Friday, May 14, 2010

INSANITY. Measurements.

For Wulfa.

Chest: 37"
Waist: 31"
Hips: 35"
Bicep: 11"
Leg: 22.5"

Last Week:
Measurements: Chest 37" (different clothing, not different size), Waist 31.5" (Whoopee!), Hip 35.5".

I decided to include arms and legs because that's where I'm seeing improvement right now. My arms are leaner but more defined and I'm seeing muscles in my thighs I haven't seen for years.

And I made a mistake. I weighed myself. I had gained 2 pounds. I wanted to quit.

Fortunately this morning I was reading about "Bottom Line Thinking" in my John Maxwell book and so I focused on what my bottom line goal is for this workout: to get ready for marathon training. And I'm seeing improvement-I can actually push through some of the workouts now instead of collapsing on the floor. And the jumps/power moves/etc. are becoming more doable.

I am going to start a food journal, however. We are not following the food guide sent with INSANITY because our diet was very close to their program anyway. But the temptation to eat more because you just survived a grueling workout is high and I want to make sure that I'm not doing that. At the same time ... I have to eat enough calories. Miniorc is far from weaned and I have to have enough energy to feed him, power through these workouts, and keep up with all the projects I create for myself to do.

And so, caught between wanting to lower my caloric intake and knowing that I can't afford to go too low, I logged onto the Beachbody forums. Lots of stuff there, but I made my way to the message board and the posts concerning INSANITY. And almost everyone said to throw away the scale. That many of the gains are made in the 2nd month anyway and that the scale is too arbitrary. All things I knew anyway (well, not about the gains in INSANITY being made in the 2nd month).

I can't do it. I can't throw away the scale. I'm not sure if it's my crutch, or any other type of security blanket. But I ain't gonna weigh myself again until we're done with INSANITY. And the next time we go through the INSANITY cycle I think we should get our body fat measured before and after.

So, Damm's measurements.

Chest: 39"
Waist: 35"
Bicep: 12.5"
Leg: 23"

Last Week.
39.5" chest, 37" waist

So a huge improvement for Damm in the waist. We'll see next week how the arms and legs are doing. It's kind of scary that my leg measurement is almost the same ... but then females usually have more leg muscles.

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