Two Weeks of Insanity
Last March, I decided to write an article a day for 30 days in a row. It went well. And it gave me the motivation to try another challenge: go back to sport.
I almost completely stopped sport after high school, 7 years ago. I was already “curvy” at the time, and it got worse with the years.
I reached a point where I really hate my body. I know for a fact that I should do more efforts. But never had the motivation.
Publishing on my blog once a day was time consuming, and exhausting sometimes. But it taught me a lot. A lot of the rewards came from all the messages I got. But some of the value is simply related to the fact that I kept working hard, day after day, and I made it.
So I decided that from now on, I should try picking one challenge a month. And the most important one was to exercise more.
My pick was Insanity, the famous cardio video program by Shaun T.
I found a lot of incredible transformations on the web, some from credible people. So I gave it a shot.
I only talked about that my best friend, and to you, medium people. I’m not totally ready to tell my friends and family, mainly because I’m afraid to fail.
I started on a Friday, but the schedule starts on a Monday and has a rest day on Sunday. I decided to the first two days, then start again from the beginning the next Monday.
I wake up at 6am, I want to do it before work. I put the shoes I bought the day before, and get ready to start.
The first day is the “Fit Test.” That was really hard. I’m almost dead at the end of the short warm-up. But I managed to do the entire test, quite slowly, and probably without really poor form.
The next days went … okay. It’s hard, some exercises I couldn’t even do. I take a lot of breaks.
After a week, I had a really hard time waking up and I decided to work out in the evening. It’s a really bad idea on a Friday. The last thing I wanted on that evening was to go home and do this f**king Insanity. But I did it.
It’s been more than two full weeks now, and I’ve managed to keep my commitments. But I have to admit that I cheated a bit.
One morning, I woke up late. I didn’t have enough time to work out, take my shower, and get to work on time. So I decided to play the entire session with a 1.33 playback rate. I did that once more last week (1.25 only), still because of a lack of time. It’s faster, but also means less breaks. I still think it’s better than nothing.
I was also lazy last Saturday, so I switched my rest day with the Sunday, that’s barely cheating. Right?
And, my last cheater technique, is to switch some exercises sometimes. Some of them because of the noise. I don’t always feel like jumping in my apartment at 6am while my neighbours are sleeping. Some of them because they are too hard : doing push-ups-based stuff for more than 30 seconds is still super hard, so I switch to a low plank instead.
Well, I don’t really know what I should expect after two weeks. But let’s say this right now: I don’t feel thinner at all.
I hope that this is normal, that I’m replacing fat with muscle, and the weight loss will be noticeable next month.
I feel stronger though. I feel some muscles I didn’t know existed, I can do more push-ups, stay longer in plank position…
To be honest, at that point, I still don’t believe it’s going to bring a noticeable change to my silhouette. When you’ve been fat for most of your life, that’s a dream that doesn’t feel realistic.
But simply committing to it brings a decent amount of satisfaction already.