I’ve gone crazy for Insanity Fitness

IMG-20120617-00415Some of you may have remembered my crazy posts about trying to lose weight…if you didn’t read them but would like to hear me bitch about getting heavy, you can click here and here (yeah…I really sold you with that description, right?).
My original plan was to update weekly what I had done to fight the fat and track all my amazing progress…the problem was, I really wasn’t seeing any progress…which left me feeling a bit defeated and kind of embarrassed to post.
I was going to gym everyday and doing 40 minutes of cardio and yet I wasn’t seeing the results I thought I would…which is super depressing and frustrating. Then one night I was watching TV.
The infomercial for Insanity Fitness came on and I was so ready to change the channel but something kept me glued. I watched the whole thing and by the end of it, I was hooked…so, kudos to their infomercial team because you guys totally kept my interest and obviously, I bought it…because it would be totally weird to do a review on a product you hadn’t use.
The program is actually pretty simple. It’s a series of DVD’s that you will do everyday, 6 times a week, for 60 days. You start off by taking a “Fit Test” and you write down your results…that is your reference point of progress for the next 8 weeks.
Then you simply follow the calendar and do the video it states for the day. You don’t need any tools, just perhaps a yoga mat, a towel and definitely some Gatorade.
That sound easy enough, right???Well…actually it is.
It’s the mental part of the workout that is tough.
Ultimately it’s YOU that has to put in the DVD, it’s YOU that has to push yourself through the 45+ minutes of literal insanity, and it’s YOU that has to tell yourself to keep going when you want to quit.
What I learned, appreciated and understood best about this program was not the just the physical part…the most rewarding thing you will take from this program is mental strength.
I honestly believe that most people quit when they try the first week because I’m not going to lie…it’s hard, it’s tough, you will be sore, you’re going to feel almost nauseous (maybe that’s just me) and you’re going to curse like a truck driver (maybe that’s just me too…so you could be safe from having four letter words sporadically coming out of your mouth)…because this program will make your body reach its physical limits.I dreaded and loved every day. It’s like having a love/hate relationship with someone and that someone was Shaun T…the charismatic man behind this workout.
Sometimes he made me laugh, sometimes I’d tell him to shut up but every time he made me work hard.
When I wanted to stop and quit…I would tell myself I could do five more minutes…then those five minutes would turn to 10, then 20 and before I knew it, I had talked myself into doing the whole video.
I learned that I could really push myself to accomplish physical things I never thought possible…because if you believe in your mind you CAN do something…that’s when things really start happening.
Here are some pictures of me after some of my workouts…
Disclaimer: These are definitely not glamorous shots…they contain no high fashion, hot makeup or chic accessories…just pure Insanity style ;)
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Honestly, this review is much more than just a review…it’s a message to everyone.
We so often put excuses, reasons, obstacles in our way to NOT accomplish the things we want…and sometimes it’s almost our natural reaction..we don’t even notice we’re making excuses.
Like “oh, I’m too busy to work out” or “I’m gonna do it tomorrow” and the best one is “oh, I just don’t have the time”. There are soooo many reason you could tell yourself why you can’t/won’t/aren’t able to…but once you set a goal and reach it…I can tell you, there is NO better feeling that that.
Not only do I feel great now, I look better than I have in a long time and mentally, I am stronger.
And this may sound like I’m patting myself on the back and you know what, I am. Because we should be proud when we put our minds to something and accomplish it.
We should pat ourselves on the back for not quitting, for beginning something and seeing it through, for “finding” the time, for doing it today and not tomorrow…for fighting all the procrastination excuses in our heads and overcoming the “lazy”…because you know what, it’s not easy.
I found this quote and I thought it was perfect for this post:
Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it”  ~Author UnknownAnd that’s the truth…there can be no results, no success, no gratification if you’re not willing to work at this or anything else for that matter.

I wanted to quit so many times…saying it was too hard, I was too tired, it took too long…blah, blah, blah…but for the first time in a long time, my mind was stronger than my body…and it was my mind that pushed my body to continue. And I kicked myself into high-gear everyday with the little drill sergeant in my head and Shaun T’s voice in my TV.
Here is the Insanity calendar that I used and my Fit Test entries. My numbers are on the left of the line and my husband’s numbers are on the right of the line (he didn’t do a final fit test because he had a tennis injury):

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If you can’t see it, here are my number:
Switch Kicks: Began with 60, finished with 80
Power Jacks: Began with 25, finished with 45
Power Knees: Began with 50, finished with 84
Power Jumps: Began with 20, finished with 25
Globe Jumps: Began with 4, finished with 13
Suicide Jumps: Began with 13, finished with 16
Push up Jacks: Began with 3 (yes, I could barely do these when I started), finished with 23
Low Plan Oblique: Began with 28, finished with 50

Not too shabby, right?
I couldn’t believe it when I saw the final numbers…me, I had done that.
Before I used to think 40 minutes on the elliptical was hard work…now I could do over an hour of insane cardio, push ups, jumps, lunges and not feel sore the next day. I survived my 60 days of Insanity!!
I still have improvements to work on, but now I feel so fit, I’m at a great weight and I’m always eager to workout..in fact, I miss it. Now, I try to do my videos every other day and…like Shaun T is always saying: I’m smiling because I love it!!
Here I am…not afraid to be photographed in my bikini…granted I am technically using my dog as a tummy shield, but I swear…I’ve got abs under there ;)

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So, the point is…if you’re thinking about this program, stop thinking and DO IT! You will feel amazing, you will learn so much about yourself and when you finish it (because I know you CAN), you will be so proud of yourself…and that feeling alone will make you forget about all those days you suffered doing level 3 suicide drills! ;)
Till next time…

XOXO,
Martha

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15 Comments

  1. July 14, 2012 / 8:44 pm

    Amazing post Martha! This is very inspirational, good job to you for sticking to it, you look amazing!

    • July 14, 2012 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you, Lisa!!
      It was tough…but I feel great and I love the way my clothes fit now ;)
      XOXO

    • July 14, 2012 / 8:54 pm

      And THANK YOU for that sweet compliment because I’m pretty sure those are the worse pictures/video ever taken of me ;)
      XOXO

  2. July 15, 2012 / 11:01 am

    Great review Martha. Just the things people need to know when going for the Insanity challenge. I had a lot of fun with the workouts. When you get used to all the craziness, you kinda start loving it. Btw you look amazing indeed :)

    • July 15, 2012 / 12:23 pm

      I agree…you do love it…and honestly, I’m kind of thinking about doing it again from the beginning…I miss it…
      I must be insane ;)
      XOXO

  3. July 15, 2012 / 11:12 am

    I enjoyed this. I’m about to try & hunt down your galaxy skirt post :) I think i definitely need to get back into working out!

    • July 15, 2012 / 12:23 pm

      Thanks, Morgans!! ;)
      I’ll post a link to the skirt on your blog for you to see.
      You’d love it!
      XOXO

    • July 15, 2012 / 8:07 pm

      Thank you so much, Diana!
      I’m pretty proud too ;)
      XOXO

  4. July 17, 2012 / 12:20 am

    hi Martha! thank you so much for coming across our blog, and most importantly following! I really love the progress you’ve made here.Don’t ever break out of your routine. I know i tried the Jaime Eason Live fit program, and was really gung-ho about it but one small slip and missed a day and it completely through me off track. I hope to get back into ASAP and this has inspired me to do so. I’ve followed you as well, so please do definitely keep in touch!
    ps. you commented on Claudia’s post, but i’m replying on behalf of her!

    always Juliette

    http://www.ClaudiaandJuliette.com

    • July 17, 2012 / 9:24 am

      Hi Juliette!
      Thanks for stopping by,,,and yes, you’re right….one small mishap and it’s very easy to get off track with fitness, but just a little extra push and we can easily get back into the swing of things ;)
      Don’t be down on yourself if you miss a day or two…be proud when you get back in it ;)
      I loved our blog,…you girls are fabulous!
      Looking forward to staying in touch!
      Xoxo

  5. August 16, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    Thanks for the inspiring post! My bf and I have only been doing Insanity for about a month or so and have seen results … so far so good. + Pilates. You look amazing! Hope you have a great weekend.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. xo

  6. Joy
    September 26, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    Hi,
    I just came across your blog as I was searching for shoes… Anyway, you are delightful! I just got so motivated by your insanity post!
    Have a great day,
    Joy