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!

 

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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.

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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‘Tis the Season for Vacations, Indulgences and Bathing Suits

Hey friends,

While A is on her vacation this week, I’m back from mine! I got back mid-week last week and while we had a great time, I’m still not ready to be back to reality. Does anyone else feel like they need a vacation from a vacation?

I know I do.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to travel and let loose. And let loose I did! We were able to play on the beach and even made it to Universal in Orlando for a day of thrill rides and to get our Harry Potter World fix. It was great to get away but coming home is always such a drag. Sigh.

The hubs and I getting a nice dose of Vitamin D

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I did my best to keep my food under control. I definitely had a few margaritas and brewskis because, duh, I’m on vacation! I tried to order as much fresh fish as I could but did indulge in some fries from time to time. On our last night, we went to this steak house and I had 2 margaritas, an appetizer, bread, and a salad. Then I ordered a filet that was so delicious, I nearly made love with it.  Are you face palming yourself thinking of my disastrous night of eating?  Don’t!  My motto is: Always indulge whilst on vaca! I applaud those of you that stay on a strict diet while on vacation, but I personally choose to have a few days to just enjoy life, you know? I know what I need and I need margaritas and a freaking steak every once in a while. On a beach.

Willpower

“How can I stay on track with my exercise and eating when ‘life’ happens?” you may ask yourself.  I believe the answer is two-fold.  I believe it’s planning and willpower.  Last week, A wrote a great post about planning.  Take a minute to read that if you haven’t already.  I couldn’t agree with her more.  I notice that I start to slip on my food when I don’t plan out my week.   It’s so easy to just order a pizza or make an unhealthy frozen meal when you need a quick meal.  It’s all about being proactive in organizing your life and time!  I think if you plan accordingly, then your willpower isn’t tested as much and you can implement better self control.  Makes sense, right?  Ever notice how successful people are proactive?  They know what it takes to get things done because they are proactive in their actions and their goals.  If your goal is to get into a certain bathing suit, or be able to do ‘x’ amount of push-ups or eat a certain way, then write that down!   Keeping track of your progress and goals is huge in keeping your willpower strong.  Buy a notebook or log your food with an online program.  There are tons of free apps you can use to track progress.  Take progress pics so you can see your results.   Also, try not to procrastinate on your workout.  I’m very guilty of this myself. I don’t have a set time when I do my workout.  I need to be better about this!  And of course, reward yourself every once in awhile. If your reward is food–great.  Maybe it’s new shoes or a massage.  Come up with a reward and give it to yourself.  You’ve earned it!  So how can you stay on track and have strong willpower?

1). Plan and Organize

2). Be proactive

3). Keep track of progress

4). Don’t procrastinate

5). Reward yourself

Vacation workouts

I managed to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise nearly every day. I took Max:30 with me, but I never did any Max workouts and ended up running most days with my friend that we vacationed with. The two of us busted out some Max moves on the beach–we did jumping lunge punches, burpee lunges, ab attack, and 10 & 2’s. Dang, Burpees are SO much harder in sand! I’m also going to count the hours of riding and jumping the ocean waves with my son as a workout. That kid is a fish and wouldn’t get out of the water, EVER.

So because I didn’t technically do week 4 of Max, I’m starting it over again this week.  This works out best because when A gets back from her vacation, we can start month 2 again together and b!tch about how hard that ish is.

I also noticed I had much better endurance while in Florida. I ran 4 miles without stopping and I was running just under a 9 minute mile, which is fast for me. I honestly think that can be attributed to two things: no allergies and warm sun. Dudes, when I got back to Indiana, my allergies kicked in and I have NO energy and I can’t breathe! I restarted week 4 of Max (first month) and it’s just as hard as the first week for me.  I struggle to even push play.  Annoying.

Progress

So how am I doing?  I have a few successes I’d like to share.  I haven’t weighed myself since we finished the first round because it’s not good for me mentally.  I really struggle with whatever my number is which is really dumb, I know.  I measure my success on how my clothes fit and with my measuring tape.  My measurements haven’t changed since my last measurement, which was when we finished week 8 four weeks ago.  I’ll consider that success#1 after a vacation!  I do feel more confident in my body and wasn’t *too* afraid to wear a bathing suit. Success #2! My husband still is attracted to me, which makes me more confident.  Score.  Success #3!  I’m extending my max out times. (I’ll post those later.) Success #4.  I’m actually getting muscle definition.  Success #5.  This is my arm flexed in the restaurant on our last night.  I flexed when I finished all my steak and my husband told me to do it again so he could take a pic of my arm.  :-O

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Thanks Max:30 and Shaun T for getting me some muscle!  My arms are always the first thing to get definition, so hopefully the rest of my body follows suit.

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Also, thanks Shaun T, for helping me get some serious ups from all the plyo work.  😉

Pura Vida!
K