Category: INSANITY

I’m still here!

I know, it’s been a while. I’ve been off traveling the world, having all sorts of adventures and the like. That’s why I haven’t posted in a while. Okay, that was a lie… for some reason I just haven’t been able to motivate myself to write lately. Writer’s block, I guess. I’m not sure what that’s about, but it’s all good, because I’m back now.

So anyway… what was I going to talk about? Oh yeah, Insanity. I’m halfway through with Week 3, and it’s going great. I know what you’re thinking — didn’t I finish Week 2 like a month ago? Well first of all, it was only a week and a half. Quit exaggerating. And yes, I did finish Week 2 a while back, but I missed more days than I was comfortable with on Week 3, so I decided to repeat it.

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It’s official – I’ve made it through two full weeks of this craziness. It’s not getting any easier, but I can tell that I’m getting better. I took the fitness test yesterday, and although I didn’t take it when I started Insanity like I should have (I know, I know, I just forgot), I compared my results with my results at the 2-week mark last time I did Insanity, and for the most part they were a little better. The fitness test consists of 8 workouts, and you get a minute to do each of them. You get around a minute and a half to rest in between each. The fitness test isn’t quite as tough as one of the regular workouts, but it’s still pretty tough. So without further ado, here are my results after two weeks:

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INSANITY: Day 8 or so…

I’m gonna be perfectly honest here – I’m not sure what day I’m on. I think this is technically the first day of week 2, but I”m not exactly following the schedule to the letter. I know I’ve been slacking on the updates, but I’ve done a few workouts since the last time I posted an update. Updating my blog after every workout seems to be getting a little excessive, so I think I’m gonna back it off to every few days.

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Yesterday was Day 5 of Insanity, and let me tell you… this one was tough. I found the DVD I had been missing, called Cardio Power and Resistance, and part of me is a little upset that I found it.

From the very beginning, I could tell this workout was gonna be bad. The warm-up begins like normal, with 30 seconds of jogging in place, but after that, rather than 30 seconds of jumping jacks like in the other workouts, this one goes into power jacks, which are essentially jumping jacks, but you go into a low squat position every time your arms are down. Later on in the warm-up, where the other workouts have you doing an exercise called mummy kicks (you hold your arms out parallel to the floor and alternate one hand above the other, while alternating kicking forward with your left and right feet… yeah, it’s tough to explain), this one has vertical jumps, which are exactly what they sound like: you bend at the knees and jump as high as you can, then repeat for 30 seconds. It’s tougher than it sounds.

Anyway, the point is this workout kicked my butt. I know I said that the other ones kicked my butt, but that was before I did Cardio Power & Resistance. I mean it this time – this one REALLY kicked my butt. It’s all about power, and exercises that are designed to build power are tough. Very tough. A lot of them involved jumping from a squat position, and I don’t know if you’ve ever tried this, but it hurts… a lot. It’s a good hurt, the type that lets you know how hard you’re working, but it still hurts.

There was also a lot of upper body work involved, especially variations of push-ups. There’s the moving push-up (with each rep, you use your arms to sort of crawl to the left, then back to the right), the V push-up (your butt is way up in the air so your body is shaped like a V, and you do the push-ups with your fingers facing each other to work your shoulders), and the ball push-up (you curl into a weird shaped ball and do push-ups to work your triceps). It’s more upper body than I’ve gotten used to doing with Insanity, but it still feels good. Well, it feels good now… at the time, I wanted to die a little bit.

So I managed to survive this workout, but barely. I did it last night around 9, but my legs and arms still feel a little weak. But it’s okay, I don’t mind it. It just shows me how hard I worked last night. I may be sore, but I’m looking forward to today’s workout – after this, I get an off day!

I just finished day 3 of my INSANITY workouts, and let me tell you, I am feeling it. I can’t find the DVD for the workout I was supposed to do today, so I just repeated the workout from day 1, Plyometric Cardio Circuit. What’s cool is that I can tell it’s getting a little easier (“a little” being the key word). I made it through all 10 minutes of the warm-up without taking a break. This is the first time I’ve been able to do that since starting back, so I was pretty happy about that. The past 2 days, I’ve had to extend the water breaks from 30 seconds to a minute after each set, but today I made it through two sets before I had to take a longer break. Baby steps, I know, but it’s an accomplishment for me. I’m looking at this in a positive way: if I’m making this kind of progress this early on, imagine what sort of performance I’ll be seeing in a week, or a month, or 57 days from now when I’m done with this insanity (pun intended).

One thing I’ve noticed is that I haven’t seemed to have much energy since I started. I think part of the problem is that not long before I started this workout program, I decided to try to eat less, so I might not be eating enough food to keep my body fueled for this. I need to start eating 6 small meals per day… I’ve done that before, and I always have a lot more energy when I do. Since I got paid today (yay!), I think I’ll run to WalMart tonight and pick up some protein bars to eat for snacks in between meals. I’ve also cut way back on the amount of soda I’ve been drinking… I think my body is missing its fix of caffeine, which is probably making me more tired. The problem is, my solution to that is usually to drink a Dr Pepper or a Mountain Dew to help keep me awake through the wee hours of the morning at work. Maybe eating 6 times a day will give me more energy so I won’t be tempted to do that anymore.

Oh, I’ve got some “before” pictures that I took the day I started… I’ve been meaning to upload them, but I keep forgetting. I know everybody wants to see that. I want to take pictures every 2 weeks or so to prove that I’m making some real progress.


Week 1, Day 2:
2 days down, 58 to go

I had forgotten what pain was. I had forgotten what it was like to wake up in the morning to the feeling of your body screaming “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME?!” ¬†Well, I was reminded today when I woke up and tried to move. The soreness hit me like a ton of bricks as soon as I opened my eyes. But it’s all right… to be honest, I kind of like the feeling. It reminds me how hard I worked.

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So begins my 2-month journey toward less weight, better health, and a sexy bod. I’m working my way through Insanity, a workout program from Beachbody. It’s a 60 day DVD workout system that focuses on cardio, and is supposed to be the toughest workout video program around. I’ll also be throwing in strength training at the gym 3 days a week. I’ll be updating my progress on this blog at least every few days, if not every day. I’ve tried this workout program before, and I’ve always found an excuse to quit a few weeks in. That’s not gonna happen this time… but I’ll need your help. If I haven’t posted an update in a few days, remind me! Bug me until I give in and post about my workout. Because the only way I’m gonna keep at this is if I know I’ve got somebody who’s reading this and expecting to see my results.

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Recently I’ve come to the realization that I need to get my lazy butt in shape. I’ve tried before, and I always come up with excuses and reasons why I can’t work out for one day, and then one day turns into a week, and a month, and then I just quit altogether. Well that ends now. I’m starting back to INSANITY, a 2-month workout program from Beachbody. I’ve started it twice now, and never gotten more than 3 weeks into it before quitting. Not this time. I’m sticking with it, and as a little incentive to myself, I’m bringing my blog along with me. Stay tuned, because over the next 2 months, you’re gonna get to watch me slowly and painfully turn my fat, lazy self into a buff, sexy hunk of man.