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.” Continue reading