Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 14/60: Still Kickin'

Insanity Workouts:
Day 13: Pure Cardio
Day 14: Cardio Abs / Rest Day

Just a quick "touch base" as my family and I make the road trip back from an amazing vacation at Massanutten Resort in the Shenandoah Valley of VA.  (Yes, we have been singing John Denver's "Country Roads" more than necessary.)   We bought our timeshare almost 14 years ago and have been all over the place with the RCI exchange program.  Massanutten is definitely the family favorite so far!


I managed to keep up with the Insanity workouts; the past couple of days opting to split up Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs instead of doing both in one workout as scheduled.  In retrospect, that was probably a mistake.  Note for next time.

The other caveat is that you definitely need athletic footwear for the Cardio Abs workout (as with all the others.)  I started out barefoot when I hit "play" thinking it would be along the lines of the P90 & P90X Ab routines.

Wrong.  I had to pause to get my sneakers.  And, there is zero similarity between Shaun T's abdominal nightmare and Tony's  P100/200/AbX.   This one is only about 15 minutes but just so different from anything I had done before; YIKES!   Not being warmed up also may have made it more uncomfortable.  Next time I will still to the schedule and see if that helps.

Tomorrow I'll be doing the check-in Fit Test and measurements so that should be interesting. Stay tuned!

Best,
Charlene



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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 12/60: Personal Return on Investment

Insanity Workouts:
Day 12 - Cardio Power & Resistance
Day 11 - Cardio Recovery
Day 10 - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Apparently my comment about people not working out on vacation resonated with a lot of of my readers.

Don't feel badly. It's not you, it's the stupid exercise.

Just kidding; it's you.   

But, maybe I can help with a little loving perspective. 

In everyday life, the easiest excuse is no time.  It's a common mantra:
         "I'd like to work out more to I don't have the time."
  "I would eat healthier but the food prep take too much time."
     "I'm so exhausted, I think I may lose my mind.  There's just not enough time for me."
    
Who can argue?  Time is, in fact, limited and finite.  There are only so many minutes and hours in a day.   The catch is that the demands for those precious clock ticks could be infinite.  Everyone wants a piece of us.  There are multiple external needs; planned and unplanned.

Maybe this is another place where my experience as a sales professional comes in handy.  People have been telling me "no budget" as an objection for nearly three decades.  

Here's my theory:  "No time" is the "no budget" of life balance.

For most companies, financial resources are as limited and finite as time itself.  At a very high level (so as not to go off into a sales training tangent), a prospect has to believe in the value of having or doing something enough to prioritize it over the other demands for those same resources.  Ideally, I can create the case that investing in my thing actually creates more resources and/or makes them more valuable. That's a "return on investment" (ROI) and done well, should be a no brainer.

With that perspective, when someone tells me they don't have the time to workout, make healthy food choices, meditate, or whatever, I usually hear one of two things:

     1) They wouldn't do these things even if they had the time because they just don't see the value.

     2) They see the value at some level, but don't value themselves enough (or don't know how) to set boundaries with other people, places, or things.

Vacation is life's way of calling your bluff.   (Okay, and now mine.)  If the demands of the crazy daily routine are the only things keeping you from making personal vitality a priority in your life, then vacation is indeed the perfect time to focus on yourself!

Think of vacation as your own personal "pilot program."

While you are away from work and school, make fitness a priority.  Try some new foods or stop eating something you suspect doesn't make you feel great.   See what happens when you make your kids be more independent and/or accountable.  Messes are okay on vacation! Ask your partner for support so you have an hour to workout or take a walk or sit in peace.

Maybe do this "pilot" even when you're not on vacation.   Try just 10 days of investing in yourself.  Let everyone know.  Set expectations and boundaries.  

The key to success is this:  You have to see the value in investing in yourself.  Visualize your ideal outcome.  Believe that there will be an ROI.  There will be!

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!

Carpe Diem!
Charlene





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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day 9/60: Creature of Habit

Day 9: Pure Cardio
Day 8: Cardio Power & Resistance
Day 7 (ish): Off
My last post referenced a day off.  Here is proof positive that if you give me an inch, I will take a mile.  Or at least, if you give me a day off from working out, I will take two. 

Routines make a difference. We are creatures of habit.   The lesson is that I need to do something in the morning on the "off" days whether it is an easy walk, a stretch, or even meditation.   If you are also someone who easily gets "out of the groove," I would recommend this for you as well. 

Even though I took two days off this week, I am counting it as one so as not to short change myself on workout days across the entire program. Also, I don't want to mess up my pretty tracking calendar.  

Meanwhile, this is family vacation week and we have been traveling.  Determined to keep my Insanity schedule, I was sure to have a DVD player on the trip and I have been diligent in my workouts so far.  

Vacation can be a tricky thing for some people.  I have friends (probably reading this!) who believe that exercise routines are done only before and in preparation for vacation.   The actual vacation is an excuse to eat a lot and not workout.   

My feeling is that vacation is the perfect time to focus on personal vitality; more time and less stress!

Whether I am truly getting better at this or it is just my "vacation state," I definitely felt stronger doing Pure Cardio this morning.  The first time I did this DVD I almost burst into tears.  Today I felt really energized.  It was still hard but in a much better way.  

One complaint I have (look at me, Mrs. Critical!) from yesterday's workout is that Shaun T. does zero upper body stretch.  As a result, my triceps were killing me today after having done all those dips in the Plyo workout.  I'll be adding some tricep, shoulder, and chest stretch to these routines from now on for sure. 

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Best,
Charlene



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 6/60: Call the WAHmbulance!

Insanity Workout: Plyometric Cardio Circuit (43 min.)

This morning I woke up with surprising little soreness. Instead, my legs felt a bit shaky. Jello-ish even. Odd.

Gosh, it was tempting to skip my workout.  Could you hear the whining from there?

Shaky legs, a little tired, too much other stuff to do.... I've been so good all week... And I just don't wanna!

"Just push play, ya big baby!" I told myself. "Don't think about what you don't want to do. Just push the little button with the arrow on it. GO!"

I should be more ashamed to admit that I whined (internally) throughout almost the whole workout. I kept thinking of rationalizations to stop before the 43 minutes were done. I think I almost cried at one point.

But I kept going.

I won't lie. It kinda sucked.

Another inner reminder kept me from quitting: "Successful people move through the tough stuff. You want results? KEEP. MOVING."

As a reward, it turns out I was wrong about the "cardio recovery" day being a day off. There is an actual day off tomorrow. Woot!

I am tempted to finagle the schedule to take Saturday off since I have a 10 hour road trip planned. But, I know I need the break now.

See you in a couple of days!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 5/60: No "Bad Pain" Allowed

Workout: Pure Cardio (38 min.)

As quick insight, at least two moves on this workout include the word "suicide" in their name.  Yeah, yikes.  

We're talkin' constant moving, jumping, kicking, punching, push-up hell.    Even the super-fit people on the video were splattered on the floor by the end.

That said, I never feel badly taking an extra break as needed or modifying a move.  My goal is to rock it through the whole 60-days and not hurt myself.   

I follow what I believe is good advice for any workout:  If I feel like my heart rate is too high, or I feel my knee or back start to "tweak," I take a break or modify the move.  I constantly monitor my body and adjust as I think I need to.    

Most people can tell the difference between "good pain" and "bad pain."  Just gotta listen and remember that there is no shame in pacing yourself.

Have an insane day!


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Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 4/60: You Call This "Recovery"??

Workout: Cardio Recovery (33 min.)

Having not done my workout until close to 8pm last night, I was relieved to see the words "Cardio Recovery" on the docket this morning at 6am.  The guy on the DVD cover looks like he is taking a much needed break, so that gave me some hope. 

All I can say is that Shaun T. really is demented.  (I say that with love.  Really.)    

Recovery implies easier.   Somewhere in the literature, they even refer to this as the "day off" in the workout series.   Seriously?

Then again, some people find yoga to be "relaxing."  I guess if you live in that world, then you'll see the "recovery" in this workout. 

I do not live in that world.

Still, I appreciated the slower pace of the movements as a nice change; a good opportunity to work on my balance and flexibility. 

As a total bonus, thanks to balancing on one leg with my head by my ankles, my body twisted, and my hand reaching for the sky, I spotted the missing case for my iPod in an odd spot on a shelf near my exercise mat.   I'm not sure I would have found it in any other position.

Thanks Shaun T!

See y'all tomorrow...



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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 3/60: Ow.

Workout: Cardio Power & Resistance (39 min)

So apparently the universe wanted to test my assertion yesterday that wake-up workouts are ideal.  Suffice it to say that Sunday twirled around me until it was 7:30pm and I still hadn't "pushed play" yet.

Oh, the excuses I wanted to make.  Kids have homework.  It's too late.  I won't be able to sleep.  The laundry isn't done. I should really catch up on all my Draw Something game requests.

Also, I should probably mention the pain. Ow. It hurts to sit. Maybe I didn't take the stretch seriously enough?

Yesterday I told you to suck it up.  So I guess I have to practice what I preach. 

It wasn't easy but I did it.  This time - maybe because it was the end of the day - it was the warm-up that almost did me in.  I was in a complete flop sweat just nine minutes in. 

In the spirit of keepin' it real, I'll admit that I bailed on the single leg tricep dips; just so you don't feel badly if there's a move here and there that's just too much at that moment. 

On the plus side, I recovered enough to do the tricep ball push-ups. I surprised myself.

Stay tuned!



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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 2/60: Oh Yeah - This is Going to Kick My Butt

Workout: Plyometric Cardio Circuit (43 min)
  
People always ask me how I fit exercise into my busy life of kids, work, house, school, etc.  There really isn't any magic to it.  Days and nights being already full, the only answer I have is to wake up earlier.  

Even on days when I *might* have the time later, I know myself well enough to know that if I don't get my workout done first thing, it just may not happen.

It might.  Or, I might just end up wearing my workout clothes all day for ultimately no reason.  

So ya just gotta suck it up and get your arse out of bed a little earlier.  It is what it is.

The key is not to think about "working out" or the actual "doing" of it.   Just push play.  All you need to do is start.

That said, one thing I like already about Insanity (or at least the workout I did today) is that it's only 43 minutes.  More than half of that is warm up and stretching.  So really, there's only 20 minutes of true brutality in there.  
Today my experience is that while it is very intense, it's not difficult.  This, I love.  One of the reasons I don't typically do well in health club exercise classes is that I'm not that coordinated.  So, I appreciate the simplicity of Shaun T's drills.  
  
I also like the intervals of max intensity followed by 30-second breaks. Compared to other workouts (including P90X), this makes the time fly and makes even the most painful spurts "doable" somehow.
In this particular workout, I did modify a few of the moves slightly (stepping vs. jumping).  There was one pushup/oblique/jumping section about 12 minutes before the end that I truly couldn't get through.  The only saving grace was that the people on the video were quitting too.   All in all, I just know this is going to kick my butt - but I love it already.  
See you tomorrow!


(PS: I reserve the right to rescind my love.  Stay tuned!!)

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Day 1/60: Let the Insanity Begin!

It's been two years since I first completed P90X.  Wow, time flies when you are working, eating, drinking, and burying both of your parents.

My husband asked me, "Why don't you just do P90X again?" He added, "or Tae Bo, or that Brazilian butt program or any of the other 100 DVDs you got down there?!" 

You would think after 15 years he would know me.  I get bored.  He's lucky I've had Billy, Tony, Leandro, Teigh, Gillian (with  "G") and Jillian (with a "J") to keep me entertained.  

Anyhoo, for the next 60 days I will spending a lot of time with my new "friend" Shaun T.  

Today I started the INSANITY workout you've probably seen on TV.

I did the Fit Test today, weight and measurements, one awful photo, and hung the tracking calendar poster on the wall.

My goal is to update daily so if you want to get the "play by play," including any tips I think of along the way - just enter your email address in the "Posts by Email" section on the sidebar.   Or, if you are getting this via email... Just stay tuned!

Wish me luck!

PS:  Pardon my "dust" if things look a little funky here for a few days.  Google decided to mess with Blogger which caused some havoc with my design.   Thanks for your understanding!!




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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Tale of the (Hungry) April Fool

In honor of today's date, I thought I'd repost a quick April Fool's Day story.

Hubby "Big D" looks like a grown man but is such a child in so many ways.  I say this with love. Really.

One minor example is his preference for sugary cereals such as Lucky Charms and Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch (most commonly misspelled/mispronounced as "Captain Crunch.")

One April 1st, Big D got out the big serving bowl (big kid; big bowl) and the brand new box of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch.  Poured the cereal into the bowl... and out came... 

Cheerios.

He uttered some very adult expletive statement along the lines of, "What the fudge?!"

And then proceeded to call the Customer Support phone number on the back of the Cap'n Cruch box (1-800-234-6281 from 8am - 4pm CT if you ever need it.) 

"Hello. I would like to make a complaint," he grumbled.  "I just bought a box of Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch and there are Cheerios inside.  I think something got messed up in your factory!"

As he was talking, he realised that we also had a box of Cheerios in the pantry.  He opened up the box and....

"Waaaaiiit a minute..." he stalled to the customer rep on the phone. "Oh my gosh.  There is Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch in my Cheerios box.   I think my kids played an April Fool's trick on me."

The customer rep replied, "Well, I was going to tell you that it would have been pretty tough since we make Cap'n Crunch here at Quaker Oats and Cheerios are made by General Mills!"

DOH!

It's still as funny today as it was then!!  (And I think Big D is still as embarrassed!)

Keep smilin',
Charlene
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