"I'd like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve."
I'm Michelle. I've lost 120lbs (purely through clean eating/intense exercise), and I'm always looking to grow and improve. This is a blog about my life, thoughts, pictures, exercise, fitness, running, nutrition, weight loss, quotes, love, nostalgia, and everything else in between.
Happy July 1st!
I have successfully completed Week One of Insanity!
I am now on Week 2, Day 2.
This time around, Insanity is much different.
-When exercises like push ups come on, I don’t skip them. Shaun T goes from regular push ups, to push up jacks, to moving push ups, etc. I go down as far as I can go and complete the move. Before, I would skip those segments and wait until the next move comes. Not anymore. I’m so happy about this.
-I find myself feeling completely depleted after each workout video. I’m drenched in sweat. I feel accomplished.
-Cardio Recovery is a stretch video. It’s not intended to burn a ton of calories or be intense. It’s always in the middle of the week and to stretch out your muscles. This past week, I found myself super exhausted and craving that Cardio Recovery video, where as in the past I would dread it or want to skip it because I thought it was a ~waste~ of time if it didn’t burn a lot of calories.
-The next day after doing Cardio Recovery, I was super sore! Shaun T has you do lunges and pulses. I didn’t think anything of it, but the next two days I was really feeling it! I was NOT expecting to feel muscle soreness after a “light” stretch video.. so it was definitely a nice surprise and shows that I am following the program correctly.
-Even though I completed Week 1, I found myself struggling a lot this past weekend. I ate well the entire week, but I ended up indulging in sweets way too much during the weekend. Because of this, t made me feel as though this whole week of Insanity went to waste. I decided to put those negative (and ultimately triggering) thoughts behind me, and continue on to week two. The more you dwell, the easier it is to feel sorry for yourself and just keep on that path.
-I’m visiting my best friend in Virginia/Washington D.C. for 4 days for July 4th weekend. This will put me off schedule for Insanity, but we will be doing all sorts of fun ways of working out (hot yoga, gym, running, etc) so as soon as I get home, I will continue where I left off.
Did anybody else have a livejournal (or another similar blogging website) before navigating to Tumblr?
I just got done reading my old livejournal that I started in 2005, and it’s absolutely insane how much I’ve changed since then.
It also makes me wonder what I am going to think about this Tumblr 10 years from now.
I honestly hope I can look back and say the same thing… that I’ve made so much progress in my life since typing this post. I want to keep evolving, changing, growing, and moving forward.
I also saw how dedicated I was to losing weight. I was reading posts from 2009-2010 (when I started my journey), and the determination I had then was unreal. I also had no idea what I was doing (in terms of health and exercise) and I’ve learned so much since then. There really is no excuse. Back then I didn’t even know what an excuse was. I literally just got. it. done. I lost 100lbs in a year because I was so focused.
This October will be 5 years since I’ve started my journey, and I really want to feel good going into that landmark. I need to channel that girl who was so determined to get what she wanted. I know I can bring her out again.
I now have the knowledge, experience, and variety to be able to get to where I want to be. I didn’t have any of that when I started… but I had willpower, determination, and consistency.
It’s time I add those nouns back into my vocabulary.