Make exercise work for you

How do I start a post that conveys deep disappointment in being unable to update my blog even once a week? I even registered the domain name for crying out loud. Let me start with, “A lot has happened within a month’s time…”

Quitting Insanity
I’m ashamed to say that I was unable to finish Insanity. I had two weeks to go and I wasn’t able to finish. I was experiencing frustration with the fact that I did not lose any inches around my waist. I kept a positive attitude and kept going, but to not see any results along my midsection left me frustrated and neurotic. I began tampering with my diet to face the extreme side of not eating enough only to result in fatigue and dizziness at work. I was devastated.

A New Workout
During my time with Insanity, I was desperate in searching for different workouts. I read reviews and looked into Hip Hop Abs, Brazillian Butt-Lift, and CHALEAN Extreme. I gave HHA to my sister, seeing that was more of an easy workout for beginners (unlike his Insanity workouts). BBL wasn’t really overall targeting my problem areas, so that left me with CE.

CHALEAN Extreme uses weights or resistance bands to burn fat by creating muscle (actually, more like tearing up my muscle since they’re so weak / I have none). HALLELUJAH this workout was exactly what I was looking for. In 1.5 weeks, I lost 1.25″ off my waist and 1″ off my bellybutton area.

The Fault Lies in…
Insanity did not work for me only because it was targeting my legs and butt more than my upper body. That and the exercises were so intense that I wasn’t able to properly engage my abs as much as Shaun T. would have wanted.

Even though I didn’t see the physical results I was hoping for, Insanity helped my legs get stronger so I could actually run faster. The program also increased my endurance. I remember when I first started the fit test that I had to pause it longer during the breaks and I’d collapse on the floor afterwards from exhaustion and dizziness.

There’s no hard feelings I feel toward the program. I’m looking forward to redoing Insanity after finishing up CHALEAN Extreme.

Moving Forward
I know the title of this post is called “Make Exercise Work for You”. So the lesson I have learned from all this is that if you don’t see results that you were hoping for after a significant amount of time, it might be a good time to look for something else. Sure, there are kind people out there that will give you words of encouragement to stick to it, but it all comes down to you knowing your own body. Exercise is supposed to help us achieve that type of body we’re all wishing for. If you don’t see it working, there’s no sense in going through torture without yielding the type of results you were looking for.

Find something you are comfortable with and that works with your goals.

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2 Responses to Make exercise work for you

  1. Eileen says:

    …[M]any fitness experts do not believe it is possible to reduce fat in one area by exercising that body part alone. Instead, fat is lost from the entire body as a result of diet and regular exercise. Muscle growth in the abdominal region does not reduce fat in that region. Instead, being on a caloric deficit is recommended for reducing abdominal fat.

    Excerpt from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spot_reduction

    I hope this helps!

  2. W.P. says:

    Thanks! It’s so hard too since I’m over here on the Northwest Coast where they have foods other than Mexican and I want to try them all D:

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