Most of you know that I have been doing Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred since the beginning of the year. I have now officially completed two rounds of the workout. 60 days. In six months.
I can’t say enough about this workout video. It’s not going to turn you into a muscle man or prepare you for a triathalon, but for those of us with limited time (young kids, busy jobs, busy jobs and young kids), this is perfect.
The video lasts 25 minutes at most with warm-up and stretching. I can easily squeeze it in during a morning episode of Handy Manny and I’m done for the day.
In six months, I have dropped from 152 pounds to 135 pounds. I have lost countless inches and gained countless amounts of energy. I feel better, my clothes fit better, I’m more confident, I make much better choices about the food we eat.
I have definitely hit a plateau as far as weight loss. The workouts are still tough and I definitely break a sweat, but I can tell that my muscles have grown accustomed to the exercises.
I have started adding in the short Ab Ripper X video from my husband’s P90X workout, which trust me, feels anything but short while you’re doing it. This has definitely helped me define my ab muscles, but I’m still missing the weight loss part.
My next step is to start running. I am not a runner. I actually despise running. However, I have heard that once you get into it and get your body trained, it can be quite therapeutic. I know myself and the only way I will actually start running is if I sign up for some kind of race. Maybe a short one to start out.
My random thoughts on motivation
A friend of mine and I were talking recently about motivation and it got me thinking. For years, we have both said things like:
“I wish I could be skinnier”
“I wish my clothes fit better”
“I wish I looked like her. Or her. Or her.”
“I wish I had worked out like I said I would before having to wear this bathing suit”
We complained and complained but never actually did anything about it. Sounds effective, right? Anyone else in the same boat?
So she asked what was finally the catalyst for me. What caused me to finally stick with it?
I don’t know.
But here’s what I think.
My husband and I started seriously re-evaluating what we were feeding our family at the beginning of this year. We decided to make a conscious effort to not only consume less calories, but eat more locally grown food, choose organic when we could, cut out fast food (watch Food Inc, I guarantee you will think twice about what you’re eating).
We chose to focus our efforts on growing some of our own produce and enrolled in a local CSA.
This was such a positive change in our lives that it seemed to carry over into other areas. I read this post from The Coupon Project about the 30-Day Shred and decided to give it a try. My friends Sarah and Emilie had been successfully doing it for awhile and I figured for the cost of a single DVD, it was worth a try.
It was a life-changing moment the day I decided to share with my readers my goals and plans. You all have no idea how much you helped me. You kept me motivated, you kept me accountable. Just knowing I had agreed to keep you updated got me up and exercising on those days when I REALLY didn’t want to. You read so often that you need a workout buddy or someone to hold you accountable and man, was it ever true for me.
Although I did want to lose weight, especially after having Little Dude #2, that was not my main goal when I started working out. I just wanted to feel better. I was tired of being tired. I was tired of telling my son that I just couldn’t chase after him anymore. I was tired of wishing I looked like someone else. I’ve always been a confident person on the inside and I wanted the outside to match. I wanted to be a good role model for my kids.
Maybe it’s because I am turning 30 this year?
I won’t lie, it was tough to get started. I was sore. And tired. And cursing Jillian Michaels. But it slowly got easier. And I slowly started to feel better.
I think because my goal was not to lose X amount of weight, but so many other reasons that were bigger than myself is the reason I have been able to stick with it. Losing weight is a total bonus, but I don’t think it is enough to sustain me when I lose motivation.
I would love to hear your thoughts. This is such a big topic and I know it is a struggle for so many of us. How do you stay motivated? Are you interested in hearing more updates down the road?