during my last week of work, i only got to exercise 3 times that week; mainly because i was so freaking exhausted (damn you, period) and i went out a few times after work to celebrate the end of my contract. i also sort of slacked off on purpose because i knew the following week i would jumping right back into it hardcore. that meant i had a long, 4-day break from working out; the longest break i've taken since i started exercising regularly.
but i'm back, baby!
prior to this break, i had been plowing through the insanity dvds and following their recommended calendar. i was very good at sticking with my 5-day workout schedule; sometimes i mixed in a couple of jillian michaels' ripped in 30 routines to change things up but throughout all of this, i continue to eat healthy. hubs went out and bought a box of 90-calorie yogurtsicles and i've only eaten one. if that's not will power, i don't know what is. the insanity dvds are still fucking hard but i can tell that i'm making progress because i can actually survive the warm-up.
however, as much progress i was making, at one point, it seemed that i stopped trimming down. when i looked in the mirror a few times, i looked bigger; not muscular bigger but the fat was looking a tad bigger which surprised me considering how insanity was kicking my ass. after discussing it with my hubs, he thought it had to do with what i was eating - or should i say not eating - and he felt that my caloric intake wasn't enough. i had a feeling he was probably right because no joke, i was at a point that i was hungry every hour/hour and a half, even after a full meal and it really seemed that i was eating all the time. don't get me wrong - i wasn't starving myself; i would eat until i'm full but the things i was eating didn't contain enough calories as compared to what i was burning so my body was thinking it was starving and held onto the fat. well, fat is not welcome here so i did a little research and hubs was right.
when you're doing an intense workout program like insanity, it's very imporant to properly refuel your body. i was eating very healthy but i was also being pretty restrictive especially when it came to carbs - i barely ate them and i was eating more vegetables than anything else. while i'm not a fan of meat, i eat it for the protein so bought some protein bars to supplement my protein intake and introduced brown rice into my diet (bleh). after a few days of this, my body went back to normal (read: my mid-section was looking small again). whoda thunk that by adding a few hundred calories to my diet, it would help me burn more weight? it's too bad that those calories can't be in the form of sour cream and onion chippity goodness or chocolate cake lovliness. boo.
i'm glad i didn't donate my skinny clothes because the other day, i dug out my 2006/2007 shorts and not only do they fit, some of them are also loose *hi-fives self*