Friday, October 12, 2012

Insanity Day 1: Fit Test

It's all fun and shopping until you have to do the fit test, y'all!

I know I've mentioned more than once that I get into these fitness grooves where I think that just getting *insert product here* is going to take my journey to health and fitness up to the next level so I have to have it.

What started this all was that I really needed to join this new local gym that opened because I knew for SURE that it would get me where I needed to be (but really because it was so nice, the bathrooms/change rooms alone look like a spa *LOL*).  Everyone I knew was like, "Oh Catherine, don't! Save your money, you know you just get it in your head, but really all you'll end up doing is donating to that gym and not getting any tax receipts to show for it!" And I nodded and said "You're RIGHT!" (and then turned around the next day and joined).

And then shortly after that, I got it into my head that I really wanted to try Insanity.  Everyone again was like, "Oh Catherine, don't!  Save your money, you know you just get it in your head, but really all you'll end up doing is having another fitness DVD set to add to your collection!" And I nodded and said "You're RIGHT!" (and then turned around and bought it the next day).

Well, I think now I'm being punished.  I have NO. IDEA. how I'm going to make it through Insanity.  I just finished the fitness test (it's not even the actual workout yet, it's a fitness. TEST!) and it's taking everything I have not to pass out and keel over off of this stool.  I think I've drank as much of my own sweat as I have water out of my water bottle.  I face planted trying to do a push-up jack, people!

But it is what it is right.  You can't measure how far you've come if you're not willing to look around at where you are right now in the moment (it just happens that in this moment, I think I'm having hallucinations and I'm going cross-eyed trying to ignore the black spots dancing in front of my eyes).

The thing is...no don't get up on me just yet!  I know "the thing is..." sounds like a lead in to an excuse, but honest, I really do have a thing! A valid thing!  It's just, I know it said 60 days to a new you, etc., etc., and I mean to do the 60 days...but my plan isn't to do it 60 days straight.

I've gotten into a really good place with my gym routine and workout schedule, that I don't want to throw it all away just to focus on this.  Because this is only for 60 days (BWAHAHAHA, I laugh because I say "only 60 days" like I'm not already dying and it's day ONE), but once those 60 days are over, I don't want to feel like I have to start over and find a routine.  I heard it said a few times that it takes about two weeks to build a habit - good or bad - and I've been going to the gym, taking classes and swimming for two weeks now and I'm liking where I'm at.  Plus, I also have Ultimate Frisbee on Wednesdays too and I don't really think it's feasible to do THAT and THIS in one day.  That's just an opening for me to freak out and quit.  It's not an excuse.  I promise.

I know that I will probably see better results if I follow the plan as it's laid out, but I'm going to try it this way and see how it goes.  Gym and Frisbee off days are Insanity days.  Tuesdays and Saturdays I have kickboxing and yoga at the gym, so no Insanity there, but that still leaves Monday, Wednesyday, Thursday and Friday with Sunday as my off day.  I'm gonna go with "slow and steady wins the race".  I'm going to try to incorporate these as part of my regular life as opposed to having it take over my life for a short time, because I know that eventually, life will fight back and demand priority again and I know that working out is always the first to get sacrificed when I get stressed out about everything else (which kind of sucks considering that working out is a good way to battle stress, but my mind works in mysteriously dumb ways sometimes!).

So, a loooooong winded approach, here are my results from the fit test!  I almost forgot I was writing about that! *LOL*

Starting StatsWeight: 199.2 lbs
Waist: 43 in
Hips: 43 in
Bust: 46 in
Left Thigh: 25 in
Neck: 15 in
Shoulder: 22.5 in
Left Bicep: 13 in

Insanity Fit Test
Switch kicks: 60
Power jacks: 45
Power knees: 80
Power jumps: 25
Globe jumps: 7
Suicide jacks: 10
Push-up jacks: 14
Low plank oblique: 24

I have nothing else to compare it to, so I can't really say what kind of numbers they are, but compared to Shaun's workout buddies on the screen, they're not that great.  Which is cool.  I'd also like to point out that the numbers, while some may seem high, I'm well aware that they were done kind of sloppy and not eeeeexactly how he showed me to do.  Not because I was trying to cut corners, but because it was the best that I could do. 

Switch kicks weren't as high as they were supposed to be, the jumps were definitely nowhere near as high and the push ups weren't entirely the push ups he said, which was to have your chest 3-5 inches off the floor.  I tried that and just pretty much slammed my face into the floor because my arms couldn't hold the rest of me up and the floor was right there to stop my face.  But I did what I could and I will keep my form in mind 14 days from now when I take this fitness test again.  My goal won't really be to beat those numbers up there, but to KNOW that I did them better and STRONGER than before.

Alrighty, that's it from me for now!  Gotta hit the shower - apparently I still have to work and earn money while on my quest for skinny-ness! Go figure!

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