June Fitness Wrap Up; On to July

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.



30 Day Shred: Week 2 Recap


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.

Note that the cause of my anguish are those way intense 5-lbers.
Look! Debatable definition.
This is how you smize in a side plank pose.
I lasted all of 45 seconds each time I tried this.


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