30 Day Shred: Week 1 Recap

Sooo… week one of June’s 30 Day Shred Challenge down (my initial post is over here). I met my goals of salad-eating, running twice, and strength training twice. Drinking lots of water is way hard for me! Here’s a snapshot (more for my own logging benefits than for your visual pleasure) of what went down this past week:

Wednesday, June 1st: Strength trained with Swole Patrol (that’s what my husband and his friend call their tri-weekly weightlifting sessions). Did four circuits of:

  • 5 minute jog
  • pull-downs
  • shoulder press
  • squats
  • weighted-step-up-things
  • Then our “How many sit-ups can you do in 60-seconds?” challenge twice. Topped out at 35.

Thursday, June 2nd: Jogged the loop around my neighborhood. It’s a bit of a hill and a little more than two miles (walked about 1/4 mile towards the end of the middle).

Friday, June 3rd: Strength trained with Swole Patrol. Did four circuits of:

  • incline dumbbell bench press
  • barbell rows
  • barbell shrugs
  • barbell squats
  • planks
  • 60 seconds of situps twice — topped out at 37.

This was also the day I officially joined all the other inter-ladies with the 30 Day Shred. Did Level 1; it kicked my butt.

Saturday, June 4th: Jordan and I did the Shred together. It was cute, both of us huffing and puffing alongside each other. Afterwards, I ran a mile around the neighborhood and then Jordan ran after me. I need a jogging stroller, I think. Then we could go as a family.

Sunday, June 5th: Shred and a mile run. It’s funny how during the process, I feel like I’m going to die, and then 10 minutes after, I feel just fine. This makes me irrationally angry. Or crazy for thinking that the pain should last longer. But how can I feel fine just minutes after feeling like death?

Monday, June 6th: Swole Patrol. Did each group of exercises three times:

  • Dumbbell squat
  • Pushups
  • Hip raise with feet on bench
  • Cable row to neck with external rotation (killed me)
  • Reverse crunch
  • Prone cobra (what a name)

Then did the elliptical for 20 minutes and a core circuit with Jordan and Jeff that went like this:

  • Weighted sit-ups
  • Russian Twist (another great name)
  • Wide-stance plank with leg lift
  • Modified hanging hurdle

And then we were spent. At night, when Jordan went to his first gig as a bouncer (don’t even ask…) I did the Shred on level 2. And it was not easy. Ouch.

Tuesday, June 7th: Rest. So… tired.

I think it went pretty well. My bod’s in a bit of shock, but I think that was to be expected. The one thing I have noticed is how much more alert and happy I am during the day. I feel paradoxically sore and refreshed.

My goals for this next week: 

Continue to eat a salad a day (mmm veggies)


Strength train twice

Run three times

Go to bed before eleven every day (my summer night-owl is setting in)

Naptime Momtog

Best Shot

I am no photographer, but I smile every time I see this picture of Carter peeking out of a blanket at my niece’s third birthday party. He was just short of four months old and starting to show his little personality. This is also about the time that we started noticing how red Carter-Bird’s hair is in the sunlight.

I loved this moment, and I’m sharing it with you and The Paper Mama’s “Your Best Shot…of a Child” photo competition. I’m having lots of fun looking at all the great pictures of little ‘uns, and just had to add my own.

If you’ve taken a great shot (I hear furry children count, too!), you should enter, too.
The Paper Mama


A Smile and a Hop

Well, hello there!

It’s starting to really feel like summer hereabouts. The heat is on the rise, the pressure to get around to summer work projects is creeping, and my urge to get to a beach is setting in. Carter spent most of today in just his diaper, and loved it. A man after his mama’s heart. He’s six months tomorrow! Where has the time gone?? Unfortunately, our pediatrician is on vacation for a couple weeks, so I won’t have the official check up stats until late this month. We did get his weight at his check-up earlier this week — 14lbs 10oz. Small and strong. And I can put off those dreaded shots for a few weeks.

I really need to get around to refurbishing this here corner of the internet. I’ve got a few things in mind, but no skill in that area of design. So many e-friends have gotten summer makeovers, and it’s making my blue eyes green.

Speaking of e-friends, here’s an invite to the Blog Hop over at Growing Up Geeky and Our Growing Garden for mamas.