Results from my third round of Insanity Max: 30!

So apparently I haven’t done an update post since the mid-way point of this round of IM:30, and now I’m about to do my end results post.  Whoops!  I don’t know where that month went.  I guess I lost it in a blur of workouts and protein shakes.  Anyway, here are my stats and pics:

Weight: Day 1-132; Day 60-126.2
Stomach: Day 1-33.5″; Day 60-33″
Waist: Day 1-29″; Day 60-27.5″
Hips: Day 1-38″; Day 60-36.5″
Chest (over boobs, no bra): Day 1-35.5″; Day 60-33.5″
Chest (under boobs): Day 1-29.75″; Day 60-29″
Triceps (flexed arm straight): Day 1-11″; Day 60-11″
Calves: Day 1-14.5″; Day 60-14.25″

So, that’s a total of 5.8 lbs and 6.5″ lost.

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back60backflex60frontflex60And just as I said back in July when I posted my 30 day results, I don’t really *SEE* a big difference between these two pictures.  I look pretty much the same, at least to me.  BUT, let me tell you about the difference in how I FEEL.  I don’t know what it is, but something really *clicked* during this round of IM:30 for me.  Now, during the first round of IM:30, we followed the Nutrition Guide pretty closely.  While we allowed ourselves a few cheat meals, for the most part, we followed the book for the whole 60 days.  And honestly, I was pretty miserable.  I know I wrote about it here, but I was hungry most of the time, because the 1200-1500 calories per day that were allowed under the guide (and even though the IM:30 guide doesn’t spell out the number of calories, it’s the exact same plan as 21 Day fix or the other BB programs which do) just weren’t enough when we were doing such hard workouts.  Plus, I was just generally pissed off and in a bad mood.  A lot of that was probably due to the general detox that my body was going through since I started this plan right after being totally decadent throughout most of December.

But I also just felt like I was in prison. I know I said that before, but the lack of flexibility and choices just REALLY brought me down and I was not happy about it.  And yes, I know that there are technically an infinite number of choices to eat while on the IM:30 food plan, but having to follow the 4 protein, 3 veggie, 2 fruit, etc. just really sucked for me.  I know that lots of people really love this plan because of how easy it is, but the rigidity of it just wasn’t for me.  Plus, I knew that there was no chance in hell that I was continue to eat high protein/low carb forever, so I knew it wasn’t something that could work for me long-term.  Which is why this time around we decided to sort of wing it with our food.  We set our rules in place that I wrote about here (eating out only once a week, one lunch out, try to keep protein up, etc.) but for our meals during the week, we didn’t really follow any specific sort of “plan”.  Since my husband is vegetarian, I would say that we probably tended to eat more vegetarian meals, but not always (well, he always ate vegetarian, but sometimes he’d just grill up a chicken breast for me to add or something like that).  He does focus on meals that use whole food ingredients, and he always buys organic when it’s an option. So I guess we were doing a variation on traditional clean eating because we were avoiding processed foods and just really eating stuff that sounded good to us.  We definitely ate more carbs than would have been allowed on the IM:30 plan, but with my husband marathon training, he HAD to keep his carb intake up, and you know I’m not going to pass up on carbs…they just help me feel better while doing these workouts!  We also allowed ourselves more “treats”–we made a lot of homemade popsicles, we also bought a bunch of these Luna brand popsicles that are SO good.  The cookies and cream and the salted caramel are awesome.  And when we went out to eat, we ate whatever the hell we wanted.  Appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks.  Whatever.  Now, granted, we weren’t going out to eat mozzarella sticks at Applebees and TGIFridays.  We were always picking local restaurants that focus on local, fresh ingredients, so even the choices that felt over the top were still “better” than choices we might have made elsewhere.  What I’m trying to say is that I felt really good about what we ate for the past two months.  I feel like we made smart decisions but didn’t deprive ourselves.  I didn’t feel like I was starving.  I wasn’t angry about not getting to eat good food.  I wasn’t bored with my food.  So I think we might have found something that actually works pretty well for us.

In addition to the food revelation, I also had some body revelations during these two months.  I decided that I was actually pretty damn happy with how I looked.  Could I be thinner?  Of course.  Could I have more muscle definition?  Of course.  But I’m really feeling good about where I am at right now.  My clothes fit me better than they have in forever…in fact, today I am wearing a suit that I bought when I was in law school in early 2005.  And it fits great! I’m not squeezed into it like a sausage casing! And you know what?  I’m actually about 10-15 pounds heavier than I was when I bought this suit, but that’s just proof that weight doesn’t mean a damn thing!  Because I was not fit at all back then.  I probably would have actually died if I had tried to do an IM:30 workout then.  Seriously.  I was getting ready to head out somewhere this weekend, and I had on a jersey maxi dress–you know, the ones that cling to every single imperfection.  But I felt GOOD.  And I told my husband, “You know, I don’t want people to look at me and think ‘oh, she’s too skinny, she needs to eat a cheeseburger,’ I want people to look at me and think, ‘I bet she works out…'”  I don’t really know what caused that shift in my thinking, but I like it.  I want to keep it up and keep kicking ass, but I’m not entirely sure what’s next for me in terms of fitness goals.  But, I know that I will keep y’all posted!

 

Insanity Max: 30–Round 3, Month 1 results.

Ok, peeps.  I am now almost done with my first week of the second month of IM:30 for the third time now.  I can’t believe I’ve been through this program two full times before AND THE WORKOUTS ARE STILL SO DAMN HARD.  And somehow I always seem to forget exactly hard the “Max” workouts are in the second month, and then I start this week and I’m sore all over again.

Anyway, here are my stats from the first month (and when i refer to “Day 1″, I mean Day 1 of this round of doing IM:30, not Day 1 of when I first started the program back in January):
Weight: Day 1-132; Day 30-126.8*
Stomach: Day 1-33.5″; Day 30-33
Waist: Day 1-29″; Day 30-27.75″
Hips: Day 1-38″; Day 30-37.75″
Chest (over boobs): Day 1-35.5″; Day 30-35″
Chest (under boobs): Day 1-29.75″; Day 30-29.25″
Triceps (flexed arm straight): Day 1-11″; Day 30-11″
Calves: Day 1-14.5″; Day 30-14.25”

*So, my weight obviously went down a fair amount this first month, but in the interest of full disclosure, it was right back up to 130 by Monday morning, despite eating pretty well this weekend (our one meal out was tacos from Taco Luchador on Saturday).  There’s something about my body that automatically gains weight on the weekends and it’s SO frustrating.

Here are my “progress” pics for the first month.  Progress is in quotes because I really don’t see a change at all this time.

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I find it hard to believe that this is as good as my body gets, but it definitely doesn’t seem to be changing much at all anymore.  I’m not really sure what more I can do at this point that wouldn’t involve a million hours in the gym, which I just simply don’t have.

Anyway, that’s where I’m at after the first month.  Hope everyone is having a good week!

Best Laid Plans.

So, I just finished up week 3 of my third round of IM:30…and basically my diet rules went straight down the shitter last week.  An old high school friend of mine and her husband spent the night with us on Tuesday night when they were on their way down to Alabama.  So that sort of threw off my week, and then I used the “well, I already ate THAT, so I might as well eat this…” excuse for the rest of the week.  So let’s break it down and see how I did.

-I did get my protein each day, so I guess that’s good.  But, I also went overboard on my carbs most days, which obviously is not good.  I had random Whole Foods breakfast pastries for breakfast two days which is basically just a waste of calories and carbs because there’s no real nutritional value to them at all.  But, we had purchased them for breakfast when my friends were here, and of course my husband bought way too much so we just “had” to eat them.

-I ate out way too many times.  We went to dinner at Feast with our friends on Tuesday night.  Theoretically, I can stay “on plan” at Feast if I order the right things…but I bet you can guess that I did not order the right things.  I shared some fried pickles with everyone, and I had a pulled pork sandwich, tater tots, salted caramel banana pudding, and a bourbon slushie.  WHY DID I ORDER ALL OF THAT?  I know better, but I just couldn’t stop myself.  Then we had a pre-planned date night Friday night while our daughter was at a sleepover at her gym.  We went to Rye for dinner because we knew their summer cocktail menu was all Mario Kart themed.  Yes, that is a strange reason to choose a restaurant, but we love Mario Kart in our house!!  Plus the food is good there too 🙂  Here was me drinking my “Bowser’s Castle”:

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We had tempura veggies for an appetizer, and then I had TWO of their awesome Sally Lunn rolls.  I ordered the chicken for my entree, and it was actually relatively light.  Plus I did box up half for later (I had it for lunch today).  I had two cocktails with dinner.  But, if you know me, you know that I can’t go on a date night without getting dessert, so then we headed over to Sweet Surrender where I had the most decadent piece of “chocolate buckeye” cake which had buckeye filling and peanut butter ganache.  It was soooo good, and again, I brought half of it home.

Since we ate out on Friday and Tuesday, I should have been eating at home all weekend, but NOPE.  We had some family drama on Saturday morning (family drama in the name of an 8 year old girl with too much attitude) that forced me to leave the house to just get away from it, so I went and walked around the mall for 2 hours.  And when I say I “walked around the mall,” I don’t mean that I meandered around shopping…I literally went and mall walked for 2 hours!  Hey, it allowed me to clear my mind when the weather was iffy and I couldn’t do it outside!  But when I was done, I was starving, and somehow ended up BACK at Chick-fil-a, even though I just told y’all that I only eat it occasionally!

Then Sunday rolled around, and dammit if we didn’t eat out again.  A burrito from Chipotle sounded SO good and it honestly hit me as one of those cravings that I just had to satisfy or I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it.  Then we went out for ice cream at Comfy Cow.  So, if you’re keeping track at home, that was FOUR times of eating out in a week and TWO treats out.  Ugh…FAIL.

But strangely my weight wasn’t too bad.  Despite the BBQ and the carbs last week, I was sitting at 126.8 Friday morning, so I actually lost a fair amount of weight last week…which I then promptly gained back over the weekend.  I was at 129.6 after my workout this morning, which is still down from my 132 that I started at this round.

So now I just have to get myself back in check this week, and try to not beat myself up about it too badly.  I’m not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be, so I just had to share that despite my best laid plans to stay on track, sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

Happy Monday, y’all!  Good luck staying on track!

 

Insanity Max: 30 Week 2 Update

I like doing these weekly update posts to keep myself accountable on my self-imposed food rules.  Because I know that it’s all too easy to just completely throw the rules out the window when “no one is watching.”  So, as usual, I did great on my workouts for the week.  On Friday, I had to get up super early to drive to Cincinnati for a mediation, so I didn’t do my workout in the morning like I ALWAYS do.  In fact, I had contemplated just moving it to Saturday because I didn’t know what time I would get home Friday night.  But, I got home right around 4:30, and I was pushing play on Friday Fight by 4:45!  As much as I was dreading that workout, I was so glad I got it done.  And, as I told my husband, it’s not called Saturday Fight!

So, how did I do on the food?  Here goes:

-I got my 4 servings of protein each day.  My greek yogurt and fruit has been my summer jam.

-I did a pretty good job watching my carbs.  I definitely went overboard on Saturday, but did great the rest of the week.

-I had my one lunch meal out–sushi with a good friend who I hadn’t seen in awhile!

-We had one restaurant meal out–we took our bikes down to the Big Four bridge on Saturday night and then rode across to Big Four Burgers.  I had a pretzel breadstick, half of my burger, fries, and I shared a chocolate milkshake with our daughter.

-I had two drinks on Saturday–one out at a local festival called Clifton Fest, and then one at dinner, so I stayed within my guidelines of no drinking at home.

whiskeyThis was the Gold Rush from The Silver Dollar (they had a bar set up at the festival).  And yes, I know you love my “Bourbon Y’all” shirt.  🙂

-My treat for the week was that shared milkshake.  YUM.

-Meal planning/prepping went great–we cooked stuff every night except for Saturday and tried some new recipes (I need to make a note to link to some of the good ones here).

-No frozen meals were had all week 🙂

So, I felt like I did really well…but the scale unfortunately did not agree. I’ve been tracking my calories and my food all week through my Fitbit app, and I have to say that I’m pretty disappointed with where I’m sitting right now, but that’s a different post for a different day.

I hope you all had a great week last week and a wonderful weekend!

 

Insanity Max: 30–Week 1 update plus stats & pics.

Ok, so I survived my first week of re-committing to eating healthy while doing the IM:30 workouts.  And it was SO much easier this time.  I fully expected to be completely miserable like I was in the first month, but I didn’t feel that way at all.  Now, that’s probably because I am not following the IM:30 nutrition guide exactly, but instead am following the guidelines that I outlined in my Starting Over post.  But, I managed to follow *most* of the rules for the week and I felt pretty good.  So, here’s how I did on each of the rules:

-Get my 4 servings of protein each day–I faltered a bit with this one.  We made a big batch of pumpkin oatmeal for breakfast for the week, which meant that I was having a big carb-y breakfast, but no protein.  I’ve found that if I don’t get one serving of protein for breakfast, it’s hard for me to catch up to it each day.  I did get at least 3 servings each day though.

-I watched my carbs and only had more servings of carbs than proteins on one day, which I’ll tell you about in a second.

-One lunch out each week–I had Chick-Fil-A* for lunch on Thursday and it was glorious 🙂

-One restaurant meal as a family–this was a bit weird this week because on Tuesday morning I woke up and decided we were going to make the hour drive north to Holiday World to enjoy a day of roller coasters and water slides.  This was totally unplanned, and sort of threw a curveball right into the beginning of our week.  So, that meant that we basically used our cheat meal up on Tuesday instead of our usual weekend cheat.  This is the one day that my carbs exceeded my protein, but I ate WAY less than what I would usually eat on a day like this.  I had chicken tenders and fries for lunch, an awesome waffle cone for a treat, and then I shared a pretzel with cheese for a snack later.

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(yes, I know I have ice cream on my nose…well, I know NOW…I didn’t know when the picture was taken.  Thanks, husband.)

I have to admit that since it was only Tuesday, I fully expected us to make an exception to the rules and have another restaurant cheat on the weekend, but we didn’t!

-No alcohol for the week.

-My one “treat” for the week was that ice cream cone.  And it was well worth it.

-Meal planning and prepping was a success, as was our goal to get back to eating whole foods.

So, all in all, I’d say that was a success.

So here are my “starting over” stats and pics:

Weight-132lbs
Waist-29″
Stomach-33″
Hips-38″
Thighs-23″ each
Chest (no bra this time to remove any error for different bras, etc.)-over biggest part of boobs–35.5″, under boobs–29.75″
Triceps (flexed with arm straight down)-11″
Calves-14.5″ each

And here are my pics–these were actually taken yesterday (6/14), but they’ll have to serve as my starting pics since I forgot to ever take pics before starting.

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This picture cracks me up because I was in the middle of saying something, so I look totally derpy.

And I wanted to do some flexing pics to see how/if my muscles change this time.

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backflexSo, there you have it.  Let’s see where I end up in 7 more weeks!!  Oh, and I got a new FitBit this weekend, so I will be doing a review post on that soon to share my thoughts on it.

*While this is by no means a political blog, I just want to make it clear that I don’t agree with Chick-Fil-A’s political beliefs (particularly their stance on gay marriage)…but I love their food.  I justify eating it by saying that Chick-Fil-A has made it very clear that they have no problem serving gay people or hiring gay people.  They do not encourage their employees or franchisees to engage in any discriminatory behavior (and seriously, when have you ever gone into a chickfila and not had the best, most polite service ever?) and have an anti-discrimination policy.  So, I feel like I can be ok with eating it every once in a while (maybe once every two months or so) because I am sure that I spend money at places that have WAY worse beliefs than that.  Again, this is just how I justify it, and I completely understand if there are readers out there who think that I’m a terrible person for eating there.

 

Starting Over*

In my last substantive post, I told you all that I finished up my second round of Max:30 at the beginning of May but that I didn’t really see any changes at all because of my diet.  And I also told you that I’ve been sort of just bouncing around in terms of my exercise plan.  I did that for basically the whole last month–working out when, and if, I wanted, doing whatever workout I felt like doing (usually something easy because I was just generally feeling lazy).  And if I was lax on my diet DURING IM:30, you should have seen how I’ve been eating the last month!  Sweets all the time! Iced coffee with condensed milk!  Burgers and fries!  You name it, I’ve probably eaten it in the past 30 days.  And all of that meant that I gained a few pounds back and just generally felt sluggish from my poor food choices.  And while I hadn’t gained a ton of weight back, I definitely felt more squishy than usual, and I didn’t like it one bit.  squishy

So I needed a plan to get my ass back on track, and it would have to involve some new food choices in a big way.  And because my husband ran his marathon in San Diego last weekend (taking an additional 15 minutes off his previous marathon PR), he was now free to start a plan with me.

We sat down last Thursday night to write out what we thought our plan should be.  We both decided that following the Max 30 nutrition guide exactly was far too restrictive and it really made us feel like we were in prison, so we wanted to use it as a guideline, but write in some specific cheats that would allow us to follow that 85/15 plan that we feel like we can live with.  And we wanted to write it down b/c we both knew that when we don’t, it is all too easy for us to start justifying little treats here and there.  So here’s what I came up with:

-I would still strive for my 4 units of protein a day–I have no idea how many grams of protein this is, but this is from the Max 30 guide.  Basically I need to have 4 good servings of protein a day.

-I will watch my carbs, but will allow myself more than just the 2 servings per day allowed on IM:30.  I will always keep my number of carb servings (and we’re talking pure carbs here like bread or pasta…not carbs like fruit or beans or stuff like that) below my number of protein servings for the day.

-I can eat out for lunch once a week.  Now, I have certain mandatory work lunches that I have to attend each week where they order in food for us.  Those don’t count, b/c I’m not CHOOSING to eat those.  So I just order a salad or turkey sandwich or something healthy during those and still get my one lunch out.

-We can eat one restaurant meal as a family each week.  Restaurant dining is where we tend to really overeat, so limiting that to only once a week will not only save our waistlines, but also our wallets.

-We can only drink alcohol at that one meal out…so no alcohol consumption at home (unless we choose to refrain from a drink at the one meal out and choose instead to drink at home).

-One “treat” per week–this can be ice cream, cookies, brownies, frappucinos, iced coffee, etc.  But only ONCE per week.  If I choose to order dessert at one of my meals out, that counts as the treat.

-Back to meal planning/prepping each week.  We all know this makes a HUGE difference.

-Back to real, whole foods…stop defaulting to frozen, processed crap (which we shouldn’t do as long as we’re planning each week).

So that’s our plan.  And we also re-started the IM:30 workouts this morning.  We took measurements yesterday, but I forgot to take any pictures, so I’ll have to take those sometime this week and post them.  So we’re basically starting from scratch again and I’m really excited to put in the work and see some results this time.

But y’all knew that I couldn’t just play it cool this weekend if I was going to be starting a diet today, right?  Here’s just a sampling of some things that I had this weekend: Awesome drinks from the bar at Decca, Chocolate Peanut butter tart with pretzel crust from Ward 426, banana split donut from Hi Five Donuts, a Gonzo ice cream sandwich (funfetti cookies with pistachio ice cream) from Tasty Tuxedo, and a homemade creamsicle float.  Let’s just say I wanted to make sure I started out with a nice high starting weight so I could see a big improvement 🙂

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So, here’s to starting over this morning and hopefully seeing some changes!  I will post my starting stats once I remember to take the pictures!

*does anyone else remember that tv show called “Starting Over”?  I know it was on when I was in law school (so sometime between 2002-2005) and it was all about these women who wanted to “start over” with their lives and they all moved into this house where they got all sorts of therapy and life lessons.  So, this will be sort of like that…but not really.

Friday Flex Break.

So I wanted to post an updated flex break pic to see if I’ve made any progress.  And you know, this is one of those things that drives me nuts because I feel like when I am standing there flexing in front of the mirror (don’t even act like you don’t do this when no one is watching), I can see muscle definition, but then whenever I take the picture, I don’t see anything.  So, here it is, so you all can decide if I’ve made any progress:

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I feel like my little 2 pack above my mama tummy is a bit more defined now, but my arm still looks the same…at least in the picture.  I swear there’s a difference in real life!  Anyway, everyone should take a second for a flex break today to check your progress!  Happy Friday, y’all!