Thursday, January 08, 2009
Ok, I'm really trying not to make excuses, but struggling horribly with the level one of the 30 day shred. I can do it, but I hear my knees go "creeek" with each lunge and it scares me. I've done it 5 times and it's not getting any easier on my knees.
Jillian keeps saying "20 minutes of intense cardio, strength training and ab work....." takes the place of "hours of phoning it in at the gym". Now I don't use a gym, so I'm really not even sure what "phoning it in at the gym" means. I get that it's an intense series designed to cram a lot in a short amount of time, I've just decided for me it's not worth it. I'd rather spend more time and not feel like I'm jeopardizing my knees.
I'm going to stick with the 30 day boot camp plan-which I've also been following. I'm just going to do more stationary bike work or WATP video to make sure I meet my 30 minute cardio quota.
I've been doing Coach Nicoles 10 minute workouts too, and they don't hurt my knees like Jillian's does.
So I guess that's my review of the 30 day shred. Sounds like a good plan, and I was sure motivated to look like Jillian, but when I think about my quote
"no easy solutions, just painful trade-offs"- this painful trade-off isn't worth it for me! I'll get there... I'll lose more weight and get down to my goal, but I'm not going to kill myself.
My other thought was as I was doing this excruciating video.... there's no way in the world that I would keep this up after 30 days. I need to do something I can continue and keep up and this wasn't it!!!
Sunday, January 04, 2009
After 1 month of no loss, no gain (thank goodness), I'm READY to get down to business.
Here's my info:
Original SW in July 08: 178.5
Current weight 1/4/9: 161
Current measurements: 41-34-42.5
I feel like at least until December I was doing pretty good with my New Years Weight Loss Challenge group and was losing 3-4 pounds a month, so I'm going to set my [optimistic, highly motivated because of the New Year] goal at 5 pounds or 156 by Jan 31. Ultimately my goal was 140 by May, then re-eval. I'm just a little above my weight loss goal line on the graph, but it's still doable, so I just need to kick it up a notch.
Oh and did I mention my goal is to follow both the boot camp and the 30 day Jillian Michaels Shred plan? I'm on day 2 of both and I'm FEELING IT!
Here's my starting pics:
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I am a pharmacist at an acute mental hospital. We have a new psychiatrist who is just full of fascinating quotes and tid-bits. He used this one today while discussing a struggling alcoholic patient. I quickly realized it applies to so many things, but it really rang true to me with my dieting journey this year.
"There are no easy solutions, just painful trade-offs."
Wow- How I'm learning that! It's not easy to lose weight. There's a price we pay for everything, i.e.- "painful trade-offs".
Of course you reap what you earn. Sometimes we make the decision that the price is too high. That's what I've done without really thinking about it in all my previous weight loss attempts. I think it's important to acknowledge that just like everything else worth acheiving, losing weight is NOT easy. But it IS worth it. I AM worth it.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
YEAH! It took me a while before I realized this, but today I reached my 15 pound goal, which I had slated for Thanksgiving! Hurray! I'm very excited about this. I've learned that even though I've had some bad days (Halloween, Election day to name 2), if I stay with the plan and get right back ASAP, that ultimately I will continue to trend in the right direction. That's so motivating and encouraging. I now KNOW I'm going to reach that 20 pound weight loss goal by Christmas, and hopefully before that!
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