Wednesday, January 8, 2014

workout wednesday - the insanity begins

I know, I know – I never post on Wednesdays. What could possibly be important enough to get off my schedule? Well, this week marks the start of my “Insanity” fitness routine, and I want to take full advantage of the accountability and post my results on the blog. I figure I’ll be less likely to eat that extra cookie if I have to tell you about it, right?

So for the next 8-ish weeks {at least} I’ll be posting updates on my progress {or lack thereof}. I plan on being pretty honest {i.e. it’s the first day and I did in fact eat half of that cookie mentioned above}. Maybe this accountability thing won’t be as effective as I’d like…

Anyway, here it goes…

the exercise

I’m doing Insanity fitness DVDs, because #1 I hate going to the gym in January {it’s way too crowded} and #2 it’s too dark and cold to run outside. I do however plan to go on runs with the husband whenever I can convince him to go. So far that’s been twice this year {which is two times more than last year}.

the food

I’m also following the nutrition guide that came with the DVDs. It’s five meals a day, 300 calories each. And you can add 100-calorie boosts to meals according to your dietary needs. Since I’m a whopping 5’2”, I only get 1500 calories a day if I want to lose weight, so no add-ons for me. I like this plan because there aren’t a lot of crazy ingredients and I don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars at the grocery store each week. PB&J is an actual option! We’ll see how well I do with the five small meals instead of three bigger ones…

the brain

Right now I’m feeling pretty excited and hopeful. I always feel this way before an exercise/diet program, though. My exercise/eating last month has been the worst of the past three years. I’ve gained the usual 10 pounds that women gain when they get married or start a job – and I’ve done both so I can’t blame one or the other. My goal is to shed all of that and comfortably fit in my jeans again – and if I happen to get a six-pack, too, I won’t complain.

the numbers

Oh man, this is the juicy part. I originally started this blog because I wanted to record my journey to fitness and self-acceptance. I know I’ve come along way, because it doesn’t bother me to share these numbers when I’m not in the best shape of my life. Here it goes:

Weight – 128 lbs {was as high as 132 in November}
Fat – 25.5%
Water – 51.7%
Waist – 30”
Hips – 38.5”
Thigh – 22.5”
Arm – 11.5”

the pictures
The lighting in these pictures is horrible because #1 it was cold and raining so we couldn't go outside and #2 Daniel has his desk light on. I would have asked him to turn it off and take more, but he was already tired of taking pictures. So, no, there is no sweat on me - this is pre-workout.

Let’s do this!


  1. Eeek! Good luck!! Let me know how it goes, maybe I'll try this one. The food guide is a nice touch.

  2. You look great to me!

  3. Well, after two workouts, I'm soooo sore. But I guess that's a good thing. The food guide is helpful, but I'm not sure how doable it is yet. I'm working on it. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Thank you, Christina! I'm actually not too worried about how I look {which is a huge improvement for me}. I just want to -feel- great again, which means getting back into healthy habits.

  5. I think you look great! It's all about how you FEEL though. I like how it seems like you're focusing more on that then an actual "diet." Sounds more like a lifestyle to me. :)

  6. My best friend did insanity and she LOVED it. Best of luck to you!! Looking forward to following along with your journey!

  7. excited to see what you learn and love!