Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

The Most Humbling Workout

I did something crazy this morning. No…make that insane.

Just did Insanity for the first time. That was the hardest workout I think I have done in my life.
Tina Reale

Sometimes I like to exaggerate things. Play things up a little bit to entertain myself. Well, I did not exaggerate a single word in that tweet.

I have actually had the Insanity program in my hands for a few months, but always felt too intimidated to give the workouts a shot. I knew I wanted to try them, but always got too scared when push came to shove.

I don’t know what hit me this morning, but I popped the DVD in and picked the Pure Cardio workout. 40 minutes didn’t sound too bad. It didn’t have any crazy words like Max or Circuit in there, which I knew could mean trouble. That 40 minutes was no joke!


I was dripping sweat by the end of the warm-up. Not a good sign. When Shaun T paused to stretch a bit after the warm-up to prepare for the madness to come, I laughed. It was one of those laugh or cry moments.

The next 20-25 minutes owned me. Drill after drill after drill after drill. Burpees. High knees. Push-ups. Tuck jumps. And too many things I don’t even remember the names of because all I could hear was my own heavy breathing.

#huffpuff #iwanttodie

At the end, I parked my booty on the floor and stared at the screen in disbelief. Then Peter came downstairs and his eyes lit up at me trying unsuccessfully to catch  my breath and wipe sweat out of my eyes simultaneously.


He gets pleasure from my pain. He even sits and laughs with a big goofy grin as I go through the torture of ice baths after my long runs. Evil. Devil <—Peter

I didn’t care though. My huffing and puffing turned into the biggest smile. I felt accomplished. I put aside fear and went for something I knew would challenge me. I didn’t half-ass the workout, because I knew I would only get out of it what I put into it.

I put a lot into it. It hurt. I thought I would hurl out my heart at some points. I had to pause and catch my breath a few times. But I pushed the limits. And I can’t wait to do it again next week. Yea. Next week. I loved it, but I’m not insane enough to do that madness every day! Winking smile

  • What is the hardest workout you have ever done? Or what is the last way you challenged yourself (fitness wise or otherwise)?

Posted by Tina on October 12th, 2011 63 Comments

Still A Holiday For Me

I hope you all had a great day! I know some of you out there got to enjoy a three day weekend today with Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving. It was just a normal ole day here in the FFF household.

Don’t worry. I didn’t mind. It actually made it feel more like a holiday for that very reason. After sickness and field trips last week, I more than happily welcomed a normal day that included preschool for this little one.


It’s so nice to have some down time in the morning…and to get the chance to play with my little man just the two of us.


I’ll tell you what – it’s tough balancing devoted time between two kids. Good thing your heart grows like the Grinch when you have them. Always enough love to go around! Red heart

I had a really great and productive day today. I managed to get quite a bit done while the kids napped, but still managed some downtime for reading.

Now I have a workout to share with you. As promised from my post earlier today on optimal workout scheduling. <--- sounds so official, which it totally isn’t

I made the most of my new workout routine and amped myself up with a good pre-workout snack of a chocolate chip brownie Larabar and a sliced apple.


That combo fuels me so well! It helped me keep my motivation pumping for a great strength training and spin class combo that’s for sure! A good workout makes it still feel like a holiday. Gets me all warm inside.

I did each color combo move as a superset to help things move continuously and quickly. I had a date with a spin bike to get to, after all. Winking smile

Monday night class, as always, was a challenge. Sophie will always reign as my favorite instructor. If there’s a bright side to coming back to spin class on Monday night’s, it’s getting to take her class regularly again! I groan and smile my way through every class – an interesting phenomenon but it works.

Of course, I had to refuel as quickly as possible after that brutal combo of a workout. On tap for tonight? Mama Pea’s Peanut Noodle Bowl.

Time to go inhale a hefty sized portion and then collapse on the couch after I get the kids to bed. See you in the morning with a new Body After Baby progress post! Hugs and love!

  • Did you have the day off?
  • What's a positive thing about Monday to you?

Posted by Tina on October 10th, 2011 21 Comments


Catch Up With Recent Posts

Announcement Time

Posted: November 23, 2011 at 7:47 am

Well, I have had a whirlwind of a few weeks over here. I missed all of you so much! I can’t express enough gratitude for your patience while I got some important things sorted out. Some scary things. Are you ready for the announcement? Here goes! I will no longer be blogging at Faith Fitness [...]

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Self-Love Reflection: The Road Not Taken

Posted: November 20, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hello FFF readers! Nice to meet ya! My name is Carissa and my husband and I blog at Fit2Flex.  Well, I blog…he consults! We are both certified personal trainers with a passion for healthy, active living and clean eating.  I am also studying to become a registered dietitian, a race announcer, and a runner.  Stop [...]

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Healthier Eating For Kids

Posted: November 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

Thanks to Plum Organics for sponsoring my post about tips for baby feeding magic. What if you let baby choose what’s for dinner? Check out their cute "Quest for Yum!" video and see what happens! As parents, we want the best for our children. We help them to feel loved. We strive to teach them [...]

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Posted: November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Hey, everyone! I wanted to pop in and say I am working on some new and exciting changes.  As a result,I may not be posting as much during the coming week.  Please stay tuned for the big announcement! Love you all! And still feel free to find me on Twitter and Facebook for the time [...]

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Where The Change Happens

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 7:54 am

It’s kind of funny. I become a certified personal trainer and the first workouts I turn to this week come from someone else. The book came in for me at the library last week and, after flipping through it, I couldn’t wait to give the circuits a go. Making The Cut includes a lot of [...]

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From Beginning To End

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 11:53 am

Good morning! First off, thanks for the many congrats yesterday. Love you all bunches for the tons of support you have given me in so many things this year. I hope I can return a little bit of that love through this here blog as well. So yesterday I had my first parent-teacher “conference” for [...]

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