Saturday, February 18, 2012

30 Day Shreeeeeeeeeed

I started exercising again. I'm not one of those people who pretends to like exercising by posting "Ran 20 miles again today, how refreshing!" on Facebook. I'm the one who wakes up and thinks, "Is it too early to eat that sugar cookie?" and "I've picked up George several times today, that can certainly count as bicep curls." So motivating myself to exercise is not easy. Comments from Julian tend to push me to move in that direction. A little while after George was born he pointed to my stomach and said, "Now you have two girls in there." I ordered Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred workout video.

I don't get to do the video everyday. In fact, the stars have to be aligned perfectly for me to finish the whole 20 minutes. That's right, it's only 20 minutes. But the way things seem to go around here, I find that I often have to make a choice between exercise, showering or doing the dishes when it comes to Georgie's nap time. And if I choose exercise too many days in a row, I lose friends due to my lack of showering.

This is the typical routine. I reluctantly walk downstairs in my frumpy clothes, move the toys aside so I don't step on them while doing my jumping jacks. I set the boys up with something to do, so they don't desperately need me during minute 4 (which will likely get me to shut the whole thing off). Often the boys are just playing close by, and will throw in comments like, "Mom, she is jumping SO high." or "Mom, look, you have do it like her." Julian can't help but notice I am wearing far more clothes than Jillian and the girls. "Mom, you have to take your shirt off. See, Mom, you have to wear one of those fwings (pointing to the sports bra)." Even Jed has come in from his office to laugh: "Don't you know how to punch?"

The thing about exercising (and dancing, and karate--yes I once took karate) is that I know that my imitation isn't quite right, but I can't ever figure out how make it right. That's why I used to stand in the back when I'd go to step aerobics, only to be horrified that at one point everyone turns around and the back of the class becomes the front.

The workout is killing me. I've been sticking with level 1 and it has been proving plenty challenging. One especially ambitious day I tried level 2. I swore then I'd never exercise again. Does anyone get to level 3? (Don't you dare tell me on Facebook tomorrow. "Finished Level 3 of the 30 day shred--now off to my late morning run!).

"In no time, your body is going to change. You're on your way to being shredded." Jillian says at the end of the workout. As I lay on the ground panting, I am positive it isn't too early for that sugar cookie.


Tiffany said...

I am also challenged in this area. It's nice to know I'm not alone. You already look incredible already but good luck with the workouts! And thanks for the chuckle.

CSIowa said...

My youngest child was half-way through kindergarten before I started exercising regularly, so you win already!

Paige Marie said...

I've been noticing that you've been looking particularly shredded the last couple times I've seen you. Congrats, Jayner!

robin said...

i do love this dvd. and i have never gotten to level three. no way!

what really gets me is all the jumping. i don't jump. but that jillian... she makes me.

Keri Beth Mason said...

Oy - I'm doing the 30 day shred too. I just wait until after both kids are in bed before I do anything.

i've never hated jump rope as much as I do the second time we have to do it. i'm money the first big deal. but then we have to do it again and suddenly IT IS A BIG DEAL.

and i want to punch her when we are doing the lunges with the bicep curls and she says - just a few more! LIES - we have to do like TWELVE MORE.

Right buddy? And Natalie CHEATS!

Okay, i'm done. I apparently have invested too much time into this workout. time for a sugar cookie.

Zach and Codi said...

I love you. I think I need Julian to come to my house and comment on my body, maybe that will be the trick to actually getting me to work out. The one time my second little nugget told me that my "tummy was still big" my oldest nugget responded with "No it's not! Mommy is beautiful and skinny!". That one comment deluded me enough into believing that no exercise was necessary on my part. My chins should be evidence to me that it's not true but I just ignore them and blame bad lighting.

jayniemoon said...

I love all you guys. And I'm so happy to find some other 30 day shred suckers like me. Yes, Keri Beth, I am always ticked when Jillian says, only a couple more! And then makes us finish those twelve more. I loved reading your quotes "Isn't that right buddy?"
Here's one for you: This will take the place of hours of phoning it in at the gym if you can give me twenty minutes of intensity!

Codi, the bad lighting idea is brilliant. More cookies for me!

Melanie Gao said...

I did the video and loved it! Here's a way to distract yourself while you're sweating away - try to figure out if Jillian has a crush on Natalie. I always thought she did.

And Tiffany is right, you look great already. :)

Jen said...

look at that george in the sidebar! More pics please! I am jealous your exercising. I dont know when that will happen for me again. I had a dream last night that i was in the shower and had a flat stomach. My husband woke me up and said i was smiling in my sleep. Alas, just a dream.

emily. said...

it took me months before i ever attempted level 3. you will get there. you will get there!

weese said...

I love Jen's comment. LOVE. In my head I am skinny, so I eat 10 sugar cookies.