Monday 31 July 2017

August: 30 Day Shred

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   I had loads of fun with my genius workout set-up last month, combining African dance with Pilates in a HIIT format, and now I'm ready to get serious. Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred was the first proper workout I'd ever used, waaaay back in 2014, and now I'm revisiting with the intention of measuring myself against my green past self, as well as returning to my fitness roots.
   The 30 Day Shred was also the first Jillian Michaels workout I'd ever used (which I suppose goes without saying since it was my first proper workout), and I fell in love with her immediately. I own damn near every single one of her DVDs - I have my sure-fire favourites, my loathed yet go-to options, and my top-up finishers to max out my other workouts. But this is where I, like many of her loyal fans, started. I've used a lot of her DVDs multiple times, but this one I've never revisited. I think because it was my first, and that association makes me think it's not suitable for my present fitness level. But, of course, I would have used the beginner modifications the first time, I'd have used lighter weights and stopped several times throughout each set through exhaustion. Things that just wouldn't happen now.
   So I thought it would be fun, especially after I've grown to feel kind of negative about working out, to return to my roots and rediscover what made me fall in love with working out.

   So, this month, I'll be running through Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred for the first time in 3 years, going back to where it all began and blasting Past-Kim out of the water. And making her damned proud. Wearing XS/8 compression capris, rather than L/14 leggings that cut into my squish in the most unflattering way. And actual post-workout nutrition rather than a few 'well-deserved' cookies.
   I'll update...either in 2 weeks or once I've finished with level 1. I've got a lot of work to do before I can start writing my next book so I'm quite keen to concentrate on that...I'm sure my blog will suffer for it.


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