Last night (after our Easter celebrations) I started Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred DVD. It’s a workout program that allows you to pour 100% of your efforts into a 20-minute workout.
Jillian offers three levels to the workout DVD and asks that you start at level 1 and work your way up to levels 2 and 3 as you are ready.
The DVD has a “recommendations” clip to watch before starting your workout. You just need a pair of hand weights and a floor mat (if you are on a hard surface). So I grabbed my yoga mat (yup, had to dust it off, since it was rolled up in the basement) and grabbed two sets of weights: pair of 5 pounds and pair of 10 pounds.
Since Little Dude weighs over 20 pounds, I thought I might want to work up to the 20 pounds (combined weight). But today I started with the level 1 workout and a 5-pound weight in each hand.
On top of the hand weights and floor mat, you definitely need a good, supportive pair of workout shoes.
I would also suggest, to the ladies out there, supportive sports bra (since a portion of the workout is jumping or running in place).
There’s a short warm-up, a short cool-down – and I’m happy I did my first workout at the END of a tiring day. It just goes to show it is possible to fit 20 minutes into a full day and this challenge will not allow for excuses.
There are three ladies to follow in the DVD: Jillian, a “beginner girl” and “advanced girl.” Of course Jillian did the advanced moves.
Was the workout a challenge? Yes. My biggest challenge was not to tweak my bad knees. Which, I admit, held me back from following the more advance example of “advanced girl” of level 1.
I’m sure I’ll notice a different in other areas, but I really want to see results from this workout: obliques, abs, arms. The final push to get rid of the rest of the baby belly is really, REALLY difficult for me.
I’m sharing before pictures to keep myself accountable. I should offer a disclaimer that my thyroid levels are still out of whack and I don’t suspect they will be under control 30 days from now. But I’m here to give it 100% anyways and feel better, then look better.
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