Healthy Beauty posts, I have missed you!!
I loved writing these way back when- they were a great motivation for me and it was fun to talk to others about being healthy and making positive changes in how we eat and live. Something I have been really great at in the past is not finishing things- I’m pretty decent at coming up with ideas, but consistently following through is a different story.
So far this year I have been everything BUT healthy. Fun Fact- Boyfriends make you fat. Well, I guess a better way to put it is NEW relationships make you fat. You go out to eat, you get comfortable, you stop worrying to an extent. At least, that’s how it went for me. I met a boy who I adore, but also loves sugar and food as much as I do.
Long story short, after a few months I just started feeling really.. weighted? My body felt sluggish, my jeans didn’t fit (well, technically I could button them, but that doesn’t meant I was wearing them out of the house!!)and overall I was just pretty unhappy with how I felt and looked. This time last year I was in the best shape of my life, weighed the lowest I can ever remember weighing, and felt awesome.
About two weeks ago I was up late watching TV and saw an infomercial about Insanity. Now, I have heard a LOT about Insanity. Almost everyone I know that has tried it just raves, raves, raves about it, about how it changed their lives. But, also about how HARD it is. The infomercial sold me- it didn’t seem super ridiculous like most infomercials do, it showed real people and their real results (you know how with some fitness commercials the “before and after” people are obviously different people? not in this one!) and even though I could tell it would be a lot of work, I decided that since I am all for instant gratification, this would be a good program for me. I own a total gym and an elliptical and have an entire loft dedicated to fitness stuff, but it rarely gets used because I don’t have that “push”, that little voice saying that I made a commitment, I HAVE to work out today.
I started my Insanity journey last Monday. I was really excited, loved that it had a bunch of workouts (not one like 30 Day Shred that you are bored of by day 5) and loved that it came with a nutrition book with tons of recipes and a calendar that showed what workout to do each day (and that I can put a huge red X on when I finished that day’s workout!). The program consists of 60 days, workout of 6 days a week (4 weeks of the first 4 workouts, a recovery week, and then 4 weeks of more intense workouts) to “get in the best shape of your life”. You don’t need any weights or equipment, you could basically do this workout with the space in front of your couch.
So, let me walk you through my first week of workouts and how I’m feeling-
Day 1: Fit Test. You are given 8 moves, and you have to do as many as you can of each in 1 minute. This was HARD. I really tried to push myself so my numbers could be high (which I realized after will only make this harder later on, because you take the fit test 4 times throughout the 60 days to see how you have improved.. next time I’m going to have to push super super hard!!) I had to take a lot of breaks between moves because I could barely breathe.
Day 3: By Wednesday my body was soooree. Wednesday is the “Cardio Recovery” day, so while it’s not like every other day that is LOOAADS of hardcore cardio, it was a lot of stretching and strength and my legs felt like Jello. Walking up and down my stairs took like 5 minutes each way haha
Day 6: Pushing myself to work out on a Saturday is proving to be EXTREMELY hard. I don’t know if it’s going from working out zero times a week to six times a week, or if its just the exhaustion from the whole week or what, but I was NOT feeling up to working out yesterday. I think more than just being physically exhausted, I was also mentally just drained. I ended up only getting through half the workout. I did note that on my Insanity calendar, so I am planning to add that missed half to another workout this week.
Sundays are off days, and that was definitely something I was happy for. As for my diet, I have definitely been eating healthier, but I can’t say I’ve been 100% super awesome healthy. My outlook is that I like food, I like sweets, and if I give those up completely I will a) be unhappy and b) will gain weight back really quick if I ever eat any of that stuff later on. I think this week I’ve been eating 70% healthy, 30% not the best. I think for me right now this is a good combo. I may not lose weight nearly as fast, but I think it’s something I can stick to later on. This weekend has been a bit of a struggle (I am a HUGE baking fan and haven’t baked in weeks, so that wasn’t my smartest move!) but I am planning to be much healthier this week to make up for it.
So far this week I have lost two inches on my waist. I honestly can’t believe I lost two inches THAT quick! This is what I mean by needing instant gratification- results like that make me want to keep going.
My goals for the upcoming week are to get the workouts done earlier (Most days I was doing them around 11am, which worked out well. Friday I did my workout at 4:30, and it was a LOT harder than in the morning!) as well as sticking to a nutritional diet a little better. I want to start using a calorie counter app again (where you keep track of everything you eat) but it’s really hard to get back in to doing that. I also REALLY want to try and eat 5 small meals a day. I might need to put alarms on my phone at first to get me in the habit!