Through the Looking Glass: My Introspective Thoughts on Month 1 of Insanity: Max 30

 

 

 

As I write this post, I am a successful month 1 graduate of Insanity: Max 30! Month 2 is becoming less and less regular, as I was certified in PiYo last weekend and have been preparing to teach some upcoming classes (ie. running through the routines, ie. plenty of exercise). And, to be honest, I feel disappointed in a few days and enlightened in others.

Insanity: Max 30, month 1, did not go as well as I had hoped. I started the program with the intention to see it through, but I came across many struggles:

1) I was ravenously hungry, with my blood sugar dropping and feeling shaky come mid-afternoon. I tried to prepare for it but it took me by surprise every time.

2) I wasn’t seeing results. I actually gained almost 6 pounds in the first month of Insanity, which I believe was a combination of increased muscle and increased appetite. AND it was the holidays, which, in my field as a musician, means long hours and lots of stress.

3) I gained inches in my problem area. THAT was the kicker for me. I couldn’t care less about what the scale said, but I gained almost an inch in each of my thighs. While this might not be a big deal to many, it was a HUGE deal to me. Ladies know that increasing the size of what they consider to be their “problem area” isn’t something to be excited about. Is the extra inch muscle or fat? Who knows, I’m still not happy about it.

 

 

But through this month, I’ve had some enlightening moments as well:

1) I’m not a full-on cardio junkie. I like it! But I can’t do it every day.

2) Going out of my comfort zone to do Insanity: Max 30 made me want to continue to go out of my comfort zone. [2015 is my year, right?]

So I decided to become a certified PiYo instructor. On top of that, I decided to try and go for the gold. I reached out to a local university to see if they had any interest in taking on a new PiYO instructor. And guess what…they did! 

 

piyo instructor pic

 

I was so incredibly nervous throughout the entire process. I was freaking out on my way to the PiYO certification, asking questions like, “is anyone going to talk to me?” “Will I be the odd person out?” “Will I do ok?” It was like the first day of school all over again!

 

But you know what? Everything went just fine. Better than fine, actually! It turns out that my musical background helps me a lot in PiYo instruction. Thank goodness!

 

But I never would have known that if I hadn’t continued to push out of my comfort zone. (And trust me, it was WAY out of my comfort zone.)

 

 

The prognosis on Insanity: Max 30 is…. it’s not my favorite program for ME. It’s an amazing challenge and exhilarating feeling just to accomplish each 30-minute workout, but I don’t think I’ll do the entire 60-day program altogether. I actually do love the idea of making a hybrid schedule of Insanity and PiYo, so stay tuned for that soon! 🙂


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