Friday, January 11, 2013

30 Day Shred, Day 10, Level 1


All I can say is this... I am so much more in shape now than I have been in who knows how long.  It took a lot of struggle to complete level 1 of the Shred, but I feel amazing.  Who knew I could complete the Shred and barely even feel winded???!!!

I'm going to take some comparison pictures in a bit, but I fear that even though I feel amazing there is not much to show for all my work.  Granted, I know my body has changed, but not as I wish it would.  I will not be discouraged though.  My husband did say I looked a bit thinner AND I still have my favorite pair of jeans I'm trying to fit into.  What motivation.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

30 day shred, day 6

I literally just finished my workout.  So, I'm sitting here with my glass of water while reflecting.  I am amazed at how much easier the workout is becoming.  I still have trouble with one weight movement, but I will call that good considering I can now manage all the others.

Call me crazy, but I feel so much thinner.  I wish I had measured on day one, but I neglected to do so, so all I have to go off of are the pictures I took day five.  Considering today is day seven, I don't feel like I should look to compare quite yet. 

I did weigh myself on day five.  I weighed 119.  When I started I weighed 125.  Seems promising!! =)

While I was working out today, all I kept thinking about was how on Saturday we are having a "friendsgiving."  I will be busy making Turkey and side dishes to go along.  That left me wondering when exactly I will have time to work out. =(  My son takes one nap a day, and that is when I work out.  After trying to do push ups with him on my back the first day, I decided it was much safer to do it on my own.  Obviously, also, I am uninterrupted.  Anyhow, maybe I will take Saturday as a break between level one and level two.  But, that makes me scared because if I take a break, will I keep going???  I GUESS SO, I'M toooooo motivated by the changes I believe are already taking place!!

On another note, I was researching other Jillian DVD's to follow once I'm done with the shred.  Maybe there is someone out there reading this that can give me a suggestion??

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year, New Me... Continued

So, back to taking time for myself...

On the 3rd day of January, I decided to tackle the 30 Day Shred.  For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a workout DVD led by Jillian Michaels.

I purchased the DVD several years ago, but only used it for a few days.  Now that I'm older, a mom, and looking to reshape my body I pulled it out and dusted it off.

Today was day number 6!!! AND, I'm still going strong.  I guess I was motivated to actually follow through the 1st day because my sister was watching and I didn't want to seem like a failure.  Well, when day number 2 came along and I felt like death- my muscle were screaming at me- I figured I'd better keep pushing.

Today, the workout is much easier than the 1st few days.  My endurance is up, but I will admit I STILL cannot complete 100% of the workout.  I am MUCH better off than I was previously, but I still take a 2 second break here and there.

I plan on posting my results after each level is complete. 

Anyone looking for encouragement, check out my blog as I bring you along for my journey.

Off to the store, I need some healthy snacks!

New Year, New Me

Just a short little post here.  I am currently embracing me!  Working on the 30 Day Shred.  I will share my journey when my little man gives me a bit more time to write!!

Monday, April 30, 2012

16 and Pregnant...or not!

     My husband and I both look young.  I especially look young!  Young enough to star on 16 and Pregnant... or Teen Mom.  The truth is, I'm 26 years old.  That definitely makes me old enough to be married... YES Married... and definitely old enough to have a child!!
On our honeymoon.
     I only want to touch base on this subject because for the past year and a half I feel like I have morphed into a spectacle for all to see. 
     When I first started showing, the stares started.  Stares, looks of distaste, eyes trailing to my ring finger, rude comments, and the list continues.  I was so put off by all of the judgements of others my husband bought me a "pregnancy" wedding band when my wedding set no longer fit.  I figured if I had a ring on my finger maybe those who felt the need to judge me would walk away figuring I was married.
The little man who makes it all worth it

    It got so bad that I hated to go anywhere.  Not even the doctor's because I dreaded the judgement of others.  Naively, I figured that once my son was born everything would return to normal.  Hello, I forgot what it was like when I was actually 16 and babysitting!! I wanted to walk around then with a sticker on my head stating, "Not the mother, only the babysitter."  Now the sticker I want reads, "Yes, I'm his mother, Yes, I'm married, and NO I'm not a teenager!"

Loving on my Mo!
     I'm absolutely positive there are other mothers out there who face the same judgement.  And I don't feel like it is warranted or easy to handle (maybe I'm self conscious, but I just feel like it is WRONG).  My son, though, does not deserve the thoughts that probably follow the, "Oh my goodness, look at that poor boy with another teen mom!"  My son is a product of a loving, caring, married, and providing parents. 

     Through all of this, I have learned to truly follow the old saying, "Never judge a book by its cover."  I have learned to be less judgemental towards others.  But, let me tell you, when I have dirty looks thrown my way or yet another person questions whether I'm married or not, it is mighty tempting to blow up and just yell, "I'm NOT another teen mom!!"