Monday, June 14, 2010

Conquering Insanity


I've been putting off this post for 2 weeks. Ironically, I'm linking up to Amy's Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays. Ha! This isn't a craft post...or a recipe post...or even a pics-of-the-kiddos post. I wasn't sure I even wanted to share this in blog land. But here goes...

Exercise. I know I need it. I know it makes me feel better. I know it makes me look better. But who has the time? Well, me, apparently. I've rearranged my priorities a bit and probably don't get in all the craft/play time I had before. Gasp! But I've exercised every day for the last 2 weeks.

Now, here's the thing. People who know me have seen my 'all or nothing' attitude. I can bounce around extremes sometimes. For instance, I had decided I wanted to cook and eat healthier a couple years ago. fine. Great. But, for me, it can't be a gradual subtle change. I felt an urgency to throw away the brownies on the counter. I insisted on traveling out of my way to buy 'good' eggs from free range chickens. No more white sugar, white flour, Log Cabin syrup, or veggie shortening. I switched to sucanat, evaporated cane juice crystals, whole wheat and spelt flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil. I added the dairy to my errand list so I could buy raw milk for its health benefits. These are all good changes. To make them all at once drives the people around me a little to the crazy side. But I've found that if I make slow little changes in things, I often backslide. It's easy to skip a workout if I'm only doing it a couple times a week at best.

Soo...2 weeks ago, I committed to something crazy with My Hubby. We saved up and scraped together our blow money, as Dave Ramsey calls it, and bought the Insanity DVD program. I don't mind admitting that this is by far the most exhausting intense exercise my body has ever attempted. I mean dripping sweat. Not exaggerating. With great sacrifice comes great reward, right? I hope so. The really crazy thing is...I'm having fun! I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I finish a workout. I'll let you know how I feel after 2 months. Until then, check it out!





8 comments:

Suzanne said...

I give you points for bravery and endurance! That looks really hard.

Marie said...

And I'm so NOT in shape to start out. I can only improve...or get injured. lol

Susan said...

Wow, Marie - this looks intense! But it looks like fun too. Kudos to you for doing it! Keep us updated. :)

Marianne said...

Wow, that sure looks like fun in a hurting kind of way. I don't think I could do it and I admire you for doing this. Please do get back to us with how it is going. Before and after pictures? Totally inspiring. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Marie said...

Marianne~ I did take before pics, but I don't know if I'm brave enough to post them on my blog. There would have to be some pretty amazing after pics to put that out there! There is a "fit test" you take at the beginning of the program and then every 2 weeks, and I really noticed improvement in my second one. (Of course, there really was only one direction for me to go!:) Thanks so much for the encouragement! I'd love to lose weight and drop a size or two...but most of all, I want to be healthy, in shape, and set a good active example for my kids. One workout at a time...

Amy Bowman said...

You are featured. So very proud!

the momma (aka Shannon) said...

Way to go! Hubby and I also bought the Insanity program...3 weeks in I couldn't believe the difference (esp in my waist!!!)
But life intervened...and it fell to the wayside. Today we restart!
Seriously? My hubby threw up after the first fit test. Insanity is no joke :0)

Liz said...

I remember seeing the informercial about Insanity. Now you've really piqued my interest! I would love if you post a little more about it... maybe when you are a few more weeks into it? I would totally splurge for it if it is really as great as they say.

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