It's May--which means that in a couple of months, we will be able to welcome summer. I'm beyond excited about this, as the warm weather resonates with my sense of wellness, and I'm looking forward to being on the beach, soaking up the heat and swimming in the ocean. There isn't a season that gets me more energized than the summer.
As of late, it's been about getting things ready for the sun--from planting to fitness. After picking out a handful of shrubs and flowers from a local nursery, my mama helped me to pot them, and also start a new herb garden. Who am I kidding? She did nearly all the work--right down to adding her "special fertilizing soil", and teaching me how to sing to the flowers. Apparently this has worked in her garden, because her yard is like a nursery itself.
The daily workouts have arrived via DVD. I could never have imagined that I would say this, but it's not half bad. Under the influence of fellow bloggers, I picked upJillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. Never having been a fan of exercise videos, I'm pleased that I have held on. The comments (from those who know me best) that I would never complete the 30 days, was enough to get me going...and 28 days later, I have already ordered another workout DVD, and have a new little collection of workout gear!
You see, I chose the gym that I belong to, based solely on the steam room and spa services. My kind of gym visit involves a little bit of running, and a whole lot of falling asleep in the steam room. I'd just as well burn calories preparing a huge dinner, which explains why my arms have always been incredibly weak. This Shred business threw them into complete havoc. There is a mixture of strength, cardio, and endurance training which is taught in intervals. To put my initial reactions simply, the Mister would return home to the sound of shouting and snide remarks, coming from a wife that couldn't deal with Jillian's "motivational" remarks. So yes, her commentary is annoying--but once you understand the workout, you can mute the television and turn on an iPod.
Overall, it is effective. You've got 20 minutes of non-stop training, and it's a promise. A promise that in 20 minutes, you can return to your regularly scheduled life and feel good about your small accomplishment. The positive results--my arms are in much stronger condition, and push-ups are no longer an issue. The drawback? Jillian and her pals are--in my opinion--a little bulky. If you want to look that way, follow the workouts to a T. Load up on the hand weights, and knock yourself out. If you'd like to avoid the bulging leg effect, follow the variations of the workouts and use lighter weights. The video is probably best as a supplement to a regular cardio workout--but do what you can. Nobody's keeping score. Oh, and feel free to call her anything you like. She can't hear you.
Nails of the week? You've got it! OPI's Ate Berries in the Canaries, with a touch of China Glaze's Strawberry Fields on the ring fingers. Decided to take it old school--like, August 2009 days.
Are there any other Shredders out there? Who is planting/gardening in expectation of the warm weather?