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!

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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!

 

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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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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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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If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail…

So another week of my second round of Max 30 has come and gone, and I’m still chugging along.  Workouts are still going great, and I’m continuing to make progress on my max out times…even if it’s just a few seconds at a time.  Because sometimes that’s all I’ve got.  I mean, Tabata Strength continues to kick my ass each week so I’m lucky if I can add in a few extra seconds each time I go through it.  I think I had seriously blocked this workout out of my memory as I went through the second month, because when it was time for me to re-start the program, I looked at the calendar and thought, “Oh, I’ll just alternate Tabata Power and Tabata Strength every Tues/Thurs instead of doing Power the first two weeks and Strength the last two weeks, because I am pretty sure I liked Tabata Strength….”

grumpySeriously, what in the hell was I thinking?!  I did Tabata Strength that first Thursday and was just like

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That shit was so hard…and I really didn’t remember it like that at all.  I mean, what the hell is up with the neverending diamond jumps and no breaks, Shaun T?  You better believe I still got some water during the 10 second rest periods (and after I maxed out, DUH).  My upper body continues to be the weakest part of me, and those stupid “v pushups” are THE WORST.  I may or may not have literally cried while doing the v pushup hold.  So I’ll be glad to move on from that workout again.  Too bad I still have to do it two more times.

And, as I said last week, my food is still where I struggle.  And I noticed that it all comes down to the meal planning (hence the title of this post).  I’ve noticed that if we don’t have something planned for dinner, we default to not-so-healthy options. I think it’s because we’re busy, so if we don’t have something planned, we’ll just throw some frozen stuff in the oven to get something on the table quickly.  And, when we successfully completed our first round of Insanity, we were even really good about specifically planning our cheats.  So, for example, we’d decide on Tuesday what cheat meal we were going to have Saturday night, because then I would look forward to it all week, and I found it easier to “stay strong” during the week if I knew exactly what I was getting on the weekend.  Well, for the past few weekends, we didn’t have a specific cheat meal planned, which meant that we basically just used the whole weekend to “cheat”.   My husband took our daughter to the opening game of Louisville’s new professional soccer team on Saturday, so I just had them pick me up some Wendy’s on the way home.  I seriously haven’t had Wendy’s since maybe December.  And of course I didn’t choose something healthy, I had a spicy chicken sandwich and fries.  Then, when Sunday rolled around, we would usually just eat at home, but because we hadn’t planned anything, we ended up going out for Chinese food and then got dessert at a new crepe place.  In an attempt to “balance” that out, I didn’t end up eating any dinner last night, but I know that’s not how I’m supposed to do it.

And I know the crappy food affects more than just my abs.  I slept like absolute shit last night, and ended up getting out of bed to read my book at like 3am.  I finished the book at about 4:15, and then fell asleep on the couch.  Because I was downstairs, I didn’t hear the alarm go off, so I overslept by about 20 minutes (interestingly, my husband also overslept this morning and wasn’t able to do the run he had on his marathon training schedule).  I debated skipping my workout this morning, but I decided I’d rather be 20 minutes late to work than miss my Shaun T time, so I pressed play.  Then, as my husband and I were discussing what to take for lunch today, we both realized that neither of us had eaten any vegetables since Friday night.  WTF?!  That’s so terrible and just makes me feel gross.  How did I go an entire weekend without eating a single vegetable?  I feel like I should win some sort of dumbass award for that one.  And both of us realized that we felt tired and just generally like crap from what we’d eaten on Saturday and Sunday.  And with my husband training for a marathon, he really has to watch his nutrition.  It’s so easy for him to default to eating a ton of junk because he ran 15 or 16 miles.  He’ll justify it by saying that he’s either fueling for the run the next day or recovering from the run the previous day.  But he’s just eating junk and noticing it in his performance, so I think the nutrition piece is even more important for him right now.

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So, for lunch today, I brought only raw fruits and veggies.  My body probably doesn’t know what in the hell to do with the real food!  And now I’m in the home stretch before spring break and we’re going to try to be REALLY good this week.  We sat down yesterday and planned out all of our dinners until we leave, so we shouldn’t fall into the trap of having nothing planned and then eating junk.  I’m still sitting good on my weight (about 129 this morning), so I’m not focusing on that this week as much as just eating well and making sure I’m not eating a lot of processed junk, b/c god knows I’ll be eating enough of that next week.  And after 3 months of this, you’d think I’d realize by now that meal planning and prepping is key!

Happy Monday everyone!