30 Day Shred: Day One

When I started this blog, I had decided that I was going to lose some weight. I have been very lucky in my life to always be at a naturally healthy weight. I am not too skinny (except for highschool but that doesn’t count) and not too fat, just naturally normal without really having to try too hard.

I maintained my wedding weight until I got pregnant. During my pregnancy I gained a ridiculous 50 pounds, but by my son’s first birthday I had lost it all. Breastfeeding is an awesome weight loss tool. I breastfed my son for two years, and from the time I weaned him in August of 2011 to January 2012, I gained 13 pounds. That’s crazy, right?

So in January, I decided I would try to watch my diet. And I failed. Then in February, I bought a membership to a mom’s only workout place. And I HATED it. I have never been good at working out. When exercise was in my life it was through dancing and cheerleading. I’ve never been a girl who does push ups and crunches and runs. But since I had the membership I thought I would try it out. The problem was, I could only go when my son was in school. He went to two-day a week preschool last year, so I would drop him off, drive to the work out place, do an intense workout for an hour that made me feel like I wanted to die, and then go pick up my son. Because my husband works all the time and we do not live near family, those two days a week were the only time I ever got to myself. By replacing my me time with an intense workout that I hated, I started to feel drained physically and emotionally. I came to the conclusion that I would rather be a little bit fat than lose my sanity.

So for the past four months, I have not paid attention at all to my eating or exercise habits. Then, the other day, in a moment of bad judgement, I stepped on the scale. Oh my gosh. My scale is a mean little thing.

Once more, I have decided I’m going to do something about this. I’m not trying to be super skinny like I was in high school. I’m realistic that my body will never look like it did pre-baby. But if I could just lose 10 to 15 pounds (ok, I’d really like to lose 20) and start to feel less “blah” about myself, I think I would be happy. After talking to a few friends, I decided to try the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. It’s cheap (only $9 at Target), it’s accessible (in my livingroom), and it might help me lose weight AND maintain my sanity.

So I went to Target, bought the DVD, and prepared for my first workout.

(photo courtesy of amazon.com)

Except I was totally unprepared. The workout went down like this:

Straighten up living room by putting away all of the toddler’s stray toys. Put DVD in. Press play.

Watch the introduction where Jillian promises you will lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days! Awesome.

Start warm up. In the middle of arm windmills, hear toddler yell, “Mommy! I pooted!”

Press pause. Go wipe toddler’s bottom. Try to get toddler to put clothes back on. He refuses. Allow toddler to run around naked.

Press play.

Move on to cardio warm up jumping jacks. Realize I am not wearing the right bra for this. Hold boobs while jumping so they will not hit me in the face. Watch toddler attempt to do jumping jacks and say, “Mommy! Why are you holding your nurses?” (Yes, he calls my breasts “nurses.”)

Move on to lunges and weights. Realize I do not have weights. The toddler notices that the ladies in the video have weights and I do not. He brings me two of his blocks.

Press pause to answer the phone. It was a sales call.

Press play. Continue to push ups. The toddler thinks I am in piggy back riding position and climbs on my back. I attempt to do push ups with a 32 pound toddler on my back. I do not succeed.

When Jillian asks us to get into reverse crunch position, where you hold your legs up in the air, the toddler thinks I am in airplane position and climbs on. I fly my toddler on my legs.

The toddler kind of gets into it. He starts doing jumping jacks and kicks with me. He really likes the cross punching part.

He even becomes my personal motivator.

Jillian says, “Up and squeeze.” “Up and skeeze, Mommy!”

Jillian says, “Almost there!” “Awmost there, Mommy!”

At the lunging part, the toddler crawls back and forth between my legs.

I have trouble doing jumping jacks as he holds onto my ankles.

The pause button gets pushed a few more times for such emergencies such as looking at play dough carrots and a piece of dirt found on the floor.

Finally, it’s time for a cool down.

As I sit down and lean over to stretch, the toddler again climbs on my back.

I decide laying down is a good idea.

Jillian says something like, “Good job! You are well on your way to get shredded!”

We’ll see, Jillian, we’ll see.

*Does anyone have toddler friendly workout/weight loss tips for me? This is obviously not my area of expertise.

Comments

  1. As a mom of a toddler I have had the workout you described often! It’s kind of funny when you think about it… Anyway, like you not a fan of gyms, have a husband who works all-the-time, and limited down time that I don’t really have much interest in giving to a work out. So home work outs it is. I did 30 day shred, loved it and lost 12lbs, and inches from every where. How do I do it, with a maniac mini-me? Typically I put a Calliou on, on my laptop (I have no guilt about this, a healthy mom is a good mom.) Sometimes it’s the iPod, or kindle fire (best app ever is Zoodle). Sometime I will get fancy and set up a project for her at the counter. Anything to have 28 minutes of distraction. Good luck momma!!

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can not tell you how much your advice means to me! I definitely needed some practical advice on how to make this happen.
      And I am SO glad to know that you got results! Congrats on the weight loss and the inches! I am so worried that either I won’t make it all the way through or that I will not see a difference.
      Thank you so much for your reassurance and for relating to the toddler/workout drama! At least they are cute and entertaining. :)

  2. I started the 30 day shred today too! I can completely relate to this post in every way..except for the toddler part..my little guy is just 5 months :)

    • Oh yay! Now we can keep each other going! I am so afraid I will not make it all the way through. Congrats on your little one! I imagine it will be slightly easier to do it while he is still a baby! And good for you; when my little guy was 5 months I was practically still in bed. So nice to connect with you!

  3. Galit Breen says:

    Oh sorry girl, but laughing here! I remember days like this – it’s so very hard to fit it all in, isn’t it?

    I’ve come to waking up reallyreally early to work out before anyone else is up. It’s always hard to get out of bed, but my day starts out right that way.

    {On another note, I’ve just added in Jillian’s “Ripped in 30” to my rotation – and holy hell it’s hard! Ahem. :)}

    Good luck, you! Just remember to be kind to yourself and keep track of what you can handle!

    • So glad you were able to laugh! I wish I had a video of it; it was quite funny.
      So glad to hear your advice! I will have to think about waking up early….mornings are not my favorite. :)
      Ohhh so Jillian has even more torture dvd’s out there? I will have to check them out if I can get through this first one!
      Thank you love, I will try and I will keep you updated!

  4. haha. that sounds just about right! are you sure you aren’t watching my living room scenes? and my oldest now, old enough to be “helpful” will tell me –
    “you don’t look like the lady doing it!” that’s darling son, thanks :)

    • Oh my goodness that is hilarious!! Thank you for the laugh! I’m sure I will get the same feedback in a few years ha!

  5. That is so hilarious. I tried working out after I had my son and it was no use. Always interuptions. Always.

  6. Omg! Too funny! I actually just got this from the library the other day and have been meaning to try it! I also had very little success going to the gym because I didn’t want to spend all my “me time” there. (My son is even still too little to go to the kids area while I workout.) I started taking classes at Stroller Strides (you can bring the toddler and they ride while you workout) and literally loved it! I’d totally recommend looking for their program! (I’m a little biased because I’m teaching our location now but there are other programs too) and it’s fun to workout with other moms.

    • Yes! You will have to try it and tell me what you think! I felt the same way about the gym; I just hated going. I did try to take him to a class with me once and he cried the entire time. It was just not worth it!
      I am so interested to hear about your Stroller Strides recommendation! I have heard of Stroller Strides; that seems like it would be fun! Is there an age limit when they are too old? My guy will be three in September, so I’m wondering if we’ve missed the cut off?

  7. Funny! I started chronicling my same journey – the infamous 30 Day Shred – and my work outs went a lot like yours with an added bonus: you take for granted your once strong bladder pre-childbirth until those dreaded jumping jacks. I had to hit pause several more times to go to the bathroom…or else…… But I’ve fallen off the wagon because of a million excuses right? SO busy lately plus it’s more like a three-ring circus when I try to “ezzercise” around here than a real work out. Still kicks my butt though :/ Good luck girl!

    • Oh my goodness, yes!! I realized I had to pee A LOT after the workout and that has to be why! These crazy post-baby bodies. And I like to remind myself that none of those women on that DVD had kids. So we get a little break, right? It’s definitely hard, but it is changing my body! Good luck and hang in there! I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you!

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