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!

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.

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-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!

 

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.

Writer’s Block.

Woah, so I haven’t posted since April 16.  And I don’t even really have a good excuse for not posting.  I haven’t been all that busy or anything, I just haven’t felt like I’ve had anything to say.  And the longer I go without posting, I feel like I need to have some epic awesome post when I come back.  So the longer I stare at the blank screen, the more the pressure builds to have something really important to say. And the truth is, I don’t really have anything important to say!  But, I will update you with what I’ve been doing the past month and a half.

First off, I finished my second round of Insanity Max: 30 on May 8.  The second month felt harder this time around.  Like WAY harder.  And I found that I was struggling more with the cardio workouts than with the strength workouts, which had never been the case for me.  I really just felt sort of “off” for this whole second round, and I have to wonder if it’s because I wasn’t following the nutrition plan.  I tried to generally eat “healthy” and keep my protein high and my carbs low, but I was not following the plan really at all.  I think I set out on this second round with the goal of following the nutrition plan, but it just didn’t happen.  My husband has been training for a marathon, and that means that he has to EAT ALL THE THINGS ALL THE TIME because he’s burning like 2000 calories just during his runs.  So without him following the plan with me (and thus being wedded to the idea of being diligent about planning), I just really lost all will to be a stickler about my food.  So, even though I got down to my lowest weight of 124 something right before we went on spring break in April (after month 1, round 2), I just couldn’t keep it up during the second month.  I drank alcohol; I ate sweets, and I was really ok with that.  I also learned that now that I’ve trained my body to get away from that 135 point, it will happily settle right around 130.  Each week I can usually get down to 128 by Friday morning, and then I’m right back around 130/131 by Monday, and that’s all good to me.  I’d rather be eating pretty well and still enjoying what I’m eating and be sitting around 130 than be miserable and starving sitting at 124–and really, that’s what I had to do to get my body to be at 124!

So, because I wasn’t diligent about my food, I didn’t really see any real changes in my body after the second round on IM:30, and that was sort of disappointing.  BUT, it totally proves my point that I’ve made here a million times–IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW HARD YOU’RE WORKING OUT IF YOU’RE NOT EATING CORRECTLY!  I busted my ass on these workouts for two months!  But I ate crap I wasn’t supposed to, so I didn’t get the results I wanted.  I finished up my first round of Max 30 at 128.6 lbs, and I finished my second round at 128.2 (even though I ended the first month of this round at 124.8) and I didn’t lose ANY inches this second round, and I think I even added back an inch on my abs!  So that really sucks.  And as you can see in these pictures, there was no real visible change either:

results round 3 back results round 2 side results round 2 frontThe picture on the left was taken on Day 60 of my first round of Insanity Max 30, and the picture on the right was taken on Day 60 of my second round.  I basically look the exact same.  But I guess I’m glad I didn’t gain weight, when you consider that in between those two pictures I took a trip to New Orleans and a trip to Destin, where I ate and drank a ton.

But I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed by the lack of results.  I guess I thought that these workouts were so damn hard that there was no way that I wouldn’t continue to tone and lose weight even if I wasn’t paying much attention to my food.  But DUH, totally not the case.  I know, I know, you can’t outrun a bad diet.  Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym, blah blah blah.  Maybe someday that will sink into my thick skull!

So, I finished up Round 2 on May 8.  My 35th birthday was on Mother’s Day…May 10.  And that same day, I hopped on a cruise ship with 3 ladies I work with, and we went on a 5 night cruise to Cozumel and Grand Cayman.  It was my first cruise, and, despite being skeptical of cruises in general, I really had a great time!  But, I also ate and drank A TON.  I mean, how can I not when there was late night buffets and 24 hours a day soft serve ice cream cones?!  And, while our ship had a really awesome looking gym, I never visited it!  But, I did go out to the top deck and run on our very last sea day.  It was SO hard to run up there because it was incredibly windy.  As you can see from how lovely my hair looks in this picture.

shiprunSo, since I’ve been back from the cruise, I’ve just been sort of winging it in terms of exercise.  I’ve done some Max 30 workouts.  I’ve done T25 Beta upper focus a few times, and I’ve even busted out old school Insanity Pure Cardio.  I’m not really following a plan right now, but I am trying to stay active and not eat *too* much.  I want to keep my weight right around 130 while I’m deciding what I want to do next.  My husband’s marathon is this Sunday, so that means he’ll finally stop eating nonstop when that’s over, and maybe we can get back to some more healthy eating habits.  I know he wants to run another marathon in the fall, and I think he’d like to do another full round of Insanity Max: 30 before starting his training for that, because it really gets him in great shape before doing all that running.  So I guess we’ll see what happens.  I’ll try to remember to post somewhat regularly here, even if it’s not fitness related!

 

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!
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Some days are harder than others…

Wow, so I’m three days into the second month of my second round of Insanity Max: 30, and yup, these workouts are just as hard as I remember!  I think I was sort of holding out hope that they would be so much easier now that I have already completed the program, but NOPE! STILL HARD!  Monday was Max Cardio, and that one honestly was *too* bad.  I made it to 10:22 before maxing out, whereas the first time I did it back in February, I only made it to 6:45.  Then yesterday was Max Power (for some reason “Max Power” always makes me think of cheesy action movies…oh, side note, I just googled “Max Power” and apparently Homer Simpson changed his name to “Max Power” in one episode…)…and yeah, that one sucked.  I did greatly improve my max out time from the first time I did it in February (8:40 to 12 minutes), but all of those plyo push-ups are no joke.  So this morning was Max Sweat, and I was just not feeling it this morning.  I was super sore from Max Power yesterday, and I could seriously barely straighten out my arms during the punches.  And I already naturally hate all of the various ab in and out moves, so all of those coupled with the soreness made this a very difficult workout for me to get through.  I maxed out so early–at only 7:26 (vs. the 8:48 I made it to when I did this workout for the very first time), and then I had to keep taking breaks and modifying moves throughout the rest of the workout.  I just felt so out of it–both mentally and physically exhausted.  Then I did Ab Attack, and maxed out at like 4 minutes, and I haven’t maxed out before 9 minutes in Ab Attack since January!

So what is my point in telling you this?  Well, my point is that you are going to have some days that just absolutely suck donkey balls.

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It’s going to happen, and I’d venture to guess that even Shaun T has crappy workouts sometimes.    So what can we do about it?  Well, for starters, we can keep pushing play.  When my alarm went off this morning, I wanted to just keep sleeping, because I could tell that it was going to be a rough morning, BUT I DIDN’T.  I got my ass up out of bed and got my workout done even though I didn’t want to, and even though it was ROUGH.  But I knew I’d feel better about myself and my day if I got it done, and sho’ nuff, I was so glad when it was over.

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Because even if it’s not my best effort, I know that it’s going to be good for me.  The other thing we can do when we have these shitty or sluggish workouts is try to figure out what’s causing it.  I think I had a few things at work this morning: 1) Still recovering from vacation last week; 2) Sore from these Max workouts; 3) Because I’ve been eating clean this week, I feel like I’m starving all the time, so I’m sluggish and tired from sugar detox, change in diet, etc.; 4) Didn’t get enough sleep last night.  So, knowing that, I can try to make some changes to prevent this from happening (as much) in the future.  I know to continue to work on my nutrition, keep my protein up, and make sure I get enough sleep each night.  Whenever this happens to me, I also scroll through my Instagram feed and look at all of the different fitness accounts that I follow, and without fail, at least one of them will have posted about having a rough morning themselves, so it makes me feel better.  Misery loves company and all that.

So tonight I’ll get my butt in bed on time, and I’ll get up tomorrow to tackle Max Strength, because I won’t let one bad workout knock me off track!

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Well…I tried.

Alright everyone, I’m back from vacation and ready to get back on track!  If you’ve been following along, you know that I set three goals for myself before vacation:

-Get at least 30 minutes of exercise everyday.

-Track my food.

-Try to watch what I eat enough so that I’m not too far over 130 when I get back home.

So how did I do?  The honest answer is that I didn’t do such a great job with these goals.  The exercise goal I met with no problem.  I did Insanity Max: 30 workouts Monday-Friday (including an extra 10 minutes with Ab Attack on M, W, F) and on the other days, I made sure to bike/swim for at least 30 minutes.  Plus, we had a few long bike rides on Max 30 days.  We rode a total of 12 miles on Tuesday and several other rides of 3-5 miles throughout the week.  So I’m proud of myself for that.

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But I basically failed at the other two goals.  I didn’t track my food a single day that we were gone.  I have no excuses for why I didn’t do it, I just didn’t.  I also ate and drank a TON.  I ate a lot of fried seafood, burgers, fries, milkshakes, etc.  I drank alcohol every day–usually one or two frozen daiquiris or mixed drinks while we were out at night, and then I’d come back to the house and have a glass or two of wine.  Obviously I NEVER drink like that at home.

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This was me being shocked that this big ass drink was only like $6.

In addition to the alcohol, I also had some sort of sweet treat everyday–ice cream, sno balls, lava cakes, whatever.  Hell, we even baked cookies at our vacation house at night.  Side note–these were on sale at the local Publix and they were basically THE BEST COOKIES EVER:
cookiesSo, needless to say, when I stepped on the scale this morning, I was not happy with what I saw.  I was up to 132.6–so that’s a gain of 7.8 freaking pounds from where I was when we left for vacation!  I’d hate to see what I would have gained if I hadn’t worked out everyday!  I think that has to be some sort of record for vacation weight gain.  Of course my husband ate and drank twice as much as me, and only worked out three days, and yet he only gained 4 pounds, and had already lost that by the time he weighed in this morning.  I’m trying to not be too down on myself, but it’s hard.  I think I just went overboard because it had been a really long three months of following the nutrition plan and I had been so stressed at work for the past month that I just wanted to eat and drink everything in my path.  So now I’m hoping I got that all out of my system for awhile, so I’m back at it.  I got up this morning and started month 2 of Insanity Max:30 with Max Cardio (and I did Ab Attack).  We planned out healthy meals and snacks for the week, and obviously I won’t be eating any molten fudge cookies or drinking any daiquiris this week, so I’m hoping the weight comes off relatively quickly, because I actually have another vacation (girls’ trip cruise with friends) in less than 30 days, so I have to get back in shape!  So stay tuned as I go through all of this again!

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