On top of just generally not being sure of how effective it is, I’m just SO bored with it! You repeat each level for 10 days, so you’re doing the exact same workout every single day for 10 days. It just bores me to death. Its gotten to be something that I dread not for the fact that it’s super challenging, but rather that I had to do the same routine over and over. Jillian Michaels’ isn’t very motivating either. I wish she was more like in your face, yelling at you to keep pushing like she did on The Biggest Loser. Sometimes I need that sort of motivation. My sister ordered Chalean Extreme, another BeachBody program, and it arrived today! Since I had so much success with getting in shape by doing Insanity, I think BeachBody is the way to go. So tomorrow I’ll be starting Chalean Extreme and leaving the boredom of 30 Day Shred behind!
Post-workout pics after doing Day 3, Level 2 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Level 2 has me working up a great sweat and leaves my biceps burning, which I both love and hate. Hate during, love afterwards. I thought after completing Insanity that 30 Day Shred would be a piece of cake since a lot of people do 30DS to prepare for Insanity and I just happened to do things a bit backwards. But Level 2 of 30DS is definitely no joke and I’m sure Level 3 will be even harder. 30DS kinda makes me miss Shaun T. and the diversity of the Insanity videos though. It gets old pretty fast when you’re doing the same exact video 10 days in a row. On the plus side, since the 30 Day Shred videos are only 20 minutes I’m now about to go to the gym with my dad and do some lifting, which I was always way too tired to do during Insanity and on the days when I decided to hit the gym on top of Insanity I felt like I had zero energy the next day. I feel good that I can do 30 Day Shred and still have a great day of lifting on top of it. Now off to my squat rack :)
So I’ve decided to start using MyFitnessPal again. I started using it when I first started my fitness journey which was almost 3 months ago (crazy!!) but it kept telling me I was under my calorie intake for the day anyway, so after 3 weeks of using it, I stopped. But lately my eating hasn’t been the best and I really have no idea how many calories I’ve been intaking lately so I’ve decided to use it again. I definitely tend to eat healthier when I use it too because I can actually see laid out what I’m putting into my body and how healthy or unhealthy it is for me. I’m also a chronic snacker so hopefully this will help that. I tend to eat well for normal meals, but snacking is kinda my downfall. You guys can go follow me on MyFitnessPal too if you want, my username is jaclyngetsfit, just like on here.
Now onto the 30 Day Shred. Today I started Day 1 of Level 2 of 30DS. Level 2 is no joke. The exercises were all a lot more intense than they were in level 1, but I’m pretty happy about this. After completing Insanity, I felt like I was taking a step back by doing the 30 Day Shred. And in all honesty, I probably still am, but at least I have time for other fitness activities now which I really didn’t while I was doing Insanity. Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred, which is what I’ll be doing for the next 9 days makes me feel more challenged though and like I’m not taking a huge step down from Insanity which I’m really happy about. And I’m sure by the end of these next 9 days, when I get to level 3 things will be even more intense! I may restart Insanity again though after I finish the 30 Day Shred. Is it weird that I kinda miss getting my ass kicked by Shaun T. on a daily basis?
So I’m pretty uncomfortable even posting this, but I have to say I love my ass now. And this was the least scandalous way I could think of to show you guys the wonders that squats can do for your butt. The picture on the left was me around this time last year. And the picture on the right is me from a couple of weeks ago. I never liked my flat butt but thanks to all the squats I did during Insanity and using the squat rack at the gym, I finally have a butt that I’m happy with and fills out my clothes way better. Heading to the gym very soon to get in the squat rack again!
Off to do my final day of Level 1 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Which means tomorrow I get to start level 2 which I’m really excited for since doing 10 consecutive days of the same workout can get a bit monotonous.
I’m also hitting the gym later with my dad which is always fun. He’s really great at pushing me and I get to do the squat rack which is kinda my favorite thing ever. Squats are your butts best friend. I always had a flat butt and never thought it was something I could change until I started doing a ton of squats in Insanity and using the squat rack and now I think I have a pretty sick ass. Fitness problem: now loving my ass and wanting to post a picture of it on here as further proof that squats are awesome, but also not wanting a picture of my ass floating around on the Internet. Maybe I’ll find a PG-13 way to show it off later. Did I mention squats are awesome?
So today I woke up feeling good about my body. A lot of the time I don’t particularly like the dreaded lower abs part of my body. Especially as the day goes on and you keep eating more and get the food baby effect. So I decided to take a side view picture to refer back on when I’m in food baby mode and disliking my lower stomach. I even kept tightening my core and couldn’t even tell a difference from the side view. I need to remember that this is how my body really looks and the little pouch I get throughout the day that I don’t like is just food and massive quantities of water, not necessarily fat. Side note: I also weighed myself for the first time in forever and I now weigh 114.4 pounds. It fluctuates to 115 throughout the day though. Before I started Insanity I weighed 108.7 pounds. So I’ve gained nearly 6 pounds in the nearly 3 months since I began my fitness journey. I know that all that weight is in solid muscle and not fat though so I’m feeling good about it. I’m probably the only person who put on weight from Insanity. Now off to the gym with my dad. Yay!
Today I’m going to start the 30 Day Shred with my mom! I’m pretty excited to introduce a new workout routine into my life instead of Insanity. I feel like it should be a welcome change even though my sister who started the 30DS yesterday said it was “no joke.” But I don’t want it to be easy anyway, so that’s not an issue. I’m just ready for this next fitness chapter in my life. I also want to start running. I’ve never run in a race in my life, and I’d love to just be able to say “I did that.” Especially since I’ve always pretty much hated running. I think I’ll shoot for running a 5k to start and who knows where I could go from there. But for now, I think a 5k is a good goal. Seeing as before I started Insanity I couldn’t even run 1 mile, I would feel really accomplished being able to run 3.1 miles. I also want to hit the gym more to lift weights. I’ve discovered that I really like lifting and being able to push myself to get one more rep in, or up the weight even 5 pounds, it’s a great challenge for myself to improve. There’s just so many fitness things I want to do now that I never would’ve had the motivation to even attempt before Insanity! Forever indebted to Shaun T.
I am officially DONE with Insanity!!! Here is my before & after picture from the program. I definitely feel so much stronger, in shape, and way more toned than I did in the first picture. This has been such an incredible journey. I started this program after hearing about it through my friend (go follow her, she’s awesome) http://emilyliveshealthy.tumblr.com/ but I never would’ve thought this journey would affect me in so many ways. When I started Insanity, I puked during the very first fit test and could barely even walk during the first week. I was drinking probably 2 or 3 cans of soda every day, and eating fast food and pretty much whatever I wanted, regularly. Now, I watch what I eat, no more soda or white breads or fast food. I joined a gym and discovered I love weight lifting. And when I’m having a bad day, I can almost instantly turn it around with some exercise. So thank you Shaun T, and thank you Emily for getting me started on such an incredible journey. And especially thank you to my sister Jenny (go follow! http://strongbodystrongmind.tumblr.com/) who also did Insanity with me & finished today! We were constant motivators of each other, encouraged each other to eat right, exercise hard, and dig deeper.
Now fit test results! Here are the comparisons from my very first fit test to my very last one, 63 days later.
Switch Kicks (2 kicks = 1 rep): 65 —> 95 (+30)
Power Jacks: 38 —> 70 (+32)
Power Knees: 40 —> 116 (+76)
Power Jumps: 0 —> 68 (+68)
Globe Jumps (4 jumps = 1 rep): 8 —> 12.5 (+4.5)
Suicide Jumps: 9 —> 17 (+8)
Push-up Jacks: 13 —> 46 (+33)
Low Plank Oblique: 46 —> 81 (+35)
To anyone questioning whether they should start Insanity or not, DO IT!!! It won’t be easy, but I promise it will be worth it.
I AM SO HAPPY. Which is saying a lot between things not really going my way lately, with getting my iphone stolen after having it only a week & then finding out I need to pay $169 to replace it even though I have insurance and they can’t even give me the same color iphone as I originally had! Grrrr. Still upset about it. BUT the fact that I finish Insanity tomorrow makes everything a little bit better. I did Max Cardio Conditioning and Cardio Abs today which means I’m done with all of the real Insanity workouts. Tomorrow I just have the fit test which I’m kinda looking forward to and kinda dreading since I am SO sore from my lifting session at the gym with my dad yesterday. I just really want my numbers to improve from the last time I did the fit test which was May 28th.
Side Note: I took my “after” picture for Insanity today and compared it to my first day and I can definitely see a difference in my body! I’m so excited to share it with you all, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow when it’s my official last day of Insanity.
1 more day. BRING. IT. ON.
Today I did Insanity: Core Cardio and Balance. Only 2 days left of Insanity now!! I finally got back on track today after 2 days of taking a couple steps back. I ate healthy today, drank a ton of water, went to the gym with my dad this morning where I ran 1.25 miles (which I never used to be able to do, and I could’ve gone further) and did some lifting, did Insanity, and I’m going kayaking on the river behind our house later for the first time! So I feel like I’m back in a good place. :)
I’d be lying if I said Insanity wasn’t without its struggles, and temptation didn’t win out sometimes. Yesterday I was completely set on doing Insanity but my sister and her friend came down to our new house my family just bought down the shore, and my friend visited so instead of doing my workout, I said, “ehhh, what’s one more day.” We went down to the boardwalk and my brand new iphone I got a week ago got stolen. I was, and still am so upset. Worst part is that we even saw who did it but the guy denied it, as he walked away with his 2 year old son. Talk about setting a good example. Luckily, I have insurance on my phone so I should be getting a new one within a few days, but just knowing that this guy has my personal phone with all of my personal contacts, information, and pictures, is a really bad feeling.
Anywho, back to fitness, well that one day turned into two. Early this morning my mom and I went to her friends house in LBI that she was renting for the week. And we just got home about an hour ago so we were there pretty much all day. Which meant zero time to exercise and lots of bad eating and drinking. I’m a notorious non-drinker, but every once in a while I go a little crazy and this was one of those times. I had about 6 or 7 really sugary high calorie cocktails, plus tons of food including dessert. I REALLY splurged today and now I feel awful because of it. It’s crazy how only a day or two of not eating right and not exercising can affect my mood so much. I’m so much happier when I’m eating healthy and working out. Time to get back on track tomorrow, drink a ton of water, do Insanity which I only have 3 days left of, and hit the gym. I will not let these past 2 days define my fitness goals.
This is my post Insanity picture from today. I did Max Interval Plyo which I like overall as a video. I don’t think I did my absolute best because my leg/knee was bothering me a little, but I still pushed through. Only 3 more days of Insanity left!!! I cannot believe this amazing journey is nearly over. But it’s just the start of an active and fit life for me. I refuse to stop now after coming so far. Thanks for the constant pushing to dig deeper, Shaun T. Oh, and for the pretty nice biceps too. ;)
Off to do Insanity’s Max Interval Plyo! My injury is feeling much better than it was yesterday and last time that I tore 3 muscles in this same leg, I couldn’t even put weight on it, so I don’t think this injury is too bad. I’ll just make sure to ice it afterwards. On a side note: new sports bra, yay!!!
I now officially have only 4 days left of Insanity!!! However, today did not come without its struggles. I babysat for 11 hours and I apparently overestimated my athletic ability and coordination because I got hurt…playing wiffle ball. It’s not something I’m proud of. I was running after a ball and tripped/dove and pretty much just wiped out. I swore for a solid second that I had dislocated my hip. Luckily, I’m in one piece, but I was and still am in a lot of pain.
When I was a senior in high school I had a collision with one of my teammates in a softball game and ended up tearing 3 different muscles in my leg, which required a knee brace and crutches, and this feels pretty much exactly the same as that. I only had the Insanity Max Recovery video today so I decided to push through and do it and even though the exercises were mostly upper body and not high impact today, it still really hurt. But I only have 4 days left and I refuse to go see a doctor now because I know that they’re just going to tell me I need to stop and I don’t want to have come so far and then stop 4 days shy of finishing this program. Tomorrow is a pretty high impact leg day so hopefully I can push through it. I’m sure I’ll probably make my injury even worse but hey, I can always see a doctor after my 4 days are up, right? Yea, this probably isn’t my best idea.