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Insanity - Day 18

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cardio Recovery - YAY! Now I know I've said in the past that this day is not much of a recovery (because even though there's not cardio, there is strength training), but today it really felt like a recovery. I focused on feeling my muscles working and did everything slow and controlled. I think this is the first time that I feel empowered by this workout. Now I get it! It only took me what, 12 weeks???? I'm happy that I feel good, relaxed, and strong (and not wiped out). I'm ready for tomorrow!!

  
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FEELINGFITERIN 8/16/2012 10:31PM

    Way to go!

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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/16/2012 9:55PM

    It's so funny how on day four, Cardio Recovery doesn't feel like a recovery, and then by day 18 it's like "Ohhhhh thank God." Haha, keep up the awesome work! Week 5, day 5 and I'm still loving it!

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BRADMILL2922 8/16/2012 8:36PM

    Awesome! Stick with it! It is such a great workout series!

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JADEKELLY12 8/16/2012 2:24PM

    I just realized yesterday that I was doing one of the exercises wrong. It's weird how things just click in your mind sometimes. Glad it was a good recovery day!

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K-GETTING-FIT 8/16/2012 1:53PM

    YAY is right!!! I am one of those still feeling it is not real recovery! hee hee Wonderful to hear you feel empowered:) That's so awesome. I love working those muscles slow and steady.
Bring on tomorrow!!!
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AVONWITHJENN 8/16/2012 12:02PM

    That's awesome! I was just watching the infomercial for Insanity and INSANE it is. It looks so hard. WAY TO GO!!!! You are seriously kicking butt!

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Insanity - Day 17

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Today's workout was Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. Although I was able to get through both videos, I really got my heart rate high during the cardio portion. I haven't had my heart rate go that high since the first few weeks on Insanity in Round One. I can only think that because I had to do a lot of manual labor yesterday at work, maybe my body was a bit tired. I don't know. I'm just glad I got through everything ok.

I also realized that this time around, the program seems to go a lot faster. Maybe because I know what to expect and know I did it before, I'm not so overwhelmed. The first time through was very hard for me mentally and physically. I hadn't worked out in a long time and felt the exercises were just beyond me sometimes. Now that I'm doing it a second time, there is none of that hesitation. I've been able to do everything without having to stop. It's really incredible how your body accepts the challenge and rises to meet it.

  
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K-GETTING-FIT 8/16/2012 8:12AM

    As a newbie this is great to hear. Tough programs bring on a sense of being overwhelmed with the unknown. Have felt that removed doing my second round of LiveFit, but here it is again with Insanity. Sick thing is it also drives me because a part of you says, eh tomorrow will be easier. NOT! lol Great job doing another round:) You rock!!!

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BRADMILL2922 8/15/2012 11:06PM

    You are doing a great job! Second time around sounds pretty positive (im on week 7 my first time) emoticon

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SANDY-TOES 8/15/2012 8:23PM

    I think you are doing a great job keeping up with this work out program!
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Insanity - Day 16

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Plyometric Cardio Circuit was up today. I had so much to do at work today (and was so stressed out about it) that I almost skipped working out in the morning. Fortunately, I knew my friends were going to show up bright and early, and I didn't want to let them (or maybe myself?) down. I am so glad I went. I felt less stressed and almost relaxed when I finished. I felt really strong, too, like I could accomplish anything. Of course, when I got home from work this evening, I was so pooped, I knew that there was no way I'd be able to do anything let alone Insanity. I must have known in the back of mind that if I didn't do it first thing, I wasn't going to do it at all. Accountability saved me today.

  
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JADEKELLY12 8/15/2012 6:36PM

    It's great that you pushed through and did the work out! Even if I am absolutely dreading the workout, I find that if I get my workout clothes and shoes on, I force myself to work out quickly. I also have to time it with my 8 month old naps. Isn't it a great feeling to get the work out done and out of the way so you don't have to worry about it? Keep up the great work!

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ADZY86 8/15/2012 6:17PM

    emoticon I'm so glad you did it. Sometimes the hardest bit is just stopping yourself from hitting the snooze. I read somewhere on here once 'You never regret a workout, but you'll nearly always regret missing one' (or something like that). And it's so true.
Thank you so much for all your Insanity blogs. I go back and read the ones corresponding to the DVD I'm about to do, to know what I'm letting myself in for hahaha

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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/15/2012 8:40AM

    I've had those days where I just felt like I couldn't. Then I realized, wait, my body is still moving. It might suck, and I might have to press pause a little more (especially if my muscles were still sore from the day before), but skipping this won't get me any closer to my goal.

One day I did back out was on a day I taught Zumba. I was supposed to come home and basically start Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs. I switched it up and did the Cardio Recovery that day, and then did PC&AC the day I was supposed to do Recovery. Worked out fine, but that's when you know listening to your body was the right thing to do! emoticon

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LOJACK73 8/15/2012 6:23AM

    Don't you love the feeling you get after completing your workout. I find that Insanity is mentally cleansing. It is a great decision that I made for myself. Keep it up and I am glad that you pushed play.......Way to go!!!!!!

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Insanity - Day 15

Monday, August 13, 2012

Fit Test today. I improved across the board except for Power Jumps and Suicide Jumps. I went down a few in each of those categories. I didn't have my previous results with me when I took the test this morning. I just did my best in the amount of time given. It's great to know I'm improving mostly, but also disappointing to know I didn't do as well as last time with those two moves. My question is this:

Should we have the results from the previous test with us when taking the new test so that we know how we can improve and try to reach that goal or should we not have those results and make it a true test to see where you are that day regardless of what you've done on the past?

I think if I had had those results, I would have maybe pushed myself to at least get the same number. Maybe, though, my form is improving and the quality of the exercise is so much better that I have improved and it's quality not quantity that's important.

What do you think?

  
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SARAHSEAYA 8/13/2012 2:21PM

    i did the same thing... i improved in most of them but was dissapointed that i didnt do better! i think if i had my results i would have made sure i exceeded the previous number. the only thing i did much better in was push up jacks - i could barely do 2 on the first test, but did 12 on the second test!

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JADEKELLY12 8/13/2012 12:38PM

    I had the same question. For the first part of the test, I didn't look at my previous numbers. For the second part of the test, I did look at the numbers. Looking at them helped me push to do better than Fit Test 1, but it's hard to know how much you improve if you look. Double edged sword!

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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/13/2012 11:55AM

    SO true!!! I noticed on Fit Test #2 that some of my numbers when up, and some went down. Definitely on the power jumps and suicide jumps! But I know my form was so much better and I didn't focus on "just the number," like I did in the first one. Fit Test #1 my hips slouched, and I would walk my feet back instead of jump, etc.

I think I had a mental block in the first fit test that I didn't want to see "bad numbers." The only bad number is 0! Anything else is progress emoticon Keep up the work!

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Insanity - Days 13 & 14

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today was Cardio Power & Abs - the end of the second week as tomorrow (Day 14) is a rest day. Whew! This second time around Insanity is going a lot quicker. I guess last time I was unsure I could actually complete the program, but now that I know that I can, I'm not so worried and can just relax and do the work. It's still a tough workout, but I see that my form is so much better and my breathing is so much better. To be able to get through each day without having to take a break is so different from last time. Also, I can do so many more of each exercise and do them better. I know I keep writing about that, but I don't think the first time through I thought this could ever happen - or at least not this quickly.

I feel so much stronger that when I saw a new program that will be coming out in the Fall (I think) called Combat, my excitement perked up. Maybe I can do that next! I know I wouldn't have even uttered that two months ago, but here I am contemplating the next step of another high energy cardio workout program. Wow! Of course I'll want to get to my goal body weight before I start a new routine. If I have to, if this round doesn't do it, I'll do a third round of Insanity first. (I want to be able to say that I got in shape exclusively through Insanity.) But then, look out Combat - here I come!!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 8/11/2012 10:56PM

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Don't worry about writing about it so much. I think it's tremendously exciting every time we can see an improvement in our fitness. Getting stronger and gaining more endurance is fantastic! (I actually told a personal trainer at the gym that I'm far more excited lifting 5 more pounds or doing 5 more crunches than I am losing 5 pounds.)

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RADIATEPRESENCE 8/11/2012 8:36PM

    Great attitude!!! emoticon I was a little worried after the first week that my husband had "won" again when he asked me if I was sure I was going to finish Insanity. Now that month one is one workout away from over, I know I got this.

You got this! I think I'm aiming for P90X next to tone this fat loss up a bit more! I have the same goal that I want to be able to say that I got to my goal by using Insanity. I'm gettin' that T-Shirt!!!

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