“I’m Checking the Clock for You!” (Day 20: Plyometric Cardio Circuit)

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I did not eat enough food during the day and it made the workout a bit harder. I am doing well with writing down what I eat but have slacked on copying some of the calories and I know just from the amount of food even if I had the calories added up they would not be enough. So, my goal by the end of the Week 4 is to get some kind of system down where I can keep better track (paper obviously isn’t cutting it) and have foods available that are healthy yet enough calories to give me a boost.

Anyhow, during the power squats Shaun T said “I’m checking the clock for you!” I was glad for it, because it helped to be able to just focus and know how long I had to push without looking at the clock. I also still got enjoyment out of being able to keep up with the Level 1 drills. It’s nice to be able to feel the improvement. I was so tired at the end of the workout, especially due to starting with less energy but I pushed through. I appreciated the camera angles this time at the end because Shaun T places his hand such that you can pretend you’re hitting it and they show Chris’s hands moving in line with the screen for the attack so you can match the movements. Once again, it kept my mind off what I had left to get through so I could just get through it.

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“You Are Pushing Through This” (Day 19: Cardio Power and Resistance)

cardio power and resistanceDuring Cardio Power and Resistance Shaun T says “You are pushing through this.” Pushing through has gotten easier to the more times I’ve done the workouts because I know the moves and am getting stronger with them. On the other hand, the workout itself is harder because I am able to do more repetitions of each.

The tricep dips were killer this time due to that but I know they’re working. I’m still working on keeping up when eight push ups are required but I can at least keep up for the four, which took me a few days less to do than last year. After this day there’s just one more day before the end of Week 3. Last year, Week 4 was where I started skipping workouts and ultimately the last set of workouts I did, so I’m looking forward to pushing through this year and finishing the program.

 

 

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“No Rest Is Worth Anything Except the Rest That Is Earned” (Day 18: Cardio Recovery)

cardio recoveryDay 18 was Thursday which means it was Cardio Recovery, the only workout during Month 1 that falls on the same day each week. This was the first time, however, that it came after Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs, so the rest felt earned. I started off the workout sore, which subsided, but I didn’t feel well throughout so it was nice to know there wasn’t any jumping around coming, and that it would be over in about 30 minutes.

Once again, I did the slow squats but my knees starting to hurt during the hold, so I stopped doing that while Shaun T talked. I also did the slow lunges but skipped the hold and pulses due to my husband’s recommendation to skip them. I feel bad skipping what amounts to about three exercises but I’m trying to get fit, not get hurt so I had to adjust. Overall, I got a good workout despite it being a break from Cardio, and exercise and all the deep breathing helped me feel better by the end.

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“We’re Gonna Have To Push, Ya’ll” (Day 17: Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs)

pure cardio & cardio absI was a little more tired than usual during the warmup on Day 17’s Pure Cardio but I felt more energized after the stretching. During the stretch, I noticed I am getting more flexible and also that my calf muscles are developing. It’s nice to see some visible progress.

As I mentioned in the post about Day 16, I finally managed to do the four push ups in the Level 1 drills without having to pause and at the correct pace. So, I decided to see how I would do for Level 2 drills (with 8 push ups) without pausing for this day. I didn’t quite keep up and ran about two push ups behind, but it’s an improvement.

During the power knees, right before the mountain climbers Shaun T said “We’re gonna have to push, ya’ll” and push I did. While Pure Cardio is exhausting without set breaks it always helps to know I just have to get through each exercise for one time period and then it’s on to another. For the most part, it went the same as previous times although I think I’m improving how much I can actually do.

Sometime the scissor runs are a little awkward to do on carpet or the parquet floors we have. This time I tried them on the yoga mat and they were a lot easier so I’ll probably just get it out every workout and use it on the exercises it helps with and move it aside on the ones that are harder with it (unless it’s late at night in which case I usually just suck it up and use the mat so I don’t disturb people).

I paused at power jacks to see why my dogs were kicking up a fuss and then resumed. I didn’t even realize that was all I had left to get through until it was time for the stretch. Of course, that wasn’t the end because I still had to do Cardio Abs. While much of it hurt, I know it did me good, and it really didn’t make the workout seem that much longer. Plus it would be followed by a well-earned Cardio Recovery.

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“I’m Smiling Because I Love It” (Day 16: Plyometric Cardio Circuit)

plyometric cardio circuitWhile I generally like the Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I was not all that excited to do it on Day 16 and couldn’t really agree with Shaun T saying “I’m smiling because I love it.” However, I decided to do it anyway. I started to get tired even during the first circuit of the regular workout, but I kept going.

I’m glad I did. As you may be aware, I’m not great at push ups so the Level 1 and Level 2 Drills are a bit of a challenge. I have been having to pause the DVD to get the push ups in and then restart it, and sometimes even do the push ups modified. Well, this time I did the regular push ups, pausing for the first and second run through. During the last one, I left it play and finally managed to keep up with Shaun T’s speed.

My hair was falling out of my ponytail the whole time and sticking to my face but I didn’t want to stop to fix it. Having succeeded at the Level 1 Drills seemed to make the rest of the circuit go faster and I actually didn’t even realize I was about to be done until we stopped. If I hadn’t done my workout I would have missed my little milestone, so I’m glad I stuck with it.

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Second Insanity Fit Test (Day 15)

dig deeper and fit testTwo weeks ago, I took the first Insanity Fit Test. My goal taking the second one on Day 15 was to do better than the first test, but also to do better than when I had taken the second test last year. I had both sets of numbers nearby for the test, but because the numbers from last year’s test were higher, those were the ones I used as my gauge.

Here’s how I did:

Switch Kicks–66 reps (132 kicks)
Power Jacks–46
Power Knees–67
Power Jumps–36
Globe Jumps–9 reps (36 jumps)
Suicide Jumps–16
Push Up Jacks–20
Low Plank Obliques–64

For the most part, I did better than last year’s attempt at this test. I got two more reps (4 more kicks) of the Switch Kicks, one more Power Jack, four more Power Jumps, two more of the Push Up Jacks, and four more Low Plank Obliques. On the Suicide Jumps my number remained the same. The Globe Jumps were the only disappointment with one less 1 rep (4 fewer jumps) than last year.

While this wasn’t as well as I wanted to do because I hoped I was doing much better this year than last year, I was happy that I still did much better than my first test this year. I got six more reps (12 more kicks) in the Switch Kicks, five more Power Jacks, five more Power Knees, 11 more Power Jumps, three more reps (12 more jumps) of the Globe Jumps, three more Suicide Jumps, five more Push Up Jacks, and 14 more Low Plank Obliques. Overall, I feel good that I’ve been improving and I look forward to the next test at the start of Week 5 (which will actually be in three weeks because they don’t label the Recovery Week with a number).

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