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Hi. Me again.

I’ve been around, just insanely busy. I’m beginning a new Beachbody program today, TurboFire, and I’m considering chronicling it here, as what I’ve read on the old interweb isn’t satisfying my need to know more about it. So yeah.

It’s been an eventful month plus. Totaled my car last week, which is obviously not awesome, but life continues, and I walked away. I’ve plateaued in my weight loss, hence the new program. I’d like to lose at least 25 more pounds, which would put me at 140, the upper middle of my alleged healthy range. That’ll get my total to 50 pounds, quite a benchmark. I think I’ll throw my scale away at that point, it lies to me. I’ll be back. No promises, but I’ll try.

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Insanity. Day 15. Fit Test 2.

Today is day 15 of Insanity┬« which meant Fit Test #2. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do, I’ve been sweating my tail off but it’s hard to gauge progress. Well, it would be hard to gauge without a fit test (duh). Trying my best to keep good form is a hell of a challenge.
I humbly share my second fit test results, day 1 and day 15:
Switch Kicks – 30/43
Power Jacks – 37/46 (squatting! and jumping! together!)
Power Knees – 55/80(!)
Power Jumps – 20/25 (jumping is my nemesis)
Globe Jumps – 5/7 (more evil squat jumping)
Suicide Jumps – 10/15 (squat thrusts in my army mind)
Push-Up Jacks – 15/25 (I underestimated these, they’re f*ing hard)
Low Plank Obliques – 35/55
I’m looking forward to my next fit test on day 36 (2 weeks + 1 week “recovery”)

Post thought. I have a few dozen pounds I’d like to part with, and that was a part of my original motivation. It’s still going, albeit slower than at first. Seeing these results, and knowing how I feel, are causing me to reevaluate my priorities. I’ll get where I want to be with my weight, but that’s becoming less important next to how I feel, inside and out. This is pretty awesome. And I’m enjoying sharing it. Here and here, if you’d like to join me.

I’m going to weigh and measure tomorrow, for accountability.

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This is fun?!

It actually is. Today is day 9 of Insanity. It’s kicking my ass, and I’m glad. I’m keeping up a little better now. I’m sweating a lot more. Like, a whole lot more. I can feel sweat dripping into my shorts, eww. I’m prioritizing my workout, which is monumental for me. I struggled with food prep this week,┬ásolely┬ábecause I flaked on grocery shopping. I’m gradually eating everything in the fridge, and stopping at the grocery for little things on the way to work. I’m making it work but it’s stressful. Plan!!! Bottom line is that it feels good. Very good. I need to shower now, I feel a little too “good” at the moment.

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I might be insane.

I’m beginning Insanity today. This is an intense cardio and plyometric based workout program from Beachbody. I’m anxious and very excited. I’ve lost 20 pounds in 2 months by making strong, healthy changes to my eating habits, and now it’s time to incorporate solid fitness. I’ve been averaging around 1300 calories daily. I expect to need to increase that with strenuous exercise. I’ve been walking, yoga, and a light run here and there, time to ramp up to full training.

This might be where I reintroduce some animal protein, like eggs. I’ve been eating vegan for almost one month now, and haven’t really wanted for any animal products, but I am struggling with protein, as I limit soy and grain.

Today is day 1, and the workout is the first fit test. I’m going to focus on form and do as many repetitions of the exercises in good form. My numbers might stink, but if I want an accurate assessment I can’t half ass it.

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Rendering.

The fat, that is. On 1 February I began a round of P90X2. I’ve been putzing around for months, going for a run here and there but not really committing to any good habits. I’m reluctant to join a gym. They’re expensive, my evening shift makes it too easy for me to be lazy in the morning, and I’m not much of a night exerciser. This program is very hard, but fun. I’ve said that a few times already, that it’s fun. I’m also very uncoordinated apparently. I haven’t lost any remarkable weight yet (it’s only been 1 week, doy) but I feel stronger and looser than before. It’s a good start. I’m trying to keep myself accountable by logging my experience and what I’m eating. I’m a day behind right now, so I’m going to make an exception to my dislike for working out at night tonight so I can be back on track with my schedule. I would right now, but I ate a drank a little bit last night and I don’t feel like puking. I also need to move the journal entries I began on the beachbody website over here. I don’t see myself sustaining separately.

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