Category Archives: insanity

Scheduling

Ok I’m going to start working on my party post later. But for now – done quick schedule updates.

1. Reset is moving up. I’m going to start on Wednesday now instead of next Sunday. I have no reason to wait another week and with all the parties on top of bring out of sync – my body needs a reset ASAP. My goal was to wait until after the parties. I’ll have less time to shop, but I’m ok with that. A lot of things I don’t have to buy again, so it should be a simple shopping trip anyway.

2. Insanity is a definite go in May. It’s my body’s happy program…so I’m going to give it what it wants. I’m trying to lose 50 lbs this year which means being aggressive!

Insanity Relapse

I have mentioned a zillion times how I have just not gotten my groove back since moving.  Part of it I know is that with this being a smaller place I don’t have my little Kim-den to go workout (re: by myself without an audience) in when we both are home.  I have had to really tell myself that I just have to get over it and sometimes I’ll be working out in the living room and he will be at the computer and oh well.  That has helped me with consistency these last few days.  I also have started mixing it up on days I have no desire to do anything.  The last 2 days I went back to old faithful – INSANITY.  I am so glad I did, I feel more invigorated and ready to go than I have in weeks.  I love TurboFire and I think Les Mills Pump is growing on me.  But neither of those bring the pain like INSANITY does and I’m realizing that is what I need to jump me into a routine again.  I haven’t been this sore in a while and I missed that feeling.  Now that I have it I am so ready to get back into a routine again.  A big part of this journey is about learning how you operate.  How you tick and what gets you moving…then using that information to help you along the way.

I will share the two workouts I did – they were the two INSANITY workout that I didn’t do before, the deluxe package ones.

First up was Max Interval Sports Training which is 55 minutes long.  First I will say that there really aren’t any intervals.  This workout really reminds me of Core Cardio and Balance (CCB)  in it’s format.  Not the usual interval warmup, but it again mimics CCB with a slow warmup.  I really like this warmup because it actually helps me go from cold to warm without being out of breath immediately.  Next you go through drills from 4 sports – football, basketball, gymnastics, and track and field.  I’m pretty sure Shaun T meant to save the “this ish is bananas” for this workout.  I was sweating buckets by the end of the football drill section.  Each section is on it’s own a pretty good workout so adding them together is mega intense.  Expect abs, cardio, and strength as you move through this one.  I really liked it and definitely would do this again.

Next I did the Upper Body Weight Training workout.  This one is basically all weight training with a little bit of cardio in each section to boost your heart rate up.  This workout is full of very basic exercises that every person can do regardless of fitness level.  Shaun T doesn’t show any modifications as usual, but you can make some up if you need them.  There are some lower body and abs included, but it is pretty much all upper body focus.  The only thing I will say to you is that you need to lift heavy here.  Not light.  The ladders go down, so if you go too light you will not get the benefit of the workout.  Go heavy and if you can and your equipment allows go heavier on the last set.  You can pair this with either Fast and Furious or a Turbo Fire HIIT workout and get a solid hour or so of weights plus cardio.

At this point, the only INSANITY workout I haven’t done is Insane Abs.  Considering I can barely get through Cardio Abs, I probably won’t do Insane Abs for a while.  I’m seriously considering doing another round of INSANITY this summer after I finish the Ultimate Reset 🙂  I’m back in the Insane Ward I guess, lol!  I think I am at a fitness level that maybe another round of INSANITY I might be able to try Asylum…who knows.

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 🙂

Size 16 Mission and More

Today is the 3rd day of my new hybrid program. So far – I’m in love with it AND I’m already feeling awesome from it. I am glad I found it and took the steps to see if something else would work better for me. I have done 2 days of Chalean Extreme and I am sorry I thought it wouldn’t be that great before. I bought it at least 4 years ago after falling in love with Turbo Jam. Then I got it and didn’t have the weights and just never got into it. I’ve had it forever and just never picked it up again. If not for one of my fellow Beachbody coaches posting amazing progress on instagram I may have never actually picked it up. Anyway, what I am learning to appreciate about the program are the compound movements. The weight exercises are very different from P90x and the sessions are full body instead of very focused on a certain area. So it’s just totally different. I didn’t really appreciate that before trying them out. I’m thinking that this is better for me while losing just based on a few sessions and the way I feel afterwards. I think P90x is going to be amazing for me once I am closer to the end of this weight loss journey.

It was also fun to do INSANITY again!  I did plyo intervals yesterday and it’s JUST as hard as it used to be, which is the nice thing about INSANITY – it can’t get easier, ever.  I was able to do so much more than I could when I was in month 1 in November.  It’s kind of amazing how much more to me, because I felt like I was rocking it before, ha.  I didn’t really realize how much room I had to grow.  I want to do the fit test again one of these days to see how I do on that.

Now I’m heading off to the city to meet my friend for lunch.  We are going to a vegan restaurant so I’m excited about that!  But before I go, this week’s pictures from my size 16 mission.

This is week 1 to this week, so quite the difference.  I started doing more cardio and I can tell.  All the cardio programs I do are very ab focused, so I think that is why my stomach is shrinking so much.  I took these on Wednesday, and I’m pretty pumped for next week’s picture.  I can already see a difference in my stomach from the last few days, so I am really excited to see if I can pull this off in the next few weeks!

Time for a Change

Okay, so if you read my blog regularly or follow me on instagram (@healthyengineer) you know that I haven’t really been all that excited about my P90x journey so far.  I LOVE the workouts…but I am not getting the results I should be getting 30 days in.  Maybe I’m not lifting heavy enough.  I don’t honestly know.  I have really no clue since I have seen people shrink with this program. The only thing I do know is that me +P90x right now aren’t working out so fantastically.  

For a while I was determined to push through it.  I thought that since I made this commitment that I would be a failure if I quit the program.  I thought that I wouldn’t be giving it the good old college try and it would be unfair to not give it the full 90 days.  But then I started realizing that honestly – who gives a damn.  Really.  My goal here isn’t to best any program but to get in the best shape and health I can get in.  And if a program isn’t giving me what I need, then I need to stop and re-assess.  
I realized that it was this thinking – that I’m quitting or I’m failing – that has been something I have struggled with for YEARS with weight loss.  I have the wrong mentality.  It’s not quitting, it’s fixing or re-adjusting, or just doing something new because I want to do something new.  This isn’t a 90 day mission to lose weight, it’s a rest of my life mission to be better for myself.  So that means that if it’s broke I need to fix it.  Because if I don’t fix it, this P90x feeling, then will I be able to give my all for the next 60 days?  Did I miss an opportunity?  Exactly.  
So with all that said – it’s time for a change.  I scoured the internet and found a basis for a new program – a INSANITY ChaLEAN Extreme TurboFire hybrid.  What?  Yes.  I have owned ChaLEAN Extreme for years and never actually done the program because I never had the weights for it.  Then once I did I was just kind meh on the program.  Recently I’ve seen some amazing results from my teammates that have been awesome and have me re-thinking it.  What I didn’t realize was that those workouts are shorter – most under 45 minutes, which is also a plus because I would get to sleep in just a little more than I do now.  I already adore INSANITY and TurboFire as you know, so I feel like this is an opportunity to add in the weights but still get the cardio I think I need right now.  I never thought of combining these programs like this at all.  
So the plan is to take this schedule and stick it on the wall and start this tomorrow.  I’m going to do this like P90x – give it 30 days and see.  I believe that I will know relatively quickly – I did with every program so far – if it’s going to be right for me or not.  I’m excited for this but a little nervous since it’s got some hard hard cardio days.  I will keep a log here of course and let you guys know how I like it!!

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.

Tenacious Health Challenge Group

As we get deeper into 2013 I already have had some friends drop off the healthy living resolutions they set for themselves and some others struggling to figure out what to do next.  So with that in mind, I am setting up a Tenacious Health Challenge Group that will start February 18th!

Why Tenacious Health??  Because tenacious means persistent, stubborn, and tough.  My Beachbody coaching team is called Team Tenacity so I wanted to play on words so here we are.  Point is that we are going to KICK butt together and get healthy.

Why Now?  Now because it’s a good time to get committed.  Starting a  program mid February takes you through to the spring time when the weather is nicer and it’s easier to be healthy because the sun is out more, the fruits are out in abundance, and the weather is nicer.  This is to help you through the dog days of winter and push you to start working on your health and wellness during a time where it’s easy to slip.  It’s also a good time to think about not just the exercise programs, but the Ultimate Reset as well.  I did the Reset, then rolled into exercising and I think my results were better for it.

What is it? The challenge centers around Beachbody’s challenge packs and 5 very committed challengers.  Any program you want + Shakeology + your commitment for the duration.  Challenge packs vary in price depending on what program you would like and can save you upwards of $70 on the program + shakeology.  There are ways to get discounts if you are interested in them so don’t let cost be a deterrent.  We will also enter the Beachbody Challenge.  What is the Beachbody Challenge?  It’s a contest that Beachbody runs that pays you for your awesome results for using their products.  I just entered my results from INSANITY and have my before pictures taken to submit after I finish P90x 🙂

Your coach?  Me 🙂  You get me as your coach for the whole of the program and beyond.  I’ll be here to answer questions or go find an answer if I don’t have it, to help the group stay focused, and to motivate when times are rough.  I will set up a place for us to communicate – email group or Facebook or Google Groups depending on what the people involved want and use for communication.  This isn’t just about a one on one coaching situation, it’s about a team moving forward and getting healthy together.  I’m a graduate of the Ultimate Reset and INSANITY programs and am currently working on P90x.  I have also used Turbo Fire, Turbo Jam, and Les Mills Pump, so I am familiar with a lot of the Beachbody programs and drink Shakeology pretty much every day, sometimes twice a day.  I drink my own kool aid because it tastes like weight loss, lol.

So if you are interested, please shoot me an email at healthyengineer@gmail.com and I can help you select a program or get signed up as a Coach if you are interested (this is the moolah saving option).  If you just want to check out what the challenge packs are in general look at my general site, my Ultimate Reset site, or my Shakeology site.

Hope you are interested in getting started on a healthier life this spring 🙂

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.

Month 2 of Insanity

Still trying to figure out where December went!  Trying to get into a new rhythm with blogger.  Ever since they changed the iOS app, I haven’t really liked it.  You can’t save drafts which is really annoying since I usually do not write a post all at one time.  I’ll figure something out soon though!

Anyway, wanted to give you a few words on the 2nd month of INSANITY now that it’s almost over.

This month was REALLY hard.  Not just because it’s a hard program – but because it was December.  I had a lot of social events and some travel and just a lot of life things.  Because of this I don’t think I have really lost much weight.  I am a little disappointed with this…but at the same time I’m very happy that I haven’t done what I usually do – which is gain tons of weight during the 31 days of December.  Adding to the usual December issues is the fact that the hubby is back full time…which makes it a little harder.  We have lots of habits that individually I think we addressed while he had to work in TN…but together we have to now address them.  We are working on that together though, so that’s good.

Now for the workouts:

Max Interval Plyo.  This is pretty much my favorite of the month 2 dvds.  Not expected because I HATED plyo in phase one. This workout sounds like a cardio workout, but in my opinion, it was really more of a strength workout.  Lots of squats, lots of pushups in ways you didn’t even know you could do pushups, lots of one legged exercises.  Very sore arms and shoulders from all those pushups.

Max Interval Circuit.  This is my dreaded workout of month 2.  It is WAY more plyo intense to me then the plyo…so maybe it’s partially a case of the unexpected.  It’s also super long at an hour and often by the end of it my tank is pretty empty.  This workout is often coupled with the fit test in month 2 – so that adds to the dislike of it.  Personally, I have to pick when I workout and do it all at one time.  So when this is combined with the fit test it is 1.5 hours of pretty much pure hell.

Max Cardio Conditioning. This is the pure cardio of month 2 and while it is intense, I feel like pure cardio is harder.  I do like the workout though.  It’s a good length and in general a pretty awesome workout.  I also like the switch up of the non-interval style training once or twice a week.  It’s nice to just go all out and be done with the exercise for the day.

Max Recovery.  Okay this workout is a blend of the recovery workout and the strength workout from month 1.  It breaks down into 5 segments and each one has a slightly different focus area of the body or skill.  It’s a really refreshing change up because these workouts this month have a TON of jumping.  It’s nice to stay on the ground and stretch it out.  It’s not an easy workout – don’t think that.  It’s got a lot of strength moves and the yoga moves are a challenge (at least for me).  I always leave this workout feeling pretty good.

You also do the Core Cardio and Balance workout through this month, which I like.  That is one of my favorite workouts because it really works my problem strength areas.  I have had poor balance and poor core strength for a while and this workout really tackles them both.  I also like the slightly slower pace because it allows me to focus on form, which I feel gives me the best burn.  I am the most sore after this workout while not being so exhausted I just want to sleep.

I’ll be done with INSANITY on January 2nd.  I am very excited to be able to say I completed the program and put in for my t-shirt!!!  Am I crazy for being hype over this shirt 🙂

Anyone with questions about either of the programs I have completed (totally claiming it already!) – the Ultimate Reset or INSANITY – please drop me a comment or an email at healthyengineer@gmail.com!  I would love to help you out or coach you through completing these programs!

Month 1 plus Recovery Week Progress Pics

Started month 2 today. Before I get into my month 1 pics, can we just figure out who thought the fit test plus max interval on the same day was ok. Seriously, I burned almost 1000 calories today before 7 am. Ridiculous. It was like oh, you thought you had it in month 1?? Ok, lets take you down a notch. Mission accomplished.

Ok, whine session over. I have to be honest – I was pretty impressed by my pictures. I didn’t think I made a lot of body changes the last few weeks. I actually started feeling a serious lack of progress. I was tired during recovery week and really struggled. But I really did try hard on diet, even though I was on travel. I took my shakeology, my gnc travel blender, and my insanity DVDs and pushed through. I had bad days where I was barely lifting my legs up – but I did what I could instead of giving up. I remember in Pump last month the one guy always mentioned that when it’s hard that’s the range that makes the change. That’s where I was I think.

Anyway, here are my day 15 to 36 progress pictures. I am pretty proud of them 🙂