- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
hi bees! i just started the INSANITY (i feel like it requires all caps, as if someone is yelling it) workout on monday and i thought it would be really useful if i kept a sort of diary detailing my experience the next 2 months. feel free to ask questions and comment with your own experiences with INSANITY below!
ok- so i was hemming and hawing about doing INSANITY for a while before actually taking the plunge. i’m not gonna lie, i loathe working out. i absolutely hate running- i find that i get really bored really fast. Fiance used to be a runner before suffering a foot injury, and he always tells me that i have to stick with it and it will get better. but i’ve never had enough motivation or drive for that to happen. i’m the most uncoodinated person on earth, so biking is out. me + bike + cars = trouble. it really sucks because i live in brooklyn and all my friends ride bikes everwhere, especially in the summer, but i cannot get over my fear of oncoming traffic. 🙁 i actually really enjoyed group classes at the gym, but while planning a wedding, even the $30/month bally’s membership i get through my health insurance is out of the question. plus i’d have to actually go to the gym, which won’t happen after a long busy day at work.
so that leaves workout videos at home. and i figured, if i’m gonna do it, i might as well do it right. INSANITY was calling. now, you might be thinking “but dove, you told us above that even $30 was too much to spend, now you’re gonna go and drop $150 on a workout vid?” and to that i say one thing and one thing only: bootlegged download. don’t judge!
now, moving on.. here is my before photo:
the way i feel about my body is a bit love/hate. about 6 years ago i used to be a size 11/13 and weighed 165 lbs. i’m now a size 4 and weigh 138 lbs. for reference, i’m 5’6″. when i lost all that weight years ago, it wasn’t really from working out, but from changing the way i was eating and trying to stay somewhat active. to be completely candid, i did a juice cleanse to lose the final few lbs. to get to my 25 lb. goal (side note- i don’t recommend cleansing- i passed out on the train while doing it! but i know everyone is different. just be verrry careful if you do partake). today when i look in the mirror, i am soooo proud of myself! it’s been strange adjusting to the way i see myself and not being self-conscious. after nearly 8 years maintaining a weight of 135-140, i’m finally at a place where i am really learning to love myself and my body. i feel healthy and so much happier then i was 8 years ago. at this point, i feel like i owe it to myself to go the extra couple miles and really tone the areas that i’m still uncomfortable with so that i love what i see in the mirror.
now, about INSANITY!
here is the chart that came with my ghetto bootleg version of the workout. looks pretty legit:
now, a few things to note before i start talking about my progress- i’m not really following the meal plan, but instead continuing to eat my normal healthy diet, which is basically almost everything dr. fuhrman tells me to eat/not eat. his recipes are awesome.
also, the calendar says to work out 6 days, but i’m doing 5. i really don’t want to push myself too much, at least the first couple weeks. i might bump it up to 6 the last couple weeks before my wedding (i’ll be finishing the workout a week before the big day holycrap)!
4/22- i started with the fit test on monday and it was a bit embarassing. you basically have to do a series of reps of different exercises and record how many you could do to compare every other week. i wasn’t able to do nearly as many reps as shaun t’s gal tanya could.. to be honest, i didn’t even record my numbers cause i was all ‘i want to SEE results in the mirror!’ but now i’m wishing i did. i think it would be really motivating to see your improvement every other week. alas, two weeks from now.. you better watch out tanya, i’m coming for you!
4/23- plyometric cardio circuit. after the fit test, i felt great, like i could climb a mountain, or at least a tree. i went and drank some juice and was jumping around my house! then, i woke up tuesday morning and could barely get out of bed! i was very reluctant to push myself on tuesday, but i’m glad i did. i might be going crazy but i think i see results ALREADY in my abs. afterwards i felt great again, but my body was crying for rest. i slept like an infant both monday and tuesday.
4/24- break. i know the calendar said to do the cardio power and resistance, but i basically needed a walker on wednesday morning.
today is 4/25 and i feel GREAT. my muscles are still a bit sore, particularly my calves, but i already feel healthier. i’m super excited to hang with shaun t. tonight. i’ll let you bees know how i feel in the morning!