Jillian Michaels Tried to Kill Me

I actually wrote this Monday for my blog over on MFP. I thought I’d share here too.

Wow. I started the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred today, because of all the positive things I had been hearing over on the forums about it. The first couple of times I was skeptical. I thought, what is so great about a 20 minute work out. Some of these people are doing hours on the treadmill and elliptical (which we are so buying soon). But on Saturday I was out, I saw it and it was $9 – which seemed like a great deal since some workout videos are $20+. After I got it, I actually started to get excited. I wanted to come right home and start it but I decided to wait until Monday when the kids were at school. Nice quiet work out time for mom. Plus, I figured they don’t have to see me looking like a fool.
I was so excited, that by the time Saturday evening rolled around, I watched it. Yes, I watched it. Watched. I wanted to see what we were expected to do. It looked fun, and easy and I knew I could do level 1 with no issues. In fact, at one point, I was thinking “Maybe I should start with level 2, so I can work everything a little harder.” I truly saw this as easy and fun and I couldn’t wait.
Sunday I was still thinking about it, and it felt agonizing seeing the DVD lying there and knowing I couldn’t start just yet..
Monday has arrived. I got the kids out the door to school knowing full well they would be home in less than an hour or so because school would be dismissed due to the upcoming “snowpocalypse” on its way! I only had a short period of time, but I was excited. I got my weights, my mat and my huge water bottle. I popped in the DVD. I decided that I should at least start with level 1 today, and tomorrow I could do level 2 if I thought it was too easy. Right? Follow me?
So, uhm. I think I will be doing level 1 for… well let’s just not set a time right now. Mmmmm kay?
Awhile. That about sums it up.
Holy Bananas. I had no idea how hard that would be! I am so out of shape and I guess I was fooling myself into thinking that I wasn’t.
I found myself doing the modified version most of the time. Not all of it. I pushed myself. But wow… that woman works you. Level 1 is NOT easy contrary to my misconceived notion that it was. I sincerely thought I might have been dying at the end. I felt like I had run a marathon, I was huffing and puffing so bad. It might honestly be the best 20 minutes work out I have ever gotten, and I used to teach aqua aerobic classes that were 60 minutes long! (it’s been awhile!) I’d say I’m ashamed by how unfit and out of shape I am, but honestly, I’m not ashamed by it. It’s only going to push me harder. That I am sure of.
I feel the muscles trying to recover. It was two hours ago and my legs and arms still feel like jelly and I can feel my poor pathetic abs screaming at me. Its not much pain… yet. I’m sure this evening I’m going to be like… omg someone give me some MOTRIN now! LOL But for now, its a pleasant burny feeling – it feels kinda good. Interestingly enough, I have a ton of energy right now, and its been awhile since I have felt like this.
So, yes Jillian Michaels tried to kill me, and I actually liked it!
(I strongly urge anyone looking for a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t done anything for awhile, or if you only have a short time to devote to it everyday – go now… (well not if you’re in the area of the “snowpocalypse” – let’s wait until that clears up) and purchase Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. You’re welcome.

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  1. Kristie Tallarita says

    This is the best article. I started doing 30 day Shred last year…ON and OFF of course but I love it….even though you feel like your dyeing!! LOL!! I totally agree w/ you!!

  2. MariaS Handmade Love says

    This is so funny! I had the same experience with a Pilates DVD. I mean, I’ve done Pilates for a long time…this was supposed to take it up a notch, I thought I could totally nail it. Well, let’s just say I WAS WRONG! LOL

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