Friday, August 14, 2009

My ass has officially been kicked

After reading all the buzz online I finally decided to make my own purchase of Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, which I found for a great price on Amazon.

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I'm sure most everyone is familiar with her for being on The Biggest Loser. I'm not a fan of the show but I have seen a few episodes so I totally expected 20 minutes of her yelling at and berating me through the television screen. I actually found her to be fairly pleasant, however I don't think I want to listen to the same spiel over and over again so I may be muting her in the future.

When I first got the DVD on Tuesday I decided to pop it in and just watch it since I had absolutely no motivation to actually get off the couch but I was curious about what I was in store for. I very naively thought "this doesn't look too hard, what's all the fuss about, I can do this shit"...cut to last night and I'm panting heavily, arms are shaking and my body feels like jello...and that was after only doing LEVEL 1.Dear Jesus help me.

Granted I'm not the most in shape, active person. While I've been blessed with a high metabolism and therefore don't need to actually lose weight I consider myself to be "skinny-fat" i.e. I have absolutely no muscle tone and there are areas of me that are a bit flabbier than I prefer. I'm really hoping to get nice toned arms/shoulders/back before I have to rock my strapless wedding dress in May.

I can definitely see how doing this workout for 30 days would whip you into shape and God bless anyone that is able to actually do Level 2 or 3, I bow down to you! Today I am definitely feeling it in my calves and arms especially...I guess doing an entire minute of non stop squats and arm curls will do that to you. I'm sure you're thinking "a minute? Pfft a minute isn't that long" well my friends I assure you when you feel yourself looking death in the eye a minute is a damn long time!

I'll keep you posted on my progress, assuming this DVD doesn't go the way of my Yoga and Pilates DVD which are gathering dust in the guest room.

Also, for those interested in seeing pics of my STD's, I promise to post them after I mail these bad boys out.

Happy Weekend!

7 comments:

KLaw said...

I totally want to try that! Although it wouldn't be conducive financially considering i'm already paying for a gym membership.

april said...

Do you need any excess equipment or is it mostly movement? I've actually just decided to embrace the extra 10 pounds I've gained since college instead of exercising though occasionally I do situps while waiting for Laura to fall asleep. In the meantime, my DVD player is broken so that's a favorite excuse. Maybe for Christmas I'll get a new one. However, I don't mind getting a DVD for it to sit in a corner, but I don't want to have to get the weights and mats and balls or whatever.

Christin said...

I love the 30 Day Shred. I alternate levels 1 and 2 regularly along with her other DVD No More Trouble Zones. I haven't lost a lot of weight... but I'm like you... I'm lucky to be pretty small, but I was really out of shape. I think it has definitely help me get toned! Good luck!

bananas. said...

watching in mute? that's GENIUS! i am not a fan of jillian michaels but i have done one of her workouts and oh man i was panting like a dog. she's works you that's for sure. i may consider trying it again...this time on MUTE.

have a great weekend!

Ela said...

I am intrigued!
LOL, I also consider myself 'skinny-fat' I used to be super toned and had no shame when it came to my stomach...that seems ice ages ago! Though from all the stress...my gown was too big on me come the day of! I didn't even work out. At all. Keep an eye on that ;)

LOL, I had to try and figure what STD you were referring to!

Happy weekend :)

Elizabeth Marie said...

Omg the Shred is amazing...and even more amazing is your idea to put that hooker on MUTE! Why didn't I think of that?!

I'm going back and forth between levels 2 and 3...it's not normal to do a minute of jumping jacks while holding weights.

Yay we can be shred buddies! :)

Crystal Ball said...

You hang in there! I recently ordered the Slim in Six program and it kicks my butt like crazy. But thankfully, I'm getting more used to it now that I've been doing it for some time.