30 Days

I know what you're all thinking, but no. This isn't going to be a 30 days long project consisting in writing about a certain thing every day, or posting a picture of a certain thing. Nope. This is a one time entry. 

On Monday, this week, I started working out with Jillian Michaels. Does that name sound familiar? I bet it's because you've been watching America's and Australia's The Biggest Loser, because that's where she's most known from. Jillian is a pushy lady who is commited to getting results, and that's why she made this DVD, called The 30 Day Shred. It promises to lose up to 20 pounds (ca 10 kgs) in 30 days. It's a hard work out.

There are three levels to the DVD, and if you do each one for 10 days before you move on to the more difficult level, that would mean working out for 30 days. However, she starts by telling us to move on "when we're ready", so there's no need to complete it in 30 days. Each workout consists of 2 minutes warm up, three circuits of three minutes strength, two minutes of cardio, and one minute of abs, followed by a two minute cool-down.

I skipped working out on Thursday, I admit that much, because it was our constitution day, but that brings me to completing 5 of the first 10 days. I already feel a change in by body. I can't say that I've gotten any skinnier, but I know I've gotten stronger. Hell, the first two-three days I could hardly walk flat surfaces - not to mention the stairs! But I pushed through, and I think my legs must be getting stronger. My arms too, although not progressing as fast because I've never really been strong there. The push ups are going better, though!

I know what you think about why  I am doing this, and no, my main reason is not to lose weight. I don't want to lose weight because of guys, because I have  a man in my life who loves me for who I am and I don't need attention from anyone else. However: My boyfriend told me he thought it was a good idea that I started working out when I mentioned it to him. Not because he wants me to be skinnier, but because he wants me to be more fit. Not for him, but for me, because he knows and understands the issues I've had with my body, and my history of gaining and losing weight since I was about 11 years old. It's been about five waves now: Started in 5ht grade, when I began gaining weight on an unhealthy level. Then, in 8th-10th grade, when I began working out, increasing to 5-7 says a week by 2009. 11th grade was mostly spent eating as little as possible. Then I went to America, where I gained and lost, because of food and P.E. every day. By the time I came home to Norway I had gained a little, but not too much. I lost some the first half of senior year, before I gained some the second half. And this past year I've only gained weight.

I don't have an unnaturally big body. I'm 163cm tall, which buts me under the catergory short, and considering I'm nearly 20 years old my height fits better in in Japan than in Norway. Jeans are waist 31, length 31. Tops are either size L or 40-42. It's not bad, could be worse. But I've also struggeled with stress and stiff muscles, and I want to loosen up that as well as getting more fit. For my own sake. And I know I don't have the self diciplin to push myself to work out, so I got Jillian to help me. And it's going great so far.

So if you're interested in getting more fit, I really recommend Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred - it's only been 5 days and I already feel myself getting stronger. Click here to order it from play.com.

♥ The Norwegian Teenager




19.05.2012 kl.17:26

Happy to hear you feel it working. I have the video, just haven't tried it out yet. Taking a few days off training now, but wanna try it some time soon. Is it really hard? :)

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19.05.2012 kl.17:52

KingsPrincess: It depends if you're fit from before. I have had a year of not really working out now, so the first three days of work out 1 was very hard, but the last two have been much better, and I'm excited to see the difference when I get to number 2 and 3! Wish you luck with it! (=

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