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Friday, July 1, 2011

While exploring a Blog Hop this morning, I came across a wonderful blog called The Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man written by a gorgeous woman named Stephanie. During my exploration of her blog I came across her weight loss story which inspired me to get up off my ass, away from the computer and workout. And that's what I did......
The B.I.G. news is not that I worked out but I actually did the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD which has been sitting on my shelves for a good 12 months, well, probably closer to 18 months. Although my arms were burning, then my legs were burning and sometimes my arms and legs were burning simultaneously for 20 mins, the best thing is I SURVIVED!!

I have been putting this DVD off again and again despite making promise after promise to myself that I would do it because I was scared. Scared of how unfit and unhealthy I am, but today thanks to Stephanie I did the DVD :)

"On the other side of Fear is Victory"

*HRM Stats for Shred DVD*

It actually took me a little over 28 mins to do a 20 min DVD, that's because I'm a little slow! No, only kidding, well sort of. No, it's because one of the kids needed to do a poo, another needed a drink another needed something else, they stole my hand weights and I had to find them and so on. Just a few little interruptions when doing DVDs, but they make great waterboys/girls when I am on the treadmill :)

Because I knew my legs would already be spent after the 'Shred' and because it only went for 20 mins, I decided to do an incline workout on the treadmill to up the time and burn some more calories. The interval workout looked like this :

Then I also added on a nice, relaxing 10 min cool down..............

*HRM Stats for Tredmill*

*HRM Stats for Total Workout*

All in all, I had an enjoyable afternoon. The kids were really good today when I was on the treadmill, only 2 items flew past my head, landed behind me and went for a ride. I think they are getting used to it now and the novelty has worn off a bit for them, which is even better for me.


  1. That Shred video is serious business!! I have it myself, but have only suffered through it a handful of times!!

  2. Jillian Michaels scares me. Not sure I can handle doing her videos! If only someone would come up with a magic bean that magically makes us look like her? I'd be all over that! Even if it tasted like pond scum! haha ;(

    New follower from FNF! :)

  3. Congrats on giving up the Diet Coke. I gave it up 2 months ago because I realized it was triggering migraines. It was tough, but worth it!

    I’m stopping by from Hop Along Friday and following on GFC. I'd love for you to drop by my blog as well.

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    Happy 4th of July Weekend!

  6. Hi. I'm a new follower via Boost my Blog Hop. Come visit me at! Enjoy your weekend!

  7. Excelllent workout Jane!

  8. New follower from the hop, come by and say hi!

  9. I have heard so much good stuff about the jillian Michaels DVD's...

    Thanks for linking up to Diminishing Lucy's Drab to Fab...

  10. I keep trying to get motivated to work out and I'll do it for a while and than stopped. There are just too many other things to do. It is so easy to get myself distracted. I am a new follower from the weekend blog hop. Visit my older daughter and I at our blog, Says Me Says Mom ( where we talk about anything and everything.

  11. So, you are doing some of Jillian's DVD's to lose weight? How effective are they? My problem is both knees have been replaced and I can't do all that jumping around. I am a new follower thru GFC of your blog and would love a follow back when you get a chance. Have a great weekend and Happy 4th of July!!



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