For September’s mission, we challenged ourselves to take on a tough fitness regimen. I chose Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred DVD, and many of you readers decided to join me (which was very cool!). The rest of you went various other routines, committing to a workout that would line up with their lifestyle (also, of course, very cool!).
So, how did it go?
Well first, can I just say – I friggin’ love Jillian! Who knew? But she’s a pretty incredible lady. Have you listened to her podcast? She’s very much into “personal development”, but in a non-creepy way (personal development is awesome, but so many gurus are slimy! she is not.) Her information is solid, she speaks from her heart and from her own experience (BIG proponent of therapy, bless her) and also, she’s just super cute and charming. So anyway, yeah. I am a fan!
As for the workout, I started at level 1. I was aiming to build muscle, NOT to lose weight, so I put myself on a training schedule instead of a burning schedule. This just means I gave myself “recovery days”. So my intended itinerary looked like:
Week 1 = Level 1, Mon-Wed-Fri
Week 2 = Level 1, Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri
Week 3 = Level 2, Mon-Wed-Fri
Week 4 = Level 2, Mon-Tues-Thurs / Level 3, Fri
- with the goal of making it all the way through a round of Level 3, without stopping, on the last day of September (Friday – TOMORROW!).
So that was the plan, but of course, there were the inevitable glitches. Firstly, my ankles went into complete protest mode, having gotten used to low-impact exercise like walking and biking. After 2 weeks up jumping jacks and butt kickers and high kicks and skaters, my poor ankles were swollen and stiff, so sore I had to take the stairs sideways. It was crazy! So I had to take a few days off – most of week 3 – and now my ankles are all better (plank jacks be damned!)
However, then I got sick. Dangit! So I missed a few days this week as well. Still, I feel strong and ready, and tomorrow I’m going to attempt Level 3. Wish me luck!
All in all, when I started this mission, I wrote:
“This month, I’m going to focus on fitness. I’m going to strive for strength. Build muscle. Feel my body become powerful. Challenge my own physical limits. Heighten my metabolism . . . and my abilities. Sweat out some toxins. Increase endorphins. Combat cortisol and, hopefully, help to manage my stress.”
And with that as my goal, I can proudly proclaim, without a shadow of a doubt, mission accomplished!
And what about you, my dears? Tell me how the month has gone for you! Will you be continuing your new workout schedule into the fall? (I will!) Did you meet your intended goals?
Just a reminder that next Monday we kick off the second Bonzai Book Club, instead of another Monday Monthly Mission. After last month’s success, I’m so excited! We’ll be reading Counterclockwise, by Ellen J. Langer, which you can purchase here if you want to support Bonzai (or buy secondhand from your local used bookstore.) Hope to see you in the discussion group!