Friday, May 29, 2009

Attitude Adjustment

I was reading back over my last several Shred posts, and I noticed a definite negative vibe in my tone.  That was the pain talking.  I’m going to set the record straight as to what I really think about this whole experience so far.

PRO – I’m getting smaller.  Yep, it’s really happening.  Even though there hasn’t been a dramatic change on the scale, my body is changing fast.  I notice it especially in my upper body.

CON – Pain.

PRO – It is making me eat better.  I don’t want to “ruin” my workout by gobbling up a Krispy Kreme donut.

CON – Pain.

PRO – The video is actually well done.  There’s a lot of variety and things change fast, so just when I think my arms are going to fall off, it’s time to get on the floor and do some crunches.  And Jillian’s not nearly as mean as she is on The Biggest Loser!

CON – Pain.

PRO – It doesn’t take much time.  The whole workout is just a little over 20 minutes, including warm-up and warm-down.

CON – Pain.

PRO – I’m setting a good example for my young daughter.  It’s good for her to see me exercising and taking care of my body.  And she loves to join in with me sometimes, too!

CON – Pain.

PRO – It’s fostered fellowship with other women.  There’s been such a buzz about The Shred that it’s motivated a lot of folks to start exercising and sharing their experience with other women.  It’s fun to trade stories with someone else who feels your pain!

CON – Pain.

PRO – It makes me happy that I’m doing something physical.  I’ve always been a bookworm, a musician, a talker, etc.  NEVER have I had any sort of physical dimension to my persona.  (Like I said in an earlier post…that gene skipped me and went directly to my athletic brothers.)

CON – Pain.

And, I’ll end with a pro…

PRO – This has motivated me to make exercise a regular part of my routine.  A “lifestyle” change, if you will.  Getting healthier will also benefit the ones I love the most…my family. 

So, there’s the scoop.  I didn’t want someone who Googled “The Shred” to stop by my blog, read my daily updates, then decide it wasn’t for them.  Go for it!  The pain is worth it!  It will get better and go away as your muscles develop and grow stronger! 

3 comments:

Kim H. said...

I find that pain speaks louder sometimes than everything else - but it's a good pain... the kind that comes with the knowledge that you've done something good for yourself. :-)

heresthediehl said...

i love LOVE that you're seeing definition develop from doing the shred...makes me definitely interested in trying it!

Joanna J. said...

Yes, my husband jokingly told me yesterday that I could probably "take him" now! He was just a little bit scared.