One week down. What’s amazing to me is that with Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, the time I spent working out this week – the entire week – equals about the length of time I used to spend in two workouts at the gym. I wasn’t super careful about my food this week. Aside from trying to eat breakfast every day (mostly successful), I didn’t much change my eating. I had a girls night with my sisters where I ate junk and a lot of it – I also may have consumed some high calorie, zero nutrient, mucho alcoholic beverages that night. Perhaps. I ate pretty sensibly at lunch and dinner most of the week. But I enjoyed Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding for dessert twice this week, and had a piece of Flourless Double Chocolate Truffle and a couple Zacharies during the course of the week. And I’m still down over 2 pounds.
Seriously? Working out only a little over two hours the whole week and I dropped that much? Now, two pounds may not seem like that much — but to me, that’s huge! Especially considering I would have to spend 10+ hours at the Y in a week and be pretty careful of my food intake in order to lose that kind of weight. Also, I’m feeling a ton stronger already, I can see that my arms and shoulders are going to be really nicely defined by the end of this month. And my abs haven’t stopped hurting in a week. That’s gotta be a good sign!
I just finished my shred for today and (same as every day this week) I thought I was going to die. I’m really trying to push myself and do all the full on/hard versions of the exercises. Not that Jillian really has “easy” versions anyway. I’m gasping for air most of the 20 minutes each day and my arms don’t stop shaking for a full 5 minutes at least after I’m done, but I feel awesome once I can breathe again. Truly fantastic.
The biggest benefit to this workout plan so far is the extra time I have with my kiddos. Instead of being at the gym all morning – I get to play with them. The shred takes only part of their nap time, so I still have a couple of hours to shower and have a little me time, without sacrificing my family time during the day. I really truly love Jillian for giving me that. On to week number two!