So Steven and I finally decided to dive in. We’re tired of being overweight and out of shape. We held onto our membership to the YMCA for a year, but just couldn’t seem to get into a good rhythm or keep ourselves motivated. Plus, it didn’t help that immediately after we moved, Cadence started going through some severe separation anxiety and wouldn’t allow us to leave her side for more than three minutes at a time.

Hard to get a good sweaty workout done in three minutes.

So, we’ve been trying to figure out what we wanted to do.

During one of my late night photo-editing sprees, I happened upon the Insanity infomercials and I was intrigued. Then, a fellow blogger that I follow started Insanity herself, and I figured that was my sign to give it a go. You can read about her experience HERE.

Of course, I know that any exercise regiment is only as good as what you put into it. Hell, I bought into the Tae-Bo craze back in high school, and it kept me in great shape for sports until I fizzled out. In college and shortly after, I was a big fan of the 8-Minute workout videos. I tell you, you don’t think 8 minutes sounds like a lot, but damn those videos will make your muscles burn, and they kept me in pretty good shape.

Since then, I haven’t really kept up with anything. Life just seems to get in my way. It’s too hot out. Cadence is crabby. I’m too tired. I’ve got sessions to edit or articles to finish to meet deadlines. There’s always an excuse.

This time, Steven and I have decided to go for it as a team. We ordered Insanity, set our clocks for 6:00 am, and this morning we began.

It was, in a word, insane.

Seriously folks. All we really did today was the “fit test”–a series of stretches and exercises that we counted to see how many we could actually do in the allotted time–and it kicked our asses. No joke. We were both lying on the floor in the garage in our own personal pools of sweat by the time it ended.

The results of my fit test are in…I am not fit.

I gotta say though, I’ve felt pretty good all day. Yeah, I’m tired and my muscles feel sort of exhausted and gelatinous, but it’s a great feeling, an accomplished feeling, and I always love that.

So, we’ll see where this journey takes us. We recorded our measurements and our weight and the results of our fit test today. In two weeks, I’ll post them alongside some updates and we’ll see if there’s any difference. For now, the difference is that it’s 9:00 and I’m beat, and tomorrow I’ll be waking with the sunrise to start the Insanity all over again.


  1. Yay for you! I have tried the insanity program and my hubby and I just recently started The Asylum, just as crazy! We have a gym membership but sometimes want to just stay home and do something. It is a great work out program and you do get what you put in. We have yet to completely finish an entire work out, but even so we are getting results! Keep it up! And a big way to go for getting up early to do the work out! We try, but never can 🙂

    1. Thanks for sharing! We are excited, and really liking it so far! We figure if we get through Insanity and feel like we want more, we’ll go for the Asylum. We definitely wanted more of something that we could do at home. Gyms are nice, but it’s hard to stay motivated when you have to add travel time into your workout. So glad to hear other people are liking the program and getting good results! Hopefully we will soon! 🙂

  2. That’s exactly what my husband and I looked like after the first Fit Test – you’ll feel great after the first week – I couldn’t wait to work out everyday and actually enjoyed a good ass-kicking. Stick with it, you can do it! That reminds me… I forgot to blog about the most recent fit test! Good luck!

    1. Girl, you totally need to blog the latest fit test! I’ve been checking in on your blog to see if you had any updates! We are really enjoying it so far. Just completed Day 3. I’m sore, but it’s a good sore, and I can’t believe I actually think it’s kinda fun to roll out of bed at 6:00 am to get my butt kicked by a workout video! Haha!

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