March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve now made it a full two weeks on Insanity. While I’m not about to publish my measurements for the world to see, I will post my day 1 vs. day 15 fit test results.
Please note I have been a little sick for a couple days so I’m pretty happy I got through this at all.
Move Fit Test 1 Fit Test 2
Switch Kicks 26 42
Power Jacks 25 29
Power Knees 29 45
Power Jumps 20 22
Globe Jumps 3 5
Suicide Jumps 4 6
PushUp Jacks 8 14
Low Plank Oblique 21 25
I’m just happy the numbers went up!
March 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
I only named this post “Exodus” because it is the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover. I have not exited the Insanity program. In fact, I’ve completed 11 days of crazy and I’m feeling pretty great. I really love the convenience of the program. I can do it in the morning or when I get home from work or late at night, it doesn’t matter. I’ve previously been practicing Bikram Yoga for over a year and while I love it to death, you really have to plan your entire day around your yoga class. For one, you need to find a 3 hour window in your day: get there early to get a good spot and get acclimated, practice for 1.5 hours, then shower, dress and go. If it is first thing in the morning, I have to make sure I get a good nights sleep. If it is after work, I have to make sure I made good food choices during the day, not eating within 2 hours prior and drink a shit ton of water. It was definitely worth it; you feel like a million bucks when you leave and you are completely relaxed. So great. With Insanity, I’m super pumped. I feel like fist pumping into the air I’m so excited. And, it totally puts me in a good mood, and I feel like I’ve accomplished something- especially when my 4 year old has been vomiting for 3 days. Poor kid : (
March 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
So when I was pregnant with my 4.5 year old I gained 80 lbs. Yes, 80lbs. 30lbs of which were water. During my pregnancy I developed a hiatal hernia that pushed everything upwards and cause horrible heart burn and indigestion. After H was born the heart burn and indigestion continued, almost every day. I went to a doc who put me on meds but told me the only way to get rid of the heart burn and indigestion was to lose weight and that long term on the pills would do more harm than good. After months on the medication, I tried to come off of it. Every time I tried, I would get physically ill. On the advice of my chiropractor, I started doing Bikram Yoga for my back issues, stress, etc…within 2 weeks of starting Bikram, I was off the meds. It was seriously amazing. Bikram really does change your body from the inside out. I was going 3 times a week (as much as I could swing with a job, husband and child). I think if I could have gone more, I would have been able to also lose weight in addition to experiencing the benefits of Bikram. I’ve been doing Bikram for over 1 year now but decided that if I was going to try Insanity, I would have to put Bikram on hold for a couple months while tortured myself 6 days a week. I can’t handle doing both. So, now it has been almost 3 weeks since I stopped doing yoga, and guess what? My indigestion is back. I’m now going to really try to do my best with Insanity because I really need to lose the weight to stop the effects of the hernia. Then, after Insanity, I can go back to Bikram to relax and maintain.
On another note, I’m returning my new Zappos clown kicks. I was 5 minutes into my workout with them on when the same sharp horrible pain began again. What did I do? I did the rest of the workout barefoot and the pain went away. Should I be looking into those barefoot sneaker things? I don’t know what to do anymore.
March 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
I did it! 6 days of torture and today I rest. I think I’ve earned it. I’ve survived. I’m feeling pretty darn good. I think I can do 8 more weeks like this. Yesterday I realized, though, I really need new sneakers…OR I need new feet, because my feet are KILLING me during the workouts. I read on the Insanity community boards that a lot of people have this same issue. Of course, lots of people with the same issue, but not a lot of people with a good solution. Some people said that they do the workout barefoot. Unfortunately, my pain does not stop when I’m barefoot. This used to happen to me every time I did Bikram as well (and I was barefoot). Bad bad foot cramps is what it feels like. It’s pretty horrible. It’s worse when doing the stretching parts; don’t ask me why. Anyhow, my V.I.P. Zappos delivery should arrive any second now with a brand spanking new pair of super cool sneakers and gel inserts for more cushioning. We’ll see if that helps. Course I won’t know today cause it’s my day off!
March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
I have not done my workout yet for the day but I have to report that I legitimately lost 1lb! Woot! Now, 1lb may not seem like anything to write home about but when you are only consistently seeing weight gain, then 1lb down is like Christmas morning to an eight-year-old. It’s the best feeling in the world! So, if I ONLY lose 1lb every 5 days, I’ll have lost 12lbs by the end of the insanity. I can live with that.