The following is a documentation of pain, suffering, and a woman doing a ridiculous amount of jumping jacks, also known as The 30 Day Shred DVD by Jillian Michaels. But seriously, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: DVD’s are a great way to workout on a budget. If you don’t have the cash for a gym membership, try taking 10 bucks to Wal-Mart and seeing what you can find.
Day 1 – Starting on Level 2 because I like to overestimate how fit I am. This DVD is only 20 minutes and I was sweating by minute 10. My arms are shaking as I’m typing even though my improvised weights were 1lb bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I’m going to PUMP you up.
Day 2 – I’m a little sore from yesterday, so that’s why I think I did worse today. Jillian isn’t sweating because she doesn’t do any of the moves. I don’t even want a six pack like hers. Jillian has no friends.
Day 3 – My calves really really hurt. I look like an absolute idiot when I do, anything, but especially the jumpy-twisters. At least I was able to keep on moving the whole time today.
Day 4 – The 20 minutes aren’t getting any shorter. I finally got up the nerve to try the non-modified moves. Thank God no one is here to watch me; except for God, and I think he’s entertained.
Day 5 – Alright, I confess, I skipped on the weekend. Don’t worry, I’ll do my full 30. My shampoo weight is getting lighter than the conditioner. I hope I don’t turn out lopsided. The workout is getting easier and I do notice that my posture is getting better.
Day 6 – Today I found the first legitimate thing I don’t like about this DVD: you can’t fast forward Jillian’s non-motivational intro. This was a major pain when my computer shut down for automatic updates in the middle of my workout. In good news, I’m definitely noticing that I’m more toned in my thighs and stomach.
Day 7 – As with any workout video, I’m so tired of hearing the same commentary over and over. Today I turned down the volume and put some music on in the background; made a huge difference in how fast the workout went. I also had a big ‘ah ha!’ moment when I realized the workout is actually 30 minutes (5 warm-up, 5 cool-down)! I’m so smart.
Day 8 – Blah. Today went fine. Still a little sore in my arms, still dripping with sweat by the time I’m finished. Just blah. Only 7 more days until I bump it up to level 3; any change is welcome (though I know I’ll regret saying that).
Day 9 – Today is Friday and I only got halfway through the DVD. I’m pooped, just pooped I tell you. You wanna know something else? I’m not doing the video this weekend either! HA!
Day 10 –I’m getting a little burnt out on this workout, but that tends to be my feeling toward any workout video. That’s not to say that I’m not getting any results, because I have been pleased with how I’m feeling/looking. I would just recommend alternating this DVD with a different workout, or finding a workout buddy who is really good at guilt trips.
Day 11 – My arms are so strong. I can now lift my shampoo/conditioner weights the entire time without crying.
Day 12 – No new developments today, so I will share a workout story: The only time I have ever been consistent enough at lifting weights to build muscle, I got confused about the exercise and built the wrong muscle. It takes some time to get rid of Popeye forearms, just FYI. The end.
Day 13 – I had to take it easy on the knee-involved exercises today but was dripping with sweat by the end, as usual. I’m not a sissy, you’re a sissy.
Day 14 – Yes, I took a 4 day weekend. BUT, it was to prepare for today: my first day of Level 3, and I must say it wasn’t as painful as I expected. My favorite part of today: NO MORE LEVEL 2!!!
Day 15 – Today I am sore in brand new places. The cardio on Level 3 is about the same as Level 2, but the arm work is much harder. I never could have just jumped straight to Level 3 with my spaghetti arms.
Day 16 – I just realized it really doesn’t matter if I do the video or not, how are you gonna know? It took me 16 days to figure this out. Whatever, I did it today anyways. I don’t care if you believe me.
Day 17 – Took one extra day off to drive up to Colorado for a family visit. You wanna give me a hard time about it? Try working out at altitude, I needed the rest.
Day 18 – A few hours after completing Day 18, I got the flu and took the rest of the week off. This is rapidly turning into the 60 Day Shred.
Day 19 – Back on track, back to my arms hurting, back to Jillian smugly telling me that I want a six pack. I really really can’t wait to just go for a run.
Day 20 – I had heard that Jillian doesn’t want to have kids because it would “ruin her body.” You know what? It’s true. Take from that what you will.
Day 21 – Maybe I’m just reaching a mental break, but I’m beginning to feel that Level 3 goes by faster than Level 2.
Day 22 –