Today I completed my first attempt at 30 Day Shred, and honestly? I’m discouraged. I’m not going to start this post off complaining about how I hate Jillian Michaels, because I don’t. What I do hate is the fact that I have LET myself get so very out of shape to where a 20 minute workout felt like an outer-body experience, and not the good kind. I cannot sugar coat it. It was brutal. I thought I would die.
I wasn’t aware I would need small weights to do this workout, so I didn’t use them. However, I did find 2 huge cans of vegetables in the kitchen cabinet and used those. Must. Get. Weights.
If I had to estimate, I made it almost 10 minutes into the DVD before I felt like I was going to puke. Jillian kept saying, “No injuries allowed”, and I wasn’t about to toss my cookies all over the living room floor, so I stopped for a good 5 minutes to catch my breath and get a drink of water. I honestly felt like crying and fought back tears of frustration, which was a very surprising emotion to me to have during a workout, but there you go. I had to modify the rest of the workout because I was just too weak.
I wanted to quit so bad after I took my little break, but then my son came in, got down in the floor, and started doing the workout, too! It was a huge motivator for me, and I thought it was so precious the way he was giving me encouragement so freely. He even pulled on me while I was on the floor, trying to help me up after the ab exercises were done. Bless his sweet little heart!
It took a little bit to catch my bearings after it was over. My thighs were burning and I felt so weak I could hardly prepare supper, but this is what I had:
I added a few pineapple and peach chunks to the salad and drenched it in Red Wine Vinaigrette dressing. I grilled the steak and asparagus. Everything was delicious, except for the asparagus. It smelled funky and tasted even worse, which was quite a shock to me because I had a Caribbean Chicken dish at a restaurant on Saturday and ate every bit of asparagus on my plate. I’m not sure where I went wrong. In any case, probably not THE healthiest meal, but it sure beats the norm: Dominos Pizza or fast food chicken and hamburgers. A funny thing that happened after this workout was that I was suddenly craving water, which I’m sure is a big clue that I don’t drink near enough (I’m strictly a Diet Coke drinker). I made a huge pitcher of lemon water to chill in the refrigerator. Another funny thing is that while looking for everything I needed in our pantry to fix supper, I literally wanted to throw up looking at all of the processed crap in our kitchen cabinets.
I also talked to my husband on the phone, and he was a big encourager. He sort of has to pull me back down to Earth and remind me that even though this first workout basically kicked my hiney all over the place, I did hang in there the best I could and little by little, it will get better. I mentioned in my previous post that I get discouraged easily when I don’t see immediate results and I felt like a failure because I couldn’t hang for 20 minutes with Jillian. 20 minutes. It felt like forever.
I’ll definitely be back at it tomorrow. I may very well stay stuck at the first workout on the DVD all summer, but that’s my mini goal for now, to get this through a workout without stopping. I think it’s do-able.