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I’m feeling very accomplished tonight! After work and the chiropractor, I’ve managed to wash 2 loads of laundry, one load of dishes, write a freelance article, spend quality time with the family, and I just finished a super sweaty workout (a second attempt at Day 24 of the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge — I misread the directions and only did 1/3 of what I should have the first time). I just love how energized I feel! Of course, it’s 11pm so that’s probably not the best thing, but I know I’ll be asleep the minute my head hits the pillow.

It’s still a little weird for me to let another trainer design my workouts after so many years in the gym, but it’s also been pretty refreshing. I can tweak it if I want to, but for the most part I understand why her workouts are designed the way they are, and I get to completely shut off my brain and just do it. I’m especially loving how much Briana puts the focus on legs — aside from being my favorite body part to lift for, really torching your legs will cause more fat to be burned throughout your body than lifting for any other body part. Due to the size of the muscles involved, lifting legs causes a much greater release of growth hormones than any other set of muscles — so you can actually build a little muscle in your upper body just by lifting legs. It’s so nice to know for sure that a workout will push you towards your goal, rather than just taking it on faith. 🙂

That being said, I’m getting a little bored with this challenge. I know that’s a terrible thing to say less than a month in (especially when I’ve already had two setbacks) but now that my muscle memory is coming back these workouts aren’t as challenging as I want them to be. Of course, I also can’t back out of a workout challenge so I have to add something rather than completely replace this. A few friends of mine put together an Insanity challenge, and I’ve decided to do both at the same time (crazy I know, but it’s actually logical…).

For anyone who’s not familiar with Insanity (a BeachBody workout with Shaun T), the workout is definitely aptly named — it’s an absolute killer. The only thing I’ve never liked about it is that Shaun doesn’t use any kind of weights, so there are muscles that it’s very hard for him to work effectively with body weight exercises. Think about it — how do you work your back and shoulders without weights? There are ways but they’re complicated, and he seems to stick more to chest, triceps, and legs — pushups, dips, and squats. That’s why these two workouts will pair so perfectly together!

The Bikini Body Mommy workout alternates a weight day with a cardio day for six days, and then you rest on the seventh. Insanity is a 5-6 day per week workout, but it’s designed to keep your heart rate high the whole time. I can count Insanity as my cardio, double up Insanity and Bikini Body Mommy workouts every other day, and make sure the rest days line up. I know that’s a little on the crazy side, but I think I can manage it while school is out. I’m just going to have to do Insanity at 4:30am, and Bikini Body Mommy after Baby Boy goes to bed (between 8 and 9pm). I’m super excited for this!

The Insanity challenge doesn’t offically start until June 30th, but I’m going to start this plan on Monday. Who wants to join me in my dual challenge summer of weight loss?? I’m so excited to feel comfortable in my skin again, I haven’t felt that way in far too long! (Just for the record, I don’t sell or get paid by BeachBody — I was gifted Insanity 2 years ago and I just love it. Of course, I’m not sure I would have paid full price for it…but you can always get a group together to workout and buy one copy together, or try to find a used copy.)

Are you participating in any workout challenges over the summer? Update us here so we can see your awesome progress!