Sunday, May 19, 2013

INSANITY - Day 42 Rest

6 Weeks down.

Had a rough week. Weight is up stats are pretty level. Ended Saturdays workout with a pulled quad. Yuck. 

I ended this week where I started Insanity weight wise. Not sure how I feel about that. I'm sure it's just a high water weight day and that I'll go back down. I also think this being the end of week 1 of phase 2 that I may have built some new muscle this week, which is fine. I'm just so set on getting out of the 180's and I'm going the wrong way. I need to take a look at my nutrition and reign in any extra stuff that I'm eating.

Weight: 186.2lbs
Body Fat (caliper): %14.6  (10mm)
BMI: 26

Overall Changes Since Starting Insanity:
Weight: 0             (+4.6 this week)
Neck:    -0.65in
Chest:   -1.25in
Waist (at Navel): -1.75in
Hips:      -0.5in
Thigh:    -0.5in

Overall Changes Since January 2013:

Weight: -49lbs        
Neck:    -3.25in
Chest:   -5.5in
Waist (at Navel): -11.25in
Hips:      -4.5in
Thigh:    -4 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

INSANITY - Day 41: Max Interval Plyo

Pushed it pretty well today even though I was a bit congested and still a little groggy from my cold-medicine induced sleep last night. Actually, I burned 120 more calories than the last time I did the same workout!
I was doing really well actually until I got to the diamond jumps at the end. I just and pulled my left quad pretty well.  Icing it right now. Ouch. Then I sat on the floor to change a diaper after I got home, overcompensated on my right quad and pulled it a little while standing up...I'm pathetic.

Oh well good thing for me, tomorrow is week #6 rest day.My weight has been all over the place this week, so I really don't see this being a 'big loss' week (actually I may be up a pound or 2) But I'm ok with that. I feel strong and am trying to integrate the idea of slow progress/maintenance from here on out rather than the huge losses I was putting up a couple months ago when I had so much to lose. Phase 2 has me sore and that means those muscles are working and growing. That means gains.Now with only about 10-15 pounds left, it's gonna be a slow pound by pound, week by week thing and I have to get ok with that or I'll drive myself crazy and never let myself have any fun. I mean really, what is a life without the occasional biscuits and gravy for supper, or a  movie without popcorn? Whats that point of all this work if I can't enjoy all those things too? .. at least in moderation.

Day #41 Fitness Stats

Max Interval Plyo

Average HR:130
Max HR:175

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Friday, May 17, 2013

INSANITY - Day 40: Max Interval Circuit

Wow, that is one crazy workout. I pushed harder than Monday, but alas left my HRM at home, so I'm not sure exactly how much harder. I'm estimating 50 more calories to put the workout at 775. I peaked around the end of the 2nd circuit. So the 3rd circuit was tough. It is no wonder why I've been sore this week with a routine like this thrown into the mix! I can't believe I'm coming into the end of week 6 already.

Day #40 Fitness Stats

Max Interval Circuit

Calories:775 estimated

Thursday, May 16, 2013

INSANITY - Day 39: Max Recovery

In phase 1 of Insanity I always kind of felt in the back of my mind that the recovery workout was kind of a throw away day. Well, in Phase 2 I was NEEDING it. Soreness from the new workouts had set in and a nice slow workout was just what the Dr. ordered. This is a great workout. There are a couple parts that get pretty tough. The side planks to pushup section and the high/low plank sections are killer. Loved it. Finally felt like myself again after last weekend too. So tomorrow I can try Max Interval circuit at 100% and we will see what happens!

Day #39 Fitness Stats

Max Recovery

Average HR:104
Max HR:151

1 Mile Run

Average HR:142
Max HR:163

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

INSANITY - Day 38: Max Cardio Conditioning

Today was somewhate better. I'm feeling less nasty (not 100% yet) and so that helped a bunch. Also I've noticed that all these new routines in Phase 2 have got me sore all over again :) So that is slowing me down a little. That should pass in the next couple days.

 Max Cardio Conditioning was a good workout. Not so many breaks pretty high intensity except for a little section in the late middle where you recover for a bit and at 48 minutes it's almost 10 minutes shorter than the last 2 workouts. To compare with yesterday, I worked out 7 minutes less and burned 41 more calories today. I'd say I kicked it a bit harder. Soon we take Phase 2 up to 100%.

Day #38 Fitness Stats

Max Cardio Conditioning

Average HR:130
Max HR:168

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

INSANITY - Day 37: Max Interval Plyo

Well, that was terrible. My motivation was gone today. Barely dragged myself out of bed and to the Annex for the workout then schlumped my way through the whole thing. You can see by my numbers below that it was not pretty. It is a hard workout, and my muscles were not there today.  I was not able to get my heart rate up very high. Bleh. I'm tired of these slumps. I'm also still feeling nasty from Sunday's food fest and am still holding on to every ounce of it. Ugh.

There were some cool new exercises in the workout today. Lots of pushups and jumping. Power pushups and balance pushups were good. Hung in there for most of the level 3 drills. 16 pushups, 16 plank runs, up, down, repeat.

I need a bump today to get my motivation up or it's gonna be a long day at the office of coding an event registration website.

Day #37 Fitness Stats

Max Interval Plyo

Average HR:118
Max HR:159

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Monday, May 13, 2013

INSANITY - Day 36: Max Interval Circuit

So I blew it last night and ate way too much at a Mother's day BBQ. T bone steak and pork burger and chips and I woke up feeling bloated. Rightly so, I weighed 4 pounds heavier than yesterday. That a lot of extra water and food weight thats gonna take a few days to clear out. Ugh, it just means I have to clamp down on the nutrition a little harder. That's my cheat for a long time. It also made working out a bit of a chore. bleh. But anyway.

Max Interval Circuit was tough and awesome. 731 cals in one workout...yikes. I'm looking forward to doing it when I'm not feeling so nasty. 194 max heart rate? wow that took me by surprise. But I don't doubt it. Shaun T says he is gonna kick your butt and he is right. 3 circuits instead of 2 and they really move.

I haven't done fit test 3 yet. Maybe I can squeeze it in sometime tonight.

Day #36 Fitness Stats

Max Interval Circuit

Average HR:136
Max HR:194

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

INSANITY - Day 35 - Rest & Week 5 Stats

5 Weeks down and into Phase 2 tomorrow

Here are my stats after 5 weeks: No real weight change, but lost size in all the right ways, so not unhappy about that at all.

Weight: 181.6lbs
Body Fat (caliper): %14.6
BMI: 25.3

Overall Changes:
Weight: - 4.6lbs (+0.2 this week)
Neck: -0.65in (-0.15 this week)
Chest: - 1.25in (-0.5 this week)
Waist (at Navel): - 1.75in (-0.25 this week)
Hips: -1.0in
Thigh: -0.75 (0.25 this week)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

INSANITY - Day 35: Core Cardio and Balance (Recovery Week Day 6)

Recovery week is over! Rest tomorrow. Actually, I think I am going to do Fit test 3 tomorrow. Since I do the workout at 5:00am and the next routine is just over an hour, I don't have time to tack on a 20 minute fit test before it. I don't want to have to get up at 4:30! I previewed the next DVD and I'm a little nervous about it. It looks like it goes from level 9 out of 10 to about a 15 out of 10.

Day #34 Fitness Stats

Core Cardio and Balance

Average HR:120
Max HR:157

2 miles - Treadmill

Average HR:142
Max HR:160

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Friday, May 10, 2013

INSANITY - Day 33: Core Cardio and Balance (Recovery Week Day 5)

Kicked it back up again today and was feeling pretty good, even if I was by myself. Except for putting my foot down a couple times and dropping my arms a couple times during the burners, I did the entire workout with no stopping. I've found that here towards the end of recovery week I start the exercises while Shaun T is still explaining them on the DVD to get a little extra in, or just jog in place while he talks.

 Hit the treadmill for 20 minutes of just over 9 minute miles. Pushed pretty hard there too. Wasn't till after that I realized my max HR on the treadmill was so high. One more day of Core Cardio and Balance, a day off then the dreaded PHASE 2!!!

Day #33 Fitness Stats

Core Cardio and Balance

Average HR:125
Max HR:163

2.2 miles - Treadmill

Average HR:157
Max HR:176

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Thursday, May 09, 2013

INSANITY - Day 32: Core Cardio and Balance

Dialed it back today. Low motivation and energy translated to a much slower day both in INSANITY and treadmill. I guess today is my recovery day from my recovery week. Hopefully back into it strong tomorrow.

Day #32 Fitness Stats

Core Cardio and Balance

Average HR:114
Max HR:149

1.6 miles - interval program treadmill

Average HR:112
Max HR:140

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

INSANITY - Day 31: Core Cardio and Balance

Pushed it harder again today. Really starting to feel it on the abs. I can't believe I'm at the half way point.

Day #31 Fitness Stats

Core Cardio and Balance

Average HR:129
Max HR:171

1.8 miles - treadmill

Average HR:140
Max HR:163

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

INSANITY - Day 30: Core Cardio and Balance

Kicked Core Cardio and Balance up a notch today and it felt good! I got all the way into the burners before I had to take a mini break (those are TOUGH!)

I was pleased that I pushed through a minute of level 1 drills without stopping and with keeping the Shaun T pace.

I'm excited about next week. I've read so many horror stories about month 2, but I'm ready to hit it HARD! I'm getting a taste of being in shape for the first time in a long time and my body likes it.

I'm going to have to figure out how to fit in some running too, because with the longer workouts, I'm not going to have time to hit the treadmill after Insanity in the mornings and I don't want to take a full month off of any running.

Day #30 Fitness Stats

Core Cardio and Balance

Average HR:125
Max HR:165

2.02 miles - treadmill

Average HR:147
Max HR:168

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Monday, May 06, 2013

INSANITY - Day 29: Core Cardio and Balance

This was the first of 6 days on Core Cardio and Balance. Not a bad workout, meant as a 'recovery' week. You can push it as hard as you want. You do a lot of the exercises you are familiar with, but in different orders and mixed up a bit for a minute at a time. Then there are the burners sections. Where your hip flexors and your shoulders will be on FIRE! Pretty good. I do need to push a bit harder tomorrow, now that I know what's coming.  Overall a good morning at the gym.

Day #29 Fitness Stats

Core Cardio and Balance

Average HR:116
Max HR:156

1.6 miles - treadmill

Average HR:138
Max HR:160

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Sunday, May 05, 2013

INSANITY - Day 27 & 28: Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Rest: Week 4 stats.

I went with my son Ethan on a field trip on Saturday, so I ended up swapping my Sunday rest and Saturday work (since I messed up my phone alarm and didn't wake up early enough on Saturday). So today I did plyo circuit and running before church. I kicked it pretty well. Also had about 2 and a half hours of hiking on Saturday at Elephant Rocks State Park and Johnson's Shut-ins State park in Missouri. Both are really nice places if you are looking for a nice day out in the midwest.

Day #28  (27 swapped out) Fitness Stats

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Average HR:135
Max HR:166

2.1 miles - treadmill

Average HR:146
Max HR:160

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad) Here are my stats after 3 weeks:

End of Week 4 Body Stats.

Weight: 181.4lbs
Body Fat (caliper): %14.8 (I think I'm doing it right now)
BMI: 25.3

Overall Changes:
Weight: - 4.8lbs
Neck: -0.75in
Chest: - 0.75in
Waist (at Navel): - 1.5in
Hips: -1.5in
Thigh: -0.5

Friday, May 03, 2013

INSANITY - Day 26: Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs

A decent Pure Cardio / Abs day. I left happy about it.

What I was more happy about was stepping on the scale this morning and seeing that I've broken into the 170's (just barely). I am now around the weight I was at the end of my Freshmen year in college (almost 20 years ago). I am now less than 10 pounds away from my weight my Senior year in high school and 15 pounds away from my 'super ambitious goal'.

I know BMI is a debated stat, but I find it to be an easy to calculate estimate of how I'm doing. When I started paying attention to these things 4 months ago, I was 15 pounds into the obese category at almost 33 BMI. Today it looks like this

Day #26 Fitness Stats

Pure Cardio

Average HR:132
Max HR:166

Cardio Abs

Average HR:117
Max HR:169

Stats taken with Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)

Thursday, May 02, 2013

INSANITY - Day 25: Cardio Recovery

Ah, Cardio Recovery felt good today. Perhaps not the part where you do deep muscle work with squats and lunges, but everything else was good. Followed it up with 20 minutes on the treadmill for 1.74 miles. Really closing in on the end of month 1 here.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

INSANITY - Day 24: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Wow, kicking morning. 511 cals for the circuit felt awesome then to top it off with a 2.25 mile run for another 306. Sweating like a pig! But I feel great. Pushed hard again in the warmup and it got me pumped for the rest of the workout. I think that the Insanity warmup and stretch will become a staple of my workout regime even after Insanity is over. I think I'm gonna get the audio off the DVD and put it on my mp3 player so that I can use it as a cue for later when I don't have the DVDs in front of me.

Day #24 Fitness Stats

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Average HR:137
Max HR:173

2.25 miles - treadmill

Average HR:150
Max HR:171

Stats taken with Polar Ft7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Google Affiliate Ad)