30 Day Shred: Down But Not Out (Days 9-11)

So I fell off the 30 Day Shred Bandwagon for 6 days.  One of my workout partners tore her calf muscle and couldn’t work out last Friday (which would have been day 9)…and then it went quickly downhill from there.  Add the flu to a bad lupus week and you have the perfect storm for not working out.

Thankfully I was able to get back in the groove of things on Thursday morning.  On Wednesday, my running partner and good friend Laura got a membership to the gym where I work out which means that we can meet at the gym and do 30 Day Shred there…even when it’s raining! YAY!

We met at the gym on Thursday morning at 6, did a 2 mile warm-up on the treadmill and then did Workout 1 of 30 Day Shred.  I’m so inspired to do more when I have someone else working out with me and Thursday was no different.  I’m pretty sure I never would have gotten on the treadmill if it hadn’t been for Laura’s prompting.

On Friday morning, we were at the gym again at 6.  We decided to get Jillian Michaels out of the way first.  We also decided to do Workout 2 of 30 Day Shred.  Jillian Michaels is 1 tough cookie.  She nearly killed me!  After we finished 30 Day Shred, Laura suggested we do 15 minutes on the elliptical.  I’m telling you the girl is crazy (in a good way) and she definitely keeps me on task!

Saturday was a strikeout for me in the workout department, but I didn’t let that get me down.

Today, I wasn’t feeling good again.  I was up most of last night with a migraine and my lupus flare seems to be sticking around longer than I’d like.  Today I told my husband that if I was going to feel miserable, I might as well feel miserable and know that I accomplished something, so I drug myself to the gym.  (I could do the workout video in my living room, but the gym has comfy mats, real jump ropes, and a plethora of different hand weights.  Plus, my kids are not there to make fun of me as I grunt and groan through the workout.)

I did give myself a little incentive before I left.  I put sweet potatoes in the oven and my hubby told me he’d grill some steaks while I was gone.  There’s nothing like the reward of a good dinner after a hard workout…and let me tell you it was absolutely delicious.  Steak with a baked sweet potato is one of my favorite meals!

Theoretically, today should be Day 18 of 30 Day Shred, but I’ve only done 10 days of Shredding and a half marathon. I’d hoped to be at 17 days of shredding and a half marathon, but still I’m feeling pretty good about my accomplishments.  I debated as to whether to go with my original count or just count my actual days of shredding.  To keep me honest, I’ve decided to just include the actual days of shredding, plus I’ve given myself a pass for the day of the half marathon since I actually planned on taking the day off from shredding.  If I can make it through the next few weeks without missing a workout, I should only finish a week behind.  Then I’ll be ready to tackle a new challenge.

My plan is to be at the gym at 6 every morning this week to get 30 Day Shred out of the way.  I’ll try to do a better job of posting, but if it comes down to posting or shredding, I’m pretty sure that shredding will win! :-)

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