Friday, May 04, 2012
This blog has been brewing for a few days, and it may be a little premature because I have 10 days left. But I felt I needed to get the words down.
About three weeks ago, my friend Liz sent out a message on FB saying she was looking for extra people to join her 30-Day Shred group. The catch was that the challenge would start the next day. I was looking for something new after a stressful year, and my fitness level was at an all-time low. I already had the DVD from a failed attempt a couple years ago. So I joined a group of 20 other women. We all started on Level 1 and basically agreed to progress to the next level after about 7-10 days. We were to do the workout every day and check in via FB. Along the way, Liz would provide encouragement.
Now I've just finished Day 20. The box says I can lose up to 20 pounds. I will admit that has not happened. I'm far from it. I believe I'm down one pound. But I have lost several inches, and I feel like I'm in the best shape in years. Each day, I see myself progressing further and further into the advanced stage. Last week, I yelled at the TV when I realized she wanted me to do jumping jacks with weights in my hands. Today, I powered through it.
I have recognized that this is only the first step. I need to move on to other challenges, but this wasn't a waste of time. We took our bodies through a wringer so we could face harder challenges.
I'd also like to recognize the power of the group. We are all scattered across the country (and we do have an international member), but we are all doing the same workout day after day. Via social media, we can tell each other to get going. If someone goes "missing," we send out a search party. That is the power of working with a group. I don't want to drop out because I don't want to fail these wonderful people and myself.