To insanity and beyond...fasting and exercising to shift the pounds

Discussion in 'JUDDD Diaries' started by Dietninja, 16 May 2014.

  1. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Time for a fresh start and a commitment to a single diet for the 9 weeks I have left before I go away.

    I'm going to fast twice a week and avoid bad carbs most of the time. Oh, and do 60 days of insanity work outs. I'm not going to diet hop or get bogged down in details like I usually do. Just two rules: fast twice, avoid bad carbs most of the time. :)

    I'll still weigh daily with an official weekly weigh in (mon am). Done :)
    Last edited: 20 May 2014
  2. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    Subscribing! :) Good luck!
  3. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    This may be a weird breakfast...but it was filling and yummy. 2 homemade scotch eggs (boiled eggs wrapped in seasoned turkey mince) covered in homemade tomato & chilli sauce. About 320 cals for both.

  4. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    My first soup in my new soupmaker:
    Curried butternut squash and apple soup

    Last edited: 20 May 2014
  5. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    Love the photos! Your breakfast sounds tasty to me. Take care - hope you can fight that cold off fast!
  6. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!


    So today's a fast day.

    Ex: insanity day 1 - plyo circuit

    B - black coffee
    L - s&s spag bol pack
    T - salmon fillet, cabbage
    S - s&s truffa bar, cup of tea

    Cals 490 :)

    My first successful fast day in a while :)
    Last edited: 20 May 2014
  7. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    I actually slept well after my fast day...that's a first for me! Arms and back aching after insanity day 1 yesterday - a good ache :) and I've got a better weigh in so I can drink some water.

    Plan for this week:

    Mon - (12.12.5) Fast / insanity plyo circuit
    Tues - (12.8.5) insanity power & resistance
    Wed - (12.7) am: fit test, pm insanity cardio recovery
    Thurs - fast, insanity cardio max
    Fri - funeral, no exercise
    Sat - run, 3 miles
    Sun - Fast, plyo cardio circuit
    Last edited: 21 May 2014
  8. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    For anyone who doesn't know, insanity is a 60 day intense workout programme on DVD. The first three weeks consist of 6 45 min high intensity workouts a week, followed by a recovery week.

    The first workout was plyometrics and cardio circuit, with a ten min warm up (that nearly killed me!), a six min stretch, then 20-25 mins interval training (3 mins on, 30s break). It went really fast and I was dripping sweat by the end...I didn't leave enough time to cool down before getting ready for work so couldn't put my makeup on.

    As yesterday was a fast day, I've decided to wait until this evening before I attempting the second workout. Hopefully I'll have more energy.
  9. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Insanity day 2....cardio power & resistance

    I enjoyed this (as much as you can enjoy an exercise DVD...obviously I'd have rather been sitting on the sofa eating cake...). Again a ten min warm up (power squats, in the warm up, why??!) Followed by a six min stretch (by which time im
    soooo grateful for the break) which breaks up the workout nicely and helps time fly. Then 2 different circuits you repeat 3 times each. Had to take some mini breaks (on the triceps dips!) And modify the press ups but otherwise I survived. Was shaking afterwards though!


    B - toast, smoked salmon, soya latte
    L - egg sandwich, carrots & hummus, O% Greek yoghurt, coffee with milk
    S - one maryland cookie, 25g cheddar
    T - bolognese, cabbage, broccoli
    S - 0% Greek yoghurt

    Cals 1600

    Last edited: 20 May 2014
  10. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    Great job! It sounds like you had an intense workout!
  11. carrieclaus

    carrieclaus Well-Known Member

    Well done! I completed the challenge early march. Loved it. It's 9 weeks in total though ( 4 weeks followed by recovery week then followed by a further 4 weeks ) 63 days! I loved/hated it in equal measure but my after measurements and day 1-day 63 pics were not to be sniffed at. I managed my fast days as well as I always exercise first thing before any breakfast. Take your measurements as my weight went up 5.5lbs but I lost loads of inches :) xxx
  12. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    A good point! Thanks! I haven't done my measurements yet. I have 9 weeks before I go away so should just complete it...!

    I can see why the love / hate relationship!
  13. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Insanity day 2 & 3

    Did 2 days of workouts together as I have to go away to a funeral this weekend, so I got up early and did the fit test (20 mins) Followed by cardio recovery (35 mins). The fit test was hard, and I was expecting cardio recovery to be easier. It wasn't! It is the workout, so far, that I've had to modify the most. Lots of slow and controlled leg work, like slow squats followed by holding a squat position for a min followed by pulsing in a squat position for a min....i had to take lots of mini breaks to get through it....


    Now in order to tighten up my healthy eating and loosen my grip on calorie counting I am thinking of sticking to slimming world on my food days. I'll carry on fasting to give a little boost. I'm just seeing how it goes but certainly today it has helped me stick to healthier options!

    Red day

    B - skinny latte (hexa), fruyo vanilla yoghurt (2 syns) banana
    L - chicken salad (no dressing)
    S - chicken pieces, natures path granola bar (hexb), grapes
    T - veggie frittata (to use up leftover veggies) with eggs, onion, peppers, green beans. Side of homemade tomato & chilli soup.
    S - 20 almonds (hexb), 2 squares dark chocolate (5.5 syns)

    Weekly syns used: 7.5 / 50
    Last edited: 21 May 2014
  14. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Well, looking back on today's eating, I really did eat better than I usually do on an up day. So this may be the way to go. Even if I don't stick to it every up day, the healthier they are in general, the better :)
  15. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!


    Mon - (12.12.5) F / insanity plyo circuit
    Tues - (12.8.5) insanity power & resistance
    Wed - (12.7) B / fit test; insanity cardio recovery
    Thurs - (12.6) F / insanity cardio max
    Fri - I / funeral, no exercise
    Sat - B / run, 3 miles
    Sun - F / plyo cardio circuit
    Last edited: 23 May 2014
  16. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Insanity day 4 - cardio something or other...

    I soooo didn't feel like exercising this morning. The only thing that made me get up was knowing that I would have no other opportunity so it was do it or quit. And quitting on day 4 would be pathetic! I was aching too, particularly my bum, quads and triceps. My first go through the warm up sequence was jumping jacks were more like stepping jacks, but I now have total appreciation for the design of the workouts. By third go round I was bouncing! So done and dusted :) I have to say it was tough but enjoyed this one because time flew! After the ten min warm up and 6 min stretch, there was 16 or so mins of hard core cardio...1 min of each exercise, things like burpees, switch kicks, squat jumps etc, then cool down.

    Food today:

    Fast day and I was so busy at work (and home) that I didn't eat anything til 7pm, then had an egg sandwich and a soya latte from costa (460 cals). Looking forward to eating tomorrow :)
    Last edited: 23 May 2014
  17. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Day 5 - rest day

    My grans funeral today so a bit of a strange one. Had to fly up to glasgow. Food wise, a more relaxed day. After a good fast yesterday, I felt fine about relaxing the rules slightly.

    B - v early, 1/2 banana, skinny latte, roll & marmalade (avoided evil plane food!)
    B (take two!) - smoked salmon bagel
    L - Greek restaurant - hummus & pitta & olives, moussaka & salad, small piece baklava, 2 glasses red wine
    S - soya latte, almonds
    S - small bag crisps (on plane)

    Feel like I've eaten a lot but have made good choices. I avoided the bread basket and 3/4 of the pudding at lunch, and only ate the roll from the evil plane breakfast. We got home too late for food and I was so tired I went straight to bed.
    Last edited: 24 May 2014
  18. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear about your gran. :( Have a safe trip home.
  19. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Thank you. It was exhausting but fine.
  20. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Sat - free food day

    So I've decided to divide my days up into three categories - fast, healthy and free.

    On fast days I'll eat 400-600 cals, on healthy days I'll eat clean and lean and on free days I can eat how and what I want but with no bingeing.

    I'm going to aim for 2-3 fast days a week, 2-3 healthy days and 1-2 free days. So this week, if I fast tomorrow, I will have done 3 fasts, 2 healthy and 2 free days.

    Today was a free day and I had:

    B - banana, nectarine, 1 slice toast with butter & marmite
    L - squid & chorizo salad, a small portion pork escalope & mash (could only . manage half of what was on my plate), glass of wine, cappucino
    S - 2 choc chip cookies
    T - roast pork with crackling, 2 roast potatoes, broccoli, carrots, small portion of eves pudding & cream

    Ex: 3 mile run

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