Even though I am very good at complaining about the woes of being a TALL woman, standing at the above average 5'11" there truly are some perks which I don't take for granted. Like gaining 5 pounds with out it making much of an impact on my physical appearance. Which is all well and good until you weigh oh 25 pounds more than you would like. My body can distribute the extra weight fine, but I know it's there. I'm not physically where I would like to be.
I don't own a scale (other than my Wii Fit) so I gauge my weight by how my jeans fit. Lately my friend the muffin top has been visiting. Which means, I'm carrying extra weight. There's nothing worse to me than putting on a pair of jeans that feel snug, a pair of jeans that I once slipped on with ease. So what is a woman to do?
I did have success in a Boot Camp Class this summer, but after the session ended, I did not have the discipline to get up at dark and convince myself to work out. I am not much of a gym person, I feel very uncomfortable. I am one of those people that thinks everyone is staring at me, flailing on a machine, looking super uncoordinated. When in reality I am sure I wouldn't be noticed. It's a mental hurdle. I've never felt like the gym setting was for me. Same goes for yoga class. Too much ego in the room and me, not enough yogi ego to maintain a consistent practice. And with yoga it's impossible to build confidence with out regular practice. See the problem?
Not to mention the financial hurdles coupled with childcare. No childcare for yoga practice and the gym childcare, I'm way too much of a germ phobe. I freak out at the thought.
Lately on twitter some of my tweeps have been talking about 30 Day Shred and being a #shredhead (the # makes a topic searchable on twitter). I looked into what all the hype was. 30 Day Shred is a very reasonably priced ($9 on Amazon and $12 at Best Buy) workout DVD by Jillian Michaels. If you don't know who Jillian Michaels is, she's the badass trainer from The Biggest Loser, a show I watch faithfully every week. I'm not sure how I became a fan, but I get so wrapped up in the contestants' stories and progress, I always shed a tear when someone gets kicked off.
Let's just say I jumped at the opportunity to work out at home for such a small investment cost. I couldn't wait to get the slamming deal on Amazon, so I went straight to Best Buy the day I decided to try it out. The work out is 20 minutes long and has three different levels. I'm currently on Level 1, Day 5. After 10 days, I'll move to Level 2, if I am ready. Then onto Level 3.
Jillian has developed a program that includes strength training, cardio, and ab work built into the 20 minute workout. The only equipment you need is handweights (I use 5lb). For me, with a 20 minute work out, I find a hard time talking myself out of it. Take for example last night, I worked out at 10 pm because I thought, heck it's only 20 minutes, I can do it.
Mental obstacles averted, wouldn't you agree?
I did take some photos of me in my favorite pair of jeans, sporting my not so favorite muffin top. Even though there are lots of other bloggers that are brave enough to share their starting weight, before photos, etc. I'm just not there yet. So when I have achieved my goal, I will show my before and after photo. Until then you'll just have to be patient.
Off to Shred, you should join us! Will this be the summer I actually join a pool instead of avoiding it like the plague?