So, I had things to say in here tonight but then spent an hour or more??? putting little Finn to bed and am now drained of all life force. He wanted me to sing the movie Cars to him... several times. Boy has never seen this movie and neither have I, but his cousin gave him a little book version which he is in LOVE with. We've been reading it daily since, like, July. I enjoy reading it like I imagine a citizen of Radiator Springs might - with a funky hick accent. That level of theatrics no longer suffices and we've moved on to singing. Now just in case you think I'm singing the text, I am not. I have to improvise both melody and lyrics and INTERPRET the story in lullaby. Sigh. I may, or may not be an indulgent parent.
So, 30 Day Shred. First time this eve. I liked it. I like Jillian. Even when she's being an awkward dork. Even the bad porn music. Level 1 isn't hard, except for the push ups, so I was able to do all the "moves" well and in good form, blah blah. I felt good and burned about 185 calories according to Madam Polar (HRM). I like the format - cardio and strength and abs and minimal equipment/space needed. The girls bods are inspiring (even if their faces betray their fear of JM) and Jillian really does motivate me. She knows what to say and the awkward dork stuff fades away when she's more in her element (when the workout has progressed beyond the intro - could you die for her when they're all walking in at the beginning faking some kind of locker room laughter - so bad). Anywhooch, it's good and very manageable for me at 20 minutes a pop.
I do admit to feeling a little cheaterish starting at Level 1, but I need the confidence boost, so pooh on that. It's amazing that I'm exercising at all so I'm very much in the "Amen I moved my ass today mode". The time for contemplation of a steeper challenge is later. I will say, however, that the Level 1 workout may have been a disappointment had I not run for 50 minutes earlier today. Having the Shred as the #2 workout of the day makes it. (Listen to me, #2 workout of the day, who do I think I am??)
So, for a gal who loathes workout tapes I'm pretty satisfied and willing to continue. The 30-Day Plan is...
1. 30 Day Shred for 30 Days (imagine that!) 10 days at each level (there are 3) unless I'm inspired otherwise.
2. Additional cardio (this will likely be running on the treadmill) - at least 30 minutes at least 4 days/week
3. Try to stay under 1600 calories a day. Track everything! I was around 2000 cals today, but the nice thing is that I didn't binge and felt pretty in control all day. It was just poor planning (or no planning) and a lack of appropriate groceries. I'll do better tomorrow. Funny though, although I ate loads today I feel so hungry right now. Ugg. Wishing I was asleep. Speaking of...
4. Get more sleep. Now that I understand the legitimate connection between lack of sleep and overeating I've got to get serious about my sleep deprivation. Plus the lack of sleep is doing me no favors in the depression arena. I got some lovely flannel sheets and a new down comforter all ready for the little twin futon in our bedroom and I think we're going to move Finn out of our bed this week and onto the futon. We'll see how it goes. He's too big for our bed anymore and we'll all sleep better for having more room. Despite the absolutely miserable sleep I've been getting for 2 years, the thought of not having him next to me at night is well... I'm choking up and the lump in my throat is 2012 size.
So, for Day ONE of this 30-Day Plan I did pretty well on points #1 and #2 and if I go to bed now I might do alright on #4. So, Goodnight Y'all!
Finn, August nap.
Oh, oh, oh, and one more thing! I never would have tried the 30 Day Shred if it weren't for so much chatter on Spark about it. That's the beauty of this thing I 'spose. So, thanks all you chatterers.