I lived to tell the tale. Today, I am officially an Insanity graduate! Sweaty high fives all around, please! It seems it was just yesterday I finished Month 1 of Insanity and now, I’ve completed the last 4 weeks.
For those of you who don’t know what Insanity is, it is a Beach Body workout DVD program that lasts 63 days. There are 12 videos that you rotate through six days of the week. The videos are usually about 40 to 60 minutes long. The workouts include high intensity interval training, where you work through a mix of cardio and strength exercises together without stopping.
When I first started, I thought I’d never be able to finish one workout, do another the next day or even finish the first week. The Insanity workout is dubbed as “the toughest workout ever to be put in DVD!” cue over hyped infomercial blah blah blah and say “Nah, you’ve got to be kidding me”…until you try it. Push play and see how.
Since weaning my little boy from the boob last November, I was determined to take charge of my health and fit into old clothes again. But then December came…Christmas, birthdays, New Year. I had too many excuses. The new year unfolded and I joined Briana Christine’s Bikini Body Mommy Challenge on Facebook – it’s a 90 day challenge and had little progress (they have another challenge going on right now if you’re interested!). I quit in the middle because I felt my body needed more challenge and more intensity.
I don’t like to finish a workout and still look cute.
A friend introduced me to the Insanity program by Beach Body. It was the perfect intensity I wanted, the challenge I craved. I sweat buckets and I loved it. I got addicted to it.
I wish I could tell you the infomercial is over-hyped. It is not. Insanity requires a lot of mental focus, determination and commitment to be able to push through.
But I think I’ve reached the point where I am desperate for change. It became easier to think of temporary physical pain than looking at myself in front of the mirror everyday and not liking what I see. I decided and committed – even if it meant waking up as early as 5:30 am to squeeze in the workout before heading to work at 8 am.
Today I got up a little earlier and did my measurements and took photos. When you are used to seeing yourself in the mirror every day, you will miss to see the differences. They all become so subtle you start to ask yourself, “is there any purpose for all of this?” I have been there. There are days when I want to give up because I fail to see the point in all the huffing and puffing, the shortness of breath, my legs and arms burning and my hurried mornings. I forgot that this process takes time because I did not get fat overnight, I will not lose all of these overnight.
Back to the photos – they never lie. If you have to take a selfie, make it a habit to take it especially when you’re exercising. They show what you need to see. And though I have felt some difference in my body after 2 months, the photo gave me validation.
* Don’t rely on the scale to measure your progress! The number you see on the scale is just your body against gravity. It does not include your muscle mass at all.
Here goes…this is very hard for me but it’s reality. I want to hide now.
The left picture was taken around first week of March this year before I started the program. The ‘before’ that I needed to work on. All that visceral fat is not only unpleasing to look at but definitely unhealthy. That needs to go!
The right picture, the ‘after’ picture was taken at an event just last Monday, 19th May 2014. That black dress – the last time I was able to wear this non-stretchy piece was 4 years ago. I was only able to zip it close and breathe properly that day.
Yes, black color makes one look slimmer so it might have helped make me look better. It would be best to compare wearing the same clothes, right? I hear you. So I pulled out the same dress I wore on the left this morning, put it on and took a photo.
There. I hope you see some difference?!
I am too shy to show progress pic where I am wearing sports bra (especially the before photo!) so I am posting this instead. Measurements wise, I lost 10 cms off my waist (at navel point) and other areas, chest, hips and thighs but my main concern is my mid-section so I’m happy about this result, for “only” 2 months!
I love the Insanity workout. It has made me stronger, reduced lumps of fat all over my body and improved my moods, health, fitness and endurance. It feels so good to be able to do pushups and stationery sprints without dying (it is still hard but I can do more reps now).
While I’ve been making progress, I’m still very far from my goal. My body fat percentage is still very high (very unhealthy). I will either do Insanity again or do another Beach Body workout program – eyeing on Chalean Extreme by Chalene Johnson (already coming my way!), this time incorporating more weights or the very promising P90x3 (only 30 minutes per day)!
My journey continues.
Insanity is challenging and tough for sure, but its doable. I am not a super woman, I can’t get through a single video with perfect form without stopping yet. Sometimes I still have to stop in the last 5-10 seconds of a workout and catch my breath or take a quick water break. However, the creator of Insanity, Shaun T is very motivating and shouts his popular mantra, “DIG DEEPER!” and it makes me want to come back and continue. That’s what makes the workout great – it’s challenging enough to keep pushing me, I can rest when I need to but it motivates me enough to continue until the end.
Today was my last day of the Insanity Program. And I give myself a pat in the back. I survived 9 weeks, training 6 days a week!! For the first time in my life, I was stronger than my excuses.
And I learned the most important lesson: I can do things if I put my mind and heart in it!
Upcoming posts: full review of the Insanity workout program, how to start and survive your first Insanity round, tips for completing the Insanity workout.