I haven't quit drinking coke, but I have quit the gym.

5/15/2012 04:08:00 AM

It's true, I quit the gym because I was paying for pilates class three times a week from 6-7 p.m., but I wasn't going even though I love it. See, Craig gets home after six and physically getting to the class got difficult. More importantly, I felt like I was missing my girls far too much. I mean really, the last thing I wanted to do was run home at 5 and wave to my girls and then walk to the gym and spend time by myself thinking about my girls.

So, after much deliberation and far more guilt than I could bear, I quit the gym. Yep, the gym may only be a 3-minute-walk-away, but I felt like I was light-years away from my girls.

Adios, pilates! Hasta luego, gym! (For now...)

And I've never felt so good.

Sometimes I think as Moms we think we should be able to do it at all.

We can't. It's that easy. I simply cannot do it all.

I'm not meant to be an *active* gym member right now. Nope. No time.

I need to remember that this is a season; a season whereby gym visits are not important. Nope. Not now.

So, to feed my desire to still be active I've been doing Insanity for 4 weeks. (See here.) You've heard of this, right? It's a Beachbody product like P90X. (I wrote about P90X a couple of years ago here.)

It's cardio.
A lot of cardio.
A TON of cardio.
A TON of cardio in my living room every morning at 6:00 a.m.

Here's my review:

  • The instructor isn't even remotely grating and annoying. (Tony Horton from P90X drove me BANANAS.)
  • The first 30 days of the 10-disc DVD program are short. As in 40 minutes. ANYONE has time for 40 minutes, right? (They go up to 60 mins after the first 30 days.)
  • The studio where the DVDs take place is well-lit. It's in a high-school-looking gym - it's not dark, but instead it's light and bright and airy. I need that.
  • Cardio, baby. It's fast-moving and quick and doesn't require you to be overwhelmingly coordinated. This ain't zumba.
  • You go hard for a few days, but then get a recovery day. It's a six-day program.
  • The people who are working out with you on the DVDs actually stop doing the exercises and take breaks throughout. They're... normal!
  • You can do this at home and you don't need any extra stuff -- just some water and a yoga mat.
  • It's hard on your joints. It really is. As I said, I'm 4 weeks in and my ankles... well, they sort of hurt. I'm changing up and really focusing on my CORE and coming down lightly on my joints and that's helping. But, it's tough.
  • It's a lot of jumping. I hate jumping. And I mean it's the kind of, jump up, tuck your feet in around your waist and slap your knees-jumping. Insane.
  • You don't spend much time doing strength training -- not at all, unless you count push ups.
Now for the big question: have I lost weight?

NO. Was I trying to lose weight? Quite frankly, not really. I just want to be in good cardiovascular health and I want to TIGHTEN. Let's be honest ladies, you can get back to your pre-baby weight but your body just ain't the same. (WHY IS MY SKIN SO LOOSE? TELL ME I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE.)

Have I gained weight?

YES. I have gained 2 lbs. I find this to be so annoying, but my personal-trainer-friend tells me to STOP weighing myself and just pay attention to my measurements. And no, ya'll - this isn't a "muscle weighs more than fat" thing -- that's an urban myth created to make us all feel better, if you ask me.


Bottomline: I like it. It's hard. And for right now, it works. I think that after I finish the 60 days I'm going to integrate some strength training into the program... in my living room, yo.



  1. You mean to tell me after three kids in three years, Insanity ain't gonna make me look like those girls in the advertisement? ;)

    Skin...ugh. I don't think my stomach skin will ever go back. Ever. Ah well.

    Eeek for joint pain. I used to run a lot and took a hiatus for several years, but just started again as a tightening mechanism, as well as a sanity break. My joints hurt too. Maybe we're getting old?

    I bet all that jumping is good for tightening and lifting though, no?

  2. interesting about the joints, I've had to abandon the 30 day shred, which is similar but not as intense, several times because my wrists/knees/etc have started to protest. something about the at-home formula = hard on joints, apparently.

  3. So, it might be because my scale is kind of old, but sometimes it will fluctuate 2 pounds in one day. 2 pounds ain't no thing. ;)

    I applaud you... I have tried to do videos and I just HATE them. I'd rather do a machine cardio workout, which is why we broke and dropped a stack-o-cash on the elliptical. I love it, though. Especially now that I have the iPad to read or watch Netflix while I bust my ass.

  4. Oh boy, I get this. I mutter "it's a season" probably 17 times a week. Good for you for finding what is best for you.

    Tony Horton drove me nuts, too. When we did P90x, I gained several pounds, too. Um, no thank you. I'm sticking with my running and light weights.

    Keep us updated on how you like the program!!


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