Insanity – aka Shaun T is my kick!

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So, I have decided, after months of being fat, and being the biggest that I have been in my entire life, I need to start moving. One thing that has been an absolute constant this year has been the feeling of helplessness, of not being in control of anything. I have spent so long waiting for referrals, for appointments, for change to happen with the OCD that I have come to the conclusion that I am no longer in charge of my own existence. It’s really scary, and I feel like my ever increasing weight symbolises this more than anything. The less in control I have felt, the more I have locked myself away; the fatter I have become, the less I have moved; the more isolated I have become, the less I have felt able to face the gym. I tried attending a kickboxing class for a few weeks, but I felt so huge and self conscious that, after a while, I couldn’t face going. I tried going to the gym, and I was beginning to remember how much I used to love it, but – again – I just feel like such a fat fraud, I couldn’t lift my own body weight, I was just a mess. I am a mess. I miss being physically strong, fit and just okay with my body. It’s not solely about the weight, I miss being able to push my body to limits, to push my fitness and my strength; I miss the tightness of my body holding itself up with confidence, I miss being able to walk a little taller.

A few years ago I started Shaun T’s Insanity programme. I kept on it for about six or seven weeks but then, owing to recurring back problems at the time, I had to stop doing it. Whilst I never completed the full 9 week schedule, I have to say that the Insanity programme is by far the best thing I have ever done for my body. Before I started, even though I was quite fit, I had never been able to do a full push up – by the end of week 7 I was doing full push ups whilst travelling across the floor. Such is the power of Insanity – it pushes you to the absolute max and, hand on heart, I don’t think that there could possibly be, on this entire planet, a personal trainer as fantastic as Mr Shaun T. I remember when I first saw the infomercial, I was excited and afraid at the same time – Shaun T reminded me of an army drill sergeant that you see in the movies, he expected nothing short of hard work and litres of sweat. Inspired by the fact that the people in the video were actually sweating, I ordered my programme and waited with fear/excitement.

Once I started, I realised that Shaun T is actually incredibly motivating and inspiring. He really makes you believe you can do everything that he and his fitness friends are doing – “YOU CAN DO THE SAME THING WITH YOUR BODY!!” – it’s amazing stuff. Besides, he also seems to be just an all round awesome guy who ends up being your on screen training partner throughout the whole process. Even when I’m yelling at the TV screen, “YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR MIND, SHAUN T!!”, I am still pushing myself to do it. Plus, I never tire of the many Shaun T –isms that I know are coming: “THAT SHIT IS BANANAS!”, “I’M NOT TRYING TO HURT YOU, I’M TRYING TO MAKE YOU BETTER!”

 So, that was then, and this is now. And now I am fat. Very fat. And unfit. And about as flexible as a plank of wood. I am out of shape and in need of a kick up the butt. So Shaun T is going to be my kick. I am starting today, and I am going to be updating week by week as I go along. The main purpose of my doing this is to feel better about myself, to not feel so ashamed of my body, and to not feel quite so helpless about the way things are right now. I may not have any control over the OCD, or the Depression, but I can do something small to help my body, even when I can’t help my mind. I know from experience that fitness and health certainly helps when it comes to seeing things more clearly, so I am working towards that too. I don’t doubt this is going to be so hard, but I also know that there is a reward at the end of it. If I can stand tall, look at myself and think, “hey, I may not be perfect, but I’m doing my best” then that will be enough. The programme is nine weeks long, and this is my first week.

 I’m off to do workout number one – Plyometric Cardio Circuit – wish me luck!

 Ps. If you want to join me, you can get Insanity here:

Amazon –

Beachbody (with an option to pay in instalments) –


4 thoughts on “Insanity – aka Shaun T is my kick!

  1. Yay!!! That’s awesome!!!! I used to do insanity all the time but then I felt like I memorized the DVD way too much so I literally dreaded doing just the warm up and found an excuse to bail! I also have back problems!!! And I was also very fit!! But then I got pregnant and gained 70lbs!!! Now I’m so unmotivated and feeling helpless!! Especially with my back pain!! I just started doing insanity asylum and it’s really great!!! It’s the same vibe but just keeps me guessing since its a new change of pace for me!!! Keep me updated!! I can’t wait to hear great things to motivate me as well!!!! Get it!

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    1. Oh awesome, good for you, too!! Best of luck for Assylum, that is fantastic! Seeing as though we are kind of in the same position, we can keep each other motivated on our exercise journeys! 🙂 One, two, three, Insanity!!


  2. Hey, I just read your post and felt I had to comment. GO YOU for decided to challenge yourself with the insanity workout, my Dad just completed it and it seemed like a pretty INSANE workout so I guess that’s where the name came from! I wish you all the best and look forward to your updates. Following along!


  3. I absolutely recommend Insanity highly, I also love that it is called insanity! I did the program with my husband and we managed to complete it with the meal plan, which I found pretty good. I have now started T25, which is a milder version and needless to say, not as intense. It’s still a good workout and I really enjoy Shaun’s catchphrases and talking in third person, he’s a character. The meal plan for T25 is very simplified and I find it a breeze to prepare my 5 meals each day. Thanks for sharing about your Insanity experience, it does give results. I have lost about 9kg since I started last year, even when I took a break, my body kept working. Truly a great program!


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