30 day Shred

I think way more of my fitness level than I should. This has become blindingly apparent to me in the recent months. A few months after I had Mac, I decided that I would do P90X. I had heard so much about it - how hard it was, blah blah blah and I thought (foolishly) to myself that I was in decent shape and people were just exaggerating. It couldn't be THAT hard... could it? It was. I think I did a grand total of three of three workouts before I piked out and quit.

After that I ran the half marathon. I actually completed this (hooray!) but it was also way harder than I anticipated it being.
My latest thing is Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred video and her Yoga Meltdown video. I started with the Yoga video thinking "it's yoga, how hard can it be?" There I was again, overestimating my strength. By the end of the 30 minute "yoga" video (which is really more like pilates using yoga poses) I was drenched in sweat and seriously starting to question my fitness level. I did that video on and off for a couple weeks and then recently I moved on to the 30 Day Shred video. I talked to my sister in law who had done it (and who is crazy fit) and she had said that it was challenging and not to try to use more than 3 lbs weights during some of the exercises. I of course (true to form) had purchased 3 and 5 lbs weights (when will I ever learn?). She also said that it was great because (being a newish mother herself) it only lasts 20 minutes start to finish so it's easy to fit it in while baby is napping and still have plenty of time to do other things. After I spoke to her, I though great!! That's just what I need. 20 minutes a day is doable and it's ONLY 20 minutes - that can't be that bad. Fast forward 20 minutes to rubber legs and shaky, sore arms.

So I've been doing the 30 Day Shred Video and I love it. After I got over the initial shock of actually having to work hard the 20 minutes, I started enjoying pushing myself. OK, maybe enjoy is not the word. FINALLY though I'm starting to see results. The training for the half marathon pretty much sapped all the spare muscle I had and used it as fuel. I was walking past a mirror yesterday and for the first time in a year, noticed that my arms had definition again. YAY!!! I won't lie. I totally flexed in front of the mirror and admired the muscles from a few different angles.
So I've committed to trying the 30 day shred for 30 days and seeing what the results are. you're suppose to do it every day. There are three levels of difficulty through which you progress over the course of 30 days. We'll see how it goes. :) Keep the faith!


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