It was recovery day today. Spoiler alert - i'll be whining again, so if you're not interested in listening to me whine, skip over to the next paragraph. The true kicker to month 2 so far is Max Recovery class. I popped 'er in and pressed play and thought to myself 'thank God, an easier day'. HA....ha. ha. Correct only in that I did not reach the calorie burn I wanted to reach. Incorrect in that my legs and arms are so shot that I can barely do the moves with any amount of confidence right now. Ok. Vent over.
There's no need to comfort me, I realize that i'm just being a whiney little brat. I'll get over it, very soon I think. In fact, I believe as soon as I get into week 2 and start these workouts over again, I will once again begin to crush them with my pinky finger. Yes, that's right. The pinky one.
Aside from a lackluster performance this morning, i'm feeling a lot better than I was at the beginning of the week. I'm killing my protein levels and even since the last two days i've felt an amazing difference in my energy levels. Of course, last night I had friends over to do some leg waxing (FUN) until 11:30, so i'm kinda dragging ass today but I still feel pretty good!
Lunch - whole wheat pita pocket with garlic sausage and TONS of raw veggies and leafy greens.
Snack - yogurt, granola, fruit.
Dinner - steak burger with mozza cheese on 1/2 whole wheat bun with TONS of raw veggies.
Snack - pb and bagel (I didn't need this extra snack last night; i'm doing pretty good with staying away from the daily bagel fix, but it's nice to have with pb if I need a little extra protein).
Hopefully the weekend will bring warmer weather!
legcramps - Thursday May 03, 2012
Breakfast - cereal with flaxseed, almond milk and 1 tsp honey.
This morning's workout was Max Cardio. I felt super awesome about an hour after completing the workout, but pretty darn defeated during it. It isn't like i'm not burning up some major calories, it's just that there's TOO DAMN MANY exercises that make me wanna throw up! It was incredibly frustrating. I felt so defeated, like I was back at square one. I'm really going to need to hang onto my willpower through to the end of these first two weeks, otherwise it simply won't happen. Which CANNOT happen!
So I immediately purchased some L-Glutamine, which is something I should have done weeks ago in preparation for month 2. Unfortunately, i'll have to wait 2-3 weeks for it to arrive and by that time I should be in my final month of Insanity! That's okay however, since my plan is to do the two-month program at least once more, with my Insanity t-shirt on
In the meantime, i've upped my protein and am eating steaks, salmon and chicken like there's no tomorrow! And as of yesterday, am getting my water intake in again. It's funny how easy it is to slip out of good habits and into bad ones! Must always be aware of my nutrition intake!!!
I was recognized at work this morning for the years of service worked in my organization (I work in a healthcare facility). I've been here for ten years, unbelievable! and received a silver necklace and bracelet as a gift from the health region. We were treated to lunch as well, which was amazing and yummy; no need to worry about my afternoon snack either as I couldn't finish my fruit so i'll have it this afternoon instead. There was chicken, spring rolls and veggies with dip (and many other finger foods, but that was all I took besides fruit).
Dinner - 6 oz salmon, tossed salad with a bunch of veggies.
Later - bagel with 2 tblspns pb, if extra protein is required.
Friday is tomorrow!
legcramps - Wednesday May 02, 2012
Breakfast - cereal with flaxseed, almond milk and blueberries.
The soreness in my body right now is making it difficult to motivate myself for Insanity. This morning during Interval Plyos, my calves seized up, my thigh muscles were vibrating with effort, and my knees just didn't want to support me. It wasn't a fun workout, but i'm persevering because I am sure it will get better in a week or so. I need to remember to take it easy on myself - I don't need to keep up with the video, I just need to do my best.
I am going to go back to my menus where I got in a reasonable amount of protein and take a look at what i'm doing differently; and I need to drink more water. Both will help me to get through these more difficult workouts in month 2. Also i'm having trouble getting up early enough to fit in these longer workouts. This morning I pressed snooze no less than five times before rolling myself out of bed! And after my workout I had to rush through a short shower, eat breakfast, and get ready for work all in the course of 20 minutes. I know, i'm complaining today. It will get better.
I was excited for our first slo-pitch game tonight, but it's been cancelled due to the weather - cold and raining, with possible thundershowers later on. So I guess I will try to get to bed early tonight!
legcramps - Tuesday May 01, 2012
It's almost funny the amount of things I did not accomplish yesterday...
I had a delicious Julia Burger (OMG beef, cheese, onion ring) when I went out last night; I saved half of the burger for dinner today. It's high in calories, so that was a smart move anyways, but I really wanted to savour the taste for another day LOL. That, and I didn't want to overload myself on cheddar cheese and make myself sick. I got Insanity workouts to complete, man! I can't get sick!
I also tried a Coors Light Iced Tea. Anyone? My review: drink it while it's cold. Kind of like a Heineken LOL. I like these beers cold; once they've warmed to room temp you might as well throw 'em in the garbage can. My humble opinion.
Insanity Max Interval Circuit this morning kicked my behind. I want to know what is UP with my legs; I have the cardio endurance to finish the workouts, but my legs are not cooperating!!! I guess I should remember that month 1 was very difficult in the beginning, so month 2 probably will be as well. Plus, my legs better be freakin' HOT when this month is over.
I loved this workout, all except for when they do those damn drills. They kill me every time. Up. Down. Up. Down. It never fails to make me feel like puking all over the place. I suppose I should have said "like being sick all over the place" to save you from the possibility of too much information. Sorry.
My prediction for this week is Sore. Capital S.
I haven't had my coffee yet, and i'm trying hard not to zone out while i'm at work LOL. The month 2 workouts are longer (this one was about an hour), so I need to get my butt out of bed even earlier. Another adjustment! I can do it!
legcramps - Monday Apr 30, 2012
I took a rest day yesterday and tried to fuel up for my workouts this morning. Unfortunately, I just wasn't feeling it! Or it wasn't feeling me. Either way, it didn't work out the way i'd planned.
Fit Test #3 is done and i've improved enormously from the beginning of Insanity! I have yet to take measurements as I ran out of time this morning; I guess I need progress pictures as well.
I was supposed to do a Max Interval Training session after the fit test but because I gave the test my 'all', I was far too knackered. In fact, I had to hit the bathroom a few times during the fit test to ensure I didn't project anywhere else but in the appropriate place. TMI? So I was not about to push my luck with another workout on top of all that.
Which means i'll need to fit it in after work; and take measurements; and do the pictures. And then I have a birthday supper to attend. And I need to make at least three phone calls that may turn into lengthy conversations. Oy! How will I fit all this in??? I already know the answer; something is going to get knocked off and it's probably going to be the workout. I'm locked into the birthday supper and I want to go because I haven't been out much recently; the phone calls are priority though because of a death in the extended family.
So there's my Monday. What's yours looking like?
But i'm breathing steady, and i'll work it out one way or the other. Gotta keep pushing play!
legcramps - Friday Apr 27, 2012
Insanity workout done! Now on to the long list of to-do's for today...
Breakfast was a bagel and cream cheese, only because I am out of milk! So groceries are required.
I managed to fall asleep fairly well last night; no mounting terror of spiders crawling into my bed with me LOL. I was really tired, so that helped!!!
legcramps - Thursday Apr 26, 2012
So, a few nights ago I was heading upstairs and found a small black spider crawling along the baseboards. I am a huge non-fan of bugs, especially spiders, so I ran downstairs to get some kleenex to squash the bugger. By the time I came back, it had disappeared.
For the next two nights, I checked the bedsheets completely before going to sleep. I had some trouble actually getting to sleep because thoughts of the phantom spider kept crawling into my mind.
Yesterday morning when I woke up and had so much energy for my workout, I thought it was just a good day and left it at that. And then I remembered a legend about people swallowing spiders in their sleep. Yeah. Extra protein, anyone?
I no longer am craving 'protein'. I do not care if that means I will not get through a workout; everytime I think of protein I think of that damn spider.
And then - the horror - last night I had a dream that I swallowed a spider in my sleep. No, really. I remember it vividly. The spider was right over my open mouth, and I took in a breath of air and it just... flew right in.
God help me to rid my thoughts enough so that I can fall asleep tonight.
Breakfast - cereal with flaxseed and almond milk.
Exercise - Insanity Core & Balance.
I am ready for the week to be over!
legcramps - Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
Breakfast - cereal, flaxseed, almond milk
I'll have to record breakfasts for awhile until I break my bagel habit.
Core & Balance class this morning; crushed. I even managed to dig a little deeper and burn a few extra calories haha. I'm really beginning to enjoy getting these morning workouts in. Just a little while ago, I was whining and crying (you might recall some of those whiney posts) about not being able to get up early. Now, I just do it.
I hope I didn't just jinx myself LOL.
I spent the evening in front of my computer watching movies last night. Today, it's on the cool side - a cold breeze and overcast skies - so I might be snuggling up under the couch pillows once more tonight ;O)
Have a good one!
legcramps - Tuesday Apr 24, 2012
Core Cardio & Balance class this morning. It took awhile for me to get warmed up during this workout - normally, Shaun T can pump you up almost right off the bat, but this class is a little on the 'take it easy', 'concentrate on your core', 'don't wear yourself out' side. I have to tell you, it was VERY difficult to not go all out on the workout and end up dead on the floor. I had to really keep telling myself to take it easy.
Don't get me wrong, though... I was still spent by the end of the workout, but in a good way
I have a feeling my shoulders and arms are going to be sore this week.
Also, my knee snapped or cracked or popped during the workout. I felt it give out a little. I will have to wear my tensor for these workouts, and quite possibly the month 2 workouts as well but we'll see when we get there.
Diet - I was getting into the habit of eating a bagel for breakfast each morning and I need to get myself out of this habit due to the easy ability to gain bagel weight (that's the weight around my middle haha). So this morning was a big bowl of cereal with flaxseed and almond milk. Yum!
That is all.
legcramps - Monday Apr 23, 2012
Yesterday was such a nice day, I skipped my Insanity workout in favour of taking a nice walk outside and oh boy was it ever worth the extra dose of vitamin D! It was so gorgeous outside yesterday i'm sure I could have worn a t-shirt while I was walking, and probably even start a bit of a tan! Yippee for Spring!
Since i've been doing the Insanity workouts, i've noticed that I really tend to sleep in a little extra on the weekends. I was starting to enjoy getting up early and having a whole day to do stuff, but now I sleep past 9am for sure. Oh well! I did notice this morning that the sun had already risen by 5:30am, so I don't think it will be too difficult to get up earlier on weekends throughout the summer.
Plowed through a plyometrics workout this morning and am now officially on week 5 - Recovery Week! Yay me! And i'm also back to being scared of month 2 LOL!!! Simply because i'm still sweating profusely after the month 1 workouts, and also because my legs are wicked weak man! They're like jelly after I workout.
I think i've gotten an infection in the cavity where my tooth used to be, so i've called in a prescription for anti-biotics and hopefully the pain will go away in the next week or so. Man, I just have such bad luck with dentistry! I've gone through too many bottles of advil to admit to without pulling shame face.
Our ball diamonds are still full of water so practice was cancelled yesterday and rescheduled for this weekend. Great, since I hadn't actually looked for my ballglove yet! Can't wait to start playing though!