Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just call me Shredder.

Well, I totally did The Shred tonight. Complete with Rotel cans in hand because you know I don't own a pair of standard weights. I'm sure at some point I did own a pair, like when I went through a phase my sophomore year of college and jumped on The Firm bandwagon along with a couple of sorority sisters. I don't even think I did it for a month before I was merely using the steps as a stool to reach things in my closet. And then I donated the complete set to Goodwill sometime this past summer when I couldn't even sell it in a yard sale.

I'm determined to become shredded or whatever verb you use to infer that you've completed The Shred. Jillian's promise is 30 days, so we'll see if I can make it. The best part is, is that it requires only 20 minutes of your time - which really isn't anything - and doesn't involve expensive fitness equipment. As I said, a pair of Rotel cans or Campbell's soup will do just fine. An old, creeky hardware floor on which to pretend to jumprope is complete optional and not recommended since it could very well awake a sleeping baby.

And I am not even embarrassed to tell you that anything heavier than a pair of Rotel cans would have likely caused my arms to detach from my body. I have zero upper body strength and the amount of shaking that my biceps were doing during the three-minute strength phase was enough to jiggle my old lady arms right off. Not even kidding you. It was embarrassing.

Additionally, because he loves me and thought I needed encouragement through my first session, my dearest B joined me in shredding and together we suffered through 279 push-ups (I'm lying but it felt like 279). Love him.

So, maybe by Christmas I'll have abs like Jillian. Or will at least eliminate some old lady arm jiggle. Or have an excuse for eating an extra serving or two of peppermint chocolate at a Christmas party...

6 comments:

Lea Liz said...

Oh girl I have started the Shred a few times now with my sister and I havent made it past level 1 but it is hard!! Lol Im so out of shape.. I really thinkif you follow throuhg wiht the 30 days it will WORK!!

Lindsay said...

I cant wait to see your ripped abs.....I know you can do it girl. Come on, give me some inspiration. This mush-gut is starting to get old:)

Northern Mama from the South said...

I did the shred before our wedding and felt results within a couple days- it was more like, my arms and legs stopped screaming so much or they were just dead from the pain :) I should start it up again before the holidays. I used water bottles as weights, they were easier to hold and in the next 2 you use them a lot.
Good luck!

Hollie said...

a couple of my friends are trying the shred and love it. i like that it's only 20 minutes! i may need to check into it after i have two youngins running around, 20 min will prob be all i can squeeze in! good job on shredding last night, you do deserve some extra peppermint chocolate...or rotel!

Kristin said...

Welcome to the club! You will find Shredheads ALL over the blogosphere!

A Wedding Story said...

The Shred is killer. I think I did it twice and stopped. That was about $5.99 per workout! Ha!