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Insanity Beginner
Insanity Beginner
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12/11/12 10:23 PM
Hey guys! I'm new here. I never really thought about looking at the forums. To be honest, the only reason I have the account was because it was necessary for me to buy Shakeology. >.<

So here's my deal. I started Insanity yesterday. Today I did the second video. I LOVE it. But I have a few questions, and I hope I don't get in trouble for posting this here. >.<

I LOVE Insanity. It's one.. well... insane workout. I've never really had issues with my weight. I was in boxing for a year or so about two years ago. At that time, I was at the peak of my health. I was buff, but not toned. After I quit, my family and I would never have time to cook food. So we would basically eat fast food four times a week, every week. We would eat Jack In The Box, In N Out, Chinese food, and so on. And I know my body was completely used to eating more since I was around 16. But it took me around two years to gain 30 pounds. I weighed myself maybe last month, and I was at 160 lbs. I weighed myself today and I'm currently at around 174lbs. I'm frightened by the amount of weight I gained. But then again, the scale isn't exactly fully functional.

I did stop eating so badly along with my family about a year ago. While I was taking boxing, I didn't have the most restricted diet. But I ate all my necessary nutrients. It was a part of a month long project at my school. We had to go on MyPyramid.gov and write what we ate.

I definitely ate more than enough, but never lacked nutrients. And I was at the height of my health.

I guess where I'm getting at is this. My plan is to hopefully get buff again in 6 months. I want to take Insanity for a week by itself. And in the second week go to the gym 4-6 times a week for and run for an hour. By the fourth week, I want to do two hours at the gym, one hour swimming, and the second working on core muscle groups, such as arms, legs, and abs. I'd alternate every day to let the specific body parts rest. It wouldn't increase very much in the long run because I have school and homework, and other things to do. But I would definitely continue using Insanity. I'd just add more workouts to it.( .___. )

I figured I'd follow the Insanity nutrition guide for a week, prior to starting Insanity to get my body used to it. But I feel so tired and weak. I feel like the nutrition guide isn't working out for me. Yes, I do take Shakeology too. But I just feel slightly hungry and tired when I do the workouts. Similar to how you feel when you eat fast food before working out. So slow and sluggish.

Based on what I plan. I know the Insanity guide won't work. So I'm wondering if it'd be smart to take Shakeology, and eat maybe three times a day. I plan to eat healthy, of course. But I'm wondering if sandwiches will be enough. When I make a sandwich, I make it with multigrain bread, I add one slice of ham, one slice of cheese, two tomato slices, 4 slices of avocado, fresh lettuce, and MAYBE some mayo. I know that the sandwich alone won't be enough, but it'll be a start.

So can anyone tell me what they think about my plan? How I can better improve it, or just give me info that will help me out? I don't know why people talk about percentages of carbs and so on either. I'm a student, so I don't have much time on my hands. /:
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RE: Insanity Beginner
12/11/12 11:28 PM as a reply to MindlessEduardo.
I don't proclaim myself to be a health expert but do know a few good tips I have learned being a vegan and then vegetarian. The most important thing you can do is to eat lots of protein, but clean protein. I would avoid the processed meats from the deli and red meats to be honest. They are loaded with hormones and sodium/sulphites that are not helpful to the body. Since you are doing some intense training, I think only eating 3 times a day is VERY harmful in the sense that your body will need more fuel than what you provide. You may require many calories and protein grams to maintain muscle mass, and I don't think you can get it in just 3 meals unless you load at least 800 cals PER meal. That is way too much for your body to process.

For myself, I have a shake a day, sometimes two but that is only because I don't have time to eat big meals while I work. I always try to eat eggs, legumes, protein shakes and bars along with quinoa. For a meat eater, you can have way more variety. I looked at the Insanity program and their food requirements seem realistic. I have also heard that month 2 of Insanity requires you to eat even more than usual because of the high intensity...I would check out more info before cutting back to just 3 meals a day emoticon

Best of luck!!
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RE: Insanity Beginner
12/12/12 5:51 AM as a reply to MindlessEduardo.
MindlessEduardo:
Hey guys! I'm new here. I never really thought about looking at the forums. To be honest, the only reason I have the account was because it was necessary for me to buy Shakeology. >.<

So here's my deal. I started Insanity yesterday. Today I did the second video. I LOVE it. But I have a few questions, and I hope I don't get in trouble for posting this here. >.<

I LOVE Insanity. It's one.. well... insane workout. I've never really had issues with my weight. I was in boxing for a year or so about two years ago. At that time, I was at the peak of my health. I was buff, but not toned. After I quit, my family and I would never have time to cook food. So we would basically eat fast food four times a week, every week. We would eat Jack In The Box, In N Out, Chinese food, and so on. And I know my body was completely used to eating more since I was around 16. But it took me around two years to gain 30 pounds. I weighed myself maybe last month, and I was at 160 lbs. I weighed myself today and I'm currently at around 174lbs. I'm frightened by the amount of weight I gained. But then again, the scale isn't exactly fully functional.

I did stop eating so badly along with my family about a year ago. While I was taking boxing, I didn't have the most restricted diet. But I ate all my necessary nutrients. It was a part of a month long project at my school. We had to go on MyPyramid.gov and write what we ate.

I definitely ate more than enough, but never lacked nutrients. And I was at the height of my health.

I guess where I'm getting at is this. My plan is to hopefully get buff again in 6 months. I want to take Insanity for a week by itself. And in the second week go to the gym 4-6 times a week for and run for an hour. By the fourth week, I want to do two hours at the gym, one hour swimming, and the second working on core muscle groups, such as arms, legs, and abs. I'd alternate every day to let the specific body parts rest. It wouldn't increase very much in the long run because I have school and homework, and other things to do. But I would definitely continue using Insanity. I'd just add more workouts to it.( .___. )

I figured I'd follow the Insanity nutrition guide for a week, prior to starting Insanity to get my body used to it. But I feel so tired and weak. I feel like the nutrition guide isn't working out for me. Yes, I do take Shakeology too. But I just feel slightly hungry and tired when I do the workouts. Similar to how you feel when you eat fast food before working out. So slow and sluggish.

Based on what I plan. I know the Insanity guide won't work. So I'm wondering if it'd be smart to take Shakeology, and eat maybe three times a day. I plan to eat healthy, of course. But I'm wondering if sandwiches will be enough. When I make a sandwich, I make it with multigrain bread, I add one slice of ham, one slice of cheese, two tomato slices, 4 slices of avocado, fresh lettuce, and MAYBE some mayo. I know that the sandwich alone won't be enough, but it'll be a start.

So can anyone tell me what they think about my plan? How I can better improve it, or just give me info that will help me out? I don't know why people talk about percentages of carbs and so on either. I'm a student, so I don't have much time on my hands. /:


Hi! First of all- Congrats on your goal of getting back into shape!! Insanity rocks. Are you planning to Insanity and then add other cardio on top of it?

I would worry that you are not eating enough if you feel tried and weak. Can you post you daily food? Check out the eating smart part of he website to dtermine your calorie needed based on your height, weight, age and goals. I recommend tracking your food. I like myfitnesspal.
Its free. I know how hard it is to have little time. i did P90X and insanity when I was an intern working 7 days a week.

Let's start with your food and a more defined exercise plan. You CAN do this.

If you are looking for a supportive workout group, Come join us! Support & Motivation Thread

Cheers!
Christina
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RE: Insanity Beginner
12/12/12 10:04 AM as a reply to MindlessEduardo.
I think I should have added in that when I eat three meals a day I meant large ones..
But is 800 calories really too much for my body to process? I'm hispanic, and our foods are probably over a thousand calories.

And thank you so much for the advice, I do try to avoid meat. After I heard how healthy vegans and vegetarians are, I tried to ditch meat.

I'm also on a budget, and I so use a calorie tracker like my fitness pal. But the nutrition guide from insanity raises my grocery costs to around $120 a week. Just for myself.. /:
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RE: Insanity Beginner
1/1/13 11:42 AM as a reply to MindlessEduardo.
Eduardo, I think so long as you try to eat alot of protein and veggies, you should be fine...beans and grains last a long time if you get them dried up already (much cheaper than canned beans)...and go to your bulk food stores like Costco to get large supplies for cheaper. I found that when I started drinking more protein powder, THAT got expensive but I like only one brand from VEGA which is pricey....if you go with big tubs of whey powder they should last for 2-3 months at least. I read through the Insanity suggested meals and found that a lot of them were WAY too high in calories. It suggested I eat 2500 calories which is "insane" because I don't like food THAT much and can't even that much...I stick with what I know. I think the Insanity guidelines are geared towards more athletes...if you just want to be healthy and fit, take the info and apply it to your lifestyle.
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