Why on Earth would anyone choose to be up at the ungodly hour of 4:30 in the am?? Normally my answer would be that Kara was crying, so I had to get up with her, or very, very rarely my answer would be that I was still awake from the night before. But this time, it's something totally different! I chose to wake up at 4:30 in the morning to work out.. that's right, I said it... TO WORK OUT!!
Yesterday (January 10th), I started the Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred. I wasn't really planning on actually jumping right into the full 30 days, I more wanted to test out the waters and see what I was getting myself into. But, I heard my friend Carly was on day 2 yesterday, so I knew I had to jump right in, cause I CAN'T let Carly beat me!! And Carly tends to be all talk, and I knew that if I was a day behind her and kept it up that she would challenge herself to keep going... so, really I am just doing this for Carly(and for the simple fact that I want to be able to vacuum my house wearing a bikini.. duh)! After my first day of Shred I proceeded to eat 4 slices of Dominos pizza and drank 3 beers... I think that kinda defeated the whole purpose, oops!
So after day one I decided I was going to wake up at 4:30 Monday morning so I would have time to Shred, take a shower and get ready for work. Once my alarm started going off I was definitely not ready to pull my ass out of bed, but I did... ok so the pulling my ass outta bed may have actually happened at 4:45, but that's beside the point. I pulled myself out of bed, headed downstairs and turned on the dvd player to see that skinny b*tch telling me that if I want to see results I need to work hard... not exactly what you want to wake up to at 4:45 on a Monday morning... but I did it! The Shred dvd consists of 3 circuits and 3 different levels of workouts (I am still on level 1). Each circuit contains 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs. Half way through the first circuit of strength(about 2 minutes into the workout) I thought to myself... there is no way I am going to make it all the way through this today.... 1st because I was still half asleep, and 2nd because my body still hurt so badly from my workout the day before. But I did make it ALL THE WAY THROUGH!! WOOHOO!! I do think I need to find a space to workout upstairs though, cause walking up those stairs after the workout was not pleasant!
So, will I repeat this tomorrow and wake up at 4:30 to get a workout in before work? I hope so! If not, I do plan on getting a workout in at night. All I know is the 30 day Shred Challenge is ON!
Before this all started I was hoping to take all my measurements and see what kind of results I actually get from this. Maybe I still will.. who knows. I know this is something I wish I did before I lost all of the weight and inches last year, but I was slightly in denial and too afraid to look those numbers in the face... they are real once they are written down on paper! The next step now is to keep the challenge alive and actually make it through the full 30 days, and to focus more on the foods I am shoving in my mouth... maybe I could get some carrot sticks to keep at my desk instead of peanut butter M&Ms... maybe...