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Triumphs and trials

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fixing the furnace was a bust. The igniter is not the problem - replaced it myself, even though the old one didn't look bad, and still no ignition... not so much as a click, just a hum. I suspect a faulty control board or inducer motor. Time to call a pro, because my electrical expertise is limited to installing overhead lights and replacing outlets! A tech is coming out this afternoon, which means I get to get out of work early. So... a bit of a trial here, but nothing I can't handle. If they tell me I need a new furnace, that's a whole other story - but I will cross that bridge when I get there.

And now, the triumph - Insanity Pure Cardio! I made it through! Wasn't pretty by any means, but I made it. I was expecting the little breaks in between intervals... LOL NOPE. Never happened! Just a half hour of exactly what is prescribed - PURE CARDIO. It was encouraging to see even the "pros" that Shaun has doing the video with him needing breaks. Whether that was a staged thing or not, I don't know - but even as I was also taking breaks, I was always fighting for one more rep, ten more seconds, just a little more. It worked! Triumph!

Tomorrow is Plyo Circuit again. Let's see if I do any better this time around!

Happy Hallowe'en, and blessed Samhain. :)

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CODEMAULER 10/31/2014 4:55PM

    Well done on the workout... hope the furnace fix is easier / cheaper than thought.

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Insanity Day 2 - FINISHED IT

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Major patting myself on the back today - I finished the ENTIRE workout. Took Greg's advice to just stop and regroup and get back into it, and that really helped! Thanks, Greg!!

So to catch up since I am a day behind, I'm going to do Cardio Recovery this evening... which could be a great or a horrible idea, I don't know. But then I'm back on track to be on Day 4 tomorrow, which is where I should be.

I did great with eating yesterday... kind of surprised myself! I also hit my water and my steps goal.

The goals for today:

-Keep the momentum of yesterday chugging into today! Woot!
-Fix the damn furnace - part should arrive today, wish me luck, because it's supposed to get chilly this weekend! Mojo for my heater!
-Insanity Cardio Recovery. Maybe a bad idea, but oh well.
-Try to put some laundry away, because it's getting really out-of-hand.

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JENSTRESS 10/31/2014 10:18AM

    Yes, Shaun T even says rest if you have to. Especially when you get into the Max workouts, you will see the people behind him taking a break. No one makes it through the FULL workouts, heck, not even Shaun T!!!

Cardio Recovery... it isn't a HUGE recovery, but it isn't hard core either, so you might be fine.

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GREGINPROGRESS 10/31/2014 6:20AM

    Awesome! Glad I could help! Good luck with your furnace!

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MOMMY445 10/30/2014 10:54AM

    woo hoo!

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First Impression of Day 1 of INSANITY

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It has earned its title, and no joke.

Day 1 is Plyometric Circuit.. and I didn't even get through the whole thing. It's 47 minutes long; I was able to do 41. I guess that's not too shabby, all things considered. ~460 calories burned - about 11.2 calories a minute. I'd have easily burned at least 550 had I stuck with the whole thing!

During the intervals, my heart rate was routinely in the 170s, sometimes spiking into the 180s. That's pretty high, and I'm not sure how I feel about that - I know it's supposed to be intense, but I'm not sure how effective it's going to be for me in the long run. Using the formulas to calculate target heart rate (for prolonged cardio) and high intensity heart rate (for high intensity interval training, or HIIT for short), I know that my target heart rate for exercise is right around 120 bpm and my high intensity heart rate is around 155. I guess I'll keep going and see how I feel..?

One thing about Insanity, though - if you have any kind of heart or blood pressure condition, you really do need to follow the advice to check with a doctor before you try this program. I'm not saying you can't do it, but you'll need to modify - and there's no shame in that, trust me. I'm in reasonably good cardovascular health (my resting heart rate is in the neighborhood of 52 bpm), and I was struggling. Like, REALLY struggling. Like, cussing-out-the-world struggling.

One of the really wonderful things about the workout, though, is Shaun's near-constant encouragement to GO AT YOUR SPEED, and DIG DEEP and to KEEP GOING. There is no such thing as "pause and come back when you're ready." It is a plow-through-it, drag-yourself-across-the-finish-line workout. I skipped seven minutes of it because I was feeling light-headed - and I probably should have just limped my way through it, even if I could do only one or two extremely modified reps of the exercises.

Still, Shaun's style makes you want to keep going. I'll confess that more than once during the workout, as he's encouraging everyone to dig deep and reassuring constantly that "you CAN do this," I kinda cried a little... not because I was upset or frustrated, but because it was so damn GOOD to hear. I'm a big sucker for positivity and motivation; I try really hard to not just motivate myself, but also be encouraging of others... because I think if we make a conscious effort to reach out to others and build each other up, it makes getting fit and healthy not just a fun experience but a kinda-sorta spiritual one. The tribe that kicks ass together creates awesome karma together. :) So when I hear Shaun (and Tony, and fellow teammates, etc.) building each other up like that - "you CAN do this!" - it touches me on a deep level. It's like blowing oxygen on hot embers: the more oxygen you feed it, the more intense the heat gets.

In sum: I like it. It's easily the hardest thing I've ever done, physically. Cardiovascularly, by the time I'm done with this, I'm going to be a BEAST. I will definitely need to add some weight training, though, because I know I will miss that component... plus weight training is good for bones (especially for women my age, who are staring down the barrel at aging and osteoporosis).

Looking forward to Day 2. :)

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GREGINPROGRESS 10/30/2014 6:41AM

    You can take a break without pausing the video & try to go longer next time. The people in the video do that too. He's a very good motivator. I like how he reminds you to tighten your abs, cause I always forget that.

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JENSTRESS 10/29/2014 1:23PM

    HI! I am thanksful for FORZACHANDMATT's recommendation, but whew, I hear you. Plyo Cardio Circuit is NO JOKE! You will get a little bit of the body weight resistance coming up, with Cardio Power and Resistance, and Core Cardio. As you get into month two, you will really see some differences with that.

Shaun T is awesome, and I am glad you are loving the program!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/29/2014 11:42AM

    Good for you for starting!! I have been wanting to start insanity for a while but don't feel I'm ready.

You should look at JENSTRESS sparkpage - she has been doing insanity for a while and blogs a lot about it - I think it will be helpful for you as you continue!

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Ready to kick my own keester!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


And I need to quit laying in bed in the mornings... I miss my morning workout routines. But the mornings are so daaaaaark now. And the puppydog is so waaarrmm.

I may resort to putting my alarm all the way on the other side of the bedroom, because seriously, this is getting ridiculous.


Today may be the last of Indian summer... after my workout, I may just go outside and enjoy a fire on the deck.

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CODEMAULER 10/29/2014 12:36PM

    I have a snuggle cat that makes a pretty compelling argument for staying in bed, too. I had to move my alarm to counter her cuddliness.


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Lovely weekend...

Monday, October 27, 2014

But oh boy did I overindulge. Back on track for me today, because let me tell you, my body is definitely letting me know it. It's not even like anything I had was especially unhealthy, but I think that the drinking probably did me in. So many good cocktails... so little time...

My INSANITY package should be downstairs in the firm's mailbox even as I type this, so I will be starting that this evening... and I need to devise a plan for how I'm going to work strength training into the program, because all reports that I'm getting from folks is that it's super cardio-heavy. This is not a bad thing, as I have promised a lot of people that I'm going to run with them in the spring - but I also want to make sure I'm taking care of my muscles as well as my heart and lungs. I may end up coming up with my own hybrid program.

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CODEMAULER 10/27/2014 11:45AM

    Enjoy your new workout routine!

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