I really started to get frustrated when it happened again on both Wednesday & Thursday. Both times about 20 minutes in. It wasn't debilitating, so I pushed through to the end anyway, but it was definitely effecting my performance. I was frustrated that I couldn't give the workout everything I had. What is going on? I did some research online and everything I read said it probably is related to not enough calories or dehydration. I drink a ton of water every day and I generally don't drink caffeine. I follow the calorie calculator that came with the program and eat about 2000-2200 calories a day, so I didn't think that was it. Maybe I needed even more calories now that I've moved into month two?
On Friday, I decided to eat a much bigger lunch than usual to see if it had any effect. I was willing to use any excuse to go to my favorite local Mediterranean buffet and load up on the best hummus on the planet. On both Friday and Saturday I completed the workouts without a headache! I was so relieved! I'm not sure if it was the food or not, I did notice on Friday in one of the killer warm-up exercises called 'side to side floor hops' that I started to feel a little head pain, so I stopped doing that exercise and it never developed into anything. Could it be that exercise? Fair warning to my male readers, girl talk about to commence. I was on my period those first four days when I was getting the headache. I'm not sure if there is any correlation there. Whether it was the calories, my period or that insane warm-up exercise, I was just happy that the headaches seemed to have stopped.
It gave me a renewed sense of gratitude for being able to complete the workouts, rather than complain about their difficulty. It really is a privilege to be healthy enough to exercise at this level and I will work hard to remind myself of that fact. It is easy to forget. There were days when I didn't feel like doing it. I did it anyway. There were days I was tired. I did it anyway. Every day I hit play on the DVD player and that is the key to my success so far. You don't have to do it perfectly, you just have to do it.
Running has really taken a back seat to Insanity. It is too much on my body to do both. I have been lucky to get one good run in a week. I miss running a lot and look forward to returning to it. I plan on continuing with the Insanity workouts three days a week and running three days a week once I officially complete the program. Right now, six days a week of one hour Insanity sessions and running on top of that proved to be too much. When I attempted to run on Insanity days, my legs were sluggish and my pace was slow.
After completing the first two weeks of month two, I feel great! I generally enjoyed the month two workouts even more than the ones in the first month. I can't believe I only have two weeks to go, the time has flown by! I can't wait to compare my before and after pictures, measurements and body fat percentage at the end. Although my weight is exactly the same as when I started (that is a good thing, I was worried about losing weight), I think I can see more defined muscle definition in my obliques already. It will be interesting to see the before and after pictures side by side. I'll share them with you once I complete the program!
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