So... I was wanting to wait on updating everyone until I finished the entire "process" but, may as well just do it.
I did all of Insanity EXCEPT the last week, smh... That was about 3 weeks ago that I completed an entire week. Possibly 4 weeks ago. Part of it was because I started thinking ahead to starting another round of it, the other half was that I tried to change my workout times up. I was doing the entire program usually after midnight or later because it was easier once all my kids went to bed. But, that got so taxing because I'd end up working out at like 2am and finishing at 3am and then I'd end up not being able to lay down and sleep until about 5 or 6am everynight.
I was tired of that schedule so I tried to start doing my last week in the morning right before or after I took my oldest daughter to school. Then that got thrown out of whack because I seem to take the workouts a lot harder in the mornings and if one of the two younger ones got up during the workout, I wasn't able to finish it. Then I thought I'd try doing it after my wife got home from work, but it was just hard to start b/c we'd end up catching up on everything or running errands then.
So, here I am, still contemplating how to finish my last week of Insanity, lol, almost 4 weeks later. One measly week, and I just can't finish it, lol.
Meanwhile, I stopped taking whey protein because in my last completed week I took almost 4 scoops within 24 hours (still within recommended amount) and had a pain in my lower back - I assume my kidneys. Told my doc about it at my physical last week and some trace amounts of protein and blood show up in my urinalysis as well. The doc thinks I'm trying to pass a kidney stone, lol (TMI, I know). So, I'm avoiding that now as well and will be trying to get all of my protein from whole foods for now on.
In the meantime, while trying to decide whether to finish the last week or abandon it and just start the second round of Insanity instead, I have been doing 20 pushups, 20 diamond pushups, and 20 reps of various abs exercises every other night. I also purchased the Classic 50 Powerblock Dumbbells and THEY ARE AWESOME, so I've added in some curls and shoulder presses as well. Just been doing that to keep some strength up until I figure out my plan of attack.
Amazingly enough, apparently Insanity kickstarted my metabolism and I had some delayed results from it. Started at around 188, as high as 189, and have been hovering between 177-179 since my last completed week. I've thinned out quite a bit in the waist area compared to where I was at before, and I feel much better in general. Now, if I could just figure out what to do and how to do it from here, and get down to my goal weight of 160-165.
Sorry for the novel, but there's my update.
Diddy, I quoted this to give you a notification so I could tell you congrats on the hard work. I know you were getting discouraged by not seeing the scale move for a while but like Shaun says, 'Keep Pushing Play.'
As for me, I'm about 3 weeks into Asylum now and let me tell you this poo is tough. But it is so damn rewarding you just keep going back for more. The only partial downside is you need a very good amount of space to do these workouts. I've had to pull up the rug in my living room, move my coffee table into the dining room, and push my couch and chair to the wall to make enough room and I'm still a little cramped for space every now and then. Shaun pushes you in Insanity but in the Asylum he damn near kills you. Volume 2 comes out soon (or maybe it's already out) and I'll be getting that once I finish this.
Also, do we have any dedicated runners on this board? I've been reading about marathons, and I see there's a half-marathon at Charlotte Motor Speedway in late March next year. I'm thinking about signing up to run it and have been looking at half-marathon training programs. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated for someone who has probably never run more than 3 miles at once.