Dear Self, stick with it.

Happy Hump Day

So since running really isn’t working out for me these days I have to do something else. All day Tuesday I was thinking about what type of work out I was going to do when I got home.

I talked talked to Carolyn earlier in the day and she mentioned she had started back to Yoga and it was helping her injury. I thought I might do Jillian Michael’s Yoga Melt Down. Sounded like a good idea. It’s a good hard work out and it gets a sweat brewing.

Then I got home. Jillian didn’t sound like such a good idea anymore. I wanted something a little more intense. Something that would really make my heart rate sore. JM makes me sweat, but she doesn’t make me feel like I want to die.

I went to the on-demand work outs that Brighthouse offers, but as per usual for the last 2 weeks they are not working. DO YOU HEAR THAT BRIGHTHOUSE, GET IT TOGETHER. TWO WEEKS WITHOUT ON-DEMAND WORK OUTS IS HORRIBLE.

Nothing was sounding appealing. Bob Harper? No. 30 Day Shred? No. Hmph.

Then it happened. I remembered that my sister gave me Insanity for-ev-er ago. I tried the fit test a while back when my knee was bothering me. I couldn’t get through the warm up because my knee was so painful.

Today was my day. I was going to do that fit test and see how I did.



Insanity recommends that you do the Fit test first, and then ever 2 weeks during the program.

My results from my first fit test on 5/3/2011:

Switch kicks : 65
power jacks: 49
power knees: 72
power jumps: 45
globe jumps: 10  (this was a really weird test)
suicide jumps: 14
push up jacks: 15
low plank obliques: 45

I am actually really pleased with my results. I didn’t know what to expect or the fit test since I didn’t make it to the actual test the first time I tried it. I thought the exercises were challenging, and intense. I’m pretty excited to try some more of Insanity.


I was trying to take pictures in between the exercises. Kinda shaky when my heart was racing 400bpm.


Phew. I survived. I also really liked the cool down. I felt like it was thorough and allowed me enough time to actually cool down and get my HR down to a reasonable level.

My only problem is that since I’m borrowing this from my sister I don’t have a book that goes with it. Does it have a book? I have a calendar thing that tells me which DVD I’m supposed to do each day. It has a work out Monday-Saturday. That seems like a lot. We’ll see how I do.

For dinner I made fish tacos. I’ve never made them before so I just used what I had in the fridge.



Clearly I’m not a food blogger, but you get the picture. I ate the broccoli separately , not in the taco. That would have been really weird. I baked the fish & broccoli for 20 minutes. Took the broccoli out then put the fish back in for 5 more minutes. I sauteed up the onion, zucchini & yellow peppers until they were soft. I also put a little salsa on my taco then chowed down. mmmmmmm.

Have you tried insanity or P90x, both? Did you do the whole program?

You only have one life, so live it !!


7 thoughts on “Dear Self, stick with it.

  1. Husband and I did 2 full rounds of P90X last year and were really happy with it. After it was over, I moved onto marathon training. We’re starting Insanity on Sunday, and I’m actually really excited about it. We’ll be doing the whole program, but I’ll also be doing some running because I’m hoping to run a second marathon in the fall.

    There is a book that goes with Insanity, as well as a nutrition plan. I’m sure you can find them online!

  2. I have the P90x dvd set, but none of the equipment to actually do it. Yoga X is the only workout I’ve tried so far. yeah, I suck at the weight training thing.

    How does Insanity differentiate itself from P90x? They’re made by the same company right? I’m very intrigued that it gets your heart rate up that high. It doesn’t feel like a real workout unless my heart is about to leap out of my chest 🙂

    A sweat session is the best therapy!

    • I borrowed P90x from someone, but all the “stuff” that you had to have turned me off from it. I don’t want to keep a bunch of different weights/pull up bar, and whatever else is needed in my house. Mainly because we don’t have room for it. Insanity doesn’t require any of the “stuff.” You use your body weight only. I have heard that P90X gives better results, but I’m sure if I stick w/ insanity I’ll be happy w/ whatever results I get. I could just keep doing the fit test and be happy for a little while. The exercises were not “hard” but they were intense. You do one minute intervals of each exercise, then a 1 minute breather, then another interval.

      I’m going to do the first “day” tonight. I think it says Cardio plyometrics <–that word alone scares me.

  3. I have those days when no workout sounds very appealing…
    I’ve never tried P90X or Insanity, but I am really intrigued by it. I’ve had some friends start it, but they didn’t stick to it, so I still don’t know much about it.
    I think you should do the whole program and tell us what you think!

  4. We have 30DS and P90X. I am not a fan of either. There is something about sweating buckets in my living room that just isn’t cool. And all of the high impact work is too hard on my feeble knees! I do use P90X for upper body workouts and Ab Ripper…but I’m pretty sure 30DS found its way into a box headed to Savers!

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