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:
The 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.
So, 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!