Ok, random things first.
I might be the only person left in the USA who hadn’t tried Jillian’s 30-Day Shred. (Ok, except for MizFit, who I’m pretty sure still hasn’t tried it.) First: if you love Jillian, as many do, you should take what I’m about to say with a grain of salt. Ok, caveat over. Regarding the DVD – the bad: Jillian is smug and a leeetle bit self-righteous. The music sucks. Neither Jillian nor her backup exercisers can find the beat of the sucky music either, so nothing – NOTHING I TELL YOU – has a discernible rhythm that is anything like the actual, you know, BEAT. The ab work is not really enough to feel, let alone make a difference in strength. It is also boring as all hell.
Now, the good: it is effective. And it is 27 minutes long. (The DVD says 20 minutes, but they lie. I timed it.) I got my heart rate up, broke a sweat and got enough strength training to feel a little sore the next day (in my arms and legs, anyway – see above re: inadequate ab work). TWENTY. SEVEN. MINUTES. PEOPLE. I will forgive a LOT of things for a 27-minute workout that actually WORKS. Something tells me that this DVD, despite all the aforementioned sucky parts, will go into medium-heavy rotation in my workout schedule, especially on days when I have NO TIME. And it’s effective enough that I will not feel ONE BIT GUILTY about a workout that is so short.
Now, on to other things. I worked out this morning, so day 2 of the December exercise streak is still intact. (I did the aforementioned Shred, to be precise.) And I did some Beck stuff. The last thing I left off doing was the exercise plan. I got hung up on the fact that I couldn’t come up with the PERFECT plan. So now, here’s the plan: get some exercise every day. That’s it. For now, I’m not going to be any pickier than that, and the extent of my planning will be, “what do I feel like doing this morning?” (If the answer is “nothing,” I’ll probably end up doing T’s make-your-own-circuit.) I’m also working on setting small goals, and planning to lose weight SLOWLY. Which sucks, for those of us who like things NOWNOWNOW. But NOWNOWNOW has gotten me where I AM nownownow, so maybe it’s not the best plan. New plan, then: laterlaterlater. Or at least, slowerslowerslower. I’d like to lose 5 pounds before Jan. 1, although 4 would be good too, considering that the holidays are full of weight-loss pitfalls and family stress. Fingers crossed.
Um. I think that’s all for now. Mostly because I’m freakin’ tired and am off to bed. But overall, I’m feeling better – if by “better” you mean, “WAY more mentally stable,” which, at the moment, I do.