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September 7, 2012 9:40 PM
I'm in the last week of month one and really struggling with Insanity. Im finding the workouts to still be strenuous, which is what i want, but im finding the DVDs boring now. I'm really mentally struggling with the fact that I'm gaining, not losing weight, and I'm hungry a lot more of the time than I'm used to. Hubby is assuring me positive changes are happening here, although I cant see them in the mirror or in the progress pictures. So frustrated! Did anyone else struggle with losing while doing Insanity?
  22006014
September 8, 2012 10:03 AM
I did struggle, but not till month two. Insanity is definitely working if you are doing it. I loved Insanity month 1 and there has definitely been changes inside and out for me. Maybe your not eating enough to fuel your body through the workouts and the rest of your day? That might be why your hungry more? Lots of people have said they lost more weight after they raised their calorie intake a bit. Make sure your not putting your body in a storing state instead of burning state by not eating enough .

I'm doing month 1 routines again while waiting for a new workout. Month 2 was a very different story for me. I felt the month two workouts go on forever and I was modifying all the time because I have problems with jumping, especially on one leg. Insanity requires a strong commitment but it will work. Of that I have no doubt.
September 8, 2012 1:47 PM
When I did the Insanity the 1st round, on the 4th week I start to feel worn out and no sign of weight loss (lb or inches).
You should hang on because you will feel better after the recovery week.
I feel the change after the 5th week by comparing pictures. Pictures are the best way to see the difference for me.
What helps me a lot to stick to the insanity is my buddies.
You should add a few friends who are doing insanity.
Every I log on myfitnesspal, I can see my buddies did their insanity work out the day....so I have no choice but to do my work out.
Also they can give you tips to stick your insanity schedule.
  248329
September 8, 2012 3:35 PM
Are you eating enough? ALso careful for overexercising. Combo of strenuous exercise and not enough calories can be disastrous. Happened to me when I was doing the 2nd round of Insanity.
  25067636
September 10, 2012 7:26 AM
You definitely need to be sure you are eating enough. I am not following the nutrition plan, however I am eating 5 to 6 small meals a day, taking in close to 2000 calories a day, and i am seeing steady results in terms of weight loss. But I was also rather fat when I started. I'm a 5' 9" tall guy and my start weight was 219 lbs. I obviously had a lot, and still have alot to loose. My fiance on the other hand who is also doing this with me, has not lost a single pound, in fact she has gained 3 or 4. She was feeling the same way as i am sure you are until This past saturday. Now she is 5' 2" tall, and her start weight wasa around 120lbs. We have 11 workouts left before we finish our first round of insanity, and since the end of week 1 she has been saying nothing is happening. Well its obvious she doesn't really have much if any weight to loose, and i have been telling her all a long that she is really firming up.

A few weeks ago when she was getting dressed, she went to pull her shirt down over her head, whe I told her to stop and strike that pose again. Her back is SHREDDED. but she didn't belive me. This take us to this past saturday. Our wedding is exactly 2 months from today, so on saturday she went for her first dress fitting. It fit when she bought it, and now it doesn't...its too big, it has to bee taken in. She also noticed that her ring is no longer snug on her finger, it spins around and slides on and off with ease.

I gues what i am getting at is everyone's body is going to react different. Check your measurements. Yuo may not be losing scale weight, but you ARE probably loosing inches. You are also probably gaining muscle, which is what has happened in the case of my fiancee.

With regards to the boredom....just keep at, get yourself through to month 2. Month 2 is a completely different animal all together. I don't even know how to begin to tell you just how much harder and more intense the workouts become. What I do is I keep a journal of sorts noting when and if i had to take a break in a particular set, how many reps i was able to do, or if i was able to keep up with Shaun T and the gang (which i did for the first time today...for one execise anyway lol). That log gives me something visual to see, and chart my imrovement from an endurance stand point, and also turns each work out into a game against myself..."can I do better this time?". I have a VERY short attention span so i get bored pretty quick with just about anything and everything I do. That log works for me because it is a way to hold myself accountable, and ensures that i am not going to loaf through a workout...because I am a VERY VERY sore loser to boot, so I'm certainly not going want to lose to myself hahaha.

Good luck, and keep me posted!
  27961896
September 10, 2012 7:59 AM
To the OP, great job getting through month 1, a feat in itself. When I did insanity for the first time, I felt the same way as weeks 3&4 were becoming boring and motivation was difficult to come by. I got through it with having mfp buddies, who helped me get through it - like another poster suggested. I also gained about 1.5 lbs between weeks 3&4. I started to eat 'better' during this time also, having protein shakes post work-out and dessert smoothie in the evenings if I have calories left, I also ate back all of my exercise calories. I lost a total of 11 lbs during the first time. Measuring yourself is another way to keep progress. My non-scale victories was, I had to buy a new belt as the others did not fit and had to put additional hole in them.

I started Round 2 two weeks after finishing round 1 as my body was going through insanity withdrawal (lol). Today, I am on week 3, finished the fit test.

For you next week, though it is called recovery week, they are still challenging.
September 12, 2012 9:02 AM
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I'm in the last week of month one and really struggling with Insanity. Im finding the workouts to still be strenuous, which is what i want, but im finding the DVDs boring now. I'm really mentally struggling with the fact that I'm gaining, not losing weight, and I'm hungry a lot more of the time than I'm used to. Hubby is assuring me positive changes are happening here, although I cant see them in the mirror or in the progress pictures. So frustrated! Did anyone else struggle with losing while doing Insanity?


I am half way through Week 5 and see very minimal change, haven't lost any weight actually gained about 5lb and than went back down. I know this is muscle, etc, etc - surprisingly I am not discouraged, I did up my food intact last week and are feeling better so I would suggest maybe doing that. Just keep pushing through and pushing play. I love Insanity, I have actually grown to looking forward to my daily workouts with Shaun T!
  16293058
September 12, 2012 1:40 PM
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I am half way through Week 5 and see very minimal change, haven't lost any weight actually gained about 5lb and than went back down. I know this is muscle, etc, etc - surprisingly I am not discouraged, I did up my food intact last week and are feeling better so I would suggest maybe doing that. Just keep pushing through and pushing play. I love Insanity, I have actually grown to looking forward to my daily workouts with Shaun T!


But did you lose Body mass? pants size etc? cause like you know. a scale doesn't make the difference between the bones,the fat,the muscles etc...so you can weight more but be fit like hell :)
Keep it up :) I'm doing it too..... GOD IT'S HARD WORK!
  29026971
September 12, 2012 6:58 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one! I feel the same way... The workouts are still crazy tough, I haven't lost weight, and the videos are getting monotonous. I'm in week four and I can tell I'm stronger, but no crazy results like some people have had.
I've increased my cals and try to eat 300-400 cal meals 5 times a day, but it gets tough with my busy work schedule.
I watched the video to do during the "recovery week" and it looks pretty tough. I can only imagine how difficult month 2 is going to be!!
September 12, 2012 11:19 PM
I know how you feel- Month 1 was hard for me even though I considered myself pretty fit with 37 lbs. to lose- I 've worked out over 30 years- The warmups kicked my butt! I'm in month 2,week 2,and that's when I started seeing changes! It takes around 6 weeks to see changes in your body, and I am getting stronger,too- I also weight train-You can and WILL get through this- I am also trying to eat more, which is harder if you're small like me( I'm 4'11 and a half)The scale can't tell the difference between muscle,water and fat-So even though you may not lose lbs, you may lose inches, like me ( I've only lost about 4-5 # since starting Insanity but I'm down from 160!) We're here for you, don't give up,just keep pushing play, focus, eat clean and the results will come!!happy
  29262147
September 13, 2012 5:48 PM
So, update.....I took this week off Insanity since I'm working early mornings (3:30 am to 2:00 pm) and I'm just wiped out anyway when I get home. I'll start where I left off next week. I've dropped two pounds this week, but haven't recorded it as a loss yet until I make sure it's not just water weight. The posts from you guys and the weight loss this week has helped encourage me to pick it back up. I have lost inches doing in the insanity program, but it's really just a mind game with the scale and the hunger.
  22006014
September 14, 2012 10:34 AM
That's great to hear! Good luck in month two. And if you find yourself getting bored with the dvd again, just do what I do: yell at Tanya and Ariel for making me look bad since I can't keep up with them. laugh
  22670875
September 17, 2012 2:07 AM
I have had exactly the same reaction to Insanity. I was so excited to start this programme, and then rather disallusioned when I did. It was this hectic, high impact cardio, all the time and how was I supposed to be encouraged when even the professional athletes in the video can't keep up.

But, I am very determined and even though I didn't like the workouts, I have stuck them out. I am now about to start week 5 (recovery week). I have not lost a single pound or inch. I am able to make it through just about every workout (from round 1), which I couldn't in the first 2 weeks, but I am very disheartened. I only burn around 300 - 400 cals a workout, so I can't go wild with eating more. I used the formula to calculate how many calories I should be consuming and it told me 1288 - which is bang on for what I do generally eat each day. I am basically at goal, with only 3 more pounds to go, but I was really hoping that Insanity would be the workout that pushed me there. Plus, I really want a flat stomach. lol

Seriously hoping that month 2 will yield at least a loss in inches, otherwise I will be horribly disappointed. Working this hard and pushing through that intense cardio 6 days a week (well 5 if you don't count cardio recovery), would be totally worth it - if I actually saw a difference in my body.

Looking forward to hearing how things pan out for everyone.
  2955970
September 17, 2012 2:18 PM
I am starting phase 2 tomorrow and I can not wait! I was so bored with the first month...Just repeating the same thing over and over. Phase two looks like a beast and I just might fall over after every workout but at least I'm starting something different. I have not had a lot of weight loss on the scale but I have noticed my clothes are not as tight and I'm toning up. I also had to increase my calorie intake because I was not eating enough, it is hard to do if you have a busy work schedule. I only burned 400-500 calories, each workout in month 1 but I noticed my endurance and strength have changed significantly! I was also getting frustrated because I was working so hard and I wanted to see some lbs shead off. I was told by a personal trainer to at least give it 6weeks before you notice a significant change...so I threw my scale out! Anyone doing insanity send me a friends request, we can all use the support and accountability :)
  27175942
September 17, 2012 2:51 PM
During my first round I did not follow any of the eating plan at all.

I watched what I ate, but realised I was eating the wrong foods. It really dos come down to eating right.
This is 80% of your success rate. I found out the hard way. Don't be afraid to eat more (of the right foods)

Complex carbs, protein etc etc

Raise your calorie intake and you should see improvements.
September 17, 2012 6:31 PM
QUOTE:

I'm in the last week of month one and really struggling with Insanity. Im finding the workouts to still be strenuous, which is what i want, but im finding the DVDs boring now. I'm really mentally struggling with the fact that I'm gaining, not losing weight, and I'm hungry a lot more of the time than I'm used to. Hubby is assuring me positive changes are happening here, although I cant see them in the mirror or in the progress pictures. So frustrated! Did anyone else struggle with losing while doing Insanity?


Don't feel bad, hun. I finished my 60 days and I was still having trouble toward the end of day 60. I ended up losing 36 pounds and about 4 inches on my waist. I don't think that there was a workout that I was able to do in the whole two months where I 100% kept up with that sicko Shaun T.
  25148972
September 20, 2012 6:34 PM
hi all, i am almost done my 3rd week of insanity and i love it i sweat so much and feel great doing it, Im nervous to do month 2 as im still just under 200lbs and a bit afraid i cant do most of the next month or atleast nearly keep up with the dvd. Should I just start month 1 over until I feel strong enough or just try my best in month 2 and perservere?
September 25, 2012 11:26 AM
I finished month 1 a week ago and I don't feel like starting month 2 because I found the workout too boring and I am tired of working out at home. I used to run, skate or cycle outside before doing this but I couldn't do it while doing Insanity. I have to say that I noticed some changes with this workout DVD (clothes fit looser) but I need to enjoy what I am doing. Now I am planning to lift weights for a change and see how it goes.
September 25, 2012 5:57 PM
I too am on the last week of month one insanity workout. But I must admit that the dvds are getting a little boring. I still work hard at it. My husband and sister said they see changes in my face and I see changes in my abdomen area but that's about it. Keep trying and hang in there. By day 60 you will be glade you continued the work out. Good luck.
September 26, 2012 8:56 AM
Ive decided to take this week off, I had to miss my work out yesturday due to a sick baby and hes still sick and clingy today but i will definitly start again on monday and get back to it
September 26, 2012 4:48 PM
Who says you can't still go outside and do the things you love?
I am going to start the recovery week tomorrow, but today I am going out to run again. I started this because the desert was too hot to enjoy when I had the time to exercise. I know this DVD works as I ran almost 2 hours yesterday and only stopped twice to let mnt bikers get by me on the trail. I think we all need to stop the scale madness and realize that this program does make you fit. I have only lost 3 lbs but that was only in the 3rd week and I was not only doing the divd but hiking a couple hours during the day and partner dancing for about 3 hours solid at night. I see the muscles and the strength coming on and the fact that I ran a very hilly trail last night for almost 2 hours solid makes me a believer. I am doing this workout so I have more endurance and strength and I know the smaller jeans will come. I did however, fit into a size 6 at the store so there was another indicator that it works. Just keep pushing play, if its boring yell at the people on the video as suggested but DO NOT QUIT! Don't use boredom as another excuse to stop something that is good for you. It's an hour of your day! YOU ALL CAN DO IT> I CAN DO IT! and if I want to go outside and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather, I will. Don't stop enjoying your outdoor pursuits because you worked out to a video inside....Get outside and ENJOY too!
  25591786
September 26, 2012 8:40 PM
YES! I just finished on Sunday and I had the same thing happen. I lost about two pounds but after I stopped, I started loosing more, once a took a little break. Insanity, I've realized is not for me, but at least I finished it! I'll be posting before and after photos soon. I did get results, just not the ones I wanted.

I'm trying something new now - something that I enjoy more :) good luck finishing and then finding what you love after!!

And don't quit! Finish it off!
Edited by Yosemite4vr On September 26, 2012 8:40 PM
  4699393
September 29, 2012 7:08 AM
QUOTE:

Who says you can't still go outside and do the things you love?

Because I don't have the 2-3, or even 4 hours a day to spare. Insanity takes almost all the workout time I have since it takes almost an hour a day most days, and it's six days a week.
  22006014

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