Praise the Lord and pass the Icy Hot, I finished all 54 days of the INSANITY workout plan! I did it! I did it!!!
(Please excuse the hairy armpit... I was too elated to worry at the moment. A definite faux pas on my part.)
So, I followed the workout plan, along with Big Dave (who missed the last week because he went on a hunting trip and has yet to have his final pics taken) and Mendy the Hottie Neighbor.
By day 45, I was ready to be DONE with this shit, and every day was a struggle to get motivated for the torture. I ended up missing four days out of the whole 9 weeks, and those four were in the last month when the workouts lasted for 55 minutes (instead of the cushy 35 minute ones in the first month)... I just dreaded having to workout for that long.
Oh but I kept at it. I mean heck, I'd yelled it from the mountain tops on Facebook, Instagram and my bloggy, so I HAD to finish the damn thing right? I also did my semi-best to follow Shaun T's advice for eating, and limited my carbs (a little) and upped my protein and veggie intake. I cut out wheat all together... not a single sip of beer in two months. (Thank goodness for potato-based vodka and Club Soda, is all I'm sayin'.)
I know if I'd have been stricter on the food and drink I would have had even better results, but I'm still very very very happy, and I'm glad I didn't have to deprive myself too much because that's no fun at ALL.
So let's have a looky at my before and afters:
Grrrr... evil back fat be gone!
Dear belly fat. You must die.
Yay!!! When I started, my waist measured 33.25", and now it's an even 31".
I've gained almost a quarter inch of muscle on my biceps, and my boobies have shrunk nearly a half inch (much to Big Dave's dismay and my delight.)
I've only lost about three pounds, staying right around the 145 mark, but at 5'8" tall and forty years old, I'll take it. I've definitely learned that the scale is a deceitful bitch who is best left ignored as long as my pants are fitting looser.
So... would I recommend Insanity? Oh hell yes! Can a couch potato do it? Uh, YES... look at Big Dave, haha! He had a lot of trouble keeping up with the cardio, but he still got better results than me, and he didn't really change his crappy diet at all. (Men... I swear, why can they lose weight in a quick minute, but women have to eat rabbit pellets and drink distilled water???)
So next up on the Dhuland fitness plan is to rest this week (yes!!!) and then bust out with the weight workouts, while bringing in Insanity (the first month) a couple times a week. Should be fun. And rest assured that I'll keep you posted with more of my oh so flattering bikini pics. Haha! (If you can't laugh at yourself, why bother?)
Thanks for keeping me accountable. I'm planning to ROCK these forties! :)