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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 ūüôā

Insanity: Month 2 Coming Up!

I officially finished Month 1 + Recovery Week today!  I am so pleased with myself for sticking to the workouts and am excited (and just a little bit terrified) of Month 2.  I wanted to give a little bit of a review of the first part of INSANITY and give you an idea of what you will see.

The first month of INSANITY consists of 4 workouts + the Fit Test (descriptions from the Beachbody website)

Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs –¬†Skip the intervals‚ÄĒthis nonstop cardio workout is all extreme.
Cardio Power and Resistance –¬†Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves.¬†
Cardio Recovery –¬†Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’re ready for the next round.
Plyometric Cardio Circuit –¬†Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyo and sweat-inducing cardio

These workouts repeat for 4 weeks, typically 2x each Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Pure Cardio.  The last 2 weeks of the month the Cardio Abs are added in.

Now I will be honest – I have to modify during the workouts. ¬†I do most of the pushups on my knees and as I get more tired some of the more plyo moves become static. ¬†I did notice over the month of the program that I could do more and more though. ¬†My point here is that you shouldn’t feel like you can’t do the program because you can’t do certain moves or can’t do every workout start to finish. ¬†I STILL can’t do that move where you balance on your toes and hands and do leg lifts. ¬†Yeah. ¬†But I found a sub (I did it on my knees, but I did do the balance move w/o the leg lifts as well to get stronger) and kept working it out.

These workouts are about 30 – 45 minutes each. ¬†Not too bad at all, and pretty easy to fit in my morning schedule. ¬†(Phase 2 is a little longer – about an hour each workout – which will be a good challenge for me for another reason I will discuss in another blog post pretty soon.) ¬†I also really liked the format, it was pretty different for me. ¬†The warmup was about 11 minutes – then you go into a long 6-7 minute stretch. ¬†So by the time you actually start the meat of the workout for the day, you have burned quite a lot of the workout. ¬†Mentally I think this was really helpful. ¬†The stretches are fantastic and I have noticed that my flexibility has improved a lot. ¬†I do add some stretches to my warmup stretch, as I have some that were given to me by a trainer long ago that have really helped with old injuries. ¬†I probably could just do the ones on the DVD – but I’d rather be safe then sorry sitting up in the bed with my leg in ice.

Now for the fun part – results. ¬†I haven’t taken my pictures yet – I will do that the morning of my fit test. ¬†But I have lost at least 7 lbs and have gone down to a size 18/18w on the bottom (started with a loose-ish 22w). ¬†These are big changes that I worked hard for! ¬†I am significantly more flexible. ¬†I also have finally really rid myself of my really bad knee pains. ¬†I have always had bad knees from injuries in high school sports. ¬†I work out in the basement of our home and sometimes I literally wondered how I would get upstairs post workout. It was a problem that doctors told me unfortunately would not get better until I (1) got in better shape and (2) lost weight. ¬†So I just pushed through. ¬†I was smart about it and it’s one reason why sometimes I don’t do the full plyo move or will switch mid set to a less jumpy modification (a power squat to a regular squat), because I didn’t want to turn a sore knee into an injury. ¬†But I knew I needed to keep working out. ¬†At some point in the last few weeks I realized that post workout I’m running up the stairs like nobody’s business with absolutely no pain. ¬†And that I’m feeling less soreness in general in the knees during/post workout. ¬†This is a huge thing, as I’ve just had to live with it for ages. ¬†I’m so happy that finally, I am feeling good. ¬†This doesn’t mean I will change my knee¬†strategy¬†for workouts, but it’s just nice to feel something different that is a health/fitness improvement. ¬†My mom saw me last week for the first time since starting INSANITY and she told me she hasn’t seen me this small since high school. ¬†Which is pretty awesome since I weigh at least 10 lbs more now. ¬†But I wasn’t working out in this manner, so it was a flabbier 225-230 then I am now at about 240.

Would I recommend INSANITY? ¬†HELL yes. ¬†I would. ¬†I love it so much. ¬†I was really concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I found that I could do a lot more then I though I would be able to do. ¬†I love the changes to my body and how good I feel now. ¬†If you feel like you are in ok shape, even if you are overweight, you will benefit. I would not do this program if I was an absolute beginner to working out, as it is really advanced. ¬†It could be done – and you would lose weight. ¬†But if you are completely out of shape there are other programs/plans you could do that you would get more benefit from. ¬†If you have old nagging ankle/knee injuries like me, you could do it for sure – but you just need to see a doctor and make sure you won’t damage things worse or to find out what modifications you need to do.

I’m simply terrified for month 2, but I was simply terrified for month 1 and I managed that ok ūüôā ¬†I think it will be totally fine – just have to dig deeper – right!!