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I'm ready!Beginner
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12/3/12 3:12 AM
Hi Everyone,

I'll first list a few things about myself and then continue.
Age:19
Sex: Female
Height: 5 feet, 10 inches
Weight: 90kg
Occupation:Uni student

I'm a total beginner of Insanity. I have to make a confession first, and here it is: I have been overweight for all 19 years that I've been alive(gotten so much grief about it and still do), so I've decided that I want to push myself and be a better me. At this point I don't care what anybody says about my weight, all I want to do is be healthy. I've not done anything physically exerting in over 2 years.

Now that I've finally found something that can help me achieve my goal, it's time to start, not for anyone, but for me.
If you guys can give me any tips, that would be marvellous.

On a separate note, I'm currently in another country for studies, so this means very hot temp, and I do not have access to many of the foods that are in the food guide. The place I eat serves vegetarian food, and 2 times a day, white rice. There isn't much variety. However if there are any simple recipes, I'll gladly take them. I can probably procure most items, however, there is a problem with time. I'm in class from 9am-5pm, and on some days, 9am-7pm, so with studying it doesn't leave much time for cooking.

So, if you guys know anything that will help me, please let me know.
Thank You.
-Bhaiyat
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/3/12 4:07 PM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
Hello Bhaiyat! Congratulations on starting Insanity! It sounds like you're excited! People start these programs for many different reasons and I believe that you'll definitely succeed with an attitude like that. Keep your goal in mind and if at any time you need some motivation, remember how you felt when you made the decision to start the program.

There are many here with busy schedules, kids, work, school, etc. who still find time for daily workouts so it definitely is do-able but may take a little extra planning.

You mentioned "the place you eat" do you have a kitchen to cook for yourself? Do you have an oven? What I do is, once a week on a day off/rest day, I bake some chicken breasts seasoned with balsamic vinegar and use them throughout the week on salads (which I wash and chop up to keep in the fridge so I can throw into a container to take with me), in wraps with hummus and grilled bellpeppers and onions, etc. I don't eat ONLY chicken breasts but this ensures that I have something ready to grab or throw into a sandwich/salad/wrap in a hurry.

The other thing I do is when I make dinner, I'll make a little bit extra of certain parts. I really don't like leftovers. I get really bored with eating the same meal even 2 days in a row so I'll just use parts of the meal the next day. For example, I'll chop up extra vegetables at dinner and put them in a container to throw into an omelet the next morning or extra protein for a sandwich.

Do a search in the threads for other recipes, I think there is a word doc floating around here with pages and pages of healthy recipes that can give you some ideas.

Good luck!!

-Kenna
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/3/12 8:26 PM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
Regarding the food, I can't help much with the recipes. The one tip I can give is that you want to look into portion control. More specifically, you want to try to hit your calorie goals by spreading your calculated calorie intake out over the five meals. I know when dealing with university food programs it can be a challenge since they are set up more about 3 meals per day.

For the workouts, please adhere to the one statement that is repeated throughout the videos: Go at your own pace. Don't try to keep up with Shaun T and the others on the video. They have been at this a long time. Gat your own pace. Don't be ashamed if you can only do one or two of the moves in the beginning. Many of us here could only do one or two of the moves in the beginning as well.

Second tip, weigh yourself in the beginning, then forget about the scale. After 63 days (i.e. the entire workout) weigh yourself again. The scale is not your friend for this workout program. The easy way I have found to explain it is that in the beginning you are shocking you body with this workout. It will take measures to protect itself be hoarding all of the possible calories. Once you train your body that you are actaully fueling it properly, it will come around and start shedding the pounds. This usually happens after the first month.

This isn't to say that you won't notice other changes, just avoid letting the scale be your only measure of success. First, there is the obvious one that with each day, you'll be able to do more than the previous day. I used to measue myself in terms of how far through the warm-up I could go before needing a break. Second, your clothes will probably fit differently before you even notice weight coming off. Next, you will start to recover from the workouts more quickly. Lastly, you'll just feel better.
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/3/12 9:22 PM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
Hey!

I can help answer any question you may have. I am a coach & have been through Insanity twice myself.
Oh & recipes I collect them....let me know what your working with like what Vikaa Asked you stove oven & ect.
what are the most popular foods that are healthy & I will check my recipes for what may work with what you have.
Sound like your busy,busy with school, But thats very interesting your in another country.
With all that time at school & you still want to make time for working out....I LOVE YOUR MOTIVATION!

Im here for you!
Carlie
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/3/12 10:15 PM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
First of all, congratulations on taking this important first step, commiting to putting yourself and your health first! That is always a huge step, and the hardest one to make! You are well on your way! What country are you studying in? I definitely remember hectic college life! Now that I'm a wife and a mom, my life isn't any less hectic! I can definitely help you out with some easy recipes!

When you say the place you eat, are you eating at a dorm, or is this a local fave restaurant? With sticking to the meal guide, I view it more as a guide instead of recipes I must eat. I take the advice as far as calories and macronutrient ratios goes, and then use my own recipes that fit into those guidelines. That's what works best for me, but if you're new to healthy, clean living, I would suggest trying to do the recipes provided for a few weeks while you learn about it and how to modify recipes to make them healthier. I'm a nutrition major, so that is the biggest thing I work for when planning meals for my family, how can I make them healthier so that they satisfy my tastebuds and my body's needs. I was torn for the longest time when deciding to go back to school between going for nutrition or culinary arts, as both are my biggest passions!

I am a coach, as well, and am on my fifth (non consecutive) round of Insanity! You can totally do this!
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/4/12 12:35 PM as a reply to MEasley.
Hi Vikaa,

Thank you. And thank you so much for that tip! I will try and do that with more items definitely. I have a gas stove, the kind that uses a gas tank thing, I don't really know what its called. Although I'm planning on buying myself one of those small oven/grill-looks like a microwave kind of thing.

O an I forgot to mention, I also have class on Saturday mornings until 1 pm; it sucksemoticon. O well, gotta give up my sleeping-in for knowledge.
I'm on my second day, so far feeling good, but also having some of the most serious muscle ache I've had in a really long time, but you know what, it makes me happy.

If you have any advice from when you first started and how you got through it, I'd really like to know and get all the help I can get.

-Bhaiyat
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/4/12 12:45 PM as a reply to ReallyTallDoug.
Hi ReallyTallDoug,

That's some great advice which I really needed. I'm on my second day so far and from yesterday I was able to do a bit more and certainly going at my own pace(I can only go halfway for a push-up currently), however I do have a slight problem, and perhaps you can help me with it. As a child I had moderate asthma, but as I got older, it mostly went away, however during the cardio portion, the really quick breathing aggravates my asthma and I have to stop until I can breathe normally again. Any suggestions on how I can over come this gradually?

The weighing myself part, totally taking your advice and putting that scale away. The scale has never been my friend.

-Bhaiyat
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/4/12 1:03 PM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
Hey Charlie and BondGirlFit,

So you guys have some same questions, so I will answer them, and I'd love to hear your replies.
At the moment I have a gas stove to work with, I do have a fridge, however, I can't really keep meat items in there for more than 3 days max, as they tend to go bad. I have no idea, I guess its just the weather. It's hot, and when I say hot, I mean like during the day time average 33-36 degrees Celsius hot. And add summer humidity.
I'm currently studying in India right now. I eat at the dorm mess hall. I've even given up some well needed sleep so I can make myself some breakfast. I've taken up making eggs, but so far they've only been boiled, so if you have some easy recipes, that would be much appreciated.

I've been wondering, as rice is like the staple item here instead of bread and pastas, should I reduce my portion or cut it out totally and switch to bread?
I'm just so hassled for time, that don't know if I can make this stuff. BUt nonetheless, I will try my best.

O during my workouts, I feel light headed a lot, even though I drink plenty of water and have to take break more than I'd like to, perhaps as I progress, it will get better? Any thoughts?

Thanks,

-Bhaiyat
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/5/12 8:13 AM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
So we are going to focus on how hot it is their & make you just as hot....lol I have some cheesy humor emoticon
India Nice.....My brother is studying in kuawat right now. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Here is a quick recipe:
Mexican Scramble

Ingredients
2 eggs, large
2 egg whites, uncooked
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons romaine lettuce, chopped
3 tablespoons refried beans, fat free, w/mild chilies
2 tablespoons cheddar cheese, low-fat, low-sodium
1 ounce cheese, monterey jack, fat free
1 low carb whole wheat tortilla, 6"
2 tablespoons salsa



Preparation
Whisk eggs and egg whites. Whisk in onion, lettuce, refried beans and cheeses - diced or shredded.
Cut tortilla into small pieces and mix into egg mixture.
Lightly coat skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Add egg mixture and scramble to desired firmness.
Transfer to serving plate and top with salsa. Add hot sauce or jalapeno peppers if desired.

If desired, complete your meal with a cup of coffee or tea.
400 calories

let me know if you have the ingredients I can help you subtitle for others plus if you prep some of it at night you will save time in the morning emoticon Plus you could cook it the night before & then re warm in the morning just thinking about saving you time?

I would not take the rice out. Just watch your portion keep it to a 1/2 cup or 1 cup depending on the other carbs you're eating at the time.
It also sound like you're not taking in enough calories before your workout you shouldn't be getting lightheaded that is a sign on not enough calories. I sure hope this helps

Happy to help,
Carlie


Bhaiyat:
Hey Charlie and BondGirlFit,

So you guys have some same questions, so I will answer them, and I'd love to hear your replies.
At the moment I have a gas stove to work with, I do have a fridge, however, I can't really keep meat items in there for more than 3 days max, as they tend to go bad. I have no idea, I guess its just the weather. It's hot, and when I say hot, I mean like during the day time average 33-36 degrees Celsius hot. And add summer humidity.
I'm currently studying in India right now. I eat at the dorm mess hall. I've even given up some well needed sleep so I can make myself some breakfast. I've taken up making eggs, but so far they've only been boiled, so if you have some easy recipes, that would be much appreciated.

I've been wondering, as rice is like the staple item here instead of bread and pastas, should I reduce my portion or cut it out totally and switch to bread?
I'm just so hassled for time, that don't know if I can make this stuff. BUt nonetheless, I will try my best.

O during my workouts, I feel light headed a lot, even though I drink plenty of water and have to take break more than I'd like to, perhaps as I progress, it will get better? Any thoughts?

Thanks,

-Bhaiyat
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/7/12 10:16 AM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
Bhaiyat:
Hey Charlie and BondGirlFit,

So you guys have some same questions, so I will answer them, and I'd love to hear your replies.
At the moment I have a gas stove to work with, I do have a fridge, however, I can't really keep meat items in there for more than 3 days max, as they tend to go bad. I have no idea, I guess its just the weather. It's hot, and when I say hot, I mean like during the day time average 33-36 degrees Celsius hot. And add summer humidity.
I'm currently studying in India right now. I eat at the dorm mess hall. I've even given up some well needed sleep so I can make myself some breakfast. I've taken up making eggs, but so far they've only been boiled, so if you have some easy recipes, that would be much appreciated.

I've been wondering, as rice is like the staple item here instead of bread and pastas, should I reduce my portion or cut it out totally and switch to bread?
I'm just so hassled for time, that don't know if I can make this stuff. BUt nonetheless, I will try my best.

O during my workouts, I feel light headed a lot, even though I drink plenty of water and have to take break more than I'd like to, perhaps as I progress, it will get better? Any thoughts?

Thanks,

-Bhaiyat


Oh, man, I can only imagine the heat in India right now! Do you have a microwave? I know how tight time is in college, and how hot gas stoves make your house (I have one and love it, but my kitchen and dining room get incredibly hot! I have some fabulous, easy microwave recipes I can share with you. Microwaving is great because it's fast and doesn't heat your kitchen as much as a gas stove does. You can do anything in a microwave from cooking eggs to sauteing veggies, steaming, boiling, etc. So easy! I had a stove in college but helped my dorm living friends formulate delicous recipes in their microwaves. They just had crappy mini fridges, too, and had to shop constantly. That was always a hassle.

You can totally have rice, just stick to a proper portion size. Is brown rice easily available there? If you can get that, definitely go that route, you will get much better nutrition and digestion slowing fiber that will help keep you full.

The lightheadedness will get better. Just keep drinking a lot of water, take breaks as needed until your heart rate lowers to a safe zone, take some moves slower as you need. As your heart gets stronger, you will be able to make it through with fewer breaks and the lightheadedness will stop. Since it is so hot there, it might benefit you to put a cool towel on your head and/or back of your neck during breaks to bring your body temp down. Being too hot can bring on dizzy spells, as well.

I would love for you to join us on Facebook, if you like! I post a lot of tips, from nutrition, fitness, and motivation to recipes (Which, now that I think of it, I have a bunch I need to post, I like to upload the meals I make my family.)! If you have any specific type of recipes you would like, let me know and I will definitely hook you up!www.facebook.com/BondGirlFit

Keep pushing play! You can SO do this!!
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RE: I'm ready!Beginner
12/8/12 12:52 PM as a reply to Bhaiyat.
Hey,

Lol, the only ingredient I have in my fridge thats on that recipe is eggs and that's it, nothing else. And I don't have a microwave at the moment; I plan on getting one this week. It's difficult to get groceries because of the location of the campus. Fruits are easier to get, but mostly seasonal produce. What's a normal portion of rice if I am to eat it twice a day(like cooked amount)? O and lettuce is practically non-existant here(so sad seeing as I'm a huge fan).

Believe it or not it's actually "winter" season right now, so it's not as hot as it would be during the summer, and I do my workouts at night, so I've lucked out a bit. I don't think brown rice exists in this country; it's all polished.

I'm having trouble with energy levels; by noon, I'm so exhausted I'm having difficulty making it through the rest of the day. Lately I've missed class because of this. Help please, I can't afford to miss anymore classes.

Thanks.
(I'm new to this whole format of replying and stuff, is there a correct way to do this?)
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