Today I finished day 15 of an intense workout known around the world simply as "Insanity".  It has been extremely difficult.  There have been days I wanted to give up, or at least skip the workout for the day.  There have been many times I could not keep up with the video, and had to pause it to catch my breath.  Almost every day I get a sharp pain or "stitch" in my right side that stays with me for several minutes.  But I have stuck with the program.  I am one quarter of the way through Insanity, and I must say I am proud of myself.
     On the very first day of insanity the workout consists of what is known as a "Fit Test"; there are 8 exercises you have to perform and are given a certain amount of time to do as many as you possibly can.  Every 15 days you retake the test and chart your strength and endurance progress.  Out of the 8 exercises, I improved on 7, and was dead even on one.  The fit test is a good gauge of which muscle groups you need more work on.  Some exercises I was able to do a lot more of, some only a few, but overall I saw an increase of about 15% in the last two weeks.
     Many people use the 15 day, 30 day, 45day,and 60 day benchmark to weigh themselves or measure their waist.  I have chosen not to do so, for two main reasons.  First, I don't want to be disappointed or discouraged if I don't meet my goal.  I understand that setting goals helps in the short range for most people.  However, I am not most people.  If I set a goal to lose...say 3 pounds this week and only lose 2, or worse yet lose nothing, I will become extremely discouraged and am more apt to give up or at least slack off.  My goal is to work as hard as I can every day; to make my rest periods shorter and shorter, and be able to keep up more with the people in the video.
     The second reason I am not tracking my weight or size is that weight loss does not always happen right away.  I have done a reasonable amount of research reading Beachbody (the company that makes Insanity) blogs and massage boards.  I have found that while some people lose significant weight early on, many people do not see measurable success until around week 6.  I read countless message board posts in which people were frustrated because they had been doing insanity for a full month and had not lost a pound.  So in light of these two factors I think it would be better to just be satisfied with the fact that I am not really getting sore anymore like I did in the beginning, and I improved my endurance by roughly 15%.  When I reach day 30 and the halfway mark, I may consider measuring my waist, because I did weigh and measure myself on day 1.  If you are thinking about trying Insanity or have any further questions, feel free to message me or leave a comment!
Carlos G.
8/21/2012

I guess they don't call it "Insanity" for nuthin. I've been wanting to get fit and get some muscle and im a bit interested. But i think this is too much for me. I have bones for arms, no stamina, and not enough dedication... Oh well. Keep going Pastor Mike!

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Sue Starr-Taylor
8/21/2012

Well since I have only been on this journey with you for 1 out of your 2 weeks, I must say I definitely qualify as insane. Why at the age of 54 do I think that I can even remotely do this? Sheer stubbornness & the want to get back into shape, a shape other than round! You are a GREAT workout buddy! It is a Blessing to have someone to workout with! I hope that we can get others to join us in Insanity or any other fitness regime we can make the most of! Thanks Pastor Mike! The rest of you come join us, I dare YOU!!!

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BethanyR
9/2/2012

Setting a goal gor weight loss isnt really a great thing to do anyway :) even when you lose fat you gain muscle when constatly working your various muscle groups. Muscle weighs quitea bit more than fat. I got through both months and lost 2 pounds total, but 13.5 total inches of fat.... :) Keep up the good spirits

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