Posts Tagged ‘Insanity’

I’m baaaaaaaaaaack.

May 12, 2010

That’s right.  I’m back.  Not only to my blog, but to Insanity! 

Our Recovery Week became a Recovery Three Weeks, and we just started back.  I think both of us thought the Month 2 stuff was a bit much, so we’ve gone back to Month 1.  We did it on Monday, and plan to do it again tonight.  I also ran both days.  Monday was a kick ass speed day.  I did ladders, starting out at my normal pace (5.4) and I increased it .1 mph every 30 seconds, until I couldn’t hang on anymore.  Then I jogged for 5 minutes, then I did it again.  Woohoo!  My friend is helping me out with some speed workouts, and this was his suggestion.  He thinks I already have it in me to run much faster, and he is just helping me find my speed and get it out there. 

We’ll see.  😀 

The fun news in my life:  We leave for Cozumel on Monday!  We’ll be there for five days, and I CANNOT WAIT.  I’m so frickin stoked it’s not even funny.  We went shopping for summer clothes and bathing suits this weekend, since all of our stuff is too big.  DH went down 2 full pant sizes, that fucker.  I only went down 1 size.  (I’m kidding, I’m so proud of him!)  I got the FUNNEST (yes, that is a word) dresses to wear.  I wanted to wear one of them to work this week, but it’s fucking snowing here.  On May 12th.  Lovely.  This only makes me look forward to my beach vacation even more. 

I’m down a bit more from the last time I posted (I think).  I’ve lost about 12 lbs since January, which I know isn’t exactly blazing fast, but it’s movement in the right direction, so I’ll take it. 

Have you all been watching Biggest Loser?  I watched the makeover show last night (thank God for DVR) and HOLEE SHITBALLS, those folks look great.  It’s amazing.  It was a good reminder to myself of what it felt like to be able to shop in a regular store (thanks, but no thanks Lane Bryant, I hope to never need you again), and prompted me to look at my before pics (from YEARS ago, before I dropped 70 lbs, I’m now working on another 20 or so).  Big difference.  I don’t even remember what it felt like to be that big.  And sometimes I don’t think I look any different, because from my perspective, I was just me the entire time.  Lately people have been saying things like “Oh, your hair is getting longer!” or “You look great!” or “Have you lost weight?” or “Is that a new dress?” to me.  Some of those are directly addressing the fact that I look smaller, and the others are (in my experience) people’s way of saying they have noticed something different, but they are not sure what it is.  Regardless, it’s nice to hear.

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Checking in… it’s been a while

May 3, 2010

I know, I know.

I went to Derby (KY) and lots of fun was had.  I ran half of a half.  😀  It was my longest run in months.  I had tummy troubles (shocker, I know) but once I got past them, I was in good shape.  I had an absolute blast with my imaginary friends.  We drank wine, had a fuckerware party, and did some running.  Life is good.

I’m frustrated with myself right now.  I’m eating like shit, and not exercising.  It’s a cycle that is hard to bust out of sometimes.  DH and I have slacked off on Insanity, but we have pledged to pick it back up tomorrow.  I think for now we are going to do the Month 1 workouts most of the time because 40 minutes of that shit is plenty.  Plus, we are both going to work on going harder during the intervals, and one of my goals is to do REAL pushups, not the girly ones.

This weekend was a wedding back home in Kansas, and I didn’t do great eating.  I had soft serve ice cream this morning for breakfast at Golden Corral, if that tells you anything.  We leave for Mexico in 2 weeks, and while I’m nowhere near my goal, I am down 12 lbs from the middle of January.  So that is good.  DH and I are going to work on eating cleaner and within points for the next two weeks, along with our workouts.  I’m also vowing to RUN 4 times this week.  4-5 miles each time.  I teach Spin twice this week as well.  Should be a good productive workout week.  It will feel good to get back in the swing of things.

I’ve started feeling an itch to “train” for something, but I suspect that is driven from my self-frustration right now.  I did some searching on fall races, and I will probably sign up for something at some point.  But for now, I am promising myself I will just be consistent.  I may do some 5K or 10Ks, just for fun, if my schedule allows for it.  There is actually a 9K race this weekend (Sunday) that I may do.  I need to decide, because it often fills up.

Goals this week:

  1. Run 4 times this week.  At least 18 miles.  Including MONDAY.
  2. 4 Insanity Workouts.
  3. 2 Spin classes (this is kind of a gimmee, I don’t have an option on these!)
  4. LOG my points every day.  Seriously.
  5. Blog several times.

A’ight.  That’s it.  For now.  I’m outie.

Hells to the yeah – or a tale of 3 victories

April 20, 2010

So this morning when I weighed in, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I really didn’t think I’d see a loss, since I definitely overdid it on the Turtle Cookies this weekend.  I’d seen a variety of numbers all week long.  I saw a nearly two pound variation yesterday from before my run & Insanity workout, to afterwards.  (I know that just means I sweat an assload.)

But I got on the scale anyway (victory #1), and saw a number that I wasn’t sure what to do with.  Amazingly, I had forgotten what my weigh in number was last week, so I didn’t know if I had lost or maintained.  I was pretty sure I hadn’t gained (victory #2).  So I hopped off the scale, got in the shower, and was pondering wtf my last weigh in number was, and wtf I couldn’t remember it.  I got out, got dressed, and went scurrying out to my laptop to record my number for today. 

Lo and behold, that number was a whole pound DOWN from last Tuesday (victory #3, if you’ve been counting).  BOO-YA! 

Part of the confusion came from me seeing numbers up to 2 lbs lower than this all week long.  Which I am hoping will mean that I’ll see a loss next week as well, if I can stay on track.  I gave the rest of those Turtle cookies away today at work, so that won’t be a problem. 

Today’s problem is that I went to the dentist and got my teef cleaned.  Now my mouf hurts.  It sucks.  I’m hungry, but I only want to eat soft food.  And oddly, the only two things I can think of are ice cream and pizza.  Two quality weight loss oriented foods.  Excellent.  ::insertsarcasticsmileyhere::

Tonight will bring another date with my hot buddy, Shawn T.  While we do the 50 minute torture session, I’ll sweat my ass off yet again.  After that, I will fix something for dinner.  Something soft and smooshy.

More Insanity

April 20, 2010

Jeebus.  Are you kidding me, Shawn T?  Squat pushups, power jumps, power pushups, or some crap.  Some of it I can’t even really do, since I can’t really do a pushup.  Holy crapinoly. 

But prior to the Insanity workout, I ran.  Woot.  Outside.  It’s so nice to be able to run outside.  I love it.  Me, my music, a dirt road, and my gps.  4 miles! 

I weigh in tomorrow.  Hopefully I didn’t do too much damage the last two days with the damn mock turtle cookies I made.  They are dangerously good.  I need to give the rest of those fuckers away.  Aside from them, I’ve done really well food wise this week.  I saw a new low number this week, so I hope it sticks 🙂 

In three days I go to Louisville – WOOT!  I cannot wait.  It’s going to be a weekend filled with fun, running, fuckerware, and wine.  Does it get any better than that?  I even bought this to make food for the fuckerware party:

We are going to Deck the Dicks.  It’s going to be fabulous.

Month 2 of Insanity

April 18, 2010

Holy balls.  We did our first workout of Month 2.  Dear God.  Not only is it longer (60 min or so) but it’s harder.  I mean, I didn’t think there was really any way to make it harder, but it turns out that Shawn T managed to do just that. 

I taught Spin this morning.  We did a 60 minute interval ride, and it was tough.  Then I came home and did the Max Interval It Would Feel Better If You Just Died Workout.  So I’m BEAT.  Tomorrow I get to do it all again, except it will be a run, then Insanity.  Good times.  I’d be flabbergasted if I’m not sore in weird spots tomorrow. 

Oh, I lost a half pound this past Tuesday.  So yay!  I’m down a bit more already, so if I can stick it out thru the weekend, I should see a good loss on Tuesday this week.

The results are in

April 13, 2010

I didn’t do the long run.  I just didn’t wanna.  Terrible, I’m sure.  However, I’ve had kind of an epiphany around running lately.  I’m done “training” for a while.  I want to run because I want to, not because I have to.  I’ve been feeling this way for a while, and now that I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’m not running my half in two weeks, it’s kind of freeing.  I want to run because it’s fun, and for exercise.  Not so I can do a race. 

I know this won’t last indefinitely.  I’ll start to feel the pull of a race sooner or later, but for now, I just want to go back to running.  Just running.  I’d like to do some local races for fun, and to be part of the running community.  These will be 5K or 10K races.  Short, easy, no pressure.  Ideally, I’ll work on running faster during this time, but I’m really not going to worry about it.  I’ve been dreading the long runs for longer than I can remember.  And quite frankly, that isn’t how I want it to be.  So until that feeling goes away, I want to go out and run 3-5 miles several times a week, with a “long run” of up to 7 or 8 on the weekends.  And if I don’t feel like that long of a run, I’ll give myself permission to just do another 3-5 miler.  It’s not like I’m on the cusp of a BQ, or training for the Olympics, FFS.  I run because it feels good, it’s great for my mental health, and it makes me feel kind of awesome to say I’m a runner. 

So this is what I’m going to do.  For now.  Until I change my mind again.  Which could be in 4 days, or 4 months.  Or longer. 

I weigh in tomorrow morning.  My hubby lost another 3 lbs this week (I’m so proud of him!).  I don’t expect any results like that.  I’ve weighed in all week, and I’ve been consistently down a little bit from last Tuesday.  So we’ll see.  After a big week (for me) last week, I don’t expect another one like that.  It never works that way for me!  I did ask my DH to help me to be more accountable in logging my food.  I start out going gang-bangers each week (is that phrase right?  It seems weird when I write it out.) and by Friday and Saturday, I’m not being consistent with logging.  By Monday I’m like “Well, I weigh in tomorrow, so why bother today?”  Not helping!!  DH agreed to help me be accountable, if I promised not to get mad at him when he asks me “Did you log that peanut butter you are shoveling in your pie hole?”  😀  I pointed out that he could attempt to be tactful, but that isn’t really his MO…  so this could be interesting!  🙂

Oh, and for those of you waiting on bated breath to find out what the recovery week of the Insanity workouts are like…  well they are not too bad.  Nice and easy pace.  The workout is 40 min long, and has some of the same stuff (at a slower pace) as the first month, and some new stuff.  I’m kind of nervously looking forward to starting the second month.  Eek!

Ladies, place your bets

April 9, 2010

On how far I make it in my long run on Sunday.  I’m going to gallowalk it, and see if I can do 10 miles.  If I can do it and don’t want to cut my legs off afterwards, I’ll gallowalk the Derby race.  If not, then I’ll just spectate. 

I ran this morning.  Go me.  Tonight is Day 1 of the Recovery Week in Insanity.  I’ll let you know what Shawn T’s idea of Recovery looks like later. 

Last night was Spin class.  Surprisingly I had 5 people.  I was expecting ZERO since it was 70* and gorgeous outside.  We did an ass-kicking workout consisting of some long periods of climbing, with some high intensity flats.  It was GOOD.  I teach again tomorrow morning, and I can’t decide what to unleash on them.  But I know they will be sweaty mofos when they are done!

If I don’t get to the godforsaken grocery store tonight, we are going to be eating canned tomatoes and ramen noodles all weekend.  We are out of everything.  Bread.  Eggs.  String cheese.  Fruit.  Granola bars.  Chicken.  Seriously.  WTF?

What the hell is Insanity?

April 7, 2010

So, I figured I’d give you guys a bit more info on the Insanity workouts, by Beachbody.  These are the same folks who do P90x, which you may have heard of.

First, they are awesome. 

Second, they are hard.

Third, here’s some details.  It’s circuit training, which means you go really hard for a fairly short time period, then a quick recovery.  While you are going really hard, you are doing both cardio and strenth stuff.  Lots of jumping (jump squats, ski jumps, frog jumps, globe jumps) plenty of pushups, some ab work, and some targeted upper body.  However, you do all of this using your own body weight, no weights.  Which believe me, is fucking hard. 

In the firs 30 days, most of the workouts are around 40 minutes long.  Next week is a recovery week, so we’ll do the recovery DVD every day.  I have no idea what that entails, but I suspect ol’ Shawn T’s idea of recovery and mine (laying on the couch with a cat, a book, and wine) are not the same.  We shall see.

For the second month, all the workouts are called Max Something Or Another.  Max Plyometrics, Max Cardio, Max Death Workout…  you get the drift.  And I believe these are a bit longer, like 50-60 min.  It will be interesting to see how different and how much harder these are. 

Oh, and thanks for the encouragement girls!  I am down a bit more this morning, but it’s not an official weigh in, so who knows what Tuesday will bring.  If I can stay on track on the weekend, I do well.  If I pretend that I have a raging metabolism and am one of those assholes who can eat pizza+ice cream+cheetos for every meal and not gain any weight, well, you can imagine how the weigh in goes.  😀  However, I will be having ice cream this weekend.  I’m taking my nieces out for a fun day of fabric shopping, and we will top the whole thing off with ice cream.  Woo! 

Oh, and for the second day in a row, I got my ass up to run before work.  All it takes is a barrage of texts from my imaginary friends.  Who knew?

Drumroll… Did I lose?

April 7, 2010

Hells yeah, baby.  2.4 muthertruckin pounds.  BOOYA. 

Today, I got up and ran 4 miles before work (thanks to my imaginary buddies for insuring that I made it out of bed).  Then tonight, we did our Insanity workout.  Me tired. 

Dinner is Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup.  Mmmm.  We are eating shortly.  I’m frickin starving right now.  I’m watching Biggest Loser, too.  I know a lot of people hate Melissa, but I can completely 100% relate to her competitive drive.  I’ve got it.  And if I were on that show (let’s hope I never get back to a place where they’d take me) my bitchy competitive side would come SCREAMING OUT.  People would hate me if I were on that show.  😀 

I’m getting such a kick out of the little game going on tonight.  Awesome.  I’m such a bitch.  😀

I’m being harassed ;)

April 5, 2010

By one of my two followers.  😀  Miss Novia is keeping me honest with blogging! 

So I’ve been busy.  Lots of Shawn T Insanity workouts.  We did our fit test at the beginning of week three (last week) and we both CRUSHED out initial fit test results.  So, go us!  We were both relieved that the crazy ass jumping and flailing was actually making a difference. 

While I’ve been being Insane, I have not been running much.  After those workouts, my legs are too dead to run.  So this week, I’ve recruited some of my favorite imaginary friends to call and harass me at 0500 each morning.  I shall run then, and do my Insanity workouts after work.

DH has been logging his points faithfully, and that fucker is losing weight like crazy.  I have been logging my points half-assedly, and shockingly, not losing weight.  I am allegedly down 2 lbs right now, but my weigh in day isn’t until tomorrow, and the scale never really cooperates with me.  So who knows. 

I keep saying I’m going to do a long run.  But I haven’t.  So I’m not sure if I’ll end up running at Derby, or not.  If I run, it will be a gallowalking festival, with 5 min running, then 1 min walking.  So we shall see.  It could go right down to the wire that morning.