Sunday, April 01, 2012
LOL Seriously, I'm so exhausted right now...but I have to try and get this blog done cause let me tell you, for weeks, the thoughts I have wanted to share have been jumping around in my head just waiting to get out. I hope I can remember them all...
First off...I FINISHED INSANITY!! WHO WHAT?? YEAH ME!!! Can you tell i'm absolutely thrilled? I am beyond pleased with myself on this one. About a year ago I questioned myself if whether I was at a level in which I could do this program. I felt I needed to up my challenge and it seemed like a great way to try. I am not sure I had much of an idea of exactly what this program would bring for me. I might of had high expectations in the results department, or maybe i needed to face some reality for me that I wasn't acknowledging.
Here's what I Learned....
Insanity is HARD! No joke! But seriously, it is so rewarding if you stick with it, and don't give up. I had FANTASTIC workouts, I had HORRIBLE workouts. I had days that I didnt' want to but did it anyway. I had days that I wanted to do it so bad and life got in the way. But each time I ticked another day off the calendar I was another step closer to success.
The 2nd half is WAY more Intense then the first half. FOR REAL!! I was training so hard I went into a carb binge frenzy, and ended up having cookie issues. I mean between selling Girl Scout cookies, and making 10 dozen at work everyday, they were seriously in my face nostop. So bad I had to start a tracker on my phone that every cookie I put in my mouth I wrote it down with the calories. What a smack in the face! I discovered that I was eating almost 2000 calories a week in sugar and cookies! This was destroying the efforts of 3 insanity workouts a week. No wonder I couldn't lose a pound! Yeah, I only lost maybe 1 pound during the process...I just kept fluctuating back and forth between 147-150. The last two weeks of the program I had a hard time, Life was getting crazier, i was exhausted, instead of fitting in 6 workouts a week, I was getting in 3, so that being said it took me longer to get through then the 7 wks.
So after my cookie tracker smack in the face I tightened up on my food. No more sweets, unless it was fruit. I also added a week of no meat and then this past week, just a few meals with meat. I feel sooooo much better physically and while I'm still not dropping pounds on the scale my belly bloating is gone and I am still losing inches. I reached the last week of the program and was not going to put it off anymore! I buckled down and finished the last week. That being said I still have to do my last fit test tomorrow. and i have to measure and take pics.
I learned that with a program like this, you HAVE to be on target with your nutrition. It has to be solid. It's true you can't out train your diet. I mean I really do eat well, but I also don't deprive myself of something I really want, unfortunately sweets were creeping in way more then normal and this was the biggest issue. I would of had far superior results if I had not attacked the sweets like I did during the second phase. this was huge lesson for me. And a big lesson I will take with me when I do round two! Yes I said round 2!! I will do it again this summer.
My biggest success out of completing Insanity is the growth in my endurance which in turns has allowed me to grow in my running significantly. So much so that I will be running my first 5k on Saturday. I'm very thrilled bout this, and terrified at the same time! LOL I can run for 30 mins without stopping now, and I'm not dying! I love this and it just thrills me! I crave runs, and look forward to busting a few out this week before my race.
I've learned that I am capable of so much more then I ever thought. I love to sweat, I love to challenge myself, I love to work hard. I love run! I wish I had more hrs in the day. I want to encourage more to push themselves and do great things. there is so much I want to do!
I will def blog my fit test and pic results. I feel the difference in myself and see lots of difference, i mean i have muscles I can see that I never saw before, but I don't know if photos will show. I realize that weight wise I'm pretty ideal for me, I still have a few pockets I would like to see go but they are held there with stretch marks and loose skin. Sometimes I wonder if I'm being unrealistic in trying to get rid of them. Maybe somethings you just can't change....but I'm gonna keep trying, cause if anything, I'm healthy, fit, strong....oh yeah....I'm an Insanity grad who likes to run! ;)