Insanity Day 11: Exodus

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 : (

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Insanity Day 8: Fooled Feet & Bikram Knows Best

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.

Insanity Day 7: 1 Down, 8 To Go

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!

My very healthy dinner

March 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Insanity Day 4: Coup d’état

March 18, 2013 § 2 Comments

Actually, day 4 hasn’t really happened yet as I dismissed my alarm this morning and slept through my workout.  It’s a good thing, though, I don’t think my legs could have handled a morning workout today.  Unfortunately, this means I have to do it tonight AFTER I have worked all day long.  Woo hoo!  Looking forward to that one.

Any, since I’m a masochist, I weighed myself this morning (like I do almost every morning) and found that I had gained 1.5 lbs since starting insanity.  Yes, that’s right, GAINED 1.5 lbs.  I’m pretty sure my body is rebelling against my choice to torture it into submission.  My body is trying to trick me into stopping the insanity (pun intended).  It is saying, “hey look, this insanity thing isn’t going to help you.  It’s only hurting you and making you gain weight.”  Now, I could look at this weight gain and get depressed and say, “fuck this, why should I keep exercising if I’m only going to gain weight?”  But I won’t.  Instead, I will pretend that the weight gain is a sign that my body has gone into shock and is storing all the food I eat.  It won’t last long and my body will give up the fight and eventually just go with the flow.  Yeah, that’s it…sure…  Anyway, we’ll see.

Insanity Day 3: Oy, My Aching Body

March 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

My friend just told me she would have given up by now, so that makes me feel somewhat happy about completing day 3 of the Insanity workout.

I woke up this morning ridiculously sore.  Soreness is really no fun.  The only positive I can derive is that it means my body is working muscles it doesn’t normally work, which probably can’t be a bad thing.  The point is to get out of the status quo.

It didn’t help that I had a 5-year-olds birthday to go to at a pony ranch.  Lots of standing, in the Vegas sun…I didn’t have time to workout before the party so it had to be done afterwards.  Plus, I was so sore this morning, I don’t think I would have been able to get through it.

Not only did I get through the workout today, but I felt pretty darn good about myself afterwards so I’ll wear my soreness like a proud badge of achievement.

Insanity, Day 2…Now I Get It!

March 16, 2013 § 1 Comment

Today was day 2 of the insanity workout.  I decided not to do it first thing in the morning, mostly because I woke up a little late and wanted to take H to the new children’s museum.  I was a good girl, though.  Oatmeal for breakfast and not much else until after the workout…except for that Starbucks scone.  I almost forgot about that…oops!

So now I understand the workout.  I’m not sure if this Shaun T. ripped off my former boxing teacher or if my boxing teacher ripped him off but either way, it’s basically the same workout.  The difference was I was only doing boxing once a week but for 1.5 hours.  Shaun T. has me going for broke 6 days a week, 45 minutes a pop.  I could handle my boxing class.  It was hard but guess what?  I saw results.  And that was only doing it once a week.  I can only imagine the results I will see from doing Insanity 6 days a week.  Now I’m excited.  For the record, though, I’m not sure what my body will feel like each day.  It’s only day 2 and I’m in so much pain from head to toe.  My feet are so crampy during the workout.  They kill!  Plus I just realized while looking down that I really lean on the outside of my feet while exercising.  It’s pretty bad.  Ok.  Day 2 done.  Steak tonight with the hubbie.  I love me some steak : )

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