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Thursday, August 04, 2011

shredding {giveaway}

13 days ago i started the 30 day shred.

for those of you not familiar with it...it's a 30 day (imagine THAT!) workout video. jillian michaels is the "leader" of the video. you know the crazy lady from biggest loser? yeah. HER!

what started me on this journey? well first off, i haven't been happy with my body since having evaleigh. i just haven't had a lot of motivation to change it. i've done stuff here and there. but nothing consistent. til one day when my sweet little caitlyn looked at me and said "momma your belly's getting big". and she smiled all sweetly at me. she meant it as nice as something like that can be meant... i just smiled and said "thanks honey."

the next morning. i started the 30 day shred. the comment from my sweet little baby girl was motivation. she wasn't lying. not that my belly is huge. but it's not little. i'm just hoping to make it a little less big. of course after having five babies in as many years...my tummy muscles are stretched. i have extra skin in places it doesn't need to be ...etc etc etc. my goal for my tummy is to tighten. lessen. firm. get rid of muffin top. ((although i think it may look more like a mammoth muffin)). i digress...

my other goals are to look more "tone" and "fit" in my arms. and legs. and to try and make it so my thighs like each other a little less and quit touching. i'd also like to lose some weight. my main goal is to lose 15 pounds. BUT i struggle with knowing the number. so i'm not weighing myself at all. i'm just doing the workout. cutting out soda. (well most of the time...because sometimes you just *need* that dollar coke from mcd's) i'm also watching what i eat. and eating in moderation.

i have my "one year visit" with my dr in a few weeks. so i'm waiting til then to see what i weigh. it helps our scale is broke, so i can't be tempted to weigh myself. i'm starting out right around 165. depending on the day up or down 1-2 pounds. my short term goal...get the heck out of the 160's. i've been here for awhile. and i just want to be rid of them.

after getting out of the 160's...i'd eventually like to get out of the 150s. 145ish is my main goal. and then i remind myself...it is *just* a number. to not get caught up on the number. as long as i feel good about myself and how i look, the number doesn't matter too much to me. so mainly...i want to look good. :)

i must say...that after only 13 days...i am noticing a difference. my hubby grabbed my butt the other day and noticed it was different too. you may not want to know that...but seriously...who cares. he loves me. and my butt. he's a butt man. :) ANYWAYS!! a friend at church also told me my arms are looking good. well actually she said "hot". which is so very encouraging to me. i was noticing a difference, but wanted to be sure it was for real. not just me imagining things.

and i must say...it's been awesome on my energy level. i do the workout in the morning. most mornings before the kiddos get up. and i feel great all day. i don't feel dragging...even after getting a few hours of sleep the night before. it's been so nice. the biggest challenge will be this weekend when shaun has off (yay!!) and i have to get out of bed before him. since he works every other weekend the saturday mornings he has off are so nice to just lounge in bed together before the kiddos wake up. maybe i'll have to get him out of bed with me and see jillian kick his butt too. ((i'll admit, he may be a butt man...but i'm a total butt girl too. ;)  ))

so yeah. the workout has been going great. i've noticed a change in my attitude as well. all those endorphins are working to help me continue where i need to be. if you want a great workout video...i suggest buying this one. you will be in pain for the first few days. on day 5 i woke up in no pain. after that...it's really not that bad. my endurance has improved so much already. i can actually do push ups. i started on level 1. did that for a few days and then moved to level 2. i love level 2! i tried level 3 this morning. i like it too. and i didn't need to stop. not once! it's only a 20  min. workout...intense 20 mins. but on day 1. level 1. i stopped. more than one time. today i didn't. i think that speaks for the video and how much it really does improve your endurance.

to keep myself accountable i've been posting each day on facebook. if you're my friend i'm sure you've already seen that, and perhaps have gotten annoyed and blocked it. but it really has helped to hold myself accountable by posting it on facebook. i can't have an excuse. i need to workout. and by golly..it feels good.

it's also been great having my facebook friends be so encouraging. so if you do the workout find someone/something to hold yourself accountable to posting/saying you did it each day. or find a friend to do it with. you can push each other through it.

and now...i'd like to give you the opportunity to do your own 30 day shred! or maybe you already have it, but would love to share the "love" of the 30 day shred with someone...try to win it for them! :)

just leave a comment. any old comment.
and i'll pick a winner next week thursday august 11th.

let's get shredding!

giveaway ends wednesday august 10th midnight PST.

**jillian michaels has no idea who i am. has no idea i'm giving this video away. i just want to share the love of shred with one of you.**

30 loving words from you.:

Katie Fullerton said...

would LOVE to try this video!!! Keep up the great work you have been doing!

Beth said...

I WOULD TOTALLY LOVE THIS!!!!! PICK ME PICK ME PICK ME!!!!

Kristin said...

I think this is awesome! I am totally not a working out type of girl, never have been, but I know once I have Matthew, it's going to be a necessity if I want to be healthy again. So, I will definitely be keeping this in mind for then!

Fox Family said...

I seriously almost PM you to ask if you thought it was working. HAHA Glad that it does. Day 5 is tomorrow, so I am hoping that the waking up with no pain holds true for me too!! HAHA


Great work!

Christy said...

I can't use it so if you pick my comment, give it to Beth ;)

BUT, that said, I did want to leave my congrats to you and 'good job'! I am completely inspired by you and your FB posts recently, although I haven't commented. You're doing a great job and I'm so glad that you mentioned not being overly concerned with a number how alot of us can be. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you Amanda!
I have used the Biggest Loser " Power Sculpt " DVD and love it... but since hitting 35 have noticed my tummy is less than flat. :(
Thanks for inspiring!

Your OLD babysitter... Molly :)

Stephanie said...

I already have this video, but haven't been motivated enough to try it. But you are seriously motivating me. If you can do it with five kids...I can most certainly handle it with two. ;) Plus, I know they'd LOVE to do it with me. Also, since I already have it, you can give it to Kristin if you pick my name. ;)

ashleyjnc said...

I am 100lbs ahead of you Amanda... most I've ever weighed in my life. 263. Horrible. >.< Steroids and surgeries have wrecked my body.... One day at a time, right?

Becky said...

I would LOVE to win this! I've been unhappy with my weight since my son was born a year ago (tomorrow!). This would be great to do during naptime :)

Leah said...

You don't know me, I was suggested to follow your blog by a friend. But I would love to try this video with my husband. We've been wanting to try something structured like this. Thanks for the chance!

Carrie Repaich said...

I hate, hate, hate to exercise...but I hate even more the way I feel in my own skin since having my fourth (and final!) baby 4 1/2 years ago :( It's been nice to read your facebook posts to see how a "real" person feels as you go through the program. I would love to win this give-away so that I can get on the road to being healthier...for myself AND for my kids :)

Heather said...

Exactly what I need to kickstart my weight loss. This could just be the piece of the puzzle to motivate me!

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Thanks for your post and your honesty. I have struggled with my weight since #5, too. I just have been struggling to get it off more than with the others. Not that I love exercise. Seriously, I hate it. But my sis-in-law loved the shred. In all honesty I am totally scared of it. But maybe I can do it. All the goals you listed (tummy, arms, thighs, weight, etc) are my issues too. If I win, I will do it with you!!

Stop by my blog, too, because I have a giveaway that would be perfect for your girls! :-)

http://momforhim.blogspot.com/2011/08/sparkle-farms-review-and-giveaway.html

Erin said...

i need some motivation and winning this just might be what i need!!!

Cheryl said...

My daughter has been home from college all summer without a job and has been able and willing to make us dinner almost every evening. Although the meals have been very yummy, I am hoping that when she goes back to college I can start to be more careful about what I eat and maybe exercise a bit more to feel better about how I feel and also have more energy.

Thanks for the motivational post :)

With Hope,
Cheryl

Linda said...

I've been trying to lose weight for a while now...and thinking this might just be what I need to start seeing results and keep it going!

Amy, queen of the world. said...

You are doing an awesome job and I love reading your daily updates on fb!

ACW said...

So I'm quite thin but I exercise all the time. People always say that I don't need to work out, but I tell them I do! I work out to feel good increase my energy and strength. I'm always excited for people to exercise because it makes such a difference in my life. Keep it up and you'll only feel better. :)

PunkRockChic said...

Oh man, I NEED Jillian to shred my butt (and legs...and arms...and belly) into shape!

Kelly said...

Woo hoo, sign me up! :)


Kelly

Kara - Wife, Momma, Doula said...

My hubby is totally a BUTT man too!!! I just did my first day today - I feel like Jello and sick to my stomach but I know that is all normal and I am just REALLY out of shape. Can't say I enjoyed it but I am sure I will here soon. I can't do it every day right now but really hope to strap down once the kids get back into school and let Jillian KICK MY BOOTY!!!!!

Megan said...

I was complaining about three month old baby weight the other day and a friend said to me "Is it still baby weight if your baby is 8 years old?!" I thought that was hilarious, but it made me think that I don't want that amount of time to go by still carrying around whatever is going on with my midsection. I love your daily updates on Facebook and think this giveaway is such a fun idea!

All that to say, PICK ME!

Kristen Beckman (BGGB) said...

Acck, my computer went crazy and I accidentally posted my comment on your previous post. Very innappropriate. I'm sorry!

I'll try again here. Would love to win this!

Kristen (BGGB)

tjandjmkahrs said...

I've tried it, on loan from the library, I would love to own it!! Thanks for the chance. Also good luck with the remaining time, you have been doing great!!

Maire said...

I wanted to try it, I'm so glad to hear it's working for you!! I'd love to win it!! P.S-I think you look beautiful!!

Amanda said...

I would love to win this- having 4 kiddos, time is of an essence! I love that you have visible results so quick. Pick me!!!

Veronica said...

Pick me, pick me! LOL!

I weighed myself this week and cried. Like cried myself to sleep. I am waking up from the haze of a crazy long last few months to realize that I haven forgotten how to care about myself. I eat terribly, too much and do not exercise at all.

This week I changed that and stopped drinking soda/coffee. Thought I would die for two days straight but guess what? I made it, lol!

I started working on to this preggo video I have and started that yesterday. I do have to agree that working out has made me feel so much better!

I'm so proud of you and your goal! I would love to be 160 right now. I was actually that when I got married and loved it! For now I'm shooting low and hoping to get at least 20 lbs off. I want to look good at Christmas this year. We can do this!!!

LOL about Shaun being a butt man too! This one over here is the exact same way, hahaha!

Chilly MaMa said...

I would love to let Jillian kick my butt into shape.

The Mama said...

I've enjoyed reading your daily posts. It gives me motivation. Baby five left me feeling the same way about my body. I'm still up 20 lbs from prebaby. Having foot surgery really put me on hold, but now I'm ready to kick it! Even if I don't win it, I think I'll be buying it! So happy for you!

Michelle - Blessed Mom of 4 said...

I would love to win this to help lose some of my baby weight!