Today I completed the Insanity program. I’ve worked extra hard for the past 63 days, with intense workouts 6 days a week. Here are some things I’ve learned about myself along the way.
1. I would never commit to working out 6 days a week for such a long period of time again… unless by some chance I fell into the obesity category. I’m cool with 3 days a week.
2. It takes my body about 2 weeks to get used to a workout. When the intensity changed for month two, it took another 2 weeks to adjust to that.
3. Being successful at Insanity (or anything in life) isn’t as much about strength as it is about commitment. Committing to working out 6 days a week is a serious commitment. There were many times I wanted to quit, but I was determined to finish. Specifically, the first day of month two, I was DONE! If anyone is doing insanity, that is the hardest workout. It gets a little easier from there. I’m thankful for the person who told me the same. That’s what made me keep going.
4. I found myself unenthused during the recovery week between month one and month two, but that quickly became my favorite workout… Core Cardio & Balance.
5. Whatever you think you can’t do, you can do… and then some.
6. I am most proud of the definition in my abs and the v-cut between my deltoid and biceps.
7. Did I lose weight? No. I increased my calorie intake when I started Insanity so that I wouldn’t lose weight. I believe I lost inches here and there, but I’m not consistent with measuring. The mirror was my guide.
Although I would never do Insanity again (maybe after childbirth), I encourage you guys to try something new… step it up a notch… you just might like it.
Here’s my last day of Insanity happy face!
Don’t laugh at my outtie!
I’ve really been neglecting my hair lately. I’ve been using the Selsun Blue shampoo and my scalp is soooo much better. I don’t know why I keep stopping. In any case, I washed my hair two weeks ago and after the first week, my scalp was still clean and my hair felt moisturized, so I skipped washing my hair last weekend. (That NEVER happens! Thanks to Selsun Blue, it was possible). This past week I started doing the INSANITY Workout. It’s probably the hardest workout I’ve ever done. It’s for the next 60 days. Needless to say, my hair has been drenched with sweat everyday since last Sunday. I meant to wash my hair midweek, but I never got around to it.
I FINALLY decided to get it done today. I continued my Pre-poo/Shampoo method with Selsun Blue Shampoo.
I washed that out, then used Cream & Coco’s Carrot Mango Melange Shampoo Bar.
Shampoo bars are my new love. It’s very important to make sure that your hair and the shampoo bar are completely wet before using to avoid your hair sticking to the shampoo bar and causing possible damage. I haven’t had any problems with them. I love Cream & Coco’s shampoo bars because they smell awesome and they leave my hair feeling moisturized. My only wish is that the sample size bar was a little bigger, or maybe not as flat because it breaks easily. I would definitely buy Cream & Coco shampoo bars again. My favorite one was the Banana Smoothie, followed by Cocobutter milkshake.
Following the shampoo session, I decided to try Cream & Coco’s Raspberry Ganache Deep Conditioner. The instructions say to break up the conditioner into pieces and add 1/4 cup boiling liquid which can be spring water, coconut milk, yogurt, milk or simple syrup of honey and water. I chose to add boiling water. The smell was amazing, like raspberries and chocolate. The consistency was a lot more watery than I expected, being that the instructions said it would get to the consistency of brownie mix. I also noticed that it didn’t dissolve as much as I expected. It always seemed like it was separating from the water a bit. I think it would have mixed better with something creamy like the yogurt or simple syrup mix. Needless to say, I was skeptical, but I applied it to my hair and left it on for the full 30 minutes as suggested. When I rinsed it out, my hair felt great, but was just a little more tangled than usual. It was very moisturized and felt coated. After drying my hair, it felt a lot fuller and like each strand was stronger. Who could complaint about that?! For those of you seeking fullness, this may be the product for you!
I blow dried my hair and put it right back into a bun. Week 2 of INSANITY began today. Staying committed is the hardest part.