I’m not doing Insanity on the weekends.
In an effort to enjoy Insanity more, get some real rest, and push past my weight loss plateau, I decided I’m not doing Insanity on the weekends. I modified the program so that I do 5 videos in a row Monday through Friday, do something active one day over the weekend and take the other day as a complete rest day. So far, so good. That change, in addition to a few tweaks in my diet, rewarded me with a nice loss this week. It took me 9 months to reach this weight after Raffi, and here I am 2.5 months postpartum with Ali and I’ve reached that same weight. Of course I gained less with her so I have less to lose, but I still feel it is a great accomplishment.
I stopped enjoying Insanity around the start of month 2. It was just TOO. MUCH. to get up before 5 AM, feed the baby, and then immediately work out 6 days a week. It’s not sustainable. This new plan allows me to work as hard as I can during the week and then reward myself by sleeping in on the weekend. If I had daytime hours to exercise I would be able to do the plan as prescribed, but I don’t. To me rest from exercise and rest in the form of sleep are just as important to my overall health as the rest of it.
This morning our power went out near the end of the workout. Instead of calling it quits for the day, Trig and I finished the workout from memory. It was a lot harder without Shaun T. and his workout group to motivate me, but we did it. I miss working out in a group exercise scene. I love the energy of a good group exercise class with a good instructor. The video’s energy + having a workout partner isn’t a bad second though. Trig works really hard during the workout, and watching him is a great motivator for me to channel my energy into just a few more minutes.
So about that active weekend day – last weekend we were at the shore and I chose to go kayaking. It felt amazing to get out there on the bay. I was a little nervous since I’ve always kayaked with a friend, and last year I actually fell in the water trying to get in the kayak (I didn’t realize the kayak dock had a hole in it). t was great though! I went out for about 30 minutes and alternated between a leisurely pace and a sprint. There is something about being on the water with the peaceful rhythm of the paddle hitting the water that brings me so much pleasure. My breathing was relaxed and I was alone with my thoughts and the random boats that passed me. I hope to kayaking every moment I can this summer. I haven’t felt so passionate and excited about a physical activity since my days of salsa dancing.
With these new changes I now love Insanity again. I’m excited for my workouts and can’t wait for the next one… bright and early tomorrow morning.
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