Update on K! It’s been awhile…

Holy cow. It’s been TWO months since I’ve made a post on here. That’s embarrassing and really silly on my part. My apologies for how long it’s been and also for the long post that will follow.

Since my last post, I completed my second round of IM:30 and finished it in May.  As A mentioned in a previous post, I too was a little disappointed in my results.   I mean,  I had improvements in my overall fitness ability and my endurance is pretty good.  But I didn’t see any significant physical change in my body other than my arms.  I follow quite a bit of fitness people on Instagram and they show these 8 week transformations and all these women go from flab to fab in no time.  I get frustrated on the regular about why it’s so hard for me to lose weight or see significant change now.   Just 2 years ago, I could see change very quickly when I dialed in on my diet and started a new fitness program.  Things have changed and I’m stagnant.  I’m holding at 135-137 lbs.  Here’s what’s interesting:  When I was 127 lbs and felt my best, my waist was a size 27.  My waist is a size 27 right now.   Here I am 8-10 lbs heavier but my waist is the same.  I’m pretty sure my hips and thighs are bigger, but I carry my weight in my stomach so it’s just weird and bizarre to me.   I’m truly baffled by what’s going on with my body!

Workouts

With that being said, let’s talk about what I’ve been doing since I finished IM:30.

I finished Max right before school let out for the summer, so now my dynamic has changed with my son being home.  We have been so busy wrapping up his soccer season, camps and play dates.  The days go by so fast.  I do make time for myself to get in a work out of some sort.  I’ve been running more on the road and trails, and I’ve done a few Max workouts, 21 day fix extreme workouts, and created my own HIIT-type workouts.  I’ve even trained with my friend who’s a personal trainer a few times and she kicked my ass.  Basically, my goal is to move hard for 30 mins 5-6x a week.  Last week I pretty much failed that goal in that I didn’t do any workouts, except play in a soccer league game yesterday.  I attended camp all week with my son and by the time I got home, I was exhausted from the stifling heat and activities.   Oh well, today is a new day and start of a new week.

My husband recently completed a Spartan race and now he’s all jacked up about completing his “trifecta” this year.  That means he needs to complete a sprint race (which he did), a super race, and a beast race.  The super is 8-10 miles and the beast is 10-16 miles.  The recommended activities to master the races is to be able to do burpees, pull-ups and push-ups.  I told him I couldn’t think of a better training program than IM:30!  Endurance is key for those races, then strength second.  I really want to do one, but I’ll start with a sprint to see if I like it.   So my sporadic training as of lately has been geared towards the possibility of doing a Spartan race in Chicago in August.  Eek!

We leave for Seattle on July 1 for a week.  I’m so pumped to visit my brother and his family!  My husband and son haven’t been there, so we are going to do it right and visit all the landmarks and eat our way through the city.  We have plans to hike Mount Rainier, so I’ll be sure to post a pic when we reach the top.  🙂 With that being said, I won’t be starting an exercise program until I get back.  I’m thinking I will do Insanity Asylum or a hybrid of Asylum and Max:30 the Monday I get back, so mid-July.  I tried a few workouts from 21 day extreme and it just didn’t give me the calorie burn that my body craves.  I know I didn’t give it a fair shot, but I can tell it’s not something I would want to stick with.  I did like the food containers that came with the program, so I’ll talk about that next!

Food

I give myself a B- on clean eating for the past 2 months.  I’m going to drop some excuse bombs on you all, but I know you can relate!  Listen, life is crazy and unpredictable for most people.  The secret to getting an A+ in clean eating is to plan out and prep your healthy meals.  That’s it.  It seems easy enough, right?  It’s not.  At least for me it’s not.  Here come all my excuse bombs.

1).  I have a ton of family that live around me and there seems to always be some sort of function we need to attend, which always revolves around–you guessed it–FOOD.

2). We have some cool soccer friends that always want to go out for drinks and dinner, or invite us to their house after games.  I don’t like to turn down opportunities for my son to get social time with friends.  And who am I kidding…I need some social time with adults too!  I miss adult interaction since I stopped working.

3).  My husband works so hard and is gone a lot.  I don’t like creating a nice meal for just me.  And since our life has been on the go lately, it’s hard to sit down and enjoy salmon w/ broccoli and sweet potatoes while driving.    (don’t try that, by the way).

4).  I love chips and sneak them in my mouth every once in a while.

5). I’m easily influenced to ditch the prepped meal and do something else.

6).  It takes me forever to do things, so planning and prepping meals takes several hours.

So there’s my issues.  The good news is that I can work around these things and make good choices when we go out or just MAKE THE TIME to do the prep.  I gave myself a B- because I really work hard to order a salad when I go out, or drink one alcoholic beverage instead of three but I need to improve on portion control.  That’s the hardest part for me.   Here’s where those containers get pretty handy.  The 21 day fix plan is exactly the same as Max:30, so I try to get my 4 servings of protein, 3 veggies, 2 fruits, etc., etc.  Those tiny, baby containers really teach you how much you’ve probably been over-eating.

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Here are the containers with various objects to show you the sizing.  Yes, that’s a cassette tape and I happened to have that around my house.  Long live the 80’s!

As you can see, the containers aren’t very big.  The green is veggies; purple: fruit; red: protein; yellow: carbs; blue: fats (avocado, nuts); and orange: dressings.  It really does take some getting used to for sure.  I won’t lie and say you won’t be HANGRY for the first few days.

This is a pic of one of my meals I made using the containers.  It was delicious for dinner and terrible left over the next day for lunch.  It’s quinoa, kale, sweet potatoes and an egg.  That’s on a small plate.  It actually filled me up for a good 30 minutes.  Hooray!   I’m kidding.  😉

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And here’s some bathroom selfies of my stomach.  These are always taken first thing when I wake up in the morning, so don’t mind the pajama pants, tired eyes and messy hair.  🙂  I wish I didn’t have crappy lighting/shadowing in the last pics, because it’s hard to see results.  I do see a couple abs up top trying to make their debut.  Slowly but surely I pray they come out!

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April

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May

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June

There you have it.  Sorry it’s been a long and overdue post.  I will be sure to keep you all updated more frequently.  Have a productive week and I will too!

Pura vida!
K

 

 

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Max:30 Round 2, with a slice of humble pie.

Month 2 of Max:30

Well, we have finished the first week of month 2 of Max:30. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that I wasn’t *slightly* dreading re-entering month 2. I knew it would be tough; it was still fresh enough in my mind from the last round. I knew those dreaded Iron Legs were waiting for me. And all those switch kicks. Good Lord, the switch kicks.

Just as I expected, it was hard. Like, way hard. A and I talk on the regular and are fitness soul sisters, as you’ve probably gathered by now, and we both agree last week was really tough for us. We both felt like our legs weighed 1,000 lbs and lacked the energy needed to get through each workout. I know I felt weak and I had to modify a lot last week.  Every workout kicked my ass.  Did it get harder?  I mean, dang!  I think I was expecting that going into this for a second time would be easier.  I’m more mentally prepared and I’m stronger now.  Right?  Well, last week served me a giant slice of humble pie.  Humble-PieIt was not easier by any means.  But I survived and you will too!   If you’re familiar with Max:30 or have read our reviews, you know that Friday Fight Round 2 is what we consider the hardest workout in the series. I maxed out really early on that workout, basically right after the warm-up during Iron Legs. Ugh–IRON LEGS–I love to hate you! That set the tone for the rest of the workout. I maxed out a lot last Friday. I made it through and worked as hard as I could, but my energy was lagging. We all have days (weeks) like that and at the end of the day, I pushed play and tried my best.

So why did we both struggle last week? I’m speaking for both of us, but I think it’s mostly food related. We are both coming off a vacation and getting back into our healthy habits. It’s been really hard for me personally, because we have been so busy with family and friend get-togethers. There has been so many dinners and/or parties lately that involve all the delicious things. You know, like cake, fried foods, and alcohol. Personally, I think it’s ok to have a few treats here and there and I don’t want to be miserable going out with friends and eating a dry salad. I mean, I’d go CRAZY if I ate 100% clean all the time.  85/15 baby!  

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I do have a confession.  Last week I was feeling a little blah and was craving chocolate.  I broke off a piece of a Hershey bar and dipped it in peanut butter.  Then, I ate 3 bites of a glazed donut.  It was so delicious.  I normally don’t have chocolate or donuts in our house, but last week I did.  I wanted sugar and sugar I had.  I wanted to motorboat all those donuts and make them mine.  Luckily, I only had a few bites.  You know, it happens.  Mindless snacking is/was my forte and I know it’s not what I need.  I’m human and I’m not going to beat myself up about it.  I’m sharing this with you because you’re human too!  It’s ok to have a down day.  We all have them and the most important thing is to recognize it and move on.  I just need to reset and make sure I plan out healthy meals and dial it in on the diet.  Self control.  It’s a b!tch, isn’t it?

21 Day Fix Extreme

I wanted to also share that I recently bought the 21 Day Fix Extreme.  I wanted to incorporate some weight training and another food plan into my last month of Max:30.  The Max workouts will come first, and then I will plan on doing the 21 workouts if I have the energy or time.  Really, I was more interested in the food plan/containers. 21 Day’s food plan is exactly the same as the Max:30 plan, so that was a nice surprise.  What wasn’t a nice surprise is how freaking TINY the food containers are!  I literally laughed out loud when I got them out.  They are like the little baby stackable cup toy.   For reals…this is no exaggeration.  Then I cried a little when I saw the size of the carb container.  And I cried some more when I realized that my portion sizes have been too big!  Dudes, I thought for real, that I was eating small portions the past few months.  This has shown me that I’ve basically been doubling my portions.  What?!  Time to get to work on my food portions!

Here is a pic of the red container, which is the protein container, next to my nail polish for sizing purposes.

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As you can see, it’s not very big.  It really puts things into perspective.  I’d say about 4 ounces of chicken breast will fit into that red container.  The veggie and fruit containers are a little bigger; however, I could fit only 5 strawberries into the fruit container, but could get a fair amount of grapes in there.  Again, puts things into perspective.  The containers are color coded for each food, which is handy.  Here are a couple pics of the color-coded containers and food items that are approved.  Remember, this food plan is the same as Max:30–4 proteins, 3 veggies, 2 fruits, 2 carbs, and 1 healthy fat.

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I’ll review the 21 Day Extreme workouts this week, so stay tuned on my thoughts on them.  Also, stay tuned on how I do with the food containers.  I’ll post pics of my food so you can get an idea of food sizing.

Good luck to you all this week.  Make it a good one and never give up!  🙂

Pura Vida!
K

‘Tis the Season for Vacations, Indulgences and Bathing Suits

Hey friends,

While A is on her vacation this week, I’m back from mine! I got back mid-week last week and while we had a great time, I’m still not ready to be back to reality. Does anyone else feel like they need a vacation from a vacation?

I know I do.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to travel and let loose. And let loose I did! We were able to play on the beach and even made it to Universal in Orlando for a day of thrill rides and to get our Harry Potter World fix. It was great to get away but coming home is always such a drag. Sigh.

The hubs and I getting a nice dose of Vitamin D

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I did my best to keep my food under control. I definitely had a few margaritas and brewskis because, duh, I’m on vacation! I tried to order as much fresh fish as I could but did indulge in some fries from time to time. On our last night, we went to this steak house and I had 2 margaritas, an appetizer, bread, and a salad. Then I ordered a filet that was so delicious, I nearly made love with it.  Are you face palming yourself thinking of my disastrous night of eating?  Don’t!  My motto is: Always indulge whilst on vaca! I applaud those of you that stay on a strict diet while on vacation, but I personally choose to have a few days to just enjoy life, you know? I know what I need and I need margaritas and a freaking steak every once in a while. On a beach.

Willpower

“How can I stay on track with my exercise and eating when ‘life’ happens?” you may ask yourself.  I believe the answer is two-fold.  I believe it’s planning and willpower.  Last week, A wrote a great post about planning.  Take a minute to read that if you haven’t already.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  I notice that I start to slip on my food when I don’t plan out my week.   It’s so easy to just order a pizza or make an unhealthy frozen meal when you need a quick meal.  It’s all about being proactive in organizing your life and time!  I think if you plan accordingly, then your willpower isn’t tested as much and you can implement better self control.  Makes sense, right?  Ever notice how successful people are proactive?  They know what it takes to get things done because they are proactive in their actions and their goals.  If your goal is to get into a certain bathing suit, or be able to do ‘x’ amount of push-ups or eat a certain way, then write that down!   Keeping track of your progress and goals is huge in keeping your willpower strong.  Buy a notebook or log your food with an online program.  There are tons of free apps you can use to track progress.  Take progress pics so you can see your results.   Also, try not to procrastinate on your workout.  I’m very guilty of this myself. I don’t have a set time when I do my workout.  I need to be better about this!  And of course, reward yourself every once in awhile. If your reward is food–great.  Maybe it’s new shoes or a massage.  Come up with a reward and give it to yourself.  You’ve earned it!  So how can you stay on track and have strong willpower?

1). Plan and Organize

2). Be proactive

3). Keep track of progress

4). Don’t procrastinate

5). Reward yourself

Vacation workouts

I managed to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise nearly every day. I took Max:30 with me, but I never did any Max workouts and ended up running most days with my friend that we vacationed with. The two of us busted out some Max moves on the beach–we did jumping lunge punches, burpee lunges, ab attack, and 10 & 2’s. Dang, Burpees are SO much harder in sand! I’m also going to count the hours of riding and jumping the ocean waves with my son as a workout. That kid is a fish and wouldn’t get out of the water, EVER.

So because I didn’t technically do week 4 of Max, I’m starting it over again this week.  This works out best because when A gets back from her vacation, we can start month 2 again together and b!tch about how hard that ish is.

I also noticed I had much better endurance while in Florida. I ran 4 miles without stopping and I was running just under a 9 minute mile, which is fast for me. I honestly think that can be attributed to two things: no allergies and warm sun. Dudes, when I got back to Indiana, my allergies kicked in and I have NO energy and I can’t breathe! I restarted week 4 of Max (first month) and it’s just as hard as the first week for me.  I struggle to even push play.  Annoying.

Progress

So how am I doing?  I have a few successes I’d like to share.  I haven’t weighed myself since we finished the first round because it’s not good for me mentally.  I really struggle with whatever my number is which is really dumb, I know.  I measure my success on how my clothes fit and with my measuring tape.  My measurements haven’t changed since my last measurement, which was when we finished week 8 four weeks ago.  I’ll consider that success#1 after a vacation!  I do feel more confident in my body and wasn’t *too* afraid to wear a bathing suit. Success #2! My husband still is attracted to me, which makes me more confident.  Score.  Success #3!  I’m extending my max out times. (I’ll post those later.) Success #4.  I’m actually getting muscle definition.  Success #5.  This is my arm flexed in the restaurant on our last night.  I flexed when I finished all my steak and my husband told me to do it again so he could take a pic of my arm.  :-O

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Thanks Max:30 and Shaun T for getting me some muscle!  My arms are always the first thing to get definition, so hopefully the rest of my body follows suit.

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Also, thanks Shaun T, for helping me get some serious ups from all the plyo work.  😉

Pura Vida!
K

Where did I go? Update on K’s journey

Hey all-

I need to apologize for essentially falling off the face of the earth 3 weeks ago.  I’m still here!  Luckily, A has been diligent about keeping you all updated while I was just meandering around La-La land, one of my favorite places to visit.  That’s actually Cloud Cuckoo Land, for you Lego Movie fans.  This is my La-La Land…

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So, here’s what I’ve been up to.  I managed to break my pinky finger the day we finished Max:30!  I was playing soccer with my kid and some other people, and collided with a guy.  My fingers clipped his shoulder and I figured I’d sprained it. A few days later I went to get x-rays when it wouldn’t stop hurting.  Sure enough, I broke both knuckles and they put me in a cast for two weeks.  I’ve never had a cast in my life, so it was weird and cumbersome for the first few days.  I was pretty bummed out and quickly hated it.  I was SO glad that I was able to finish Max:30 when I did!

Check out my cute pink cast and fake smile:

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I decided to start Max:30 over again when A came back from New Orleans.  Like I’ve said before, I really like this program and knew that I could get even better results if I stayed with it.  This isn’t just a 60 day program for me.  This is something that I want to continue on with because I realize I just feel so much better when I’m taking care of my body.  I’ve read somewhere that you’ll really notice the most change in your body between 60-90 days, so we shall see.

The first week after I broke my hand I basically pouted for 2 days and didn’t do any form of exercise.  Then I realized how bad I felt mentally, and decided to do something.  I ended up doing the Sweat Fest DVD a few times, which is a bonus workout with Max:30.  I knew I’d have to modify a few moves that required floor work with my hand.  I also did a stair workout a few times.  That week was interesting for me, as I was trying to figure out how to work with the cast and still get a good workout.  And prepping food was a b*tch to do with a cast!  Once I finally got the hang of it, it wasn’t too bad.  And to no surprise to me, I instantly felt better.  When A returned, we both officially started Max over and I was able to do the workouts with some modifications.  Whenever we had some sort of move like burpees, in and out abs, or push-ups; I would do Iron Legs (I must hate myself) or lunge punches, or one-armed burpees, for example.  I really wish I would’ve gotten video of me attempting this in a cast but I didn’t.  Drat.

My cast came off earlier this week and I’ve had to keep it wrapped up.  Luckily, I was able to do Max again without many modifications.  I just finished up week and I thought I’d be able to sail through it coming off month 2.  Boy, was I wrong!  I forgot how good the workouts are in Month 1!  I suck and haven’t been good about keeping track of my max times, but I will do a better job of keeping track of that.  I feel like week 2 was very difficult for me to get through.  My allergies have kicked my butt this week and I really struggled with breathing and having energy to make it through the workouts.  I found myself taking a lot of breaks, so my max times would’ve been all over the place this week.  I started on my allergy meds again so hopefully I’m back to normal soon.

I want to talk about shakes for a minute.  Since neither A or I are BeachBody coaches, I feel like I can be authentic with you all and give you my opinion without sounding biased.  I’ve tried Shakeology and drank it for probably 5-6 months.  I liked it alright and I think it’s a great shake, but damn, that stuff is expensive! I didn’t personally notice a big enough difference in the way I felt for the monthly cost.  Basically, you can get it “free” if you get 3 people to sign up to get it monthly.  Well, if you have no desire to sell it, like I did, or pay 120 bucks a month for it, listen up.  I have an alternative for you.  I really like Garden of Life’s RAW Protein powder.  It’s vegan, and gluten, dairy, and soy free.  There isn’t a huge ingredient list either.  It’s straight up plant proteins with none of the garbage you find in other shakes.  It’s the best natural powder I’ve found that’s comparable to Shakeology and it’s only $30.  It has 17 grams of protein and only 90 calories.  I love this shake for breakfast and I usually mix it with either coconut milk, soy milk or water.   So there you go.  Here’s a pic of what I’m talking about.

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As far as my food, I’ve basically stayed on track by following 90/10.   I feel like I haven’t eaten as much which is weird.  I’ve been stressed out and have had no desire to make meals.  My husband has been slammed at work and when he isn’t home to eat dinner with us, I usually make my son something to eat and I’ll drink a shake or eat something small.  I’m not one to make something complicated just for me.  I feel like it’s a waste to use up my good, healthy food if we can’t all enjoy it!  We also leave on tomorrow for vacation, so I don’t want to buy up a bunch of food that’s going to spoil.  That means we are eating out more leading up to vacation.  I try to make good choices when we eat out.  I try to stay away from all the bad carbs…my favorite!

I like that A and I are doing Max:30 again together, because we can support each other and help each other stay on track.   What’s all those abbreviation things you’d write to your friends in notebooks back in the day?  You know, “LYLAS’, ‘BFF,’ NKOTB4eva and ‘BMFP4eva’ <–“Be My Fitness Partner 4eva.”   I just made up that last one…you like?   Yes, we are ancient dinosaurs that didn’t have cellphones during our school days, we are old timey friends that wrote in Lisa Frank notebooks and folded notes! DON’T JUDGE.  We were awesome and rad!

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I mean, look at that awesomeness.  It’s like Disney World on crack barfed up a rainbow all over childrens’ paper products.  It’s gorgeous.

I really promise you that having friends do this with you makes a HUGE difference in your journey!  If you don’t have a friend to do it with you, I encourage you to look for workout accountability groups to join online.  Every bit of encouragement you can get really helps.

I am bringing Max:30 with me on vacation with the intent on doing it everyday.  I make no promises that it will actually happen.  😉  I’m looking forward to some warm sun, the ocean, and eating some seafood.

I’ll keep you all updated much more frequently in the coming weeks!

K

 

 

 

Insanity Max:30 COMPLETE! DAY 60 RESULTS AND REVIEW!

Hey everyone!  The time has come to post my results of Max:30!  A posted her awesome results yesterday and I wanted to share mine.

I wanted to start by saying what this program has taught me and what I need to continue doing here on out.  I think this program has taught me a lot about food and my habits.  Whenever I did a workout program in the past, I would eat whatever I wanted, of course within moderation.  I never ate terribly, but I would mindlessly snack every single day.  I’m like my child when he gets home from school and is ravenous.  I would also get the afternoon munchies and usually go for chips and salsa, or chips and hummus, or maybe some more chips.  And maybe some peanut butter and a handful of chips.  You see where  I’m going?  Girlfriend LOVES herself some salty chips!  Don’t worry; I didn’t eat the whole bag at a sitting.  Just a handful here and there.  But that’s where 5 lbs will sneak up on you quickly!

The plan through Max:30 is strict in the sense that you only get a certain allotment of foods, veggies included.  It really teaches you portion control.  That was the hardest part.  I always thought I could eat as many greens as I wanted but that’s not the case here.  Was it easy?  No.  Food habits are SO hard to break.  In fact, it was easier for me to give up my Diet Coke addiction than it was to control my “nasty” food cravings. But it is doable. I’m here to tell you all that it is doable.  I think if you had an accountability partner or loved one to share in your journey, you’ll be even more successful.  That brings me to my next learned lesson.

Get an accountability partner!!!  I’m so thankful for A in my journey, because I talked with her nearly every day about successes and frustrations.  My husband wasn’t able to participate with me in the Max:30 workouts, but he did eat my dinners that I made.  I’m pretty sure he lost a few pounds along the way.  Anyway, having someone that can relate to your journey and support you goes such a long way.  It also helps keep you on track and motivates you.  I knew I could count on her to support me and lift me up whenever I needed it.  I’m pretty sure she’d say the same about me too.  Women just get each other and can be so powerful in their support.  I’m not saying men can’t help, because they do, it’s just that women seem to get on a deeper emotional level when it comes to our health.

So,let’s see what my results are.

Weight Day 1–135.  Then went up to 137. (remember I was gaining weight). Day 60- 134.8 lbs

Chest: Day 1–34″ Day 60–34″

under Chest Day 1–29.5″ (pretty sure mis-measured), Day 60–29.5″

Waist: Day 1–29″, Day 60–27″

Stomach (across belly button) Day 1–33″ Day 60–30″

Hips: Day 1–38.5″, Day 60–36.5″

Thighs: Day 1–22.5″, Day 60–21 3/4″

Triceps: Day 1–11.5″, Day 60–11.5″

Calves: Day 1–14 1/4″, Day 60–14″

Total of about 9 inches lost

But why the frick did I not lose really any weight???  I’m boggled.  How can someone lose 9 inches but not really any weight?  Any physics professors out there want to explain how this is possible?  Yes I’m pretty disappointed in the scale.  But inches lost is inches lost.  I feel stronger and I guess I look leaner, but I don’t feel like I look that much different.  Here are my pics.  What do you think?

 

 

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I’m going to continue my health journey with clean eating and probably start Max:30 over again.  A side disclaimer, I managed to break my hand last friday night playing a friendly soccer game.  I just got put in a cast yesterday and was told no exercise for 2 weeks.  😦  I’m so glad I was able to finish Max:30, but I’m so sad this happened!  I don’t want to lose my strength or endurance so I’m going to have to stay busy walking or something.  The cast is annoying!

How would I rate Max:30 workouts and would I recommend them to you?  I loved this program and I would absolutely recommend this program.  It’s challenging, and only 30 minutes.  I loved the explosive moves and I saw a huge improvement in my strength and endurance.  Hell, some muscles even started to show themselves! Woohoo!  I think this is a program for those interested in a challenge and wanting to lose inches while gaining strength.  Shaun T is excellent here and does a great job motivating and explaining moves.  Go for it!

Keep up with us because I’m sure we will continue to blog about our ongoing journey!  This isn’t just a 60 day adventure…it’s a new way of life!!

Pura Vida!!

K

Week 8 of Insanity Max:30–Final Stretch!

We made it!  It’s officially the LAST week of our Insanity Max:30 journey and I can’t believe it’s here.  Yeeaah, Boy-eeee!!!

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Today is the first day that I’ve felt good about my progress and actually feel leaner and thinner.  Granted, Aunt Nancy-aka my period- has left my building, so now is the week that I fondly refer to as “skinny week.”  You girls will understand this phenomenon.  I still haven’t weighed myself and will wait until day 60 for that.  But I did do some quick measurements this morning and I was nearly 27 inches around my waist and nearly 36 inches around my hips.  Sweet!  My stomach is where I hold my stubborn weight and yesterday was the first day that it wasn’t completely distended like it has been for a few weeks.  I’ll be interested what my final day results will be.  My original goal was to get to 127 lbs with this program, but I know I won’t be there.  I’ve come to terms with it and will continue to push forward with progress, even if the scale doesn’t say what I want it to say.  I have these amazing Hudson jeans that I’ve had for a few  years and bought them for myself when I lost my post-baby weight.  If I can fit into them after this is all over, then I will consider it a huge success.

Mentally I’m in a much better place this week.  I don’t know if it’s because we are in the home stretch now or what…but I’m seriously ready to tackle this ending of Max:30 like a fierce lioness.  Last week was a total cluster of a week for me.  It’s been bitter cold and snowy here.  School was delayed nearly every day and it threw off my whole week.  I also had so much various crap going on that I didn’t have any time to relax.  At one point, I was so frustrated with the week that I decided to attend a Zumba class on a whim to burn off my frustration and just dance.   I told A that I killed that Zumba class and didn’t have to take any breaks at all. Max:30 has seriously helped with my endurance.  Now that most of that is behind me, I’m feeling much better.  I was able to power through Max Cardio today better than I ever have.  Again, last week mentality?  Not sure but I’ll take it.  It will be interesting to see if I power through all the workouts this week with as much vigor as I did today.  Friday Fight Round 2 will be the ultimate test.  Knowing that workout is the last time I have to do it (for this round) may just make me extend my max out time to over 6 minutes.  🙂

Let’s talk about food.  So last week I was all Eeyore about eating clean and such.  I will admit I didn’t do a good job of taking care of myself last week as far as food.  I didn’t eat junk food, but I just didn’t make time to prep or prepare myself meals as I have in the past.  I skipped breakfast a few times, or forgot to eat lunch at my normal time and then would quickly make a protein shake for my lunch, and I didn’t regularly follow my 4 protein 3 veggie allotment for the day.  I hardly journaled.  See what a cluster last week was for me? It literally threw off everything.  This is where people fail or give up when life happens because it feels like it’s so hard to get back on track.  I’ve been there many, many times so I completely get it!  I can’t let that happen again because I am someone that seriously needs discipline and organization, so I’m back to it.  Yesterday we did go out to eat to a local restaurant chain and I *had* to have the breadsticks because my husband has never had them before.  They are deep fried pretzel breadsticks with a sugar and salt coating.  It’s almost like a salty donut texture.  SO F’ING DELICIOUS.  I ate just one…ok I lie.  I ate 1 and a half breadsticks and I don’t even care!   Here’s a pic.  Doesn’t that turn you on?!

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This week I have planned a lot of clean foods so I finish strong.  I like to do my grocery shopping on Mondays and prep then.  Weekends are reserved for family and fun, so I’ll be damned if I’m going to spend hours shopping and prepping.   I bought a ton of greens so I’ll need to use them up.

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Or just spit it out like Amy above.  Hahaha….

Just a few more days!!

K

 

Insanity Max:30 Week 6 thoughts and opinions

Week 6 came and went so fast that I had to double-check that we are in fact in the 7th week.  It doesn’t seem possible that we only have two weeks left.

I’d say that week 6 was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster week regarding food.  I’ll be honest with you all.  I’m sick of cooking and planning.  I think I’m also getting bored and I’m definitely feeling trapped by the clean food “prison” that I’m currently residing in.   I want to feel free enough to go to a pizza place and eat breadsticks AND 3 pieces of pizza without feeling guilty, or go to a local Mexican joint and eat a basket of chips and salsa ALL TO MYSELF.  My sexual thoughts have been reduced to food porn, only to be awoken to the nightmare of kale and lean meats.  What is going on with me?!  Clearly I have issues.

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That’s me strapped to the bed.  And crazy Kathy Bates is junk food hovering over me.

A has mentioned before wanting to let go of emotional food dependencies.  I want that too and even after 6 weeks, it doesn’t seem to be waning.  I think I would be far more optimistic about all the clean eating if I was losing weight and if I felt like Wonder Woman.  I suppose I do feel better mentally, but I’m not seeing the super changes in my body that I expected.  Perhaps my expectations were too high being a 35 year old mother.  I feel like I’m stagnant.  Yes, yes…I’ve lost some inches. But I don’t really feel any thinner.

So let’s weigh out the pros and cons thus far:

Pros 

  • I’m losing inches in the problem areas- waist, tummy, hips, thighs.
  • I’m learning how to cook better with healthy foods and more open to experimenting with new foods
  • Staying consistent!  This is HUGE for me.  I’m consistently working out, eating right, and journaling.  I’ve only missed one workout (more on that later) and making my health a priority.
  • Making time for me daily
  • Feel better mentally, such as more clarity and not as tired throughout the day
  • Getting stronger
  • Better endurance w/ improved max out times.  I also went on a run last week when the weather was sunny and in the 50’s.  I was able to run 2 miles at a 8:30 minute pace without stopping.  I felt great.  I think that can be attributed to the nice weather and Max:30.
  • Changed the way I eat and look at foods

Cons

  • Not losing weight but gaining. Mother trucker, that’s not even fair.  SIGH.
  • Frustrated and bored with clean foods.
  • I’m hungry.  All the time.
  • I still have emotional cravings and feel trapped.

So the pro list is longer than the con list.  I need to shift my attitude for sure and keep plugging along.  We are really in the final stretch and I can do this!  I choose happiness and choose to be proud of my accomplishments thus far.

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I hope that picture makes you feel the tingles in your chest.  If that doesn’t do it, how about some Nyan Cat?

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As far as the workouts, month 2 is hard.  As Shaun T keeps saying, “I’m not even playing with y’all”  and he’s not.  Each time we do the workouts, I do feel like it gets a little easier.  I think that’s due to the fact we are getting the moves down.  I think if I were to rank the workouts for month 2 so far, it would be like this:

1). Max Out Sweat – Hard but doable w/ major calorie burn.  That’s a win for me.

2). Max Cardio – Also hard but doable w/ good calorie burn

3). Friday Fight Round 2.  I give this one a higher rating because it’s SO HARD that I feel like I’ve accomplished something huge when I finish it.  Calorie scorcher.

4). Max Power – Decent Tabata Style workout with average calorie burn.

5). Max Strength- I just don’t like this workout.  It’s a TON of upper body work and I don’t get a huge calorie burn.  It’s not my favorite.

Friday Fight Round 2 was maybe 10% easier the second time around, but still just a beast of a workout.  It’s TOUGH. I can’t even wrap my mind around this workout.  I didn’t want to cry as much, but I still said the F bomb 32 times.  🙂

I did start to come down with a cold on Saturday that wiped me out for the whole weekend.  I missed Saturday’s workouts and that’s the first day I missed.  I’m sad I missed it, but my body needed a break.  I didn’t make it up on Sunday either.  I just laid around all weekend to try and recover.  I got back to it on Monday and was able to get both Max Cardio and Ab Attack done.  I had to slow down a little but sweat like crazy, so hopefully I sweated out the sickness.

Saturday was Valentine’s Day and we were supposed to go out for dinner.  We ended up staying at home since I wasn’t feeling well and my husband wanted to cook me dinner.  Yes!  I don’t have to cook!  Well, he decided he would cook us steaks on the stovetop in my brand new All-Clad pan because it was 8 degrees outside.  I warn him the pan gets hot and you have to be careful of the temperature.  Five minutes later, I hear him calling my name repeatedly in a very calm voice and I walk into the kitchen and the pan is ON FIRE.  Like, a 2 foot flame was shooting out of the pan!!  He runs outside waving it around like a crazy person trying to put the fire out.  I’m laughing hysterically of course and trying to wave the smoke away from the smoke detectors.  Needless to say, my pan is likely ruined.  Here’s a pic of it.

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Yes, it’s as bad as it looks.  The steaks were pretty decent though and I appreciated that he cooked for me for a change.  At least we have a good story from it.  But he owes me a new pan or some major elbow grease to shine and restore that bad boy.

Stay tuned for our final 2 weeks.  We are nearly there!!

Pura Vida!
K