The Start of Insanity

I’m not referring to how I’m going to feel in the next two weeks before spring break…I’m talking about the break-through fitness program that I begged my parents to get me for my last birthday that sat in my closet for a year. Well I’ve decided this spring is going to be different. I’ve been casually exercising for three months now in order to build up enough stamina to keep up with the program. Insanity is a 60 day program (yeah, just two months) that is said to be the hardest workout put on DVD.  If someone who weighs 160 plus pounds can push through their exhaustion and mental block for 45 minutes everyday and turn their fat to lean muscle, then I’m ready to hop on that train too. Insanity has you work flat out in three to five minute blocks and take breaks “only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work”.

MONTH ONE (includes 5 max interval workouts)

  • PLYOMETRICS for insane legs and glutes
  • UPPER BODY RESISTANCE for upper arms, shoulders, chest and back 
  • PURE CARDIO for crazy fat burn
  • CARDIO ABS with intensive core work
  • RECOVERY gives your body a break after an “insane week”

MONTH TWO (includes 4 new workouts)

  • MAX INTERVAL CIRCUIT for toughest interval workout
  • MAX INTERVAL PLYO will have your legs crying for mercy
  • MAX CARDIO CONDITIONING for extreme cardio burn
  • MAX RECOVERY to build strength for a whole new round

After using the rather lengthy formula provided to figure out my necessary caloric intake to maintain weight loss goals, I concluded that I need 1,569 calories each day of this program. Because I paid a lot of money for the program, I won’t disclose the 30 some pages of food recipes provided but I will tell you that Shaun T. recommends eating 5 meals a day: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch time, afternoon snack and dinner. If I send my before and after picture to the BeachBody Production company, I receive the official Insanity t-shirt with the “I earned it” slogan on the back. So keep an eye out for my results in two months!

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Who cares if pot becomes legal in MD?

Thousands of people testified and showed their support for or against the legalization on marijuana in the state of Maryland Tuesday. In the first set of hearings, members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee weighed measures proposing to make recreational use of the drug legal for people 21 and older; another proposal would shift possessions of small amounts of marijuana to a civil, rather than criminal offense. Proponents of both bills pointed to negative consequences of prohibiting marijuana, including the barriers to employment and education created by marijuana-related arrests and the racial disparities that often surface in arrests.  More…

“We have criminalized and demonized tens of thousands of our fellow Marylanders, we have ruined many of their prospects for success in the labor market and the job force, we have been spending more than $100 million a year on criminal arrest prosecution and supervision of people for marijuana related offenses, and yet we didn’t put a dent into the demand for the drug, and so indirectly we have been supporting the drug gangs and the international drug cartel.”–Senator Jamie Raskin, D-Montgomery, sponsor of the legalization bill.

Law enforcement officials testifying in opposition pointed to unintended consequences of the legislation, such as a potential increase in “drug driving” and a hike in the number of people trying the drug for the first time. There are zero known deaths from marijuana use itself but mental and physical effects are not limited to altered perceptions and mood, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and disrupted learning and memory. Marijuana smoke is an irritant to the lungs, and frequent marijuana smokers can have many of the same respiratory problems experienced by tobacco smokers, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, and a heightened risk of lung infections. Most pot smokers aren’t hurting anybody and mind their own business…but try to imagine living in a world where it is completely legal to smoke before work, school or before driving.  Do you think this generation could handle the responsibility?