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Words of encouragement/tips/advice
Hello all! I finished up p90x about a month ago and I'm going to start Insanity today!

I tried Insanity before a couple of years ago...I made it through the first week (barely) and ended up quitting...

I don't want to be a quitter...so anyone that has felt like quitting after a few days but pushed on: do you have any words of encouragement or advice to push me past the first week?

The fit test is today after work and I know I'll be dead! My goal is to complete this before my birthday so I can feel better about myself...p90x has helped with my muscle gain, but now I need to work off this pesky body fat that I'm really self conscious about...plus all the stress at work has got me feeling overwhelmed so I'm looking for an outlet for my stress.

And I know I'm a dummy for starting the week of Thanksgiving...but I know if I put it off a week I'll just keep putting it off and I'm determined to get started and going!
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/19/12 12:45 PM as a reply to kristind210.
The best encouragement I can give you is to take the reason you quit, and make it the reason you do it. For example, if you quit because it felt too hard, tell yourself during the workouts "yes, this is hard, but that's why I'm doing it, I want to work hard". That's what helps get me through the workouts. I remind myself that I picked this particular workout series because I WANTED to be insane, I WANTED a challenge. It's a matter of reminding myself that I'm getting exactly what I asked for, despite the fear or trepidation. I hope that makes sense...and helps. Good luck!!!!
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/19/12 5:40 PM as a reply to kristind210.
Hey Kristin!

I know what you mean!! Insanity is a tough workout, and I wanted to quit the first 2 weeks. I told everyone I knew I was doing it though so I felt too much pride to quit. Do you think that would help you?

Some other ideas are:
-to repeat a mantra like (I'm stronger than this!)
-PLAN your workout each day and schedule the time for it
-set rewards for yourself (I like green tea at Starbucks, soft socks, a cheap facial mask at Target, etc)
-PREP your meals before hand...the more you can do on the weekend the better.
-Join a workout group or challenge. I started one when I started Insanity because everyone locally thought i was nuts for doing it. I asked around online and found some people with similar goals and workouts and made a group! I love it! We share tips, motivational posts, fit tests, progress (you should see this lady's abs from P90X!), meal plans, and also host a monthly challenge and giveaway to those crushing their goals. If you'd like me to add you to it I can--it's mostly women and several of us are doing Insanity or have in the past. emoticon My profile is fb.com/kaleesorey if you want me to add you to it--it's private so only members can see what we post & no spam or antyhing. emoticon
-SET a goal like your birthday
-PLAN for holidays, parties, etc. and figure out what you are okay with and what you need to plan around food/drink wise. I do a 90/10 approach to keep my results but also not go crazy over skipping EVERY dessert.

How did you like P90X? Do you like strength training over cardio? That was my biggest challenge--i love weights, and it took me a little time to adjust to being constantly out of breath with insanity--but the biggest challenges are what we need most ;) Good luck!!
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/19/12 7:29 PM as a reply to kristind210.
Remind yourself why your doing this...what your goals are and think about how great you feel after the workout each day is complete..YOU are worth digging deep for just one hour a day!! You owe it to yourself! You can do it! emoticon
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/20/12 6:45 AM as a reply to coachsjacobs.
Thank you all! I will take all this to heart and really push myself!
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/20/12 6:49 AM as a reply to SoreyFitness.
I really enjoyed p90x...the pace was just right for me! I also really liked the variety of workouts I did throughout the program! I enjoy strength training over cardio simply because I'm asthmatic and cardio used to always give me attacks...but in the last year or so I've been trying to build up my stamina so my lungs are more tolerant to cardio than in the past...I'll just go at my pace and when I feel tightness and wheezing I stop and get that under control and go again once I can breathe again!
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/20/12 9:17 AM as a reply to kristind210.
Not sure why you quit the first time, but from discussions with others:
1) first week lots of people get really sore. It goes away after the first week, so if you quit because of soreness just stick with it.

2) lots of people see big gains in the fit test after two weeks, but then hit a lull in the third week where it sets in that it is hard work, and somewhat repetitive. Have to be mentally tough and push through. Join an active forum group that you get involved with, having accountability to others doing the workout really seems to help.

3) Month 2 starts, and you feel like you are starting over again. Remember how hard the first week of month 1 was, and remind yourself you improved and lived.

4) don't measure based on the scale. Take measurements and photos instead.

If you need a group to join, I'm on one. I'm not a coach, but the guys in my group are real active, and they have lots of tips, and are actually doing lots of different routines if you ever need help choosing one to do next.

Ron
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/20/12 9:53 AM as a reply to turnipgreen.
I've found in life that any obstacle I've needed to overcome came from my desire to do it. People can encourage you but ultimately you have to have your mind made up that you CAN DO IT! It's going to hurt, it's going to suck, and yest it will be hard. I was involved in an Insanity group on the message boards. I think we had a good 20 or 30 people in there "encouraging" each other. There are about 5 of us left that made it to the end. Us 5 made up our mind that we were finishing.

I'm 4 days away from completing this tough workout and Asylum is in the mail and should be at home waiting for me. I can't wait to tackle the new set of challenges.

As far as advice, I'm convinced that diet is 60% to 70% of this workout. I think the people that fail aren't honest about their diet to themeselves and don't follow the guide. I followed the guide, cut out soda, didn't really cheat. When I say I didn't really cheat I should say I ate 3 meals where I went over on the calorie count. I didn't eat crap I just ate a larger volume of mostly steak on a few occassions. I like me a big steak!

Give it 100% and you will be okay. Don't allow yourself to quit and follow the diet plan. If you aren't ready or have it in your head that you might quit you may want to wait until you are ready and have your mind made up that you will finish.

Good luck to you!
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RE: Words of encouragement/tips/advice
11/20/12 10:05 AM as a reply to kristind210.
There are so many things that I could say to be encouraging but honestly what helped me was looking in the mirror & telling myself that I could change the parts of my body that I wanted to. And that I wan't going to quit no matter what....that I could stick with it no matter what even if I couldn't keep up that day that the next day would be better. knowing how bad I wanted it for me. PLus I should of wrote this first but that I could do all things through Jesus Christ....I repeat this in my head when I want to quit emoticon hope this helps Carlie


kristind210:
Hello all! I finished up p90x about a month ago and I'm going to start Insanity today!

I tried Insanity before a couple of years ago...I made it through the first week (barely) and ended up quitting...

I don't want to be a quitter...so anyone that has felt like quitting after a few days but pushed on: do you have any words of encouragement or advice to push me past the first week?

The fit test is today after work and I know I'll be dead! My goal is to complete this before my birthday so I can feel better about myself...p90x has helped with my muscle gain, but now I need to work off this pesky body fat that I'm really self conscious about...plus all the stress at work has got me feeling overwhelmed so I'm looking for an outlet for my stress.

And I know I'm a dummy for starting the week of Thanksgiving...but I know if I put it off a week I'll just keep putting it off and I'm determined to get started and going!
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