She set the challenge up on Facebook and encouraged us to invite other friends to participate. The concept is simple--work out using the Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred DVD. And of course, be more mindful of what we're eating. The challenge Facebook page is a spot for us to post comments, questions and encouragement.
I already owned the DVD (suffered a failed attempt at the Shred a few months ago) so that was the easy part. The challenge is finding the motivation to do the workout daily. So far, so good. I found that if I turn down the volume of the DVD and turn up my iTunes playlist, I enjoy it much more. I'd much rather listen to Snoop Dogg's Drop it Like it's Hot than Jillian tell me that I can't get abs for free. Really? [insert sarcastic tone here]
You see, I'm not one of those people who feel lost without a workout or can't function without a run. Fitness does not come naturally to me. I know that if I seek results, I must find motivation...somewhere. Anywhere.
When I don't want to put in my whopping 20-minute workout, I need to remind myself of these things:
- My health--my family has a strong history of heart- and vascular-related disease.
- Energy--being able to do daily tasks (such as shopping--hey, whatever you gotta tell yourself, right) with more vigor.
- Confidence--being able to wear my clothes with confidence and not be worried about a bulge here or a stomach-pooch there.
- Stress--exercise has been touted as a great, natural stress reducer. And who doesn't need that?
- Balance--finding time to exercise gives me 20 minutes to clear my mind so that I can be a better, more "together" person for those who count on me.
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