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A reality check

Friday, July 13, 2012

As I've mentioned before, I don't own a scale. Well, I didn't own a scale. I completed most of the Insanity program, without a scale. I saw changes in my body, without owning a scale. Yesterday, I bought scale. Yesterday, as I stepped on the scale, I got a major reality check. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. Not only have I not lost any weight, I've GAINED weight, what appears to be a LOT of weight. Now, I confess, I'm not on the strictest eating plan, but I do my best to be balanced (ok not my best sometimes but pretty good compared to what I've done in my past) I did the insane workout of Insanity for nearly two months, I've been biking to and from work every day for the past month at least. My clothes are fitting better, my legs are toned and shrinking. My stomach and other various parts of my body are smoother. I even went down a pants size! Now, I realize, muscle weighs more than fat, etc. I've seen the photos, I get it. But DAMN. This is the first time it's ever been so hard to stomach. In the past, I've been losing weight, gaining muscle, the scale went down, even though sometimes not very fast, but it was a progression. Now, I feel like I'm starting over completely, like I've done something horribly wrong. Yes I've been slacking for a bit. Did I really put on over 10lbs of muscle?

  
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WOUBBIE 7/13/2012 12:32PM

    You are proof positive that a scale is the WORST indicator of health, wellness, fitness, or thinness!

My clothes are fitting better
My legs are toned and shrinking
My stomach and other various parts of my body are smoother
I even went down a pants size!

Would you trade ANY of that for a number on a machine?

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WOUBBIE 7/13/2012 12:29PM

    Yup.

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 7/13/2012 11:10AM

    Don't be too hard on yourself. You've gained muscle and that's a good thing.

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A confession

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hi, my name is Lacey, and I haven't worked out in over 2 weeks. What started as a "little break" "just an extra day or two to get stuff done" turned into, well.. 2 weeks. What it comes down to is this, I work way better (when it comes to working out anyway) with a set schedule, time to myself and no rush to "get it done NOW!" What first threw my off my course was my bf's change in schedule. When I would get home from work I'd have a few hours to myself to clean up, work out, start dinner, before he would come home. First he lost his job, which sucked but has since started a new job that he enjoys better. When he was briefly unemployed we worked out a bit of a schedule, he found other things to do when I took over the TV to work out. Once he started his new job, we would get home at the same time basically, and that's when the excuses started. Things came up, I would make excuses, I didn't like working out in front of him, the few times I did I felt gross and unattractive and couldn't help but feel like he was watching me, judging me. I mean, things were jiggling that no one should ever see. I know it's not true, but this is my brain talking here and you'd be amazed at the way it works sometimes. Hello therapy? Anyways, then came a trip home to Seattle, I took a few days off the week before to get stuff done before my trip and it turned into a week before my trip. I justified this by riding my bike to work all week, so it wasn't a TOTAL loss. Then the trip itself... I was in town for approximately 5 days and had so much on my plate and then forgot to bring my workout shoes, it was a complete lost cause. I spent the next 3 days after that road tripping from Seattle to Chicago, which I must say was amazing and I had a great time, a dear friend rode with me. We tried to eat smart, but let's face it, it's a road trip. THEN after we arrived in Chicago I got to play tour guide and host for 3 days, which mean, more bad food, drinks, late nights, all horrible things for a diet. Yesterday was my first day back at work in a week, and after a long week prior all I did was relax, it was amazing.

So here I am. I feel like a failure when it comes to Insanity. I feel like part of the reason I was able to talk myself out of working out is because I was kind of burnt out. The workout is GREAT and I really see myself doing it again sometime but I think I'm going to change it up for at least a month and I've learned that I really need to work on getting my eating on track. The nibbles here and there add up and I don't think I'm as good at calculating things in my head as I tell myself I am. Long story short, I fell off the wagon, but I refuse to let it out of my sight, it's time to come up with a new plan and start from the beginning.. again.

Oh, one quick, slightly depressing note. I finally weighed myself on a scale when I was out of town, according to it I GAINED WEIGHT. I realize that it has to be some muscle I built through insanity, because there are inches lost, but still, how disappointing.

  
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CAROLCRC 6/27/2012 8:10AM

    Insanity is a TOUGH program to stick with. The wagon is always there - just hop back on and you are on your way.

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BABY_GIRL69 6/26/2012 6:30PM

    I too do this from time to time. So what I do is try for 10mins workouts that gradually or normally lead to 60mins. lol

God bless & just "press play."

Dee

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DEEJACKSON 6/26/2012 4:32PM

    Okay, so you took a break.... it happens. Now click the calendar back to Day 1, and do the first step...... START. It's all good!

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LACEY*BETH 6/26/2012 11:59AM

    Thanks guys! I feel lucky to have your support!

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 6/26/2012 11:41AM

    Don't beat yourself up, just brush yourself off and start over....... emoticon

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FALCON_MONICAB 6/26/2012 11:06AM

    Hang in there! Try to stay positive. Sometimes we need a break. You'll make it back to where you were and better! emoticon

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BECKY3126 6/26/2012 11:01AM

    I totally fell off the Insanity wagon too. With just two weeks left to go in the program at that. But, I agree. I was burnt out. I just needed to switch it up.

You will get back on track in no time. It is all about scheduling it in and then telling yourself that you wouldn't skip out on other appointments that you have, so why justify skipping this? Good luck! You can do this!

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DABLUECAT 6/26/2012 10:57AM

    Keep it up! You'll get there. I love the visual of keeping the wagon in sight.
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WALLINMW 6/26/2012 10:54AM

  Stay motivated!

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Insanity hasn't killed me yet

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Don't worry, I'm still alive. I can't raise my arms above my head, but I'm still alive!

  
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LACEY*BETH 6/5/2012 12:50PM

    Yesterday was my day 1 of Month 2, because I took an extra day off this weekend. It's absolutely insane, everything moves so much faster!

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BECKY3126 6/5/2012 12:17PM

    Holy cow!! Did you start month 2?
I know we are only a few days apart on our schedules and I started on Sunday so I figured you would be right there behind me.
Yesterday every inch of my body was sore. In places I haven't been sore in a REALLY long time.
Keep at it. We can only get better is what I figure emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 6/5/2012 11:37AM

    I got Insanity a few weeks ago but my calf muscles still are not completely healed from muscle strain so I'm not able to get started yet. :( but I hope to be good to go soon. :)

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This is exactly what I feel like working out.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

  
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MISJOSIE 5/31/2012 9:42PM

    Ha--this is me exactly! Nice visual of the process. : )

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_CYNDY55_ 5/30/2012 9:01PM

    emoticonVery emoticonCool emoticon
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LADYJAKE1 5/30/2012 8:43PM

    Cute..... emoticon

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BLUE_KARMA 5/30/2012 8:30PM

    It is SO true! Some days are just no fun getting out there - but it's worth it (at the end ;-) ) Thanks for sharing!
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Coffee & Tonya.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

First things first, everything is going well here! I'm working my way through "Recovery" week with Core Cardio & Balance. It's a nice little break from the Insanity of the rest but it's still a nice little workout. I can definitely feel the burn, and I'm still sweating! Though I'm sure it helped that yesterday it was almost 80 degrees in my house when I worked out, but hey, whatever works!

Secondly, I love coffee, I love it so much, and sometimes I feel like I NEED it. I was born and raised in Seattle, coffee is in my blood. But I know it's bad for me, especially the way I drink it, with cream and sugar. It would be way easier to ween myself off it if it wasn't so readily available! Awhile back I switched over to tea and gave up coffee completely, that was nice, that was also around the time I dropped 30+ lbs. That tells you something doesn't it?

And finally, saving my rant for last. Let me just say this first, I love Insanity, I love Shaun T. I enjoy the videos... for the most part. I DO NOT enjoy Tonya. I hate having to watch her on the screen, I try my hard to focus on other people. I get SO TIRED of seeing the facial expressions she makes, sometimes I feel like she thinks she's making an adult film. Seriously. Some people have expressive faces, I get it, I'm one of them, I show my feelings on my face. But Tonya.. it's over the top exaggerated. If you're filming a workout, there is NO REASON to act. We get it, you're in great shape, you move the fastest and do more reps than almost anyone, there's no reason to act like you're killing yourself any more than you are. Apparently I drank my haterade this morning, but I just needed to get that out.

  
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BABY_GIRL69 5/30/2012 1:20PM

    I do like my cup of joe every now & again. I am thinking of ordering the Insanity for me & hubby but I just don't know? You guys make it sound like fun but Tonya now. I may not want my hubby watching her? Is it that bad.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

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LACEY*BETH 5/30/2012 10:51AM

    I close my eyes too! I've almost run into the tv a few times. It helps me focus. I am openly terrified of the coming month.

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BECKY3126 5/30/2012 10:26AM

    Hahahahaha!! She does drive me pretty nuts too...
That being said, I started noticing that I try not to look at the tv any more than I have to. For one, During the other workouts, if I focus too much on them then I try to keep up with their pace, and that is nuts, because even though I have REALLY improved, I cannot keep up with her or Shaun, and I shouldn't try to yet. I actually have a tendency to close my eyes during portions of the workout. Is that bad? I am a little afraid I am going to knock something over....
I, too, LOVE coffee. I have tried to cut back, and I only drink it a few days a week instead of every day, but geez....it's so good.
Keep up the awesome work! Only a few more days and we will move on to the second month. I'm secretly terrified (maybe not so secretly).

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