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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.

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Week 9 (Redo): Insanity & WW

9/16-9/23

Weight Loss/Gain: Loss 3.6

9/16: Insanity Day Off: I can’t express how much I really need this day off. It is extremely difficult to take a hiatus during the Insanity program and try to pick back up.

Breakfast: Pancakes, Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Chicken Deli Sandwich and White Cheddar Popcorn

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna  (Homemade)

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/17: Max Interval Circuit: This was hard, as usual. I pushed myself, but I can feel that I’ve lost a few steps due to my hiatus. It sucks, but I have to push myself to complete what I started.

Breakfast: Egg Whites, Turkey Sausage & 1 Slice of Toast

Lunch: Smart Ones Fettucine Alfredo

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/18: Max Interval Conditioning/Insane Abs: I did a lot better this time around. I was especially happy with my effort during the Insane Abs workout.

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Progresso Santa Fe Chicken Soup (Lite) & Peanut Butter Crackers

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Dessert: Cookies Galore

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

***When over alloted points for the day.

9/19: Max Interval Sports Training: I love this workout! I definitely pushed myself through. This is the only workout that seems to go by quickly! I also made a mistake, this workout was supposed to be done tomorrow. I’ll just have to swap it out.

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Progresso Santa Fe Chicken Soup (Lite) & Peanut Butter Crackers

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds, Banana & Grapes

Dessert: 1 Serving of Mini Oreo Cookies

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/20: Max Interval Circuit: Knowing that this my last time doing this workout, I tried my best to push through and get it done. I wanted to accomplish as much and feel as I did before I took the time off, but was unsuccessful. However, I still got a good workout.

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich & Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Grapes

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

9/20: Max Interval Plyo: I killed this workout. As I’ve mentioned before, I like this way better than Max Interval Circuit, so that in itself was motivation to do the best I could. During this workout, I felt like I had not taken any time off. It’s crazy what a day’s difference can do. I’m definitely looking forward to my last Insanity workout tomorrow!

Breakfast: Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich & Salad

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Grapes & Apple Crisp Granola

Dessert: Mini Oreos

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

**Went over allotted amount of points. I made the mistake of thinking I had more points than I actually did. 🙂

9/20: Max Interval Conditioning/Insane Abs: As you all are aware, this was my last workout. So, you know I had to show out even if I was the only one in the room. I pushed through, and made sure I went out strong. I did. I feel great, and accomplished. 

Breakfast: Pancakes, Egg Whites & Turkey Sausage

Lunch: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich with Shredded Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

Dinner: Turkey Lasagna

Snacks: Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Beverages: Water, Tea & Coffee

Please look out for my Insanity Reflection Post, coming soon!

Week 8 (Redo): Insanity & WW

Alright folks, I hope I haven’t let too many of you down with my incompletion of Insanity as scheduled. As aforementioned, I am going to redo Weeks 8 & 9, and I’m debating on adding an additional week. With that said, here’s my Week 8 Redo week update…

9/10-9/16

9/10: Max Interval Circuit: Let’s just say that I got my butt whooped and didn’t even make it through the entire workout. I had a headache prior to starting, and once I started the first circuit, I began to feel dizzy, light-headed, and extremely nauseated. Usually I would have tried to push through, but this time I think if I would have continued, I would have passed out, seriously.

Breakfast: Peanut Butter Crackers

Lunch: Nothing

Dinner: Turkey Burger, popcorn

Snack: Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Beverages: Water, Coffee,  & Green Tea

9/11: Max Interval Plyometrics: This was tough, but I think I did fairly well considering I haven’t worked out in a week and a half. My body is definitely going to have to readjust to get hammered by Insanity. I’m going to take a slow, but push myself.

Breakfast: Oatmeal w/reduced fat milk

Lunch: Smart Ones Alfredo Fettuccine

Dinner: Yellow Rice 2/3 serving), Turkey Sausage (2 oz), Black Beans & Steamed String Beans

Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers

Beverages: Water & Green Tea

9/12: Max Interval Conditioning & Insane Abs: While doing this workout, I felt like it was the first time I’ve done it. Towards the end of the Insane abs workout, I noticed my heart rate increased signficantly. I allowed it to decrease, then I picked back up. Overall, I thought I did well, and will continue to push through until I complete Insanity.

Breakfast: None

Lunch: Smart Ones Broccoli & Cheddar Roasted Potatoes

Dinner: Yellow Rice 3/4 serving), Turkey Sausage (2 oz), Black Beans & Steamed String Beans

Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers (2/3 serving)

Beverages: Water & Green Tea

9/13: Max Interval Recovery: Like the other workouts during this week, it was tough to get through.

Breakfast: 1 Egg & biscuit

Lunch: Smart Ones Fettuccine Alfredo

Dinner: Progresso Reduced Fat Clam Chowder w/Yellow Rice (1/4 Serving) & Grilled Cheese

Snack: Hummingbird Cupcake & 1 Godiva Biscuit

Beverages: Water, Coffee & Green Tea

9/14: Max Interval Cardio Circuit: I was able to get through this workout this time around. It was hard, but I managed. I definitely paid close attention to my body to make sure I didn’t experience the same issues I did on Monday. Overall, it was a good workout.

Breakfast: Egg Sandwich

Lunch: Smart Ones Fettuccine Alfredo

Dinner: Progresso Reduced Fat Clam Chowder & Grilled Cheese w/Turkey Sausage, White Cheddar Popcorn

Snack: Peanut Butter Crackers & Nutter Butters

Beverages: Water, Coffee & Green Tea

**Went over allotted points for the day.

9/15: Max Interval Sports training: As I mentioned before, this is my favorite Insanity workout. It was hard to get through, but it is the most manageable workout. I made sure to push through though. I think during this redo week, it was my best workout.

Breakfast: Shrimp & Grits, 1 Slice of Toast

Lunch: Banana & Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Dinner: Sliced Chicken Deli Sandwich (grilled), Black Beans & Steamed String Beans

Snack: Watermelon

Beverages: Coffee & Green Tea

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.

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