3-31-14: Day 1 Fit Test

Morning Weight: 183.6

Today’s Workout: Day 1: Fit Test


2 pieces whole wheat toast with almond butter and jam


Payday bar, banana


Chicken, Rice, Black Beans


Falafal & Spinach Salad


Today marks day 1 of the Insanity workout process.  If I was aiming to log maximum weight loss, I am off to a bad start, because I somehow managed to lose 1.4 pounds in the last 24 hours.  I had a pretty active Sunday, involving carrying a lot of heavy weight around the yard and a casual game of ultimate frisbee as well. Typically my weight fluctuates a lot in a given week, so I’m not expecting to see a consistent daily weight trend, weekly average will probably be more useful.

The fit test was definitely challenging, I’ll be posting up the results tomorrow.  The whole process sort of felt like doing fitness the hard way, while testing I was thinking to myself that I could be burning the same amount of calories doing sprints and weight lifting.

My descent into INSANITY

While I was never a great runner, I used to be in really good shape, 3 years ago I was at 8% body fat and able to bench press 225 lbs. Alas, those days are over. I took a job where I now have an hour long commute each way to work, and then, to top it off, we had a kid! What little time I had left vanished. My free time is now down to about 90 minutes a night.  I usually spend an hour of that sitting on the couch, recovering from the day and watching House of Cards with my wife. The other 30 minutes I spend trying to get caught up on the ever growing to-do list.

I’d wager that my body fat is now closer to 20% and I’m about 20 lbs heavier than I was at my peak (185 now vs 165 then), and my 5k time is probably closer to 30 minutes rather than the 23 it was when I was at my best.

All that said, when my wife asked if I wanted to try to do the “Insanity” workout DVD series with her, I wasn’t in any position to turn the offer down. Obviously I could use some more activity in my sedentary lifestyle, and anything has to be better than nothing. I’m pretty skeptical of these type of workout routines, in the past I preferred free weights and running, but, like I said, I’m in no position to turn down any activity.

When I was doing a lot of free weights and running in the past I kept detailed workout logs, and I thought I would try to do the same thing for Insanity and see how the results stack up.  I’m a Data Analyst in real life, so I’ll be keeping close track of my key metrics (mood and weight).  While also providing some info on what’s going into my system (diet).

Stay tuned for day 1!