Insanity Day 51

Insanity Workout: Core Cardio and Balance

It has been a non-stop yet productive and fun day.  I have been helping my friend get all set up with her Crawfish Boil over the past couple of days.  I was able to fit my workout in this morning before we really needed to have everything all set and the guests arrived.  Today’s workout was Core Cardio and Balance.   I feel as if it was another recovery day which I don’t mind at all.  My friend’s daughter actually tried out the first 10 minutes of the workout so I sort of had a workout buddy for a little bit.  My cold is lingering but it’s almost gone which did not give me a problem during my workout.

Following my workout, we got everything ready and had a fun cookout.  I enjoyed a bit but I didn’t go too crazy.  I’m sure with the things I’ve done today along with my workout, I still was able to burn more calories than what I took in.  The only thing I didn’t pay too much attention to was drinking enough water today.  I normally drink at least 10-12 glasses a day and I think I only had half of that amount.

Anyways, I’m exhausted and I’m definitely looking forward to a day off tomorrow!  After that, one more week of my first round of Insanity!

Insanity Day 50

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Circuit

I think my days are getting busier and busier and I know I’ll be super busy this summer.  I made sure I worked out before I went to lunch and work today.  Today was Max Interval Circuit.   I’m still sick but I pushed myself as hard as I could.  My cough started to act up throughout the workout so I had to take it easy a few times.  I still had a great workout and I loved how I was able to get my workout done early in the day.

When I think about how much weight I have lost, I forget that I have been building muscle at the same time.  The scale says I lost 17 pounds but it really could be more like 25 or 30.  Well I can’t really tell how much muscle I have gained.  It’s still pretty crazy to think about and I love it : )

One more workout for this week tomorrow and then a rest day!  Have a great weekend!

Insanity Day 49

Insanity Workout: Max Recovery

I had a busy but great day today.  I started the day of course weighing myself to find that I had lost another pound.  17 pounds total since February 6th!  I’m getting closer and closer to hitting my goal of losing at least 20 pounds by the time I finish my first round of Insanity.  I’m also getting closer to feeling better from my cold and I’m feeling stronger.  I’m able to push myself a little harder and I want to get back to the level of intensity I was at before I got sick.

I had a late workout tonight and worked out to Max Recovery.  I especially love doing recovery days because it doesn’t involve me jumping and running.  That’s definitely okay in my book since I still have a cough.  Throughout my workout I had a random thought.  I was thinking how I haven’t gotten as used to these Month 2 workouts as fast as I did with the Month 1 workouts.  They’re still a challenge to me but it’s good.  It’ll push myself harder and it means there’s a lot of room for improvement : )

Insanity Day 48

Insanity Workout: Max Cardio Conditioning and Cardio Abs

It’s been a little over a week since I lost another pound and I’m happy to report that I lost yet another one this morning!  I have lost 16 pounds since 2/6/12!  There are less than 2 weeks left to my first round of Insanity and I’m shooting to lose at least 20 pounds by the end.  I think it’s definitely achievable.  I just need to stay focused and keep working hard.

Well I woke up with a cough this morning.  I was afraid I would get that and have chest congestion.  Chest congestion could make it a little harder while working out so I decided to hold off on doing my workout until later at night.  In the meantime, I helped my friend paint the walls in her hallway.  That was a workout in itself and I’m sure I burned a bunch of calories painting.  Before I painted, I drank my Shakeology for a late lunch and had another shake after I was done painting for dinner.  I added Kale in the shake I had for lunch and added a scoop of Natural Peanut Butter and a small handful of roasted and unsalted peanuts in the shake I had for dinner.  It’s not a lot of calories but I felt like I ate enough because it makes me feel full.  On top of that I got the nutrients I needed and then some.

I worked out to Max Cardio Conditioning and Cardio Abs as soon as I got home.  Throughout my workouts, I modified and took it easier once again.  A couple times, I was a little bit more out of breath and my lungs burned a bit due to the chest congestion.  It sounds bad but it really isn’t.  I made sure I took those breaks when I needed to.

My cold is running it’s course a lot faster than the last time I was sick so I’m sure I’ll feel better by the weekend.  Can’t wait for recovery day tomorrow!

Hungry For Change

I watched this inspiring documentary called “Hungry For Change” last night. It exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss, and food industry don’t want you to know about.  It is a shame what food companies do to foods to make them look more appealing and to make them taste better by using chemicals.  There are some things I already knew from the film and there are some things I did not know.  There is one important part that I knew which was eating foods that are high in nutrients.  It’s always about nutrients over calories.

The way that most of our society eats these days is the reason I have changed my major to Health and Fitness.  I want to help spread the facts about what diets and processed foods can do to someone’s body.  Most importantly, I want to help others change their lifestyles by the way they eat.   Whether someone wants to eat healthy to lose weight or just to prevent diseases and in turn live longer, I will help them.  I even got my Mom to start watching the film and she dumped out the rest of my Dad’s Diet Coke after she learned about how bad is for you.  Even that is a great start.

If you have children, watch this with them.  As a kid growing up, I did not know how to eat healthy.  Sure we had health classes but they were boring so I did not pay attention.  I also followed what my parents ate and it did not help that my family is Filipino.  We pretty much followed the “Asian Diet”.  What I mean by “Asian Diet” are foods with lots of salt, sugar, fat, and starches.  Damn that white rice!  Anyways, I think it’s mandatory not to only watch this film with children but to also teach them on nutrition.  Make it more interesting and interactive so a kid like me growing up will pay attention and understand.  They don’t have to eat fruits and vegetables plain.  There are tons of recipes that make them look appetizing, delicious, and at the same time they get the nutrients they need.

I included the trailer below. You can watch the entire film online for free until March 31st. Just go to  The film is 90 minutes long so I would find some time out of your day to watch it.  It is definitely a must see film and it might change your life!  I highly recommend sharing it with others too!

Hungry For Change Trailer

The USDA recommends at least 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.  It could be a little hard to eat all 9 servings in one day.  In the film, they have a section on juicing fruits and vegetables so you can get your recommended servings.  I think it’s great to do a cleanse for a few days to help reboot your system but I don’t think I would do it long term.  Once you start getting used to eating fruits and vegetables again, it won’t be a problem eating it.

Personally, I would drink Shakeology over juicing any day.  It is not your average meal replacement shake.  It has over 70 natural and high quality ingredients including high-quality antioxidants, 23 vitamins and minerals, super green phytonutrients, whey protein and essential amino acids, prebiotics and digestive enzymes, good carbs, and low fats.  One shake is equivalent to more than 12 servings of fruits and vegetables.  On top of that, it tastes great (you can blend almost anything in it), is wonderful on the go, gives you energy, and it fills you up.  Yes, I do in fact promote Shakeology but before I started promoting it I was a user first.  I love it myself and I would not be promoting something that I do not believe in.  I consider it as my cheat meal of the day because it tastes too good to be healthy.  If you are interested in Shakeology, check out the video below and email me.

Insanity Day 47

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Plyo

The thing that I was the most worried about has happened.  I am sick once again.  It’s weird because I eat healthy and drink Shakeology everyday.  It’s even more weird that my friend, her 11-month year old daughter, and another friend that I went to Wisconsin Dells with got sick at the same time.  We have almost the same symptoms.  Maybe it’s from being very exhausted on Saturday or from coming in contact with a lot of people at the indoor water park and indoor/outdoor theme parks.  For me, I think it’s a combination of both and my allergies acting up.  Regardless, it stinks being sick.

I did not leave my house at all today and I made sure I drank plenty of fluids and got some rest.  I also kept to my healthy eating as well.  I watched a documentary today called “Hungry For Change”.  I learn more and more everyday about nutrition and I learned more things when I watched this film.  I will post a little more about it in a separate post.

Onto my workout!  I have had pressure in my head which has been giving me a small headache today due to my stuffy nose.  I kept debating whether I should workout or not.  I have a head cold and I know it won’t affect me while working out.  There are only 2 weeks left to my first round of Insanity and I did not want to take a day off.  I know it’s bad and I’m a stubborn person but I’m not letting that stop me.  I went ahead and worked out.  It was definitely a challenge to get through Max Interval Plyo.  I took it easier and modified and it felt like I still had a great workout.

I’m hoping I’ll feel much better tomorrow!

Coldplay – “Paradise”

My pick for the inspirational/motivational song of the week is “Paradise” by Coldplay.  I picked this song because it has a simple message.  The song says to me how life gets harder when we grow up making it difficult to meet the challenges which we though could easily be met before.  Despite the tough times, there is a dawn after every dusk.   We all live on hope and faith in the end.  Always have hope and never give up.

Coldplay – “Paradise”

Insanity Day 46

Insanity Workout: Fit Test #4 and Max Interval Circuit

Allergies, allergies, allergies!  They have been so unbelievably horrible for me today.  It makes me feel like I have a small cold and for some reason it’s making me very sleepy.  I wanted to get at least my 4th Fit Test completed before work tonight but I ended up taking an unexpected nap in the afternoon.  I do a lot of yelling at work and even though I don’t have a sore throat, I felt as if I had one.

All I wanted to do as soon when I got home was to go right to bed.  But I still had to do my Fit Test and workout and I was not going to let myself fall asleep without doing so.  I started out with the Fit Test.  I improved in each move but not by much this time around.  I think I went too hard on my last Fit Test so this one was a little harder as I tried to beat my old scores.  All that matters is that I improved.  At the end of my Fit Test, I felt winded and felt as if I had a cold.   I wanted to end it at that but I had Max Interval Circuit left.  It was hard getting through that workout but I made it through.

Is it possible for allergies to turn into a cold?  Or is it a combination of allergies and me doing too much exercise last Thursday and a busy weekend in the Dells?  I can’t tell at this point if it’s allergies that turned into a cold or if my allergies are really that bad.  I just don’t want to miss anymore days since I missed 4 days last month.  Cold or no cold, the only thing I can do now is take care of myself by getting a good night’s sleep, drinking plenty of fluids, and resting.  With that being said, time to get some sleep and I hope that I wake up all better tomorrow.

Fit Test #4 Results (Numbers are not actual reps, only improvements):
1. Switch Kicks = 3
2. Power Jacks = 2
3. Power Knees = 8
4. Power Jumps = 11
5. Globe Jumps = 1
6. Suicide Jumps = 1
7. Push-Up Jacks = 3
8. Low Plank Oblique = 7

Insanity Day 45

Insanity Workout: Core Cardio and Balance

First off, congratulations to Eddie (my coach/friend) for being STRIDE Certified yesterday by Shaun T himself!  STRIDE is Strength and Tone Real Intense Dance Exercise.  You can teach an aerobics class using cardio dance with body weighted toning exercises.  I’m planning on getting myself STRIDE Certified by Shaun T after my transformation is complete so it will be sometime next year.  Pictured below are Shaun T and Eddie.

Even though I was only in Wisconsin Dells for one night, it feels great to be home.  We had to check-out earlier than usual this morning (resort policies) and did a little walking around the downtown Dells strip before heading home.  My allergies were really bad today and I did not have any allergy medicine with me.  I finally took one as soon as I got home.  As soon as I started to get better, I worked out to Core Cardio and Balance.  I’m still pretty exhausted and I got at least 8 hours of sleep last night but I was determined to get my workout done since I took an off day yesterday.

The workout was a breeze compared to these Month 2 workouts.  It seemed like it went by fast and I was flying through the moves.  I was surprised on how easy the Hip Flexor Burners and Shoulder Burners were.  Of course they were harder during my Recovery Week and I kept up most of the time during those moves this time around.  I took it a bit easy with any major moves that involved big use in my knees especially any jumps.  Therefore, I modified because I can tell that my knees are still a little sore.

I was a little out of it during the first half of last week so I’m very ready to re-focus and work harder this week.  I only lost one pound last week and yes it is still great progress but this was the first week I did not lose at least two pounds since the beginning of my Insanity Challenge.  Progress is still progress however I would like to lose at least 20 pounds by the end of my first round of Insanity.  As of tomorrow, there are only 14 days left in my challenge and I am determined to lose 5 more pounds until then.  Well officially there are 14 days left with the group schedule.  Since I was sick for 4 days, it is actually 18 days left for me.  I will be continuing after the group schedule is over with the Month 1 workouts that I missed.  Regardless, I know I can do it!  I will lose those last 5 pounds!

I definitely want to get another good night’s sleep and I’m hoping to finally feel rested in the morning.  Fit Test #4 and Max Interval Circuit tomorrow!  Let’s do this!

Insanity Day 44

Insanity Workout: Off Day

Hello from Wisconsin Dells!  I finally have time to myself after running around the Dells the whole day and it’s great to finally relax because I am super exhausted.  I didn’t want to have to switch my days but we had to get up very early this morning so I was not able to workout before we left.  But as I mentioned in my previous post, I was going to switch my off day to today anyways and workout tomorrow.  I will be working out to Cardio Core and Balance when I get home tomorrow night.

Either way I pretty much got my own workout from running around all day…literally from the time we left to go to the Dells up until late tonight.  We spent time at the indoor water park and outdoor/indoor theme parks at the resort on top of spending more time at another indoor amusement park with arcade games.  Yes, I did enjoy myself a bit on meals but I did not go crazy lol.  There were some ups and downs but at the end it a great day.  I guess it’s a good thing I switched my days because I would have been definitely been over the top exhausted.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted and I am for sure going right to bed as soon as I finish with this post.  I wanted to make sure I wrote and published my daily post to those who have been keeping up with this blog and my progress : )

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!