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INSANITY Finishing T-Shirt

I have posted a few pictures on Instagram (@healthyengineer) of myself in my INSANITY “I Earned It” shirt.  From the comments I’ve gotten, I’ve realized that a lot of people don’t know how to actually get their shirt when they finish.  I wanted to share how to get your shirt because if you are like me, you are so ready to sport that bad boy when you finish.

  1. Look at the INSANITY t-shirt form and figure out what your proof of purchase will be.  They aren’t hard, but you do need to think about it just so you can take the picture or remember to keep the email.  And you have to have a proof of purchase of some form to qualify for the free shirt, so don’t forget this!!
  2. Before you start, take your before stats.  First up are the pictures.  Take the ones in the form and make sure you wear something that shows your shape.  You don’t have to wear a sports bra and shorts, I certainly didn’t.  But don’t go for the baggy, because then you can’t see anything.  Take your measurements and starting weight.
  3. Do the program – all 63 days.  Curse Shaun T out daily during this endeavor while praising him when you realize you are actually shrinking.  Neither the cursing or the praise will stop for 63 days, don’t worry.
  4. Repeat step 1 with your new after body.
  5. Fill out the INSANITY t-shirt form and email it to Beachbody (email address is on the form) with your pictures and your proof of purchase.
  6. Wait for your new favorite t-shirt to arrive.  While you are waiting, submit your results to the Beachbody Challenge.  Why?  Because for just filling out the info, you can win anywhere from $500 to $25,000.  For something you already did.  Seems like a no-brainer to me.
Easy enough right? Hopefully this helps someone who doesn’t know how to get their t-shirt 🙂

Operation Size 16: The Beginnings

Morning everyone 🙂

Woke up bright and early this morning to get the stats and pictures done before my workout.  It was cardio day, which is one of the shorter days, so I had a little extra time 🙂

First up the pictures.  So the jeans go on and zip up.  But as you can see- they are not ready for prime time yet.  Too much muffin in the pan for me and I have too much junk in the trunk for these to leave my house…

And here are the stats:
Weight: 236.8
R arm: 15.5
Chest: 40.75
Waist: 33.75
Belly: 45.5
Hips: 52.5
R thigh: 30
This is my starting point this month…I am so excited to see how these numbers change.  That leads into the challenge this week, which is to PUSH.  One of the things that is very different with P90x than I am used to with cardio only challenges or a classic weight lifting program (where you are in a gym in a rep based program instead of a time based lifting situation) is that I have had a harder time figuring out how to push and get results.  I think I am starting to figure that out because I’m pretty sore today from yesterday’s chest and back + ab ripper x workout.  And I need to continue it and really push.  It was easier to figure out the push level for chest and back because it’s push ups and pull ups mostly.  It will be harder for shoulders and arms tomorrow but I am determined to figure it out.  It also means for cardio, sometimes not listening to Tony’s cues (this means you Kenpo X) and going at a speed and pace that gets me that hot sweaty mess look that I want.  If the goal is to move the dial, then the plan has to be intense enough to get the results I need.  So let’s go!  
What is your area to PUSH in this week?  Leave it in the comments 🙂

Oh Kenpo X

The description of Kenpo X by Beachbody is this:

“Kenpo X was created to give P90x users a high-intensity cardiovascular workout packed with lots of punching and kicking combinations to improve balance, endurance, flexibility, and coordination.  During this workout you’ll learn some of the most effective ways to defend yourself, while at the same time getting your body in peak condition.”

The description of Kenpo X by Kim after doing it twice is this:

“Um….hun?”

Okay.  I LOVE P90x so far.  I really do.  All the workouts are so different and focus on different areas of the body that I can already tell it will be one of my favorite workout systems.  But Kenpo X?

I don’t hate it…I just don’t get it for it’s placement in the program.  It may be the fact that I started this pretty much right after finishing INSANITY, but this workout is not high intensity.  My heart rate only jacks up during the breaks when you do all the jogging and jumps.  And then it’s back down, quickly.  Again, I know my cardiovascular strength is pretty good after insanity, but I read about people burning crazy calories and feeling wiped out and I just can’t figure out how to get myself there.  I can totally see this as a fantastic beginner workout, I think it would have kicked my butt at 300 lbs.  But for an extreme workout program like P90x, I find it lacking.   Most of the workout is just too low impact and stationary for it to really get me going.  I barely break a sweat and can keep my sweats on…which is weird.  For most of my other cardio workouts I’m out of the sweatshirt by the end of the warm up and mostly down to a sports bra by the cool down.  This one, nope, I just am not ever uncomfortable.

Since the next day is rest and stretch and there are only two cardio days to begin with – it just is starting to feel like a waste of a cardio day.  I was so tempted to reach for INSANITY or Turbo Fire this morning…I doubt next week I will be able to resist.  I really want my cardio days to kick my butt so I don’t know if this is really getting me max results that I want from P90x.

Anybody else struggle to get a good cardio burn from Kenpo X?  What do you do – grin and bear it for the duration of the program or sub?  I’m learning towards making that a day I dig out a different cardio DVD and play around with that right now.

P90x Time!!!

So I’m now 2 days into P90x and wow is it different from INSANITY lol.  I have done two workouts:

Chest and Back + Ab Ripper – which could be renamed pushups and pull ups and ab exercises I can’t really do yet.  It was a GREAT workout and kicked my butt…well my arms really.  I don’t have a pull up bar and I can’t do pull ups anyway.  My door jam thing for my bands went MIA since the summer.  So I used my Leibert Equalizer and pulled up on that.  Gotta make it work however I can.  I feel it in my upper body so I know it was good.  This workout is pretty awesome.  The Ab Ripper workout is intense.  Many of the exercises I just can’t do yet so I modified as appropriate.  Total workout time is about 65 minutes.

Plyometrics – which is AWESOME.  After doing a full round of INSANITY, this was a great change up.  Yes you jump and yes you jump a lot.  But because of the format of the workout it just feels so different.  I still got a crazy awesome workout, there are a lot of squats in this bad boy.  But it was so so good.  I felt this in my hips and buns today.

Tomorrow on deck is shoulders & arms + ab ripper.  I find it interesting how often ab ripper is done during the workout.  I wonder how quickly I will either (1) get tired of it or (2) get used to it.  I’m excited for arms though!!  I am desperate for my arms to tone up, I have quite flabby arms.

Equipment wise, I didn’t buy anything new for this.  I have a lot of misc weights and bands in the house…and other equipment really…so I figure I will work with what I have until it’s just too light and not workable anymore.  I would love the power blocks or selectechs or something like that but it’s just not in the budget right now.  Perhaps later this year.  It would be nice to have them to be able to switch weights easily and to not have so much random equipment lying around.

Before starting P90x I took new pics and wrote my info down so I can submit it for the Beachbody Challenge 🙂  I love love that I get a shot at winning some cash just for exercising…that makes me happy.  Added perk to something I do for myself.  I will post pics every 30 days from p90x to hopefully see some PROGRESS!!!!!

In other news, I got my new webcam today!!  I am so excited you guys.  I am going to do some vlogs about P90x and health and fitness topics.  Is there anything that you would like to see/hear?  Leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list 🙂

2 months

I am on day 62 of INSANITY and took some pics of my progress. I’m beyond thrilled at my body changes from the workouts + eating clean + shakeology.

I am not done, not even close. But I have come SO far this year. I have changed my life. I have found that this – health and fitness- is my passion. I want to help people become a healthier version of themselves. I want to open eyes and help people have a better life. You don’t have to have a 6 pack, you just need to be healthier. Eat healthier, move more, sleep more, be more aware. It’s January 1st. There isn’t a better day to start working towards these goals. Please please shoot me an email if you are ready to start – healthyengineer@gmail.com. Right now I’m helping with Beachbody programs but I have big plans this year to become certified in nutrition so I can do even more.

November is Here!

Ok, it’s a week old.  This week has been so crazy that I just realized I hadn’t posted about starting INSANITY yet!  Or my weigh in from Monday.  Or anything else I’m supposed to do.  I have been 100% on track…just really all over the place.  My sister

So I’m a few days in – and of course I’m loving it so far.  This kind of workout – athletic drills sweat dripping so much that I can’t see, ect is one I really enjoy sometimes.  Especially in the mornings.  Sometimes with Turbo Fire my brain is not really awake at 5:30 am and I would get so confused about the choreography even though I knew it.  Which makes very little sense because at heart I have all the rhythm.  But anyway, this is easier – do this one move until I say do this other move.  Ok.  I can do that.  And I can push hard because I don’t think, I just do.  I just finished week 1 today.  Followed the schedule as is, no adjustments, no additions.  Have that bad boy posted on my wall and I check off the box when I’m done.

Insanity is so weird.  Like how jumping jacks in the warm up are crazy hard but the cross jacks later are easy (easy in comparison to how the jumping jacks feel, not easy in comparison to laying on my floor like I do after the workout).  They are effectively the same motion, with a very very small difference.  I sometimes wonder if I just really need the long warmup/stretch before I can really do that move effectively?  Or has my soul been worn down so much that hard doesn’t exist?  I don’t know…but I will keep working at it.  For now I do what I can do for that warm up interval and if I really can’t do any more I do the modified ones with as much jump as I can.  In general if I need a break, which I do sometimes, I first try to downgrade the move (so maybe a power jump becomes a squat for a break until I catch my breath and get back into jumping).  Next step is to gulp some water and walk around my basement until I can get back into it.  Some moves don’t really have a good downgraded move, but most do.  I just try to move as much as I can in general.  I also saw improvements in my fit test!  I will have to do another post with my changes from the summer 🙂

Diet wise, still doing the same thing.  I have had meat – when the man was in town we went out and had meat.  I still don’t cook it at home, but I do occasionally indulge when on the town.  I haven’t noticed any stomach issues, even with the first meal.  But I still think I enjoy vegetarian meals 95% of the time.

Weight – I know you have been waiting 🙂  My signal here is so busted, so I can’t add the pic (will add later) but I am 245.4 as of Monday 🙂  Very happy with this of course.  Of bigger news, pretty much all of my clothes are too big, a lot of my XL tops that I was working to get back into are starting to be too big.  My pants are all falling off except the 18W and some of the smaller cut 20s.  In general, I need about $200 to go shopping and buy all new pants, a few new tops, and a sweater or two.  Oh I’m good with a sale, I can make $200 go very very far 🙂  I’m also apparently only 9 or so lbs away from just being obese (as opposed to severely obese) on the body mass index.  I know this index is not exactly the best for everyone and I tend to carry mad amounts of muscle so I don’t always look as big as my weight would indicate.  But it is nice to know that I’m not gonna be severe anymore, ha!

Signing off for now.  I hope you all went out and voted today 🙂  It’s a big responsibility to elect the leaders of our country, so research your candidates and your referendums/amendments/proposals and let your voice be heard 🙂

Also a reminder – instagram.com/healthyengineer for daily pics and lots of details on upcoming challenges.  I’m putting together a fighter fit challenge for January 2013.  Main program is Les Mills Combat, but any program is welcome!  The goal is to plan now for a commitment in January so you are already good to go, resolution already started.  And if you want to join me through the holidays on any program, please shoot me an email at healthyengineer@ gmail.com (new email!) and let’s discuss.  Have questions?  that works too 🙂 I really want to help people get through the holidays losing weight and maintaining health – so let’s goooooooo!

Weigh In!!

Well, I am off work today and tomorrow as Hurricane Sandy comes to shore.  I am so far lucky enough to have power still so I figured I would go ahead and update with my weigh in this am.  New weight is:
Oh yeah!  Inching ever so close to that 60 lbs lost mark.  I am starting to really notice awesome changes in my body shape, especially my upper body.  My lower body is getting smaller, but not really any changes in shape while my upper body is really slimming down and shifting.  It’s pretty awesome and I’m feeling really good about it!
Things have been really status quo lately…nothing special to report unfortunately.  I had family in all week, until yesterday, so I have been busy with that.  When I wasn’t with them, I was doing the storm prep thing – gathering water, batteries, canned food, ect.  If the power does decide to go out, I am ready.
I gathered all of my stuff for INSANITY and am ready to get going.  Will most likely take my before pictures and measurements on Wednesday and post them.  I’m really getting excited to start as I see more and more before and after transformations from people.  I am really REALLY looking forward to seeing some serious change in my body.  I’m putting this out there for the world:  I want to be a straight size 16 or smaller on Jan 1 2013.  I haven’t been that size since college…probably sophomore year?  Right now I can fit a size 18W in some stores but mainly still in 20W comfortably.  I want to start 2013 in a straight size and never ever ever go back.

More than Meets the Eye

So I’ve been a Beachbody coach for a few months now.  As you may remember, at first I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it other than the discount for the mega purchase my hubby and I made.  I didn’t really get too involved with the other coaches on my team until after the reset because of this…and the few interactions I have had with my teammates and upline coaches have really changed my focus.  These people are some of the nicest, most caring, and awesome people I have met in a long time.  Some of the Diamond coaches in my organization are so inspiring that it just really encourages me to stick with my plans and work even harder on my body and to share the healthy information.  I have always wanted to work in health and fitness and what I have learned is that I can build my team and build a community that allows me to do what I’m passionate about – which is help other people reach their health goals while I’m working to achieve all of my own goals.  On our team webinars I learn so much about not just the business – but myself.  And all of that is really helping me focus on my goals.  All of my goals – financial, physical, career, and personal.  I started writing down my goals list again and affixed dates to each of them.  I am waking up every morning with a renewed sense of purpose and a drive to meet all of these goals so I have a life that is fufilling and whole instead of feeling like I’m just going through the motions.

All this to say I’m SO happy I found my Beachbody coach and my team.  I’m finding that what I am getting out of this for my emotional and health well being is so much more than I thought I would get out of it.  This my friends, is the real benefit of becoming a coach.  The network of people.  I wish I knew that, I would have bought in a long time ago.  But maybe I didn’t know because this is the “right time” for me to be in this position.  I may never really know why…but I do know I am going to do the best I can with what I can with this opportunity.
Any rate – I’m throwing my first post-ultimate reset get together at my home today with friends.  We have fruit and veggie and hummus and cheese and pecan crackers (I know…these are new to me too).  Hopefully everyone isn’t too freaked out by our 180 degree change (we used to be the pizza and beer and wings kind of people) ha!  
I also had meat for the first time post reset yesterday.  I didn’t have much at all…I was worried about the post effects of having meat for the first time in almost 2 months.  But it was fine.  I had a shakeology this am and feel very normal.  That’s good because I don’t plan on having much meat at home…but occasionally when I am out of the house.  Good that in small doses I don’t have any stomach issues.  
I’m also almost ready for INSANITY!!!  Is anyone joining in with me?  I would LOVE to support you through your 60 days as I work through mine 🙂  I will be searching for a good before and after picture (after all…the beachbody challenge prizes are pretty freaking awesome!!) outfit and posting lots of pictures of my progress on instagram (healthyengineer).  My ultimate goal is to end the program wearing non-plus size pants for the first time in oh…maybe 12 years??  It’s a big goal and I know if anything can do it before January – it’s  Shaun T and the gang.  
Still hoping to form a challenge group soon and bring you guys into the Team Tenacity family 🙂  Please message or email me if you are interested (healthyengineer @ outlook.com).
Last note – if you are on the east coast please be safe and careful over the next few days as Hurricane Sandy approaches.  I live in Virginia and I have my emergency kit packed with cans of veggies/beans, emergency radio, batteries, candles, and flashlights.  I also have some fresh fruit in the refrigerator that will last a few days if needed.  And of course, lots of shakeology that I can just shake with water and drink for some nutrition if this thing lasts a while.  I’m sending lots of well wishes and prayers to everyone and please be safe.  Gas up your car, get some cash from the ATM, charge up your electronics, and work out an emergency contact plan with your loved ones.  I hope this will not be as bad as they are saying, but being diligent in my preparations just in case it is.

Operation Fit through the Holidays

It’s been SUCH  a busy week for me.  My parents and sister were in town this week to move my sister to her new place!  It is kind of awesome to have some family in the same area now.  We have been hanging out and doing lots of moving stuff – unpacking and shopping and all that jazz.  Also watching my Lions and Tigers let me down 🙁 Tonight hopefully will be a better night for my Tigers!  So I haven’t been blogging as much.  But I have been instagramming (find me at healthyengineer) 🙂  I kept up with my workouts and stuck to eating by making good options when out and offering to cook for everyone at my place to make sure there was healthier options.  My folks are fast food kind of people so I tried to get them out of that a little.

Now with that said – I really REALLY want to do some good here people.  I am so excited about this challenge group I want to put together!  I will be doing INSANITY, but I want to open this up to anybody doing any program.  I want to form a great community of people so we can support each other from now until 2013 and beyond!  The holidays are hard.  Schedules get busy with parties and family visits which make it harder to keep up with the exercise schedule.  There are lots of once a year dishes and celebrations that are cause to splurge in the diet area. A lot of people gain weight or maintain.  That has been me in the past and I am determined to change the trend and lose weight this year.  If you are interested in changing your past and moving into the new healthier you, join Operation Fit through the Holidays!  We will keep with our exercise, keep with our shakeology, and keep with focusing on what is important this time of year – family, friends, and celebration.  We will help each other navigate the schedule pitfalls and pick each other up when things get hard.  I have a few prizes for those of you who join (shakeology blender cups, new black fitbook, and I’m thinking up a few more things :)) to keep everyone motivated.  We will also all enter the Beachbody Challenge at theBecause we all love prizes, right?

I’m pretty passionate about this because community is really big to me.  It’s how I’ve lost weight and it’s how I stay on track to keep it off.  It’s how you can learn new things about not just weight and wellness, but almost every aspect of yourself.  I hope you will join me and we can make this thing as big as we can 🙂

The easiest way to get started is to get a challenge pack for the program of your choice.  It’s a bit of a cost savings for the program + shakeology on top of free shipping, which is why I recommend it.  See all of the challenge pack options on my site (beachbodycoach.com/kimberlybrooks) If you are interested in just a program or just shakeology, that works too 🙂  If cost is an issue for you, shoot me an email (healthyengineer @ outlook.com) and I can let you know how to get some discounts.  If you want to find out more about coaching, also shoot me an email and I can tell you about our amazing team – Team Tenacity.

Let’s do this ya’ll 🙂