Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 1, Week 3.

Week 3! Week 3! Week 3!

The end of Month 1 is in sight. It’s actually a little hard for me to believe that I’m almost done with this first month. But I am and I’m still pumped about this workout program. I feel really awesome and I’m totally kicking ass. I’m really glad I started even though I didn’t really think I’d actually be able to keep up with exercising every single week day.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Max out: 12:58.

I’m definitely making progress here. I mean, hello, last week I maxed out at 8:05 and this week I made it almost FIVE minutes longer. That is some serious progress. And I’m barely following the modifier. I feel like I’m on top of the world here.

Tabata Strength.

Tabata Strength (Day 1)

Tabata Strength (Day 1)

Max out: 14:30

I thought Tabata Power was hard. OH MY. Tabata Strength has that beat, for sure. It was an unexpected change half way through the month (as in, I wasn’t prepared for what was coming but I knew it was coming). I’m a little disappointed that I can’t keep trying to make progress on those plyo push ups that were getting me in Tabata Power but I’m excited for this new challenge. My legs were definitely feeling it after this work out.

Sweat Intervals.Max out: 13:45

Yeah. That happened. I noticed I have been doing more real push ups instead of knee push ups this week. I don’t think I’ve ever really been able to do a whole bunch of real push ups so that is some definite progress in my life. I’m trying to push myself harder so that I can see some really good results and it is working.

Tabata Strength.

Tabata Strength (Day 2)

Tabata Strength (Day 2)

Max out: 15:50

Oh that thumbs up? Is because I made it HALF WAY BABY!! I’m so proud of myself. Tabata Strength is definitely H-A-R-D but I was able to push myself to a new level and that makes all the hard worth it. Here’s to moving up and going farther!

Friday Night Fight. Round 1.Max out: 12:35

Well, this one kicked my ass. I really did not want to do this workout because it was late and I was tired… but I did it and in the end I was happy that I laced up and pushed play. I felt good afterwards, tired and sore, but both are good things in my book these days.

Overall thoughts.

I ended up working out in the morning this week. We had some things going on in the evenings and I knew that if I had any hope of getting my workout done then I would have to wake up and push play. It was a struggle to get out of bed every morning because beds are so nice and warm and Shaun T was out there waiting to kick my behind in a serious way. I noticed I felt way more energized during the day since I started my day with a workout. I really wish I had the motivation to do this every morning, but I get up so early as it is that it really isn’t in the cards for me. Maybe one day I won’t have to wake up so early and this can be the way I start (almost) all my mornings. I was glad to put this week behind me. Tabata Strength gave me an unexpected challenge, but it also pushed me past that half way mark. I was really looking forward to making similar progress in Week 4 even though it means pushing harder and working harder I’m ready for it.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

She’s a big girl.

I’ve been prepping Sydney’s room (cleaning it, really) to make it safer (i.e. make sure there is less that she can mess) when she was finally transitioned into the toddler bed. That time finally came.

Big helper.

Big helper.

Friday after work I got straight to work transitioning her crib to her big girl bed. She was pretty excited about “my bed” and wanted to help get it put together. I had kind of been putting that off because I thought maybe it would be a pain to change the crib to a toddler bed. I was surprised at how easy it was. It would have been easier if I had actually read the instructions correctly and didn’t take off the entire front of the crib only to have to put 2 pieces back on so that I could add the bottom rail.

MY BED!

MY BED!

Sydney LOVED her new bed. She ran around yelling about “my bed” and was having a wonderful time jumping in and out of it and throwing all her friends out of the bed.

I thought for sure that meant she would end up playing all night in it instead of sleeping in it.

Wrong. She actually slept in it. I went about her normal bed time routine and read her stories – in bed, which is much nicer than reading them on the floor, then I tucked her in and prayed a little prayer that things would go smoothly. She’s been having some weird issues (maybe?) about bed time and not wanting to go “night night” so really it could have gone so much worse.

She did cry for a little longer than normal, which I expected, but she also slept later than normal which is something I did not expect. And something I was so happy about – except for the fact that I am not apparently conditioned to wake up around 7 so I just laid in bed quietly until she got up around 8:30.

Big girl room.

Big girl room.

My baby isn’t so much of a baby anymore. I’m sad about it, but also kind of excited about this toddler world we’re living in (when toddler world isn’t having a melt down, that is).

 

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 1, Week 2.

Last week I talked about Month 1, Week 1 and how it nearly killed me. This week it’s all about Month 1, Week 2. And how I feel like it killed me a little bit less.

Week 2 wasn’t as hard as Week 1. I feel like a lot of that though is because I knew what to expect. I felt like I had a pretty good handle on the work outs and what each one was about so I felt like overall I did better just because I knew what to expect.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Cardio Challenge.

Max out: 8:05

I managed to go almost two (!!) minutes longer than last week. I was very impressed. I didn’t feel like the warm-up was going to kill me like I did last week so we’re on the up and up here.

Tabata Power.

Tabata Power.

Tabata Power.

Max out: 10:15

Only about a 30 second increase from last weeks Tabata Power workout. Which is good simply because I did better this week than I did last week and that’s the goal. My legs pretty much still feel like jelly after this work out though which honestly surprises me because I have been working out for months and I run – I have strong legs. So that tells me just how hard these work outs are and just how hard I’m being pushed.

Sweat Intervals.

Sweat Intervals.

Sweat Intervals.

Max out: 11:15

A huge difference above last week (from 7:45 – that’s 3 1/2 minutes!). I’m definitely feeling stronger and I know for sure that I have never been pushed harder or to more to my max in my life. I am really astounded at the changes I’m already seeing in my fitness level and I think this work out is really what showed me how far I’ve come in a short time (1 week) and how far I think I can go by the end of it if I keep making progress (no matter how small; progress is progress).

Tabata Power.

Tabata Power.

Tabata Power.

Max out: 11:45

This one is killer for me which is evident by the fact that I’m only able to increase my time by 30 seconds or so between workouts. I have been having a love-hate (more hate than love) relationship with the plyo push ups in this one and I finally made it through them during this workout. They are tough but they are getting me stronger and putting some definition in my arms.

Friday Night Fight: Round 1.

Friday Night Fight. Round 1.

Friday Night Fight. Round 1.

Max out: 11:25

It should be noted I don’t base my “increase” on the workout from the day before but from the last time I did the same workout. So Friday I didn’t make it as long as I did on Thursday but I made it about 2 1/2 minutes longer than I did last Friday. That is progress. And I feel really good about it.

Overall thoughts.

I noticed that I was actually leaving the modifier in the dust this week. That is huge because I was sticking with the modifier last week because I think I was a little afraid at just how hard the other people were working and this week I decided I didn’t care how hard THEY were working because it only mattered how hard I was working. I’m feeling stronger and much better about myself this week. And I was really looking forward to tackling Week 3 and seeing just how much better I do.

 Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

Life lately.

Just a couple random things happening around these parts.

Valentines Day

Valentines Day

Sydney got a few (small!) presents because I can’t help myself at the Target Dollar Spot. She was really excited to see the presents on the table and was even more excited when they were for her (because we recently celebrated my Dad’s birthday and while she got to help open presents they weren’t for her and I don’t think she understood what that was all about).

That face.

That face.

I wish I had actually captured her face straight on because it was really cute. I love her excited face. And she’s this excited over a book. I love that even more. I am pretty excited that we’re raising a reader – we’re pretty much all readers and we read to her a lot so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that she likes to read, but it is a welcomed one. She even asks to go to bed with books and will “read” them to herself after we leave the room. Since we read some of the same books over and over again at night she seems to have a couple words memorized and she will say random words from the book as she flips the pages (though I don’t know if she has the pages correct because I can’t see the pages on the monitor).

Hiding.

Hiding.

She’s been starting to play games with us. It’s really cute. She loves to hide – mostly she will hid under a blanket or just behind her hands waiting for us to ask “Where’s Sydney” and then she will reveal herself and laugh at all the excitement that happens when she is found. She also likes for us to hide and she goes “uh oh, where mommy” getting equally as excited when we are “found.” I am really loving this toddler playing stage of life right now.

Cheese.

Cheese.

I just love her and that cheese face.

 

Snow Day.

Yesterday we had a glorious snow day.

Snow Day.

Snow Day.

Actually, I hate the snow. And I still had to work. But I got to do that at home which is always better than having to leave the house when it has snowed. So, ok, it wasn’t terrible but it was still a snow day.

Sydney loves being outside and apparently just because there is snow outside does not deter her love for going outside. I showed her all the snow in the morning and she was pretty excited because she thought we were going outside right that moment. We had to wait until the temperature warmed up just a little before we headed outside, but we were going one way or another. I didn’t actually think she would enjoy being outside in the snow but she did seem to like it a little. Except when the snow blower was going – she did not like that. And wanted to be held. Boy was she disappointed when I didn’t really want to hold her and had to dig out my car and shovel out the sidewalk instead.

Little helper.

Little helper.

She did, however, want to use the shovel. I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up disappointed when she is old enough to actually shovel for us but doesn’t want to.

Snow!

Snow!

She enjoyed exploring and walking around in the snow. I thought she would have trouble in the snow (because all I have to go on is 1 year old Sydney having trouble last year in the snow) but she did manage to do some running… until she fell. And then we stuck with walking.

Virginia Driver in the making

Virginia Driver in the making

Once we got the driveway all cleared she decided she wanted to bring out her car. My in-laws bought her this for her birthday last year and she loves it. She’s getting much better at using it herself (because she can finally reach the ground to actually move herself). I made a joke that she was truly going to be a Virginia driver because she thinks she can take her little sports car out in the snow.

After spending some time in the snow we headed back inside for naps (for her) and work (for me). We spent the whole day in pajamas and we even had ice cream as an afternoon snack. Sydney did some cuddling with the dogs… Lucy is a good sport, and we’re working on Sydney being more gentle with the dogs. She loves them and thankfully, they love her enough to tolerate her nonsense.

cuddle time!

cuddle time!

 

 

Fit Friday. Insanity Max: Month 1, Week 1.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your week has been good to you. Mine was pretty good, but I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend!

Last week I talked a little bit about jumping on the Insanity Max 30 train and how much I loved it. This week I start talking about my progress and how I felt each week.

These are my before pictures. I realize that I’m skinny. I did not start this work-out routine to lose weight and I’ve been monitoring my caloric intake to make sure that I don’t actually lose any weight because for me this is not about my weight (I’m happy with that) but it is about being in the best shape of my life. This program will help you to lose weight if you have weight you want to lose and I’m sure that if I tried I could lose weight but that would be unhealthy so that’s why I don’t try to lose weight – I just try to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Before

Before

My first week was HARD. I knew Shaun T was killer but I thought I was in better shape than I was. I also don’t think I really had any idea what “maxing out” really meant until I started these workouts. Boy was I surprised but by the end of the week I was feeling better and I was able to hang on just a little longer each day.

Monday: Cardio Challenge.

Day 1.

Day 1.

I basically thought I was going to die pretty early on. And then I discovered that we were just doing the warm up. WHAT. I knew from that moment on Shaun T was basically going to kill me every day and I was going to love it. I maxed out on my first day at 6:10. I wasn’t disappointed in myself for not making it longer. I was a little surprised that I didn’t make it longer. But I wasn’t disappointed because I went as hard as I could for as long as I could and that is the point. I took my break and I joined up with the modifier to finish out the workout. I could have joined back in with the regular crowd, but I just felt like I needed to hang with the modifier to make it through the workout with good form which is important because the last thing I wanted to do was hurt myself on Day 1.

Tuesday: Tabata Power

Day 2

Day 2

Oh Tabata Power. Oh Plyo Push-ups. Those were my nemesis. If you haven’t done a plyo push up they are hard. It’s doing a regular push up with small jump in the push-up position. I managed to hang on and max out at 9:10 but I made my goal for this video to get through those push ups by the time this was all over. I felt a lot like my legs and arms were made of jelly after this workout was over but I felt good and that’s what mattered. I hung with the modifier on and off but I did try to do the full high-impact workout when I could and when I felt like I could keep the form.

Wednesday: Sweat Intervals

Day 3.

Day 3.

What you can’t see in that photo is all.the.sweat. This is not called “sweat intervals” for nothing because I definitely was dripping with sweat. This one got me a little bit after Tuesday’s workout (because so much leg workout on Tuesday) so I maxed out at 7:45 but I was really feeling like I wouldn’t be able to make it through the workout at all after Tuesday so I felt like I won. I was making some serious noise during this workout to push myself just a little farther, just a little harder, just a little more. Whatever works right?

Thursday: Tabata Power

Day 4.

Day 4.

Oh this one again. More plyo push ups. I almost made it… but I made it farther than I did last time so that was a good thing. I maxed out at 9:45 and spent less time with the modifier than I did before. All things pointing to progress and a better fitness level. But after this I felt like my arms were basically useless so it’s a good thing I was doing these workouts in the evening. I will say that the way this workout is set up (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off) really helps me push myself a little father because I tried to “max out” all the way through the workout. Meaning that after I would stop to take a break I’d get back in there and try to max out again. I kept telling myself it was only for 20 seconds and I could make it 20 seconds before we would do our “recovery move” and I think that helped to motivate me to do just a little bit more. Sometimes though, I just couldn’t go one more second and I had to take a break. It’s ok. It’s encouraged. That’s the point.

Friday: Friday Night Fight Round 1

Day 5.

Day 5.

The hardest workout of the week. Seriously. But such a good workout. I also discovered that I really need that first break for water because I got to a point that I felt like I had a desert in my mouth and that made it hard for me to concentrate on the workout. I maxed out at 8:45 and I think that had a lot to do with my level of concentration though I’m not sure I would have actually made it much father because I was really pushing myself. I would be lying if I said that sitting down after this workout was not so very welcomed. It was rough, but I felt a serious sense of accomplishment for making it through Week 1 and not dying.

Overall thoughts.

On Monday I was surprised that I wasn’t able to max out later in the workout than I had. I knew the workout was going to be hard, but I really thought I’d make it like half way. HA. HAHAHA. It actually took some time to max out at the half way mark and when I did finally get there I was so proud (but that comes later, we’ll get there…). By Thursday I was really sore and realizing that even though I was in shape before I wasn’t in the kind of shape this program was going to get me in. I think, for me, that provided me some motivation to keep going. Also knowing that this program was only Monday – Friday (or any 5 days in a row that work for you I guess) that meant I could enjoy my weekends without feeling guilty about not pushing play. And even though I wasn’t working out over the weekend I felt SO GOOD that I was motivated to keep moving and stay active without overdoing it (because those recovery days are crucial, for real.) I ended up doing a bunch of work around the house, and the constant up and down of the stairs really reinforced just how sore my legs were, but I felt good. I felt really good. And I looked forward to Monday when I would start it all over again.

Interested in learning more about Beachbody or taking the plunge and trying Insanity Max 30 yourself? Click here for my Coach’s page and I’ll be more than happy to give you advice and answer any questions you may have.

Want to dive in and try Insanity Max 30 for yourself? You can buy it here. It is definitely worth it.

VoxBox Review: Pantene Full and Strong.

I recently received the new Pantene Full & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner to try out and review through Influenster and their VoxBox Campaigns. I was really excited to be chosen for this Campaign because I really, really love Pantene (in fact I had to take out my Damage Detox Shampoo and Conditioner so I could immediately start using the new Full & Strong.

Pantene VoxBox

Pantene VoxBox

This new shampoo & conditioner is designed to fight the flat and help prevent split ends. It’s a body building shampoo that will gently cleanse your hair for a lightweight nourishment and preps hair for an all-over fullness while the conditioner will provide intense nourishment to give you healthy hair that moves freely.

(all of that is paraphrased from the card that was included in my VoxBox… so I’m just giving you the general gist of their description of the product).

First impression? This smells amazing coming straight out of the bottle. And it filled the shower with the same amazing smell as I washed/conditioned my hair. I normally shower at night to give myself extra snooze time in the morning and I noticed that my hair still smelled really good in the morning after I’d slept on it all night.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and I really do think I can tell the difference. Maybe it’s because I’m actually paying attention so I can review this product, but there is a noticeable difference in how my hair feels. I feel like I have a little bit more volume and I think my hair feels softer & more silky. It feels really, really nice. I can’t tell you if I have less split ends because well… I never really paid attention to them before but I did try to search some out and didn’t really find any. I do think my hair feels and looks healthier. Which says a lot because I thought it looked healthy before since I was using Pantene’s Damage Detox and I thought that was doing a pretty good job.

In short, I’m pretty much in love with this new shampoo and conditioner and it’s definitely going to be one I buy, for myself, after these bottles are empty!

I also was sent a to-go bottle of Pantene’s Dry Shampoo. I’ve used dry shampoo in the past and was never really a big fan of it because it left my hair feel like straw and I didn’t think it made my hair look any better than if I had just not used it at all. I was a little skeptical but I gave it a chance anyway. I’ve only used it once, but I was initially impressed because it didn’t leave my hair feeling like straw. I didn’t re-style my hair so I think my hair looked pretty good for it being 2 days unwashed and having used the dry shampoo. I am glad they sent it with this box because otherwise I would have never tried it and I wouldn’t know that there is dry shampoo out there that doesn’t leave me wishing I had just washed my hair instead.

As a disclaimer, I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes but all opinions expressed in this post are my own.