Insanity Day 46 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Recovery

I know, I know…I have realized my delays in postings has started to become a weekly thing.  Once again, I apologize for the delays.  Before I move onto more about this, I’ll talk about my day.

Minus the rain and cold weather, I had a relaxing day off from work.  It was not as stressful up until I needed to drive downtown.  I swear Chicago traffic gets worse and worse.  A little rain and it’s like people forget how to drive.  I arrived late to an end of the year staff party for one of my jobs.  It was at Whirlyball and for those who don’t know what it is, it combines lacrosse, hockey, and basketball with bumper cars.  I have never been and I have always wanted to try it.  I played a few games and played some laser tag too.  I killed it at laser tag and ran around like crazy…pretty good workout haha.  I also tied for the Rookie of the Year award as voted on by co-workers and won a sweet prize.  Overall, it was an absolute blast!

As soon as I got home, I worked out to Max Recovery.  I highly enjoy doing recovery days.  The only thing I don’t like about doing Max Recovery are the side planks.  I still need to modify and even in those, they are hard.

I have spent the past few hours catching up on my posts.  Catching up on the ones from the long weekend had me thinking a bit.  It’s been a tough week as I still feel the little effects of what happened over this past weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, I do feel A LOT better but in the very back of my mind some is there.  I just need to keep working towards my goals and working towards my self-improvement.  I have no doubt that I will be better and get over what has been coming back from time to time.  I’m sorry if this blog has turned more into talking about my feelings other than more of my weight loss journey.  My feelings are apart of this journey though so I don’t think it’s wrong that I don’t talk about it.  It’s apart of life and I’m sure everyone goes through something like this at some point in their lives.  I’m going through a huge transformation and of course there will be it’s ups and downs.  I just need to keep pushing forward and do me.

Insanity Day 45 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Plyo

Oh Chicago traffic, why must you be a big pain?  It was a bigger pain than normal going to and from work today.  On top of the traffic, the weather is being crazy again with this cold front.  Oh well, what can you do…it’s Chicago haha.  I totally forgot to bring a long sleeve t-shirt just in case I would get cold because I work outside.  It worked out because I wore three layers of shirts.  I also kept walking around to stay warm and that meant exercise too.  Other than that work was slow but still better somehow.

The ride back out to the suburbs was ridiculous.  It took longer than usual and traffic felt more like how it is on a Friday.  I ran some errands with a friend which included grocery shopping.  She started reading Bob Harper’s book called “Skinny Rules”.  She wants to use what she learns from it to eat healthier on top of what I have taught her as well.  This is why I want to get into Health and Fitness; to help inspire others to eat healthier and share my knowledge and tips.  It’s about time I start up a new book so I will most likely read that book too.  Thanks for telling me about his book my friend!

I went home and of course my day would not be complete without a late workout to Insanity.  I worked out to Max Interval Plyo.  My jumps are improving again and the aren’t as hard on the knees.  I still think some of the jumps are still crazy.  I’m looking very forward to Max Recovery and get a day off from the cardio and jumps.  I’m also looking very forward to another day off from work!

Insanity Day 44 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Circuit

I am very happy to report that I have lost two more pounds!  That makes it 26 pounds total lost since February 6th, 2012.  Although it’s a great loss since the last time I reported a loss which was on Friday, I think was mostly due to my lack of appetite over the weekend.  Any positive news is great though because it helped me start off what was an amazing day.

I woke up earlier than usual for work so I can be apart of a great cause.  Five guys and a goat named Wrigley walked from Mesa, Arizona to Wrigley Field.  Their group is called Crack the Curse.  They started on February 25th and walked almost 2,000 miles over 95 days to average about 25 miles a day.  They are all huge Chicago Cubs fans who want to help break the “curse”.  However, the bigger and more important reason they did this was to raise money for cancer research.  They planned their final stretch from WGN Studios to Wrigley Field this morning and it is about a two mile walk.  I had the honor of walking with them on their final stretch with about 50 other people.  Being able to be apart of something so great had made me feel so much better.  I of course made a small donation by buying a t-shirt.  For those who are interested in learning more about Crack the Curse or donating, please visit

I went to work following the walk.  Work was alright but still fun.  After work, I went to my cousin’s place for the rest of the night to help her out with one of her projects.  It was late by the time I left her place which meant I had a late workout.  I worked out to Max Interval Circuit.  It was a hard yet awesome workout as usual.  It was a good ending to a better day and the start of hopefully a great week.

Insanity Day 43 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Cardio Conditioning

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to all those who have served our country.

I didn’t feel different when I woke up this morning.  The sad feeling was still there and I had hoped that it didn’t affect my work performance.  I actually did better than I had expected at work.  I can’t let that bad feeling get in the way.  After work, I went to a BBQ where I didn’t eat too much.  I actually haven’t had much of an appetite over the past few days.  I have pretty much snacked but have not made bad food choices.  I hung out at my friend’s for a bit then went home.  I had some good time on my drive back home to think about things.  I finally realized why I felt like this.  I needed to talk to someone about what’s been going on so I talked with a couple people.  I definitely felt a little better.

It’s a holiday but I’m not letting it stop me from getting my workout in.  I figured a good workout will help get out some of my stress.  I worked out to Max Cardio Conditioning and I worked harder through it.  Tomorrow is a new day and even though it’s Tuesday, I still consider it the start of the week due to the holiday.  It’s a fresh start and I’ll be working my way back out of this funk.  There’s nothing more than I can do but forget the past and try harder to get better.

Insanity Day 42 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Off Day

What started out as a good off day from Insanity and work turned into a bad off day.  I do not wish to go into details as they are very personal but I feel as if I should document even though it is very vague.  This is apart of my journey and writing a little about what happened will help me.  My weekend has been going wonderful up until I returned back from running a couple of errands with my friend.  Something triggered a some bad memories which made me feel sad and stressed.  I spent the rest of the night by myself and it’s super late as I am writing this.  All I want to do is talk to someone but there’s no one really available since it’s a busy weekend especially this late.  There’s nothing much more to say other than I hope I wake up feeling much better tomorrow.

Insanity Day 41 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Plyo

It is always a great feeling to learn something new especially something so motivational.  I spent some time earlier in the day to watch Dani Johnson’s DVD’s.  For those who don’t know who she is, she’s a motivational speaker who helps people succeed in pretty much anything in life from relationships to business.  Anyways, I wasn’t able to finish the whole set but I was able to learn so much from it.  It put a lot of things in perspective and I felt more motivated to improve on my self-development which will in turn improve in different aspects in my life.

After that, I ran errands included grocery shopping.  I looked up a couple healthy Memorial Day recipes and bought all of the ingredients to make them.  I wanted to make sure I am not going to make bad food choices this weekend.  Once I finished, I went over to my friend’s house for the rest of the night.  As soon as I got there, I worked out to Max Interval Plyo.  It was a late workout and I had still felt a little cramping.  Again, I didn’t go as hard as I would’ve liked to.  It’s okay though because at least I got it done.  Off day tomorrow!

Insanity Day 40 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Circuit

Whew!  I had a pretty good day minus the bad cramping earlier today.  I had planned on having another productive day before work but ended up relaxing in bed.  I definitely could not get my workout done feeling that way.  Luckily I felt a lot better a little after I arrived at work.  I got home a late and worked out to Max Interval Circuit.  I still felt out of it and I couldn’t go as hard as I wanted to.  I did what I could and finished my workout.

Oh and by the way, I have finally lost another pound when I weighed myself this morning.  It has been two weeks since I lost a pound and I was not going to let another week pass by without losing at least one pound.  If I can be down another pound when I wake up tomorrow, that would be wonderful.  If not, no worries because I’m happy to be back on the right path.  More weight will come off at an even faster rate and I will make it happen.

It’s going to be a challenge to eating clean over the weekend since it’s Memorial Day Weekend.  I used to enjoy myself a little too much in the past.  I can still grill, I just need to grill the right food.  I’ll be looking up healthy and delicious recipes to make for this weekend so I can feel like I’m not missing anything.

Hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Insanity Day 39 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Fit Test #3/Max Recovery

I had a very productive day on my day off from work.  I am happy with how much I was able to accomplish and especially that I was able to stick to eating healthy once again.  One of the things I need to work on is waking up earlier and I did just that this morning even though I went to bed super late.  I did my third Fit Test a little after breakfast.  In my last Fit Test, I did not do so well.  This time I improved in almost each move.  They’re not big improvements but it’s still positive results.  I posted my results below.

I did some work from home before attending a special event tonight.  After the event, I worked out to Max Recovery.  It was a late workout .  The time was almost to the point where it was getting very late but I made sure I got it done.  I forgot how hard Max Recovery could be at times with all of the holds, pulses, and strength moves.  As soon as I finished, my body felt as if I was already starting to get sore.  I’m sure I’ll feel a bit sore tomorrow.  I don’t mind getting sore though.  It just means there’s more room to get stronger : )

Fit Test #3 Results (Numbers are not actual reps):
1. Switch Kicks = 5
2. Power Jacks = 1
3. Power Knees = 2
4. Power Jumps = 0
5. Globe Jumps = 0
6. Suicide Jumps = 1
7. Push-Up Jacks = 2
8. Low Plank Oblique = 4

Insanity Day 38 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Cardio Conditioning

I can’t apologize enough for the late entry posts.  This delay was a lot longer than the last one as I was five days behind.  There is no excuse for not being on top of my posts as it plays a big part of my accountability.  As each day passed by, I kept telling myself I would get caught up and by the time I knew it, I was very behind.  I will try my best to stay on top of my posts from here on out as it is important for me to keep me motivated and also share my experiences with all of you.  Thank you for your patience and for visiting my page.

I weighed myself this morning and I did pay for my poor choices for dinner last night.  The gain is temporary and I will get back down to where I was when I first started the week within a day or two.  I’m hoping to still lose at least a pound or two by the end of the week.  I have only a few days to do so and I can try to reach my goal by making smarter choices and working harder today.

It was back to work for me tonight after having a couple days off.  Work went pretty well and it was a fun night.  Before I went to work, I prepared my meals for the rest of the day.  I probably spent about an hour, maybe two preparing and cooking.  Everything was made from scratch and very healthy.  I made sure I had a salad ready for dinner as soon as I got home from work.  But after work, I decided to go to Jason’s Deli with a co-worker for dinner and do the salad bar.  Everything is organic and fresh and that’s why I enjoy going there.  I worked out when I got home to Max Cardio Conditioning.  It is definitely one of the workouts that I enjoy doing…just because it’s easier than the other two lol.

I made the right choices today so that is a great start already to being in the habit of eating clean.  I just need to keep planning out my meals at the start of each day.  I might even start calorie counting again to get myself back on track.  Either way, today was a step in the right direction.

It’s a lot later than I had expected to get to bed.  I wanted to make sure I was up to date with my posts before I went to bed.  I won’t say what time it is right now because it’s so bad haha.  I’m going to try to get up earlier than I woke up today and get my workout done in the morning.  I pushed my Fit Test until tomorrow so that is probably what I will do in the morning and workout to Max Recovery in the afternoon.

Insanity Day 37 – Round 2

Insanity Workout: Max Interval Plyo

Hmmm…I hope I am not getting sick.  I woke up with a sore throat yesterday morning and with all of the things I had to write about in my previous entry, I forgot to write about this.  It could be from being around my friend’s daughter over the weekend who is sick or maybe from yelling so much at work (part of the job) or maybe from being around crowds of people each day.  Either way, I hope I don’t get anymore sick than this.  It’s a small sore throat and a little bit of a stuffy nose.  It sort of feels like allergies too.  I just need to stay hydrated and maybe take some medicine for a cold just in case.

I made another great meal this morning with breakfast.  I had some lime cilantro chicken left over from my tacos last night and I made a healthy breakfast burrito.  It was nice and filling along with having an apple.  After letting my breakfast settle for a little bit, I worked out to Max Interval Plyo.  The jumps in that workout are challenging up to now and I modified some moves.  Following my workout, I had Shakeology for lunch.  I have been so repetitive with blending my Shakeology and it sort of got boring by making it with water, PB2 and sometimes a banana.  I changed it up by mixing in unsweetened almond milk, blueberries, and strawberries.  I forgot how much the unsweetened almond milk makes my shakes tastes so much better.

Everything was going great with my diet up until dinnertime.  I had won tickets to a Chicago White Sox game – I am still a Chicago Cubs fan : ) – and I took my cousin and her boyfriend to watch them play against his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins.  I didn’t have a beer or anything like that.  My food choices were not good at all.  Being at a ballpark is not the best when trying to eat clean and healthy.  I didn’t go overboard but I went far enough where I did not like myself at the end of the night.  I need to have better discipline when it comes to going out to eat and it’s been established in my past few entries that I need to improve on that.  It’s the reason that I have not lost any weight over the past two weeks and I am definitely paying for it.  I know that the scale will show that I gained a couple pounds because of it.

Going into this journey, I knew I was going to make unhealthy choices from time to time.  It was not going to be easy that’s for sure.  I have been overweight for most of my life from making bad choices.  It should not be an excuse and this is the toughest journey I have ever had to take on.  I am not the same person I was a year ago.  That person would have given up already; they would have accepted that they will be overweight for the rest of their life and will never be fit and healthy.  Even though I will “fail” a few times, I will never give up.  That is the most important thing.  I need to keep moving forward and take one day at a time.