Monday, December 1, 2014

Finding time for fitness: 30 Day Shred

I'll admit it, I'm a lazy couch potato.

Even though I generally eat healthy, over the past few years I've become very sedentary, sitting behind a desk at work, driving everywhere, and falling on the couch to watch TV after dinner.

And after too many pizza and take out dinners with the bf (who has a superfast metabolism that I envy) I've packed on some pounds that don't look good on my petite frame. But I'm tired of being frustrated with my weight and decided to do more than just talk about making changes and actually, you know, make some changes.

I've been reading the Body Book by Cameron Diaz (which is a surprisingly good read) and in her chapter on fitness she stresses that a body in motion craves more motion while a lazy, sofa bum tends to just want to lay prostrate on the sofa, chips in hand.

It's early days for me yet but I'm on day three of a really good exercise plan, Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. I've tried this workout before but always seemed to get side tracked and could never get past five days. But I have vowed to start afresh and stay committed.

Level one is challenging, but it's doable. The program is about a 20 minute workout, which has a short warm up and cool down, that focuses on high intensity training with little breaks. In level one there are a lot of cardio moves, such as jumping jacks, skipping and butt kicks to get the heart rate up.

It also requires hand weights for strength moves. The hardest parts for me are the strength moves, such as the front raises with side lunges. But in the few days that I have done the routine, with four pound hand weights, I have found myself feeling a bit stronger and that makes me proud.

Jillian is a good trainer, she's motivating and even though you're supposed to do each level (there's three in all) for 10 days before changing, I don't see myself getting bored with it.

In addition to the workouts, I've stepped up my clean eating after backsliding a few weeks ago. Dairy and fried foods are out, as I recommit to vegan eating after years of being vegetarian.

I will update in a later post how my body changes at the end of the program. Wish me luck.



  1. Good for you! I have that DVD too, although I haven't used it in forever. I'm adding that book to my reading list tho!

    1. You should get the book. I was skeptical of it at first but Cameron has done her research. And the DVD is kicking my butt but it's a great work out.


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