Sunday, March 31, 2013

Insanity Day 11 - Holley

Recovery! Ha yeah right. Like I mentioned before, this is basically yoga. Which I am not so good at. And can I just say honestly, it feels like an accomplishment every time i finish one of these workouts? Just the fact that I got up and did it when I could have continued being a lazy bum like the other 23 hours of the day. So I remind myself of that, every time I'm questioning whether I should keep going. Because I'm fairy lazy most of time, in regards to activity. I would rather sleep than workout, until I find a workout that i really love. I loved zumba, but I havent found any where down here to do zumba yet. 

ANYWAY back to Insanity. Yoga. So lots of slow squats and squat pulses and holding the squat... then lunges, and lunge pulses, and all that. Planking and leg pulses while planking, and oblique crunches while planking...  Lots of leg burning and sweating and grunting today. And again, I think I'm getting a little better. I dont know if I'm actually getting better, or if I'm just pushing myself harder and not letting my mind psych me out. Either way, its an improvement, and I'm getting more out of the workout. 

Yesterday a girl in the Insanity group I'm in posted progress photos at the 32 day mark of P90X, and she's lost quite a few inches and 18lbs. Which is total inspiration to me. I've got a wedding that I have to look fabulous for at the end of May, and I got a dress that was a size smaller than I normally wear. I'm hoping that I can fit in it when I go pick it up, and then just make it look better. There are 55 days til the wedding, and I've got....


52 days to go!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 10 - Holley

So in case you are like me and wonder what "cardio circuit" is on Day 10, I will disclose my google findings. Cardio circuit is in fact an old favorite, Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Awesome. Wasn't exactly excited to have that to so, but I did it nonetheless. Today I did my insanity workout at like 9 pm. I had so much energy, and I worked out harder than I usually do. I was so sweaty.

Again, I can tell I'm getting stronger. My stamina is building, and my arms are getting stronger, I can do more push-ups and more of those power squats I love so much. I can't make it through the whole 40+ minute workout without stopping but it's getting to where I stop a little less frequently. I mean its only day 10 and I took that break, so I'm not expecting miracles or anything, but I can't wait to see how my body transforms!

I was bad and should have done Day 10 yesterday, but I was a slacker and didnt do it. I was a little short on time, and not motivated at all. I was a sad panda yesterday. The workout could have helped me not be sad, but I just couldnt make myself do it. I should be back on the right track now, though. 

I have a feeling that Steven is going to have a difficult time getting back into the routine when he arrives back from the Keys tomorrow! We will have to make sure he is entirely motivated to get back on the wagon.

53 Days to go!!


My post workout meal was delightful!! 


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 9 - Holley + Pure Cardio #2

So I think the thing that kills me about pure cardio is the fact that its, well, pure cardio. Suicide drills, power squats (which is basically a jumping jack + a squat), push up jacks (which is as hard as it sounds), level two drills...I mean yall, I can't get up and down that fast!! I had better stamina that the last time (the first time) I did pure cardio, but I still can't get through the moves as fast as they do. And I know that's ok, since I'm a newbie, but I think last time I got more frustrated that I couldn't keep up. Today I just told myself, do as many as you can and don't worry about how fast they go. So that took some of the pressure off, and I could just enjoy the workout. Well, maybe not enjoy.. But at least feel better.

The best thing about today was being able to see my progress. Even though I took time off for the trip to chile, I still think I did better that before, and I'm still improving. I'm sweating a lot more, too. It's nice. I really feel like I'm getting a good, hard workout in.

54 days to go!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Day 8 - Holley Style

You know, it's really hard to find a happy medium for temperature in your house when you are doing Insanity. It's frustrating. 

So Day 7 was a rest day, but since I had over a week off before I did Day 6, I skipped it. So today I did Day 8, which was Cardio Power and Resistance. I know I've done that one before, but honestly I didn't feel like I did any better. Oh well. My back is hurting today for some reason, just a little bit, so I had to try to compensate for that without compromising my form. The moves on today's work out are my least favorite. Globe Jumps for someone as clumsy as myself are tricky to do without tripping over my own feet or falling on my face. 

It would be so easy to just say forget it, and give up, but I'm holding on to the little motivation I have to save my life! Giving up is not an option. I keep telling myself that. So really, when I wake up in the morning, I try not to even think about it. It's just a part of my morning routine, like brushing my teeth. 

I can't figure out how to rotate the photo below, and honestly I'm too worn out to think about it right now. So today I'm sideways. 


55 days to go!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Holley's Day 6 - Post-Chile Insanity

Alright alright, so I slacked off and didn't do any more Insanity in Chile. Honestly, I had every intention to, but it would have taken away from my trip, and with it being a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I dont feel guilty at all for not doing it.

While I dont feel bad for not doing it, I could definitely tell a difference with the difficulty level this morning when I did Day 6. Today's workout was Plyometric Cardio Circuit again, which is the most hard core one I've done so far. It wasn't as bad as the first time I did it, I kept up quite a bit better than I did the first time I did it, but I definitely think I could have done better if I hadn't taken a 9 day break since the last time I did Insanity at all. I struggled to get the motivation to do it, but I'm proud of myself for not giving up.

But such is life, and I'm back on the wagon. Woo! Since Day 7 is supposed to be a rest day, I am going to skip that tomorrow and actually start week 2 instead.

We wont be hearing from Steven about insanity until next Monday, since he is off scuba diving in the Keys... This month has been crazy!!

56  days to go!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

BAM!!!! Day 6 of INSANITY- Steve's eyes



WHEW! I made it! I made it through the second Plyometric Cardio Circuit! In all honesty, today was much better than the horrors of day one. Its steadily gotten better with each day. I don't know if I'm coming to terms and taking more breaks when needed of I'm just getting better. I completely forgot about the basketball drills in this workout. I was for sure we were done when the first set after the warm-up was done!

What was hard today? The push-ups. The ski push-ups. and the in and outs. My arms just cant hold out that long! Another awesomeness that I did today was run the workout without music and had Pandora playing from the stereo. I got to choose my own music and it helped me to stay pumped! Nine Inch Nails makes a good instrumental/electronic seed for a station. Man today's workout was good! I sweat like crazy. I've noticed that I base workouts that I do off how much I sweat. May or may not be a good quantifier but it works for me.

Mark another day off! Today's workout marks the 6th workout in the INSANITY progression. Please not that I've opted to the scuba diving 6 as my hand symbol. This is so I can go back and tell from the pictures what day I was. If I used two hands then how would I get 16 without using the sideways one as a 6? That's right! You couldn't!

Check it out! It looks like I've gotten some more sun! I managed to get out this morning and play some disc golf and drink a couple of beers at the Casual Pint before my workout. Great day. Key Largo isn't ready for me!

Less talk, more action!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Insanity Day 5: Holley's in Chile!

Hola from Santiago, Chile! For those of you stopping by curious about our progress, you will be happy to know that I did, in fact, complete Day 5 of INSANITY in my hotel room here in Santiago! I'm incredibly proud of myself for doing it! (And thanks to my roomie, Melissa, for graciously not making fun of me while she sat and did homework during my cardiohell.) Technically here it is an hour ahead of Knoxville time, so it's actually 12:37. But I started right before midnight Chilean time! So I think that counts. Plus I will be doing Day 6 tomorrow/later today. So there. No days missed. 

Fun fact about the photo up there, my computer is still on K-town time, so it says that the photo time stamp is "tomorrow at 12:35". Also, apparently ya'll are just going to have to deal with blurry pictures of me because i can't stop shaking immediately after the workout!

Ok so. Pure Cardio was pure sweat. Our hotel room was chilly when I started and as you can see, I was pretty sweaty when I finished. Shaun T. was not giving me any breaks for being out of the country. So I gave all I could. I'm so glad i took a 4 hour nap this afternoon or I would not have had the energy to get through the 38 minute workout. We had the routine warm up that we've done almost every day, and then jumped in to many of the cardio moves we've done over the past five days. There were not many floor moves in this workout thank goodness, but the level 2 drills and push up jacks showed their killer faces toward the end. 

As a side note, mineral water is not nearly as refreshing as still water. Apparently mineral water is quite popular down here and I got a giant 1.6 liter bottle of it. In the middle of this INSANE workout, I didnt care, but I still would rather have had my delicious still water. 

Also, I'm pretty dang proud of myself... I did 10 REAL push ups. Not like, straight, right in a row, but over the course of the workout. This is a big deal, because starting off during the fit test i think I might have been able to do 4. I can't go all the way down, but I did have the correct form, which was a huge improvement over sticking my butt in the air while trying to do it. Shaun T. says not to sacrifice form, so I tried my hardest not to. 

Well, I'm off to enjoy a good night's sleep after that workout, so I'll check back in with you sometime tomorrow after I do Day 6 - the dreaded Plyometric Cardio Circuit... YIKES! Then we can really see if I've improved over the past 4 days. 

Hasta mañana!!

INSANITY Day 5 - Steve Edition


BOOM! Day 5 is complete. Day 5 turned out to be Pure Cardio. All was normal in the beginning. The warm up is pretty much the same warm up as always. The only difference is that at the end of the warm up Shaun T. starts talking about how nervous he is about today's work out. WHAT?!?! Are you serious. Mr I-Have-More-Abs-Than-You-Have-Total-Muscle-Mass was up there on my TV telling me how he was afraid of today's workout...like 10 minutes in. I was freaking out. No kidding. I thought about just turning it off right there and then. Good lord it was terrifying. Then I got to wondering what it was that he didn't like! SO I kept watching and trying to keep up with the exercises the best I could. The Pure Cardio is just that. Pure Cardio. Suicides. Level Two Drill. Jumping Jacks. Pretty typical stuff that we've seen up to now but it was pretty rigorous. Throughout the video he was sending people to go get water or having individuals take breaks to be able to do the exercises with better form. Its a great reminder that form is very important and it helps me to pace myself enough to maintain the best form I can. I still sweat like a pig even thought I'm not moving at the speed they do. I'm cool with that.

While I performed this workout on the 14th, due to homework I'm writing it on the 15 so don't freak out. I haven't given up! I am however going to do the Plyometric Cardio Circuit tomorrow rather than today (I'm taking an extra day off). That one was the first workout I did after the fit test and it was awful! Since Holley and I started on a Sunday rather than a Monday this will get me back on track with the calendar. Kind of a lame excuse but it is what it is. I'm sure it'll happen again in the future. My big question is did Holley make it through the Plyometric Cardio Circuit? I havent seen a blog from her but she's sneaky and may have stuck to it!

This phrase comes from my dad (probably other sources as well)

Don't sweat the small stuff..... Everything is small stuff.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

INSANITY - Day 4, Steve's take.


I feel like my blog titles are becoming similar to what you would expect from a Jean Claude Van Damme film series or sequels. At least that's how I say them in my head when I read them! Whew. Today's exercise was Cardio Recovery and it was perfect timing. My legs have not been showing love for me...probably because I have beat them routinely day in and day out this week with various exercises. I've undoubtedly gotten bitten by some sort of fitness monster because I didn't start the year this way. Back to the legs! So, my legs have been killing me. I hijacked the use of a foam roller from one of my friends for a couple of minutes and as much as that hurt it didn't provide much more that temporary relief. Mind you its not so bad that I can't walk...its just sore if I sit for too long or when I just wake up. If I stay active everything is fine. As of right now they feel great. That's where today's workout comes in. Today's workout was comprised of my usual 3 hour scuba class and the Cardio Recovery day of INSANITY. Awesome. It was a perfect combination honestly. Swimming with the resistance of the fins worked a lot of the "knots" out of my legs and then I came home and did INSANITY. Today was just the break I needed. Way to go Shaun T. That was a perfect place to put that day. Tomorrow its back to the grind but that's cool.

What is Cardio Recovery? That funny. That was the same question Holley and I had yesterday. We theorized that it might be some terrible trickery of words and it would be something much more cardio and much less recovery. I'm glad to inform you that it was truly a day for recovery . The two of us do like a good conspiracy  (ask her about JFK...I dare you). I didn't even break a sweat which was good for today. It was stretches. It was lunges. It was contractions. It was slow and controlled. I've never done yoga but different position names were flying around like table top, and playing child, and something or another dog. It was cool but I had to keep looking up to see the stance right after I was told to keep my head down in the neutral position. It was tough. I'm not used to stretching so much and I think it is evident that I need to stretch more often. My heels would not touch the ground on half of the stretches they were doing. I'm not that flexible yet but I'm glad that this is being incorporated. Its intense but not like the other days. I loved it.

Stretching is not only applied to muscles and tendons but also to our ability to handle the less that prime situations in life. As you work to improve your flexibility more advantages become available.




Insanity Day 4. Cardio Recovery. Holley Style.

Good afternoon, lovely followers! Sorry for the delay in posting today. Did you think I was a slacker today? Well, I wasn't. Go me! I'm in town today, my Alcoa home, instead of Anderson, and I did Day 4 today after Steven went to class. 

So, Cardio Recovery. Difficult, yes. But not the same. I felt like today's workout was like really intense yoga. Which I suck at, by the way. This girl has virtually no balance. Stand on one foot and hold one knee in the air to the right? Ha - you've got to be joking. And there were like a million squats... Slow squats. Fast squats. Side squats. Tiny squats. Lunge squats. Geez!! But all in all, this 33 minutes was not nearly as killer as the past 3 days have been. Dont get me wrong, it was in no way easy, but I survived doing most of the moves. I'm not as sore today, I must have gotten really good, deep stretches during this workout. Yesterday my calves felt like they were going to fall off, but today they just ache a little bit. I'm sure tomorrow they'll be back to the normal pain level after the workout. 

So I just want to add a disclaimer that I have not actually been able to keep up with any of the workouts, and when I say "I finished the workout," I pretty much mean that I made it through the whole workout without turning off the DVD player and just quitting in the middle. Not that I stuck with every move and did every moment of exercise Shaun T. challenged me to do. It's hard, and I'm not in shape, but I've stuck with it to the end every day so far. All 4 of them! 

Anyway. I'm excited to know that quite a few of you are checking in with us each day to see how we are doing. That is encouraging. 

Day 4: Complete. 59 Days to go!!!

Tune in tomorrow to see if I actually do stick with my decision to do INSANITY while I'm in Chile for school. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

On the third day of INSANITY Steve sweat


Whew! So it turns out day three isn't Cardio Recovery, its Cardio Power & Resistance. It doesn’t matter what it was as long as it wasn't the Plyometric one I did yesterday. Todays was tiring but nothing like yesterday. I’m starting to get the movement of each of the repeated exercises down so there’s less time spent watching them to figure out what’s going on. So you're probably wanting know know what was hard about the Cardio Power & Resistance day. For me, anything with a push-up is tough. I just don’t have the upper body strength I should. It probably doesn’t help that I also lifted weights at the gym today but hey I'm here to get it done. There had to be 3 or 4 different varieties of push-up in today's routine. There was a moving one which involved moving around the room like a crab while doing the dreaded push-up. One where you walked your feet up and made a triangle with you back, legs, and the floor.  And the worst one yet was done like you squatted down to sit on your calves and then leaned over and tried to push yourself back up. I'm sure each of these have names but I'd much prefer to call them the crab push-up, the mountain push-up, and the overly crappy hedgehog push-up. All of which you should avoid at all cost unless you happen to be trying to lose weight or want to torture state secrets out of a spy.

Unfortunately I still don’t look forward to doing this workout DVD like I look forward to going to the gym. I love going to the gym. Its a quick hour for me there. I get what I need done and an hour has magically passed. It burns but its quick. INSANITY is so much cardio that I just feel winded most of the time. I’m sure this will get better as I go along but starting out sucks. I’m glad to have my wife doing it with me for the support and drive to continue to do it but at the same time I'm glad she typically does it somewhere other than me cause she's been doing zumba for a while and probably had more cardio in her than I do :-)

Today’s hurdles are tomorrows feats. Anything youre willing to be proud of is worth working hard for.


Day 2 of INSANITY - Steve Edition

Day 2 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit




I feel like like I'm missing a lung. That was straight terrible. I probably shouldn't be writing a blog right after finishing....actually give me a couple minutes to recover.

(As a side note I'm going to have to cut out the flash. Those two pictures just look awful. )

That couple of minutes turned into several hours apparently. I was beat after that work out. I literally went to finished my homework and then crawled straight into bed. It wasn't funny at all last night, it just hurt. Today I can joke around even though the back of my calves are killing me. That was nuts. It just kept going and going and going and going and then the workout started. The warm up was enough to get me sweating and out of breath. There was a lot of new stuff in there which is exciting! At the same time it was also confusing because I had to basically stop to see what the next movement was and it threw off the rhythm horridly.  There was no forewarning on what the next move was going to be. All in all I think Shaun T. did his job and kicked my butt. Like hard. I managed to pull through most of the exercises for most of the time.  Hopefully. I felt like I was doing a lot of standing around at times trying to catch my breath or figure out what was next. Judging by my shirt and the sheen off the floor, I put more effort into the day 2 workout than I did on the day before. Everything was soaked. I dont think I've ever sweat as much in my life as I have in the past month. I'm afraid the hair is going to have to get cut for a more workout friendly mode. Something much much shorter. I checked my fuel points when I started and I was around 1500. By the time I finished this workout I was at 2600. It took me all day to get up to 1500 and then in that brief 45 minute (which felt more like 3 hours) workout I managed to almost double my points. That's good stuff. Whew. I'm pumped...a little more afraid...but still ready to give it another go tonight. Cardio Recovery cant be that bad can it? It's a recovery right?


There's never enough time to do the things you don't have to do unless you make the time. Be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to making time for your health.








Insanity Day 3- Holley style

Yall, I don't know if I just didn't hit it as hard today, but the good news is I don't feel like I'm going to die. I think that must be it, because I was so incredibly sore this morning when I rolled out of bed that I couldn't do much at first.Gradually I began to be able to maximize each move as much as possible, as my muscles began to stretch out. There were some killer moves today, but like i said, overall today wasnt nearly as bad as yesterday. Still got sweaty though! I, of course, couldnt keep up with the entire video, but I did what I could and focused on learning the correct form, even if I could only do a few of the moves. They move so fast! One move, where you do 8 hop squats, then 8 pushups, by the time i was in proper pushup position, they were back up doing squats again! So yeah, I was definitely slow. Anyway. Another 40minute workout to wake me up and get me moving this morning!

I'm heading back to the headquarters (my Alcoa home) tonight and I'm going to try to get some actual measurements to document, because from my understanding, its not necessarily the pounds you lose that show a huge improvement, but the inches. I'd like to know my starting point! I'm planning to keep doing the work out in Chilé, since i'm motivated and ready to see results. I dont want to let that get away! 

I'm glad my husband survived Day Two last night... I was a little worried about him...

Three days down.... 60 to go!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Insanity Day 2: Holley Style

Happy Monday Morning!!
Well, I woke up today as sore as I could possibly feel, an hour earlier than usual.Well, with DST I guess it was the same time as usual, but the clock said 5:15 instead of 6:15. I dragged myself out of bed to get dressed and went into the living room where the dvd was already queued up for me. 

Last night I spend a few minutes reading a couple different reviews of experiences with the Plyometric Cardio Circuit, so I had a small idea of what to expect. Knowing what Shaun T. asks you to do is one thing, but actually trying to do it is something else entirely. 

So, I'm not going to break it down on each of the moves at this point, but here are some of the key take-aways from this morning's session.

Day 2:
*I would recommend having some air circulating, like a window open or a fan going or something because I personally got so hot I had to take one of my breaks to open a window - I was on fire! (Notice how red my face is in the picture!!!)

*Have water handy and drink it every break you get.

*Nothing can prepare you for the insanity today. This workout is a workout like none other and when Shaun T says to push yourself, somehow you do. I read a review last night that said if you can mentally push through, you will be able to finish. That is the truth. Even the stretch time on this is intense. The "warm up" is a workout in itself. And somehow, even with the hardest of moves, I was able to at least try to do it, though my brain kept saying, "Girl there's no way you can do that." I thought "Shut up, brain!" and kept going. Seriously folks, its rough. You want to quit, you want to throw up, but you can get through it. 

*It's worth it. I've got to keep telling myself that, right? I've seen others have fantastic results. I know that because of the intensity of the program, there will be days that I don't want to go any further, but I know it works, I've seen it, and I'm going to be a success story.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Holley's Insanity Day 1


Today I started in on a crazy journey. They call it INSANITY. I think it should be called Hell. Once upon a time I complained about the difficulty of Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. Which is cake compared to this. 

Ok all that aside, I'm super excited to get started. I'm motivated to wake up in the morning early to do the actual day one workout. I'm excited to see a huge transformation in my body, and I know that as long as I stick with it I can succeed and it will be amazing. I'm glad to have Steven doing it along with me, even though our schedules will be crazy over the next three weeks, with me going to Chile and him going to Key Largo... But we both have made the commitment to tackle this beast regardless, and no excuses. 

It's a short first post, but i'm exhausted! Not only did we do the fit test, we also went to play disc golf and did an hour of weights. WHEW!! I'm gonna sleep well tonight! 

Steven's INSANITY Day 1

Day one.

Full of excitement and and enthusiasm to do this. I'm excited now... 12 hours after I finished the day one fit test. I wasn't so excited when I took these pictures. I also wasn't so excited when I was putting in the DVD. You cant call a workout INSANITY and expect people not to be a little timid when they start it. Some say to not judge a book by its cover but in this case the name is well justified by what lies within. It's day one and I wanted to die after the 25 minute "fit test". If that was a test then I failed. Man I was pouring sweat. Who ever thought to combine jumping jacks and push-ups into what was called push-up jacks should be beaten or at least heavily fined.


There it is. Day one photo shoot. I don't think Holley is going to release her day one photos as of yet but you women seem to care a little more about that sort of thing and that's cool. As for me? Please feel free to stare and be blinded by the paleness of my bare chest. Looks like I've managed to already start working on a fine farmer's tan and its only been in the last week that the weather has been nice enough to have the top down in the Miata.

How did I do? Well here are my starting stats. I thought long and hard about maybe going a little light so I could make a nice looking improvement in the end but I dug deep and I kept going till I was on the floor sweating into a towel for each of the 60 second breaks. 

Switch Kicks 54
Power Jacks 30
Power Knees 47
Power Jumps 30
Globe Jumps 6
Suicide Jumps 13
Push-Up Jacks 9
Low Plank Oblique 20

It looks pretty simple. 8 exercises. One minute each. All you have to do is get as many as you can get in 60 seconds. That totals up to like 8 minutes of work out right? You can't be serious. That's nothing. Then you cry. At one point Shaun T. (DVD exercise guy on the screen) says that the dude beside him is on the ground crying during the break... I wouldn't know if he was or not cause I was face down in a towel with sweat pouring off of me thinking about how it must look like I was crying. I tried to laugh but nothing but gasps for air came out as I looked back up at the timer tick down to the next exercise like that clock they kept resetting on Lost.

It was intense. I wouldn't say it was insane yet... but if it had gone on for another 8 minutes I would have truly broken down in tears. I'm pumped to add this too my workout routine. The plan is to blog daily about my experiences with INSANITY over the next 63 days one day at a time. I plan on doing my own nutrition and continuing to workout at the gym 3 times a week if possible. 

As of today I weigh in at 197.5 lb. I try not to have unrealistic expectations so by the end of these 63 days I want to look at the day 1 photos and the day 63 photos and feel like its been worth the ride. My goal weight is to make it down to the 170's as soon as possible. I've managed to come from the 210 that I weighed on January 1st down to the 197.5 by portion control, eating better foods, and working out with a friend. It really helps to have someone doing it with you. Go find a buddy.... get a volleyball and give him a name. What ever you've got to do.

Ill try to take some measurements over the next week for a comparison. 

Our biggest obstacle to losing weight is our own ability to justify giving up.