I had my fourth baby, a beautiful boy named Danny, in May of 2012. In just the couple years previous I had gotten my first taste of meeting a goal with exercise- I stuck with a training program and ran a half-marathon in 2010. It took me almost 2 1/2 hours, but I did it! And it was very fulfilling to have finally stuck with something. But, once again, I lapsed on the exercise front and gained a ton of weight during my fourth pregnancy- hitting my highest weight ever.
During the summer of 2012 I visited a friend and she told me about Insanity. I had never heard of it before, but I was intrigued. When I went home that day I watched an infomercial online and texted my friend something along the lines of …”that looks amazing. But I don’t think I could ever do that.” I watched those people doing the workout and really believed in my heart that was something I could/would never do…
By the end of the summer I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight, but that weight was still pretty high! I felt heavy and bloated, weighed down by my own body. I watched so many people around me exercising- going for runs or bike rides, playing basketball, just being active. And I felt bad about myself- wondered why nothing ever stuck for me, ever worked for me. Wondered what was wrong that I just couldn’t keep with it. I had never found something I loved or thrived at on my own. Nothing had ever “clicked” for me…
Running had been ok, but progress was slow and I didn’t really see any results. When I was running I was proud of myself for sticking with it, happy that I found some pleasure in it, and fulfilled by meeting a goal. But I didn’t really look or feel much more “in shape” than I had at the start and I was still pretty slow. Plus, I wavered in my commitment.
That summer I knew I was probably not going to have another baby, that my body would really be my own again. I wanted to finally take charge of it, get healthy and fit and feel good about myself.
My 37th birthday was that September and I ordered Insanity for myself. It was a splurge- money is a little tight around here with me being at home with the kids for so long. But I bought it as a present for myself, and I tracked it’s shipping each day. Maybe that’s part of the reason it became my click, the investment and the anticipation.
Insanity came in the mail and I started right away. The first week was definitely insane! I almost threw up during one of the first workouts and I have never sweat like that in my life. But I stuck with it…there were times I cried during and/or after. It was really intense. I didn’t miss a workout. I stuck with it like I had never stuck with anything before. I worked out at night back then, after all four kids were in bed but before Danny would wake up to be nursed!
And the results were insane, too. I lost 25 pounds doing Insanity, and changed my body. That Thanksgiving I saw friends I hadn’t seen since the summer and they couldn’t believe the change. It felt good to get such amazing results so quickly- it was gratifying and motivating. It also felt good to notice physical gains; the progress was evident one week to the next. By the end of the whole program I was not only lighter and thinner, but I was more flexible and stronger. I could do things that I hadn’t been able to do at the start. The first time I went for a run after completing Insanity, I ran my fastest three miles ever- easily! I hadn’t run in months, but the conditioning I got from Insanity meant more than all those months I had put into running when it was all I did.
And I love Shaun T. I loved him then, and I love him even more now. I liked the bootcamp style of Insanity; I don’t really like dance-y kinds of workouts. I liked the intense intervals and the breaks in between. I also liked seeing the people in the video, watching them struggle but get it done. Something about the whole thing worked for me.
Insanity was the beginning. I have not stopped exercising since. I…love to exercise! I eat so much better now, too. I feel better than ever and happier than ever. I used to make excuses about not exercising because it was unfair to my children, it took away from their time. I could not have been more wrong- it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for them! It’s made me a better mother. And at this point in my life, everything comes back to my children. So this part means a lot.