Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed some unwelcomed changes in my body. My mid-section is getting out of control and for the first time in my life I have — dare I say it — BACK FAT. The horror!!! Since I’ve never been one to take defeat without a fight, I have decided to do something drastic to lose this unwanted excess weight – I started Insanity.
According to WebMD.com, “Insanity is possibly the most difficult, cardiovascular-based DVD workout program on the market today, due to the strenuous pace of each workout. It is a total body, circuit training workout that uses only your body weight as resistance. The plan involves a rigorous schedule of six days of exercise per week and each workout will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. All that is required to perform each INSANITY workout is a TV, DVD player, a good pair of tennis shoes, and sheer willpower.”
I’m only four days in (technically three days, I haven’t done today’s workout yet – I do it in the evenings after a protein and veggie rich dinner), but I’d say that that description is on the money. In addition to the aforementioned description, Insanity is a 60 day home-based workout regimen that GUARANTEES results. Once I saw that the creator, Shaun T, aka “How You Doin’ ” (pictured below) – the man known for his ripped body (especially his abs) and other workout videos (Hip Hop Abs & T-25) was behind this, I knew that I had to give it a try.
I did a little research online – scoping out before and after photos as well as testimonials from complete strangers. I was very optimistic that I could achieve dramatic results, but I still wasn’t 100% sure. I spoke to a few personal friends that completed the program and they raved about it. I was sold. I decided that I would start the program this week.
On day one (Monday of this week) you are required to take a fit test. One of the moves consisted of you kicking your feet out straight (as fast as you can) while simultaneously criss crossing your arms across your chest rapidly. It was supposed to be quick and controlled, but I was like….
I felt like dying and I wasn’t even 10 minutes into test. Aside from huffing and puffing as I gasped for dear life I started to wonder who this fit test was designed for? X-men? For navy seals? Masochists? For Satan’s slaves? This wasn’t fair and my body was not ready for the shock that I subjected it to. Even though the fit test was HARD as shit, I made sure that I did it and hung in there until the end.
The pain. I woke up on Tuesday morning in agony. My neck, my back – my neck and my back… and thighs and shoulders. The pain was real. My muscles were confused and were mad at me for subjecting them to this kind of pain. I could barely get out of my bed to prepare for work, but I worked through it and cringed every step of the way.
After adjusting to the pain from the previous night I psyched myself up and proceeded to complete my second day of torture. I started off strong and wasn’t able to finish the last 12 minutes and 13 seconds (which is really 7 minutes and 13 seconds, because this time includes a built in 5 minute cool down). I couldn’t do it because my body wouldn’t let me. I cursed Shaun T out as if he were in the room with me. The insanity workout is EVIL. DRACONIAN evil. I knew that I had to stop the workout because of my heavy breathing chest tightness – that was it. I want to tone up, not suffer from a massive heart attack and die on my apartment floor. I hit stop (without feel bad), wiped the dripping sweat from my forehead (trust me, you will sweat like you never have before) and immediately went into the shower.
Instead of retiring to my bed right away I forced myself to bake two organic chicken burgers so that I could bring one for lunch yesterday (Wednesday). I had a little extra curry cous cous and organic sweet potato soup and a Mott’s apple sauce – boom that was my lunch. Before lunch, you must have breakfast though right? I had a large cup of steal cut oatmeal (cooked in water) with blueberries, strawberries, sliced almonds and one packed of sugar in the raw (brown sugar). I found that within 2 hours I was INSANELY hungry (usually that oatmeal holds me over for at least 3.5 hours). I warmed up my chicken burger and ate it like it was a Thanksgiving feast. Within the hour I finished the remainder of the food that I packed for lunch and guzzled down about 4 bottles of Perrier (sparkling mineral water) and regular water today. I see that my metabolism is increasing ALREADY – prepare for this and pack your food and healthy snacks accordingly because you will have an insatiable appetite.
After a quick dinner with a friend (I had Thai – Ginger dish with Bok Choy, cabbage, onions, carrots, sesame, chicken breast, and broccoli), I came home to knock out day three – I’m determined dammit! I am happy to report that I was able to push all the way thru without taking too many breaks. Yesterday’s workout didn’t seem as rigorous as Tuesday’s (no I’m not getting used to it, the workout was completely different than Tuesday’s). What made it a little easier was that the speed wasn’t as fast, it focused more on form – squatting and pus-ups and crazy insane cardio – a nightmare.
Trust me, I wanted to quit, but I psyched myself out by telling myself to “PUSH” several times during the workout. Yelling at myself actually helped me finish certain exercises when I didn’t think that I had the fortitude to do so.
When you feel like quitting (because you will), remember that…
I am looking forward to taking more photos (I took two before photos) of myself in 11 more days (the 15 day mark) so that I can post before and after shots for you to view and hopefully be inspired by.
I have bikinis to wear during my travels and I want to look good in (and out) of my clothes! Stay tuned…
Until Next Time Friends!