Or “The 30-Day Shred“, as some people prefer to call it.
Honestly, when I first heard about it my first thought was “no freakin way”. No way will that work, no way to exercise videos, no way to hype-fad programs. I’ve done the gym thing before. I spent HOURS at the gym each day after my fourth baby was born. NO WAY was this 20-minute routine going to get me sweatin to the oldies.
Then I tried it. I did it once, right before the holidays. I couldn’t do it all. I couldn’t keep up. I needed to take a break. I watched the last half of the routine in pseudo-shock, thinking, this woman is the devil! I put it back in the case and haven’t touched it since. But now, with our wedding in only 80 days, the need to shred a few pounds has been eating away at me. So I pulled it out again, and wound up with much of the same feelings… My legs are jello, I’m sweating, and slightly light-headed. Jillian Michaels must be the most cursed woman in America at this point. I know I was sure calling her all kinds of names as I struggled through the first workout.
But I’m doing it again tomorrow. And the next day, and probably the one after that, too. I googled some before/after pictures of people who have used it, and you can see the difference after a couple weeks. I want that to be ME. No jello arms for my wedding pictures! And maybe, just maybe, I can finally get rid of this post-pregnancy pooch that won’t go away. I guess that’s what happens when you have 5 kids in ten years. You carry a few pounds from the first pregnancy… another 10 from the second, 5 from the third, 10 from the second, and 20 from the last. And it sure doesn’t help that your metabolism diminishes after you reach a certain age. Well, not in the case of my Jolly Green Giant fiancé, who is 6’5 “and weighs around 150 soaking wet. Maybe, that might be an overestimate. It’s a bit frustrating to watch him chug gallons of soda & three cheeseburgers and never gain an ounce. (Totally jealous, BTW.)
Anyway, I’m setting a 60-day challenge for myself. And I’m putting it up on my blog so I have some accountability (and maybe some people to join me?! Hint, hint…) to my devoted fans. You know, all 4 of you.
Goal 1) 30-Day Shred EVERY DAY. (With some Wii Fit thrown in for fun)
Goal 2) NO SODA. Or any other drink containing 80 grams of sugar. (AKA, lots of water.)
Goal 3) Less meat, more produce. (Which we’ve started doing already)
Goal 4) Portion/snack control. I need to really look at what I’m eating and keep a diary.
Goal 5) At least 7 hours of sleep. (I typically average about 5 or 6.)
I joined SparkPeople. You should check it out if you’re interested in a healthier life style.
Ok, so there you go. My goals. What are yours? Will you join me in establishing 5 goals for the next 60 days? Create new healthy habits in your life, and hopefully firm up & slim down in the process.
What are you waiting for?! Post your five goals in the comments, and let’s go!