The last time I wrote about my efforts to get back in shape after giving birth I was just out of my second hospital stay, it was still spring and I was still doing post pregnancy exercises. I have come a long way since then.
Before actually getting into some serious exercise I first needed to take care of my health. That meant going back in for another tiny operation. It took about an hour and I only stayed the night for observation, then got back home the next day. The doctors advised a week of taking it easy and after that, they said I could do whatever.
So whatever I did.
I knew that if I wanted to get back in shape I had to do it as soon as possible. 10 days later it was a Monday and I cleared the dust off my T25 DVDs. I remembered them being fairly easy so I thought this was a good place to start. Well, it turns out I only thought they were easy because the last time I did them it was right after finishing Insanity. But anyways. I started doing the alpha round that day. At first, I needed to modify most moves but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was able to catch up and do the regular ones. So I would still recommend this workout program to anyone who is looking to build some fitness from basically nothing.
Graduating to the big leagues
As I reached Beta round I was getting more and more into shape. I wasn’t afraid of certain moves anymore as opposed to the beginning of my journey when I skipped some things out of sheer fear of ripping something previously stitched apart. Being worry free made me feel more confident and I was able to put extra effort into my workouts. So towards the end of Beta, I couldn’t wait to finish it to graduate to Insanity, which was my ultimate goal. So once I did, I skipped Gamma altogether and went directly for the motherlode.
Insanity truly is something else. Starting with duration. T25 says it all, it lasts 25 minutes plus cooldown while workouts from Insanity month 1 last about 40-45 minutes. Luckily they always have about 5 minutes of stretching at the end of the warmup and cooldown is included in the length of the workout itself so that helps but it’s still this is another level. And then the day comes when the calendar says you’re supposed to do an extra 20 minutes of core work on top of the already excruciating cardio only workout. But I knew it was the right choice if I wanted to get back in shape. I’ve done so once already.
And also as Shaun T would say…I’m smiling because I love it. I’ve tried a lot of things but Insanity is still my favorite workout program to date!
At least until month two comes along.
The workouts are now 55 minutes to 1 hour long and the extra 15 minutes make all the difference. Of course, the exercises themselves are harder as well.
But you know what? This is one of those things in life that make you wonder: if I can do this, is there anything I can’t do?
Of course, the program makes you strong and makes you lose weight and that’s the goal, right? But another reason I love it so much is the confidence you gain in overcoming such a big challenge. In feeling strong and capable.
Part of Insanity are fit tests and you do them on Mondays every two weeks. There are 8 exercises, and for each, you have one minute to try and do as many reps as possible. I seem to have misplaced the results for one of them but still, you can see the trend.
On the day of my first fit test, I weighed 59.5kg (about 131lbs). On the day of the last one, I weighed 55.9kg (about 123lbs).
I mentioned in my How I started working out after giving birth post that I was eager to get back into running. Well, I haven’t done that yet. I have been so focused on my at home workouts that I’ve decided running would have to wait. Until now.
Finishing the Insanity program was my ultimate goal (and to get back in shape, obviously) and now that I achieved that it’s time for new challenges. One of them will be combining running with strength training and yesterday was the day I started working in this direction. The Ljubljana Marathon is coming up on 28th October and I’ve signed up for the 10k. I’m pretty sure I could run 10 km right now but what I really want is making it in under an hour. I think that’s a pretty good goal for my first return to running. I kicked things off with just a short 15min run with my little one. He took the bike and I tried to keep up. It went pretty well so I think we’re ready to do a longer run next time. It’s so much more fun having a running coach like that!
A word of motivation
There were times in this journey when I felt I was getting nowhere, that my progress was slow, that I would never get back in shape. And there were times when I was amazed at myself.
The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. I did the work and the results came.
But the point is never to give up through the ups and downs. Have a plan made ahead as this makes it easier to get through the rough patches and stick to it! If I can do it so can you!