Friday, December 11, 2009

30 Day Shred - Days 25 and 26 (Passing It Along Edition)

I cannot believe we've already complete Days 25 and 26 of our 30 Day Challenge. On Tuesday, we'll be done completely! Valiant and I would not have guessed how quickly the time has gone. Only four more days and we'll have completed the challenge. Unbelievable. The best part? People are being inspired to jump start their own fitness routines and moving their bodies. How cool is that? We're actually passing it along...

Last night I gained renewed inspiration from my friend A, who has struggled with a lifelong weight problem. At our Christmas party she told me she was behind on on her blog reading and just discovered I was doing the 30 Day Shred. Wednesday, during our almost-weekly "Biggest Loser recap conversation", she told me that she and her husband were committing to each other to make serious changes in 2010. She had plans to start canvasing Craig's List now for a treadmill and a bike.

After dinner last night, I heard from Superman that Mr. R was giving away his treadmill! Seriously!! I called A immediately (at 8:00 o'clock at night) and said, "Were you serious? Do you want a treadmill for free?" She said, "I'm getting in the car right now," and proceeded to do so. The best part? She told me that she'd put in the 30 Day Shred video earlier in the afternoon, did 4 minutes and walked away...but that she didn't allow herself to quit and she came back to it and finished the entire level. Isn't that fabulous? A, I am so proud of you for doing this. I know how hard this video is and the fact that you made yourself finish it is something to be proud of! (P.S. A, don't forget about adding a towel under your knees for the girl push-ups...older knees just aren't as forgiving as younger ones!)

As for our Challenge, Level 3 is difficult...I won't lie. It is not as if it gets easier with each level. Jillian knows what she is doing and each of the moves you do in Levels 1 and 2 are preparing you for the demands she's going to place on you in Level 3. I'm wrung out by the time I finish it and a lot of the time I have to do the "easier" version. The reward? My clothes are fitting better, my posture is better, and I feel better. And Valiant? He's stronger, more coordinated, and his stamina is increasing. Even Superman is noticing a difference, and he's only 13 days into it.

If you're at all tempted, A told me that you can get the video at Costco for $5.99 if you use a $2 coupon they've got in their current mailer. Honestly, if you choose to do it, it will be difficult, but you won't regret it.

So, what are you going to do today to make yourself feel proud?


Anonymous said...

Go A you can do it. Do 5 minutes if that's all you can do. At least it's 5 minutes more than you were doing.

Did 30 minutes of step tonight. Wow was that boring. LOL But I did it. Up and down to Christmas music. Took yesterday off, so I am back on the wagon again trying to get in my 30 a day. I was going to do some Yoga after dinner, but Hubby has the Wii playing tomb raider. ;/ So I guess I won't do that after all. Maybe later. Tomorrow is going to be busy. Don't know how you people in the northern stated do it. I am freezing. It was 28 this morning and I just about froze to death doing carpool. I am ready to start hybernating. When is spring?

Tricia said...

I know it sounds like I'm making excuses for not starting the Challenge yet, but a couple of things have delayed me: My ankle got infected from the stitches and The Pilot was radioactive and in isolation upstairs (i.e., my husband was HOT!). I just couldn't face multiple trips up and down the stairs after what you wrote about how your legs felt following the first day of this video. Both situations will be resolved soon and I can start on Monday, hopefully with The Director joining me!

Anonymous said...

Oh Tricia, Hope he's feeling better. You have good reasons to wait in that case, and up and down stairs is good exercise. We'll be watching on Monday. Took today off myself to spend some time with #3 and the practice grandchildren. They are using the TV to watch Christmas movies, so I can't do my exercises. So I am resting. But I did get in my extra yoga last night so I am happy.