Friday, January 28, 2011

Day One | Level Three | 30 Day Shred

Can I just mention real quick how proud I am of my boys? Two days in a row, they have been good so that I can get my work outs in! =) They know Mommy is working really hard and want this as bad as I do. When we went sledding the other day, if I hadn't been working out, there was no way I would be able to walk up that hill as well as I did. Definitely wouldn't have been able to carry my oldest son up it either! Not saying it wasn't a work out but it was much more tolerable than if I tried it a few months ago.

Level Three isn't as bad as I thought! At the end, she tells us to give us a pat on our backs... And guess what? I did! I AM SO PROUD OF MYSELF! I got through Circuit One and Two mostly following along with Natalie (the more intense trainer.) But, again, Circuit Three was a killer. But, in a great way! I feel AWESOME. It's sad to say but I still think that Level Two is a little bit harder than Level Three. BUT, without doing Level Two the past ten days, there's NO WAY I would have got through Level Three so easily! So it really does work out.

I'm ready to do it again!
But, then comes my duties of being a mom ;) Troy now knows I no longer need to work out so he's crying for me =).

OH OH. I lost two pounds since last time and haven't had a chance to take pictures yet. So far I have lost 13lbs! =D

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Day Ten | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

WOO HOO! Level Two is over! That ten days couldn't have gone any slower, I think.

My lower left side of my back kept me up most of the night last night. It felt fine if I was laying on my back, but I don't sleep on my back, I sleep on my sides and when I would lay on my side, it would hurt. So this morning I woke up, thinking, "how am I going to work out? I can barely move my left side." Well, then, I thought, maybe if I do work out, it'll stretch it out a tad. My boys woke up about 7:50am and after I got them to where they'd be fine for the next half hour, I grabbed my weights, water and turned on Level Two. It was a BREEZE. I went straight through it like no other day and I am so proud of myself! (Yes, including Circuit Three!) It was around 9am when I was done and now, I can go the rest of the day not having to think about how I need to do the last day! Because, it's OVER.

Yippee! Now, I'm anxious for the morning to see if I have changed any. =)

Bring it on Level Three (although, I am a tad scared of you *wink*)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Day Nine | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

Although, Level Two still sort of kicks me in the butt (in a good way), I am ready to move onto Level Three on Friday. Tomorrow is my last day of Level Two! WOO.

I saw an extreme increase in my endurance today especially after walking up a hill a few times (because we took our oldest son sledding). It felt like a breeze getting through Circuits One and Two but it seems that everytime I get to Circuit Three, it just HITS me in the face! It's tough but as she says, it works! I hope that I can see a major difference in my photos come Friday. If not, I feel I may be a bit discouraged. But, I'm going to keep going to get where I want to be!

Time for a quick shower before it's time to lay the boys down!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Day Eight | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

I need water.

I feel great after today's work out. Absolutely GREAT. I must admit, though. I still find Circuit Three's Three minute of Strength to be KILLER. No doubt about my endurance, I have seen an improvement but it's when I really start to feel the burn. WHEW.

Two more days and I will be on Level Three. I am really kind of scared about that but I'm kind of ready for something new, again. Also, I'm glad I'll be working a little harder on Friday (when I start Level Three) because I'm going to a Girl's Night at one of my best friends' house with yummy snacks. I'm not going to binge but I am looking forward to being treated with some sweets. I have done very well the past 18 days. I deserve a little reward.

Time for some water and a little snack. Dinner smells SO YUMMY. I'm saving my appetite for it. =)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Day Seven | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.
Salma Hayek

I am not on this journey because I think I'm ugly. I am not on this journey because I think I'm fat. I know I'm beautiful, always have. I know that I look great, but I also know that, for me, I could look better. This isn't about thinking I need to change because of how others see me. I don't even want to change because of how I see myself. One may think I'm fat, one may think I'm not. I know there are other woman out there that are much bigger than I am. I know that I just gave birth to two babies back to back and that that's why I am probably where I am right now. I don't need people to make excuses for me.

I am on this journey because I am in search for a healthier me. I want to be able to play with my kids and not get worn out after a few minutes. I want to be able to go for walks, and run around the back yard with them. I don't want to result to food when I'm feeling sad, stressed or in need of a pick-me-up. I want to look and feel better in my clothes. I am doing this for ME. Me and only me.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Day Six | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

My reaction today isn't as brutal as the past five days. I can definitely see a change in my endurance.

Kevin's little sister did the work out with me, well, half of the work out and it was hard to stay serious but I kept up, controlled my form and kept going. I just kept thinking to myself... "Only thirty seconds of this and I'm done. You can do this!" I also keep thinking about the results I can already see and that really motivates me to keep going.

Only four more days and I can see the difference in photos =). I'm ready for that.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Day Five | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

Excuse my language but SHIT, SON.

This morning I didn't feel like doing a thing. No motivation AT ALL. Even worse than yesterday. But, like always, I did it. This time I had to post in my support group and a fellow shredder (hehe) who is on the same day as me told me that she didn't want to be celebrating without me and that sort of did it. Knowing we're on the same day, I definitely wouldn't want to see her celebrating and me falling behind. I want to be able to celebrate together and not let each other down! Another fellow shredder had me thinking about skinny jeans and cute tees =).

I fell off my diet last night and this morning. I had a few spoonfuls of ice cream last night and a few chocolate chips this morning so knowing I did that, made me work really hard today. And let me tell you, I did. I did the whole work out with less modifications and less breaks for water and I am on fire! My arms are BURNING, my legs are burning and so are my abs! WOO!

It also helped a lot having Kevin's little sister here. She should be here every day. She kept telling me, "you're really good!, you're good at this Michelle!" It was really motivating =).

Oh, and one more thing. HALF WAY THERE!!! In five days, I'll be stepping on the scale and I have yet to take measurements but I'll be able to take pictures to compare and that will hopefully show me some results! Eek. I'm ready to be shredded =).

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day Four | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

Can you believe I have kept up with this work out for over two weeks? (Not including the two days I had to skip.) Two weeks!? That's amazing. I have never kept up with a work out like this before! It feels AWESOME. But guess what? That's not the best news of all. I woke up today feeling skinnier! I look in the mirror at my body and I don't feel disgusted. Because I know I'm sticking with it. I can do this!

I'm not going to fool you. I have not felt motivated AT ALL this past week. I have woke up, dreading the work out BUT I do it any way. I put the DVD in, grab my weights and a water and turn it on, get through all of it without stopping and my favorite part of the whole thing? Turning it off! BUT I don't turn it off until it's completely over. I have stuck with it and I am so proud of myself!

Today, I could have napped instead. Both of my boys are napping right now, together, once again (they haven't napped together the past month.) But, instead, I sucked it up and worked out. I'm really glad I did. I knew if I didn't, I wouldn't be able to at all today and I just couldn't live with myself if I skipped a day, on purpose! I've got to do this if I want to see results. And boy, Jillian gives results.

Until tomorrow, thanks for reading! =)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day Three | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

I have never had to worry about working out in the past. I have never been one to actually SWEAT when I do work out. I am sweating right now! This is intense. But, I am LOVING it. I am hating Jillian as I move on in the work out but after I see LEVEL TWO: COOLDOWN, it's like... Wow, that wasn't so bad. Ahhh, lets cool down.

As you can see, I skipped yesterday. I was sick with the 24 hour bug. Thank goodness it was only 24 hours but even this morning, I was dreading working out all day. I had to have Kevin talk me through some of the work out. This kills! But, now that's it's over, I'm glad I did it. I'm more energized after a work out.

It's kind of upsetting knowing that I am where I am and that in order to change, I've got to do something about it. But, that's also the rewarding part. I am actually DOING something about it. Instead of complaining that my clothes don't fit, and instead of hating myself for eating that cookie or candy bar. I am controlling my portions, watching what I eat, saying NO to the things I know I shouldn't have and actually DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT. That's a reward all on it's own! And it feels... Pretty darn amazing.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day Two | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

As I predicted yesterday, I woke up not really feeling my muscles as much as I did when I first started Level One. But, I assume it was because I didn't do the full 20 minute work out IN 20 minutes. But, after doing the full work out with no breaks... I felt like I was going to DIE.

As Jillian says, though. She WANTS you to feel that way. Well, I sure did! She's genius!

I worked as hard as I could, even with me taking little pauses for water, I felt it more in my body right after today than I did this morning. So, again... No more working out unless someone is here to tend to the kids for me =).

I am thrilled about the results I can already see myself. Kevin has noticed them too. So, I am going to keep on keepin' on! And I will soon be SHREDDED. =D

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day One | Level Two | 30 Day Shred

Man, oh MAN!

Note to self: DO NOT work out when Hubby isn't home and the kids are awake for two reasons: 1) It took me an hour to do a 20 minute work out and I had to break in between to tend to the children. Not good. And 2) They couldn't hold out for 20 minutes so I could work out, what makes me think they'll hold out for even five more so I can shower? So yes, never again unless they're napping =).

But, lets move on to what you came here for...

Level Two is..... brutal (for now). My arms, legs and ABS felt like they were going to fall off (that's what I'm hoping for, though, right?) ;). Aside from the breaks to get the kids, I tried to keep up as much as I could. And I must admit, I think I did an awesome job because my whole body is aching right now. So, I can ONLY imagine what I'll feel like once I can do the full work out in the 20 minutes.

Aside from it being tough, I really enjoyed it. It's hard but it's manageable and it's going to be totally worth it because I can already see myself in 10 days. I'm almost on my way! =D My body may not appreciate the change but I do!

The only downside... I weighed in last Wednesday at 160! (WOO HOO, right?) But, now... I'm 162.4 =(. But, I'm not too bummed because 1) That will be gone in no time and hopefully I can make my way to 150! =D And 2) It could be because I'm gaining muscle?!

I plan on working extra hard tomorrow, no matter what. I'm ready for my end results and reward! Just gotta keep thinkin', it'll be here in NO time.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Day 10 | Level One | 30 Day Shred

For the past 10 days, I have been on Level One of Jillian Michael's 30-day shred. Although, Jillian can get on my nerves at times, she is a great trainer. I love her 3-2-1 system and that she gives you the option of three levels. Day One, I felt like I was going to die. Once I got to Day Three, it got a little more tolerable but I was still sore. Now, that I just finished Day 10, I feel accomplished, thinner already and I have lost a total of 11 pounds all together. What? 11 pounds in 10 days? No, although, I'm sure it's possible with this work out while maintaining a healthy diet but I didn't lose all 11 pounds with the shred. I started in November to lose weight and I lost four pounds in the process and gave up until after the Holiday's. Got back on the scale the beginning of January, and guess what? Those four pounds managed to stay off! =). But, still... Seven pounds in 10 days is pretty fan-freaking-tastic if you ask me. Not only did I lose what I could see on the scale, but I am thinner already. My jeans are falling off and my belt fits tighter! It feels great to see change and to see a change so quickly is what is motivating me. Along with Hubby taking me on a shopping spree for my birthday!

My goals are pretty simple and they are easy to maintain.
-At least 8 8oz cups of water a day.
-30 day shred.
-I completely suck at counting calories or points, so I am just controlling my portions and watching what I eat. I am not over stuffing myself and I am controlling my snackage during the day.

I've always drank water but now that my body is used to getting it every day, it craves it. I haven't been keeping up with my water the past couple days and today it finally caught up to me. My body is so thirsty, I just keep drinking and drinking.

I start Level Two tomorrow and I am anxious to see what's in store for me. I'm ready to be completely sore again, (that's how I know it's working!) and I am bored with Level One already so I'm ready for something new!

I have taken photos but I am not going to post until I feel more confident about my body. But, they are there for me to see and that's all that matters right now. I'm ready to get back to my old self and feel great in the clothes I'll be buying in April! Thanks for stopping by, encouraging words are appreciated and now, it's shower time! Night all.