Shredding it

Time for another challenge!  I love challenges!! 😀  As many of you probably know, Catlin recently began the 30 Day Shred Challenge and called out for other bloggers and readers to join her.  I happened to have the dvd at home, collecting dust, so I figured why not.  I picked up some weights from my mom’s house and did my first session on Saturday.  It’s only 20 minutes so it really flies by.  Level I I find to be a good way to ease into Jillian’s workouts (although the very first move is push-ups so she definitely does not kid around).  I heard Level II kicks major butt and I really can’t wait for it!  I’m trying to be patient, though, as I plan on adding this 20 minute workout on top of my usual routine at least 6 times a week.  We’ll see if it becomes too much at some point.  I’ll keep you guys posted :)  Oh, I should mention that I own Jillian’s Winning by Losing book so I often do her recommended workouts from the back of the book (they’re very similar in style… but harder) so I may be a bit on the more advanced side.  In any case, I’m sure the short 20-minute workouts will add up and hopefully I’ll see some results.

So today I did the level I workout again.  It’s funny because I thought I could never want to do the same workout twice, but despite knowing what’s coming next, I didn’t mind it at all.  And I love Jillian… so I really do feel like she’s training me right here in my living room.  It’s been fun so far! I used 2lb weights for the first exercise, 4 lbs weights for everything else, except for 6 lb weights for the flys move.  I’m going to add a lb to each exercise tomorrow and see how it goes.  The flys in particular are crazy easy with just 6 pounders.  I usually use 15 lb weights at the gym so it seems like a bit of a joke (despite being a “recovery interval”).  I’m being a little bit cheap here and don’t want to invest in more dumbbells.  We’ll see – maybe I’ll find something around the house to lift that’s heavier.  Any ideas?

Today another fun thing happened (well at least while it lasted) .  When I turned on the dvd, my husband asked if he could join me.  I was so happy!  He’s had a bit of a cold and already drank a strong beer but I figured it was going to be ok since he wasn’t going to be jumping on a treadmill or anything.  He said it was way harder than he thought it would be.  He lasted through the first circuit (maybe a little more) and said he couldn’t breathe.  I guess cold, beer + crazy Jillian don’t mix well 😉  In any case, I’m going to make him do it with me soon.  I think that would be so much fun!

Anyways, let’s finish up “workout talk”… after the 20 minute Shred dvd, I grabbed my stuff and went to the gym.  I planned on doing “5 miles fast” (that’s what my running schedule said) but it just wasn’t happening.  I wore pants that were way too big and they kept on dragging so I was just super paranoid that I would step on my pants, fall and die.  Haha, probably too dramatic, but you know what I mean.  After 1/2 mile I got of the treadmill and jumped on the elliptical (safer with long pants).  Too bad I hate the elliptical.  I lasted 35 minutes (I think) and called it a day.  It was a pretty crappy workout, but it’s better than nothing, I guess.  Workout stats:

  • Duration: 1:07
  • Calories burnt: 544 (40% fat)
  • Ave HR: 143; Max HR: 171

EATS

Today’s food was nothing special.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  As always, scroll over for descriptions

plain chobani, 1/2 banana, TJ's nutty trek mix + pb puffins

leftover root veggie pie with biscuits

no pudge brownie

2T sabra garlic hummus, carrots + 1/2 srvg reduced fat wheat thins

afternoon snack: apple

baked salmon with Jenna's sauce + salad of mixed greens, grape tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms

dessert: grapes

Total calories for the day: 1379

See you later, allegators :)

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