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.