Friday, May 20, 2011

30 Day Shred Round Three Update

Alright, I'll admit it, I've been more lax this time around.  I've skipped blocks of days; I even restarted with my mom on Mother's Day, and then barely exercised at all this past week.  I haven't been as faithful to the program as the first two times around.  However, I'm still progressing in weight loss (weighing in at 150.1 pounds yesterday!) and I got back to the Shred first thing this morning, Level 1 style.  One NSV (non-scale victory) I must mention, I'm now able to do REAL push ups!!  Not many at a time yet, granted, but wow!  Never in my life have I been strong enough to do this before I met the Shred.

So, from here on out, I believe I'll just jump, plank and crunch right back into it, starting off with Level 2 tomorrow.  I'll stick with it as best I can, given life's ups, downs, twists and turns.  And, when I'm ready to post results, I'll post 'em.  Still pretty intimidated by the thought of posting bikini photos of myself for all and sundry to see.  Yikes!  But, in due time, when I'm ready, I shall do so.

For those of you who are also currently working your way through Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred, how's it going for you?

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dedicated To My Mom

My sis, my mom, and me :)
Driven, determined and fiery, that's my mom!

When I began my weight loss journey, she was one of the first to jump on board, not only to support and encourage me, but also to better herself and begin her very own journey right alongside me.  I'm so proud of her progress!  How many other grandmothers do you know that can (and does!) tackle 19 flights of stairs regularly and consistently, without giving up or wimping out?!  On her first attempt, she made it 12 flights.  I was impressed!

Her determination extends to other parts of her life as well.  It took her several months to find a new job after she was let go from her previous one, yet she never once gave up.  Now, she has a great full time job that she loves, and while she doesn't get to spend as much time with her family these days, we make the most of the time we do get to spend together.

My mom has long been one of my best friends.  I can talk to her about anything without fear of judgment or finger-pointing.  I've called her up many a time, begging advice where it concerns my own son, or crying on her shoulder about how terrible a mother I felt like I was at times.  She's always there to reassure me that we all make mistakes, yet as long as we're always striving for our best, that's all that matters, and our kiddos' love is absolutely unconditional, just as ours is for them.  I really couldn't ask for a better mother.

Please share what makes your mom special to you. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

And Here We Go Again: 30 Day Shred, Round Three

Double-whammy post today.  First of all, a quick update on the tired-all-the-time issue.  The increase in protein has most definitely helped me stay fuller for longer.  I'm continuing taking a Vitamin D3 supplement along with a prenatal multivitamin.  No, I'm not pregnant that I know of, but my OB suggested a prenatal vitamin while we prepare for when that time comes.  I'm definitely feeling a difference, not so tired all the time.  I think part of my relief also comes from having dealt with a lot of the stress and the "roadblock" that I'd put up at this stage of my progress.  It certainly helps, having a way to deal with blocked emotions and such.  I re-discovered EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and put it into practice on Friday.  Oh how that has helped SO much already!!

And, now that I'm not draggin' booty tired as much all the time, I can concentrate once again on maximizing my workout efforts.  I've found that I'm not really getting into Jillian Michaels: Shred-It With Weights as much as I thought I might.  Level One seems not so intense as I'd hoped, and the little bit of Level Two that I tried, uh yeah... not yet.  So, it's not holding my interest.  I plan to continue to incorporate my kettlebells into my workouts regardless, just, not with Shred It With Weights at this point.

I'd considered jumping right into Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, because I've been ever so curious about it.  However, while chatting with Mike last night, he pointed out that I've had great results my first two times through Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred, and that it might be a good idea to give it a third go-round, to really challenge and push myself to complete all of the moves at the "advanced" level.  Then, once accomplished, I could more confidently move on to Ripped in 30.  I gave this some consideration and felt as though he might really be on to something!  Both times that I've involved myself in completing the Shred, I've stuck with it, it's kept my interest and I see/feel results rapidly.  Why change a good thing?!

So . . . [not so] bright and early this morning, I embarked on Round Three of 30 Day Shred. Once again, ten consecutive days of each level, while also keeping up with my run training.  Watch out for occasional updates, as well as an all-new results blog at the end of this endeavor.

Yes, I am this crazy.  :)

Results photos from the first two rounds: Round One and Round Two