Scheduling

Ok I'm going to start working on my party post later. But for now - done quick schedule updates.

1. Reset is moving up. I'm going to start on Wednesday now instead of next Sunday. I have no reason to wait another week and with all the parties on top of bring out of sync - my body needs a reset ASAP. My goal was to wait until after the parties. I'll have less time to shop, but I'm ok with that. A lot of things I don't have to buy again, so it should be a simple shopping trip anyway.

2. Insanity is a definite go in May. It's my body's happy program...so I'm going to give it what it wants. I'm trying to lose 50 lbs this year which means being aggressive!

Open Gym!

Today was the first day back in a workout mode in a long time.  Didn't I mention how I cleaned up the living room so I could get back on combat?  Well that got ruined last night when I moved some stuff around to play carpernter and put together my IKEA dresser.  I'm going to finish unpacking into the dresser today...but that meant at 6am I had to find another place to workout or wait until after work.  Ya'll know I do NOT do after work well or consistently...so that wasn't an option.  So I figured I'd check out the morning rush at the apartment gym and scope it out.  I figure some mornings I will want to bring my laptop down here so I can do the DVDs if they are high intensity (I don't live on the ground floor) so today was a scouting trip.  I was beyond surprised to see.....


Right....nobody.  I was in the gym for about 40 minutes and there wasn't a single person that was there when I got there or came in while I was working out.  Perfect for me...it's like my own private gym :)  You can see from the picture that the apartment gym is pretty well stocked - treadmills, arc trainers, bikes, yoga mats, medicine balls, swiss balls, free weights and weight machines.  There is some free room by the free weights that I could use if I set my laptop up with a DVD.  Plus I could probably do some kick butt P90x in there if I wanted to since the weight rack is close.  

Today I was pretty all over the place to be honest...I'm usually better with building my circuits.  But I was just antsy to workout.  So I did a 5 min warm up on the arc trainer then did a low weight/high rep circuit alternating legs and upper body.  Added abs at the end and cooled down with the bike for 5 minutes.  The good thing about this gym is that I will definitely get some practice building my own circuits and routines :)  

Also - if anyone out there is a personal trainer/health/wellness coach and would not mind me asking them some questions, can you please shoot me an email - healthyengineer@gmail.com.  I am currently researching certifications and getting wildly confused about all that is out there!


Starting Over vs. Starting Back Up

Scenario:  Happily going through your workout routine.  Loving every minute of it without a care in the world.  Then BLAM - curveball from life and now you haven't worked out in too long and can't figure out what to do next.


Have you been there?  I certainly  have and I'm there again right now.  My move is way more of a disruption then I predicted it would be, ugh.  I have been busy until late in the evening every day, which means I'm not getting up early to workout.  I am trying to bust my butt to get the new place unpacked so this week is the last week of this mess.  I have mentioned this before - I don't do well in life when I'm not exercising.  It makes eating right a MUCH bigger struggle then it normally is for me.  I am doing a lot of moving - cleaning, moving boxes, lifting things, unpacking, ect.  I haven't sat down much at all.  But that kind of movement is different than an hour of Combat, know what I'm saying?  Long story short - I'm at the point where it's been a week since my last workout because I have only taken one day off work this whole time, so it's been late hours packing and unpacking and moving.

Here is a handy checklist I have created for anyone else who is wondering when it is worth it to start a program over versus just picking up where you left off:

1. Has it been more than two weeks since your last official workout?
2. Was your break due to injury?
3. Have you been inactive during the break (meaning little to no physical activity outside of normal everyday tasks)?
4. Are you in month 1 of your program?
5. Do you feel that your fitness has decreased at all?

If you answered more yeses then nos....you have two options - start over (which if you are in the first few weeks of a program is easy to do without losing much) or repeat a lower intensity week (go back to month one, weeks 1 or 2 and repeat that.  see how you feel and go forward from there).  And if you answered yes to question 2, you should automatically start over.  Why?  Because you start to lose fitness within one to two weeks of stopping exercise. Yes, 7 days off of exercise will literally set you back in physical ability.  So this means that if you have been inactive or doing mostly nothing you are actually getting a little weaker/slower then you were before.  With the 60-90 day programs (all of them..not just Beachbody), the intensity tends to build gradually over the weeks.  When you take time off and lose fitness, your body recognizes that change, but your brain doesn't.  Your brain is going to want to go balls to the wall and kick butt...but your body is not ready for that like it would have been with no break.  So you may end up injuring yourself, which does no good to anybody.

Obviously this checklist is short and there are other things that come into play - your beginning fitness being the main one.  If you are already someone who has lost a ton of weight and are in great shape - you may just need the one drop back week to get back into the swing of things before going back into the program.  If your program is Combat or TurboFire or P90x, you can probably get away with just a few shorter workouts, because the intensity of the workouts is very similar. Something like INSANITY - I would start that month over at a minimum.  If you are injury prone, definitely be careful.  I have horrific knees, so if I were doing INSANITY right now, I would most likely start over so I can build up again.  Combat I'm less concerned because the program is inherently low impact.

So what am I going to do?  I am going to start over with Combat.  By the time I get to a point where my living room is free and clear (and so it's clear - I'm going from a whole basement to workout in to a living room of a 1 bedroom apartment...so that's why it's taking so long) it will most likely be this weekend - almost 2 weeks of not doing a workout.  I am going to try to get to the apartment gym...but with work and moving stuff left...it's unlikely.  So I would like to do at least the first week of Combat over with the shorter workouts.  Well I was only finishing up week 2 anyway...so if I'm going to do week 1 over, I might as well just do the whole thing.  And I'm totally good with that.  I like the fresh start idea a lot, it's something that I thrive on.


INSANITY Finishing T-Shirt

I have posted a few pictures on Instagram (@healthyengineer) of myself in my INSANITY "I Earned It" shirt.  From the comments I've gotten, I've realized that a lot of people don't know how to actually get their shirt when they finish.  I wanted to share how to get your shirt because if you are like me, you are so ready to sport that bad boy when you finish.

  1. Look at the INSANITY t-shirt form and figure out what your proof of purchase will be.  They aren't hard, but you do need to think about it just so you can take the picture or remember to keep the email.  And you have to have a proof of purchase of some form to qualify for the free shirt, so don't forget this!!
  2. Before you start, take your before stats.  First up are the pictures.  Take the ones in the form and make sure you wear something that shows your shape.  You don't have to wear a sports bra and shorts, I certainly didn't.  But don't go for the baggy, because then you can't see anything.  Take your measurements and starting weight.
  3. Do the program - all 63 days.  Curse Shaun T out daily during this endeavor while praising him when you realize you are actually shrinking.  Neither the cursing or the praise will stop for 63 days, don't worry.
  4. Repeat step 1 with your new after body.
  5. Fill out the INSANITY t-shirt form and email it to Beachbody (email address is on the form) with your pictures and your proof of purchase.
  6. Wait for your new favorite t-shirt to arrive.  While you are waiting, submit your results to the Beachbody Challenge.  Why?  Because for just filling out the info, you can win anywhere from $500 to $25,000.  For something you already did.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.
Easy enough right? Hopefully this helps someone who doesn't know how to get their t-shirt :)

One Week of Les Mills Combat

So as I've been mentioning - I tried out Combat when I got home from Michigan because I needed a boost. Since then, I've been following the ultimate warrior calendar.  It's a 6 day a week schedule with 30-60 minutes a day.  I wanted to discuss some of the workouts and how I liked them.

Combat 30:  This is a 30 minute workout that focuses on kicks and punches.  I felt super sore in my core and across my upper back/shoulders after this one for sure.  I liked how intense it was for a short workout - it ramped up rather quickly so it got to the point.  The immediate thing I noticed about this program from the first workout is that the low impact option actually is a good one.  Some workouts (INSANITY) don't really have a low impact option and others (TurboFire) have them, but sometimes it's too low.  This one was pretty good.  I use the low impact sometimes when my knees are bothering me, but aim for high impact whenever I can.

HIIT: Power: This workout is stupid hard.  Lots and lots of burpees.  Lots of them.  And squats.  As much as Combat 30 is focused on the upper body, HIIT: Power is a butt workout.  The weird thing about this one is that weights are used.  Not for the whole DVD, but in parts of it.  It is short, another 30 minute workout, but also intense.

HIIT: Plyo: Burpees, burpees, burpees.  Which I'm ok with - I mean they work.  I think at one point you do like 40 in one set, that kind of erases your mind.  It's a 30 minute workout.  This one was weird to me because it seemed not really a HIIT or a plyo workout.  It wasn't bad, just not what I expected.

Combat 45: Very similar to Combat 30, just a little longer.

Lower Body: So I thought this would be a strength workout...it's not really.  It's a cardio workout with more kicks then punches.  Oh and burpees.  I guess martial artists love burpees.  Okay, it sunk in by day 6 of week 1.  This was a hard workout and I did feel the burn.  I am not sure I would really consider this a lower body workout...more of cardio workout with a bit more of a lower body focus.  I do think it's a good workout, just not what I thought I was getting by reading the name of it.

Combat 60: See Combat 30 description.  I will say that this was closer to the full class that I'm used to from way back in the day when I took combat at a gym.  I liked the DVD and it's pretty hard.  There is a section at the end, the last track before the abs/pushup track, that kicked my butt that I loved - probably my favorite track of the program to date.  Lots of punches and cross jacks.  The kick tracks on this one are some of my favorite as well.

So right now I am on the 2nd week (did day 1, week 2 this morning).  I'm really enjoying it and now that I'm finally healthy and over this cold (I'm claiming it...even if it's not 100% true yet) I want to try to add some activity in the evenings like I talked about a few days ago.  I am so ready to really boost it this month.  I took some photos this morning and I'm not really happy about it.  Yes it's a little remaining bloat from that time of the month, but it's also from the fact my eating has been meh ever since going home for my Grandma's memorial.  I am really now back in the buckle down mode.  Beast mode if you will.  Let's go.

March Madness

Oh yes, it is ON for March peeps.  My birthday is in April.  I already am the smallest I've been since I was 17.  I'm ready to hit my birthday looking as smoking hot as I can and as healthy as I can.  So it's going to be an aggressive month with diet and exercise.

Eating
Clean clean CLEAN is the plan.  Better meal planning because the last few weeks have been meh with all the ongoings.  More vegetables, more fruit, more nuts, more seeds.  Less dairy, less miscellaneous snacks, less dirty junk.  Essentially, I'm going to go back to those favorite Ultimate Reset recipes and those other favorites.  I need more veggies in my life and in March I'm going to find them ALL.  Shakeology every morning for breakfast because I will need the help cutting cravings and that seems to be the only thing that does it for me lately.

Exercise
Les Mills Combat in the mornings - sticking 100% to the schedule.  I shouldn't have tried it in the middle of this hybrid because I like it WAY too much to go back to the hybrid.  New stuff wins.  Always lol.  Adding in some of these short Fit Girl Army workouts as a warm up or post workout before the cool down burst.  In the evenings I will start taking at least 30 minutes to do something 4 or so days a week.  My new place I'm moving to in March has a gym there, so I may just go there and walk while watching tv (because we don't have cable and the gym does, ha!).  Or add some heavy lifting in sometimes. I just need to get out of this habit of sitting on my butt for hours every night.  Especially since we are moving to a smaller place - I think this will be my way of giving the hubby some space since we won't have our separate little domains anymore.

Life
Sleep baby.  I'm going to be in bed by 10pm every night, end of discussion.  Bed by 10 and up at 5:30.  One reason I'm deciding to do Combat in the mornings is that it's a shorter workout for the most part.  I like that because it means I can sleep in a little longer :)  I also am going to really push to get the hubby to participate in my evening workouts a little so it's time we can spend together along with time we can get fitter together.  I'm going to try to slow down a little bit on the weekends and take some extra time (like today - I'm taking a half day at work) to rest and rejuvenate.  I've been a busy madwoman lately and it's starting to catch up to me.  I don't need to do that.

Are you in for a hardcore March?  I'm on a mission this month - not just to improve my health and fitness - but to help at LEAST 5 people do the same.  If you are ready to be one of those 5 people who is taking on a similar challenge and would like me to coach you please send me an email healthyengineer@gmail.com.  There are some fantastic challenge pack deals to help you get started PLUS this is the last month for the chocolate and greenberry Shakeology at the current price.  If you don't lock in Home Direct now, the price is going up $10/month starting in April.  You can cancel whenever you want if you don't like Shakeology, and there is a 30 day empty bag refund policy, but if you have been thinking of getting started with it, I would highly suggest you think about doing that now to save yourself $10/month on the product + on HD there is no shipping, so you save another $12/month for a $22 total savings.  More if you decide to sign up for the coach discount.  Check it out on my Shakeology page or watch Tony Horton's silly little video on it and shoot me an email if you have any questions about it or want more info on the coach discount.


Operation Size 16 - Entering the Home Stretch

It's already February 21st - how did that happen??  Either way, I've been trying my hardest to get to my goal - of fitting into these pants - by the 28th.  I have 7 days left, so I'm in the home stretch of this challenge.  I didn't feel like I made much progress this month at all, but that's why I take pictures instead of listening to my inner voice.


I'm so close.  Like thisclose to these being wearable.  I could probably wear them now out if I really wanted to...I'm sure I've worn tighter and more ill fitting jeans, lol.  But I am just going to keep working until they fit RIGHT, especially in the back.  I'm going to really be pushing this week to see how much better I can get these to fit :)

I'll be at home for my Saturday and Sunday workouts, so I will probably bring a DVD to do while there.  It's going to be a hard weekend - lots of emotions, lots of family, and lots of out of my control meals - and I would like to not compound all the feelings I will have by doing lots of emotional eating and feeling out of control that will just make me feel worse in a different way and at the end just feeling horrible physically and mentally which isn't the point.  I just want to keep something feeling "normal."

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you everyone for participating in my first giveaway on my blog :)  I hope to do more of these as I go forward to share some of my favorite healthy and fun things with you guys.  Let me know in the comments what kinds of things you would like to read about or learn more about to help me figure out what kinds of things I can focus on to give you guys more info that you actually want.

So enough of that, nobody cares, you all just really want to know who won the giveaway, lol.

The winner is: Kelsey S.!

Please shoot me an email at healthyengineer@gmail.com with Shakeology Giveaway Winner as the subject and I'll get these in the mail to you :)

Also for anyone who still wants to try Shakeology and didn't win today, you can still get a bag with a 30 day refund guarantee if you don't like it (even if the bag is empty) from my site.  I hope to do more giveaways in the future for Shakeology because I do believe it is an awesome product :)

I'll be back a little later with my post on my Operation Size 16 update :)


Cleansing Breaths

Today, on a whim, I decided to do my own version of the shakeology cleanse.  I felt the need to modify the original cleanse because I still want to workout, so I did not want to drop my calories that low.  My goal here isn't crazy fast weight loss, it's just to kind of re-baseline from the Ultimate Reset.  In my ongoing processing of the changes to my life since the husband came back from working in TN, I realize that I need to kind of re-baseline.  Prior to shakeology and the reset I have done lots of short 2-3 day cleanses where you buy some kind of pre-mixed concentrate and have that every X hours for a few days.  That was my way to kind of reset when life was a little crazy and I need to get it together mentally.  Stop obsessing on food and start focusing on my diet du jour or just take a step back to get my brain together.  So this isn't a new habit for me - just a new form.

The original Shakeology cleanse is pretty basic:
For three days eat the following:
Upon waking: 1 cup green tea
Breakfast: 1 serving shakeology with ice and water, no more than 1 cup of water
Snack: 1 piece of fruit
Lunch: 1 serving shakeology with ice and water, no more than 1 cup of water + 1 cup green tea
Snack: 1 serving shakeology with ice and water, no more than 1 cup of water
Dinner: Salad of 3 serving of greens and veggies, 4 oz protein (fish or poulry), and no more than 2 TBSP low fat dressing

I have never done this cleanse but people have really seen good results from it if you are looking for the basic cleanse recipe.  Mine looks just slightly different.  The main difference is that I am adding a lot more to my Shakeology blend and because of my schedule I'm moving things around a bit.

Breakfast: 1 serving vegan shakeology w/ almond milk, fruit, 1/3 packet vegan vanilla protein powder
Lunch: 1 serving vegan shakeology w/ almond milk, fruit, 1/3 packet vegan vanilla protein powder
Snack: 1 serving vegan shakeology w/ almond milk, fruit
Dinner: Vegan meal of my choice that is veggie based
Snack: Fruit bowl (I bought grapes, strawberries, and mangos)

I drink tea all the time anyway, so I'm drinking green tea and water and probably some other teas as well all day as I usually do.  I have a few teas that are very strong in flavor and don't need honey for flavor so I will be drinking those this week.  I just need a little reset and I'm hoping this will give me that.  And if you wanted to try Shakeology, you might want to check out my giveaway...one day left to enter and you still have a good shot at winning!

My super hybrid is doing pretty great.  I was feeling really run down yesterday and missed a day, so tonight I'm planning on getting caught up since yesterday + today's workouts total are only around an hour.  Then I get an off day tomorrow, which I need.  My grandma passed this weekend and I'm going home for the memorial services this weekend.  She has had Alzheimer's for many many years, 15,  so I am happy that she is at peace now.  I'm doing ok, just ready to get home and give my mom and dad a huge hug.

Size 16 Mission and More

Today is the 3rd day of my new hybrid program. So far - I'm in love with it AND I'm already feeling awesome from it. I am glad I found it and took the steps to see if something else would work better for me. I have done 2 days of Chalean Extreme and I am sorry I thought it wouldn't be that great before. I bought it at least 4 years ago after falling in love with Turbo Jam. Then I got it and didn't have the weights and just never got into it. I've had it forever and just never picked it up again. If not for one of my fellow Beachbody coaches posting amazing progress on instagram I may have never actually picked it up. Anyway, what I am learning to appreciate about the program are the compound movements. The weight exercises are very different from P90x and the sessions are full body instead of very focused on a certain area. So it's just totally different. I didn't really appreciate that before trying them out. I'm thinking that this is better for me while losing just based on a few sessions and the way I feel afterwards. I think P90x is going to be amazing for me once I am closer to the end of this weight loss journey.

It was also fun to do INSANITY again!  I did plyo intervals yesterday and it's JUST as hard as it used to be, which is the nice thing about INSANITY - it can't get easier, ever.  I was able to do so much more than I could when I was in month 1 in November.  It's kind of amazing how much more to me, because I felt like I was rocking it before, ha.  I didn't really realize how much room I had to grow.  I want to do the fit test again one of these days to see how I do on that.

Now I'm heading off to the city to meet my friend for lunch.  We are going to a vegan restaurant so I'm excited about that!  But before I go, this week's pictures from my size 16 mission.


This is week 1 to this week, so quite the difference.  I started doing more cardio and I can tell.  All the cardio programs I do are very ab focused, so I think that is why my stomach is shrinking so much.  I took these on Wednesday, and I'm pretty pumped for next week's picture.  I can already see a difference in my stomach from the last few days, so I am really excited to see if I can pull this off in the next few weeks!


Operation Size 16: The Beginnings

Morning everyone :)

Woke up bright and early this morning to get the stats and pictures done before my workout.  It was cardio day, which is one of the shorter days, so I had a little extra time :)

First up the pictures.  So the jeans go on and zip up.  But as you can see- they are not ready for prime time yet.  Too much muffin in the pan for me and I have too much junk in the trunk for these to leave my house...



And here are the stats:

Weight: 236.8
R arm: 15.5
Chest: 40.75
Waist: 33.75
Belly: 45.5
Hips: 52.5
R thigh: 30

This is my starting point this month...I am so excited to see how these numbers change.  That leads into the challenge this week, which is to PUSH.  One of the things that is very different with P90x than I am used to with cardio only challenges or a classic weight lifting program (where you are in a gym in a rep based program instead of a time based lifting situation) is that I have had a harder time figuring out how to push and get results.  I think I am starting to figure that out because I'm pretty sore today from yesterday's chest and back + ab ripper x workout.  And I need to continue it and really push.  It was easier to figure out the push level for chest and back because it's push ups and pull ups mostly.  It will be harder for shoulders and arms tomorrow but I am determined to figure it out.  It also means for cardio, sometimes not listening to Tony's cues (this means you Kenpo X) and going at a speed and pace that gets me that hot sweaty mess look that I want.  If the goal is to move the dial, then the plan has to be intense enough to get the results I need.  So let's go!  

What is your area to PUSH in this week?  Leave it in the comments :)

Oh Kenpo X

The description of Kenpo X by Beachbody is this:

"Kenpo X was created to give P90x users a high-intensity cardiovascular workout packed with lots of punching and kicking combinations to improve balance, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.  During this workout you'll learn some of the most effective ways to defend yourself, while at the same time getting your body in peak condition."

The description of Kenpo X by Kim after doing it twice is this:

"Um....hun?"

Okay.  I LOVE P90x so far.  I really do.  All the workouts are so different and focus on different areas of the body that I can already tell it will be one of my favorite workout systems.  But Kenpo X?

I don't hate it...I just don't get it for it's placement in the program.  It may be the fact that I started this pretty much right after finishing INSANITY, but this workout is not high intensity.  My heart rate only jacks up during the breaks when you do all the jogging and jumps.  And then it's back down, quickly.  Again, I know my cardiovascular strength is pretty good after insanity, but I read about people burning crazy calories and feeling wiped out and I just can't figure out how to get myself there.  I can totally see this as a fantastic beginner workout, I think it would have kicked my butt at 300 lbs.  But for an extreme workout program like P90x, I find it lacking.   Most of the workout is just too low impact and stationary for it to really get me going.  I barely break a sweat and can keep my sweats on...which is weird.  For most of my other cardio workouts I'm out of the sweatshirt by the end of the warm up and mostly down to a sports bra by the cool down.  This one, nope, I just am not ever uncomfortable.

Since the next day is rest and stretch and there are only two cardio days to begin with - it just is starting to feel like a waste of a cardio day.  I was so tempted to reach for INSANITY or Turbo Fire this morning...I doubt next week I will be able to resist.  I really want my cardio days to kick my butt so I don't know if this is really getting me max results that I want from P90x.

Anybody else struggle to get a good cardio burn from Kenpo X?  What do you do - grin and bear it for the duration of the program or sub?  I'm learning towards making that a day I dig out a different cardio DVD and play around with that right now.

Focus, Determination, DRIVE

Today was day 10 for P90x for me.  I splurged a little this morning as I've been kind of on a little retail therapy kick this weekend and bought myself a little something special - a set of sportblocks!


I love them.  Like seriously love them.  My old weights were a messy jumble and they didn't actually weigh what they said they weighed and I couldn't change them fast enough.  Now I just set these and go go go!  I didn't buy the stand, just the weights because the stupid stand was almost the same price as the weights.  I sit these on my old transfirmer and that is a flat enough surface.  The stand would be awesome - taller and at an angle...but not worth the cash for me today.  Anyway, these weights are amazing and I can tell I'm getting a better workout because I'm using the appropriate weight.

Today's workout also made me think a lot about my progress so far.  I have done really well over the last 5 months.  So well it's hard for me to even really wrap my brain around...it's why I take so many progress pictures, it helps me see what I can't believe yet.



So now, I'm in this incredible mental place.  I'm now at the point where I really want to start focusing on pushing myself to get to the maintenance phase.  I'm not that close to it - I have at least another 40 lbs to lose.  But I think that I'm at a point where I am seeing the body changes more than just a shrinking body.  I am starting to see some definition in my arms when I flex and very slight lines on my stomach. When I lift weights during P90x I can see the muscles now.  I am starting to realize that my body is going through a major change that I can control.  That's why I decided to plunk down the money for the sportblocks today.  It's why I am about to do some major diet adjustments and start focusing on my diet more during the work day (meaning drinking my water, even if it means a million pee breaks) and staying away from the candy jar (Tabby will have to help me here!).  At home I am going to stay dedicated to my workouts and my clean eating and I am going to steadily tweak my diet for better satiety and make more dishes at home.  

Essentially, the last couple of days I have really realized not that I can do this.  But that I AM doing this.  I AM making my body healthy, strong, and well.  I am driven to be the women I have dreamed of being....the only factor is time.

P90x Time!!!

So I'm now 2 days into P90x and wow is it different from INSANITY lol.  I have done two workouts:

Chest and Back + Ab Ripper - which could be renamed pushups and pull ups and ab exercises I can't really do yet.  It was a GREAT workout and kicked my butt...well my arms really.  I don't have a pull up bar and I can't do pull ups anyway.  My door jam thing for my bands went MIA since the summer.  So I used my Leibert Equalizer and pulled up on that.  Gotta make it work however I can.  I feel it in my upper body so I know it was good.  This workout is pretty awesome.  The Ab Ripper workout is intense.  Many of the exercises I just can't do yet so I modified as appropriate.  Total workout time is about 65 minutes.

Plyometrics - which is AWESOME.  After doing a full round of INSANITY, this was a great change up.  Yes you jump and yes you jump a lot.  But because of the format of the workout it just feels so different.  I still got a crazy awesome workout, there are a lot of squats in this bad boy.  But it was so so good.  I felt this in my hips and buns today.

Tomorrow on deck is shoulders & arms + ab ripper.  I find it interesting how often ab ripper is done during the workout.  I wonder how quickly I will either (1) get tired of it or (2) get used to it.  I'm excited for arms though!!  I am desperate for my arms to tone up, I have quite flabby arms.

Equipment wise, I didn't buy anything new for this.  I have a lot of misc weights and bands in the house...and other equipment really...so I figure I will work with what I have until it's just too light and not workable anymore.  I would love the power blocks or selectechs or something like that but it's just not in the budget right now.  Perhaps later this year.  It would be nice to have them to be able to switch weights easily and to not have so much random equipment lying around.

Before starting P90x I took new pics and wrote my info down so I can submit it for the Beachbody Challenge :)  I love love that I get a shot at winning some cash just for exercising...that makes me happy.  Added perk to something I do for myself.  I will post pics every 30 days from p90x to hopefully see some PROGRESS!!!!!

In other news, I got my new webcam today!!  I am so excited you guys.  I am going to do some vlogs about P90x and health and fitness topics.  Is there anything that you would like to see/hear?  Leave a comment and I'll add it to the list :)

Insanity: Month 2 Coming Up!

I officially finished Month 1 + Recovery Week today!  I am so pleased with myself for sticking to the workouts and am excited (and just a little bit terrified) of Month 2.  I wanted to give a little bit of a review of the first part of INSANITY and give you an idea of what you will see.

The first month of INSANITY consists of 4 workouts + the Fit Test (descriptions from the Beachbody website)

Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs - Skip the intervals—this nonstop cardio workout is all extreme.
Cardio Power and Resistance - Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves. 
Cardio Recovery - Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you're ready for the next round.
Plyometric Cardio Circuit - Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyo and sweat-inducing cardio

These workouts repeat for 4 weeks, typically 2x each Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Pure Cardio.  The last 2 weeks of the month the Cardio Abs are added in.

Now I will be honest - I have to modify during the workouts.  I do most of the pushups on my knees and as I get more tired some of the more plyo moves become static.  I did notice over the month of the program that I could do more and more though.  My point here is that you shouldn't feel like you can't do the program because you can't do certain moves or can't do every workout start to finish.  I STILL can't do that move where you balance on your toes and hands and do leg lifts.  Yeah.  But I found a sub (I did it on my knees, but I did do the balance move w/o the leg lifts as well to get stronger) and kept working it out.

These workouts are about 30 - 45 minutes each.  Not too bad at all, and pretty easy to fit in my morning schedule.  (Phase 2 is a little longer - about an hour each workout - which will be a good challenge for me for another reason I will discuss in another blog post pretty soon.)  I also really liked the format, it was pretty different for me.  The warmup was about 11 minutes - then you go into a long 6-7 minute stretch.  So by the time you actually start the meat of the workout for the day, you have burned quite a lot of the workout.  Mentally I think this was really helpful.  The stretches are fantastic and I have noticed that my flexibility has improved a lot.  I do add some stretches to my warmup stretch, as I have some that were given to me by a trainer long ago that have really helped with old injuries.  I probably could just do the ones on the DVD - but I'd rather be safe then sorry sitting up in the bed with my leg in ice.

Now for the fun part - results.  I haven't taken my pictures yet - I will do that the morning of my fit test.  But I have lost at least 7 lbs and have gone down to a size 18/18w on the bottom (started with a loose-ish 22w).  These are big changes that I worked hard for!  I am significantly more flexible.  I also have finally really rid myself of my really bad knee pains.  I have always had bad knees from injuries in high school sports.  I work out in the basement of our home and sometimes I literally wondered how I would get upstairs post workout. It was a problem that doctors told me unfortunately would not get better until I (1) got in better shape and (2) lost weight.  So I just pushed through.  I was smart about it and it's one reason why sometimes I don't do the full plyo move or will switch mid set to a less jumpy modification (a power squat to a regular squat), because I didn't want to turn a sore knee into an injury.  But I knew I needed to keep working out.  At some point in the last few weeks I realized that post workout I'm running up the stairs like nobody's business with absolutely no pain.  And that I'm feeling less soreness in general in the knees during/post workout.  This is a huge thing, as I've just had to live with it for ages.  I'm so happy that finally, I am feeling good.  This doesn't mean I will change my knee strategy for workouts, but it's just nice to feel something different that is a health/fitness improvement.  My mom saw me last week for the first time since starting INSANITY and she told me she hasn't seen me this small since high school.  Which is pretty awesome since I weigh at least 10 lbs more now.  But I wasn't working out in this manner, so it was a flabbier 225-230 then I am now at about 240.

Would I recommend INSANITY?  HELL yes.  I would.  I love it so much.  I was really concerned that I wouldn't be able to do it, but I found that I could do a lot more then I though I would be able to do.  I love the changes to my body and how good I feel now.  If you feel like you are in ok shape, even if you are overweight, you will benefit. I would not do this program if I was an absolute beginner to working out, as it is really advanced.  It could be done - and you would lose weight.  But if you are completely out of shape there are other programs/plans you could do that you would get more benefit from.  If you have old nagging ankle/knee injuries like me, you could do it for sure - but you just need to see a doctor and make sure you won't damage things worse or to find out what modifications you need to do.

I'm simply terrified for month 2, but I was simply terrified for month 1 and I managed that ok :)  I think it will be totally fine - just have to dig deeper - right!!

Progress

Well, it's December 1st. One whole month on insanity. How is it going?

Pretty freaking fantastic I would say!!

I have lost about 6 lbs, but I have definitely lost some inches. I'm a size 18w now in all my bottoms and am a XL or L in my tops. I feel great and am in the midst of recovery week.

I think I love insanity. Everyone talks about their soulmate workout. I'm 99% convinced this is it. Why 1% of doubt? Because I haven't tried everything. I don't mind the repetition of DVDs and still push hard in the mornings. Every workout I try to improve my form or add another rep. This is the key - keep pushing!

Meal wise, you already know my drill. I'm a vegetarian with commitment issues. That seems to keep me balanced and healthy and I like it.

Here is a pic of me pre workout this week. Whoa body!! I will be taking my next fit test on Thursday, I also am including my fit test 1 to 2 progress.