Well well well... here we are, starting our third week of the Insanity workout program. That means we've got a dozen sweat drenched, glute wrenched, heart pounding sessions with Shaun T under our ever tightening belts.
Insanity's advertised as a fast paced, 'Dig Deeper!' kinda torture-fest that's supposed to 'have you in the best shape of your life in 60 days.' So Mendy the Hottie Neighbor (who's already in stellar shape), Big Dave and myself are putting it to the test.
I'm most excited about Big Dave's participation because if he can manage to drop some lbs, he can hopefully get off of the blood pressure and cholesterol meds. He's always been athletic, but he's learning there's a difference in being a 45 year old man who can run bases and climb deer stands, and a 45 year old man who's physically fit in the cardio department. He's jumped into the workout regimen with both of his Nike clad feet, and although it nearly killed him the first week, he started seeing an improvement in his reps by the end of the second week. Which leads us to the Fit Test we took last night.
Every two weeks, the schedule calls for a Fit Test: 8 excercises, one minute each. The goal is to see how many you can get done in that minute, record it and compare it to the last test to see if you've improved.
Well the first night we did it, I think we were all completely traumatized by the level of exercise. Big Dave was panting and dying, Mendy was threatening to vomit, and I dry heaved and laughed nervously as my arms and legs shook with my efforts. So last night, we were all pleasantly relieved/amused to see that we totally dominated our first Fit Test's results. Big Dave did over SEVENTY more reps than two weeks ago. That's freakin' AWESOME!
In addition to the two week Fit Test, I added a three mile run to my day just to see if the millions of 'butt kicks' and 'high knees' have paid off in the speed and stamina department. And they have!! I cruised through what were probably the easiest, and nearly fastest three miles I've ever completed. I've heard from my pal Lisa S. that it can help improve running speed, and I'm here to confirm it. So my 3 miler came in at 31:08. I wonder if it'll be faster next time?!?!?!
In addition to the workouts, we are definitely eating better and drinking less. As they say, abs are made in the kitchen. So that's helping with our fat shrinkage as well.
Alrighty, let's talk measurements. Big Dave's not weighing in, so I don't have a weight to report, however he has lost a full inch off of his belly and 3/4" off his chest/back. That's nearly two inches of FAT that are GONE! Go Boonkie GO!
The pic on the left is his starting point, the right side is after two weeks of Insanity:
Can you tell a difference? I sure can! Needless to say, after getting his measurements and Fit Test results, Big Dave is definitely 'in it.'
And me? I'm down 3/4" of belly fat! In just two weeks? Yeeek!! And my scale is beginning to have happy numbers on it again...
I wish my pics showed more of a difference, Left is two weeks ago, right is current:
I'm seeing less and less of that little fat pouch thingy, which delights me greatly!
So now we've got another two weeks until we measure again, and I sure hope we get good results again... it's SUCH a boost to our motivation and confidence that we're doing the right thing trying to get (and stay) healthy once and for all!