Want to run a fun tropical winter half marathon in Key West, Florida?
Want to run it for FREE?
I am having a contest this week only for a FREE entry into the 2014 Key West Half Marathon on January 19, 2014. The winner will be announced next Friday (12/13) in the weekly Insane Marathon newsletter.
The winner will receive a complementary entry into the 2014 Key West Half Marathon + have their name and photo posted in the 12/13 Insane Marathon weekly e-newsletter. You can sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar of InsaneMarathon.com
Are you looking forward to COMFORT FOODS this Thanksgiving? Sweet potatoes, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, casseroles.
Unfortunately, we all know how we FEEL after indulging & to release ourselves from guilt & post-holiday blues, it's time for a 5 Day FREE DETOX!
You will get personal advice, daily check in and accountability & an easy to follow meal plan for all 5 days!! You can expect a 5lb+ weight loss, de-bloating, mental clarity and increased confidence! You will FEEL GREAT!!
Register today for the 5 day Thanksgiving DETOX!
**You need a Facebook account to participate. You also need to commit to posting at least 1x per day during the 5 days in the private Facebook group.**
**This FREE program is only for customers of Insane Marathon. This free program is not for Beachbody Coaches or customers of other coaches. Please contact your Beachbody Coach to see if they have a program you can join. If Insane Marathon is not your Beachbody coach you can set that up here**
During November when you purchase a Challenge Pack you not only will be helping yourself get in the best shape of your life, you will also be giving needy families healthy meals through Feeding America.
You will also receive a coupon for $20 off your next Beachbody purchase.
As you can see from my results - these programs work. I have lost over 25lbs and am in the best shape of my life.
Join me for a 30 day fitness group - you will be held accountable - starting 12/2. This is the perfect program for those who fell off their old 2013 New Years resolution as well as those looking to jump start their 2014 fitness goals / resolutions!
Contact me for the details!
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
Whenever I do long challenges things go wrong. And, I suppose, if they never did, I'd be disappointed. Dealing with adversity is exactly why we take on challenges. The idea is that if we can find a way to cope when things go bad in a somewhat-controlled situation, it will make us better at coping with life. With that in mind here are some ways to turn those negatives into positives.Get over yourself.
Nobody is perfect. That includes you. I don't know where the ideal of perfection came from but it's failures, not perfection, that make life worth living. That doesn't mean you shouldn't try. And it doesn't mean you sometimes won't succeed. But, someone once said that we're ultimately defined by our failures and, as far as I'm concerned, that person might as well have been God, because that is the reality of life.Plan for the inevitable.
Here's where overachievers separate themselves from the pack. Rationale tells us failure isn't just an option, but a likelihood, and thus those who win are those who bet on the best odds. Whenever I go into a challenge I have contingency after contingency. I do this in other walks of life as well. Life doesn't always turn out how you'd like it and those who come out on top probably had the best Plan B...or C.Embrace defeat.
As Nietzsche said, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." His phrase has been turned into a pop cliche but you should embrace it fully. Revel in defeat and learn all that you possibly can from it.
Today's Shakeology Winner of the Day: Spiced Orange Blossom
What's your strategy for bouncing back? Let us know!*origional post from Beachbody message board*
InsaneMarathon.com has a new look! What do you think? We are all about feedback right now as the year winds down. I am looking to better serve YOU in 2014 and need your assistance....
Have you completed an Insane Marathon training program? I am looking for some testimonials - Did the training program work for you? Did you experience a personal best? What did you think about the balance of running and INSANITY?
Please contact me with your testimonial. I want to know the good, bad, ugly and GREAT!
On Monday, November 18 I am going to be starting a 5 week strength building program. I am looking for accountability partners to join me. We will be doing the same strength workouts together. The time commitment is 25 minutes a day / 5 days a week and you will need dumbbells or resistance bands. We will hold each other accountable and PUSH ourselves to stay FOCUSED though Thanksgiving and leading up until Christmas.
No quitters - I need real dedicated people only for this...
Please join me - again use the contact form to send me a private message requesting more information.
I am Lindsay, I'm 25 years young and am training for my first marathon which falls this October on my 26th birthday - 26.2 for my 26th! I've been training since the end of March and this year I have lost 48 pounds in the process. I was a very unhealthy 245 pounds in January when I started this "year of change" and as a nurse that was a horrible example for my patients and coworkers. I weighed in this week at 197 and am never looking back!
I finally decided to take control of my health and my life after undergoing genetic testing for Huntington's disease - a neurological genetic disorder that typically sets on later in life and has no cure. HD slowly takes away a persons ability to talk, walk, and reason. My father has suffered from Huntington's disease for the last 20 years and has spent the last 5 years of his life in a nursing home. He is only 54. We are to the point where his hospice and staff nurses are giving him the best care they can but we know we are fighting a losing battle.
In October 2011 at 23 I decided it was time to find out if I was going to have the same difficult road as my dad. Children of people who have HD each have a 50/50 chance of inheriting the disorder and I had carried that worry with me for as long as I can remember. After graduating from college and getting my first nursing job, insurance and disability coverage (just in case), I went through the genetic testing process. On October 14th, 2011 I found out I did not and will never have Huntington's disease! My joy was short lived as I realized we still have too many people and families suffering and I needed to make the most of my good results. I vowed to do what I could to help other families and children who grow up in homes with parents who suffer from the disease. Kids have to grow up extra fast when they share roles as caregivers and I know it's difficult to feel like no one understands. I started a youth support group and started fundraising for the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
The night of my 25th birthday I was in downtown Columbus with friends and it was the night before the 2012 marathon. I saw the finish line set up and I looked up the date of the 2013 race and it fell on my birthday! I said, jokingly at the time, "wouldn't it be funny if I ran 26 miles for my 26th birthday?!" The thought didn't leave my mind the next day or the next. I started researching training plans and found a 30 week plan that I thought may be doable for this out of shape, obese girl. I was going to do it!
I've been training for the last 22 weeks and am less than 60 days away from the 2013 Columbus Marathon. I have a fundraising goal of $1,000 or more in honor of my dad to benefit the HDSA. I am passionate about finding a cure and helping families get the resources and help they need as they navigate through the disease and the HDSA can help with all of those things.The Huntington's Disease Society of America means a great deal to me because of what they do for the families. They host a wonderful conference each year to bring families together and present the latest in research and developments in our battle. They have many sessions throughout the weekend for everyone (caregivers, youth and patients alike) to help each other cope as best as possible. Convention is a magic place and I attended my first one as a high school freshman and left feeling less alone and more hopeful than ever. We celebrate hope every year in the local chapter with a dinner gala with dancing and a silent auction as well. The HD Center of Excellence at The Ohio State University means a great deal to me and my family as my dad has been a patient since his diagnosis and not only have I volunteered there as a patient navigator but so have my grandmother and great grandmother! It's a wonderful place with one of the best doctors, social workers, physical therapists and genetic counsellors out there. They each go above and beyond for the patients and families and are amazing people. The least I can do is raise money for them to help find a cure.Others can help by visiting my personal First Giving page! It is safe and secure and they send a receipt for tax purposes. I hope to make my father proud by honoring him with the race of my life!
For more information on HD and ways to get involved or find a local chapter in your area please visit www.hdsa.org
I'm in training for the 2013 Columbus Marathon being held on October 20th, 2013 in my hometown. I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends, and coworkers as I have progressed through my journey from couch potato to marathoner! I'm blogging about my journey at www.traininglindsay.blogspot.com
A question I am often asked is: "How can I maintain my results?" Although there is no easy answer (I prefer to keep training and working out) I came across the following article and wanted to share. It was written by Steve Edwards and the original article can be found here.
Congratulations! You're done with INSANITY®, P90X®, or another Beachbody® program, and you love the results. But you're also sick of hammering your body every day and watching each calorie you put into your mouth. So, what now? Can you keep your new body without all the work?
Yes and no. In order to function well, you need to move and properly fuel your body. But the fitter you are, the easier it is to stay fit. This means you can maintain your fitness with much less effort than it took to get there.
The following checklist will assuage the fears you have about losing your new body or reverting to the unhealthy habits you've worked so hard to change, and provide you with a sensible plan to maintain your results.
Lesson 1: Take a break!Before you worry about keeping your results, you should celebrate. You've earned it! Your fitness won't fall apart overnight, and a break will give you physical and—more importantly—mental relief from worrying about training, diet, and results.
Don't worry about losing fitness. A little time off will actually improve your fitness by allowing your body to heal microtrauma (natural breakdown of muscle and connective tissue) incurred during regimented training. If you're in need of convincing, consider that professional athletes are forced by their trainers to take full-stop breaks at the end of each season.
Too much time off, however, will start things sliding the other way. The length of your break should be related to the length of your program. If you've done a month of INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®, a week off is plenty. If you completed 90 days of P90X or P90X2®, you've got close to a month of leeway before your fitness will begin to suffer.
You can exercise during this break and I strongly recommend it. Just make it fun and, absolutely, don't follow a regimented program. This is the time to take your newfound fitness for a drive around the block. If you've ever thought there was something you'd like to try, now's the time.
Lesson 2: Without a maintenance plan, expect to keep your results for about as long as it took you to get them.It takes approximately 3 weeks off to fully undo 3 weeks of training, while it may take 3 months to fully lose 90 days' worth of effort—it takes about the same amount of time to lose your fitness as it took for you to attain it.
But since starting at square one sucks (remember?), you never want to wait too long to restart your training. The break you took in Lesson 1 should transition straight into a maintenance plan. If you got in shape for something like a vacation, class reunion, or another type of indulgence-oriented function, you need a plan (if you didn't start with one) for continuing. Hopefully your new healthy habits have been well ingrained and you'll soon begin to miss the endorphin rush of your daily exercise sessions.
Lesson 3: Create a maintenance scheduleTo maintain your fitness, you'll need around half the volume of your training program. The two simplest ways to do this are with full workouts every other day or with half workouts 6 days per week.
For the full workout plan, pick workouts to do every other day. The workout you do can be based on what you feel like you need. The downside is that it can be boring, which is why we offer many maintenance workouts, like P90X ONE on ONE®, INSANITY Fast and Furious, Brazil Butt Lift® Master Series, and so on. You can also mix and match from other workout programs, take classes at the gym, or play sports. The key is that you push your body in the way it was accustomed to during your training program.
Doing half workouts is trickier because you're probably going to have to abridge your workouts. Instead of "just Pushing Play," it's up to you to structure your workout. A good general guideline is to warm up, do one or two rounds of exercises, and then fast-forward to the workout's cooldown (or do a cooldown on your own). About 80% of a workout's value happens during the first few sets. And while that may put you 20% under elite fitness, it's perfectly fine for maintenance.
With either schedule, you'll want to make sure you're not doing similar workouts too close to each other. Don't do plyometrics or work similar body parts back to back.
Lesson 4: Continue to push yourself.Just because you're working out less doesn't mean you can slack off. Your workouts should improve over time while you're maintaining, the same way they improved over time during your program. Your goal during each workout is still to lift more weight, move faster, jump higher, go deeper into stretches, and mimic the trainers as much as possible. Your body needs to be pushed. If it's not, it will regress.
Lesson 5: Eat how you did when you were out of shape and your results will melt away.For a few days, or even longer, it will seem like you can now inhale burgers, beers, and everything else that you've been denying yourself without any consequences. This won't last.
It's a fun perk, but it's simply your body's new raging metabolism trying to heal microtrauma. The fitter you are, the slower your body is to show regressions. And while your new, fitter body will endure splurges much better than it did before, it is not, and will never be, immune. It's like the saying goes, you can't out-exercise a bad diet. At least you can't forever.
Lesson 6: You don't need to eat as strict a diet as you did during your program.On the flip side, you don't need to eat like you have a fitness competition coming up unless, well, you have a fitness competition coming up. In fact, you probably shouldn't. Beachbody programs are "boot camps." They are designed to be very strict. Real life should be more relaxed and include indulgences. Fitness competitors don't stay in competition shape all the time, and neither should you.
There are a few popular maintenance strategies incorporated by fit people. One is the 80/20 rule. Keep 80% of your diet relatively clean so that you can let your hair down with the remaining 20%. Another is workweeks on and weekends off.
Whatever you do, just remember that your new body needs more calories to maintain than it did when you began your program. That's because your muscle-to-fat ratio is higher than it was when you started, so your metabolism is higher. Food is also essential for rebuilding the breakdown caused by your workouts, all of which means you need (or get) to eat more.
Ultimately, your goal is to stop calorie counting and learn to eat based on how your body feels. If you're lacking energy, eat more. Avoid excessive eating by stopping before you're full and realizing that when you overeat you feel sluggish and uncomfortable. By eating intuitively, you can maintain your physique more easily than by measuring every morsel you put in your mouth.
Lesson 7: You can't maintain forever.A solid maintenance plan can keep you fit for a long time. However, if you want the level of fitness you had after your last program, you're going to require a reboot every so often, as in reboot camp. There's simply no way around the fact that elite fitness requires sacrifice, hard work, and getting out of your comfort zone from time to time. P90X2, anyone?
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"I've decided to run with LIVESTRONG for the Chicago Marathon. I have always loved the organization of LIVESTRONG and what they provide & what they stand for. Unfortunately, I have had family members, friends & loved ones affected by cancer; it's my hope that through my running, my social media networks & followers and my dedication that I can raise awareness of the efforts of LIVESTRONG and their organization.My goal is to raise $1500 for LIVESTRONG, so please join me in my efforts to inspire -- raise funds for the fight against cancer -- and RUN CHICAGO!!"Caitlyn is using IR4C to raise money for LIVESTRONG and help find the cure for cancer. If you would like to make a donation you can do so on her IR4C Athlete Home Page. She is currently only at 24% of her fundraising goal and every penny counts! Caitlyn also has a fitness blog at www.livesweatsleeprepeat.com that I highly recommend!
Would you like to be the next featured charity athlete?Send me an e-mail
with the following:
- Your "why" - Why are you passionate about this charity? Tell us your story.
- What does this charity mean to you?
- How can others help or get involved? (if you have a donation link this is where you would provide it to share)
- What race(s) are you training for?
The most passionate responses will be featured on the Insane Marathon blog, social media sites and newsletter!
When you are powering through one of the INSANITY videos are you focusing on form? Currently I am in the middle of a new Shaun T. program - Focus T25 - and the key to getting the most out of the 25 minute workouts is FOCUS. Focusing on your core, focusing on your form & focusing on intensity.
During INSANITY marathon training you need to FOCUS your energy to get the maximum results.
Do you focus on your keeping your core tight, proper form, loose arms, proper breathing, etc. when you are running?
Do you really know how to do a proper power jump, heisman, switch kick, diamond jump, etc. during INSANITY?
To help you practice your form and FOCUS on these movements I found an article published by SELF magazine featuring Shaun T. He goes over the proper form - slowly - so that you can FOCUS. Use these videos to really understand each movement. After you have perfected each exercise get out one of the INSANITY MAX DVD's and FOCUS on getting the form down perfectly. Even if this means you are not moving at the same speed Shaun T. is going.
Screenshots from the new T25 - 25 minute fitness program from INSANITY creator Shaun T.