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.




Thursday, April 4, 2013

INSANITY day 10 - Cardio Circuit (Plyometric?)

Wow so to start off this workout I went digging through my DVDs to find Cardio Circuit and it wasn’t there. I searched for a good bit before I broke down and asked my little buddy Hillus (aka my wife Holley). Apparently she had apready encountered this and performed the routine google search. Apparently when they say Cardio Circuit they really are just trying to hide the fact that you're about to have to throw the Plyometric Cardio Circuit in there. By far this is my least favorite workout. Mostly cause I think it may have been the first one and this time I just happened to go out and eat wings right before with my brother....poor planning on my part but I think I was trying to force myself to skip the workout. Which coincidently has already happened. If you'll notice the date of posting on this blog, it happens to be Thursday rather than Wednesday. I honestly had a large project that needed to finished up for school. I should have had the will power to get it done during the day but writing about techniques used in physiological plant pathology is even harder to get motivated to do that these damn INSANITY workouts.


Anyway. Holley managed to talk me into continuing on. I really am trying to make every excuse possible. Man right before I do the workout I feel like the fat kid inside me is fighting to stop me from doing it. I had to dig a piece of glass out of the heel of my left foot that I acquired in Key West. Its been bothering me but I figured it would go way up until today. So...hot wings are a terrible idea before the workout. I felt useless. I guess that's a lesson learned. So why was I eating wings? Well, I’m glad you asked. There's a lot going on in my little world of fitness. First off I joined up with another Diet Bet. I also convinced three other guy friends to do it for motivation. My official weight in for the start happens to be 200.5 which is slightly high because of the amount of water I drank that day. This evening after eating and before the workout I was around 198. I guess it's better to get that measurement at the top of the flux. Along with the diet bet I've also started a new diet to try and get me down to that 192 number. Ive started a Paleo diet. This week is actually the first time that I’ve heard of this diet but one of the guys I got to join the bet with me is about to get serious. He and I share a common drive for things. At times its consuming and at others its just whatever. There's no real happy medium and that can be a problem. So the idea is to get serious. Do this day by day. Wednesday I went out a picked up the precooked pouches of chicken and several avocados. The idea behind the Paleo diet is to eat unprocessed foods. Pretty much any vegetable or meat that you could identify by sight. Wednesday I ate 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast and a pouch of chicken for lunch. I didn’t have time to eat supper unfortunately due to the homework I was working on. Not the best of things but not the worst. So that brings us to today. This morning I spend the breakfast time trying to finish up the midterm for my plant pathology class so I didn’t have time to eat breakfast. I had another pouch of chicken for lunch. This time I also was fortunate enough to have half of a ripened avocado as well. It was pretty filling. After I got out of class and finished up administering a test for another class the I gave in to the urges to eat out. I ended up a Buffalo Wild Wings but I’ve run a large caloric deficiency for the past two days so Its not going to kill me...or will it? It would be ironic if I had a heart attack. Not funny at all really. The more I write on this the more motivated I feel. During the workout I was ready to just sit down and watch it like a movie rather than workout. I kept pushing most of the time when I didn't feel like I was going to lose the wings. 

TOMORROW IS A CARDIO RCOVERY DAY! That sounds good. Its been so long since I did the first one and I cant remeber what it is but its got to be better than the Plyometric Cardio Circuit. So stay pumped and keep going...

Half hearted efforts produce half as much in the way of results.

Day 15: Fit Test #2 - Holley

My legs are wobbly. The dude in this video is right- when Shaun T asks him how he feels after the fit test he says "the same as Day 1." Yep. No matter how many times you've done the fit test, Shaun T expects you to bring it like nobody's business every single time. And i sure did. Woah. I can't even think right now. I'm going to regret doing this workout so late tonight and getting up at 5 to do day 16 in the morning. OH well!! 

So yeah. Here's to kicking butt during week 3! You can see that I improved on most of the exercises, and I'm pretty proud of that.





48 days to go!


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

INSANITY Day 9 - Pure Cardio from the Steve side!

Another work out. Another day that I’m killing it. Its not getting easier...but that's really due to the fact that I took a week off to go swim around under the sea in the keys. Sorry if part of this post rhymes, I’m listening to Holley's Eminem Pandora station. It's not been easy to get back into this and I feel like if I didn’t keep trying, and if Holley wasn’t being so encouraging, that I could just quit. I was on track as of this workout which happened on Tuesday. Currently its Thursday. :-) Anyway. I also lifted weights on Tuesday with Rob.
Precision Engineered. Pure Cardio. I absolutly hate when Shaun T. tells me how nervous he is about this workout. Im starting to notice things that just annoy me. V-push ups suck. I have very little upper body strength! Anyway At this point Holley is what's keeping me going. I'll tell you about the diet we're going to start next time.


Push through now. There's plenty of time to procrastinate later.

Day 13 of INSANITY - Holley style

So forget the fact that I took some time off while I was in Latin America, I freaking finished week two of insanity! (Minus tomorrow's rest day, but y'all know I got that in the bag!) I'm incredibly proud of myself and motivated to keep going. Yay. So I guess Thursday I'll be redoing the fit test to see how I've improved. I'm excited!

So, back to today's workout.This morning was Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs. We have previously discussed how INSANE Pure Cardio is. So I would like to go on the record and say today was probably the worst workout I've had doing Insanity. And it's really my own fault. I did day 12 at like, 7:30 last night, then woke up at 5:15 to do day 13. So, I didn't even have 12 hours to recover in between the two workouts. I've learned my lesson on that choice, because it was absolutely a bad one. I didn't have the energy, and I just couldn't make my body MOVE the way I wanted it to. It was very frustrating. 

Cardio Abs was fun, in a way that makes your abs BURN like FIE-YAH! It was nuts. Shaun T. goes on about how there are no sit-ups or crunches but you know what, what he had me doing there was probably worse! Ha. I cant wait to see how I improve on that workout. One of the moves I couldn't even do, I just dont have the core strength to lean back on my tailbone, then lower and lift my legs.  There is a bunch of moves similar to that, but they allow you to support the moves with your arms and legs more than that one. This workout is a few seconds over 16 minutes, in case you were curious, so my total workout time today was still less than an hour. 


50 days to go!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Insanity Day 12 - Holley

I think this is my least favorite workout of all the ones I've done so far. Cardio Power and Resistance. I cannot even come close to keeping up with the video on this one. (Did I just date myself by saying video?) power jumps are apparently something I have yet to do correctly, v-push-ups are not very fun, and moving push-ups continue to thwart me. And all the jumping is not very pleasant. Have i mentioned how much I hate globe jumps? Also, when Shaun T. tells me to keep my back straight or flat, i really wonder whether I actually am or not. I just have to hope so! 

I dont know how many times I've actually yelled at the tv during a workout, but today I was, for real. I was so mad at Shaun T. for making me work so hard, and I told him that if he's going to make me work this hard, I better see some results when I get complete the program. It was weird because I actually heard Jillian Michaels telling me that when it gets hard and starts to burn, that's when the change is happening. I've done the 30 day shred too many times! ha. But that program has NOTHIN' on INSANITY.

I've waited until this late to post my recount of today's workout mostly because I didn't want to deter Steven from getting back in the groove. I mean I can't imagine it is motivational for him to read how much I hated today's workout! Everyone needs that boost to get back in the groove of things. 

12 days down... 
51 days to go! 


INSANITY after coming back from the beach! Day 8 - Steve Style


 Cant believe I actually came back and got back in it. You are probably more surprised than I am. Holley managed to talk me into getting back to it. Anyway here's a funny shot that I thought should make the front icon when I post it to Facebook!


Anyway! Key Largo was awesome. I spent much of my time scuba diving which is a workout in itself. Overall I did gain a pound or two but I cant complain cause it was awesome and I drank way more than I should have on the tail end of the trip after the diving was over.


Day 8 was intense. I was feeling tired already and the fact that I had Taco Bell for dinner probably didn't help. The squirrel push-ups and globe jumps made me want to just lay on the ground but I tried to keep going. I may be slightly under the weather cause I was having a hard time breathing. Lots of water breaks and lots of water. Sounds pretty much like every other INSANITY workout! I'm glad that I did it though.

On to other news.  Some sort of diet should be going with my exercise. I lift weights three times a week and try to follow the INSANITY workout 6 days a week. If I can get the diet action going then I'll be able to make my way closer to my short term weight goal of 190 lb! Rob and I have decided to start a Paleo diet which basically limits the food intake to foods that have not been processed. Steak, chicken, raw ingredients are all pretty much good from my first glance.  All in all I should be eating more stuff like that in order to spare my budget so we'll give it a go. One day at a time, one meal at a time. Until the point that its a life style. Dieting can't just be a temporary thing unless you want temporary results. It has to be a life style change and that's the hard part.  Whatever I decided to do needs to be something I can see myself doing everyday forever if I want the health/weight benefits to be long term.

The lack of natural talent in any given skill can be offset by persistence to master that skill.