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!

 

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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!

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!

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!

 

Baby Steps.

I’ve mentioned on here several times how my upper body is the weakest part of me.  And unlike K (who posted a pic of her badass muscles in her vacation post), it takes me forever to get any sort of definition in my arms.  Basically my body prefers to stay in its natural blob-like state, so getting any sort of muscle definition is damn near impossible for me.  But, since my arms/chest have been so damn sore this week from Max Power and Max Strength, I thought I’d take a little flex break after my workout this morning and see if anything has changed in the 3.5 months that I’ve been doing this.  Here’s what I saw:

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Not a drastic change, but I swear I can see a teeny tiny bit of difference, mainly up around the shoulder, but also a bit in the bicep area.  And then if you compare the arm holding the phone in the two pics, i feel like you can see a tiny bit of definition in that arm and it’s not even flexing.  So even though I’m not getting drastically ripped over here, I’m proud of the little bit of progress that I can see, and it just makes me want to keep going to see if it can keep getting better.  I’ll have to take another flex break when I’m done with month 2.  🙂 Happy flexing, y’all!

Vacation Plans.

Why is it that the week before a vacation always DRAGS on?  I swear this week has been never ending.  And it doesn’t help that work has been absolutely ridonkulous for basically the whole past month, so I just feel like I’ve been running myself ragged since the beginning of March.

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And all this week, I’ve had to be up SUPER early for various work events or other random things, so I’ve hardly gotten any sleep.  I slept like shit last night, and the alarm went off at 4:30 this morning, so yeah, it’s going to be a long day.  The alarm was set that early because my husband was supposed to get up and run 17 miles.  Well, Louisville got hammered with storms last night which had flooded the city and forced schools to close…so yeah, he wasn’t going to go run in that.  I really wanted to stay in bed with him, but instead, I got up and did Friday Fight and Ab Attack.  Yes, at 4:30 a.m.  When I started the workout, I fully expected to just totally suck, but I had my best max out time yet–17:37!  It’s the first time I’ve made it past the break in a Friday Fight workout.  So I was pretty stoked about that (even though my ass is absolutely draggin’ now)

I’ve mentioned a few times on here that we are going on spring break next week, and that I wanted to at least be at the weight where I ended my last round of Insanity, which was 128.6 lbs.  I’ve been really focusing on my diet this week and trying to kill it with my workouts.  Well, I had some major scale weirdness this morning.  When I got on the scale first thing, it said that I weighed 122.6.  I about had a heart attack, because that would mean that I’d lost like 4 lbs since yesterday.  I told my husband to come in and take a picture of it, but I had to step off the scale first because it had timed out.  When I got back on the scale for him to take the picture, it said 123.5…uh, WTF?  How did I gain almost a pound in literally like 30 seconds?!  So my husband got on the scale, and it was what he thought it should be for him.  So then I thought I’d check it again, and it was 125 something…BIZARRO WORLD SCALE.  Again, my husband got on and it showed the same weight for him. But somehow I had gained 3 lbs in less than 2 minutes?!  So I have no idea what in the hell was going on with the scale this morning, but I’m guessing the 125 number was closest to being correct because it was about 1/2 lb less than yesterday.  So after weighing in, I busted out Friday Fight and Ab Attack and then came back up to weigh myself post-workout to get the best number and I got….

weightday90So that means that I am down 3.8 lbs from where I ended my first round of Insanity Max:30, and down about 15.2 lbs overall since starting the program in January.  So I feel pretty good about heading into vacation with that number.  So what are my goals WHILE on vacation?  Well…I’m supposed to be starting month 2 of IM:30 next week, but I’m sorry, Shaun T, I love ya, but that shit is WAY too hard to try to be starting while I’m on vacation.  So, my goal is to get in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day we’re gone…preferably IM:30 workouts, but if not, biking, walking, etc.  If I do IM:30, I will likely just be doing a hodgepodge of random workouts from month 1, because, like I said, the idea of tackling month 2 right now sounds terrible.  I’d also try to continue to track my food.  Now, that doesn’t mean I’m going to be following the nutrition plan, it just means that I want to actually keep track of what I’m eating even though it’s going to be junk.  I find that I tend to make better choices when I do that.  And finally, I know I’m going to gain weight next week, and I’m ok with that.  I really hope that I’m not too far over 130 when we get back home, so that is my weight goal.  So, guys, I’m gonna peace out of here and I’ll see y’all in about a week and a half!

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Dudes Like Insanity Max: 30 too!

Ok guys, A here.  Today I want to show you my husband’s Insanity Max: 30 results.  I’ll give you a bit of background info about him first.  He is 32 years old and has always been an active person.  He’s run two marathons in the past year and has run maybe 5 or 6 half marathons.  And, unlike me, he’s actually FAST.  Running has always been his activity of choice, although he did do a full cycle of T25 last year.  He hates all things strength-training related.

For the past year and a half (two years? I can’t remember) he’s been a vegetarian.  He has chosen to be vegetarian because of the terrible environmental impacts of eating meat, so that means that when buys meat for me, he will only buy the good locally sourced stuff.  So, this all adds up to him being pretty healthy before we started this whole thing.  His only real problem has always been portion control and uncontrollable snacking.  I always joke that he has a tapeworm because dude is NEVER full.  And he’ll just stand in the pantry eating random stuff because he’s bored.  Before doing this challenge, there were so many nights where I’d be sitting on the couch and I’d hear him rummaging around in the kitchen.  Before I even could ask what he was doing, he would have inhaled a giant bowl of ice cream.  He also loves his nightly bourbon.

But, because he loves a good challenge, he decided to do this thing with me.  And believe me, I couldn’t have done this without him.  We planned the meals together each week, but he did all the shopping and prepping and would put together our lunches and stuff each day.  And since he’s veggie and I’m not, that often meant preparing two different variations of each meal.  He did start his marathon training during the last two weeks of Max 30, so he had to up his calorie & carb intake those last two weeks, but he never missed a workout and he stuck through the whole thing.

Now, I felt like he didn’t even have any weight to lose when he started, but he proved me wrong.  Here are his measurement results:

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Weight–Day 1: 157 (so probably would have been about 160 on the digital scale).  Day 60: 139.5 (old scale), 143 new scale.  That’s a 17.5 lb weight loss for those of you keeping track at home!
Chest–Day 1: 38″. Day 60: 36.5″
Waist–Day 1: 32″.  Day 60: 29.75″ (he needs to get all new pants and shorts because everything falls off of him now!)
Hips–Day 1: 39″.  Day 60: 36″
Thighs–Day 1: 21.5″.  Day 60: 20″
Triceps–Day 1: 11″.  Day 60: 10.5″
Calves–Day 1: 15″.  Day 60: 14.

So, with those awesome results, you can imagine that it was pretty difficult for me to not compare myself to him throughout the process.  I mean, he lost his first ten pounds basically in the first week.  When my weight was basically stalled out in those first few weeks, it was really hard for me to watch the weight just melt off of him like that.  But, I had to keep reminding myself that guys are ALWAYS like that.  Men just have to think about losing weight and they can.

Here are his pics:

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As I said, he was not a big dude to begin with, but he was always self conscious of what he saw as a little pooch on his lower abs (seriously, I need a magnifying glass to see it), but you can see that he definitely erased anything that might have been here.

Anyway, so if you’re reading this and you’re a guy whose considering doing Insanity Max: 30–these are the type of results you can get!  I can’t even imagine what it would be like for a dude who actually had real amounts of weight to lose!