Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Week 8 Insanity: Taking a Breather

I am well into week 8 of my Insanity workouts - next week is the LAST WEEK - yay! It's been hard - hard as HELL - but I am so proud of myself, just for getting my ass out of bed every day and doing it. I'm not 20 pounds lighter or anything but my body is definitely changing. I'm wearing a pair of jeans today that I could not wear 6 weeks ago so there.

Today, however, I did NOT get my ass out of bed. I am dog tired lately. My muscles are sore and achy and I just wanted to stay in the bed. For hours after I finally got up, I felt the urge to beat myself up about being lazy and unmotivated and almost ate a giant bowl of cereal without counting the calories...SCREEEEEECH! Stop right there, I said - What is this? Why am I feeling bad for taking ONE slight break, knowing that I am going to do my workout tonight, anyway? That is how married to routine I get - If I break it, I feel, just, wrong. Well, I got over that shit and am feeling happy and, guess what, motivated! Looking forward to tonight's workout and I know that I will feel better having let my muscles rest an additional 12 hours. Seriously, they needed it.

So I received my NEXT workout series - It's called ChaLEAN Extreme. It looks rockin - It is weight training so totally different than what I am doing right now. I am going to be ordering some Selectech weights for the occasion. I am, however, going to take a one week respite in between the end of Insanity and the beginning of CE to just do whatever I want. I will still get up and exercise in the morning but I will do a variety of different stuff - like Hip Hop Abs and Turbo Jam and maybe even that evil workout queen, Jillian Michaels will get to take a stab at me now that I have done Insanity.

That's all I have. Nothing amazing to report except that life is good and I feel happy. THAT is amazing, actually.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Insanity Week Six: To the Max

I thought the workouts were hard during the first 5 weeks but I was wrong. They were mere child's play... This week I was welcomed to the world of "max" - 4 new workouts from hell, thanks to Beachbody, the makers of this program they call "Insanity." Right they are! Doing all of this IS insane but for whatever reason, I keep doing it. Probably because my pants keep getting looser.

So today I did "Max Interval Circuit." Get this - I burned 600 calories! 600! The heart rate monitor does not lie... These workouts are longer than the ones in the first 5 weeks so it makes sense that they burn more but I was pretty happy with today's result. I am still frustrated by the scale, though. I think I am just eating too many calories - that's all I can come up with. When I was on WW, doing Hip Hop Abs (a LOT easier than Insanity) I was dropping weight. Here, eating significantly more calories (and burning more, too) I am not dropping much weight at all. Inches, yes. Sleeping better, yes. Looser clothes, yes. Pounds, not so much.

At the beginning of all this, I went and had my body fat tested, as well as a full body sort of scan thing that tells you about your muscle strength in each limb, how much water is in your body, lean body mass and other useless bits of information that I didn't really ask for and wasn't really that concerned about. But now, after working my ass off this hard for 6 weeks and barely losing any weight, I am starting to feel really interested in some of that other stuff. Like, have I actually gained some muscle? By doing this test again in 3 weeks, I will be able to tell that, as well as if I have gained strength. Shit, I know I've gained strength - I can do several REAL pushups now - not girly knee push ups but REAL LIVE push ups. That is a feat in and of itself.

I am already planning my next workout series. I am going to order ChaLEAN Extreme from BeachBody. It is by the same gal that does Turbo Jam (who I actually really like) but it is totally focused on weight training - lifting heavy weight. I will take a recovery week and then jump on that train for 90 days. I really like having a plan for working out - I've got the Insanity calendar on my wall and every day I just look at it and it tells me which workout to do. It takes the choice out of it and frankly, that's what I need. If it were my choice, I'd probably be sitting on the carpet eating Pop Tarts, watching chick flicks. I also like getting to mark each day off and being able to see my progress. So these planned DVD workout series have a lot of great attributes as far as I am concerned. I am a huge cheerleader for working out at home to DVDs. Can you tell?

I hope everyone has a great weekend. My focus is going to be on drinking all of my water (2+ liters per day) and trying to keep the calories around 1700. We'll see - oh, I am praying I make it through tomorrow's Max Plyometrics!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Insanity Week 5 - Recovery, My Ass!

Well, I am STILL at it. I am just completing week 5 in my Insanity workouts. It is supposed to be my "recovery week" wherein I do the same workout DVD over six days. The workout is supposedly less "hard" on the body. Well, it is certainly easier than the original workouts but it is not EASY by any means. I am happy to report that I still sweat so much that my headband (I have to wear or my eyes turn to sweat pools) is soaked through. Eeew. Next week I begin a long visit to MAX hell... Max intervals, Max Plyometrics, Max whatever. Each workout is about an hour so I am basically looking forward to almost dying every morning (okay, six days a week).

I've been a little pissy about the fact that I have not lost much weight. I have lost, maximum, 5 pounds. Yes, I know, Jenny Craigs of the world, that 1 pound a week is a fine weight loss - don't start that reassuring, back-patting crap with me. I'm just plain annoyed. The thing is, I am working my ASS off and have worked out at much lesser amounts and lost more weight. Part of the issue is this - I can't fuel these workouts on 1200 calories a day. I am eating about 1750 per day, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. But generally, I keep it under 1900 all the time. Some might say, well, that is way too much to lose weight - but I'm burning 400-500 a day per workout. My basal metabolic rate is 1400-ish. So you do the math. I don't get it.

The BRIGHT SIDE (because there always is one, isn't there, Pollyanna?) is this - my clothes are looser and I have definitely lost some inches. I've had two people tell me that my "shape" is changing. So that's cool. I just wish the scale would register something meaningful. I'd really like to see something in the 150's - that would be LOVELY. So - I commit to work my ass off some more over the next 4 hellacious weeks and will hopefully be able to say that I lost at least 10 pounds in 9 weeks. That would be an accomplishment. Plus, I will be in the best cardiovascular shape of my LIFE. Seriously, I already feel like a machine sometimes... These workouts will at least do THAT for you!

More later - work beckons. Also, I think I hear the coffee pot calling my name...