Sunday, May 12, 2013

Week 4: Complete! Holley's Photos





Week 4 Done!! Recovery week starts now, then month two! 28 days down, 35 days to go!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Week 3: Check! -Holley

It was rough this morning because yet again I didn't get to sleep in time. My husband is apparently trying to sabotage my motivation by keeping me awake past my designated bedtime!

Regardless, I did the cardio circuit this morning and I've got the sweat to prove it. I was incredibly sore this morning for some reason so I had a hard time getting in to it but eventually I was able to find my grove.

Have I discussed my struggle with cross jacks? Yeah. Apparently I'm not coordinated enough to do them. Does anyone else have this problem? I get so confused when I'm trying to keep up that I usually have to modify the move. But I try!!

Tomorrow is rest day and I'm excited about that. Also excited to be done with week 3.

42 days/6 weeks to go! 
(Not counting rest day tomorrow...) 
(PS - make sure you check out the calendar behind me!)



Thursday, April 18, 2013

INSANITY Day 12 - Steve style with a side of Dillon

Hey peeps in blogger-world this is Dillon Avans rockin' out at Steve's place trying to get ripped for the wedding to the lovely Lyndsey Nelson!!! And i just did my first one to see if I liked it.... it was an amazing workout on insanity.

FIRST time doing insanity, and I have to say, its not a piece of cake (which I would kill for right now). I hate when I am on the ground with no breath and the instructor is just powering through the workout like a jersey shore kid getting a spray tan, just loving it. :/

I'm also not digging the amount of sweet pouring from my body... as Steve said, he will have to mop this floor. Sorry man. But watching my buddy get fit has totally motivated me. No matter how INSANE this video looks.


Can't have the grooms men looking sexier than me! So I'm going to be continuing this crazy ride with Steve and my fiancee'. Until then peace out and wish me luck getting my rock hard abs on ;)

-Dillon


Holy crap. My chest is burning. That was tough. I pretty much have been being the biggest loser...not in a good way. Like I mentioned last time I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of it. I've been at 195 for what seems forever and I'm done with that. 189 is happening. I lost 10 pounds in January and haven't managed better than 5 pounds since then. Food is fuel. Working out doily is normal. These are the pillars that my new life style needs to be built on. This is NOT a diet. This is a sustainable life style. Something that is maintainable and healthy.

There will never be a moment in my life that I look back and say to myself that I wish I had upsized those fries....or wish that I had eaten at taco bell one more time. Building the will power to say no to these temptations is not something you just happen upon. Its a skill. One that some excel at and others don't. I've had this same conversation with other friends in my life trying to turn their life around. Its not that you can't. You can't? Then quit cause what's the point if you're going to limit yourself before you even start.

I can't do the INSANITY workout cause I hate it? Then get busy dying. You are noth the one in control if you live without the will power to force yourself to do what needs to be done even though you don't like it. Some parts of life suck and you can quit or make the best of it and let it make you better. I'm here to be better. I'm here to be the best me I can be and at 195 pounds I'm not there.

I'm here. I'm motivated. I am in control.

"Maturity is achcieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values"
-Joshua L. Liebman



Day 19 - Cardio Power & Resistance. Holley

Good morning y'all! It's Thursday, which means it is almost the weekend! Woo! That of course for me means that it's almost time for me to go home to my family, which is the best part of my week.

So, this morning's workout was Cardio Power and Resistance which is my least favorite of all the workouts. But I tried not to let that sway me from actually doing it. I actually tell myself it is probably the one that will give me the most results. That usually gets me going and motivated. Usually.

I didn't give myself the option to ignore my 5am workout alarm today, I just got up and did it. And y'all know how much I hate globe jumps and power squats and all that. So I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. 3 days in a row I've done Insanity, and not let myself down by being a lazy bum, which is apparently my default mode. I'm working on trying to change that. 

I hope y'all have a wonderful Thursday and are staying safe amidst all the evil going on in this world right now.

Love to you all. Still sending out thoughts and prayers to Boston, and now to West, Texas.

44 days to go!



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cardio Recovery. Holley- Day 18

Woop! Day 18 is DONE! Cardio Recovey is probably the one day I sweat the most of all the insanity videos I've done so far. And I'm not really much of a sweater. It's also one of the hardest days for me, as I have mentioned in the past, because of my terrible balance.

I woke up this morning at 5 when my alarm went off and was bad. I just turned my alarm off and rolled over. So this evening when i got home from work, Shaun T was in the back of my mind saying, Look, yesterday you were all lets not take life for granted, and one day later you are trying to give up on that goal? Dont be lame. So I texted back and forth with my mother some motivational words and finally i was like Yeah lets do this! So I did!

I think that even though I did today's INSANITY workout in the evening I wont hate myself if I do tomorrows within 12 hours, because it was recovery. Which i mean, it's an intense workout while i'm doing it, but it doesnt tire my body the way the other days do. Since, you know, it's recovery.

So anyway yall. Love you, and thanks for sticking with me through this journey to INSANITY...


45 days to go!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Holley is Back! Insanity Day 17 (long post)

How easy it is to make excuses to not do insanity! It's been 10 days since I last did insanity, and you know what, I'm not going to beat myself up over it. Some times life happens, and that's ok, as long as you don't give up, push through and keep going.

I think Steven has decided he doesn't want to do insanity any more. Honestly with the crazy amount of lifting he has been doing, I don't much blame him. He is losing weight and gaining muscle, and he is looking great! He's down 20 lbs since January. I'm down 10, which is nice, but he is definitely my motivator. So just because he isn't doing insanity doesn't mean he isn't working out. Maybe he will be back :)

So today I did Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, and woah buddy, I could tell that I hadn't been doing it lately. As much as i'm not beating myself up over last week, if anything is a motivation with insanity, it's being able to see your progress as you work through the videos. I knew where I should have been today, and that wasnt happening. Pure Cardio wore me OUT no lie, and Cardio Abs is a workout that frustrates me because I really dont have the core strength to do half the moves. I pushed myself hard, and I currently feel sick, so there's that.

So, to get a little more personal, here's what was going on last week, and why i got side track. Well, weekends are always hard, because I drive back to TN and I dont really have a routine there. I need to figure that out, because I only need to do insanity one of the two days i'm there. Then Monday, I stayed in TN because my mamaw was having a biopsy done to see if her cancer was back. I spent all of that day in the hospital with her, my mom, my aunt, and my papaw. I didnt get back to Anderson until midnight, so Tuesday morning workout was out. Tuesday night I was starting to feel sick, and I had class. Wednesday and Thursday I was so sick, there was no way I could do insanity, and Friday I was still recovering. Friday we found out for sure that my mamaw's cancer is back, and since then I really havent had much motivation to do... well, anything. 

But today I woke up with a new determination. There are some things in life I have no control over, but my health and my body is one of the few things I can change. So here I am, waking up at 5 am to do insanity to look fabulous for Lyndsey and Dillon's wedding next month, and for the reunion(s?) after that. I want to be proud of myself, and I want my mamaw to be proud of me. I think our health is something some of us take for granted, and in light of my mamaw's sickness and the horrible Boston Marathon tragedy yesterday, I've decided to take control of mine. Because some people dont have that choice. Some people would give anything to have the ability to wake up and do insanity, and here I am being a wuss about it, and being lazy. 

Well, NO MORE!!! 


She's back!! 46 days to go!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Day 16 - Holley Style

I did day 16, cardio circuit, this morning. It was another difficult work out spent regretting my late night work out last night.

I feel crappy about not having much to say about this workout. I really didn't feel great about anything except getting to check another day off the calendar. Maybe I'll have more to say tomorrow.