My Insanity Journey & Progress – Work out Routines for Home – Insanity Does it Work

I have to say – I had been hoping I would someday find myself doing the Insanity program and now I am! It has be so intense, but I have really enjoyed it at the same time. I feel great and can’t wait till the end of the nine weeks. I hope this continuous post is helpful for you, whether you are looking to start Insanity or if you are just curious about hearing about other peoples’ fitness journeys. Maybe you want to know does Insanity actually work? I’m only a few weeks in, but so far my answer is 100% yes!  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. If I get a few questions I’ll try to make a video answering them. All videos and results will be added to this post, so keep checking back or like us on facebook  or youtube to be informed as to when new info is posted here!

Note: I am not trying to sell the program and I am not a beachbody coach – I couldn’t even if I wanted to since I am in Canada. Just sharin’ my journey with you guys! 🙂 


  • I started Day 1 of Insanity on April 14th 2012 and my last day of Insanity is going to be on June 16th 2012.

*My “Pre-Insanity” Fit Test Results –  I did the Fit Test back in October to just try it out, but didn’t start the actual program until April 14th. I will put my results from October so you can see how I’m improved.

  • The numbers mean the number of reps or rounds I did.
  • “+” Means the number of additional reps I was able to do compared to the previous Fit Test

OCT. 3rd 2011 Fit Test Results:

  • Switch Kicks: 79
  • Power Jacks: 34
  • Power Knees: 72
  • Power Jumps: 26
  • Globe Jumps: 7
  • Suicide Jumps: 11
  • Push-up Jacks: 14
  • Low Plank Oblique: 40

1st Official Fit Test Results – April 14th, 2012:

  • Switch Kicks: 98 + 19
  • Power Jacks: 47 + 13 
  • Power Knees: 72
  • Power Jumps: 34 + 8 
  • Globe Jumps: 8 + 1
  • Suicide Jumps: 15 + 4
  • Push-up Jacks: 17 + 3
  • Low Plank Oblique: 45 + 5

2nd Fit Test Results – April 30th, 2012:

  • Switch Kicks: 101 + 3
  • Power Jacks: 53 + 6 
  • Power Knees: 89 + 17
  • Power Jumps: 37 + 3 
  • Globe Jumps: 7 – 1
  • Suicide Jumps: 15
  • Push-up Jacks: 17
  • Low Plank Oblique: 47 + 2

3rd Fit Test Results – May 21st, 2012:

  • Switch Kicks: 120 + 19
  • Power Jacks: 50 -3 
  • Power Knees: 91 + 2
  • Power Jumps: 34 -3
  • Globe Jumps: 9 +2
  • Suicide Jumps: 16 +1
  • Push-up Jacks: 19 +2
  • Low Plank Oblique: 51 + 4

4th Fit Test Results – June 4th, 2012:

  • Switch Kicks: 133 +13
  • Power Jacks: 58 +8 
  • Power Knees: 102 +11
  • Power Jumps: 35 +1
  • Globe Jumps: 9
  • Suicide Jumps: 16
  • Push-up Jacks: 20 +1
  • Low Plank Oblique: 61 +10
+44 reps in total 🙂

5th and Final Fit Test Results will be posted on June 17th

My measurements from Oct. 3rd 2011 (When I did my first “Practice” Fit Test:

  • Chest: 37″ 13cm
  • Waist: 31″ 7cm
  • Hips: 42″
  • Thighs: 26″ 6cm
  • Biceps:  13″ 7cm

Measurements from April 4th 2012 (10 days before starting Insanity)

  • Chest: 35 1/2″ – down 1 1/2″
  • Waist: 29 1/2″ – down 1 1/2″
  • Hips: 38″ – down 4″
  • Thighs: 23 1/2″ – down 2 1/2″
  • Biceps:  12″ – down 1″
Already in a much better place since October! 🙂 Lost over 10 1/2″!

Measurements from April 30th – After 2 weeks of Insanity

  • Chest: 35 1/2″
  • Waist: 29″ – down 1/2″
  • Hips: 38″
  • Thighs: 23 1/2″
  • Biceps:  12″
Measured myself a little early, but still down 1/2″ in my waist after 2 weeks of Insanity.

Measurements from May 12th – After 4 weeks of Insanity

  • Chest: 35 1/2″ – same
  • Waist: 28 1/2″ – down 1/2″
  • Hips: 37″ – down 1″
  • Thighs: (r) 23″ (l) 23 1/2″ – down 1/8″
  • Biceps:  12″ – same
Had a feeling I might have lost a bit of inches, and I did! 🙂 Lost a little over 1 1/2″ in the last 2 weeks doing Insanity.

The Vitamins & Supplements I currently take:

  1. Holy Basil x 2 a day
  2. Derma Vits x 5 a day
  3. Vegan CLA x 4 a day
  4. Vitamin B12 x 1000 mcg a day
  5. Vitamin D3 x 1000 IU a day
  6. Iron x 300 mg a day
  7. 5-HTP x 2
  8. Apple Cider Vinegar capsules x 2 (when needed)
  9. Oil of Oregano (when needed)
  10. MRM, Digest-All Plant Enzymes (when needed)

(I am not going into huge detail in this post, but if you have any questions please feel free to ask!)

  • I have been on a vegan diet for the past year and a vegetarian diet for the last 3-ish years. I don’t eat much bread or pastries or fried foods. I do make stir fries quite often, but the oil is limited and I always use unrefined oils – usually Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Cold-pressed Coconut Oil. I try to keep most of my food homemade and unprocessed. My lunches and dinners are almost always 100% homemade with no processed ingredients. Sometimes i’ll have occasional snacks or treats which are processed, but I try to keep those to a minimum.
  • The (non-stack/dessert) foods I eat the most are: Romaine, Kale, Boy Choy, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Baby Spinach, Peas, Mushrooms, Firm Tofu, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Bell Pepper, Daikon Radish, Tomatoes, Apples, Bananas, Avocado, Cucumber, Nutritional Yeast, Seaweeds, Rice Paper, Collards, Frozen Berries
  • My Breakfasts: Homemade protein fruit pancakes, Low-sugar natural cereal with unsweetened almond milk, Banana, real fruit Jam on Rice cakes w/ protein shake or bar, Steel cut or oatmeal oats w/ fruit
  • Desserts/Treats: Homemade vanilla/chocolate tapioca pudding w/ real fruit jam and/or natural peanut butter, homemade “cheesey’ kale chips, homemade raw truffles, rice cakes w/ jam and/or natural peanut butter, squares of high quality dark chocolate
  • Food Log: I have been keeping a Food Log since October 2011. I used to really dislike the idea of keeping a food log since I thought it would cause people to become obsessed with their food intake and writing every little thing down. I’ve actually found it to be really helpful and I really don’t over think it.  I don’t even note the calories down to a t (how precise can we really be with everything we eat, anyway?). What I’ve found helpful about it is that I can see what foods I am likely to overeat or “mindlessly” eat and if they aren’t worthy of being in my diet aka are not doing me any favours, I will stop buying whatever that is and try to find a better alternative. It also helps me recall what foods might be problematic, whether I have a slight allergy or if they just don’ sit well with me. Finally, it is just helpful to track my progress and make sure I am taking in enough calories as well as not taking in too many. I use the simple but lovely program OmmWriter to store my food logs. I’m pretty certain you can get a free version.

Reach Your Goals, Summer 2

  1. Belly Dance (3+ times a week for at least 30 minutes each)
  2. Hula Hoop Dance (2-3+ times a week for at least 20 minutes)
  3. workouts (decreased how much I do these since I started Insanity. They are usually 10-12 minutes long)
  4. Bike riding (40-50 minutes – I’ve just started this back up, but I hope to do this at least once a week)
  5. Pilates/Yoga (usually around 30 minutes – lately it has been around once a week)
  6. Occasional work outs

What I was doing before I started Insanity and Finding my way back to Fitness

During my last year of university from Sept. 2010-April 2011, my diet and exercise sucked more and more as the assignments got more intense and by the middle of the school year, I wasn’t really doing any exercise aside from my once a week belly dance class. I ended up buying my first weighted hula hoop in about March and that’s when I slowly started to exercise by hooping, which at that point I had gained quite a few pounds and was very out of shape. I didn’t pick myself back up until mid-June 2011.

Mid-June 2011: I started doing Belly Dance, Hooping, AbRipperX once or twice a week (From P90x) and some Pilates a few times a week as an intro back into fitness. This was a good move, but I really didn’t get very speedy results.

August 1st 2011: I started Brazil Butt Lift, but by no means sticked to the schedule. I did about 4-5 BBL workouts a week until November 26th 2011, but there were a few weeks during that time where I missed so many days before a friend visited, then yadda yadda… I could have stuck with it, but didn’t succeed. -However-, I DID see great results from Brazil Butt Lift and I have to say what most people wonder…yes, it DOES make your butt awesome. I would like to actually do the whole program sometime, I just got a bit irritated and tired of the work outs…but my butt has never looked better! I was never that fond of my butt at all before I started the program, actually…so yay!

December 2011 was pretty much a clusterf*** (sorry, couldn’t have found a better word to describe it! haha :))

It was in the new year that I really got on track and started to push myself and really love exercise more than I ever have before.

January 2012-April 12th 2012: This is when I started up with exercises and really stuck with them. I also really enjoyed the much shorter work outs (Brazil Butt Lift was about 45+ minutes while most Bodyrock workouts are up to 12 minutes long). I got really great and relatively speedy results and I still absolutely love the work outs. The only reason I’ve taken a break from them if because I somehow started Insanity haha….I really wasn’t planning to but now I’m totally immersed and the days are zooming by!

April 14th-Present: INSANITY! workouts really helped prepare me for the insane Insanity workouts. I probably would have given up if I haven’t gotten back into decent shape through Bodyrock. My progress and results through Insanity has been the fastest out of all the work outs I have ever done….ever! My Bodyrock results were great, but Insanity has taken it to a new level and it is very motivating to see how I’ve improved from my first fit test to the 2nd. I am so excited to see where I’ll be at at the end of the program!

My favourite work outs to this day have been Bodyrock and Insanity (and my Belly Dancing of course). I almost never dread a work out now and never need to really force myself to do it. Sure, we all have days where we may not want to get out of bed or stop watching our favourite show, but now I have the urge to work out and I often look forward to it! That’s the key to long-term success – Find work outs you really ENJOY and spice it up with variety and you’ll be much more likely to stick with it than if you pick work outs that are really boring to you and don’t inspire you to want to do them. Another thing that I find helped to keep me motivated is to keep track of your progress with photos/video, measuring yourself once a month, writing down your reps or time if you are doing a rep challenge or time challenge…etc. I don’t own a scale and probably never will. Muscle weighs more than fat, so even if you have technically gained a pound, it might just be that you lost fat and gained muscle. I much prefer to measure yourself and the inches you lose/gain to track progress.

Insanity Week 3 Day 20 May 5th 2012

Today’s workout: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Today’s workout was the last workout of week 3! It was also the same workout as the first Insanity workout of the program. Today I had my 2nd bike ride in almost a year! And a year ago was my first actual bike ride of any significant distance, so I am definitely not a seasoned biker by any means. I was so happy that I went on an hour long bike ride, with plenty of hills and still came home and got through the Insanity work out! My calves really felt tuckered out, and despite because pretty drained from the bike ride, I felt so much stronger than I did doing this work out just three weeks ago. It was a great feeling and really motivating. In three short weeks, my fitness level has definitely gone up a few notches, and I am already noticing my body changing for the best. I got a short-term subscription to so hopefully I’ll find some good stuff on there some smaller work outs to do either on my rest day or when I feel like I could do a little something extra.

I am writing this on Sunday, May 6th, so tomorrow marks the beginning of Week 4 – Bring it on!

PS – Oh my gad, I finally tried Popchips for the first time about a week ago – I’ve had 100 cal servings of the Salt & Vinegar chips after a couple of my work outs – soo good man!

Insanity Week 4 Day 25 May 10th 2012

Today’s workout: Cardio Recovery

I am very happy that I had Cardio Recovery today (Though tomorrow is Pure Cardio & Cardio abs! :S). I am going to be moving in a couple of weeks, and have been running around renewing my passport, reapplying for expired ID and health cards, booking tickets, residency rooms…etc, etc. Plus, I have been biking for an hour 2-3 times a week in the last two weeks, and it has been great, but that mixed with Insanity has left me pretty damn exhausted by the evening. That being said, I think it has helped my bad sleeping patterns as I felt quite rested when I woke up this morning.

Headaches? – One negative I have noticed since I start starting Insanity is that I had been getting headaches every single day. Not extremely bad ones, but noticeable enough so that it is quite an annoying pain. I’m thinking this is because of the intensity of Insanity, but I’ll have to see if they keep persisting.

Today was my 4th Cardio Recovery, and even though it is a much slower and relaxed work out, it is still quite intense, as there are a lot of squats and slow lunges with pulsing and the calves and thighs just burrrrrrn! That being said, I found that my legs had much more strength than the prior weeks. I was able to stay in a lunge for longer and do most of the pulses. I remember a few months ago, I had done 30 squats (probably the first actual squats I had ever done) and for a couple of days following, my thighs were RUINED aka so, so sore. Now though, certain Bodyrock work outs that I was doing called for 100 squats! And I have never had that insanely sore feeling from squats ever again. That’s not to say that I never get really sore anymore. Indeed I do at times…and I think it’s a good sign to be a bit sore from time to time, but I can more push myself more before I get really sore the next day.

Anyway, twas a good work out today! Felt my strength go up a notch and I erm… can’t wait for Pure Cardio tomorrow! Haha! It’s really not so bad. All of the work outs seems to go by quite quickly for me. Once I begin week 6, they will increase in length, so they might not feel so short at that point…but I’m stoked to get there! 😉

I think I might start added what I ate for the day I do these Insanity blog posts…or not, but I will today and see how it goes:

Breakfast: Coffee + 2 Gluten Free Flax Omega 3 Waffles w/ sliced fresh strawberries and a drizzle of real maple syrup

Lunch: 1/2 Red Bell Pepper filled with mushrooms, tomato, baby spinach, brussel sprouts, mango salsa, hot sauce and a bit of vegan cheese on top

Snack: 100 cal serving of BBQ Popchips + Part of a blueberry scone

Dinner: Homemade vegan biryani w/ cauliflower, basmati rice, brussel sprouts, green beans, potato, bok choy, onion and tzatziki


Insanity Week 5 Day 29 May 14th 2012

Today’s workout: Core Cardio + Balance (Recovery Week)

Yay, I’ve made it to Week 5! I’m actually glad for multiple reasons, but one being that I embarrassingly stubbed my little toe on a corner of a wall and didn’t quite sprain it, but almost. Core Cardio + Balance isn’t as insane as the other work outs, but mostly because you aren’t moving as fast and some of the moves are a little more laid back. That being said, it still made me work my butt off and I felt good afterwards!  I also went for a 50 minute bike ride. Now, I am sufficiently exhausted and ready to make dinner and watch a movie with the cat next to me.

As I said a few days ago on my last blog post (above this one), I felt SO strong today! And the bike ride was 5 times easier than the last time I rode for 50 minutes last week. It’s so exciting. 🙂 Once I reach the beginning of Week 6 (Gulp!), when the work outs start saying “Max” before them…I know it’ll make me push even harder but I am ready for it. My arm strength is not as great as my thigh/leg strength, so hopefully there will be a good amount of  push ups and other exercises which target the arms. I find (proper) push ups quite difficult still, and I can’t go that far down, but still, SO much better than at day 1. I couldn’t even do a proper push up back then.

Okie dokie, well my energy levels are diminishing and I have an Insanity video to finish and upload to youtube. You can find all Insanity-related videos near the top of this post.

Breakfast: Coffee + 2 Gluten Free Flax Omega 3 Waffles w/ sliced banana and a drizzle of real maple syrup

Lunch: A couple of peaches, mandarin, 2 rice cakes with real fruit jam, a few whole grain crackers w/ jalapeno hummus.

Dinner: Haven’t eaten dinner yet, but I think it’ll be non-gmo corn on the cob, chickpeas, bell pepper, rice, grilled romaine lettuce + a couple pieces of grilled tofu.


Insanity Week 5 Day 34 May 19th 2012

Today’s workout: Core Cardio + Balance (Recovery Week)

Today was the last work out of week 5. Every work out this week was Core Cardio + Balance. I really enjoyed it, but I am looking forward to the “Max” workouts starting on Monday (Week 6). I am nervous though too…eep. Today and yesterday’s work outs were good, but I can tell I was a bit fatigued, so I am glad tomorrow is a rest day. My body needs it and it’ll give me the day to keep preparing for moving in under 2 weeks. Hopefully my Insanity schedule won’t be too disrupted.

But anyway, not too much to say other than: Hurray, more than half way through the program and starting to mentally prepare for the more intense half. Monday has a Fit Test too, so I’m anxious to see how I do.

Breakfast: Coffee + Vector Cereal w/ Unsweetened Almond Milk + Banana

Lunch: 10 multigrain crackers, sweet potato pattie, rice, chickpeas


Insanity Week 6 Day 37 May 22nd 2012

Today’s workout: Max Interval Plyo (When sh*t starts to hit the fan)

I haven’t done today’s work out, but I just wanted to comment on yesterday’s work out aka the start of Week 6 aka the start of Phase two and the “Max” work outs. I knew it would be getting more intense, but

So, last week was the “Recovery Week”, which I think was great as prior to that, it was 4 intense weeks of work outs. I was a bit nervous to begin Week 6, but I was feeling good. No injuries or especially sore parts of my body. Yesterday was actually a double whammy – a Fit Test and the main work out – “Max Interval Circuit”. For some reason, this was the most difficult Fit Test yet! I was almost on the edge of feeling nauseous, which didn’t even happen when I did the “practice” Fit Test in October. I think this may be because I am stronger now and was able to push myself harder. Maybe…in any case, I still improve my reps in each exercise except for two, especially the Switch Kicks, which I used to think were incredibly hard. I still think so, but at least I can actually do them now.

I’m not going to go into major detail with the start of Week 6 and Phase two, but I’ll just say that it felt like the intensity went up about 20 times and the work out felt like it went on foreverrrrrr. The first 5 Weeks of workouts seemed to fly by, but they were also about 25 minutes shorter. I’m sure these workouts will start to feel a bit shorter, but I haven’t been doing hour long workouts since the end of last year, so I’ve grown a bit accustomed and greedy since I have enjoy the under-an-hour workouts.

Oh, almost forgot. I haven’t been really sore throughout this whole program, but when I woke up this morning and moved around in bed, I instantly knew that I was quite sore in about 100 places haha. So, I’ll have to be careful throughout today’s workout. I may even have to modify a bit, but I’m going to go as much as I can without compromising form or risking injury.

In conclusion: Week 6 onwards is really quite a different ballgame, even though many of the moves will be familiar. I probably haven’t ever worked as hard as I did yesterday. If you are about to start Week 6 or want to start the program at some point, don’t be too discouraged by the “Max” workouts. You have 5 weeks prior to gain strength and stamina and to prepare you for these more intense work outs. There would be no way that I could do these if I hadn’t done the first 5 weeks. 🙂

Breakfast: Coffee + Vector Cereal w/ Unsweetened Almond Milk + Banana



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