measurements and shredding it

Yesterday my husband and I sat down together and watched all the pre-season tasks for the upcoming 12 week challenge. It was very important for me to have him watch it with me, so that he can be in the same frame of mind as me, and he understands the program. He was very positive about everything and that made me excited!

We did the measurements as a part of the final pre-season task. *Sobs* Numbers never lie, as I’ve been discovering with the calorie counting. Having the numbers recorded is not only a bit daunting, but it is also giving me power to succeed; to see the numbers go down. As a part of the task we also took a “Before” pic. Of course it’s exciting to think that at the end of the 12 weeks I’ll be able to take another one and see photographic evidence. At the moment, it’s just a strong reminder that I am completely unhappy with where I am at the moment. It was horrible and I did not like looking at myself in underwear. (Thank goodness it’s not on national television!)

Today I was a lot more vigilant with my calories. Although I came under my allocation yesterday, it was only because I did some exercise! Today I was trying to figure out how I could ‘exercise’ with the kids about, and it being a rainy, cold, miserable day outside. I did a quick short workout by climbing our stairs! I thought to myself, people go to gyms to use stair masters and you have a full set in your house!! Why not use it!! I managed to record a small amount of calories but I wasn’t happy with that!!! I wanted to see more calories in the green, the more calories in the green, the more likely I am to succeed!

I ended up finding some workout DVDs and tonight, after dinner I put on the Level 1 of Jillian Michaels 30 day shred. It’s an intense, non-stop 27 minute cardio, strength training session.  It was very easy to do, but in easy I mean that it was easy to follow. It was by no means “easy” on the body!!! I was already aching today from my first walk/jog yesterday but knew I needed to keep moving my body so that I didn’t cease up! I am now deliciously achy!!!!!! I was sweating and burning and pushing myself.  Much to my delight, I was able to complete it and felt awesome doing the warm down! I do need a shower though!

They say that a Healthy Lifestyle change is a Family Affair. This started with my husband supporting me in every which way by watching the videos last night, and then this morning, posting on his Facebook status: very proud of his wife going on the Michelle Bridges health plan, GO TEAM GEN!  When I saw this status I was so happy, and so proud to have such a supportive husband! He’s even happy to eat the food as it certainly looks yummy! Having young children, you want to be able to make the right choices for them. I guess we’re doing something right, because tonight, when I was doing the “shred” video the kids decided to abandon Hi-5 and join in!!! I was using cans of food for my weights so Mr4 went to the pantry and supplied himself and Miss2 with baby food for their ‘weights’. They then came along and jumped around, punched and pushed! Mr4 exclaimed “Oh Mum, this is exercise” I said “It certainly is” and he said “Oh, we’re exercising, now we’ll have energy”  Aren’t children the best!! I smiled so much and kept pumping, pushing and shredding it!!!! Out of the mouths of babes is all the motivation I need!!!

A Family that exercises together - stays together

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