Tuesday, April 17, 2012

This shit is bananas, yo!

I am doing Insanity.  I love it and I hate it.

I started two weeks ago.  I got through the first 5 days and then got sick.  Very sick.  And my girls got sick.  We all had the same virus and for poor Gracie it turned into hand, foot and mouth.  Let me tell you, hand, foot and mouth is not a fun thing for an infant to have.  She turned into a baby I didn’t even know.  She didn’t sleep, couldn’t eat and cried nonstop… for about 4 days.  It was not a fun Easter at our house.

Gracie kicked over her basket during meltdown mode

There were no cute photos of Gracie digging into her easter basket or of the girls wearing their matching bunny ears.  It was all we could do to survive the day.

Gracie did like the grass - of course.

While I didn't get a photo in the matching bunny ears, they did tolerate one in their matching sun glasses...

blurry iPhone pic - but I'll take what I can get

Needless to say, when babies don’t sleep, parents don’t sleep.  No sleep + silly coxsackie virus = no exercising.  I was mad.  Here, I’d finally committed to exercising and completing this 60 day challenge and I was bailing after a week.  There was no option.  I could barely get off the couch, much less do this… 

But after a few days of catching up on sleep and feeling better about life in general I started again yesterday.  When people say that Insanity is hard, they are not lying.  I get up every morning at 4:45am because I know if I had to spend all day dreading looking forward to that workout, I would never do it.  Every morning I tell myself that I can torture myself do this for the 40-45 minutes it takes.  I can do anything for less than an hour.  And I do.  And I feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment before I even leave the house to begin my day and that alone is worth it.

Why do I love it?  It's a challenge and I feel like it will really work.  I am an instant gratification kind of person, so I'm drawn to the short timeline (60 days).  Do I expect to have a ripped 6 pack after 60 days?  No.  I don't really have a need for that.  I would be extremely thrilled with about 10-15 less pounds and some more energy.  I also love that I can modify what I can't quite do and I still feel like I'm working harder than I ever have.  I love it because it makes me so angry that I can't do everything as well, as many times, and as fast as I should and that's motivation. 

Why do I hate it?  It is hard.  I threw up twice during the initial fit test.  I was so sore during the first week that I could barely walk or sit or do anything really.  I literally could barely sit to pee.  I almost stayed home from work.  it was rough.  I also hate that I have to get up so early.  But if I don't, I will rack up 900 reasons why I am not going to do any exercise after work before it is even 10am. 

I spend a lot of time swearing at Shaun T… but at the same time, he’s fun to watch.  If I have to go through this, there may as well be some enjoyment.  

Jeff is doing this with me.  Not at 4:45am.  He isn’t human till he has his coffee.  He really doesn’t even like to talk till after he’s been awake for at least an hour, so Insanity will never be a part of his morning routine.

Jeff does Insanity when he gets home from work with the girls.  The only place we have to do this is our living room aka babies-r-us-threw-up-all-over-land.  I try to take Lily upstairs and otherwise occupy her so he can have his time.  It doesn’t always work.  She loves to “exercise” too.  And it’s hilarious.  I vow to get it on video and post because everyone should get to smile as much as I do when watching her.  

My favorite part so far is at the end of the “Pure Cardio” workout when Shaun T falls on the floor and says “This shit is bananas, yo.”  Yes, Shaun, it is definitely bananas.


  1. First off, I am SO SORRY to hear about your 4-days of sickness and Gracie's hand, foot and mouth setback. :( That stinks. I know that's so painful for little ones. :(


    Secondly, you make me smile. Craig just bought Insanity and it arrived from the importer yesterday. It's still in my car. I have refused to take it into the house because when I do I believe it means that we have to do it. :) (We were P90X people. And I hated that, too.)

    I cannot BELIEVE you get up at 4:45 am to do that - amazing. However, I'm so glad to hear it's only 45 minutes long! I echo you: I can totally do something for 45 minutes. Right?

    I'll report back.

    If I ever get the box out of my car.

    1. Thanks Kylee. It was probably the hardest few days as parents that we have experienced thus far. I am happy I have my happy smiling sleeping baby back.

      I completely understand not wanting to bring it in the house. It is sort of evil. I was going to do P90X but for some reason just never did. I have tried P90 but it bored me and i was trying to do it after work and that's just setting myself up for failure.

      One recommendation... Don't go out to celebrate something and have a few beers and an appetizer and then expect to do the fit test (1st workout) a few hours later. I threw up twice. I seriously underestimated insanity.

      The early morning is the only time I can carve out that doesn't take what little time I have with my girls away. The mom guilt is still hard to get past some days so doing it when they are home and awake will never work. I'm actually really liking the morning workout. Don't get me wrong, I definitely swear at my alarm and swear at the instructor and I'm pretty miserable till after my shower, but then I feel great :)

      Please do report back... I would love to see how you feel about it once you've given it a shot.

  2. INSANITY is so hard. I did it for 3 days. FAIL!

    The warm up about killed me.

    Let me know how it goes. Maybe I will borrow it....or maybe we will just meet for sushi.

  3. You are right. I have never done a "warm up" that is so hard. Also see my comment above about puking during the initial fit test. That was a FAIL as well.

    So far so good. I'm almost through week two. Thank God for the cardio recovery day that I had this morning. Although I've never tried to hold a squat or lunge quite so long. Ugg.

    Sushi yes - next week right?


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