Tuesday, 21 April 2009

You're Just A Poor Misguided Fool Who Thinks They Know What I Should Do

I'm thinking of starting a new series called Misguided Mondays, where I check in Tuesday morning and write about all the stupid shite I did the day before.

Monday's are consistently difficult for me (I know, right? I'm so original.) Work is particularly rough because my boss has worked all weekend (every weekend) with no support so there is always a million deadlines thrown at me as soon as I walk through the door Monday morning. By the time I leave in the evening, my brain is always fried. So of course I come home and do something stupid, like that time I decided to be spontaneous and get my hair cut. And decided that I needed bangs (after not having bangs for ... oh fifteen years or so.)

Onward. Yesterday I had a shitty day (quelle surprise!) On top of work nonsense, I had a really stupid bickery fight with Shawn ... via text message. And I just happen to be feeling bloated and sensitive this week. So. What do I do when I get home? I decide that I should probably start pulling out my summer clothes to prepare for Mexico. Summer clothes that include my bikinis. Bikinis that have not been worn since last summer. Last summer when I was skinny from wedding stress.

And then, because I am the smartest lady ever, I TRIED THE BIKINIS ON. While feeling bloated and stabby. And then I died. The end.

In related news, last night I started the 30 Day Shred and wow, I am a bit hurty today. Also? I kind of find Jillian Michaels really annoying. If I hear "abs like these don't come for free!" one more time, I will likely throw a can of beans at the tv (I'm using beans instead of weights. Not because I don't own weights but because the weights I own (the 5lb weights ... I'm so ashamed) are too heavy.) Apparently I am a weakling. I could only manage to do two push-ups. Two girly push-ups. I rocked the cardio and the abs but anything to do with arms kicked my ass. I'm fairly certain that everyone is doing the shred because I hear about it all the time, so I'm hoping someone can answer this for me: should I move up to the level 2 workout even though my arms are crap? Last night I definitely had a workout, my heart rate was up during the cardio and I was a red, sweaty mess, but I felt like I could have pushed much harder. As far as abs are concerned, I didn't have to stop during the workout last night but I was definitely working as hard as I could. So should I stick with level 1 or move up to level 2?


  1. "And then, because I am the smartest lady ever, I TRIED THE BIKINIS ON. While feeling bloated and stabby. And then I died. The end."

    Been there. Soooooooooooo been there.

    Next time? FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. It's the only way.

  2. hi hillary! i've been reading for a while but don't think i've commented.

    anyways, 30 day shred! it's really hard, huh? i told my friends how sore i was after trying it once and they laughed like "it's an at home workout, duh, it can't be that hard". i use tomatoes in stead of weights, too. same reason.

    i moved up to level 2 and i alternate because it's different moves. level 2 is def harder, but try it.

  3. Ohh.. never try on bikinis when you're feeling crappy!

    I am not doing the Shred, but I feel you on the upper arm strength. I'm doing workouts that require push ups and the "plank" position, and I hate it with a passion.

  4. I've been doing the Shred pretty consistently for the last three months. I was really really sore for the first week, then I got stronger.

    My advice is: try level 2 and if parts are too hard, substitute parts of level 1 (e.g. do jumping jacks instead of squat thrusts.. heh, I feel kind funny typing that, but that's what she calls them).

    ALSO, you can add weights to the cardio in level 1 to make it harder (e.g. punches with weights, jumping jacks with weights)... you know, get creative.

  5. I'm going to sit this one out and let all the people out there who have worked out in the past year take this.

  6. I think bikinis were designed to make women feel bad about themselves. It's true. So don't feel bad because I'm sure you look perfectly fantastic. :)

  7. I kind of love Jillian Michaels. Maybe I'm a masochist, but I love that she doesn't sugar coat things. Totally move up to level 2. Otherwise, you will get bored out of your skull. And I use 2 lb weights for the Shred, even though I like to go to the gym and lift heavy weights. There's no shame in it - it's just a different way of working out. (At least, that's what I tell myself.)

  8. I really loved the 30 Day Shred, but I agree that Jilliam is super annoying at times. I used cans of beans as weights too, cause I'm cheap and won't buy weights. I'd say do level 1 for two more days, but maybe do double-time on the crunches?

    I've started taking boot camp classes at the YMCA near me and I can tell you it's kicking my butt, if it makes you feel any better. Also, I'm skinny but my ass looks terrible, so don't get too down on yourself. Just think of how happy you'll be in 30 days when you see results!

  9. I feel you on the crappy arm strength. I suck at push ups too, even the girly ones. I'd stick on level one for a few more days, then move up.

    I am scared to try on bathing suits from last year. No more wedding stress = extra pounds. Ugh.

  10. heh, i used cans of chickpeas :-) i just bought myself some 2 lb weights and will try 'em out tonight when i shred again for the first time in.. um.. many moons.

  11. You crack me up. Per usual.

    Jillian is of the debbil. But she works.

    Level two is the WORST. Get through level one and then jump to level three.

    Unless you like queefing.

  12. Text message fighting is beyond frustrating. I have totally been there.

    I really don't have much workout advice just because I ordered P90X and it came in the mail Friday. I haven't opened the box yet because I am TERRIFIED.

  13. I haven't even gotten through level one. I'm too lazy to even watch it. LOL

  14. For some reason, the worst part of Level 2 for me is the back-to-back shoulder exercises in the 3rd Strength section. Why shoulders? Why not throw some triceps in there or something!

  15. Dude, seriously. Never try the bikinis on when you're feeling stabby!

  16. OK, just know that I come from a place of believing that you are perfect in every way, but WHAT is WRONG with your Monday judgment??? Nonono on bikinis on a bloated stabby day! Bloated stabby days are for indulging in treats, not bikini hell!

    Also, 5 lb weights are enough, I believe. It's what my trainer was having me use even before I was preg. It's all the reps that you have to do that kill you.

    Anyway, hi.