Insanity – My Personal Experience

Before I can tell you about my recent experience with Insanity®, I first need to tell you what lead me to buying the program in the first place, and why it then collected dust on my shelf for 7 years!!!

Roughly 8 years ago, I felt stuck.  I was unhappy in my marriage… I was unhappy with my fitness level…. I just didn’t feel like “me”.    I’d lost 50 lbs through Weight Watchers, but I still didn’t feel good about myself. I knew that something had to be done, but just didn’t know what.  And then one night while sitting in front of the tv, I saw an infomercial for Beachbody’s Insanity® and I was completely intrigued.  This program looked crazy hard, and yet the instructor seemed so motivating, and the participants in the videos looked incredibly inspiring.  Perhaps this is the challenge that I needed to help find myself?!?  And so, even though I was broke, I called the 1-800 number and ordered the program.  While waiting for the program to arrive, I took another scary plunge and asked for a divorce from my then-husband.  I knew that I had to do something in order to provide a happy, stable homelife for my then 6-year old son and myself, and however scary doing it on my own seemed, I knew that this was my best and only option.  And so there I was – scared to be raising my son solo – scared about how I was going to pay the bills and make ends meet – and scared about the unknown – when suddenly Insanity arrived.  I thought that this was my answer in a box – my remedy!  I sat on the sofa and read the materials, and then opted to watch the first DVD through before starting.  WOW – it was scary just to watch it!!  I think that I was sweating while I sat on the sofa!!  I decided that it was now or never, got into my workout wear, and pushed play.  I have never felt so challenged in my life, both physically and emotionally!  It made me dig deep, and I remember lying in a heap on the floor, drenched in sweat, and crying by the time the first workout was done.  I told myself that I’d get stronger, and that the next day would be easier – but it was still hard, and I still cried.  From the stress of the divorce, I wasn’t eating or sleeping – and so I can guarantee that this made it all the more impossible to complete the workout.  And so, I put the box away, and told myself that one day – one day, I would be ready to take on this challenge, and that I would complete it!

And now, 8 years later, happily remarried to a wonderful man, raising my son who is now almost 14, and my step-daughter who is 11, I decided that I was ready to give this Insanity program another try.  I felt stronger somehow – both physically and emotionally – and felt as though I could conquer anything!!  It is amazing what happens when you feel comfortable in your own skin and when you feel happy!!!

First, let me tell you that I sweat – and I sweat A LOT!!  You know how women say that they don’t sweat, they glisten?  Well, that wasn’t me!  I sweat buckets!  I don’t think that I have ever done any form of exercise where I had sweat dripping into my eyes during the warmup!  And I don’t think that the workouts ever got easier – maybe I pushed myself harder over time or maybe my body simply never adapted – because it was always challenging, and I modified frequently.  (sidebar: modifying is great.  No, you don’t workout less than the person doing it full out.  Why?  Because instead of making poor attempts at jumping or doing deep squats, or full pushups with poor form, you modify using slower and more controlled movement – proper form is always the best option!).

At the end of the 63 days I felt amazing!!  My arms were more toned, and I started to see my abs again.  My energy was through the roof, and my mood and patience level dramatically improved.  I felt strong, I felt fit, and more importantly, I felt healthy.  Now with regards to the scale, I hadn’t lost that much (5 or 6 pounds), but the transformation in my body speaks volumes, and just goes to show you that the number on the scale is irrelevant!

Will I do the program again?  Absolutely!!!  But first I am completing T25, and then want to try Insanity Max 30 – then I think I’d be up to doing another round of Insanity.  It has so much variety, and it is incredibly motivating from beginning to end – you don’t have time to get bored!!!

If you are interested in trying it out, check out my website at – your body and mind will thank you for it!



Meet Tara’s family

Milet0865I am incredibly fortunate to have been given a second chance at finding my true soulmate.  Yes, it may sound corny, but it’s entirely true!  Mike and I met a little over 5 years ago, and we each found one another’s “other half”.  I have a 12-year old son named Kyle, and he has a 10-year old daughter named Brianna, and together, we have blended and become a complete family.  We got married in July of 2013 on the beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and are living happily ever after!

21 Day Fix Extreme® Round 1 RESULTS

So I am super excited to share my results from the first round of 21 Day Fix Extreme®.  Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 9.36.21 AMIn the past 21 days, I managed to shave off 9 unwanted pounds, and 11 inches off of my entire body!  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I could have so much success in so little time – and more importantly, never could I have imagined just how fun it would be!!  I loved the workouts, particularly the fact that they are only 30 minutes, and you do each one only once in the week – so once it’s completed, you won’t see it for another 7 days (I’m beginning to think that I suffer from exercise ADHD!!).  The workouts were challenging – they pushed me – and I saw fitness improvements with each workout.  The meal plan was super easy to follow – and allowed me to be as creative as I wanted, or as ritualistic as I liked (my snacks were pretty much always the same – but I liked it that way – whereas my breakfasts were always changed!)…  What else can I say except that this is an exceptional program and I recommend to everyone – whether it be current fitness enthusiasts who are looking for an extra challenge, or someone who has a lot of weight to lose, or even the person who simply wants to drop a few pounds and tone up – this program will help everyone!  Check out my website at and get your own challenge pack!!  I’m beginning a second round of 21DFX and would be more than happy to support you every step of the way!!