05 3 / 2012
Huh. Today was strange. I had more trouble breathing than usual. Maybe I’m coming down with something…?
Well, at any rate, I survived another day with Jillian, still loathe jumping lunges, and discovered that I might be at about 75-80% my maximum heart rate during certain portions of the shred (if my counting was correct). A bit above my target zone, but not into the realms of DANGER! DANGERRRR!!!
And after my workout, I had a banana-kiwi superfood protein shake! If you haven’t tried AmazingGrass superfood shakes (it comes in several different flavors of powder), I’d recommend them! SO YUMMY! But if you want protein, you’ll have to add protein powder or yogurt (which gives it a nice tang!)
And dinner was an amazing spinach & strawberry salad. I ate a whole pound or strawberries in a day (well, I technically started last night. So in 24-hours, we’ll say).
I regret nothing.
Day 29 tomorrow! WHOOOO!!!!
05 3 / 2012
Alrighty! Day 27! (Geez, it feels like I’ve been doing this workout for ages!)
I forgot to share the exciting news last week! Between February 14 and February 28, I dropped about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from my waist and 2 inches (5 cm) from my hips! I’m sure it’s been more than that altogether, but I didn’t measure until I was already two weeks into the shred. I really want to keep up this momentum! Body measurements are more accurate than weight, but I’ll continue to track both.
Also: I need a new belt. WHEE! It’s so great when jeans that were previously snug start to feel loose! Hopefully I have some old jeans at my parents’ place that will fit once my current ones are too big altogether!
Optimistic? Why yes, I am! I’m in a fairly good mood today. I think it’s because I found organic strawberries on sale at Whole Foods. I have been craving strawberries in the worst way for a coupe months now, but they were always too expensive for me to bother buying them. NOT ANYMORE!!!
…I have the feeling I was talking about something completely different before I got distracted by talk of pants and delicious red berries. OH YES! The shred.
It was another night where I exercised more out of a feeling of obligation than motivation. But when it was all said and done, I was very glad that I went through with it. So…LET THAT BE A LESSON TO YOU, YOUNG LADY.
(If I were Calvin’s dad, I would tell you that it builds character)
04 3 / 2012
Bleagh. I had several days in a row that I didn’t exercise (and didn’t eat quite as healthy as I should have). Work, school, stress, excuses, excuses. But I finally resumed the shred last night! I hadn’t regressed as far as I’d feared, but I did definitely lose some progress. I’ve hit the point where I just want to finish my 30 days so I can start a different workout regimen (I’m thinking Couch-to-5K and yoga, alternating days. However, if those who are more fitness-savvy than I have an alternate suggestion, I’d be happy to hear it!)
So, what to say about Level 3? I loathe jumping lunges.
…yep, that just about covers it.
Plank Rows & Leg Lifts are still a challenge, but the kind of challenge that I love. This surprises me…but I guess it goes back to what I said about a week ago: it makes me feel strong when I do them, even if I can’t do them all unmodified.
Tonight I’ll do Day 27 (I’m angry when I realize that I’d be done by now if I hadn’t missed several days. But I was really to a point of exhaustion from my busy schedule, so I guess I’ll forgive myself. No use dwelling on the past. Might as well just learn from it and move on!)
29 2 / 2012
Never do the Level 3 workout after eating. Even if it’s been over half an hour.
I made it through, but…well, to put it delicately, I wasn’t sure I would. We’ll leave it at that.
Performance-wise, I did pretty good. Not much difference from Day 24, except I probably got in more walking push-ups and plank/row/leg lift combos before having to switch to the modified version.
Hey, does anyone else feel like a mermaid during the Circuit 3 abs? Also, I know I must be doing them wrong, since there is no emphasis on/engagement in my abs…but I’m not sure how I’m doing them wrong, or how to do them right. Anyone else have that problem?
Sorry for the short post, but I’m pretty tired about now…and I definitely need to start getting more sleep. Ciao!
27 2 / 2012
Tonight, as I tried to make my post-workout smoothie, my roommate walked into the kitchen. I held out the blender and the cup I was trying to pour the smoothie into.
“Help. I—can’t…SHAKING!” I was seriously worried that if I tried to do it myself, it would end up on the floor.
She took the blender cup, put the drink lid on it, and put it back in my hands. “Good workout?” she asked wryly. I just sat down on the floor and started drinking, holding the cup with both hands.
Yes, my dears, that’s really all I could handle at the moment.
So! Day 4 of Level 3, and the first time I’ve been able to do Level 3 two days in a row! It was also a great day because I finally reminded myself how much I can do if I put 110% into a workout, rather than having an attitude of, “Eh, okay, I need to work out now.” Not only did I manage to do an entire set of walking planks unmodified — I did both sets unmodified!
In fact, I did all of the exercises and movements of Circuits 1 AND 2 without any modifications or rest breaks! It was a struggle, but I was in a state of ultra-competitiveness. With my own body. And my wimpy side. Both of whom I crushed beneath my padded mauve hand weights.
I even managed to do the first set of walking push-ups and planks with rows & leg lifts without modification or rest! I did have to go down to modified moves for the second round of strength in Circuit 3, but I didn’t feel bad about it because I just thought, “Hey, I kicked butt on the first two circuits! By the end of 30 days, I’ll do this whole level unmodified!”
MORAL: Um…keep trying! And give it your all!
…I should have taken a video of just how nonsensical and jittery I was following that workout.
26 2 / 2012
Circuit 3 is definitely my biggest challenge in Level 3. Walking push-ups, planks with rows & leg lifts, rockstar jumps…(though the jumping lunges in Circuit 2 are a challenge, too) I really can’t decide whether I love or hate those row/leg lift planks. On the one hand, they are really hard, and the further I get into them, the more it becomes a battle of wills between me and my body. On the other hand, I can do more of them with each passing day, and that makes me feel strong.
(I have a similar attitude towards walking planks, but those will always trigger flashbacks to the the horror of choir boot camp…so I don’t anticipate ever enjoying them, even if I do get really good at them.)
I’ve been trying to think about what I’ll do after I’m done with the shred. I like it because it’s a good circuit workout (and I’m not sure I’m ready to venture into the weight training room without a friend — those football players intimidate me). I’m considering doing the Couch-to-5k running plan, alternating running days and shred days. Or I could try a different Jillian Michaels/Biggest Loser workout DVD.
I also want to try rock climbing. And possibly start doing it on a regular basis if I don’t discover that I’m terrified of going higher than ten feet (I’d hope not…after all, I spent an entire summer perched atop extension ladders painting houses, and those don’t even have harnesses! Then again, that was almost four years ago… <_<; )
Anybody else have ideas of workout routines/systems you’ve done or heard about that I should try?
24 2 / 2012
It’s funny. Though the moves themselves are harder on Level 3, I don’t feel like an exhausted, shaky pile of jello at the end of the workout. I suppose that means it’s time for me to throw myself (figuratively) into the movements more enthusiastically.
So, tonight…well, walking planks definitely aren’t my favorite thing in the world. On the other hand, I made almost all the way through the first set without any modifications, so…yay! Same goes for walking push-ups (which I definitely couldn’t have done before starting the shred)!
Now, I know there was a move that I loathed with my entire being…which one was it? Oh, yeah! Those jump-lunges. Bleagh.
Other reactions? Hmm…well, supermans make me feel like a lizard. Or a turtle stuck on a rock.
Yep. That’s me. Now you guys have seen my “before” picture (and you wonder why I can’t fit into my old jeans anymore…) ^_^;
Erm, all joking aside, Level 3 is intense, but not as terrible as I expected. I really had a harder time adjusting to Level 2. Granted, I have to take more breaks and quick rests, but I don’t think I’m doing that badly.
(Oh, except rockstar jumps. What the hell? You watch someone do them and you think, “That doesn’t look so bad!” And it’s not. At first. But about five in, you realize that it’s pretty tiring. And about ten in, you find yourself just bouncing up and down on your tiptoes instead of getting airborne…)
21 2 / 2012
Nooo oh mi gosh you guys there are more planks MORE PLANKS I TELL YOU
walking olanks. Plank thingies where you balance on one hand weight while you lify te other (which apparently my right arm cn’t handle don’t know why. more on that later.)
(actually no not more on that later, because I really don’t havre anyting else to say about t)
I had tap class tonight. Did I tell you guys that my instructoer is a former Rockette? Pretty neat, but I don’t expect to be doing high kicks anytime soon. It;s jst an adult cmmunity ed class, adter all.
So yes I had tap class, then I came hoem and jumped into my first day of levek 3. Maybe it was a bad idea to do my first day after already working out. Or maybe I would have done exactly the same no matter when I did it. Who knows>
ll I know is that I have to keep [racticing myplanks. damn.
Um, yes. I am painfully sweaty. That; right, PINFULLY SWEATY. But I said I;d do my journal entry right after my workout and not go back to fix any typos (so I could demonstrate ho bad I am at typing when I am on an endorphin rush), AND ZIMA IS A GIRL TRUE TO HER WORD.
My tap class went out for Mardi Gras after class (I declined). Ironic that I decided to forgo partying on fat Tuesday in order to work out and be…well, not fat.
On that note, as most pf you may (or may not?) know, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. It is an important holy day for Roman Catholics (and probably some other denominations of Christianity) worldwide, including myself. Thus I will be fasting and drinking only water and tea. I also won’t be doing the shred tomorrow, for two reasons. One, I don’t think it’s a good idea to do crazy exhausting workouts without having consumed food the entire day. and two, I will be spending that 20 minutes in prayerful contempkation insytead.
Furthermore, during the season of Lent (the next 40 days, until Easter), I will be spending less time on the computer. I waste too much time on here anyway. I will be allowing myself some time, however (for school and fitness obligations), so you’ll still see me. That being said, I’m not sure why I brought it up in the first place…hmmm…oh well!
Er, hope everyone is doing well! My dexterity seems to be slowly returning, so I will take that as my signal to finish this rambling entry.
- I started Level 3. It is brutal. I have a lot of work to do. I will triumph.
- I know my entry is full of typos at the beginning. It was on purpose.
- My tap instructor was a Rockette. This isn’t that important to you, but I think it’s cool.
- I won’t be doing the shred tomorrow. Given that I’ve done the last 21 days without fail, I think that’s okay.
- I didn’t actually mention this before, but I think I found a workout buddy! She’s more into sports than me (she’s played softball, soccer, and basketball), but she openly admits that she isn’t a very fast runner, so I don’t have to feel inferior with my 9-minute mile. Also, she’s into indoor rock climbing. I really want to try rock climbing, so that’s another good bit of news for me.
Bye-bye! I really am leaving!
21 2 / 2012
I am simultaneously excited for and terrified of starting Level 3 tomorrow. But I suppose it’s about time. Even though I end the workout tired and sweaty, I no longer feel like Sisyphus, struggling just to keep from being proverbially (or, since this is Jillian Michaels we’re talking about, literally) flattened by the exercises.
Looking back on my progress during Level 2: my planks and lunges have improved! And those V-raises and military presses are so much better now! However, I still need to work on my squats. I just can’t seem to do a full squat without losing my balance! This might be a problem of where I’m holding my weight, or a problem of not engaging my core…I’m not sure. Any squat-masters out there have any ideas or tips?
I feel strange ending the post here, but I suppose I don’t really have much more to say. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say tomorrow, though. Prepare for “OHMIGAWD YOU GUYS JILLIAN IS A PSYCHO CRAZY PERSON I BARELY MADE IT OUT OF THERE ALIVE.”
But of course, since my typing skills have a negative correlation with my fatigue and/or endorphin levels, it will be more like, “OGMEJOOD YUO GUIZ JIILAIM IS A SYYCOW CRAYZI PERDON I BERBI MASE IT TUO OF THURE ALOCE.”
Just watch. I will [try to] avoid correcting any typos tomorrow. It should be interesting…
20 2 / 2012
I think i’m going to have to stop working with the 30ds. I had knee surgery a few years ago and for some reason the 30ds has been killing my knee. Usually I can work through the pain but this time is different than most. I think that a lot of the exercises focus a lot on the knees and mine just can’t handle that. I need to rest my knees and wait to see if the pain goes away
sorry guys, good luck though!!
How are you all doing?