Saturday, May 9, 2009

Today is not that day

I haven't been blogging for awhile because we had company over last weekend (which meant days of cleaning beforehand) and I started doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred on Tuesday.

I just completed Day 5 and I feel really great. I can already tell I am getting stronger and have more endurance.

Not even halfway through the workout on Tuesday, I was pretty certain I was going to wake Phoebe up with my wheezing. I just can't believe how out of shape I am. I know I'm overweight (by 10 - 15 lbs) but I didn't know until then I'm just not as strong as I thought I was.

Like Oprah said "I can't believe I'm still talking about this after all these years". I used to be a PERSONAL TRAINER, for God's sake! I KNOW BETTER! And I actually ENJOY working out!

After the first few days of doing this workout, I could barely walk up and down the stairs. I was taking aspirin for my poor sore quadriceps (no Advil in the house and I was too sore to go to the store to buy any). Phoebe would laugh as we walked -- painfully slow -- down the stairs, while I gripped the handrail and prayed my legs wouldn't give out, sending us crashing into Geoff's guitar waiting at the bottom.

So far I've only done Level 1, but today I was able to do the more "challenging" moves (you can choose to do an easier version of most of the exercises and I was barely able to do those on Tuesday). I'm looking forward to trying out Level 2.

I'm committed to doing this workout every day for 30 days. I can fit in 20 minutes of workout every day. They're really really difficult and I know my body is going to change.

I'm feeling pretty good about it. I'm starting to clean up my diet (again) and consulting my old food diaries for inspiration.

It just feels good to put on workout clothes again. I haven't worked out since before our wedding which was ... oh yeah ... almost 2 years ago. Ouch.

Luckily the body has muscle memory and I'm looking forward to getting my strength and endurance back. It's a long road, but I'm taking my first steps and I feel really good about it.

I joined the Jillian Michael's website (corny, I know) for inspiration and to log my workouts and get menu inspiration (roasted red pepper dip with baked pita chips? yes, please!) and read other people's stories of weight loss and success using her DVDs.

One woman has a quote at the end of her posts that really resonated with me:

There will be a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day.

Tomorrow isn't looking so good, either.


Candice Lynn said...

That quote is aweome. I got out of the gym habit these past few weeks with swim and prom crap, and it is hard to get back in after even the smallest amount of slacking. I am postng those words on my mirror, fridge, door, and computer. Seriously.

Candice Lynn said...