Friday, May 07, 2010

Prepping For Sunny Days Ahead!

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?


Tina A. said...

OMG, LOL! Whenevever I exercise using a dvd, I 'm DEFINITELY gonna start cursing at the lady/model/trainer, it feels so good to do it!
And why, oh why, do they always seem to do the exercises in fast farward mode???

So, um, can I borrow your mum? :) I need sm1 to deal with my (sea of tiles and not much else) balcony!!! Lol! :) Altho, ok, singing to the plants at a city apartment would be considered a bit much!


fantastic said...

@tina_mbc: haha! i figure, if i were in a group 9class, i wouldn't have the opportunity to do i take that opportunity here!
..and yes, you can sing to the plants. you'll be the crazy neighbor and i will be the one listening/laughing on the patio next door!xx

Tali said...

I cancelled my order of the dvd.. ol when i saw how butch she looked in google images I panicked!!

Love the color of the nails.. very nice!!


Monika @ RocailleWrites said...

I'm thinking of getting this after the move, but I'm not so sure yet, me and hubs have some plans for running, gym and squash, so we'll see...

Love your manicure, it's so bright and lovely :) Unfortunately because of a funeral in the family, I'm wearing very neutral colors at the moment.

I want your little herb garden!!! xxx

rufflesandrouge said...

I've become a shredsalot too! It's funny but it actually works. I'm the same way with the gym.

I go do my cardio, and use the sauna and then come back home.

That nailpolish shade is gorgeous, you have amazing natural natural nails btw!

Nikki said...

I have just received my shred DVD! After having a baby I really need to get myself back into shape! I'm afraid of losing too much weight cuz I like my healthy looking size now, I just want to tone up in a vigourus way! :p xx

fantastic said...

@tali: lol she's definitely not the long and lean look... xx

@rocaille: squash! i haven't done that in ages! yes, during a funeral it's probably best to keep it low key..i learned that the hard way this past year. hope everything is okay with you xx

@ladyb: thanks girly :) what day are you on?

@nikki: you look amazing for having just had a baby! i didn't want to lose weight either...just tone up. i think it's doable with this one. and vigorous..YES!

Tali said...

I need me strawberry fields!
Is it wrong im thinking of re-ordering the dvd again.. lol even though ill end up cancelling it again.. i just so desperately want to do it!!!!!!

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