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On hold until the doctor calls with the results of the xray. Seems I was a bit too enthusiastic with the exercise. Oh well. I’m thinking of finding some kind of cardio workout on the ‘net for people with knee injuries.

If you know of any, leave a comment!

Even though I’m out for the moment, my hubs is still going strong! I’m so proud of him. He’s not quitting at all. Go honey go!

30 Day Shred: Day 9 Level 2 is complete. Holy cow I hurt. And if someone shouts “plank” at me one more time I’m going to deck them. Just see if I don’t.

I got to thinking about food (mostly because I haven’t eaten much today) and I found this rather cool website for bean recipes. Now, beans are good for you and they’re cheap. So it’s a win-win situation. The two recipes I particularly like are the Spanish Tortillas swith Black Beans and Rice and Spicy Black Bean Burgers.

If you don’t like heat, take out the green chili peppers and if you’re allergic to peanuts like I am, for the love of all that is holy, don’t use the peanut oil in that recipe. Use olive oil instead.

But, April, what about…you know.

The farting.

Seriously, if that’s the only thing stopping you from eating beans, do the following:

  • use the freshest beans possible
  • soak them overnight
  • get something like Beano to help break down the stuff that causes the gas in the first place

You can read more about anti-gas cooking at the bottom of this page.

So, my fellow Shredheads, I leave you with this whimsical rhyme to run through your head nonstop for the next 24 hours:

Beans, beans, the magical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel…
Lets have beans for every meal!

I. Did. Not. Want. To. Workout. Today.

Mostly because A) my knee hurts and B) small children kept waking up in the wee hours of the morning and I did not get very much rest.

But the hubs made me, even after he had to change the flat on our brand new car. He said that today was my day to be grumpy and his day to motivate. Nice to know he’s there for me. :)

As for the knee, I think I need new cross-trainers. I’ve been using my old ones but the padding seems to have given out. I also did not drink water or have my snack before working out and my energy level was low which most likely caused me to not have correct form (too tired/low energy to get into position). Anyway, here are 10 Tips for Injury Prevention During Exercise. I intend to follow some of them tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, we start Level 2. *faints* If I don’t post by the end of the day, send in the Marines.

Until then, fellow shredheads, I bid you adieu!

I made it through Circuit 3 without stopping. *faints*

The hubs has determined that Friday is the day we move on to Level 2, which is good news since he has already ordered all the other Biggest Loser DVDs (without telling me til afterward). It’s nice to know he’s committed to a change in our routine. And I’m okay with him getting the other DVDs since, I have to admit, doing the exact same thing every day gets a bit boring. Whoever said repetition is good for the soul never met Jillian Michaels.

Oh and did I mention he wants us to start jogging together? Yeah. That one is still in debate mode and I’m on the dissenting side.

I did have a revelation during working out today: I was doing some of the moves incorrectly. The move that made the biggest difference was the side to side lunge with the arm raises. She has a fancy name for it but I seem to have blocked it out of my memory due to fear and pain. I wasn’t sticking my behind out behind me as I moved to the side. Once I started doing that, the exercise got a lot tougher.

So, position is everything, apparently, when working out. I found some very cool videos over at Expert Village that show proper technique on some of the things that Jillian asks us to do. These videos are helpful because, although Jillian has a great workout, she doesn’t take a lot of time to show exactly how to position your body to do them correctly. So, if you’re having issues with correct body placement (like me) feel free to check out those workout videos!

Woot! A whole week has passed and we managed to workout every single day. It’s a new world’s record (for us at least). My stamina is a bit better than on day 1 but still not ready to move on to level 2. Maybe by the end of next week. The hubs and I will decide on that next Wednesday.

I did weigh myself this morning and realized I hadn’t lost a single pound. It was a bit discouraging but the hubs said it has, after all, only been a week. We’ve been on WeightWatchers on and off for the past 9 months and I’m definitely a lot lighter than I was (try 40 pounds lighter). But I’ve set a goal of 135 pounds and I mean to get there by the end of July. I’m pretty sure I can do it but it will take some dedication on my part. I’ve put the exercise into the mix so I think the next big thing is really focusing on what I eat.

A couple of the Shredheads have voiced concerns about menu planning. Ladies (and gents) you aren’t the only ones. I have struggled with planning healthy meals that not only don’t break the bank but actually taste good too. If you need a bit of guidance, check out the article “Weekly Menu Planning” for some ideas on how to change up your eating routine.

If you’re like me, though, and you need to be hit over the head with information, feel free to check out my menu plan. This is for one week and I’ll be adding to it as the weeks go by. Use it anyway you want. Share it with others.

Feel free to post your favorite recipes, menu ideas, or links to this post!

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