Tuesday, May 5, 2009

It's only 20 minutes.

That was my thought yesterday when I opened up my package that included this:

Seriously ... 20 minutes? What's that going to do?

I mean ... I'm in pretty good health. I can run for 45 minutes. I can get through an hour of kick-boxing and aerobics.

20 minutes is gonna be nothin' for me.

So, I decided I would run yesterday before my workout. (I made up my mind as I ran that I would continue to run my 3-4 times a week in addition to doing the 30-Day Shred.) I ran 1 1/2 miles, took a short break to put on dinner, and then started the DVD.

So, the DVD is 20 minutes a day for 30 days.

Ya'll ... it was 20 minutes of work ... hard work. And I was on Level 1. I've still got to get up to Level 2 & 3.

Those 20 minutes felt like an eternity.

If you want a workout that will push you hard and feel 20 minutes of pain, get this.

My favorite lines from the DVD:

(while doing jumping jacks) "There are no modifications for jumping jacks. If 400-pound people can do jumping jacks, so can you." (Well said.)

(while doing butt-kickers) "She is literally kicking her own a**."

(using other girl in DVD as example for sit-ups) "Look at your abs. I would do anything to get abs like yours." (Umm ... HELLO, Jillian ... have you seen your abs?)

"There are no breaks." (She basically said if you want to see results in just 20 minutes a day, it will be intense, and no breaks.)

And, when she says NO BREAKS, she means NO BREAKS ... (warning: there's some not-so-nice words in this video)

And definitely don't ever quit.

I'll keep you posted on the 30-Day progress.


sara said...

ok, so many people are doing this and i was considering it......ya, not so much any more!!! If it is that hard on you younguns......it would kill me!!! :)

atara said...

This is a cool post! I think short DVD's are the bomb, especially when it comes to strength training. I'm a big believer in that.

Rach@In His Hands said...

Jillian kicked my butt hard this morning....on level 1. I'm scared silly to even peek at the other levels!

Those were my fav quotes, too. Especially the abs abs one...I think I even snorted.

It's awesome how many folks are doing the Shred right now! We can all suffer and look good together. :-)

H-Mama said...

i've been thinking about this... i should put it on my list. short, hard workout... i like the sound of that.

Michelle said...

okay, you have totally motivated me. And I love Jillian. I'm going to go and buy the DVD today!

Lois Lane II said...

Interesting...but I'm afraid after I quit that I would gain all my weight back. =(

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

This has been on the top of my wish list for a while - I just have to go and get it. But I think I'm a little scared. I mean, look at you, you're in good shape, you RUN for Pete's sake. Me? Not so much. I don't know if I'll be able to get through the whole thing.

"Rachel" said...

I did not realize she said a**. Probably because I was already passed out unconscious on the floor.

Soliloquy said...


I come here for ENCOURAGEMENT and the FUNNIES.

I'm sorry, if you keep this up, I'm going to have to unsubscribe.

Tammy said...

Is Soliloquy serious?!

And I admire you for doing the Shred. I picked it up and looked at it at Target...then put it back. I wish I had the motivation. Oh how I wish.

Hello, my name is Tammy and I'm ok with my semi-sedentary lifestyle.

Soliloquy said...

Tammy - NO, Soliloquy was not serious.

Soliloquy is rarely serious.

Soliloquy IS however, intimidated by Mama Belle's fitness stamina.

And maybe a little jealous.

jennifer said...

I would be toast.

Mmm, toast...

thedomesticfringe said...

I keep hearing about this workout and I've gotta try it. I need someone like Jillian to kick my butt.


Debra said...

Oh my goodness....that sounds hardcore to me and I agree with Sara....I think it might kill me. And you go running too! I'm tired just typing this. lol I need some of your energy!!!

Liz said...

Every day I'm hearing about various bloggers who are doing the Shred. Now I'm starting to feel an urge to go get it, but not really because I'm motivated to exercise to such extremes, but more out of curiosity.

I'm afraid it could kill me...or at least injure me to where I'd be incapacitated for a week. I've heard there are push-ups, and I have neck issues. A little scared...

Denise said...

Oh my goodness ... you should read my post for today! It is about my first 30 day shred experience!

Too funny! I just hope I can walk tomorrow!

Birdie said...

Maybe La Petiite B was listening in on your DVD with that not so nice way of saying donkey? *L*