Pushing My Spanx to the Limit

I stepped on the scale for the first time in months, and the number made me wonder if gnomes were secretly feeding me lard while I slept. How did I gain ten pounds?

As you know, in January I tried the Jillian Michaels: 30-Day Shred DVD, and the first attempt left me so crumpled and sore that I couldn’t even roll over in bed without wincing for nearly a week. I seriously wondered if only insane people did this workout, because me? I’m no good at it.

It took over a week before I attempted the DVD again. But I did eventually dig out the disc from behind the TV (where I threw it while cursing Jillian Michaels’ name) and gave it another go. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel so bad afterward. I was sore the next day, but it wasn’t the same kind of crippling soreness I had before. Maybe I can do this after all?

Seeing the number on the scale now motivates me even more to jump back on that water- and vegetable-filled wagon. After all, I don’t want to pop a seam in my Spanx at BlogHer this year.

(Oh yeah, if you didn’t already know – I’m now registered for BlogHer 09!)

To aid in motivation, I’m bringing back Hot by BlogHer, but it’s going to be BIGGER! and BETTER! with group challenges and its own blog and maybe giveaways. Expect to see more info on it by next week, and start thinking of what you want to look like by July.

Also, since I’m already doing “the shred” once a week, it makes sense for me to join in with Kristen’s Shredheads group. They’re doing the 30 Day Shred for all of March. While I’m only going to be a part-timer, I’m still all about sharing in the support and motivation.

Here is the data that I need to provide to be a shredhead:

Code Name: Spanx Mama

Before pictures: I value my readers too much to post my before photos here. Springing that visual on you without proper warning would surely lead to mass unsubscribing. But if you really want to see, look here and here. (Remember, I warned you!)

Tag Line: Hot by Blogher, baby!

Weight: Here’s what the scale said last night.

Remember the camera adds a few pounds. In this case, it really does add two – I was holding the camera while weighing in.

Goal: Increase my endurance, have more muscle definition, lose weight, and look great in a cocktail dress at BlogHer.

Diet Plan: Less intake, better intake. I’m already eating between 1600-2000 calories a day, and trying to cut back on high fat and high sugar foods and substitute more veggies and lean proteins.

Personal Rules: No freaking out if I eat a big meal, no defeatest attitude, substitute more water in place of diet soda.

Shred Plan: I’m a part-timer, doing it once a week on Level 1 at the moment. I might bump it up to twice a week soon. I’m already doing a different 30 min. workout four times a week also.

You can join up at Kristen’s site, I’ll Stop the World and Shred With You. And if you’re interested in Hot by BlogHer, check back here next week!

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  1. Cocktail dress, here you come. Plenty of time between now and July. Posting your weight on your blog alone puts you in like, superhero status.

  2. I agree with Kate. You are a superhero!

  3. Keep up the good work! Just joined shredheads today (although I don’t have the dvd yet – ha!)…you’ll get there!

  4. Amy @ Taste Like Crazy says:

    I’m waiting on Tucker to get home to take some before pictures. I think that I’ll go the route that you did and just post links to them. :)

    I’m also waiting until tonight to do this. I’m going to cry, aren’t I?

  5. Good luck and I know your pain..great motivating post..

    Dorothy from grammology

  6. MBKimmy says:

    I am pulling for you you can do this … my hubby and I joined “choose to loose” it is kinda like the biggest looser, but local … I bought smaller plates, and we switched to all lower fat food … it has been 5 weeks … i have lost 10 lbs and the hubby has lost 22 … you CAN and WILL do this! KEEP IT UP!

  7. I’m joining. Your fault if my arms fall off from pushups. :)

  8. I want to do this, but very scared. I also can’t do push ups. Mostly because of my recovering wrist-but also because i am a wimp. I need to see if the library has this so I can check it out to see if I can do it at all.

  9. I am totally joining you with this Hot by BlogHer. And I’d say the camera add at LEAST 3 pounds…

  10. Have fun at BlogHer!

    While everyone else in the entire blogging community is there, I’ll be (hopefully) pushing a baby out of my nethers, so how about this? You go ahead and work out, and I’ll eat enough ice cream for both of us until July.

    I think I can handle that.

    P.S. Good luck!

  11. You’re gonna rock that dress.

  12. Good luck with that! Just remember that it takes time – to reduce the soreness, don’t take yourself to the level where you are cursing and falling out of bed the next day. Take it easier and work up to it – just remember it’s not all or nothing.


    P.S. I have some fitness posts that you might be interested in checking out.

  13. Condo Blues says:

    Can’t we just go back to wearing Elizabethan wear when big butts were in fashion and the bodies gave even my A cups a decent rack?

  14. Good luck to you. I think it’s great that you’re undertaking this totally out of the closet. Yeah, superheroine, indeed.

  15. I love you so much.

    I’m totally on the Hot by BlogHer bandwagon. I haven’t joined at Kristen’s because I don’t “shred”, but I’m totally up for the rest of it.

  16. I’ve been seeing the shredheads around on Twitter and have thought about joining. I loved doing the shred, but when I got bronchitis I quit and I have yet to start again. No time like the present, I guess.

    Good luck with your goals. I can’t wait to see your page for Hot by BlogHer. It’s a challenge I am up for!

  17. I tried that DVD, too. It’s hard! but I love that it’s just 20 minutes.

  18. mothergoosemouse says:

    C, you can do it! Keep it up, and not just to look good, but to FEEL good.

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