Insanity Review {The Final Results and 3 Free Motivational Printables!}


FREE motivational workout printables

It’s taken me a few weeks longer than I planned to get around to posting this…but here it finally is!

If you want to read more about my fitness level and background before starting this workout, check out my initial post from Week 1 of Insanity.

As a super quick summary, I’ve worked out off and on since high school but I’ve never been the athletic type. I’ve always had to watch what I eat and workout to keep my weight in check. When I got married, I was about 160 pounds (which is a good weight for me at 5’9″). Then I had 3 babies in 3.5 years, all c-section, and all putting me at 215 pounds at the time of delivery (and usually when I came home from the hospital too).

A hypothyroid diagnosis in-between  babies 2 and 3 made losing weight an extra challenge. I started running with the C25k plan after baby #2 and ran my first 5k. After baby 3, I started over and after a few more 5ks, ran my first half marathon last year. I hit a major plateau around 173 pounds and my weight just wasn’t budging no matter what I did, so I decided to challenge myself with Insanity.

I always track my inches too, because often as you workout those numbers change a lot even when the scale doesn’t.

In summary, Insanity was not easy. It was downright hard and month 2 was even harder and more time consuming. There was so many days I wanted to quit but I kept plugging along doing the best I could to keep up with the DVDs. It was a great option for me as a busy mom to be able to workout in the living room with no equipment needed.

Ok, so what I’m sure you really want to know…my results! I’m really happy with them especially considering I did this 63 day workout plan over the Holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years). I indulged here and there but if we traveled, the DVDs came with me! If I was sick and had to take a day or two off, I made it up. I counted calories about 80% of the time and focused on real food/clean eating.

  • I lost about 4-5 pounds. (I’m now down to about 168…so still a bit shy of my goal of 155-160).
  • I went from 32% body fat down to 26% body fat.
  • I lost almost 9″ with 4.5″ of those coming off my waist (which is a lot of what helped my body fat percentage go down)!
  • I have arms muscles now! First time in my life I feel strong in my arms. My biceps actually grew a bit!
  • I can fit into a bra at Victoria’s Secret again. You have no idea how happy this made me. It’s been years, ya’ll. On another note, bras are freaking expensive!!

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this pic a few weeks ago. The bottom middle pic was me on my final day of Insanity.

Insanity Work Out Results!

INSANITY: BEFORE & AFTER

INSANITY workout review & results

Aside from the results, I feel good knowing I completed something that was really hard. Don’t get me wrong though, I was so happy to give the DVDs back to the kind friends who let me borrow them! :) For the record, even though I was able to borrow the DVDs which was awesome, all the workouts you get as part of the set make it well worth the money. I was super impressed with the quality and variety of the workouts.

Finally, because I get asked this a lot: for workouts DVDs I wear the Polar FT4 Heart rate Monitor and Watch to know how many calories I burn. I just bought a new one since mine died (but it lasted me 4 years!). When I run, I wear the most basic Garmin GPS watch, the Garmin Forerunner 10 and I love it! Simple and user-friendly.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or message me on Facebook. Losing weight is HARD work! No question about it. But we’re all busy and we all have the same 24 hours in a day. I don’t like spending my kids nap time working out since it’s “my” time during the day, but I do it because it’s the only way to fit working out into my life right now. It requires sacrifice a lot of the time, but it’s worth it! Not only does it set a great example for my kids, it also makes me feel better about myself, which in turn, makes me a better wife and mommy. YOU deserve to take time for you without feeling guilty about it! :) (And it doesn’t have to be one of these workout programs or running…find something you like to do!).

Here are a few motivational printables I designed to help keep you motivated! Hang them by the TV, the mirror, the fridge, the treadmill, your workout calendar or wherever it will remind you that you can do this!

Free Printable: Stronger than you think

Free Printable: Don't Wish for it. Work for it.

Free Printable: Find Your Strong

So what’s my plan from here?

I’m training for my second half marathon which is a much bigger race than my first half (like we’re talking thousands of runners versus my first half which was under 300 people), which is a little intimidating because I’m not a fast runner! Insanity really helped my running times though and my recurrent IT band injury. When I first started running, my miles were probably 14 minutes and my 5K time was 38 minutes. I’m now down to a 9:30-10:00 minute miles (my PR is a 7:38 mile but that only happened one time!) and a 31 minute 5k.

I had to learn to get to the point where I don’t care too much about my times. I do like to try to break my own PRs (personal records) but I could really care less about how fast or slow any one else runs and I think that’s key! If you run, you’re a runner, no matter how fast or slow!

I’m also in week 3 of Focus T25 (from the same creator as Insanity). Whereas Insanity is mostly interval training, T25 is all high intensity, but there is a modifier and the workouts are only 25 minutes which is awesome!

If you’re wondering which one to do, I’d say start with T25 and progress to Insanity. I did it a bit backwards because Insanity is like T25 on steroids!

Have you ever done either of these programs? How do you fit your workouts into a hectic lifestyle? I’d love to hear all about you experiences too and maybe share a future post of collective ideas!

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About By Dawn Nicole

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog, Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, and The Pinning Mama .

Comments

  1. Great results! I can see the difference! I also really love the “find your strong” printable!

    We would love for you to share this at {Healthy} Tips and Tricks Tuesday – we try to motivate, encourage, and support one another, and this post would be great to share! Hope to see you there, Dawn!
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  1. […] …But try new things too. If a few years ago, you’d tell me I’d be running, let alone training for my second half marathon, I’d have laughed you out of the room. I decided to try to learn to leave something I hated. Thanks to the Couch 2 5K plan, I got the running bug. And when I hit a weight-loss plateau, I took a break from running to try something that terrified me, Insanity, and had great results. […]

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