W6D2: Not Easier, Just Better

Despite my promise to jump out of bed this morning to work out, I still had to fight my inner grog to get myself going this morning. As I eased myself out of bed, I definitely felt the aftershocks of having given the Fit Test my all yesterday. However, true to my word in spite of myself, I threw on my workout attire and hit to living room with Chris for today’s punishment: the plyometric cardio circuit. In hindsight, I’ve realized that of all Shaun T.’s Insanity Workouts that I’ve survived thus far, the plyometric cardio circuit is probably my favorite as it’s reminiscent of my junior high and high school basketball conditioning.

I have to admit that I was pretty nervous to return to our regular workouts after our “Recovery” week, but relieved at the same time. As Chris had to hear on more than one occasion, I was not a fan of repeating the same exercises day-in and day-out (and those shoulder exercises Shaun threw in at the end each day were enough to draw tears from my eyes due to the burn). ::shudders::

I think I realized it was going to be a good workout on the second time repeating our warm-up exercises. While my muscles still felt a little stiff from sleep, I could feel energy creeping through my bloodstream and noticed that my breathing was less labored than usual. We finished the 9:30ish minute warm-up with Chris asking me if I wanted to take my usual 1 minute breather before heading into stretching. I shook my head no, and we continued on. I don’t think I realized until the stretches this morning how much I missed that portion of our exercise. I know Shaun T. says that stretching is the most important, but he also says that about the warm-up and the exercises themselves.

By the end of our stretching, I actually found myself looking forward to the next round of exercises. All in all, we finished the workout with only ONE extended rest break – a pretty drastic improvement – and I ended the workout feeling energized, stretched and full of a strange exultation in the realization that despite my bitching about the scale, and the difficulty of the workouts and the early mornings…I’ve improved. I’m not the same girl who started this challenge 30+ days ago. The Japanese have a word for the shift in my thought process – “kaizen” or “continuous improvement.” Can’t wait to see how much I’ve improved by the end of the second month! See you on the other side!

W6D1: Holy Cow! Improvements!

Okay, so I’ve been pretty bad about updating my daily fitness journal for the past two weeks, and I apologize. Work has been beyond hectic, and my personal life’s been a little crazy to boot. For instance, last night after working out, Chris and I rescued yet ANOTHER cat…but I digress. The point of today’s blog is that we have still been working out (I PROMISE) despite the radio silence. And today, despite feeling weak, tired and a little sore from my run on Saturday, I saw some pretty dramatic improvements during this week’s scheduled Fit Test. Don’t believe me? Check out the numbers below. I almost didn’t believe some of them either. (Although I’m sure that will change once the soreness kicks in).

Fit Test 1 / Fit Test 2 / Fit Test 3
Switch Kicks: 45 / 53 / 70
Power Jacks: 38 / 44 / 48
Power Knees: 58 / 79 / 85
Power Jumps: 30 / 30 / 47
Globe Jumps: 9 / 9 / 11
Suicide Jumps: 10 / 12 / 14 (slight modifications for my knee)
Push-up Jacks: 5 reg. & 9 push-ups / 11 reg. & 9 push-ups / 12 reg. & 11 push-ups
Low Plank Oblique: 40 / 50 / 58

As I believe Chris or I mentioned in a previous post, we’re recycling Month 1’s workout for Month 2 and will add a third month in order to tackle the scheduled Month 2 of Insanity. However, we are also adding jogging to our workout mix as supplemental workouts at least three times a week in order to prep for the Color Me Rad 5K race taking place at the end of September. Why? Because apparently we’re gluttons for punishment, and I can’t resist a race that includes being blasted with color. It’s hard to believe that I’ve gone through such a radical mental shift in just a little over a month…it’s almost (dare I say it)…INSANE. And with that, I bid you adieu as tomorrow promises to be yet another EVENT-filled day.

W5D1 – Recovery?

First lets get the ugly part out of the way 154.2😦

Now for this supposed recovery. I guess, it is a recovery compared to what Shaun T. has been making me do for the past 4 weeks. However, compared to other workouts (i.e. his dad’s) it is about as difficult.

Of course I got through it, but not without some sweat; as he suggested. Had a little too much jumping for my ankle, otherwise it was okay.

Type to you later…

W4D6 – Whoop Whoop

Made it through Pylo Cardio, not much else to say. Looking forward to recovery week. Afraid to start month two on my own.

Also got through this week with no Phentermine, although John says I am super cranky. Hopefully, I will adapt. Next week I will take 1 OTC, 2 OTC, 1 OTC… we’ll see how it goes. I really want to be diet aid free, like my fellow bloggers. I have high hopes that my weight will stop climbing and start going down once my body figures out what is going on.

Stay Thirsty

W4D5 – Pure Cardio Hell

It sure is hard to give it your all when you know after you complete the Pure Cardio you have to go on to 16 minutes of ab hell.

I made it all the way through the Pure Cardio program without any breaks! But, before you celebrate too much I did not do any jumps and opted instead to run in place. As an example I ran in place while doing the jumping jack arms instead of jumping and doing the arms. I promise you this is not a copout but very necessary as my ankle is still giving me trouble. Even with modifications it was throbbing by the end of Cardio Abs.

I am still proud I accomplished what I did. My mind set is still very much depressed and it was hard, once again, to get out of bed to face the day.

One more day then on to recovery week, yay.

Stay Thirsty