No More Excuses—Let’s Try the 30 Day Shred

I am making slow progress in the battle against the bulge. The numbers on the scale barely budge downwards, and sometimes they even creep upwards, but I do feel stronger and more energetic. The other day I noticed some muscle definition on my upper arms. Or maybe, as HB would say, it’s only wishful thinking.

I ought to give myself some credit for even having at least 3 hours of exercise each week. (Last year, I was only doing yoga about three times a month.) But I am getting restless. I don’t want to do the next logical thing, which is to change my eating habits—avoid processed foods, eat small, controlled portions, while focusing on whole grains, protein, vegetables, and a bit of fruit (though some might argue that fruit should be eaten only with protein/good fat). Instead, I’ve decided I’ll just add on another cardio activity or so to boost the ol’ metabolism.

Today in the mail I got the Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred, which a classmate from Zumba recommended. (I also got Michaels’ other DVDs—No More Trouble Zones and Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism—since it was offered as part of a special bundle through Amazon.)

This classmate has the quintessential dancer’s body and looks as though she’s never had to worry about gaining weight her whole life. Needless to say, when she said she worked on her “trouble spots” with Michaels’s DVD, she got my attention. “I get bored easily,” she said. “This DVD keeps my attention, and boy, do I feel it. It goes by really fast.”

So now I find myself warily eyeing the tough-looking broad on the DVD case. I remember a friend of mine saying, “Even when she’s smiling, she looks angry. I know I’d be looking pissy if I were just exercising and eating healthy all the time.”

I don’t want to look like Jillian Michaels. Although I admire her chiseled abs and limbs and the indentation at her hip bones, I like my lady-lumps and I know The Princess likes the bit of cushion when I hug her. But I do admit that after having the Princess, there is a bit more cushion than I’d like. And as the days and years go by, the metabolism isn’t quite keeping up with my penchant for good eats. Rather than sacrifice the good eating, why not try to trick the body into burn more of what’s incoming? Why not work on building the muscles under the fat in order to burn the calories?

Now, one would think that using the DVD would be a snap—just put it in the player and press play. But it’s hard to budge from this comfy couch and harder even still to put the laptop aside. Also I already have a number of exercise DVDs collecting dust on my shelf—all purchased with the best of intentions. (Some are still in their cellophane wrapper—sigh!)

From these past few months, I’ve noticed the hardest part is getting myself to the gym. However, once I’m there, I’m all set to go.

So what’s going to be different this time? OK, let’s set a small goal—use each of the DVDs at least once, which would be a “break even” in its purchase. Day 1 could be…tomorrow. And I’ll give myself 30 days to use try out each of the DVDs in my collection, beginning with the 30 Day Shred.

I’ve already gotten a head start just by tearing open the wrapper and removing the seals. Woo-hoo!

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