Thursday, November 15, 2012

Insanity Day 27: 50% DONE

...and 100% certain I am in need of a chiropractor!

Perhaps I should have actually re-booked my appointment when I missed it a couple of months ago.  Plyo circuit kind of insists that I need it!
 
But who cares?!  I am HALFWAY through INSANITY!  For lack of a better word, it's INSANE!!!

I am feeling so pumped right now, I even managed to DOUBLE my NikeFuel for today!  As the app would say, I ICED IT, baby!  Vanilla Ice has got nothin' on me, cuz this girl is on FIRE!  Can you tell I've been listening to the radio, I've got million thoughts and songs running through my head at warp speed right now!

So halfway through and before I start the recovery week (which incidentally, looks more tiring than the workouts from this past month!) I thought I'd have a peek at my starting stats and compare them to this week's check in on Wednesday!

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

50% Done Stats
Weight: 183.8 lbs (-15.4)
Waist: 41.75 in (-1.25)
Hips: 44 in (+1)
Bust: 44 in (-2)
Left Thigh: 24.25 in (-.75)
Neck: 14.25 in (-.75)
Shoulders: 21.25 in (-1.25)
Left Bicep: 14.5 in (+1.5)

w00t!!! *insert Arsenio Hall whoo whoo whoo here*

So let's bust out my rusty math skills here, shall I?

 I am 15.4 pounds down since I started.  Of course, can't attribute it all solely to Insanity since there was kickboxing and Ultimate Frisbee in there, but I'd have to say it was definitely a BIG part of it!  And although it's not moving as fast as I'd like, the tape is cinching slowly but surely...except for those two areas, which I don't mind about the bicep because I'm hoping it's MUUUUUSCLE I'm building there, but weird about the hips and sad that I seem to be losing the most in the girls, but... Ah, well, what's a girl to do!

I am feeling so insanely proud of myself right now.  I haven't even gotten through the first cycle and I'm already planning my second Insanity cycle already!  Numbers and tapes and scales aside, I know there's marked differences.  I feel awesome when I can notice the difference between how I feel and move from the first day I popped that Plyo DVD into my player from today.  It took 4 weeks to get there but I just did three Insanity workouts in a row without having to take a break during the warm up and with each day and workout that passes, I'm getting further and further through while taking less breaks.  I feel stronger, I feel capable and I feel AWESOME.  The girl in the mirror keeps winking at me and trying to give me high fives and I can't help but return them!

I'm pondering whether or not I should take a rest day tomorrow or just jump whole hog into the recovery week, but I had a bit of time before I had to step out earlier this evening, so I put in the Cardio Balance and Recovery and I didn't see anything 'recovery' in that work out.  In fact, it looks WAY harder! *LOL*  Nothing like a little fear before the start of another month of workouts!  I don't even care, this is GOOD fear, I think.  I don't care what I'll look like or feel when I start it because I know that if I can give as good as I can get, the improvements will speak for itself.

Honestly, I thought I was doing Insanity JUST to lose weight and look cute in tiny outfits, but it's become so much more than that.  I am finding that I am LOVING feeling this week.  It's not about shrinking and seeing smaller numbers on the scale - though it's an AWESOME bonus.  It's just knowing the girl I used to be and how lazy and unaccomplished and lackadaisical she was and then getting to know THIS girl.  The one who's still lazy about working out but pushes past that and gets 'er done anyway. The one who is starting to learn the value of hard work and the meaning of putting in the work now to get REAL rewards later, not just cheap rewards that taste good for ten minutes.

I'm still not perfect and there's still a lot that I don't know but the girl I used to be is keeping the girl I'm becoming humble even throughout all the pride I know I've earned so far.  Because I know that anything can happen and that bad days will come and go and sometimes my will to succeed in this may not always be stronger than my will to eat a bag of chips.  But I'm also learning to forgive myself along the way and just keep going and the things that I'm learning throughout this journey fitness-wise isn't just containing itself in this one area of my life.  It's spilling out into the rest of days and principles.  Because I can forgive myself for the small mistakes I'm making throughout my journey, I'm finding I can overlook other people's mistakes because everyone makes them (for the most part).  Because I am finding that even when my head says 'no, I can't', I can learn that I'm wrong, when someone else tells me, 'no, you can't', I know I can find a way to prove THEM wrong.

Not to sound like an infomercial, but I'm finding I really DO have more energy to get other stuff done and be more productive and that's pretty cool too.

Anyway, looks like my endorphin kick is running out of steam and it's creeping closer to midnight!  Gonna try to releax a bit and get some sleep and hopefully I'll be able to get out of bed and move my body tomorrow! Gotta remind myself that it was SO worth it!

Thanks for sticking it out with me.  I know I talked a lot about myself and what I did on my own in this post, but it will ALWAYS go without saying that whatever I've found that I can do, half of it is ALWAYS because of the encouragement that I have been getting from my friends and family and the new friends and family I'm making HERE on MFP.  I can't even explain in words enough how it feels to have friends like you, but I think since we're all in this journey together, you already have an idea of how I'm feeling.  But just in case, *BIG GIANT HUGS* comes pretty close!

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