Ooohhh…workout advice!

This probably would have helped if I read it BEFORE my workout – but it’s pretty good stuff – check it out:

According to the ‘Greatist Daily’ – working out isn’t easy, but there are EASIER ways to get through a tough workout.

  1. SWITCH IT UP – with some circuit training to prevent boredom.  (Check!)
  2. Go from dreadmill to treadmill by RUNNING INTERVALS instead of slow and steady miles.
  3. Enlist a personal trainer or gym buddy to challenge you to work harder.  (Or start a blog and be forced to keep working out because you said you would and people are counting on you either fail or NOT fail.  Regardless, people are watching!)
  4. Work on form, especially when running, to get those feet moving with ease.
  5. Monitor heart rate & pace to serve as a distraction and motivate you to keep going.  (Or just do what I do and workout until you feel dizzy, take a break, and start again.)  😉

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Insanity Day 8

Woke up today as Mrs. Snuffleupagus!  Full on cold…but only in my head, so I dared to workout and actually succeeded!

I did the ‘Cardio Power & Resistance’ workout again and had that weird ending that I did after my first full workout where I just cried uncontrollably during the last minute of the cool down.  I don’t know what is causing me to cry – whether it’s out of pure exhaustion or pure happiness  – either way, the bottom line is I got to cross another workout as COMPLETED!  Hell yeah!  😉

 

 

 

Insanity Day 6 & 7

Another workout done (Day 7 is for ‘rest’)!  What’s better than that, you ask?  That I completed week ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even though there are 8 weeks left to go (48 days of workouts with a total of 58 more workouts), it feels REALLY good to have one week under my belt.  I am still struggling through all the workouts, as I would think most newbies would be, but I’m completing them with everything I have and that is all I can do.

Looking forward to seeing if I can walk and move easily tomorrow.  (Well maybe not easily, but easier than in the past).  If I’m not as stiff as I have been, I’d say I might be getting a little better at this crazy workout thing.  😉  I’ll keep you updated!

Insanity Day 5

To quote Shaun T, “This Shit is Bananas!” 

OH….. MY….. GOD!  Pure Cardio was pure hell.

Every other workout so far in the insanity series has been 3 minutes at high intensity with a 30 second break, continuous for about 30 minutes (and a 5 minute warmup/cool down).  But not Pure Cardio.  No…that would be too easy.  Pure Cardio is nothing but cardio for THIRTY EIGHT MINUTES (give or take 5 minutes for a slight warmup/cool down), with NO breaks!  I hated this workout, but the best part was seeing all the people behind Shaun T. curl up in child’s pose or laid out like a pancake on the floor.  Even Shaun T., himself, couldn’t keep up.  He asked himself, out loud,  why he did this to himself…and he said, “Because I like to look good”…lol.  At least he’s honest!

So, I made it through, barely, and then took my victory marker and crossed today’s hellacious workout off the calendar.   Success…another workout down!

So, as I drank my protein shake, holding up the wall and patting myself on the back, I glanced over the rest of the schedule and saw Pure Cardio AGAIN in only THREE more workouts and then AGAIN WITH an additional DVD called Cardio Abs FOUR days later!  OMG!  It’s only just begun.

OK, breathe…wooo-saaaah.  One day at a time, right?!

…I think I need a drink!  😉

Insanity Day 4

Today’s workout was Cardio Recovery.  Just the name alone sounds like a refreshing break.  This DVD really focuses on stretching your hamstrings, quads, core, and hip flexors while working on your balance.  While it sounds easy enough, it felt great up until the last 8 minutes or so.  In the end, my stretching turned out to be muscles quivering because they were so weak they couldn’t hold the position anymore.  Shaun T. does say that form is the most important factor…so I took a break, re-grouped, corrected my form and held on for as long as humanly possibly. By the time my muscles couldn’t go anymore…we were done! 🙂

It really is a great DVD…I wish it was set up to use after every intense workout because I can already feel the difference 2 hours later.  But alas, I will have to look forward to it only once/week.

Next workout = Pure Cardio (so happy tomorrow is Easter Sunday, so I can at least have another day to recuperate)!

Til next time…

Insanity Day 1 & 2

Wow – OK, Insanity is the PERFECT word for this workout.

Yesterday, I completed my first Fit Test and I have no idea how I did, until my next one in 2 weeks, so I guess I’m just going to pat my back on this one because I actually made it through.

Today was the Plyometric Cardio Circuit workout and I am almost speechless to how I feel.  I CAN tell you that I did better than I expected too; however, I did end up in a ball of tears at the end.  Even though I didn’t make it through every step of every move…I definitely held my own and it felt good to see people in the video that were taking breaks and struggling too.  I think if everyone was to be as amazing as Shaun T and nailed every move I probably wouldn’t be looking towards tomorrow’s workout.  (notice I didn’t say looking FORWARD to it).  LOL

In any case – I believe it did what it was supposed to do..

  1. It provided circuit training
  2. It provided 30-40 min of cardio
  3. It kicked my ass!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s workout – Cardio Power & Resistance!

 

Insanity!

It’s been just over a month since we shot the commercial and photos for eDiets.com and I am still anxiously awaiting to see all the results from my hard work and the hard work of my new eDiets friends.  Until then, I have still been going strong, losing weight at a steady pace and I’m in my final goal weight range – yay!

I have to admit, I’m not as excited as I thought I would be – and I think that’s mostly due to the fact that the scale might be ready the right numbers for me, but my body still doesn’t look as fantastic as I thought it would be by now.  Prior to having my son, I was essentially a gym rat.  Every day after work, I went straight to the gym and put in a solid hour or so 5x/week.  This time around – it’s not so easy.  With such a long commute to work, there is very little time during the week that I get to see my son, so I often have to make the decision to either go to the gym or spend an hour with my son before he goes to bed.

Well, as much as I LOVE my gym, YouFit, I thought, I might see what else is out there.  After looking around, I found this INSANE workout called INSANITY, by Shaun T.  The basic idea is that you take an entire YEAR’s worth of workouts and condense it into TWO MONTHS!  All workouts are approximately 40 minutes and they vary every day between 14 different DVD’s.  Workouts are slated for 6 days a week and every 2 weeks you perform a “Fit Test” to see how you’re progressing. There are no weights needed – you just use your own body weight and work your ass off!  3 minutes of high intensity workout with a 30 second rest, and repeat!

I’m sure insane doesn’t even BEGIN to describe this program, but nevertheless, I’m giving it a shot!  My goal is to workout every night when my son goes down to sleep and during his nap time on the weekends.  I’ll miss you, YouFit, but I’m going to try and workout AND see my son.  I’m not going to beat myself up if I miss a day or two here as life will often get in the way, but I’m going to do it – even if it takes me 3 or 4 months instead of 2!  I’m even going to stay on the eDiets meal plan as it is very balanced between protein, carbs, and fat…I think I just may add a protein shake or additional snack each day so my body can keep up with the crazy workouts.

My first workout is 5 minutes after I publish this post – so wish me luck and I’ll keep you updated (if I’m not too sore to type)! lol

 

 

 

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