Thursday, December 3, 2009

30 Day Shred Challenge - Day 18 (Church Supper Edition)

Sorry for the late post, but my day ran away with me and by the time I could get to the computer, it was time for me to leave for a Ladies' Dinner at the church of my friend, Joy. She kindly invited me to join her for this holiday dinner and it was wonderful. There must have been 20 different kinds of soup to choose from, salad, bread, and cheesecake for dessert. There was a wonderful story to remind us of the power of human kindness and service to others, prayer, and hymns. It was a wonderful welcome to the season.

When I inquired about the dress code for this dinner, Joy laughed and said, "No workout clothes and you have to be done being sweaty. A shower would be appropriate!" That tells you how everyone sees me these days. Everyone understands I'm committed to getting fit and that means most weekdays finds me in workout clothes most of the day. (I don't think she really thought I'd attempt to show up in workout clothes, however!)

So, about the Challenge. Day 18 was our 8th day of Level 2 and I still don't like this level. It is actually a bit easier than Level 1, but it seems a bit boring to me. Valiant and Buttercup feel the same way. I know it is working my legs, though, because they are feeling super tired at the end of the day. Today I did my other exercise (24 minutes on the LifeCycle and 25 minutes on the treadmill -- than translates to 8.7 miles on the bike and 2.3 miles on the treadmill) before the video because the video just wipes me out. Valiant agrees that this was the way to arrange our exercise, so I think we'll be doing it this way going forward (at least until we're done with Level 2).

Checking in with everyone else: Superman is still going strong and finished Day 7 of the Challenge. LoveAphid is back in the game and did Day 11, which means she did Day 1 of Level 2. She has to stay with the program because she's traveling for the holidays, so she's got to get done by the 23rd. My friend Tricia is trying to talk the Pilot into joining her when she starts the challenge after December 7. Joy is trying to get her 20 minutes in each day and staving off her husband's requests that she take up running. She says she's finding herself tempted to try the video when I'm done with it. (As soon as I told her it was pulling in the lower abdominal pouch that seems impervious to exercise, it was all over!) Generations Gone By is getting 20-30 minutes in on the Wii each day, despite have her house torn up with remodeling projects that must be done before her holiday guests arrive on the 19th. Melissa at 365 Days of Exercise is focused on her challenge to lose 10 pounds in December and end the first year of her challenge to herself on a "low" note (pun definitely intended!).

I can't believe how much everyone is doing to take care of themselves. It makes my heart happy to see it.

So, what about you? What did you do today to make yourself proud?


Tricia said...

Erin, you may have misunderstood my previous post regarding my potential partner in the Shred Challenge. The equivalent of MY "Superman" (aka "The Pilot"-I like it!) currently resembles an anemic Clark Kent as he is undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer (sorry I hadn't told you before now) and the most exercise he's getting lately is walking from the recliner to the bed and back. Actually, my "Charming" (aka "The Director"-look out, Steven Speilburg!) is the one who has been given instructions by his doctor to get serious about his health. He is still painfully thin and embraces the sedentary technology lifestyle: computer, video games and movies. You've heard of redistribution of wealth? How about redistribution of pounds?! I'd gladly give up 15 and give them to HIM!

Anonymous said...

Tricia, That's all the exercise the Pilot needs right now. Let his body heal. Today I am unwallpapering again. Hope to get the parts I can get down without Hubby's help done today. He has to take down the lights, towel rods, mirror etc tomorrow, but I only want that little bit left. If I get that done, I am calling it a day. My muscles are really tired. We have 9 ft ceilings and I am only 5'6" and I am having to scrap the wallpaper, so I am getting a workout getting this stuff off. I am going to have some awesome muscles. LOL I noticed I am standing on tippy toes to reach so even my ankles are getting a workout.
I weighed it on the Wii this morning, will try and get in some exercise tonight, but I will be pushing it. All that climbing and wallpaper scraping is wiping me out. But I am trying to get in my 30 anyway. Trying not to make excuses because I know if I do, it's too easy to quit. And the scales are moving downward again and that's reason enough to keep trudging on. If all goes well, I should get to start painting by Monday! Yeah, more arm exercising. My reward will be a finished bathroom before Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Well, I did 22 minutes today. Mostly step. Upper body is very tired from wallpapering. This is one of those days where I just said, get on, do it, you don't have to like it, just do it.

Andrea said...

When I first read this post I thought to myself, "I'm proud that I got the house clean!" And trust me, that is something to be proud of! LOL. I can't wait until my baby/toddler is a full fledged preschooler! I forget how that 12-18 month stage is so hard! Always wanting to be held and if she isn't being held she is climbing on something or destroying something! So yes, I was proud.

Andrea said...

You have blog award on arise 2 write.

Tricia said...

Thanks, Gens, I'm taking good care of him. And thank-you, Erin, for your private message - your support is so appreciated. You're a great friend!

Andrea, don't be too impatient for toddlerhood to end. It may seem really difficult now, but the time goes so fast and you will one day soon be saying "When did my baby grow up?"