Shred it

by Susan Getgood on March 6, 2009

in shredheads

“He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly”

Unless you actually are Santa Claus, you really don’t want the above description to apply to you. Which is why I decided to join the #shredheads and do Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred Workout.

Over the past 9 years, I’ve slowly added about 20 pounds to my body that I just don’t need. I’d lose a pound or two, but then put it back on and add another for good measure. I worked out, but not as seriously as I did before Douglas was born.

About a month ago, though, I was really sick. A flu bug or food poisoning, we aren’t really sure what it was but I didn’t eat for an entire day. Not anything, not even toast. Drank lots of diet ginger ale and water but nothing else.

Not surprisingly I lost a few pounds. But I didn’t put them back on afterward. My appetite changed, and still, a month later, I haven’t added the weight back.

That was my inspiration for joining @mublogger and all the other shredders this month.

My goal, apart from taking off that damn 20 pounds, is to be strong enough to hike Mount Mansfield in Vermont this summer. In the 90s, Dave and I were working our way through the 4000-footers in NH and Vermont. When I got pregnant, we stopped. Although we’ve done some hiking recently, we haven’t undertaken a big hill in a long time.

It’s time. Mount Mansfield is the only 4000-footer in Vermont that we haven’t climbed. So that’s the goal.

I did the first session tonight, and now, about 90 minutes later, my legs have stopped shaking. The cardio kicked my butt from the first circuit. It took til circuit 3 (at level 1) for the strength (modified pushups) and abs for the pain to set in, but set in it did. Longest 20 minutes ever.

And I have to do it again tomorrow.

Crap.

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