Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

In this installment of Thankful Thursday... I'm giving thanks to Jillian Michaels, for making the workout DVD, 30 Day Shred. I've never really been into working out to a video. The few I've tried have been too rah rah, and mostly just plain boring. I decided to try this one after hearing about how great it is from more than one friend. Wow. They were right. She is kicking my butt.

This video could not be more perfect for me. It's a 20 minute workout. Yes, I can fit 20 minutes into my evening! It's a combination of cardio, strength and abs. She keeps mixing things up, so just when I'm about to give up, we're on to the next thing. Nice! I'd call her motivational approach, tough love. She says things like "I've got 400 pound people doing these jumping jacks. If you want these abs, you're going to have to work for it!". Yup, I've got no excuse to wimp out.

The first couple days, I.was.in.pain. A lot of pain. Jeesh, it was like my muscles were atrophied or something. Ok, I haven't really "worked out" since I started having kids...but I figured I was getting at least a decent workout just chasing after them. At least I knew it was working. After a few more days of sticking with it, I can still feel it, but now I can walk without limping.

After turning 40 last April, I've really wanted to workout more regularly to stay healthy, and have more energy. Thanks to Jillian, I feel like I'm on my way!

9 comments:

butwhymommy said...

I started that before I broke my toe and loved it. I hope to get back to it soon. I'm going to be 40 in September and want to get healthier (and a bit skinnier) too.

Heather said...

Oh I should try this - I'm hitting the big four zero in April this year.

Lish said...

oooo. I want it!

Kirsten said...

It's the perfect workout. Love it. Once it gets too easy, you can increase the weights.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I really need to do something like this. I get a pretty good daily workout running up and down the stairs carrying two 25 lb. toddlers - but I've gotten pretty lazy about "wellness". Just because I'm wearing the size I want to doesn't mean that my body is healthy... I'm a few years away from 40 myself - not a teenager anymore - I should know better!

solo nicole said...

you sold me!

For Myself said...

Jillian asked me to be her body double for the cover, but I said no.

Devoted Mom To B... said...

Good for you! As for the breakfast question you sent me WEEKS ago, I'd add flax to your smoothie and soy milk (I like TJ's vanilla). Make sure that the yogurt doesn't have any sugar - you may even want to skip it entirely. I always get hungry way too soon after a smoothie breakfast but at least the flax adds some staying power.

Christy said...

I'm linking to this post tomorrow, fyi. :)

 

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