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Reflection: Insanity Completion

Well, I finally completed the Insanity challenge. It took me 11 weeks as opposed to 9. I took a 1.5 week hiatus due to unforeseen circumstances. So, I redid week 8 in its entirety and completed week 9.

This is has been a crazy journey. I am so thankful that I completed it, even if it took longer than expected. I love the results I got. During the Insanity challenge, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that when I set my mind to doing something I will accomplish it no matter the obstacles. I also realized that my losing weight, was something done solely for me. A lot of people told me that I am fine the way that I am, and that at the midpoint, I didn’t need to lose any more weight. Well, I can’t look at myself through the eyes of others. I can only view myself through my eyes and that means that I have to be satisfied with me. While I appreciate all the compliments and kind words shared with me, I’ve come realize that a person should lose weight because he/she wants to. Not because of the attention you may receive or because society says that your overweight. Do it for you. Make yourself happy.

I’ve also noticed that I am not the only one who has taken a weight loss journey in the past year, a lot of my friends are also on their own journeys. I think that is a beautiful thing, and I hope they all reach their goals. I am definitely here for motivation, if  it’s needed. I received a ton of motivation from all directions, and it definitely helped me push through and accomplish my goal. However, I have to mostly thank God for providing me with determination and motivation because there were days that I wanted to quit. With prayer, He always pushed me through, and I am thankful!

I’ve decided to cancel my Weight Watchers subscription. It does work, but it has become instilled in me to eat better, and commit to daily exercise. I was really worried about what I would do at the conclusion of the weight watchers program, but having done this for so long, I know that I’ll be subconsciously telling myself to eat healthy and not to indulge.

Something else that I’ve realized is that losing weight is a process. It took time for me to gain weight, so of course it would take time to lose it. I think the biggest mistake people make is thinking that the weight is just going to fall off. It isn’t. It takes time, be patient. If you don’t take anything from my journey, please take this… The weight will come off in due time, especially if you are working hard and eating right. It may not fall off as quickly as you like, but it will eventually. Trust me.

Week 9: Insanity and Weight Watchers

Greetings!

I know everyone was expecting my final update on Insanity and Weight Watchers to be published today. However, a lot has happened over the past two weeks. I have not completed the Insanity program just yet. I’ve decided to redo weeks 8 and 9, and add an additional week. I will update accordingly. I apologize to those who were waiting and expecting a final update. It’s coming, it will just be delayed.

Due to the things taking place the past couple of weeks, I didn’t eat well either. At weigh in this morning, I found that I gained 5 pounds. Of course this is a setback, but I’ve come to realize that everything is not going to always be organized and done the way we want them. Life throws curve balls, and we have to learn how knock it out the park even if we strike out a few times.

With that said, stay tuned for my upcoming Insanity & Weight Watchers updates. If you’ve experienced a curve ball, I encourage you to get back up to the plate and try again! Keep moving forward.

Week 1: Insanity & WW

7/10-7/14 [Sunday was an off day and I didn’t officially start until Monday. I posted my official start with Insanity & WW on 7/9]

Day Two (Plyometric Cardio): I damn near died. I am not a sweater, but today I couldn’t tell. I looked like a chocolate glazed donut. Today was definitely a good a workout. I completed the workout, but I did take a few breaks in between. Next time I cross this workout, I’m sure I’ll be able to get through it with fewer breaks.

Breakfast: Oatmeal (Weight Control Maple & Brown Sugar) with Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones – Broccoli and Cheesy Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Progresso Light Clam Chowder, sliced chicken sandwich (whole wheat 45 cal bread, mustard, Cajun seasoned chicken (deli meat) & 1 slice of sharp cheddar cheese)  and Cheetos (1 oz).

Drinks: Water & Green Tea

Snack(s): Cherries

Day Three (Cardio Power & Resistance): This was hard, too. I wouldn’t say it was as bad as the Plyometric Cardio though. I was able to keep up more with this workout. I pushed myself more and took fewer breaks. Once again, I was drenched in sweat.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones – Fettuccine Alfredo

Dinner: Progresso Macaroni and Bean soup, sliced chicken sandwich and tortilla chips (1 oz.)

Beverages: Water & Green Tea

Snack(s): Cherries

Day Four (Cardio Recovery): Cardio Recovery is just what I needed. After two days of soreness, my body definitely need a good stretch and recovery. I’m quite thrilled that there are days like this that allow my body to recoup after so much intensity. Tomorrow is Pure Cardio, I can only begin to imagine what my body is about to through!

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones – Broccoli and cheesy roasted potatoes

Dinner: Progresso Macaroni and Bean soup, sliced chicken sandwich and Cheetos

Beverages: Water & Green Tea

Snack(s): Cherries and Bananas

Day Five: (Pure Cardio): Umm… This workout was just as the title states, PURE CARDIO! There were no :30 second breaks once the workout started. I did take a few breaks though. During this workout, I realized my biggest weakness is push ups. I have minimal upper body strength. So, a few exercises within this workout were extremely difficult. I’m sure with time, I’ll build my upper body strength so that I can do a real push up and not a half one.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Soy Milk

Lunch: Smart Ones – Broccoli and Cheesy Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Tuna Sandwich, Baked Cheetos and potato salad (store-bought)

Drinks: Water & Green Tea

Snack(s): Cherries

Day Six: (Plyometric Cardio): I think this type of workout is the hardest on my body. I sweat a lot more doing the Plyometric Cardio than any other exercise. I pushed myself and took fewer breaks. Great workout!

Breakfast: None. I woke up at 11:30am.

Lunch: Tuna Sandwich, Cheetos

Dinner: Lawnmower Salad (Dave and Buster’s) – Romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup of Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette, 2 oz of chopped chicken breast, boiled eggs, red onions, avocado, bleu cheese crumbles, green peppers, red peppers, tomatoes. I ate 2/3 of the salad.

Drinks: Water

Snacks: Banana & Pretzels (100 cal pack)

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Tuna Recipe

Canned tuna (1), 1 tbls of olive oil mayo, mustard, chopped dill pickle, salt, pepper and cooked egg whites.

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Now, I know I didn’t eat the healthiest, but I’m taking steps to lead a healthier life. The key word is “steps”. I also forgot to weigh myself yesterday and this morning. So, I’ll update this tomorrow with my results from week one.

 

Health Trip: Insanity & WW

I officially started Insanity yesterday (7/9). Let’s just say that the fit test made me tired. However, I’m motivated to complete this challenge. I’m not going to blog about Insanity (and Weight Watchers) everyday. Instead, I’ll give weekly updates until I complete my 60-day-challenge.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Insanity, and have finally built-up enough courage to take a crack at it. I’ve actually had the Insanity set since 2009. I know, terrible. It is what it is. I’m ready now!

I’m also on Weight Watchers and have been on it for the past few months. Weight Watchers truly works, but I haven’t been reaping the full benefits because I wasn’t committed to any workout program. Now that I’ve signed on to Insanity, I can reap the full benefits of the Weight Watchers program. for me, Weight Watchers has reinforced portion control and eating less processed food. I am less inclined to eat out because most restaurant meals can use up a day’s worth of points. I’ve noticed that I also pay more attention to the fat/carb/fiber/protein content of the food I eat.

On Weight Watchers I lost 20 lbs, but  I gained back about 5 lbs because I went on a self-induced hiatus for the last month and a half. So, to-date, I’ve lost 15 lbs. I haven’t given up because I am determined to reach my goal no matter how long it takes. I’d like to lose about 20 more pounds.

I know some  of my friends and family think that’s too much to lose, but it’s not about how they view me, it’s about how I view myself. I by no means have low self-esteem; I just want to lose weight while becoming healthier and physically fit. This is something I have to do for myself and no one else.

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