I was never a fan of allegory. Just ask my kids...they weren't allowed to read the series by C.S. Lewis that was, and still is, so popular among kids. I always felt, why tell a story when you can just lay out the truth. BUT as time has passed and I've become older and wiser (stop laughing) I've come to realize that there are lessons that can be learned all around us and yes, that includes allegory.
I'm sure you've heard the saying, 'You can't tell a book by it's cover'. Well, in this case you can :) This cover is so pretty, it just makes you want to open it. And what is inside is even more beautiful:
It has been approximately 8 months since I first began this killer program: The 30 Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. It took me 60 days to complete it the first time around. Read all about that tortuous journey here.
Since I completed this DVD in April, I continued on doing various other workout routines I found via YouTube over the last 6 months. I have found and love pilates!
My body has changed quite a bit over the past 6 months. I have lost 5 pounds and toned up all over. My clothes no longer fit well, I need a belt. Clothes that were a bit tight before, fit nicely now. Overall, I feel much better. More energy, better attitude.
The other day I was wondering IF I could do The 30 Day Shred and not feel as if I were dying. After all, I've been exercising fairly consistently since completing this program.
I decided I would test myself during the month of October and attempt to complete the 30 Day Shred in 30 days as it was designed.
Monday Morning, October 1st.....
I completed level one successfully and completely without feeling like throwing up or like I was dying. I will admit that I had to adjust a couple of the moves due to my knees. I don't want to aggravate that problem again. BUT I kept moving the whole time, completing each section without breaks! Yea, and that is only day ONE! Go ME!!!!
Tuesday Morning, October 2nd....
I can hardly move! Seriously!!! My legs, butt and thighs, chest and shoulders are KILLING me! Ok, I will do pilates today, my body needs something not quite so strenuous.
Wednesday Morning, October 3rd....
In goes the DVD... Yes, I can do this.
What was the hardest part for me when I did this DVD in the spring-the abs section-is the easiest now. My abs have improved so much, and it is very noticeable. Cardio is not so bad either. I keep moving the whole time. I'd say my weakest area now are my arms. I tire easily lifting those 3 lb weights...but I don't give up and I complete the set. I am astonished that I can actually complete this 20 minute workout and not feel half dead. WOW!