Monday, June 24, 2013

My Insanity Journey, as if Having 2 Under 2 Wasn't Enough.... (Part 4)

I'm done.
I am officially insane.

63 days ago I started Insanity with the mentality that I was probably not going to finish.  Like so many others who do the program, I figured I would taper off around 2 weeks to a month in.  But after month 1 I was hooked.

What I did:
I had a few people ask about my diet after my first month results, but to be honest, I don't watch what I eat at all.  I'm exclusively breastfeeding so I eat like a mad woman to keep up with the calories I burn from that and Insanity.  On more than one occasion (ahem, everyday) I ate Oreos and chips immediately after my workout.  However, my one rule is, I don't eat past 8 PM.  I'm sure I could have gotten a lot more lean had I been more attentive to my diet.

I would highly recommend following the schedule:


And never skip a day.  Sometimes on rest days I would run 2-3 miles.  Or on recovery workout days I would run with my double jogger or by myself instead of doing Insanity (I wasn't super fond of the recovery workouts).  But other than that I never skipped a day, even if that meant staying up until 11 to get my workout in.

This was hard work.  It wasn't luck and it wasn't because I'm in my twenties, I totally resent being told that.  I worked my butt off these past 63 days.  There was never a single day I woke up and said "I'm SO PUMPED to do Insanity today!  I can't wait to see that stupid Tania rub it in my face how fit she is.", but I did it.  I pushed play every single day.  Even if my kids refused to nap at the same time.  Even if I barely got any sleep the night before.  Even when Big S quit on me 2 weeks in and I had to do it alone.  I had Shaun T's dumb voice in my head "Dig Deeper people!"
So I did.

And it paid off.

When I started I was 7 weeks post-partum and squeezing myself into these jeans.



By the time Month 1 was completed, I had lost 9 pounds and 6 inches from my waist, hips and thighs.  And my shorts were turned into "fat jeans".


Today, I've dropped 2 (almost 3) pants sizes. I lost a total of 19 pounds.  I cut off 3 inches from my waist, 2 inches from my hips and another 4 from my thighs.  And I chopped off all my hair (which was probably a good half a pound of split ends).



Besides my physical changes, my fitness changes were huge.  I cut my mile time from 9:30/10 minute miles down to 8:30 minute miles (Only if I'm by myself.  With both kids, it's back around 10 minute miles).  I added at least 4 extra reps to every single exercise on the fitness test.  And I went from on the verge of tears, in a pool of my own sweat, lying on the ground from pure exhaustion to keeping up with stupid Tania and THEN having the energy to run a mile or 2 even after the workout.

Insanity is no joke.
But so are the results.


If you've completed Insanity, how were your results?  Did you do a second round?  Should I try it again?  Or should I try P90X?  Focus T25?  Train for another half marathon (Looking at one that's in my area around September)?  Give me suggestions people!

M

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4 comments:

Sarah Bambling said...

Mel, send this to beach body! They have contest with $$$ prizes!! Good job momma!

Ruby campos said...

Good job hun! I seriously admire you, You have 2 under 2 and look way better than me :) You have inspired me to try harder to loose the extra baby weight... Can I add YOU LOOK AMAZING!

Ashley Amaya said...

I say do it again? or maybe just the second month workouts? Thats where I saw the big changes! Or Focus T25. Im starting it in July! Can't wait.

Alyssa Kane said...

You look amazing! I am a new mommy too. My little girl was born on April 4,2013. Today will be my last day of the 1st month of the Insanity workout and I am def seeing results. Because of your progress it is making me just push deeper. Thank you so much! You are my motivator! :-)