Saturday, July 25, 2009


Not receipts.
Not cheese.
But fat.

I am a devoted reader of WeddingBee even almost a year after being married. Boys calls this wedding porn for women, and I completely agree. I love the essence of weddings and with two of my girls getting married and coordinating one for a third friend, I need to research these things anyway.

Moving on, most brides want to look their best on the big day and swear by Jillian Michaels' "The Shred." I follow a few of the bees on Twitter and last week local lovely Mrs. Meatball posted that it was just $6 on Amazon. Well I hurried my derriere over there to make a contribution to the economy.

The workout is based on the 3-2-1 method: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs, done 3 times, for a 20 minute workout. Normally each week I swim or run 4-5 days and consider myself in pretty good shape, but needed a little extra oomph as I wasn't seeing the results I wanted. This video had over 1000 comments of women raving about it, so I was certain it would work. Well level one could have been level 10! I was sweating in the warm up! Good golly miss Molly my muscles were screaming at me. Jillian doesn't let you take breaks either. She is very much a drill seargeant/nazi leader/fat camp counselor--it's fitting seeing she is the trainer on the Biggest Loser. Her principles ring true though-stick to the workout for 30 days and I can only imagine you'll see results. My day one results: rock solid calves. Note to self: self-stretching required for those muscles.

I had thought about doing a photo series of my body as it lost weight but I am both too vain (assuming I end up looking like a Brazilian supermodel) and too private, though it would hold me accountable. I know, how can you hold two opposite thoughts of that nature-I am a woman. If I see crazy dramatic results before and after the 30 days, I'll do two of those photos. We'll see how far I've come in the toning department come August 24!

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