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From Insane to Insanity

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

I'm ashamed to admit I jumped ship a bit since my last entry. I've been here for years. I've had my ups and downs, but I've always been committed to health or at least known the right way to it if not actively practicing it. But for some reason, I decided to chase the path of quick, weird methods. In a way, I'm glad I did just so I can say I tried them and they don't work. But ashamed that I did in the first place because I know better.

The first thing I did was a "3 day military diet". You may or may not have seen this one circulating the web. A lot of my friends were trying it so I did too. It promised weight loss of up to 10 lbs in 3 days (wait, how many calories is that? Is that even mathematically possible? Not fat loss, probably not). In short, I spent 3 days in a raging bad mood, starving. It ruined a weekend for me. And I lost 2.5 lbs. In the long run, so what? I mean really. Who cares. I was also too weak to workout at full force. I did workout but it was pretty terrible. I'd much rather knock out a run and feel like a badass than starve and wimp my way through workouts. The only benefit it gave me was that I did slow down and thought about every bite I ate (because I was savoring it!) Broccoli was heaven. Every bite was heaven. So that was that.

I went straight from that into...a weight loss wrap! Why? A friend was selling them and I figured why not. I didn't notice a difference but I did seem to have some unpleasant side effects. I wasn't a fan of the wrap.

And now I'm doing Insanity. I can't say I like the program. I'd much rather run. But running these days doesn't seem to do much for my weight loss. It does wonders for my mental health and that's why I run, but I don't know that I'll achieve a healthy weight through it. I'm not sure though, I'm no expert. I'm giving Insanity a try and I'm feeling positive effects already (just finished day 3). It's like when I very first started working out a few years ago and I'd get the sky high energy buzzes and I sleep better at night. I think this means I'm pushing harder. So we'll see. Maybe I needed some HIIT in my life.
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    Although I'm an avid runner, it has never worked as a weight loss tool for me. It certainly helps now that I'm maintaining. I just have to eat too many calories to fuel the long runs, so it doesn't end in a net loss.

    As a Personal Trainer I can tell you that changing up the workouts is a GREAT idea to bust a plateau. So I think trying Insanity is a good plan. You already drew the right conclusions regarding the diets!

    Keep at it!
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    1766 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Sleeping better and having more energy are definitely good signs! Keep it up!
    1769 days ago
    Insanity is tough. Good tough, but tough. I have friends who swear by P90X and Insanity. I am still not even close to surviving one of the workouts, though I have fun laughing at my friends while they are working out. They make some funny faces. However, while we do yoga on the weekends they laugh at me. It is all fun.
    Everyone makes poor choices in how to lose weight, we are a instant gratification society rather than doing the hard work. You tried it, realized it doesn't work and have now moved on to something much better for you. Keep up the healthy choices. You can do it!
    1769 days ago
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