Insanity Max:30 Day 20 & 21

Day 20:

REST DAY!


Today was a rest day but it was really nice to be able to get out and soak up some nature. We spent the afternoon with some friends and got to scratch on some horses too. Rest day doesn’t have to be the kind of day where you lounge on the couch and do nothing. Move around, stretch those legs. Go to the lake and soak up some vitamin D. I’m looking forward to Monday’s adventures of playing at the river.

Day 21:

working

Drinking my daily superfood shake ❀

Pulse

Happy Sunday! I can’t believe it’s day 21 already. As much as I complain about this workout program it has gone really fast. Heading to work today reminded me how easy it is to squeeze a workout in before work. Sure I didn’t have to be there til 10 but I was able to get my workout done first and I’m glad I did. It woke me up and set me on the right foot for the day. I am trying to get myself ready for Nashville in 30 days so I’m picking up a few shifts at the restaurant this month. Extra money for vacation is always a good thing πŸ’²πŸ’²πŸ’²


I really enjoy that pulse is only 20 minutes, thank you Shaun T! I made it the 20 minutes again but boy did those PliΓ© Squat Pulses get at me. The demo is below, only it was holding the low position and pulsing up and down without hitting the full stand up position. My quads were on fire!

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Β Today’s Shake Recipe:

This is my favorite recipe so far, almost like a healthy peanut butter cup ❀

  1. 8oz water (you could use coconut or almond milk instead)
  2. 1/2 banana
  3. 1 scoop Vegan Chocolate Shakeology
  4. spoonful of almond butter
  5. Ice

Blend and enjoy!

Interested in trying Shakeology, shoot me an email and I can send a sample your way for only $5.00

 

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Insanity Max:30 Day 19

Day 19:

Friday Fight Round 1

Sometimes I think I’m such a whiner, LOL! I’ve somehow gotten it into my head that 30 minutes is a lifetime! I have to remind myself that it’s less time than it takes to do a load of laundry, less time than cooking dinner and less time than cleaning house. Why have I made my workout a villain?!? I know everyone thinks that I workout all day every day. But believe me, while I enjoy being active, doing burpees and lunges and push-ups are not on my favorite things to do list. Why do I do these crazy workouts? (They aren’t really that crazy.) I do them because of health. I do them because of range of motion. I do them because of strength. I do them because I’m fighting to be able to do all of the things I love and I want to be able to keep up with my crazy kids!

When I decided to start Coaching, I already had the goal of completing a Spartan Race. And I did that. But here are a few things I’ve gained from making exercise a non negotiable in my life.

  • Hip Flexibility- I used to only be able to sit in the car for a couple hours before my hips started aching. I made it 4+ hours in the car with no issues on the way to Yellowstone last month.
  • Confidence- I used to cake on the make up, cry about my cellulite (yes I still have some and it probably won’t ever go away, it’s a skin condition) and I used to feel like I was unworthy of friendship unless I was drunk and being the life of the party. Now, I wear mascara and a bit of bronzer. I don’t like my cellulite but it’s a part of life, just like my tiger stripes. And I quit drinking and have made so many new friends because I can talk to people without the liquid courage!
  • Muscle- I can do burpees! I can do push-ups! I can almost do more than 1 pull-up. Muscle gives me the ability to do more things. I went snowboarding multiple times this winter and guess what? I was never sore the day after!

The list goes on but those are the 3 things that I appreciate the most. So, HELLO DARCI, exercise is a good thing. 30 minutes is only a small part of your day and it does so much good!

So yes I fought the urge not to press play today like I do everyday. You aren’t alone in that battle. Just remember why you started your journey. Remember where you want to go! If you aren’t even sure where to get started. Find me on Facebook or Instagram and send me a message, everyone starts somewhere and I want to help you take the next step.

#IMaxedOut @10:28, last Friday Fight time was 8:32, yeah buddy!!!

One more thing…

Coaching has given me the accountability to stick with it. Before I signed up I had NEVER completed anything, I’ve now completed 7 workout programs! There’s nothing like blasting on social media that you’ve got a plan. Makes you really want to stick to it! Join me and my team Monday to find out more about what Coaching really is. Let me know you joined the event so I can help you along. πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ» Darcisfitkick@gmail.com

What is Coaching?

Insanity Max:30 Day 18

Day 18:

Tabata Strength

I actually really liked this workout last time. Not sure what my deal is today.

2:25 pm I’ve set up my phone, watched the Spartan Team Challenge, cut my son’s hair, done laundry, gone to the post office and sat here as long as I possibly can… I guess I should be pushing play now…

2:47 The neighbor lady came to see if I could feed her horses this weekend so I of course said yes and went to see what she does.Β  It was nice to scratch on some horses for a minute. I may or may not be still procrastinating πŸ˜‰

3:44 DONE! It took me forever to get motivated to go but once I finished the warm up I was ready! I maxed out at 7:09 this time. It was all because of those Diamond Jump Burpees. I’m determined to make it past those on Tuesday! I CAN AND I WILL! (Check out that torture move below πŸ˜‰ ha ha.)

3:50 Protein shake time. I’m still really liking the vegan chocolate shake I found. No stomach issues so far.

Did you know that the best time to drink a protein shake is within 30 minutes of working out? Your muscles start to heal immediately after working out so why not feed them what they need right away?!?

 

 

Insanity Max:30 Day 17Β 

Day 17:

Sweat Intervals

Note to self: After drinking your E&E, go push play, immediately after going to the bathroom(jumping jacks get me every time if I don’t.) If you don’t you will find 10 other things to half way do and waste a bunch of time. Then you will be hungry and working out and then when you are done and try to talk to people, YOU WILL BE HANGRY!

I’ve somehow broken out of the wake up and eat breakfast routine, which is fine if I workout right way. Not so much if I wait till 8. So grateful for fresh produce today so tomorrow I can chow down a banana and my pre-workout, hopefully that will help me push through it.

I maxed out at 12:19 today, last week I was 11:16, I’ll take that minute and three seconds!

Wanted to show you the warm up that kicks my butt every time! Wasn’t actually too bad today. Also the cool down sped up cracked me up. Don’t skip your cool down, so important!

Nutrition:

Lets talk protein powders. So far I have fallen in love with Beachbody’s Performance Line. The Recover and Recharge shakes are AMAZING! They blend so smooth and taste really good. If you’ve ever had a protein shake you know that that’s hard to find. If you aren’t vegan and looking for a protein supplement, I back those 100%. I never had any stomach issues coming from it now that I think about it either. But every good journey has it’s ups and downs and I decided to go vegan. So far there’s no vegan Performance Line. I started last month using a Vanilla Vegan Protein powder, it wasn’t too bad but I’ve been getting stomach aches so decided to try something new, plus the jug was almost empty and I needed to restock.

I was referred this protein powder by a friend and I have to admit it’s pretty tasty. I always look over the labels of my supplements and I love that it’s a blend of multiple proteins and not just pea or soy, and that the ingredients are simple. This one seems pretty legit and it has 21 grams of protein. Same amount as most Average Joe, whey proteins. If you’re curious about the different types of proteins, I found this blog on the different protein types you might find interesting.

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Ingredients

Orgain Organic Protein Blend (organic pea protein, organic brown rice protein, organic chia seed, organic hemp protein), organic creamer base (organice acacia gum, organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic inulin, organic rice dextrins, organic rice bran extract, organic rosemary extract), organic erythritol, organic cocoa, organic natural flavors, sea salt, organic acacia gum, organic guar gum, xanthan gum, organic stevia, monkfruit extract.

I’m excited to see how this one makes me feel. Today is day one of the new shake. Wish my belly luck. Time to finish checking things off today’s to-do list!

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Insanity Max:30 Day 16

Day 16:

 

Tabata Strength

 

A bit of a song comes to mind for this workout, Oh hot …. this is my jam! I maxed out quick but so far this workout is my favorite out of all of them! No water breaks but you still get the “rest” by jogging or doing a recovery move. Don’t get me wrong, this workout was hard, but I appreciated not having to do so many jumping jacks!

Rocked my vest and I wore my cross training shoes today. I feel like the shoes may have helped me a bit. I’m excited to see how they help with Sweat Intervals tomorrow.

 

Nutrition:

Today hadΒ  a get it done start. I planned to walk with some friends at 8:30 so had to get my workout in first. I usually keep breakfast really simple and try to spice up lunch and dinner. My on the go breakfast may have been plain but it tasted really good after getting my socks knocked off. Seems like eating after working out makes food taste better!

Pre-workout: E & E (Energy and Endurance)

Breakfast: 1 slice of seeded bread toast and 1/2 a banana, breakfast on the go!

Snack: Vegan Vanilla Protein Shake

Lunch: Chickpea, carrot and bell peppers, on top of rice. Left over from last nights dinner!

Snack: Vegan Chocolate Shakeology with 1/2 a banana and 2 tbsp chia seeds

Mid day treat: Found some hot tamales in my husbands desk so I of course ate a few and put the box back πŸ˜‰ Β A few treats here and there are okay as long as you stay 85%+ healthy!

Dinner: 1/2 of a veggie burrito with half the black beans and rice because I shared the big dish with Troy ❀️ We share candy, so why not dinner too?

Water goal?

Nailed it 128 ounces down, no problem!

Insanity Max:30 Day 15

Day 15:

Cardio Challenge

Today I decided to figure out what the name of the muscle is that is killing me on this workout. The best way to prevent injury is to treat the muscles that are tight and causing pain before they become a severe problem. Warm up, stretch and cool down are VITAL behaviors with exercise.

The Peroneus Brevis, thank you “Trail Guide to the Body Flashcards ‘Muscles of the Human Body’ Vol.2,” is what was BURNING during warm up and the first few moves in the Cardio Challenge today. I have had foot problems for the last two years, and investing in good running shoes played a big part in helping. I’m sure that has been a big factor in my knee issues too. Did you know that a foot issue can incur damage all the way up your body? One small imbalance can affect your whole body. Every muscle relies on another to do it’s job. I cannot stress the importance of proper shoes when working out, and here I’ve been working out barefoot… I know I’m a rebel. I’m not 100% sure that’s what is bothering my muscle but I’m going to try wearing shoes tomorrow. I’ll let you know if there’s a difference. For now though, I will be stretching this muscle more. Check out the video below if you’re having issues with the same muscle being tight.

I almost forgot to share my max out time! I made it 18 seconds longer than last week. Not a big change but I’ll take anything I can get πŸ˜‰

Nutrition:

Breakfast: Oats with chia seeds, apple sauce and walnuts

Snack: Vanilla Protein Shake

Lunch: 5 graham crackers, these and animal crackers are my weakness, they aren’t allowed in the house!

Snack: Carrots and chipotle hummus

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Dinner: Roasted chickpeas with shredded carrots and bell peppers on top of a wild rice blend made with vegetable broth. I have some leftovers, so I have an easy lunch tomorrow!

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Dessert: Vegan Strawberry Shakeology with 1/2 a banana and a few frozen raspberries.

End of Day Thoughts:

Today was a battle of wills. I didn’t want to workout, I didn’t want to get off the couch and I didn’t want to make meals. BUT I did! A big part of following this program is working on my mindset. I started reading the book The Go-Giver today (and finished it) and it really made me think about my life and where it is going. If you are needing to change your mindset, I HIGHLY recommend this book. The power of being positive goes a long way.

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