solstice and that shredding thing

June 21, 2013 |  Category:   life

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Longest day of the year. I think we’ll end the day by taking an after dinner walk around the neighborhood. We’ve got two and half more days of school left next week and the girls are starting to bring home their work and emotions are running a little high. That little bump in your throat that you felt at your kid’s pre-school or Kindergarten graduation? It never goes away. Every end of the year class goodbye brings on that feeling. I’ve just accepted that there will be a few tears every June till the girls graduate from high school. Stupid hormones. I was never this sappy before I had kids.

So I forgot to tell you that I finished that 30 day shred thing. Ok, so it took longer than 30 days because I cheated and skipped the weekends, but I FINISHED it and even stuck with the 5 pound weights. And then when I was done I was all, “now what?”. So I’m doing it all over again till I figure out what’s next because it’s so much easier to keep up the momentum than stop and try to start up again. Not that there weren’t days when I wanted to flake out and skip exercising. Yes, some days took herculean efforts to get off the couch, but the thing that got me up was my Type A competitive personality beating down on my lazy couch potato side and shaming it to get up and exercise. Hey, I’m not a quitter, I told myself. Whatever works.

So, did it work? In a word, yes. I feel stronger and I think I have arm muscles (I think?). I am better at pushups but still can’t go all the way to the ground; if I can eventually do that than I will truly feel like a badass. I didn’t take before or after photos like a lot of people do because frankly, the thought of doing that is horrifying, but I feel “trimmer” if that makes any sense (you know…less muffintop). The odd thing is that I didn’t lose any weight, which I wasn’t looking to do, but I find it interesting that I didn’t. I guess what this is telling me is that I’m at the weight that I am meant to be now. It makes me want to throw the scale out the window, especially since the only reason why I bought it 10 years ago is because I was fascinated by all the weight I was gaining during my first pregnancy (oh wait, I can’t throw it out because sometimes Mark uses it to estimate the weight of big, heavy packages that he needs to ship. We’re fancy like that).

So I’ve decided that I’m not going to care about numbers. If I feel and look healthy then that’s the measure of success that I’m going by. The most exciting piece of news is that my very mysterious, undiagnosed chronic 2 year tail bone pain went away sometime during the last 3 months. I think time was the agent that cured it, but I’m sure all this exercise helped too. It still tends to ache if I sit for hours at a time, but I no longer have to sit on a donut pillow!! That is one pain in the ass that I’m not going to miss.

Happy first day of summer!

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  • Nancy June 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    There’s always Prancercise. πŸ™‚

    • Jenna June 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      haha, true!

  • Betty June 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Nice work on the exercise! I just recently started exercising regularly, and it feels so good to be STRONG! I bet your weight didn’t change much because you gained muscle!

  • jen June 22, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Nice work on the exercising. I had tried the “shredding thing” awhile back and it was surprisingly hard!

    I can totally relate to your experiences in gym back in the school days. I was the one that got smashed in the stomach with the dodgeball first, the one who stood in fear as they sent the big kid from the other team to break our arms in red rover. The one that always got picked last in gym. And that comment about asian moms is SO true. Even my boyfriend is now a victim of those comments about the weight, haha, no one is safe!

    I hated gym and never worked out till my mid twenties. I am now 30 and work out pretty regularly now. I weigh about 5 more lbs than i did when i was in my early 20s but look a lot thinner and fitter and fit in clothes that are smaller. So weight really isn’t a good judge.

    Keep it up and thank you for your honesty on your blog!

  • Carol June 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Tailbone pain is classed as a pelvic floor disorder. The position of your sacrum and tailbone can depend a lot of how you sit (and how often you sit). Exercise will alleviate the pain by re-positioning the sacrum position. Cool eh? In other news, I am visiting Brooklyn (did a workshop in NYC yesterday!) and I’m going to the flea today!! I hope to get some cookies from Mark. πŸ™‚ If I do see him I will give you a postcard.
    Carol

    • Jenna June 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Mark just told me you stopped by! Thank you so much for the postcards! So thoughtful. Regarding tailbone… I had a bunch of X-rays and MRIs last year to rule out anything serious. When the doctors couldn’t find anything, I was just told it would take time. Took 2 years for it to go away.

  • Sarah J June 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    The only thing that really helps you lose weight is dieting, restricting calories and that’s no fun at all. Stick to exercise that makes you look and feel better.

    PS – you can (or might not want to) read Timothy Caulfield’s The Cure for Everything for a really enlightening (depressing) examination of all the health and wellness crap we get marketed. http://www.amazon.ca/The-Cure-Everything-Untangling-Happiness/dp/0670065234

    • Jenna June 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

      Oh yeah, I’m not looking to lose weight at all. I’ve been underweight most of my life so I was just curious to see if I would because most people from the documentation that I’ve read of people posting results do. I definitely don’t eat as much as I used to so it really is age and metabolism at play here. I don’t even lose weight if I have a stomach bug or when I had to fast last year before a medical procedure, which I found kind of odd.

  • G. June 22, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I’m ashamed to admit that I quit after 2w. I went on a trip for work, had long hours in a different timezone, blah blah blah… Lame excuses but it was harder to stick to it, for me, than I thought it would be. I suck.

    I’d love to have less muffin top when I go to France in a couple of weeks. So that I can gain it all back with all the food I’m planning to eat while I’m there. Perhaps I’ll start over.

    I still suck though… =/

    • Jenna June 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      no no, you don’t suck. It IS hard, but you stuck it out 2 weeks! I would just enjoy France if I were you πŸ™‚

  • Sharon @ Currently Coveting June 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    That’s great Jenna! On the weight thing – you likely built some muscle which leads to a tighter body even though you stayed the same weight and that’s a really good thing! Getting stronger likely helped with that tailbone issue as well. It’s hard to stick with something new for thirty days and I hope you feel proud that you saw it all the way through.

    • Sharon @ Currently Coveting June 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Also, did you make it to Level 3??? That workout is pretty tough.

      • Jenna June 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm

        I did, and for some reason I thought level 3 was a bit easier than level 2. I hated some of those exercises in level 2!

  • CarrieSnow June 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    “that is one pain in the ass I’m not going to miss”– I love this.

    This post reminds me of a few years back when I started doing nautilus stuff at the Y (the armory– how i miss that place…) and started getting ab muscles for the first time in years. I was in the best shape I’d been in since my 20’s and ended up gaining about 3 or 4 pounds. I was also using the track there regularly. I figured it was time to accept that my body was where it was supposed to be, and that maybe that muscle I thought I was seeing was really there! They say muscle weights more than fat…hmm..

  • Sherry June 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Muscle weighs more than fat! Great job.

  • Funaek June 25, 2013 at 12:03 am

    You should try out Ripped in 30, which is a more recent video that is really similar to the 30 day shred. It’s a bit harder than 30 day shred so it’s a perfect follow up!

    • Jenna June 25, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Thanks, I’ll check it out. These titles are so funny. The thought of myself being “ripped” is hilarious, I have to admit.

  • Jen June 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Ha! I’m happy that your PIA went away. I have hip problems. My grandmother had to have a hip replacement so I fear it’s hereditary.

    I found that when I do yoga it gets so much better. When I skip it for a week or more, I start to get achy.

    Really, I’m like an old lady. It’s embarrassing.

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