I have completed my first week back after my one week break. I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it really was. I think I kind of psyched myself out because week six went so badly, since I was getting sick but didn’t realize it yet. Doing week seven with a normal amount of energy was actually pretty enjoyable. I started getting that powerful, unstoppable feeling again instead of the “ohhhhhh god, when does this end??” feeling that I had for the entire week six. Anyway, onto the results.
Week 7 / Day 49
Weight: 178.2 Sweet!
BMI: 25.57 (Still overweight, but less so!)
Thoughts: I am back to being excited about the program. I took a mental and physical splat in the middle (as illustrated also by the complete lack of recent posts on this website) but I am getting back into the game. I might even do a bonus week at the end of the program to make up for the few days I did miss along the way.
I am doing my best to bail out the sinking ship that has been my calorie intake over the past few weeks. See my post on calorie intake for details on that fiasco. The last two or three days I have done really well, but I have to admit I probably sabotaged myself enough before that to wreck my chances of making up for it before Insanity ends. But that’s okay, I am totally through with expecting perfection from myself. This is a learning experience, and I am trying to learn from my mistakes rather then get upset and give up because of them. This Insanity program will not end, for me at least, at the end of the 63 days. It is just one small step in the lifestyle change I am making, toward losing weight, being healthier and happier with myself, and being able to physically do cool things and kick butt.
I’d like to finally write a quick opinion/review of each of the month 2 videos, since I have now had a chance to do them all properly, with no half-assing involved.
Max Interval Circuit: This is the first Month 2 video that is on the schedule, and I honestly kind of think that is a mistake. It is (for me, anyway) the most difficult, and therefore most psychologically intimidating video. When I did it, it just filled me with dread about the whole rest of the month, when in reality I didn’t think the rest of the videos were that bad. That said, the workout itself is, like all the others, a solid example of effective interval training.
It follows the same principles as the Plyo Cardio Circuit and Cardio Power and Resistance videos from the first month. After a butt-kicking warm up that could be the main entree for most workouts, you stretch and then jump into sets of intervals. In the first month, you do four exercises per interval, three intervals per set, and two sets, with a rest between each interval. The second month makes each exercise last longer and adds a whole third set of three intervals. Plus, the moves are more difficult. By the end of each Max Interval Circuit Video, I am a zombie, staggering through the motions with barely any form or energy left.
Max Interval Plyo: This video also follows the sets of intervals format, except for some reason the last set, which only has one interval. I personally think this video is fun. MUCH more fun than the last one. It has a very good mix of exercises that work different parts of the body so that, while you are working one half, the other half is recovering, and vice versa. That makes the whole experience much more pleasant and less painful.
Max Cardio Conditioning: This is like the big brother of month 1′s Pure Cardio video. Longer exercises, more intense moves, longer workout, and still no breaks. Oddly enough, this is still one of my favorite videos though. I really like the lack of breaks. I never ever thought I would hear my fat self say this, but I think I find endurance training easier than quick intervals with breaks. Obviously, I tend to push harder during quick intervals, but the breaks are honestly what really kill me – once I stop I just can’t get going again.
Max Recovery: This is another very enjoyable one. I quite appreciated some of the resistance work in this video. I miss resistance training a little bit, and am actually planning on maybe doing a P90x / Insanity hybrid plan after I finish out my 63 days, so this workout was refreshing.
Max Interval Sports Training: Another very fun one, though I had trouble getting through some of the moves. My tiny bird legs have trouble supporting my gigantic upper body during the jumping moves, and this workout has a good amount of jumping because it is entirely sports drills. I very much liked the format of this workout. It was neither in interval circuits nor continuous endurance training. Nearly every move had a break afterward, and to make up for it, each move was very intense, focused on getting most of the body involved all at once. This was interval training as I have always been familiar with it – GOGOGO! Stop. GOGOGO! Stop. Etc.
Insane Abs: Similar to month 1, except longer and more difficult. (I almost wrote longer and harder, but I then would have been obligated to write “that’s what she said,” and I’m trying to keep this professional. Ahem.) Mostly floor work, aside from the initial tuck jumps and power jumps. My butt was sore at the end of the workout from balancing on the floor for so long, but my abs were sorer, so I figure it did it’s job.
And also, here are my latest Fit test results. Only one more to go, and I’m still making improvements across the board!
Switch Kicks: 134
Power Jacks: 72
Power Knees: 114
Power Jumps: 32 (My form is still abysmal, but I am only counting the jumps where I manged to get my knees up)
Globe Jumps: 13 rotations of 4 jumps
Suicide Jumps: 18
Pushup Jacks: 39
Low Plank Oblique: 92 total, 46 on each side
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