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Insanity Max Interval Plyo...Ouch!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Ok, so I was feeling heavy, lethargic and lazy after dinner and I had ZERO motivation to do any exercise. Believe me, I was looking for any excuse to skip out on this workout today...I FOUND NO EXCUSE!!! In fact, I decided to really challenge myself and try the next level Plyo exercise - Insanity Max Interval Plyo. It is 55 mins instead of 40 mins and it is SO much harder. I could barely keep up with the exercises. I had to pause a few times to catch my breath and I got some nasty heart burn which sent me upstairs to take some Tums. All-in-all, it was a killer workout and I am really glad I did it. I'm sure my body won't be thanking me tomorrow but for now..."you're welcome!"
I don't know if I've laid out my workout plan for you all yet but here it is. I'm already getting ready for next summer! I wasted this summer by not being in the shape that I wanted to be so I'm going to bust my butt this winter to get there next summer. Here is the plan:

Round 1: Insanity - 08Aug2011 - 09Oct2011.
1 week Break for Recovery
Round 2: Insanity Asylum - 17Oct2011 - 15Nov2011
1 week break for Recovery
Round 3: P90X - 21Nove2011 - 19Feb2012
Round 4: P90X Insanity Hybrid Workout - 27Feb2012 - 27May2012

That'll take me into Summer and by that point I should be in pretty good physical condition. My goal is to be able to run the Half Marathon that I ran this year in April and beat my time of 1:55. I also want to be in the 155-160lb range and feeling healthy again.

Wish my luck!

Rest time. Thanks for reading! Nite.

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BMORGANSON 8/23/2011 11:40PM

    It's even more rewarding to push yourself to do a workout when you had zero motivation to do it to begin with, don't you think? It's like two triumphs for the price of one!
You are going to kick major @ss on this plan and have a killer summer body for 2012!

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Week 3 - Fight!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Today marks the beginning of Week 3 of Insanity. I was supposed to do the fit test today but I opted for a brisk run with my oldest son around the 5km loop. Of course, he kept up on his bike beside me but we did the loop in 27mins this time, nearly 5 mins faster than the first time we did the loop 3 weeks ago. He's getting much faster and stronger and I am really impressed. He did fall behind a couple of times saying he had bugs on him. I was getting annoyed but when I looked back and saw his shirt and face covered in Aphids, I started laughing. He wasn't amused but I got a good laugh. I was also covered in aphids and I'm sure I ate and inhaled a few on the way.

I'm not feeling too energized lately. I think it's the heat. Running in 27degrees isn't very comfortable. I'm not a big fan of sweating like crazy while running. It throws me off when I have to wipe the sweat from my eyes. I prefer temps around 10-15degrees. Perfect.

So I want to get a bike...and the hunt is on. I'm seriously considering a big beefy downhill bike but I will likely go with a lightweight XC bike. I have more friends who are riding now and I want to eventually take my oldest out to some trails. We were watching some biking videos and he was getting excited. When we were out running he was asking if he could practice doing tricks. haha. Not just yet, man. So the hunt is on. I'm hoping to find something mid winter when some teenager is short on cash and needs to sell a decent bike at a lower price. Any suggestions for a good XC MTB? I'm pretty picky. hehe

Alright, time for a rest.
Have a good night everyone.

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BMORGANSON 8/23/2011 12:56AM

    I can't offer any advice whatsoever regarding bikes, but I wanted to say that you're doing an awesome job of keeping up with your workouts (and including your kids which is so great) and I'm proud!

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No Pizza for me!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Today the powers that be organized a Pizza and Beer lunch at work. Do you think I participated in the greasy and drunken event....nope! I had my healthy veggie and salmon wrap and went for a nice walk. Am I regretting it? Nah.
Short and sweet.
Tonight is Insanity Cardio Power and most hated Month 1 video.

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BMORGANSON 8/20/2011 6:36PM

    Wow. You have some awesome willpower going for you. Proud and envious!

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THREADS3 8/19/2011 4:39PM

    Be PROUD of yourself! :)

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JSALERNO 8/19/2011 4:34PM

    good for you

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I'm Transitioning

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I'm in "Transition" right now.

What does this mean? Transition, for me, is the early phase of a new exercise routine. When you first start out you with your routine you are typically soft with fatty tissue and you don't have much muscle mass. As you start working out you begin to grow the muscles under the fat and the fat begins to break down and is used for energy. Unfortunately, fat seems to go away slower than muscle grows so during this "Transition" phase you might not see weight loss or you may think you are gaining weight because you look bigger. This is a fatty illusion! There will be a point where you've used enough fat as energy and you can start to see the muscle definition. Keep working out and you'll see the fruits of your labour.

I think the transition phase is difficult for a some people because they work their butts off and they see the scale actually going up instead of down. But I encourage you to not give up hope. If you can just hold on for another week or 2 you'll be so glad you did. Not only will you start to see your new muscle growth and the scale going in the right direction but you will have established yourself a good routine and that's the most important thing! I don't know about you but once I get into a routine, I don't like to break it. I also don't like stopping something that I've committed lots of time to. Sparkpeople for example, I've put so much time into this website and I've collected so many sparkpoints that I don't want to stop. I guess that's what Sparkguy wants! haha. Well your routine should be the same way. You should put so much time and effort into it that you don't want to ruin it by taking unneccessary breaks.

What also helps to have before you start your new routine are good, clear, specific goals. You should have short term, medium term and long term goals. I'd encourage you to write them down and keep them in plain sight so that you are reminded of them every time you walk by or sit down. Hiding them after writing them down won't help you at all. You may also want to create little "mini-goals" with little rewards along the way that help you reach your major goals. It's a lot easier to take baby steps than big jumps when you are trying to accomplish something.

So yeah, I'm transitioning. I've got some good, clear, and specific goals which I'm working towards and I'm establishing a new routine which I fully intend to stick with.

Have you got goals? Are you transitioning? Are you maintaining? Think about it. Go!

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BMORGANSON 8/17/2011 2:05PM

    It's so nice once you can understand the intricacies of this phenomenon. It's sad that I'm sure so many people just give up when they see the number going up when they feel like they're doing everything "right."

I'm still out of commission but believe me when I say that as soon as my back is ready for it, I'm gonna be back to kicking @$$!

Sounds like you are pumped! Keep it up!

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  Way to go!! I'm glad you are committed to your goals, it's so easy to let them slip sometimes. I know I have the problem of letting life get in the way of living. So I'm glad you are better than me at staying committed to your goals!

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Sick cardio routine, worst mood

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I'm not going to lie. I was in the worst mood ever this afternoon. I completely gave up on myself and I drank some beer, ate some chips...thought I was done. I don't know what came over me. I tried to go downstairs and do my Insanity Pure Cardio but just couldn't life my knees or get into it. The thought of sweating and losing my breath made me angry.

So what happened next? After I put the boys down to bed I decided to kick my ass for what I just did to myself. I went downstairs and I pushed through my exercise. Not only did I finish what I started, I pushed myself outside and run my ass into the ground. Yeah, 25min is not my best time but when you consider that I just completed 40 mins of HIIT and my legs felt like jello...yeah, it wasn't a bad run. About 1/2 way through the run I got a NASTY cramp across my whole chest. Usually I get the "Stitch" cramp on the right side but this time because I was breathing so badly it went right across my chest. Did I stop running? HECK NO! I slowed down a tiny bit, gritted my teeth and kept pushing.

So this is a message to those of you out there who just don't feel like doing your exercise...DO IT! Get off your a$$ and DO IT.

My mentality was absolutely rock bottom. I didn't think I had anything in my but it became a game of mind over matter and I came out the victor.

Tomorrow is Insanity Plyo Cardio Circuit...ouch. I will persevere.



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