A couple weekends ago, I had myself an adventure. My long-time friend Lyndsay and her rad mom accompanied me to the annual Color Run, a 5K fun run where participants are doused in a rainbow. It was such a great time!
Well, my “30 Day Shred” became more of a “do 15 days of this video, and throw in some running/biking/strength training when you get bored” — which I did. It’s probably a no-duh moment, but a 20 minute video on repeat isn’t going to work miracles. But it was a good tool, and I’m glad I own it. I plan on popping it in on days (like today) when leaving the house isn’t at all appealing (it’s 116º out, ouch).
Anyway, I’d be lying if I was super excited about my results — I’m not. I don’t see any bit of difference from the original stats taken a month ago. But the measuring tools that be indicate a small change.
Weight: -2 lbs
Upper waist: -.5″
Lower waist: -.5″
Everything else: The same. Which is ok, because I’m not too worried about the numbers.
At any rate, I’m looking forward to continuing my fitness expedition. The harsh reality is that with a baby, it’s not as easy as it used to be to set a summer goal and go balls to the wall. So I’m trying (trying) to make some personal goals this month that are obtainable.
Run 3 miles, 3x a week (I’m not into waking up early… and it doesn’t dip below 105º until after 9pm, so I’m still considering the “how” here.
Strength train 2x a week
Give up soda completely. (Except when I go see Harry Potter. This will be a tough goal. I’m not a huge soda drinker, but I like the caffeine rush and the bubbles when the craving strikes.)
Three goals seems really doable.
I was thinking that the first week I might have done a bit too much, just because I was so freaking sore and tired. I slowed it down a touch this week.
Wednesday, June 8th: 30 Day Shred, Level 2. I had to miss weight lifting today and it was sorely (ba-dum-chh) missed. Really. I’ve started to look forward to these. I had coffee and dinner with friends while watching So You Think You Can Dance, and then did the Shred late. It was hard — Level 2 is kicking my butt. I’d normally go on a run afterwards on a day like this, but I couldn’t because it was already after 10pm and, even in the suburbs, that’s a bit scary for a lady.
Thursday, June 9th: 30 Day Shred, Level 2. Again, late. I’m starting to feel like I’m going to bomb all seven days of my goal to get to bed before 11.
Friday, June 10th: 30 Day Shred, Level 2. Ran a mile. Did a “tri-set” of triceps exercises around the house and some extra push-ups/situps because I had to miss Swole Patrole …again… I was watching Baby and let Jordan go do it.
Saturday, June 11th: Level 2 of the Shred. Getting bored of that… Scared to try Level 3.
Sunday, June 12th: Rest
Monday, June 13th: Swole Patrole. Yay! Finally got to go. I’m not going to delineate my workout — it was mostly arms with some core.
Tuesday, June 14th: Slacker day. Should’ve done something and didn’t. No excuses — just had a rough night Monday after I got home from a fun ladies’ quilting night. I stress out over stupid things and wound up in ridiculous tears. My husband is very nice not to make fun of me at times like this.
My motivation is lacking, though. I totally could be pushing myself harder. Need to find that oomph.
At any rate, I’ll leave you with some outstanding, super-flattering photos of me breaking a sweat. The first one’s a real gem.