Tuesday, March 26, 2013
And by this thing, I mostly mean the blog. I've been keeping up with the trackers pretty religiously for over a month now. The studies are true, tracking your food works! I know how to eat healthy, but the tracker really forces me to consider each and every food choice I make, since I know I'm going to see it on the screen later. I find that when I don't track I give myself more leeway, sometimes underestimating what I'm eating, or just choosing to ignore the truth. The tracker keeps me honest, and considering the fact that I typically consume a meal's worth of calories in sweets EVERY, SINGLE, DAY, staying honest is huge.
I also started Insanity back in February with my fiance, and it has certainly been kicking my butt! I got sidetracked during the recovery week and ended up taking an extra week off =\. But I started the second month on Sunday and man is it BRUTAL!
I usually consider myself to be pretty able when it comes to fitness. I'm not the kind of girl that has ever struggled with REAL pushups and I am a certified group exercise instructor. But jumping from 30 minutes to 1 hour workouts of Insanity is a big difference! Especially because the intense workout portion goes from about 15 minutes to 40! That's 40 minutes of HIGH intensity exercise with only about 30 second breaks. My heart rate is at the max almost the whole time. After completing one workout it became clear that for this second month I was not going to be able to "push it" like Sean-T requests. I took a lot of breaks and tried to stick with it, but with 15 minutes left to go I just wanted it to be ooooover! I made it through, but it took a while before I no longer felt nauseated and weak. That was new for me. It's nice to push myself that hard and know that I can survive, but definitely not every day. I was experiencing some recurrent hip pain so I took today off, but I'll be back at it again tomorrow (at a lower intensity of course).
I'm excited to complete the program, and I know that simply doing it every day and watching what I eat is making a difference for me. While the numbers on the scale haven't been dropping as much as I would like, my body is definitely changing. I've lost significant inches all over my body, and I can see everything getting tighter. I have a feeling after month two I'm going to be extremely pleased. I plan to repeat the Insanity workouts after I complete the full program. I'll probably start adding additional weight and cardio exercises to the mix as well. Especially when redoing the first month, as it's going to feel like nothing after month two!
It's always so exciting to watch your body change and fitness improve. I think that's a big reason why maintenance is so hard for people. You no longer have that amazing motivation of seeing those changes all the time. I mean, how motivating is staying the same day after day? Meh! I guess that's why becoming a runner really helps with maintenance. Runners are always going after a new PR or training for a race to motivate them. Instead of focusing on weight or clothes. I've always wanted to be a "runner" and maybe some day I'll get there. For now though, I'll just stick with getting back into shape.
I'll try to be more consistent with the blogging. Having more readers and comments would definitely make me post more! *hint hint wink wink*