more workouts of this round of P90X, so I still have a chance.  I sure don’t remember Day 1 being so bad in Oslo.  I remember it was hard, but nothing like I felt tonight.  I pushed myself so hard I nearly threw up 3 or 4 times–that’s something that never has happened to me.  Not even as a 4 degree at the US Air Force Academy.  I know I’ll see big improvements, but I have to stick with it.  Tomorrow and Wednesday are tough as it’s Plyometrics tomorrow, followed by Shoulders & Arms.  Because we started on a Monday, our stretch/off day will be Sundays and Kenpo X on Saturday is the first real reprieve for the first 3 weeks.

I want to make sure to give a few people credit for getting me onto this.  One is Joel Sydanmaa , who is my P90X “coach” and a great role model.  See my post HERE for his transformation video.  Second, Jeff McClellan who encouraged me for a long time to try out the program.  Third, my wife, who took me kicking and screaming to the basement to our gym to make sure I did the workout.  Last, TA Loeffler, who reminded me how awesome climbing is and the kind of shape I need to be in to go to Everest in 2015.  Check out her page HERE.

I promise to post my before and after pictures when I don’t think I look like a ridiculous fatty anymore.  I’m too embarrassed to even consider it right now.  I promise the transformation will be worth the wait.

P90X Tonight


Is anyone interested in starting a P90X with me tonight?  I feel so lazy right now and need to bounce out of it–it’s really been this way since I got back from Nepal in May.  I plan to complete P90X and get on the clean eating plan I have seen written so many times.  I’ve been suffering from bad eating habits for a while now, but one or two large meals a day is not in the cards anymore.  I need to make a change and just stay with it–no more diets.

I’m going to start logging all my food intake again and trying 4-5 smaller meals, which will require me to prepare food ahead of time for work weeks.  It’s important to break up the big change into smaller segments that can be attained.  Last time I did P90X, while I lived in Oslo, I lost about 30 lbs the first month and ate most of everything I wanted for all three months.  I’d love to have the same results or more on this journey!

My end goal is to weigh 230 lbs which will likely take most of 6-8 months to accomplish.  At this weight I will be able to climb better, my workouts will be more efficient, endurance workouts will have less impact on my joints, etc.  I’m ready to get started and would love some other people to join in with me!  Let me know if you’re interested and we can find a way to post our successes and keep each other motivated day-to-day!


My shoulder…

Great news about my shoulder today from the physical therapist!  I won’t need surgery and I have been cleared to start P90X or P90X2.  Time to let Tony Horton beat me back into shape for a trip to Everest in 2015!  What are you doing to prepare?

I haven’t heard from many of you that are going on the trip for a week or so, but please make sure you are doing something little everyday.  There is no way to prepare for the altitude last minute.  I recommend starting a regimented program too. If you want to do P90X with me, send me an email!  I can coordinate with you and we can talk about everything we’re going through.  If you want a great P90X coach, I recommend Joel Sydanmaa at Xcellent Fitness.  You probably willrecognize him from the P90X and P90X2 commercials or from QVC where he is frequently asked by Tony Horton to help sell the product.  His results are amazing–check it out!

You can find the webpage for him here:  www.xcellentfitness.com

I plan to do P90X and P90X2 on a rotating schedule with some extra cardio every 2nd day at the gym.   This will ensure I have a good balance of cardio and weights to make sure I am at peak fitness in March 2015.  If you will be climbing some with me up higher than base camp, I recommend you do a plan similar to mine.  You’ll also want to make sure you do extra leg workouts to ensure your muscles can handle the endurance exercise.

So happy to have the clearance from the doctor to get kicked off working out.  If you have questions about your physical fitness for a trip to Everest Base Camp, let me know and I’d be happy to answer!

This is going to be a great trip and hope you’re as excited as me.  I can’t wait to go back to Nepal.  Talk to you all very soon!

Packing List for EBC Trek

Still waiting to hear back from the International Mountain Guides representatives with a quote and information about taking a large group to Everest in 2015.  I thought I’d write about the packing list for a trek to Everest Base Camp.  It’s not gear that’s overly technical, but will keep you warm, dry, and/or happy.  Hope to have more for you all soon.

The Equipment List for EBC trek’s is nothing substantial, but it is important to carry everything in your bag.  Weather can change quickly, gear can break, and you need to be prepared so that you can enjoy the trip no matter what!

Equipment Packing List for Trek will be:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack (approx. 30 litres)
  • 4 or 5 season sleeping bag*
  • Thermarest or similar sleeping mat*
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar for camp use
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Gaiters
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Scarf or buff
  • Nailbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Swimwear (for the hotel pool in Kathmandu)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera and batteries
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Items marked with asterisks (*) usually can be rented from IMG or a local REI.

If you’re going to climb with me, then you’ll need more gear and that will be one of my next posts.

Everest from Mera

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