Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 5 of 30 Day Shred

5 Days in. My endurance is definitely improved and my muscles have that good soreness of change taking place. My legs feel so heavy when doing those jacks during the first cycle. I'm not always able to do that whole portion of jacks. I don't just stop though. I do the modified jack where you still make big concentrated arm movements and you kind of lunge from one leg to the other in a side lunge. Believe me I can still feel it and I am breathing HEAVY.
I'm having a bit of a problem with what I believe must be orthostatic hypotension. I just about black out if I try to just hop up from the lying exercises to the standing. I just sit up pause, get on my knees pause, and then come to standing sort of slowly. I am able to do all this quickly enough so that I manage to be in position in time for the exercise to start. (I do it while Jillian is talking). I'm not missing out on any of the exercise so that's awesome. It's just a little troubling because sometimes I forget and go to hop up and the world goes black.
I'm already seeing body changes but I'm at that stage that always comes first with me when I jump back on the fitness wagon. My muscles feel tight. I can tell that my arms are tighter. My sweater this morning feels so good in the upper arm area where I've become quite flabby. But I have a little problem. Maybe it's just a mental thing. I feel tighter. My clothes feel good. BUT when I look in the mirror, I see flab oh lots and lots of flab that seems to be just hanging. It like the muscles tightened up but the fat cannot be tightened so it's hanging out. Hope Jillian helps me blast off this fat.
I know. I know. I need to look at what I'm eating too. A whole body needs a whole approach for change. Give me time. I'm getting there.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Day 4 of the Shred

Red faced. Felt like I was going to pass out. Had to move slowly from floor exercises to standing exercises because the world went black when I tried to hop up. This was a TOUGH day but I hung in there. I made it through it and I feel fine now. :)

Day 3 of the Shred

I typed up a post yesterday but then deleted it. Joy! I was really surprised to find yesterday that my endurance has already increased! I looked forward to the workout all day. But, honestly, when I finally had the time, I was not sure that I wanted to do more than "phone it in". I went ahead and got started. I started to modify those jacks again and heard Jillian telling me that I could do it. So...I tried and I really did. I did all of them. I felt exhilirated immediately after working out. My energy really petered out over the evening though. I was tired last night. Man, was I tired!
I'll let you know how today goes!

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Day 2 of the 30 Day Shred

I managed to get another work out in today. Again, Jillian would be mad at me for "phoning it in" but I could not keep up with the cardio work. I did not stop. I modified the exercises and I was still breathing heavily. Trying to keep up with their pace of jumping jacks and butt kicks was making me feel like I was going to pass out quite literally. I must have taken up smoking in my sleep or something because my cardio conditioning is kaput. This, from a person who is constantly running after a busy little guy on the go. Anyway, Day 2 and I'm feeling good. I am sore but it's a good my body is making some good changes sore.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

1st Day of 30 Day Shred

Other bloggers raved about Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred so I jumped on the band wagon. Today was my 1st workout. I try to watch any workout video before I do to make sure that I understand the instructions and mostly so I get the "this is how not to injure yourself" tips. Jack loved watching the work out and kept hollering "Work out" but then he wanted me to "bounce high!" That means he wants me to sit on the exercise ball and bounce him. After we had several discussions (ahem, so we each had our individual breakdowns sort of), we agreed that I would just spend those 20 minutes doing the workout video then I'd be back to playing with him. He ran around while I worked out and tried to grab me a time or two. Oh my goodness, I did not realize that my cardio endurance was so poor. I know Jillian says not to modify the jumping jacks but I had to slow down the jacks and the butt kicks. I have a ways to go but I'm feeling good. And I sweated a lot. Who knew you could get such a good workout in 20 minutes?

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