When asked about the program I find 2 things pop to mind right away.
1) It is aptly named. It's insane, and
2) I took a leisurely tour through Insanity.
Shaun T, Insanity's creator and coach on the DVD has taken to calling those who've graduated the program and still want more hard core workouts, "Insaniacs." My friends, I'm now an Insaniac. One day, I'll start my Dear Jane Quilt and I'll be an Insaniac Janiac! LOL
You Tube video. It's a condensed version of the infomercial. If you've heard of it, let me explain why I say I took a leisurely tour.
It is a 2 month (60 day) program that offers a year's results in that time frame. I took just about 3 months to complete it. I repeated a couple weeks to ensure I was feeling okay about and strong enough to progress to the next step and there were the weeks I stepped back to start back up with a friend who took a break. I also took a week off. When I decided enough was enough, I dug in and finished the program. So, instead of 2 months, it took 3.
There were a couple times where family members joined me. Okay I got everyone but teenage daughter to join. Either she's brilliant to stay away or super lazy. -wink- She'll say she's brilliant! LOL
Let me restate that. I wanted to learn how to eat properly on my own with the amount of exercise I was putting my body through. To choose better foods and meals but not lose out on what I love. The glass of wine, the steak, the ice cream, maybe. :) In other words, I wanted to make better choices but I wanted to live with what I choice I made, right or wrong. I wanted a lifestyle change in eating and exercise that I could/would maintain. That was my goal and no matter what the numbers say, I met that goal and I'm thrilled. Could I have had better results, I think yes. I also think, however, that this was the beginning of a life long change for me and I needed to do it this way and that is why I'm not short changing the effort or results I did achieve.
One additional note, when I didn't lose, I asked a lot of questions on my fitness board and found a lot of people had little to no results, like me, when they started their 1st program ever. Turns out, there's this thing call a cortizol response to the stress where you reatin water like a crazy person & as a response to the stress, water is trapped around the muscles. After about 4-6 weeks, it starts dropping off. That could have contributed to my lack of seen results in month 1.
Now, onto the fun photos. These were the first couple of days.
Amy over at Amy Lou Who Sews was chatting with Kelly from Kelbysews on Instagram (which is a great little app & a nice daily distraction to see what everyone is up to. Who needs Facebook? lol) They mentioned there should be a hashag for quilters who are also exercising. I think Kelly coined "sweatnsew". The way it works, post your pic and type in the hashtag and name. Then your pic is tagged in a group, of sorts. The hashtag becomes a hyper link and anyone who searches under that hashtag or clicks on the hyperlink is taken to the group page of photos with the same tag.
Anyway, I was looking for some daily motivation and accountability and got the idea to make it a challenge. I offered up 10 FQs, 5 each to 2 winners. I invited anyone who wanted to get a healthier lifestyle to join. Better eating habits, exercise, whatever. Deal was, take a pic. describe how it relates to yoru healthier lifestyle and hashtag it. 1 entry per day. After 2 weeks, I choose winners at random from those who participated. It grew like crazy and a we developed a nice little community of support! Not everyone is exercising. Some exercise only 3 days a week, some are doing the same programs like Jillian Michael's Shred and some no programs at all. There's been a lot of discussion about better food choices and some folks have started paleo eating or WeightWatchers. Recipes occasionally get shared and we are all at different fitness levels. It's awesome. So much so that if you are on Instagram, maybe you want to join in? I'm going to be starting a new challenge real soon. :-)
So how did the #s look?
First, fit test #s (day 1/last day):
Switch Kicks - 59/ 96 Power Jacks - 25/ 56 Power Knees - 50/ 82
Power Jumps - 15/ 35 Globe Jumps - 2.75/ 8 Suicide Jumps (Burpees) - 7/ 15
Push-up Jacks - 5/ 16 Low Plank Oblique - 10/ 33
Weight Loss: 12 lbs. Total Inches lost (all msmts): 16.5"
My before and after photos!
I just started Insanity the Assylum on Monday. After the 25 min. fit test alone, I was dripping in sweat. Insanity was hard and insane but this... this one, I think, is going to be so intense that being committed to the Assylum is about the only way to describe those of use doing it. With this one, it's 30 days so while I'm not following the nutrition guide fully, I am trying 2 things different. 1) to incorporate a good portion of the nutrition guide into my daily routine and 2) to drink a Shakeology shake every day. I have started the second part of this already and the first will be started this weekend when I can prep meals for next week. After I'm done, I'll let you know how it all went & give you my honest 2 cents.
Whle this program may not be for everyone, health and fitness is. If you want to get healthier, no more excuses. Make a decision and step into it. Find a way to be accountable to yourself, to family, and/or to me, even. I'll help where I can. I am being honest when I say that even if I'm not at my goal weight, I feel good. I feel fitter and healthy and energized. I want you to feel that way, too. I hope you enjoyed the photos and forgive the long post. I'm just trying to keep it real!