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INSANITY - Day 19 to 23

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This is a belated update, as I got surprisingly busy this weekend!

DAY 19:
I don't remember what this was (probably Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs), but I did it before my parents came home from New Orleans. :)

DAY 20:
I missed this workout (Plyometric Cardio)...the first one thus far! I went hiking with a friend, then dinner and a movie with two other friends that evening. But I ate relatively well, and the socializing was VERY much needed!

DAY 21:
My scheduled rest day, but I used it to make up the workout from the day before. My mom had a talk with me beforehand regarding body image, confidence, exercise, and the likes (we've had this conversation in the past...). And then, she actually did the workout with me! Good job, Mom!

DAY 22:
This was Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs, which is actually my favorite combination. To get some motivation, I turned on my computer's camera so that I could see myself working out. Visibly SEEING myself do the exercises added an important level of accountability. Plus, I was pleasantly surprised about how good my form was!

DAY 23:
I missed this one, oh no! Yesterday marked the dreaded start of that "time of the month". I ate dinner, took a small nap, put in the video, and started the warm up...but I just felt extra tired and achy.

So today, I feel slightly better. I do feel kind of sickly, but I don't want to give up on my goal to finish a month (at least!) of INSANITY. I'm so close!

Tonight, I'll be doing a hybrid of yesterday's missed workout and today's scheduled one - that is, I'll do the warm up, workout #1, slight break, workout #2, and then I'll be all caught up. Fingers crossed! :)

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CUTIE327 8/1/2013 11:21AM

  Wow, it's amazing that you attempted to a workout as intense as insanity during your time of the month. I have so much respect for you emoticon

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KAYELLEBEE 7/30/2013 11:39AM

  Insanity looks... insane to me :) props to you for even mustering up the oomph to start a workout during that special time!

I find it's easiest to do something that seems a bit effortless when I'm PMSing/on my period - for me, that's running, walking, or biking. Strength training takes the back burner, but I do get some exercise in. Do you have any exercises like that that you can use when you're tired and achy?

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ARIELLA_ 7/29/2013 9:05AM

    Thanks, you guys! I didn't follow through on this, but it is a new week. Time to kick butt!

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NANNABLACK 7/25/2013 7:19AM

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TONYAB2000 7/24/2013 9:19PM

    Congrats on doing so well so far!! Keep pushing and you can do it!

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NEWANDHEALTHY13 7/24/2013 6:08PM

  Congratulations on coming so far. emoticon
Good Luck with today's hybrid workout. emoticon

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"You're incredibly beautiful..."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

This morning, I woke up to a message from a college friend. It was in regards to my Headed Healthy blog, which he stumbled upon yesterday.

He was shocked to hear about my struggles with food and body image during the school year, and had no idea how deeply it all affected me.

He mentioned how much he likes me as a person, and how he did from the moment we first met. He wished he could have helped me more. Then he spoke to the fact that he knew about the mild crush I entertained throughout the year, stated that he was sorry nothing was able to develop given the time constraints, and ended with a wonderful line:

"You're incredibly beautiful, and that's the least interesting thing about you."

This message was so unexpected, and yet exactly what I needed.

It is a reminder that I don't have to settle for people who don't appreciate me, or make everyone like me. It is a testament to my personality. And it is a sign that I do have the strength to continue pushing forward in my life - be it in weight loss, healthy living, school, work...anything and everything.

I am worth more than a few opinions. I have inner and outer beauty. I am valuable. I am strong.

And so are you.

"You're incredibly beautiful, and that's the least interesting thing about you." :)

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ARIELLA_ 7/29/2013 9:04AM

    Thank you, everyone! The person in question really is lovely, and I'm thankful that he took the time to share his thoughts! It helped me, and I hope by some extension, it was able to help you all in some way! :)

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CUTIE327 7/28/2013 9:19AM

  Aww that was sweet. He definitely sounds like a great person.

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NEWANDHEALTHY13 7/24/2013 6:17PM

  That was sweet of him but you know what I loved most is that it triggered such an amazing realization in you. I hope you keep reminding yourself of that all the time :-)

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KAYELLEBEE 7/24/2013 10:49AM

  This is exactly what I needed right now - a confidence booster mid-fitness slump! Also, your blog entry about making fitness fun is a great reminder to me to make sure that exercise is something I enjoy, not a chore.

Thanks for being a positive influence!

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CINDYBEL 7/23/2013 1:43PM

    Wow. He's definitely a special person. That is a great comment.

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JANMARKUE 7/23/2013 11:44AM

    What a great blog entry! Thanks!

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Day 18 was Cardio Recovery, and that went well enough.

My little brother and I went out to Jimmy John's afterwards and had a nice dinner. But when we got about over-eating, ughhh. Lots of ice cream (again) throughout the evening.

I even took the time to catch up on Hip Hop Abs...and STILL had that sugary nonsense after.

I wasn't hungry, and I didn't need it. Unfortunately, I have this all-or-nothing mentality (that I'm trying to break!). When I had the normal portion size of ice cream first, I could have stopped and it would have been perfectly fine. But because it was a food a view as "bad", and also because I felt like I was going against my "clean eating" of the day...I just lost it!

So today, I'm starting off right (again...but hey!). Had a serving of Shakeology for breakfast, packed my snacks for work, and if the weather permits...I'll walk down to a cafe (or maybe Jimmy John's again) to nab a healthy lunch. I'll probably make breakfast for dinner (my college roomie will be so proud...she loves breakfast food!).

AND I've decided that, for the time being, I'm going to cut out desserts again. Even the healthier options, like strawberries with whipped cream, or low-carb ice cream. Right now, even the idea of "dessert" sends me into a failure mode. The key is moderation, but until I'm in the right state of mind to actually moderate...going cold-turkey on this seems like the best for me.

Also, the parents are coming back home today - they've been on vacation for a week, those lucky ducks! - so it's the Cardio Power & Resistance workout, and then a frantic clean of the house before they return. Fingers crossed! :)


INSANITY - Day 16 & 17 (Fighting Doubt!)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'd like to reiterate: this is the longest I've stuck with the INSANITY workouts, and I'm way proud of myself for that!

But it is a STRUGGLE to fight off all the doubt I feel.

There was a clear improvement on my Fit Test, and I'm able to push harder and longer in the workouts. I can make it through the warm-ups without stopping as often, and the same goes for the other circuits.

But it's almost three weeks into the program, and I haven't SEEN any changes in weight or measurements (though I FEEL the improved endurance and strength). At least one full week so far was filled with poor nutrition.

I'm afraid I'm sabotaging, or have already sabotaged, the possible results.

I'm pushing back against these negative thoughts, though. I keep having to tell myself that if I start making better food choices and keep up the workouts, then at the very least...I'm not hurting myself.

Today is Cardio Recovery. I don't burn much there, so I'll do a dance video after. So far, so good on my meals/snacks, and my little brother and I are probably going to go out to Jimmy John's for dinner (so I should be alright!).

Gotta stay positive, y'all! Hope you guys are doing well, too!!

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ARIELLA_ 7/19/2013 8:32AM

    Thank you, everyone! Staying motivated is a lot easier with support! :)

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NANNABLACK 7/19/2013 7:36AM

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CUTIE327 7/18/2013 7:24PM

  :) Yeah definitely stay positive. Keep going and I'm sure you'll see results soon. Anyway good luck!

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JENSTRESS 7/18/2013 4:26PM

    You can do this, and you WILL see results. I am certain of that!

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INSANITY - Day 14 & 15 + Fit Test #2 Results!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Yesterday was a rest day, but I had time to go bike and read for half an hour to stay active. It was a slow day, but a restful one! :)

Today it was back to work. A little bit of a lighter day, since it was the Fit Test...and the results are in!

Fit Test #2, 7-15-2013:

SWITCH KICKS = 96 (+10)
POWER JACKS = 41 (+5)
POWER KNEES = 85 (+6)
POWER JUMPS = 34 (+9 woo!)
GLOBE JUMPS = 9 (+0)
PUSH-UP JACKS = 11 real, 9 w/knees (+1 & +1)
LOW PLANK OBLIQUE = 30 pair (+3)

These results make me happy. :) Even though I'm still struggling with the nutritional aspect of the program (and my life...), the hard work I've put in hasn't been for nothing! Just think of how much better I could do and feel if I started putting more of the right foods in my body!


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