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The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
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WHo's Up for the Challenge!


Who wants to take on the insanity challenge in the month of february! Not only will we be committing ourselves to bringing up the intensity, but we will be committing ourselves to the nutrition, to the discipline to get enough sleep at night, and to hit the work out the same time each day if possible .

This group aims to help those starting on Feb 4th, but welcomes insanity goers that have plan to start at any point in February

First things first:

Nutrition
If you want to see great results, you have to focus on your nutrition as much as the workouts. Nutrition plays a key role in how you will reach your goals and attain the new and better you! Getting a solid nutrition plan in place prior to starting is key. Over time you will learn new eating habits that you can carry with you for the rest of your life.

Shakeology is a great way to meet many of your nutritional needs! As a meal or a snack it fuels your body with everything it needs in order to BRING IT everyday!

Track your progress

Where are you now? Where do you want to be? Have Goals!

Nothing is more important or motivating than to see where you started and how you are progressing along the way! It is so CRUCIAL that you do the following BEFORE you begin:

Take your Measurements
Take your before & after pictures

Motivation
Nothing is more important than motivation. Times will get tough and there are going to be days that you feel like you cannot get up or you feel too tired at night to workout. This is where your Coach and this thread help out. By joining this thread you will find like minded people that will push you and look for help from you to be pushed. This is a 60 day program and it helps to have not just your Coach in your corner but a whole team ready to cheer you on and waiting for you to cheer them on.

Workouts

WARNING: The first few weeks are is rough but after you make it through them things get much better.

Too many people give up during the first few weeks because they think it is to tough. Everyone that has done any of these programs has had moments of doubt. Just KEEP PUSHING PLAY.

Pre-Workout

All the workouts are intense! You need the right fuel to “Bring It!” Your pre-workout meal actually begins the day before. So again, a solid nutrition plan is vital. A pre-workout meal about an hour before is important. Be warned: if you ENGAGE in a cardio workout too close to the pre-workout meal you may lose it.

If you workout first thing in the morning like myself, I advise a small snack (I like wheat toast with peanut butter).

Post-Workout

Recovery: After an intense insanity workout, it is vital to recover the right way. By adding a Recovery Drink immediately after your workout, you will significantly decrease the amount of soreness you will experience while your body recovers. Intense exercise will burn off glycogen stores in the muscles which leaves the body without its primary source of energy. You need to replace these glycogen stores immediately with a 4:1 ratio of quality, fast acting carbs and quality protein. Plus low blood sugar levels in the brain will lead to fatigue, irritability, lack of concentration, depression, etc.

The P90X Recovery Drink will replenish your muscles with glycogen, you will not only avoid muscle breakdown, but you will promote muscle growth and keep your energy levels up. I have used the recovery drink from day one and I highly recommend it.

This thread is a great way to meet like minded, motivated people that are going through exactly what you are going through. They will help you stay accountable and motivated, and you will keep them accountable and motivated! Everyone comes from different backgrounds and will be able to share tips and information that has helped them and could help you as well.

I also have a fitspiration tumblr, and will be making a challenge group on facebook if I get 5+ people to commit on this thread

TO BE IN--

--Respond back to this thread with YES, I AM COMMITTED!!!!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/27/13 5:55 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
!!! Get excited. I know I am.

-Coach Brie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/27/13 6:48 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
I am finishing P90X next week and am starting Insanity on Feb 4...looking forward to the challenge
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/27/13 7:40 AM as a reply to mahus14.
@Mahus14 - Congrats on finished P90x! I am curious about your final results, please let me know! Insanity is absoluely amazing.

i am working on a Success Packet - a PDF file that I am willing to send to those who want it. It helps you figure out your goals, your excuses, and helps you to evaluate your activities. Im working on a bunch of other coaching tools to ensure the success of anyone that lets me help them!

My goal is to have this thread create an atmosphere of peers that will help others succeed. A lot of threads have 2 types of people - the challenge goers, and the coaches. Well in this group, every one is create equal. Yes, I will help you find answers to your questions - but I encourage ALL members to help ALL other members get to where they need to be. Encouragement can come from anyone.

I look forward to the creation of this community.

-CoachBrie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/28/13 5:20 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
Things to start with -

-Make sure your beachbody profile is filled out/up to date. Insert your goals, whether it be waist measurements, # of push ups, etc.

-It is really important for you to take before and after pictures. Insanity isn't here to make you drop lbs necessarily - but rather, inches. Muscle is more dense than fat. So you will put on muscle, lose fat, but potentially gain weight. This is NOT a bad thing! We are in this for the long run - too many times have we all tried to limit ourselves, create our own deficit by eating less. You lose the weight, but when you go back to eating normal or you hit a plateau, what happens? That model will not be successful long term. Get strong - build muscle, and more importantly, build your mental strength. This is a mental battle that I am committed to helping you win. Even if you don't post your pictures online, keep them for yourself. Look at them now and then. I-d suggest taking pictures every 2 weeks.

-Get excited about it!!! Spend some times on the forums looking at other challenges groups - search for topics that you are interested in. See the difference in the language between the groups that have just started and those that are doing insanity/p90x multiple times. Google topics that you have interest in - topics such as, why is protein essential? Why should I eat fruit earlier in the day? Does drinking water really help you lose weight? What tea will give me the most energy? Share your knowledge here, and we can all grow.

-Motivational photos - google, tumble, pinterest motivational fitness photos - fitspo, fitspiration, healthy, strong. FInd a few that motivate you - save them to your desktop. Make them your desktop, your phone back ground, your ipad lock screen. Print them out, tape them up where you work out. Figure out where you look at when you work out, and place a motivational picture there.

I am currently on month 2 day 2 - This is my second time at insanity, and I was not successful in it my first time. But I have learned a lot from it. I look forward to working with you all.


-CoachBrie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/28/13 5:41 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
Doing some research on teas

One thing about this thread, there will be tons and tons of information!!!

All taken from webMD

About Teas !!!


Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has a high concentration of EGCG and has been widely studied. Green tea’s antioxidants may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black Tea: Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai, along with some instant teas. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke. It also may reduce the risk of stroke.

White tea: Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.
Oolong tea: In an animal study, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower bad cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, but science hasn’t backed the claims.
Pu-erh tea: Made from fermented and aged leaves. Considered a black tea, its leaves are pressed into cakes. One animal study showed that animals given pu-erh had less weight gain and reduced LDL cholesterol.


Limited research has been done on the health benefits of herbal teas, but claims that they help to shed pounds, stave off colds, and bring on restful sleep are largely unsupported.

Here are some findings:

Chamomile tea: Its antioxidants may help prevent complications from diabetes, like loss of vision and nerve and kidney damage, and stunt the growth of cancer cells.
Echinacea: Often touted as a way to fight the common cold, the research on echinacea has been inconclusive.
Hibiscus: A small study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea daily lowered blood pressure in people with modestly elevated levels.
Rooibos (red tea): A South African herb that is fermented. Although it has flavonoids with cancer-fighting properties, medical studies have been limited.
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/29/13 7:55 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
Feb 4th is coming up quickly, don't be afraid to commit!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/29/13 11:27 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
I will be starting on Feb 4th! I committ!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/29/13 4:44 PM as a reply to AmandaDiva.
@Amanda awesome! Im excited to have you on board!!!!!

Make sure you eat well during the weekend, because your pre workout meal really does start the day before!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Im working on a few word documents - ones that you can print out and use to evaluate yourself and help you succeed. Some people might not want them, others might love them. But the more tools for success, the better!

-Coach Brie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
1/29/13 5:33 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
For those that are interested:

I create 3 files that I am willing to share. The three sheets are for you to use if you want to.

I have a degree in psychology, and I have learned that it is important to not just DO - but to understand why we are doing it. To reflect upon our actions. This is critical to breaking the bad cycles and habits we have created for ourselves. This is not just a battle of fitness. It's a battle of mentality, nutrition, discipline, and physicality. For some of you, this will be the most challenging thing you have attempted in your life. For others, you might be doing it 2 or 3 times through by now - But either way, it is important to analyze your day and work outs if you want to make improvements. Strive for a new goal each day, and focus on short goals as opposed to the long term. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Take this battle one day at a time. And if you put the effort forward, you will see results.


The three sheets are as follows:

SHEET 1: Goals and Motivations
This sheet is for you to write down or type your motivations and goals. On this sheet, I encourage you to also find pictures that motivate you, quotes, poems, lyrics, videos, anything. Build up the army that is YOURSELF! Really get down to business with this. When you are in pain and have to go work out, when you think that you cannot do it - what will motivate you to succeed?

SHEET 2 : Excuses
This sheet is for you to record the negative things that you tell yourself. When you are in the middle of an exercise and your legs are giving out, do you tell yourself that you can never do this? When you are sore in bed, do you tell yourself you'll never get stronger? Do you blame not eating healthy on not having enough time or money? Write down your excuses here. On the other side, write what you SHOULD tell yourself - how will you overcome this negativity? IE: If your excuse is that you will never have a strong core, what is the reality of that? Tell yourself that over time, you will get stronger. That it didn't take one week to fall out of shape, and it will take a lot longer to get back into shape.

With both of the two sheets listed above, it is super important that you revisit them during your 60 day adventure. Revisit your goals - they might change. Revisit your excuses, they will change too!

SHEET 3: Daily Analysis
On this sheet, I want you to comment on your water intake (cross of/mark however many cups/bottles you drink), your hours of sleep, general comments about the activity, your successes/highlights, your challenges/obstacles, what you are committed to to make tomorrow successful,and your nutrition.

For example of all but summary
Successes - Today I did in and out abs for the entire 30 seconds and kept my intensity
Challenges - I totally didn't even attempt the push up jacks because I know i cant do push ups
Improvements: Tomorrow I will do atleast 15 of each exercise because I give up
Nutrition: Today I did a good job of eating early in the day - I need to cut up more veggies for tomorrow because I run out of steam at around 3pm at work

I have attached the goals sheet below - when the 4th comes, I will make the other documents available.

-CoachBrie
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1/30/13 5:59 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
This is a marathon, not a sprint!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/1/13 3:57 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
Monday is quickly approaching!!!

Whether I have 1 person or 100 signed up, this challenge group is still going to go on.

Eat healthy this weekend - drink lots of water. Cut out that soda and sugar. Be active! Get yourself ready for a new you

-CoachBrie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/2/13 6:42 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
Monday is the day!!

What you need to do -

1. Take your measurements. If anything, atleast bust, hip, and waist. I am a little obsessive and do various other parts (biceps, largest part of stomach) but do it! This will be key, because in this program you will lose inches moreso than lbs on the scale. Why is this? It is because muscle is denser than fat. This means for the same weight of muscle and fat, muscle takes up less space. THis translates into your clothes fitting better, but potentially your lbs going up on the scale

2. Take a before picture! When you are 30,45,60 days down the road you are gonna want to see how your body had changed. You dont need to publicize your picture, but take a few. I suggest full body straight on, side, and back. When you get discouraged, you can look at your picture and see theprogress you have made.

3. Get a pen and paper ready to record your fit test results

4. Decide WHEN and WHERE you will be doing your fit test. Pick a time ( lets say 7am ) and a place (basement) and stick to it! You will be more likely to not skip work outs if you have a set time your complete insanity each day, and know where you will complete it.

5. Make sure you've calculated your caloric goal via the nutrition guide or the nutrition tool on the website. With this goal, you can break down your caloric goals for each meal. What I want you guys doing is to try to eat breakfast or lunch as your biggest meal, and eat progressively less during the day. Dinner should be one of your smaller meals.

6. Start your grocery shopping! If you have the nutrition guide, pick out your meals and get to the shopping! If you dont have the guide, post what you plan to eat and we can tweak it.

7. Get ready =] Get excited about it. Tell some friends, google some topics you are interested in.

On the 4th, this is what I would like to see -
-A little background about you and your goals =] I want to get to know you guys.
-What your fit test results were
-What your general feelings are about the insanity challenge


I can't wait to help you all to succeed. I start Month 2 Week 2 myself tomorrow, so I will be posting accountability as well.

-CoachBrie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/3/13 1:10 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
I'm in... let the good time begin!!!!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/3/13 1:53 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
I am totally ready for this challenge can wait to get started.... Lets Bring it I have a wedding this summer and I am bound to look totally drop dead gorgeous for my soon to be husband.
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/3/13 2:24 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
My husband and I are committed(as of yesterday)! We are parents of 3 girls ages 5 & under and we are 100% ready to get our bodies back!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/3/13 4:14 PM as a reply to FlirtySmurf.
Welcome aboard Flirty, Chemist, and TGroff - !!! Kudos for stepping into the insanity challenge!! Make sure you post your fit test results and read some of the above threads. I look forward to getting to know all of you, and seeing you grow stronger mentally and physically.

For those of you watching the Super Bowl - hopefully you aren't doing TOO much damage to your bodies. Just remember, you really feel it in your work outs when you eat poorly the day before - this includes drinking that beer and vodka too! All things that make us bloat. If it's already too late, then enjoy it while you can, because tomorrow we are starting some real work!!!

-CoachBrie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/4/13 11:12 AM as a reply to CoachBrie.
Did the Fit Test last night and Day one at 6am... It was definitely an early morning... blech!!

Fit Test
Switch Kicks: 105
Power Jacks: 56
Power Knees: 105
Power Jumps: 37
Globe Jumps: 8
Suicide Jumps: 22
Push-up Jacks: 25
Oblique: 63

Day One Workout
My biggest complaint was having to stop so often and rest during the sets. Clearly this is going to target my goal of having better cardio, but it sure is humbling/depressing to start with. I'm keeping my eye on the prize and know that this will only improve with each workout.

Looking forward to accompanying all of you on this journey. Like some of the others on this adventure, I also want to meet my secondary goal of actually completing the entire program.

Cheers to you all and lets go kick some ass!
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/4/13 12:09 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
@Flirty

Awesome results - I remember when I first took the fit test, I didn't even plan on doing insanity. I was with my friend and made a comment one day about how I fell so out of shape. He made me do the fit test with him, and it really woke me up. The next day and for the next 5 weeks, I continued Insanity. The first week was the hardest mental battle of my life. But I pushed through it, little by little. Since I failed to complete insanity my first time through, actually completing the 60 day program is one of my primary goals. SO i feel you on that. One my first fit test, I actually did 0 push up jacks! 0! I saw the move and was like HELL NO! But now, I love push up jaccks (well, more than some other moves) and its one of the moves I can really see myself progress in.

Get ready for tomorrow! Plyo cardio circuit is pretty good. And I feel you on the early morning work outs. If you aren't used to that routine, it does take some getting used to. But the best decision I have made in regards to my health is switching from a 9-10PM work outers to a 5-6 am work outers. The effects it has on my attitude for the day is amazing.

Rest up, drink some water, and nail your nutrition. =]

-CoachBrie
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RE: The February Insanity Fat Shred (Feb 4th Start)
2/4/13 1:01 PM as a reply to CoachBrie.
I'm in as well! Love the aspect of working as a team! :-) WE CAN DO IT!
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