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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

This is my third night of being back on track and so far I'm feeling pretty good! I started Insanity yesterday, did the fit test which was hard in itself and added on a quick 20-minute upper body strength training workout when I was finished. I woke up this morning feeling SORE and wondering how on earth I was going to complete the first legit Insanity workout, which is twice as long as the fit test.

Luckily I was off work today so I woke up, took my time in eating breakfast and getting ready, took some ibuprofen to help with my soreness and settled into a nice routine before I worked out. The actual workout was so tough, way tougher than anything I am used to. I have been a pretty big Jillian Michaels devotee, and while I do still like her workouts and credit those for helping me lose over 80 lbs., Insanity definitely kicks it up a notch. The problem with Jillian's workouts is that the majority of them are quick so my endurance is not where it should be. I'm hoping Insanity will take care of that.

I was hoping to get in a run today but when I was done my legs were spent and my body was really hurting so I decided to hold off until tomorrow. I'm going to do my best to wake up and get a run in before work tomorrow morning. I am feeling so motivated right now, I've recently discovered Pinterest and have spent the last two days pinning new workout ideas, healthy recipes, and motivational quotes/pictures! It has been a huge help in keeping me focused!

My boyfriend is sick and is having a tough time at work so I decided to bake him some muffins that I'll probably take over to his place sometime tomorrow. One reason we click so well is that we've both lost a lot of weight and are pretty health conscious, so I found a semi-healthy pumpkin spice muffin recipe and subbed the spice cake mix for carrot cake (his favorite - which also happens to be mine!). I also added some walnuts and raisins to the mix, which I'm hoping made it better and not worse. I had ONE muffin, just to test the batch out, and they're okay... not quite as moist or sweet as the pumpkin spice muffins I made in the past but that's probably because this time I used pure pumpkin and last time I used pumpkin pie filling. I made a second batch and slightly changed it up by adding applesauce and pumpkin spice, which made them more moist but for whatever reason the first batch just tasted better. I had just a bite of a muffin from the second batch and was going to give the remainder to my mom but she didn't want it. I went to the kitchen with my muffin and was telling myself to throw it out and not eat it when I dropped it on the floor - problem solved with that temptation! :)

I actually wasn't really tempted by anything bad all day. I ate well, even logged my calories and was just under my daily goal by the end. I had a couple of really yummy english muffin pizzas for dinner! Those + a hearty serving of green beans came out to just under 350 cals and they were really delicious. Had a Quest protein bar after dinner because I was craving chocolate and I figure my body needs some extra protein to recover. I need to be careful with eating too many of those, while they are pretty good for you they are also pretty pricey and I can't necessarily afford to keep buying them.

I'm feeling pretty great right now, am very focused and feeling excited about the weeks to come. I'm praying that this feeling sticks with me. I have decided that by March/April, when it will be pretty warm in this area, I want my body to be ready for a swimsuit! I expect there will be plenty of opportunities to go tubing and swimming with my boyfriend and his group of friends and I'm tired of feeling self conscious about going to places where I have to bare so much skin. I've spent so many years turning down fun times at the beach because I've felt bad about the way I look and I'm done with that, I'm ready to start living and enjoying my youth while I still have it. While I don't think I'll ever be comfortable wearing a bikini (stretch marks, ugh) I think I can tone the rest of my body and reach a healthy level of fitness and be able to wear a cute one-piece that does me justice! If Insanity doesn't get my body ripped, I really don't know WHAT will.

I'm off to bed, looking forward to a new day tomorrow. Loving this cold weather but hoping it will not be so cold I can't get out and run!
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