Monday, March 14, 2011
Body By Jillian AKA The Perfect Storm for a PMS Meltdown
I bought this video months ago, but didn't get around to trying it until Friday. Why did it take me so long? Well, you need a yoga mat (unless you have carpeted floors) and hand weights. I have some 3 lb hand weights "somewhere" in the garage, but I'm not about to dig for them (they were in storage for 5 years, so I have no idea what box they'd be in). Friday, I went to Target and bought some 5 lb weights. MISTAKE #1!
My reasoning at the time was that I didn't want to buy another set of 3 pounders. Besides, I'm pretty fit now, right? I can do a 20 minute video with 5 lb weights, right?
So I got home from work on Friday and I was all excited to DO THIS. I put on my workout gear, even had Josh take a picture of me getting ready to kick some Jillian tail.
Yeah, that's my tough girl face. That's me thinking I am going to breeze through this without breaking a sweat. That was MISTAKE #2.
Not many people know this, but Jillian is all-seeing and all-knowing. When you mock, even in a joking manner, a karmic smackdown will ensue. Trust me on this. Never mock Jillian or think for one minute you can beat her at her own game. You will lose.
I asked Josh repeatedly to let me do this in private.You see, my ex-husband once told me I look funny when I run. That has stuck with me and I don't like to be looked at when I do any type of exercise now. Unless I'm on the gazelle, because face it, everyone looks stupid on that thing. Josh insisted on watching. That was MISTAKE #3. Because, you see, my husband is incapable of watching idly. No, he decided to play devil's advocate, which is to say he's Team Jillian. My own husband. Traitor. So while I'm struggling to keep up, and realizing that those 5 pound weights were my WORST PURCHASE OF ALL TIME, I've got my beloved behind me telling me to keep up, go faster, stick my chest out, keep my back straight, etc.
I dropped those five pound weights (I was only halfway through the video), took off my shoes, glared at him and said "YOU do it."
Never one to back down from a challenge, he tried. God bless him, he tried, but Jillian defeated him as well. Now, Josh is in really good shape. He's no stranger to weights or working out in any form, but even he said the 5 lb handwieghts were a bit much for this.
I crumpled on the couch and cried (remember, PMS). DEFEAT.
But yesterday I decided to try again. I purchased some lighter weights, and yesterday afternoon I took on Jillian in private (Josh was in the office and obeyed my orders to not watch this time). And you know what? I made it all the way through! It felt great, and I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it. I am going to actually take the 30 day thing to heart and do it every day and see how my body changes. April 11th will mark the 30th day! I'm really looking forward to sticking to this... It takes me the same amount of time (or less) than I devote to working out on the gazelle, but it does so much more for my body. I already can't wait to go home tonight and do it again!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this workout if you've done it.