This week was definitely a learning week. I pretty much went balls-deep with this working out thing a little too fast, and it totally bit me in the ass this week. If you noticed the lack of posting, it really was because I was so damn exhausted I couldn’t get myself to do anything productive. My house is a huge mess, my blog and youtube are way behind what I’d like to be doing, and I just felt like doing nothing but sleeping. Seriously- I’ll get up, and two hours later take a nap. It was bad.
That being said, this doesn’t mean I’m going to stop altogether, I just realized that I really need to modify this to work for ME. This is a program that prides itself in being the hardest workout to be put on DVD, and they aren’t kidding. Is it a good workout? You bet your ass it is! Is it meant for someone who hasn’t regularly worked out in oh, six months? hell no.
I decided that I’m going to cut this down to workout out four times a week versus six, and I’ll bump it up to more once I feel like I can handle it. As important as it is for me to lose some weight and get fit, I think it’s more important to actually be able to DO the things i need to do in life.
So even with the cut back, this week I decided to add a few things to my insanity time.
Pre-Workout: The one I use is Assault by Musclepharm, and this shit is nuts. It’s like crack for Athletes. You drink some before you work out (would never guess from the name ‘pre-workout’, right?) and it really gives you a push to go harder with your workout.
Sweet Sweat: I got this on Groupon a few months ago and have only used it a handful of times. Basically, its this vaseline-like substance that you rub on problem areas before you work out, and it helps to increase circalation and help you sweat more in that area. I applied it all over my stomach and lower back, as that’s where my main problem area is. Now, this is not going to help get rid of access fat, but moreso water that is trapped under the skin. This is more to help lose inches off my waist than fat.
Waist Trimmer: In addition to applying Sweet Sweat on my stomach, I also use a waist trimmer. This is a long stretchy band that I wrap around my waist, and it helps retain heat and makes you sweat. So, using this with Sweet Sweat is like a double hit on access water weight in the tummy area. I’m really hoping it helps make a difference!
Using both of these, I see a HUUUUUGEEE difference in how much I sweat. Generally when I work out I don’t sweat too much, but when I’m done the waist trimmer is literally dripping with sweat. I can tell it’s working when I’m working out because my stomach is really warm and the waist trimmer starts almost slipping around haha.
If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I fail if I don’t have a set plan to go off of. Now that I have the fitness thing ready, I really, really need to get the nutrition thing down. I have been doing daily shakes (kale, frozen berries, coconut water, protein powder, 1/2 banana, lemon juice is my go-to blend) along with Quinoa and Steel cut oats, but I notice that since I have really sucked at keeping track of what I eat, I’m not eating as well as I would be otherwise. I think tomorrow I’m going to make a meal plan for the week and do a LOT of prep so everything is ready to go- salad in a jar, pre-cooked chicken, etc. I think I’m going to go on pinterest and find some examples of what people make for the week and just go off that. I hate how bad I feel after eating something not so great for me (versus how AWESOME I feel after downing one of my shakes!) and I really want to zone in to that feeling and feel good about myself overall.