I completed Week 8 of Insanity. But I completed it before going on vacation. I feel so far removed from Week 8 that I don't even remember what I wanted to tell you about it. Yikes! I seriously hope that it's juste lack of sleep is what's making me so forgetful these days and not the brain cells that I drank away on vacation.
Here's what I can tell you. Remember how after Week 7 I discovered I developed "man thighs?" And remember how I was doing a modified Insanity workout where instead of doing jumping and squats, I was making it more cardio? Well, that seems to be working rather well. And because I was so pleased to see how much Insanity has improved my stamina, I decided to do my Insanity work-out in the morning and run a few nights a week.
And because I feel so good running and enjoy it SO much more than Insanity, I've decided to run a 1/2 Marathon in November! Normally, Mr. Stranded and I run about 3-4 miles, depending on how hot it is outside, so 13.1 miles is a significant jump from our measly 4 miles. But, I feel like we're in great shape, we're healthy, so why not try for it?! We start training as soon as we're done with Insanity.
Apparently, Insanity has made me insane!
WEEK 8 REFLECTIONS AND RESULTS
- I completely forgot to measure myself before leaving for vacation and since I ate (and drank) A LOT on vacation, taking my measurements today wouldn't be accurate.
- It took me 18 months to put on my finicky 10 lbs, so I kept reminding myself I wasn't going to lose it in 9 weeks. But I've come to realize, I don't really care about losing the weight anymore. I look good. I feel great. And I'm healthy. Isn't that what's important?
- Insanity has gotten me in the mindset of working out 6 days/week instead of 3. And I've been pushing myself harder, so I do credit the program for that.
WEEK 8 INCENTIVE REWARD
I was so busy getting ready for vacation that I forgot about my incentive reward. I know - what's gotten into me? First I can barely remember Week 8 results and then I forgot about my incentive.
I'm fessing up: I decided to go out to dinner with Mrs. H and K on Thursday night instead of packing. It was supposed to be a quick bite out together, but there's no such thing with us. So I had to quickly pack on Friday after work. And packing for a family beach vacation is a lot of work. Who would think that, right? But anyone who has done it, knows what I'm talking about. Who's bringing the chairs? Who's bringing the canopy tent? Who's bringing the meat slicer? Who's bringing the water skis? How about the rum? Trust me - it's a lot of coordination and you don't want to be the one person who forgets their designated items.
So like a maniac, I was running around the house gathering our items, jamming them into my car and frantically trying to get it all done before Mr. Stranded got home from work. Not that he'd care, but we had a 7 hour drive ahead of us to my parents house, before continuing the rest of the trip the following morning to Orient Point, so I didn't want to dilly-dally.
But don't worry. I made up for it! A few weeks ago my wallet fell apart and I am very particular about my wallet. It must have the following components:
1. ID window
2. multiple credit card slots
3. minimum of 2 billfolds
4. exterior zip pocket
5. snap closure
6. check book holder
I stumbled upon this Kate Spade Stacy wallet and it had everything I was look for, and it was on sale, so it was a steal! I was tired of my standard black wallet, so decided to mix things up a bit with this pretty yellow. When I arrived back home from vacation, the wallet was waiting for me at my doorstep. Yippee! A nice surprise to get me over my post-vacation blues and I'm counting it as my Week 8 reward.
Mr. Stranded and I did not do Insanity on vacation. We had every intention of doing it, but the house was not conducive to jumping around. It's one thing to sound like stampeding elephants in the privacy of our home, but we couldn't subject the family to two hours of that every day. So instead, we went for runs and they were delightful!
Week 8 down. Only ONE more to go!!!!