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Insanity - Day 33

Friday, August 31, 2012

Recovery Week - Day 5 - Done. My computer stopped playing the workout right after the warmup, but because I've done this one so many times, I was able to continue and do the whole workout by memory. I timed myself and was able to do the whole workout. Yay! I guess that's a different way to change it up and not be so boring! I can't wait, though, until next week. I'm really looking forward to pushing myself. And, I know that last time it was the second month where I really lost some weight. I'm looking forward to a repeat on that!!

  
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BRADMILL2922 8/31/2012 10:16PM

    That is pretty awesome that you can do it by memory! I know I couldn't do any of them all by memory! Way to keep going and not give up on the day!

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ZANNACHAN 8/31/2012 4:07PM

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SARAHSEAYA 8/31/2012 1:29PM

    our scheduled are so close! i am off today, but have the first day of month two tomorrow. i am a bit nervous! my knees have been aching, and im not sure why. do you use a heart rate monitor? i am looking into getting one. emoticon

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Insanity - Day 32 (Cheat Day??)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Recovery Week, Day 4 - Done. I'm so bored of this workout now (and it's so quick and gentle) that I ended up taking a spin class this evening too. I just had to do something as I had too much pent up energy. Now I'm looking forward to the second month!!

Cheat Day QUESTION: OK, so I've heard pros and cons of having a cheat day. I wonder if anybody who reads this does do a cheat day. I don't mean a meal, but a whole day of eating anything you want and as much as you want. Supposedly, not only do you get kinda sick and not want to eat that stuff anytime soon, but your body's metabolism gets re-charged because it sees you're not sticking to the low-cal plan anymore and can start letting go of the fat, and you can actually lose weight. Has anyone ever tried this and really lost weight after?? It seems too good to be true (so it probably is), but I'd like to know from someone who has first hand experience.

I know I'd be worried that it's too much of a slippery slope and once I got the taste of eating more, I'd want more down the road. I'm at a place where I'm content, so it won't be a bad thing if someone says don't go there, but I'm interested. Of course, I know your body should stay away from fried foods, empty calories, etc., and if you do go there, you use portion control and continue with your everyday plan after. But, it really intrigues me that there may be actual scientific facts that having an all-out gorge fest is good for you.

Let me know if you know! Thanks!

  
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LYNNA7499 8/31/2012 5:09PM

  It is a slippery slope for me - if I allow myself a whole cheat day then I feel awful and have a really hard time getting back on track. I think it is a good idea to have a day where you are on the higher end of your calorie range, but keep the treats sensible. High calorie and high fat foods make me feel bad and a whole day of them makes me tired and lethargic.

Good luck!

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ZANNACHAN 8/31/2012 4:06PM

    I don't know the science behind it. True, there have been times I upped my calories and started to lose weight... but usually that was because I was under-eating calories, which isn't good for you and can actually cause the body to hold onto fat. I find that what works best for me in the long run is moderation--nothing is "forbidden" or "off-limits because then I just crave it and tend to binge on it when I do let myself eat it. Instead, if I really want ice cream, I have some ice cream--but I use a small bowl. If I really want chocolate, I can have some chocolate--just a single serving, not the whole bag. I find that it's a lot easier to tell myself no, I can pass on that if I know I can have it later and I actually eat less junk food over all as a result.

I also find that it helped to focus on positive eating habits rather than negative ones... for example, I don't tell myself "you can't have a soft drink--empty calories!" but rather "I need to drink 64 oz of water. If I do drink 64 oz of water in a day, though, I am not as inclined to drink soft drinks or other high calorie drinks because I'm not thirsty. Same with foods--I focus on eating fruits and veggies and whole grains and find I'm less tempted by junk food... especially if I'm getting enough protein. Protein was actually the thing that made the biggest difference; I now make sure I get a protein with every meal and snack because it makes me feel full and helps me stay feeling full longer. I also make sure I eat something (healthy) every 3-4 hours.

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SARAHSEAYA 8/31/2012 1:31PM

    i do not do a cheat day - just a cheat meal. or maybe a cheat snack. i have such a difficult time losing weight, i swear i would gain 5 pounds from having a whole day of eating whatever i wanted.

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KKC-318 8/31/2012 9:20AM

    I always fall down the slippery slope. I start with a cheat meal..... which turns into days worth of cheating undoing all my hard work! I realized that I really have to be careful giving into the urges!

Good Luck!

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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/31/2012 8:28AM

    I've always thought about a cheat day, or at least a cheat meal. Last Sunday I did have wheat pancakes with regular syrup and three slices of bacon. The night before that I had a huge serving of chocolate/peanut butter frozen yogurt. I actually did continue to lose weight by sticking with my workouts and healthy meals the rest of the time.

Last night however, I had a higher calorie day (1300 instead of 1200) and I saw the scale jump .6lbs...not sure what that's all about but it was all healthy food yesterday. Probably just water weight *fingers crossed*

Thanks so much for the blog encouragement btw with ultimate challenge!!! Keep up the good work, you'll get to the, dare I say "fun" workouts again soon emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 8/31/2012 12:54AM

    It is definitely intriguing to see if that would work but I do not do a cheat day. I am curious as to what people who do say as well.

If you are tired of that workout, you should try Max Sports Interval. It would at least change things up for a day.

I felt the same way with extra energy after doing the recovery week regular workout. Funny, I would have never thought that when I started!

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Insanity - Day 31

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recovery Day Three...still a really nice workout.

I just wanted to write today to explain why I keep these daily entries for Insanity. I know me. I know that if I did the program without any type of accountability, I would start to slack off. I did this program once before without writing about it. It was easier because it was new and a challenge to do the whole program, plus I had a group of people I did it with. Doing it twice is taking more effort to stay the course and not change it up. I really want to get to my goal through Insanity - a promise I made to myself. So, I am keeping this blog going of daily Insanity workouts to keep it up. Accountability is the name of the game.

  
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ONESTRONGSIREN 8/30/2012 8:07AM

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Great job! Very impressive. =)

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BRADMILL2922 8/29/2012 11:10PM

    Whatever works to keep you on track! I enjoy hearing about others doing Insanity and going through what I have been doing. You are half way and it is downhill from here!

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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/29/2012 3:30PM

    Keep it up!!! This is my first round of Insanity and I KNOW that if it wasn't for Sparkpeople, I would have quit a long time ago. Both friends that were doing it with me; one quit, and one is slacking. She keeps changing the schedule, and it seems to be that she's doing more Cardio Recovery than anything.

You are HALFWAY there!!! emoticon

In four days, "I need for you to dig deeper people!" emoticon

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Insanity - Day 30

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Recovery week continues... I have to say the workout is nice. I may go ride my bike this evening, I feel so invigorated by the day's workout...

And today was such a huge headache for me, I'm glad I feel so good. I woke up to start work at 4 A.M. (where I get my first batch of emails out of the way before walking my dogs), and my internet was down. After talking to the tech person for an hour, all he could do was schedule a phone tech to come out to see if there was a problem with the connection. Ahh!!! Luckily, later today the tech came out. (I thought for sure he wouldn't come until tomorrow.) He determined there was a connection down at the home office and went to repair it. Finally, my internet was back up. Yay! Thank goodness I didn't have much internet work pressing today, so I didn't have to be super anxious. Glad I didn't have to go into the office either and could be here when he came!

It's funny...The thing that made me the most upset was that I couldn't get onto SparkPeople during my breaks! I always use this platform to make me feel good (much like exercise) and to relax. Without it I felt a little lost. Glad you all came into my life! You all make me feel I can achieve my goals. Thanks!

  
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K-GETTING-FIT 8/29/2012 8:34AM

    Glad to hear you got your internet back. I feel lost without it myself:( The same happens to me when I have a chaotic day at work (Monday & Tuesday, so far) and I am unable to hit it on my breaks. I miss it so much. SP really does touch our lives in wonderful ways. Thank you Spark and Spark friends:)

Yay for recovery week:)


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81MSMITH1 8/28/2012 8:54PM

    The Recovery Week is such a difference from the first month. I am really enjoying it as well.

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Insanity - Day 29

Monday, August 27, 2012

Core Cardio & Power is the name of the workout this week. Basically, it's a recovery week to get us ready for the MAX workouts coming up the second month. I really like this week. The workout is so mellow (in comparison) that I feel able to do much more than that alone. I know that I need to rest my body, though, to get ready for the stress of the next four weeks.

Also, good news today! I just found out that I did well in the SAC group challenge that recently ended. I'm really happy that the accountability of that challenge, the intensity of Insanity, and all wonderful support I get here from my SparkFriends really helped me lose weight over the last four weeks. I'm very proud of reaching the goal I had set for the challenge (lose 2 pounds a week), and I can't wait until the next group challenge starts.

  
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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/28/2012 7:29PM

    Yay recovery week!!! It's such a break, but I did notice towards the end I began to miss the craziness...there might be something wrong with me haha. Congrats on finishing the first month!!!

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KKC-318 8/28/2012 10:16AM

    Great job on the challenge!

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K-GETTING-FIT 8/28/2012 8:16AM

    emoticon meeting that goal of 2 pounds a week! That's awesome:)

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BLUE42DOWN 8/28/2012 1:09AM

    emoticon on the challenge!

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BRADMILL2922 8/27/2012 11:21PM

    Ahh Recovery Week! If you have all of the DVD's you can switch Core Cardio & Balance with Max Sports Interval. I did them every other day during recovery week. Max Sports is 15 minutes longer and definitely harder but you may want to give it a try to do something different.

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BONDMANUS2002 8/27/2012 11:07PM

  great

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