I'm thinking about jumping into insanity. The workout, that is.
It’s been about three weeks since I declared my return to fitness and, after a somewhat rocky start
during which I had an excuse to skip my workout every day for a solid week I’m doing pretty well. I’m over that oh-my-God-I-haven’t-worked-out-in-ages-and-I’m-so-fat-and-sluggish phase and am back into the “God it feels good to work hard! mindset. And because I am one of those bitches who begins to see results almost immediately after starting to work out, I’m noticing the beginning of some pretty awesome definition. Amazeballs, right?
After vacillating for centuries about how to make my entree back into the world of workouts, I decided to go back to Chalean Extreme, which I did for the first time last year. My homegirl Chalean gave me pretty good results; my posture got better, I acquired a distinct v-taper in my back, and my abs, shoulder, biceps, and quads got some pretty awesome definition. I even dropped my body fat percentage by a couple of points. Nothing to sneeze at; especially considering that for the three months I did that I ate nothing but bread and potatoes. Don’t ask. It’s another post for another day. Suffice it to say I eat a bit better now and so I would imagine I’d have way better results.
The thing is though that I’m kind of a little bit bored to shit. The program is still awesome; but what was thrilling about it last year was lifting heavier weights than I ever had before. I went from struggling to finish 12 bicep curls with 5lb weights to banging em out with 12′s. I felt like a beast and that kept me motivated. Almost a year or so later, I’m not that much stronger so the workout feels very “been there done that”.
Then yesterday I came across the Insanity Workout Infomercial. I have seen this shit 9,000 times but I’ve always dismissed it because
a)I hate cardio. Like seriously hate it. The cardio workouts in Chalean Extreme are like torture for me and I skip at least half of them.
2. I don’t like to sweat. I am a Black girl with a press out. Don’t act surprised.
iii/ I hate Shaun T. And I hear he talks about himself in the third person in this workout. How would I endure that?
But despite my very very logical reasons for shunning Insanity, I have to admit that the shit works. Everyone I know who has actually completed it has seen great results. And the before and after pics I’ve seen online are serious tings. Check out this chick.
Here’s a confession: my big fat secret fitness ambition for myself is 19% body fat. I’m somewhere in the 20-25% range now (I don’t know what the real number is but I’m pretty sure it’s not the 15% that my body fat scale keeps proclaiming), which is more pretty good, but if I was at 19% I would probably never wear clothes again. And with my new and improved eating habits, coupled with this program, I’m pretty sure I can get there.
But I’m scaaaaaaared. It looks hard as shit, everyone says it’s hard as shit, and you don’t even get to use weights. What kinda life would I lead? What will I do about my hair? At the same time though, part of me wants to go H.A.M. on this program and amaze myself like I did last year.
Although I’m normally a lone wolf when it comes to workouts, I think I need some backative on this one. A buddy, a support group, something. I tried to get Mr. Max to embark on a workout challenge with me, but he claims that it’s impossible for us to work out together when we live in different countries. Whatever.
So as always, I turn to you dear readers. Anyone want to embark on an Insanity challenge with me? Read weekly updates and cheer me on in the comments? Tell me your stories of your amazing success with Insanity? I’m on the brink of Insanity right now, help me tip over the edge!