Hey everyone! So I just wanted to give you an update on my Insanity progress, especially considering it is on sale this month. When I moved to Germany I wasn’t eating well and I wasn’t working out out like I should have. I ended up gaining 15 lbs before I joined the Beachbody Team. I decided to try Insanity because I figured, it looks really difficult, and if I can do what I can with a program like that, I will have guaranteed results. I was wasting time in gym classes and online workouts, that didn’t do a single thing, so I was sick of wasting time and wanted something that I knew would work.
I actually got Insanity in November 2013 and let it sit there until the end of December. I always had an excuse…my back hurt…it was Thanksgiving…work keeps me too busy….my parents were coming to visit. When I look back on all the excuses I made, I realized that’s all they were, excuses. When you truly want something, you will MAKE time no matter what your schedule is like, no matter what your reason is, you will push play and you will do the workout if you want to change. I remember price being an issue for the longest time, I didn’t want to spend money on something I didn’t think I would like or could do. Yet I could easily spend that much in one week doing other things or buying other things. I chose to invest in myself, do it even if I thought I couldn’t, and change myself. Slowly getting fat again was against everything I have worked so hard for, against everything I blog about, and I was not about to let all my progress go to waste. I got lazy, that’s the truth, and I wish I didn’t but stuff happens, what can I say? All I could do was change it. I didn’t get nearly as big as I was in 2008-2010 (See below photo), but I was on my way! In this photo I had just started doing kickboxing, I weighed 270 lbs at 5’9 and I had an array of health problems. I remember that struggle, wearing Spanx with everything even though it barely made a difference especially considering how big my face, and everything else got. I was depressed after the death of my brother, I didn’t eat well, I drank too often, didn’t work out and didn’t care. If you have read my “about me” I go into this a lot…but I made the change Thanksgiving Day 2009 and swore to never look back. Fast forward to April 2013 and clearly I forgot everything I have been through and ate the German pastries, bread, Italian food and the list goes on…I am glad I was able to fix the problem this year before it got worse!!!
So January 6, 2014 I decided to start the Insanity program and get rid of the 15 lbs I gained last year. The first workout was only a little over 30 mins long, but wow! At first I thought “what did I just get myself into?”, but as I sat there sweating like crazy I was like YES! Finally something I know will work! I figured, if something is going to kick my butt like that, by the end of 63 days I will be on my way to looking the way I want to. Once I hit the 30 day mark I already made great improvement and was really excited to see what month 2 brings. However, once I hit month 2 is when 21 Day Fix released. I took a 1 week break from Insanity so I could do the 21 Day Fix workouts and try the containers so I could help my 21 Day Fix Challengers. I wanted to be able to answer all their questions and help them through the program, and the only way I could do that was to read the book, use the containers and do the workouts for 1 week. It helped a lot with that. After the week was over, I started my month 2 of Insanity. It was harder than month 1 for sure, and there were some things I couldn’t do because of my back problems, so I did what I could and modified things I couldn’t. I also didn’t do 6 days a week like I should have, I only did it 4-5 times a week instead.
It’s crazy because even though I slacked a little in month 2, I still got great results with Insanity. I still did as much as I could, and I lost 20 lbs and 25″ all over and was finally able to fit in my jeans from early last year. I couldn’t even get them over my hips in December, that’s how I knew I needed to fix this. Ya know, sometimes you just go on with life not even realizing how much weight you have gained. You think you look the same, yet all of a sudden your clothes start to fit differently, or not at all, and you see pictures of yourself like “whoa! when did that happen??”…I think I was in denial until the end of last year. I didn’t realize how much damage I was doing to my body by eating things I shouldn’t and not exercising. I wasn’t setting a good example for my kids either.
Losing weight is so much more than just physical appearance. Yes, we all want a bikini-friendly body, but more than anything, once we start to feel better about ourselves it shows in everything else we do! When we start to improve our physical appearance, we start to feel better, act better, have less “bad days”, sleep better and make better decisions for our family as well. My 2 year old always tries to work out with me she thinks its funny. She loves yoga and cool downs…she breathes reaching her hands up, and exhales down to the floor and stretches her legs its so cute. Even my son asked me to wait to do Insanity until he got home from school because he wanted to try too and hes only 11! What you choose to do impacts your kids and your marriage as well. Being in the fitness and weight loss community gets you talking to a lot of different people, and I cant tell you how many people have said they are better wives and moms once they started to feel better about themselves. I have also heard women say they are so unhappy with themselves their marriage is struggling because of it. It goes back to how people always say you cant love anyone until you love yourself. It sounds lame and cliche when you hear it, but its the truth when you are going through it or have been through it. The little things count too…for me it was the Military Ball. I didn’t want to go, but I know that wasn’t fair to my husband either. I couldn’t fit into a dress I liked at all. I mean, now looking back on it, I wish I had time to choose a different dress, but I was trying so hard to lose weight I waited until the last minute. This is my husband and I at the Military Ball end of Feb 2014…I believe I was on day 40-something of Insanity!
With that said, I run a Fitness and Weight Loss Challenge Group on Facebook. It has all my clients who are trying to better their health with clean eating and exercise. These are people committed to a Beachbody workout and/or Shakeology and/or the Paleo way of eating. Everyone has lost such an amazing amount of weight this year…between all my challengers and myself we have lost over 300 lbs! I am so excited and proud of those who have changed their life! No matter what you are doing, as long as you are doing something!
I would LOVE to have you join my team…we post a lot of different information to help with accountability, motivation, inspiration, meal ideas etc. I know the group has helped me as well, and I hear from my clients all the time how much the group helps keep them on track! I also personally check in with you and do a weigh-in Monday and do non scale victories! The scale isn’t the end all…some people don’t see the numbers drop yet their pants are getting too big. Look at me, last year I gained 15 lbs but being tall, that doesn’t make THAT much of a difference, but my pants wouldn’t even go over my hips. Its because the muscle I had, turned back into fat, and I gained more fat on top of it making my body completely change! Check ins, weigh ins, non scale victories and measurements all play a part overall.
So, June is Shaun T month so Beachbody has Rockin Body and Hip Hop Abs with Shakeology for $140 and Insanity with Shakeology for $160! These are amazing deals, and Insanity never goes on sale for that cheap. You figure, Shakeology alone is $129.95…so you basically get the workouts for nothing once Shakeology is paid for. I completely understand Insanity can be intimidating, but if I can do it with my back and knee problems, and being overweight, I feel like anyone can do it. You see my “Before” photos above…I was no where near fit lol. When you commit to something, even if you modify, you will finish it and get results. Beachbody also has a money back guarantee, if for any reason you are not happy with the program they will refund your money. You really have nothing to lose! With the purchase of a Challenge Pack you also get access to my private Facebook team, free low carb paleo meal plans, a wall schedule and a nutrition and workout booklet for each program.
If you would like to check out the sales or other programs and information about Shakeology, please visit my Beachbody Website!
If you have any questions at all please email me: FoodIMakeMySoldier@yahoo.com
Thanks for reading my little transformation story for this year. I have lost a total of 80 lbs since I first started this journey, but I have started a new journey this year to be FIT before I turn 30 Jan 2015. Lets see how it goes! 🙂
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