Losing It: Week 1

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I don’t like to do things that are hard.

I don’t suppose anyone does, right? Or is it just me? I feel like I have an especially hard time fighting cravings, pushing myself when it comes to exercise, and dealing with my emotional turmoil.

One of my epiphanies from The Biggest Loser was that I always refused to actually do hard exercise, the kind that might hurt a little the next day or cause me to feel like I can’t do it. Just maybe (shocker, I know) pushing myself a little was what it would take to actually lose weight. Doing more than one mile on Walk Away the Pounds or strolling the neighborhood.

Nearly a year ago, the phenomenon of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred was sweeping the blogosphere. It seemed that all my favorite mommy bloggers were getting into that torturous DVD.

 Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred

It took me 11 months, but I finally got the courage to jump on that bandwagon this week. Sunday afternoon I banished Mr. V to the bedroom so he couldn’t make fun of me, donned some maternity yoga pants, and revved up the DVD. By the end of the first strength segment, I couldn’t feel my legs.


I wobbled through the rest of the DVD and Sunday evening.

Can I ask you a question? Have you ever been scared to sit down for fear of not being able to get up? Have you ever been sure you were going to “have an accident” because you literally could not get down to the toilet?

Yeah, me neither. Cough.

Monday morning I did Walk Away the Pounds to try to loosen up my legs so I could, you know, SIT DOWN. By Monday night I was SURE there was no way I could Shred. But Mr. V urged me to try, and so I did.

Tuesday night I started it by myself and five minutes in started yelling, “I can’t do it!!!” Mr. V brought Libbie in the room and they cheered me on and did some of the moves with me. (Libbie marching in place? SO CUTE!!!) And we made it through.

Mr. V wasn’t home Wednesday night. I didn’t do it. And now it’s Thursday afternoon, and my muscles finally seem to be somewhat normal again, and I am working on mustering the courage and energy to don the yoga pants and stick that evil circle into the DVD player.

Body weight percentage lost: .95% (I’m a little disappointed, but it’s something and I honestly already see a small difference in my waist and feel stronger from all the Shredding!)

Sodas drank: 2 (goal is 1)
Water: drank a decent amount most days
Exercise: 5/7 (check!)
Whole foods: mostly. I did eat some Chick-Fil-A, some frozen ice cream bars, and a Sonic wrap. I am tracking my foods and exercise on SparkPeople, and that does help me keep accountable!

How did you do this week? Link up your post at Giving Up on Perfect, and don’t forget to visit Ashleigh at Heart and Home, too! If you have no clue what I’m talking about, read about the Losing It competition here.

P.S. On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #LosingIt10 to find each other and root one another on!

I don’t mean to knock Walk Away the Pounds. I do think it’s good aerobic exercise. I just don’t tend to push myself when I do it.

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20 thoughts on “Losing It: Week 1

  1. I wish I could have seen the cuteness of Libbie *exercising* with her mommy! I totally know your pain. When I started weightlifting with Jen (which I still do far too little) I would wake up the next day with arms like super-sore almost-broken rubber bands. And ditto on the whole sitting down fear!

  2. I hate exercise too, but I LOVE THE SHRED. I'm doing it again. Just ramped up to Level 2 yesterday. OW. This morning. OW. But I actually LIKE being sore. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something worthwhile when I engage in that torture. LOL. I love the Shred b/c it's not gimicky. It's just good old fashioned strength training, ab work and basic aerobic moves. I hate aerobics and dance type exercise. I do like to combine the Shred with walking (and now I'm running) b/c I feel like the two compliment eachother. GOOD FOR YOU for doing it!!!! Keep it up.

  3. YOU CAN DO IT. Get that DVD out and put it in!!! YAY to Adam for encouraging you to get healthy! I'm with you as soon as I get back from cruise!

  4. You can do it!! Just think, .95% is better than nothing! or evening gaining… I think your doing a fab job! 🙂

    I've always been curious about the Shred, I never have the motivation to work out at home, so GOOD WORK!


  5. This is why I love you. We are way too much alike.

    I'm already DYING just from the workout my body got by skiing for a day. Next week? When I start my exercise program back up? I'm going to be whining and you'll be playing Mr. V to me, making me get in there and do the torture.

  6. Good for you! I didn't work out one single time, thanks to this stupid sinus infection. But I woke up feeling (finally) much better today, so no excuses this next week!

    (Although I think I'll stick to my WATP for at least the first week. Shred is too much for me to jump into just yet!)

  7. Oh, yes, MA'AM. i have felt that pain. It's especially bad when you're at a desk all day and you realize your legs very well may NOT cooperate with getting out of that desk chair! Make sure you're eating your protein after your workouts for muscle repair! Good luck, congrats, and yay for Adam & Libbie sweetness!


  8. I'm pretty sure I would die doing this, but I love that you have a cheering squad to keep you going. <3

    (I rarely comment, but always read your posts. I'm getting back into Twitter and followed you, so if you see me randomly talking to you, don't be afraid, lol.)

  9. I hadn't considered trying 30 Day Shred before, but you've really got me thinking about it. I don't exercise and I find all kinds of excuses. You're making it happen, and I should, too.

  10. you did better than me!!! =) Good job getting going on the shred!

    I use myfitnesspal.com and I like it a lot! I tried spark people a while back and wasn't crazy about it. =)

    Keep up the good work!

  11. Hi, Jessie! Way to go this week. I think exercising is a major key to losing. I'm inspired by the workouts everyone is doing. I might just change up my boring walk around the pond routine. Thanks for giving this opportunity for communal weight loss:)

  12. Good job! The Shred sounds way too hard for me. I"m so out of shape! I'm happy you guys are hosting this and excited to be a part of this.

    Good luck!

  13. you go girl! you're very brave for posting about your journey – know you've got a ton of people cheering you on to your goals!!

  14. I am TERRIFIED of The Shred. I want to try it, but I'm a chicken.

    You can do it! I'm especially impressed at Mr. V's encouragement!

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