Oh the INSANITY!

If you follow my Instagram feed, then you already know that I’ve embarked upon the insane exercise program called Insanity. The husband has, too. I may have peer pressured him into it, but misery loves company. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it. He has a very physical job in the landscape biz so coming home after a long day of work, exhausted, and then to knock out an Insanity workout is impressive. I’ll admit, it’s motivating as well.

So, why Insanity? Their dang infomercials that seem to be on TV at any given hour of the day hooked me and reeled me in. The program looked intense, consistent and effective. I like the idea of interval training and have heard before that this kind of exercise reaps the best kind of results. But, the proof is in the putting and there’s really only one way to find out just how effective it is. Do it. My brother gifted me with the program at Christmas and I’m just now getting around to doing it (7 months later).

I used to be really into fitness and exercise…um, 2 1/2 years ago?? Since then, I’ve been pregnant, then I’ve “just given birth” and then I was just too darn comfortable in my lazy lifestyle I’ve grown accustomed to. I’ve been terrified of getting back on the saddle. I knew I was out of shape but didn’t really know just how much since I haven’t done any real exercise in way too long. I didn’t want to face the music, I guess. Being lazy is just so much easier…but doesn’t make me happier. I’m so fed up with not fitting into my giant closet FULL of pre-baby clothes. Not only is it depressing, it’s a giant waste of money! I refuse to let all those clothes go to waste and to spend more money on “fat clothes” for my extra 30 lbs to fit into. I’m also tired of feeling sluggish, heavy and weak. I lack energy and motivation and part of that is due to my lack of physical activity in my life. The endorphins I’d feel after a 6 mile run at 4:30am before work years ago is but a distant memory. I miss them. The pride and sense of accomplishment I felt after training for and then completing my first whole marathon (in 4 hrs 28 min.) was so priceless and memorable. I miss that part of me that was driven, focused and fit. I’m trying to bring that gal back and shed 30 lbs, but it’s not easy now that I’m with toddler and with husband. Waking up at 4-4:30am for a workout is not an option for me right now, but 6:30am before the baby wakes up is very realistic and doable. My daughter’s nap times are also perfect windows of opportunity to get a good workout in if I sleep in. The time is there, I just have to use it wisely.

The first week of Insanity has actually taken me 2 weeks to get through. I’ve taken days off in between the workouts when you’re supposed to only take one day off each week. Getting back into a workout routine has been tough, but I’m still sticking to it and I’m hoping week 2 will be more consistent. From day one to today, I can already feel a difference in my body and mind. I feel a bit more energetic and I have a more positive attitude. I also have noticed that the workouts have been getting a little easier (after day 3). The first 3 days were just plain…hell. On Day 3, it took me 30 minutes to recover afterward. I couldn’t pick myself off of the couch due to such an overwhelming feeling of nausea, exhaustion, soreness and dizziness. But, no pain no gain. It’s going to be a long 2 months. That’s right, it’s a 2 month program! It should be worth it.

Stay tuned for my updates at the end of each week. You can also follow my Instagram feed. And PLEASE, share your Insanity workout experience with the group! I’d love to hear about your results.

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Comments

  1. I really need to work out more! This gives me motivation!
    My 2 owls

  2. You can do it honey!! its hard work and plain hell…. but its going to give you results!!

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