Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sundries, Including the Debt Ceiling and a P90x Update

Imagine this scenario with me. I have a credit card with a credit limit. I rack up a huge credit card bill all the way up to my debt ceiling and I don't pay it back. Not only do I not pay it back, but I incur even more debt. What do I do about this? I ask the card company or bank for the debt ceiling to be raised. I want an even bigger credit limit. The reason I want it raised is because I don't have enough money to get what I want. There are more things that I want that I can't get with the revenue that I earn or save. But that's not such a big deal to me, because instead I'm focusing on the lack of increased borrowing I could get with a ceiling increase. I'm not thinking about cutting or controlling my spending. I'm thinking about how that these guys at the card company or the bank won't allow me to borrow more money. Will I get what I'm asking for? Do we think this would be responsible?

The card company would get in trouble with the government if it let me increase my debt ceiling. The government might not bail out the bank if it is going to be so irresponsible. Well, maybe it would; after all, the borrowing and spending might stimulate the economy, even if I never pay it back.

We are hearing that we need our debt ceiling raised. If we don't raise the debt ceiling, catastrophic financial results will supposedly occur. One party, I'll let you guess, says that we need to match the elevation of the ceiling with some spending cuts. The other says that spending shouldn't relate to raising the ceiling at all. What do you think we should do? Who's got the better idea?

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P90x ended last Saturday, that is, it was the 90th day, which is what the 90 is all about. p90x isn't a weight loss plan. It is a fitness/exercise plan. There is a diet that comes with the DVDs. I didn't do that diet. I did something that was simple for me. But I did start the 90 at 238 and ended at 216. So that occurred successfully. It's a good workout regimen. It works every part of your body. You don't just lose weight. It especially works the core. Most people aren't working their core, even if they do work out. I haven't done much about it at all.

There are 12 workouts. The hardest, I believe, was the core synergistics, which you do only six times. A couple of the weight workouts were rough, and those days were tough too because you do the ab ripper exercises right afterwards. It takes a lot of commitment. The best strategy is "don't give up." Just keep pushing play and keep doing it. You'll be encouraged if you do some diet during the time. What I did was a bowl of mini-wheats for breakfast, a yogurt almost every day for lunch, and then a regular supper. I didn't snack. This was all good enough for me to get fit and lose the weight too.

2 comments:

freshlyground said...

I'm doing P90X also; largely based on your initial post on the workout. Like you, I've restricted my diet, but have not religiously followed the diet plan offered. The core work is new to me, and I have not done this much cardio since Army days. The only workout I can't stand is Yoga X. It's too long for one thing; not too mention very hard, and I don't like the Hindu/Buddhist connections. I substitute the Cardio X workout on Yoga days. (Yes,there are a few Yoga positions in that workout, but not too many!) I appreciate that Horton doesn't focus on the "spiritual" aspects of Yoga, but I just don't like it. I've been pleased with the workout, and would recommend it as well.

Kent Brandenburg said...

The yoga was much tougher during the first half and got easier as it went along. I understand not liking it though. It is weird.