Thursday, 23 January 2014

Insanity workout - so addictive

Don't let this passive relaxing image fool you into thinking Insanity'Cardio recovery' is easy.

This is what you'll look like by the end

Insanity is insane y'all!
Nearing the end of week 2 and we're still loving it. There's been a couple of times where we've had to double up the workout because we missed the day befores workout and I so do not recommend it! One Insanity workout is hard enough but two is almost impossible, we figured we would double up on the Thursday (yesterday) due to it being 'Cardio Recovery' day but don't let the name fool you into thinking Shaun T goes easy on you for one day - he doesn't! While 'Cardio Recovery' may not be the usual jumping in the air, gasping for breath routine the rest of the week entails it certainly isn't my definition of recovery either - it's hard!
The message here is that Insanity needs to be done on a daily basis, try not to miss a workout but if something happens to prevent a workout do not double up unless you are super fit in the first place - it got to the point where Leanne and I could not even lift our legs and although we finished evey single workout I don't for one minute think we did those double ups to the best of our ability simply because we were doubling up.
You may think this is sounding all too tiring to try, Insanity sounds waaaaaay to difficult to even bother pressing play but I guarantee you, if you try it you will love it and a couple of weeks in you will find a sick sense of satisfaction watching that sweat puddle appear on the floor. Pressing play is always difficult - especially when you know how hard the workout is (Yup, I ain't gonna lie it's hard) but you will never regret it I promise you that.

I finally got around to weighing myself one week late. I was supposed to do it the day I started Insanity but kept forgetting so finally remembered on Tuesday. I never used to post my weight on this blog, just the amount I had to lose but I've decided I need to face it head on and to do that I need to be accountable for my weight. So with that in mind on 21/01/2014 I weighed 213.2lb. It seems like such a huge number when I write it down, especially as I was under 200lb before christmas but I'm looking forward to watching the number drop again and I'll be adding some kind of weight charts to this blog once I manage to find what I'm looking for.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Day 2

Day 2 of Insanity and I'm amazed by my lack of coordination, strength and overall fitness! Why I would be so shocked is beyond me but there you have it. I literally struggled through todays routine - Plyometric Cardio Circuit - and literally had nothing left by the end BUT "I'm smiling cos I love it".
On the plus side, there can only be room for improvement - Shaun T you rock!

To anyone that is considering 'Insanity' but feel they won't be able to do it or that they're too overweight to do it I recommend giving it a go. Realistically I am 5 stone overweight (70lbs) and yes it is hard especially with asthma thrown in the mix, but I cannot tell you the sense of achievement you feel after each workout. Even when you have a rubbish workout and feel that you could have done better it doesn't put you off, in fact it makes you more determined to nail it the next time. I'm struggling with the workout at the moment but so is my daughter who is 20 years younger than me and extremely slim so it's not ageist, sexist nor weightist, you get out of it what you put into it and as you get fitter you'll be amazed by what you can achieve - moves that seemed impossible when you first started are suddenly much easier.
And if you're one of those people that hate home workouts because they're boring (as am I) then prepared to be addicted to this one.
Go for it!

Monday, 13 January 2014

You know you need to lose weight when

1) Despite only filling the bath tub 1/4 deep it still spills and sloshes over the side when you lie down in it.
2) You find yourself reaching for a night gown at night because the elastic in your huge PJ's just will not stretch any further.
3) You find yourself reaching for a night gown at night because you are suddenly very aware that your PJ top appears to go no lower than your boobs.
4) Walking past a full length mirror you notice the 10 second time lapse between your stomach appearing and the rest of you.
5) Attempting chin to chest exercises is pointless because your chin is permanently sitting on your chest.
6) When attempting any dance that involves a twisting action you notice that your stomach takes 10 seconds to catch up with the direction you're currently going.
7) It really isn't the double thickness trousers causing your legs to rub.
8) Doing up shoelaces means you literally have to hold your breath for 10 seconds due to the bulk preventing you from breathing properly.
9) Your side of the bed looks decidedly lower than the side of the 'lighter' person.
10) You find yourself scrutinising the stability and rigidity of every chair before you dare to sit down.
11) You stand wherever possible.

All things that I have been having to consider of late and ask myself whether I want things to get worse or want things to get better.
I'm opting for better as always and as as such I have once again stepped foot onto that carousel that calls itself 'weightloss'.
Healthy eating is the plan - Day1 today - NO dieting! I am hoping to track all my food on this blog but we all know how that usually ends up - either I don't log stuff or I only log the good stuff. I'm going to be 100% realistic on this journey though, I am not expecting that slim svelte 8st girl that i once was, I'm a realist i can handle 8.5st!!! just kidding!!! I'd be happy to just get to a weight where I'm comfortable and where I don't mind having my photo taken.
I began Insanity with my daughter today but haven't taken a weight check so I will have to do that tomorrow morning but I'm definitely going to be sharing it on here this time - no more hiding behind numbers.

Friday, 3 January 2014

working on that date!

Well the time is nearly nigh!
I promised myself that after the past few months of piggin out on pretty much whatever I wanted and NOT exercising, I would set myself a date in January where I would start back on a clean eating programme alongside some kind of exercise.
I'm eager to start running again and now that my foot is pretty much heeled I think I would be able to cope with it however my heart is set on Insanity again.
I suffer with awful back problems every day and have done ever since I first prolapsed a disc when I was about 17 but the one exercise programme that I have found to work and alleviate that pain is 'Insanity' - which is strange considering it's an intense workout programme. I'm guessing it must be the daily yoga style stretches that Shaun T incorporates into the programme that is doing most of the help but I think all the core work also helps to protect my back.
The date isn't set yet as I have something to get out of the way first but this month will definitely be the start - though it's NOT one of those dreaded resolutions!