Insanity - My 'Why'

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I finished up week two of Insanity over the weekend and started with week three on Monday. Week three meant my second Fit Test and measurements. I'm happy to report that I saw an increase in all of the exercises in the Fit Test (woo!) and in two weeks I'm already down inches in my waist, hips, thighs and arms which is incredibly motivating!! As I finish tomorrow's workout, I will reach the furthest I've ever gone with Insanity and I'm pretty stoked to pass that mark. It hasn't been easy and the workouts have been tough, but I'm proud that I've stuck with it.

Even with all of this exciting progress and general good feelings as a result of working out regularly again, part of me keeps asking myself, why the heck am I doing this? (This usually happens right before I am going to do a workout or in the midst of Shaun T telling me to do something ridiculous)

Before starting this crazy journey, I had recently gotten to a place where I felt really good about my body. I'm happy with the way that I eat and feel comfortable with how I look and how my clothes fit. I feel good when I look in the mirror (win!) Things are looser than they have been in the last two years. A pair of jeans that didn't fit for a long time are now becoming too baggy for me to wear. The scale hasn't mattered for a long time and the nagging negative thoughts went away a long time ago. Also - Insanity it NOT EASY and it means finding the time to work out 6 days a week. So why bother?

  • It feels AMAZING to have a juicy goal and be taking measurable steps each day towards reaching it.
  • I almost always feel better after a workout than before I started. Love those feelings
  • I can feel myself getting stronger every day. Even seeing the progress over two weeks in the Fit Test was encouraging. 
  • And even for the exercises where I made small strides, I know that I'm doing them with better form than I did the first go round. 
  • I've been sleeping like a baby and find myself being extra conscious of my food choices (without obsessing over 'good' and 'bad' foods)
  • I would love to get back to my fittest and feel AWESOME there (and not be concerned about losing "the last five pounds" -- what was I thinking?!)
  • I mostly want to prove to myself that I CAN do this, FINISH it, see RESULTS and OWN it
Three weeks into this program and all of these reasons really resonate with me. I am excited to continue on this journey and keep adding reasons to the list. 

Even when it gets tough. 
Even when I feel like I 'don't have time'
Even when it's frustrating or hard. 
Even when I don't want to. 

As I said in week one, I am determined to finish Insanity this time around and my list of 'whys' are keeping me motivated to continue pushing through and reach my goal!!

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What's your 'why'? What keeps you motivated to stick with working out / working towards your goals?


Rachel said...

Hi Ashley! Congrats on setting such a hefty goal and accomplishing it! I've been reading since your WW days and was wondering if you'd mind writing a post about eating healthy without counting points. I had to stop the program because I got too obsessive and reached a point where it was unhealthy. You seem to have such a good attitude towards food and know how to eat healthy without obsessing over numbers. Good luck on the rest of your Insanity journey!

Ashley Gibson said...

Hey Rachel - thanks for your continued readership!! I totally hear you on needing to step away from the numbers game and focus on eating well. This is a great idea for a post and it's definitely in the works.

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