Sooo… yeah… so Insanity finally happened…
It’s only been two days but I already know that not only are these next 60 days going to seriously help me to get to my goal weight but that’s only if it doesn’t kill me first! Holy cow! This is NOT a workout you should do if you haven’t worked out in months (or EVER).
Yesterday I did my Fit Test which was a workout in and of itself. Fit Tests require that you do certain workout moves in a specified amount of time. For example, with Insanity, you have to do as many switch kicks, power jacks, power knees, power jumps, globe jumps, suicide jumps, push-up jacks and low plank oblique twists in one minute as you can. This is not the time to modify a move, you do everything non-modified even if you can only squeak out one because the whole purpose is to see your improvement over time.
My Initial Insanity Fit Tests Results:
Switch Kicks: 55
Power Jacks: 40
Power Knees: 76 (!)
Power Jumps: 24
Globe Jumps: 8
Suicide Jumps: 14
Push-Up Jacks: 9
Low Plank Oblique Twists: 36
Fit Tests, along with measuring, seeing how your clothes fit and taking progress pics are all awesome ways of measuring your success without using the scale. Your weight will fluctuate constantly regardless of how much you monitor your food and/or calories so it’s essential to make sure that your weight is not your only measurement of success (or the most important one).
This means that after you’ve scheduled in your workouts and planned your nutrition properly, your next step is to do a base measurement that you can compare your results to down the line. For me, this has been a combination of doing the Fit Test, taking my “before” photos and tracking my measurements and weight. No, the photos and measuring aren’t very fun but, trust me, when you’ve worked your literal ass off and look amazing, you’ll wish you’d taken those before’s…
The other thing that this set-up does is to mentally help you solidify the fact that you’re serious about your goals. You can put these results somewhere you can see it daily (I highly suggest your fridge) so that you’re not tempted to back out of a workout or finish that pint of ice cream. You made a decision, you committed to it by creating workable goals and action steps and if you follow them, you WILL succeed.
Every two weeks I’ll be doing the Fit Test, measuring myself and taking progress pics and, yes, I’ll be sharing them with you because one of the greatest ways to keep yourself motivated is to share your journey with others
Do you have other ways to measure your progress? If you’ve just started to lose weight or a workout program, have you taken your before shots yet?