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!

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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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

 

 

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.

 

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!