I’ve been blessed with a slender physique (thanks mom!) and never really needed to exercise to stay “in shape” (curvy is a shape guys) but, recently, whilst looking at myself in the mirror after a shower I realized that my legs were a bit more wobbly than usual and some funny little cellulite started to take over my butt, my beer/potato-chips-gut is getting a little out of control and I realized I needed to get my lazy ass off the couch and actually do something about it.
My new roommate suggested the Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred and I decided to give it a try. It’s only a twenty-something minute video that covers cardio, strength and abs. It has three levels which you are supposed to do level one the first ten days, level two from day 11-20 and level three for the remaining 10 days.
I have to be completely honest, as someone who smokes the occasional cigarette and drinks pretty regularly, the first two days nearly killed me.
Day one was excruciating. The whole time I was doing it I felt like I was about to die. I don’t think I have ever sweat that much in my life. It looked way easier when I watched it before to see if I wanted to commit. The worst part though was when it ended, I experienced some shaking for like 45 minutes, when all I could do was lay on the floor trying to get my breathing back to normal. All and all after I catched my breath and stopped shaking it wasn’t so bad, or so I thought.
Day two – The next morning was when I realized just how out of shape I really was. My legs, arms, back, and abs were useless. I spent the day trying to move as little as possible. In the late afternoon however I decided I might as well just get the video done for the day. As expected, it was even harder to complete than the frist day because every inch of my body was sore. When I was done I shook for 25 minutes, 1o minute deduction guys I was happy.
The good news is after getting through day two it is not as bad anymore.
Day three – I tried to drink a vanilla-banana shake about 45 minutes before working out. The workout started to go by faster and I could now squat with a bit less effort and pain. Today was the first day that I did not shake after I was done with my workout. Feeling super confident I made myself a wheat toast with avocado half a lime and just a bit of salt.
I won’t bore you with a description of everyday because it’s pretty much all the same. I am now on day 8 and I can honestly say I can already feel the difference. My endurance has noticeably improved, and the pain is nowhere near as bad as it was on the first three days. I had measured myself on day one and already lost one full centimeter on my waist AMAZING!
If you are thinking that you need to get some exercise, I strongly recommend this video, and a few tips from my personal experience:
- Play some music that pumps you up and have her video on low volume (she talks A LOT)
- Eat something light about 45 minutes before you do it, I usually toast some bread and put avocado or hummus on it or do a banana shake (basically banana, milk, vanilla extract in the blender with some ice)
- Have water near by for when you are done, DO NOT drink it beforehand.. trust me there’s a lot of jumping involved and you don’t want water sloshing around in your belly.
- Prepare to sweat, plan accordingly.
- Eat something no more than 30 minutes after you’re done. I like to bake some salmon, or tilapia with some rice and veggies.
That’s my experience, stay tuned for an update around day 15!