Insanity, Romano-style

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.

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