A little while ago, I blogged about the fitness resolutions that I was making & hoping to stick to. As it’s the end of the month, I wanted to report back!
I have successfully exercised everyday throughout January! How? By completing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Well I say complete, I haven’t finished it yet! You’re supposed to spend 10 days on each of the three levels. But I wasn’t ready to move on after the first 10 days, as my Twitter followers will know – there were tears! So I decided that I needed to double the amount of time I spent on each level, so that I spent 20 days on each level. I realise this means I’ll end up completing the 60 Day Shred, but if this means I’m fitter & stronger by the end of it, then I don’t mind that at all. While it’s not the easiest fitness DVD, it doesn’t take long before you can see physical results. So all the pain, the sweat and the tears are definitely worth it! I’m already looking at the rest of her range to see what I should move on to next, so if you’ve got any recommendations, I’d love to hear them!
Sadly, I haven’t been running. Initially, the snow & ice stopped me going out. But I’ve realised that running isn’t for me, well, my joints have let me know this. While not running, but doing the shred, I haven’t been in any pain at all, whereas I am when I run. So I’m going to stick with shredding for the moment, and then turn my attention to cycling when the weather is better. I hope that one day I can return to running, when my body is stronger & lighter, but for now I’ll be taking to the tarmac on little Rusty!
One thing I love about the New Year is the possibility of the things that are to come. It’s like starting from scratch. It doesn’t matter what happened last year, what you failed to achieve, you’ve got another go at it. This is why resolutions are so important, whether you keep them beyond or January or not. They help reset your frame of mind & hopefully some will stick enough to improve your day-to-day life. This year, I’m hoping for a healthier balance. To that end, I’m following a new running programme, Zombies, Run!
I needed to get back in the habit of running regularly & am in the middle of week 3 of the 5k training. I’m also doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred everyday throughout January, no matter how much my calves hurt or lazy I feel.
The reason? Exercise makes me feel better, even more so when I don’t want to do it. I get a real sense of achievement, my body feels stronger, I feel more in control of things (which, for a control freak, is quite important), I have more energy and I know I’m doing myself a ton of good.
Why is this important? Because if I had my way, I’d sit on the sofa all day, eating chocolate and cake and drinking full fat chai. But that’s not good for anyone. And because I done too much sitting and not enough moving over the last 18 months, my body & general wellbeing has had enough. So my Tuesday Treat, and even my daily treat throughout January, is to run, shred and generally push myself further and move!
Check back in February to see how I get on! Will I have completed the 30 Day Shred? Will I have been chased by zombies?! Hope so!