Let me start with saying that I hate working out. Which may come as a surprise if you saw my yoga pant/Under Armour collection. I'm a major poser. I once saw them referred to as "fake out" clothes. I couldn't help but snicker. Honestly, I can count two times in my life that I actually stuck with any kind of workout plan. Both of those phases were when I was childless. And both were short-lived. The only other experience I have with fitness is the occasional dusting off and playing of a $10 Pilates DVD when I feel extra squishy (usually right before swimsuit shopping...or most often after). So needless to say, I've never seen any kind of results-my fault, of course. I think I'm too impatient. Or skeptical. Or both.
Enter Shannon Dew and her blog post on the 30 Day/300 Ab Challenge. I saw her results and was sold. It's different than seeing results on an infomercial. It was a real woman. A real mom. That's one thing I love about the blog world--getting advice and recommendations that you can trust. All I can say is girlfriend rocked this workout. I knew I had to try it. So, one night, I asked my hubs to be my motivator/coach (because I know my tendency to give up).
SUCKED. I felt like an out of shape, goopy, sloth-like loser. And when I would wake up the next day , I simply felt like I would die. Okay, a little dramatic, but keep in mind I do absolutely no physical activity (other than lifting a baby and walking up and downstairs...oh, and shopping)
I no longer feel sore throughout the day. I still am feeling a burn during the workout, but don't find myself having to take breaks every 5-10 reps. (Yeah, that's right. I said "reps". I talk the lingo now) I can get through the whole workout in under 15 minutes. I still can't do a legit sit-up without tucking my feet under furniture, but that gives me something to work toward. I also started to see and feel results around day 6! I felt like I was standing up straighter, and felt stronger somehow. It's like I felt more solid? Does that make sense? I also have noticed that I eat less and less often. I no longer look at eating half of a pizza as an enjoyable activity. I can be just as happy with one slice. Not sure if it's physical or just an I-don't-wanna-mess-this-up mentality, but either way, I feel healthier and I like it. My saggy post-baby pouch is shrinking and I'm noticing more definition to my tummy. Also, it doesn't protrude to 15 weeks preggo status after I eat a meal. That may be my favorite thing.
|Day 1 vs. Day 7|
This workout is quick, it's easy (once you get past the hellacious first few days), and you get fast results. I feel healthier. I drink more water. I eat less. I'm sticking with it. It's perfect for this mommy of two. I can't wait to see everyone else's results! Thanks, Shannon, for the inspir- and perspir-ation!