I started Insanity workout last week in hopes to shed 10 pounds, pounds that I gained during marathon training last fall, and also to tone up a bit.
This workout is awesome, and I’m insanely hooked!
I didn’t know what to expect, so I started with the fit test as scheduled.
Day One – The Fit Test
These are my fit test results:
- Switch Kicks – 87
- Power Jacks – 34
- Power Knees – 51
- Power Jumps – 16
- Globe Jumps – 3
- Suicide Jumps – 4
- Push Up Jacks – Zero!! (I’m only able to do modified push ups)
- Low Plank Oblique – 10
Now, I know what you’re thinking – I’m really out of shape for a runner, aren’t I? The fit test had me so tired and out of breath. Good thing the fit test is only that day’s workout because I couldn’t picture doing a workout after that!
Day Two – Plyometric Cardio Circuit
I was so pumped to get started. Shaun T is great: he walks you through and if you can’t do it, don’t stop the DVD. Take a break but don’t pause and continue later or you’ll risk injury. The plan is to build endurance in time (as all exercise should). This workout was hard, but then again I can be quite dramatic. I had to stop a few times to catch my breath and drink some water, still I finished and felt good. Followed with Vega Sport Performance Protein, which helps the body recover from tough workouts.
Day Three – Cardio Power and Resistance
Went to bed the night before with my workout gear already on and got up at 5 AM. This workout was a bit tougher than the last, with faster repetitions. Got through the workout after a few water breaks and finished strong and energized.
Day Four – Pure Cardio
After a 13-hour shift, I got home and started pure cardio. I was nothing but a pure, hot mess! The workout is high intensity with a lot of jumping, planks, push ups, etc. Could not even get through the warm-up; I had absolutely no energy. Stopped and called it a night.
Day Five – Back to the plyometric cardio circuit, which was my favorite workout so far. Attempted to do this after work. Made sure I ate really well and kept hydrated all day, still I had no energy. Workout day two, fail.
I was under the impression that I was doing everything right until I wrote down every single thing I was eating and plugging it into My Fitness Pal. The problem? I was not eating enough calories, hence the lack of energy. I had no feelings of hunger, and I was forcing myself to ingest the calories my body was missing. This doesn’t take into account the calories burned through working out, which placed me at a huge caloric deficit. I also realize that my job, at times, has a huge impact on my mood and there are days when I come home mentally and physically exhausted, and this affects my life, and my training.
I’m starting Insanity back up tomorrow and hopefully I can get through this okay. It’s okay to stop and get myself together, and it is okay to take a break. What isn’t okay to me is giving up.