Insanity Max:30 Day 7

Day 7:


Ps. I didn’t drink Energize, it was E&E. I think Energize might have been a better option because it makes me a little less of a jitterbug. And it’s bedtime soon. Lesson learned!


I’m all chill, waiting to push play because today is a “recovery day.” Then Shaun comes on and introduces the workout….

…This is your time to recover and take it easy. But my name is Shaun T, so it’s not going to be that easy.

The bonus? Today’s workout was only 20 minutes! HOLLA!!! I actually made it all the way to the end without maxing out. I’m not sure today actually counted as a Max Out day anyway.

Pulse definitely earned its name. Think squat or lunges with small pulsing movements. After those it was nice to have stretch movements. I think my quads will be feeling this “recovery” tomorrow night.

Nutrition Today:

We ate out for breakfast and lunch today… But our options were really good. I had a tofu and black bean (Mexican style) scramble for breakfast and for lunch we ate at a little Indian style place. Good stuff! Spicy foods are good for the metabolism, that’s why you always see muscle men with their hot sauce. Today’s food downfall was I didn’t have my Shakeology or my protein shake today. Upside, no more cupcakes. 🙂

Last thoughts, since the E&E is still working 😉

After breakfast today we spent the morning and most of the afternoon walking around town, I’m pretty sure I burned off that food. I love hitting my Fit Bit step goal ❤ Glad I’m officially done with week one! Tomorrow is the Cardio Challenge again and I’m ready to beat this weeks time! I think I can, I think, no, I know I can!




Insanity Max:30 Day 5 & 6

Day 5:


Friday Fight Round 1

Need I say more? I’m feeling much better, minimal soreness now but family is here and my baby girl graduates tomorrow 😦 So so so fast, where has the time gone? My mind was bouncing back and forth between picking up the cupcakes, making sure the house was clean and figuring out dinner! #IMaxedOut at 8:32 today and I’m feeling like I should be able to beat that time next Friday.

Since I just wasn’t feeling the workout today I figured I still needed to finish it, why not get some video to show you some more modifiers?

Every move has a modifier:

Anything that involved jumping today was like, well, torture…

Today’s Meal Plan:

We aren’t going to talk about that because there may or may not have been some vegan chocolate cupcakes and macaroni and… Yeah… Don’t look forward to tomorrow’s meal plan list either because it’s not going to be good either. (Next time I’m ordering less cupcakes than I think I will need.)

Day 6:



Insanity Max:30 is set up as a 5 times a week workout program. Shaun gives you the option of adding on an extra workout called Pulse. It’s apparently his version of an active recovery day. I don’t believe I did this workout the last time I completed Max:30 so I’m sort of anxious to try it! The calendar has it scheduled for Saturday’s but Saturday is my family’s day of rest sooo no sweat or “no sweat” sesh today. I can’t visualize myself not sweating with Shaun T so this could be interesting. Tomorrow we pulse!

Again, no more speak of evil cupcakes today because I’m ashamed I have no self control. That is all!

Insanity Max:30 Day 4

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Tabata Power:

There’s hope! I woke up ready to conquer the world today. Well maybe not that ecstatic, but my body is starting to feel a little less sore.

I was a little nervous about pushing play today because I knew what I was up against. I chugged down my E&E and I took a minute to jog in place and get warmed up before starting because my house was cold. I know that cold muscles aren’t very loose so I wanted to give myself the best advantage I could. I made a goal of making it to 9:50 and made it to 10:40. (By the way, I turned the fan on at that time also!) Knowing what was coming made it easier for me to push through this time.

I still really appreciate the 20 seconds on 10 seconds off. First exercise is a burpee with a lunge, and boy howdy does it work. I think Shaun really likes the lunges on this workout. I used to love them until my knee injury and now I don’t so much. Even if the modifier is too tough for you, maybe start by doing the lunge but not going to close to the ground with your back knee. Build up the strength and attempt to go lower each time. If you are physically unable to do one of the moves, I say jog in place, high knees, marching, whatever works till you get to the next move, just keep moving. Don’t worry the whole workout isn’t lunges, I would say it’s full body because we did core and arm work too. My triceps are going to burn tomorrow! Tabata Power was laid out with legs, arms, core and then a mash up of all 3.

Some Thoughts:

The first week of a new program is always rough for me. No matter how in shape you are, changing up your routine means muscle soreness. If you are just starting out, remember that the first week is  going to be the hardest, you were able to workout yesterday and you can do it today! Don’t give up on it because you hurt, you’ve got to get past that first week to start feeling a little less paralyzed. It’s hard work but it is worth it in the end!

Now to prepare myself for Friday Night Fight: Round 1, tomorrow!

Wish me luck! -Darci

Insanity Max:30 Day 3

Day 3:


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It’s crazy that I don’t remember much about this program the first time I did it, other than I didn’t nail my nutrition and that it wasn’t my favorite. The one thing I do remember though, was in today’s workout: Sweat Intervals. It was a quote:

“When I think I can’t do one, I do three more.”

That taught me so much about how far my mindset will take me. If I say “I can’t,” then chances are I can’t… Positive thinking will take you places with this program. If you say that you’re going to rock your results, you will. Having the drive to do well these last two months has brought great change in my physical, mental, emotional state. Just do it, right?



Today was rough! I got up determined to be out of the house by 10:30 am. I didn’t allow myself to lollygag and wait till the afternoon to get to work.

I pushed play and before the first move was done I wanted to max out. My calves, my back, my chest and my legs were so tight! I told myself that I had to keep going, I would not accept a 1 minute max out time. I told my body to suck it up because we have a mission! I made it to 9:38, those arm moves get me every time! After I maxed out I have to admit I modified quite a bit, I was so exhausted.

I have to admit I appreciated the intervals of 3 movements, then repeat and a break. After the warm up there was no break and I got scared. I rather enjoyed the small break to catch my breath and then get a drink of water from the last two workouts. My favorite move today was free runner after all the squat movements.

Today’s Foods:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with chia seeds and cinnamon. And a vanilla vegan protein shake.

Snack: Vegan Chocolate Shakeology

Lunch: Mongolian ❤ Lots of veggies with a little pineapple, some peanutes and some white rice.

Snack: Sweet Potato Soup

Dinner: Taco salad with salsa and black beans, I count the black beans as a red container because I am not a big tofu fan and want to be sure I’m getting my protein in.

Lets talk Protein a minute..

It’s no secret I’m vegan. It’s also no secret that the program I had the best results with I was chugging down chicken or protein shakes a total of 6 times a day. BUT. I also had amazing results with 22 Minute Hard Corps being completely vegan and only having 1, maybe 2 protein shakes a day. If you are going to skimp on anything nutritionally speaking, don’t let it be the protein, or the water!

I skimped on my nutrition Day:1 because it was my birthday. I woke up super fatigued and I imagine it’s because my muscles were toast and I didn’t feed my muscles the protein they needed to grow and repair. Little bummed that I lost out on a protein opportunity for lunch today by having white rice instead of quinoa but eating out you work with what you’ve got. Tomorrow will always be better ❤



Insanity Max:30 Day 1 & 2

Day 1:


WHOAAA!!! I forgot how intense this program is!

Today’s program was Cardio Challenge and my heart was pumping, got up to 166 bpm at one point. I struggled to get to the 7:35 mark but I did it! My calves were burning with all the jumping jacks. I got two minutes in and really had to pee but I held strong! I fought the good fight till my body quit listening to my brain, took a rest and kept going.

One thing to keep in mind when scheduling this workout, the workout is 30 minutes but you have an extra couple minutes to cool down afterwards.

My biggest recommendation after today, stretch, stretch, stretch yo calves bro!


My face was red way past 20 minutes after I finished my workout!


Food Log:

Breakfast: E&E and vanilla vegan protein shake… Not my normal breakfast but wanted to get my workout in then got caught on the phone..

Snack: Two slices of toast with fresh ground peanut butter.

Lunch: Vegan Strawberry Shakeology with a frozen fruit variety.

Dinner: Veggie taco salad, no cheese, no chicken and no tasty taco shell.

Snack: GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE, it’s my birthday, I deserved it after being so good on vacation!

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As you can see, my nutrition today wasn’t good. I let life happenings get in the way of my meal plan. Not tomorrow though! I’m ready for lots of veggies!

Now to stretch and rest because I know my calves will be screaming at me tomorrow

❤ Darci



ALWAYS take your before picture and measurements. Sometimes when you feel like you’ve made no progress your pictures and measurements will say different!

Day 2:



Forgot to push end on my Fit Bit so there’s an extra minute on there…


Today was Tabata Power and today I battled with my mind. My calves are so sore from yesterday it took me till after 2 o’clock to get motivated to push play. Such a weird feeling during my workout today. Honestly, if my son wouldn’t have been in the room I probably would have started crying at 7 1/2 minutes into it. I just got so emotional. I had to tell myself to breath and I could do this! It’s not that the workout was so hard, it was hard, but I felt so strong! I’ve always been so weak minded and I was able to push myself to keep going until my arms would no longer function.

The move that did me in, Plyo Push-ups. The first round of Max:30 I struggled to do them. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggled but not as bad, I did them! I did the first set at least. I don’t remember getting emotional last round, except for the last day because I kicked my first time’s butt! I’m just proud of myself.

The workout was the usual 30 minutes with a 2 minute cool down. I love Shaun’s workout programs but if I could give one critique it would be longer stretch time. I always make sure to get a few extra stretches in because I know my body well enough to know where I’m going to hurt the next day 😉

I was thinking and I am SO glad that I’ve stayed active. When I finished different programs, I gave myself a week or more off or just dabbled with different workouts. This time I literally finished 22 Minute Hard Corps on Sunday and started Max:30 on Monday. I feel like that is what is helping me to push longer than I ever pushed before. That being said rest is important but don’t take too long off because it’s easy to develop the lazy habit again…

#IMaxedOut @9:42 ❤