Running will always be my first love.
But I admit, Jillian Michaels is my second love. When it comes to exercise of course.
I've been doing workout videos/DVD's since high school. My mom had a Cindy Crawford workout on VHS that I did off and on in high school and even some in college. Also in college, I did a lot of Billy Blanks Tae Bo workouts. My mother-in-law passed some Beach Body Slim in Six videos to me, and until a few years ago--that's what I did when I needed a workout at home.
Shortly after Lily was born 2 years ago, I discovered The Shred and The Shredheads. I think I did The Shred 28/30 days in one month. It infuriated me that I didn't lose pounds (I was nursing a baby) but I did lose inches and had noticeable difference in my body.
I like Jillian Michaels workouts because they are fast paced enough to keep me focused, and challenging enough to make me really sweat and sore. I've tried many DVD workouts and turned them off in 5 minutes because they are too slow and boring.
So recently, Jillian Michaels (who I think responded to a tweet of mine once) put out a new 30-day workout--Ripped in 30. Shred was 3 levels--10 days at each level. Ripped in 30 is 4 levels and you do each level for 6 days, 1 day of rest and onto the next level.
I've struggled a bit lately with motivation and consistency. And with my eating. The scale is showing it, a few pounds worth. Nothing alarming, but not the direction in which I want to go.
I decided I needed to change things up a bit, work my body a bit differently and refresh my exercise soul.
Today was my 4th day in a row of doing the Ripped in 30, Level 1 workout. A few times I've worked out with kids underfoot, I came home from lunch at work and squeezed a workout in after kid drop-off and before my day had to begin.
This truly is a challenge for me. When I did Shred a few years ago, my kids slept in later and sounder. I was able to workout before they woke up many mornings and even a little jumping didn't bother them. Now, they wake earlier on a regular basis (school schedule) and Lily is a very light sleeper in the early morning hours.
I haven't experimented yet, but I'm fairly certain Lily would wake up and not go back to sleep if I was doing a DVD early. Our home is small, and the living room is about 10 steps from Lily's room. Which means figuring out how to fit it in another time in the day. The kids are fairly good about tolerating a 30-min workout in the midst of life. Lily insists on joining me in wearing an elastic headband and using a 3-lb weight. It's adorable.
Since I regularly use the treadmill in the garage, I may try playing the DVD on the laptop and putting it on the washer. I may only open the garage door halfway though. It's one thing for people to drive by and see my running. I don't think I need them watching me to squats, lunges and the running man.
I'm realistic. There is never a dull moment in life and I may not succeed at 4 weeks of 6 workouts each. But I'm going to try as hard as I can and make no excuses. Yesterday, I had about 45 legitimate reasons a workout wasn't going to happen (failing to get up with my alarm isn't one of those legitimate excuses) but I still figured out how to squeeze it in.
It is possible.
And if I can come up with the money I think I'll register for an August Half Marathon. I really want to break two hours. I'm pretty sure if I'm a smarter runner, I can.