Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Before I Chicken Out....

I've had quite a few people ask me about Insanity--we're now in the 5th week, which is technically "Recovery" week, although I'll admit that it's not much of a recovery! I can talk about how much I like it, but I know that when I was looking into Insanity, all I really wanted to see were the before and after pictures...which kind of sucks because I really have no desire to share my before pictures with y'all, LOL!

I know I've shared before how difficult it was for me to lose weight postpartum. Despite breastfeeding. Despite eating pretty darn well most of the time. Despite RUNNING three days a week. To be honest, I was kind of angry about it. Don't misunderstand--I love Lizzy with every fiber of my being, and having her was worth any sacrifice of my body. But, it was still frustrating for me to feel like I was putting in a great effort and getting no results. To feel like the body that I was living in wasn't mine. If anybody else out there is feeling the same way, this post is for you. Because there is hope.

Anyway, we had the opportunity to borrow the Insanity dvd set from a friend. Justin and I have really done well with doing it every day (I think we've only missed one or two days so far). And I'm actually starting to see some progress.

{Deep Breath} Whew. Okay. I don't really want to do this, but I'm going to. Stretch marks and all. {Deep Breath}

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So there you have it...THAT'S how Insanity is working for me. And I'm kind of excited (and terrified) about the next month!

52 comments:

  1. I just want to say that I am so impressed by your bravery - but seriously... what a change! You've got to feel mighty proud of yourself! Nice work :)

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  2. Great work!! I did Insanity last summer and it's no joke. You definitely should be proud of yourself for sticking it out!

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  3. Holy cow I can't believe the difference in just 30 days!! That is amazing. I can't wait to see next month's picture! :)

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  4. Oh my gosh Meredith! Thats an amazing transformation!!!!! And those babies do a number on us don't they?! I'm so nervous to show my stretchmarks, so I haven't yet. Mine are fading pretty good, but AHH. So many!

    You are looking FABULOUS. I can't imagine how freaking fit you'll look next month!

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  5. You look awesome! I'm on day 16 of the 30 day shred and am feeling similarly inspired - love watching the progress! Nice work, Mer!

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  6. Well, I've been MIA for awhile, but I saw this post and had to comment! You are looking fabulous! I'd say the hard work is definitely paying off, way to go!

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  7. Meredith, that is amazing! You have to feel pretty great looking at those photos. That's a nice difference for 30 days! Way to go!

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  8. OMG- you look AMAZING! Wow. Way to go.

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  9. You look fantastic! What a huge difference. Can't wait to see how great you look in another month. :)

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  10. Wow--amazing results! You look great! I'm impressed that you guys have kept up with it. Now I'm motivated to try. I was worried that it would be too hard since I haven't really worked out regularly for a while though. Did you feel that you had a pretty good base level of fitness before starting? Did you change your eating habits at all? Sorry for all the questions :)

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  11. Awesome job!! That's HUGE progress. I can't wait to see what these next 30 days bring you...I have a feeling the changes are going to come faster and stronger! :) Be proud, mama!

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  12. Oh WOW!! I can't believe the change!! This is so inspiring. I struggle too, but I also have not been diligent about things. Great job! Thank you for being so brave!

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  13. wow, awesome!!!! you should be so proud of yourself!

    the hubs and i have been doing insanity for a little over 2 weeks. i still can't complete a whole set w/o stopping. do you ever stop and take a breather for a couple seconds?? just curious! thanks!

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  14. Are you kidding me?! "A little progress"?! You look fantastic, and you're only on week 5! I'm impressed. Congrats and keep up the good work!

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  15. I am so proud of you and your determination! What an amazing difference!!!! You will get there Mer, I have faith in you!!!

    Karen

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  16. Great job! You are an inspiration!

    I admire your bravery for putting your pics out there. We should have more real pics of moms who aren't ashamed to show their bodies. You should definitely be proud of how far you've come in 30 days! You look great!

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  17. Wow!!!! Congrats to you! Great job and keep it up!

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  18. There is a crazy amount of clapping coming from my to you!! You have to feel amazing!

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  19. Holy crap, that is a HUGE and awesome change!! I give you mad props for putting this out there too - you are an inspiration!!

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  20. You are braver than I...but WOWZERS! What incredible results! You gotta send those in to the company!!!

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  21. Wanted to answer a few questions for people who don't have email addresses hooked up...

    Maria- I had been running 3 times a week for several months before starting Insanity. I felt like I had a decent base. If you're nervous about starting from scratch, try the 30 Day Shred first--many of the exercises are the same but at a little slower pace (and she shows you how to modify things, where Insanity doesn't).

    As far as eating, we didn't really make any intentional changes (we still make pizza every Friday), but I've noticed that when I work out, I tend to crave healthier foods (and foods that aren't so heavy if I have to work out later that night). So, my pizza on Friday might be spinach, tomato, basil, feta cheese, and chicken instead of pepperoni and bacon. We both drink soda occasionally, but a lot less of it now--I honestly crave water!

    Anon- YES, we both take breaks or occasionally pause the DVD. Especially on the "circuit" DVDs, you really want your heart rate to come back down before you start another circuit. Also, as you hear a gazillion times in the videos, never compromise form. If you can't do something with proper form, you need to modify it, or take a break. Take a big deep breath or two and get back in it--there's no shame in protecting your form, as long as you don't use those breaks as an excuse not to give your all or push yourself! Remember that most of the people in the video are personal trainers or other fitness professionals and THEY are still taking breaks.

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  22. Wow and wow! Look at that waistline! Amazing and super sexy!

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  23. You look amazing! Great job!

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  24. holy cow - that's a huge change! I can't wait to see your progress next month. It has to feel good known that all your hard work is making a difference!!

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  25. holy. shit. dude, you look amazing! and don't worry about stretchmarks - I have them all over the place and I'm childless! keep up the great work, it's definitely paying off! can't wait to see how you progress!

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  26. you. look. awesome!! keep up the hard work, it's obviously working!

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  27. Absolutely amazing! You are inspiring!

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  28. Babe, I think you look beautiful. I think you always have. I am soo happy to see you having more self esteem. It is a great thing to see. Keep up the good work and remember, I'm right here beside you.

    -Justin

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  29. And I love you.

    -Justin

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  30. HOLY WOW MER!!! You look amazing!!! And thank you for being so brave! For all of us out there (whether we've had cute little kiddos or not) fighting the fight. Those are some kick ass results sister! Keep it up! So proud!!!

    Ahh!! Seriously, you look ahhhmazing!

    M.

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  31. WOW, that is incredible! Good for you! It is SO hard to stick with something-- keep it up! YOU look amazing!

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  32. The progress is phenomenal! You should be so proud! I have read your blog for a while and have never commented before. You have such a sweet family and I love your outlook on life! I am a new mom, too, and really appreciate your honesty about parenting and all that comes with it :)

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  33. Can I just say "awwwww" about Justin's comment?!

    You look so great Mere. Like I said earlier, so proud of you, and a little jealous ;)

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  34. You look AWESOME!!! Now I want to do it! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  35. Rhino gets mad points in my book. Mad points. And I agree with him. <3 Where's his pictures btw? ;)

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  36. That's a lot of progress! GO YOU!!!

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  37. AWESOME job!! You guys rock!!!

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  38. Wow, you look awesome! Sorry, I've never commented. I'm a long-time blog stalker and new mommy who is also trying to lose the baby weight! Congratulations on your progress!!!

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  39. WOW!!! I can see a huge difference. You're looking fantastic.

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  40. Thanks for getting back to me! I think I will try to finish the 30 Day Shred first...I've never made it past level two :) Can't wait to see your progress on the second half!

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  41. You look incredible! What an amazing transformation already! You should be really proud of yourself. :)

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  42. Meredith that's awesome!! Keep it up!

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  43. You look amazing, Meredith! And that is in only 30 days...I can't imagine what your next 30 days will bring!

    You should be extremely proud of yourself and I think it's so great of you to post the before & after, as much as you didn't want to.

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  44. MEREDITH! If I were to give you a pat on the back right now, I'd darn near knock you over in excitement! Well done girl, well done! I hope we've given you enough encouragement to keep going after it! I'm so excited for you!

    . . . and I'm totally tearing up at Justin's comments. :)

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  45. What a difference! Great job and keep up the great work! Glad you found something that works for you and that you and Justin can do together. Lookin' good girl!

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  46. WOW! Wow for two reasons: great job on the workouts. You are looking great. And wow for having the strength to post those photos. I think you have definitely inspired some people. I know I am inspired.

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  47. I see HUGE results! You look great, girl:)

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  48. Wow, I definitely see a difference. You have a more defined figure. What is insanity and how can I get on the band wagon?

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  49. Hey there! Found your blog through McFatty Mondays... and WOW! Awesome job! You have so inspired me to bust out the P90X DVDs :) Thanks for sharing!

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  50. AMAZING! and truly inspiring!

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  51. You're lookin' great girl! WOW! Keep up the good work!

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