Friday, January 3, 2014

Insanity R2.1 - Week 1

This week has been crazy, but I haven't let it get me down. The New Year, crochet orders to fill, and I had a job interview to prepare for.

All these other factors caused me to not eat right this week. My mind was drained and my workouts were not as fulfilling as they should have been as I took a lot of breaks. I still feel better than I did when I wasn't working out, but I don't feel as good as I should

Two extremely good notes to mention...

1) My Vivobarefoot Evo II's came today, so I used them to work out in today. I will be writing a review on both the shoes and The Clymb a little later.

2) I registered for The Color Run in Hershey at the end of May. So there is no turning back now. I was going to wait a little bit longer to register, but I didn't want to risk losing the spot as the run is filling up fast.

So now, with the Color Run in my mind, I know I definitely need to train. The race is not timed, so that's not a big deal, but I really don't want to walk it.

As week 1 is coming to an end (still have Plyo to do tomorrow), I hope to push more in week 2.

I will be attempting to meal plan healthy family foods for my family without completely changing our diets. If it's foods we don't normally eat, then we probably won't stick to it (like we can try wheat bread, but we will not continue to eat it because we don't enjoy it).

If anyone has any suggestions on healthy, but delicious foods (even freezer meals), I'd love to hear them!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Insanity - Round 2.1

It's official... INSANITY HAS BEGUN... again.

I retook my measurements, but I look pretty much the same as I did with the last rounds photos so I am just going to use those again.

My measurements and photos:

Bust = 31.5"
Waist = 27.5" (measuring just under the rib cage)
Hips = 32" (measuring directly over my hip bones)

Neck = 12"
Biceps = 9" relaxed, 9.5" flexed


And the results to the fit test:

Switch Kicks = 78
Power Jacks = 27
Power Knees (R) = 81
** Crunches = 64
** Power Knees (L) = 82
Suicide Jumps = 12
Push-up Jacks = 11
Plank Oblique = 56

** As you can see, I have made some edits to my fit test. At least for the first month's run through (or until I get my new shoes), I am not going to be doing the Power Jumps or Globe Jumps. They are too painful for my knees, so for now I will continue with this. 

I am rather pleased with my results. Just as I said in my first post here, "This was a very hard test, but I was Digging Deeper and pushing through." Some numbers could have been better but I had my 2-year-old wanting to dance around with me. So we know how that works.

New Motivations

Motivation #1: New shoes

Most of you probably don't know this, but I like to work out barefoot. It stems from my dancing when I preferred to dance in socks or jazz shoes (which were very thin). My sneakers were always too heavy and made too much noise in my apartment. So with no shoes, I am able to control the noise and truly feel what I am doing. Two years ago, I saw a commercial or short segment about minimalist shoes; it made it feel like you were running barefoot but you did have some protection.

Tania "The Ma'Ma'chine" Baron and Shaun T both shared information about the Vivobarefoot shoes. So I looked into the ones Tania recommended, Evo II's. I fell in love. I researched them and only found 1 bad review and it was from someone who thinks they got a defective pair. These shoes retail for $130, but The Clymb has them on sale for $50! I contemplated it all day and decided to give them a shot. So I ordered a pair. :) They will be here in about 2 weeks.

If you are interested in getting this deal, you can visit this link and search evo II:

Motivation #2: Color Run in Hershey

I would like to sign up for the Color Run since it's in Hershey this year. It is on May 31st, I believe. It would be my first one. This run is not something someone can just sign up for and go to unless you are just going to walk it. I would like to do well in the "race" and not just walk it. It will be a fun challenge. So if I am going to pay to run, I want to know that I have trained for it. Open registration starts in 2 days and I will probably be registering under a former schoolmates team. She's run multiple 5K's including some in other states, so I think it would be better to be under a team and have someone that might be able to help guide me.

Motivation #3: Insanity Challenge

Insanity starts TODAY! I am not going to put this off any longer. I have set such a bad example by making excuses of why I can't start it today. There is always going to be so much going on in life that's going to make it difficult to work out, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't get done. The sooner it gets done, the easier it will be to make it a routine. So after I print off the materials again, I will start the fit test. My first goal is going to be to complete month #1. After this I will see where I stand... whether I feel ready to do the true month #2 or repeat month #2 first.

Time to get my act together and GET IT DONE!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Everyone has their troubles...

As you can probably tell... I fell off the wagon again. I'm not sure what I want to do. I am thinking about a 30-day challenge for myself before hopping back into a DVD program. But I do want to start Insanity again. I was so proud of my accomplishments and the way I looked that I want to feel that way again. I am back to looking the way I did before I started Insanity and literally all that hard work from a few months ago is gone.

There is a Color Run in Hershey in  May 2014 and I would love to participate. I need to work on my cardio though before I can do that.

Instead of a 30 day challenge, maybe I will set-up a 14 day challenge. This will help me to work into Insanity. Then I can challenge myself for month 1 of Insanity and reward myself and go from there.

Once again, I am not really worried about my weight. I know I'm somewhere around 110 lbs. I just want to get fit. I grew up dancing. I had that flat stomach. I really want that back. After Insanity, I had muscular arms... I want those back. It is time.

Friday, October 11, 2013

So disappointed in myself

Well, if you've been following along, I'm sure you have realized... I have not posted my workout completions in the last week. Yup, I fell off the wagon. It is very disappointing. I think I need to do something else before jumping into Insanity again.

It seemed so easy to jump into it the first time because of time management. My daughter took a nap everyday at 1PM. Now she doesn't take a nap. The last thing I really want to do at 9PM when she goes to bed is work out.

I am currently nursing a hurt big toe. I cannot put any weight on it. So I can't restart working out right now, but I plan to at least do pilates or something else to get back into it. I want to be fit and healthy. I want to have the body I know I can have. I danced for 10 years, I know what my body could look like if I try hard enough.

Any suggestions on what to do now?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Insanity - Week 1 Day 3

Oh Cardio Power and Resistance, how could I forget you? My legs were killing me this morning and now they will not stop shaking. I felt like I couldn't do half of the workout because my legs were so sore. I should have stretched when I woke up this morning and that might have helped. But Recovery is tomorrow, so I am definitely excited. I think that will always be my favorite workout.

And of course, can't forget the 10 push-ups for today. ;)

Time for a shower and bed. It's been an exhausting day, mentally and physically.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Insanity - Week 1 Day 2

Wowzers. I forgot how difficult Plyometric Cardo Circuit really is. My legs are on FIRE!!! I am shaking really badly too... but man, do I feel good. After experiencing Focus T25 and learning some helpful ways to modify, I was able to go through the routine for the most part. I only had to stop a couple of times. Two of the modifications I made were with Power Squats (stepped to each side while doing a squat) and Ski Downs (Jump like log jumps instead of on 2 feet). I was still working, but it kept me going instead of stopping.

On another note. I found a Push-Up Challenge for the month of October. So I am making sure I include this in with the workout. It's with SweatItOut, which is one of the coaches I follow for some motivation.

So yesterday I did 10 push-ups and today I did 10 push-ups too! :)

Will you join in the push-up challenge?