Do you know about SparkPeople? It’s a super cool website full of support and resources for people who are trying to lose weight, eat better, get fit, or all of the above.
I joined 5 years ago when I was trying to shake the baby weight from pregnancy. Before I could blink I was pregnant again and had to hold off, but once Emma was born I dusted off my workout clothes and got back to it. I managed to take off 55 pounds total with the help of SparkPeople (without which I wouldn’t have known a thing about tracking my nutrition or how much I needed to exercise or any of that health jargon) but then once I was happy with the way my jeans fit I stopped logging on.
Fast forward 3 years and I’m back on SparkPeople, filling in my nutrition and fitness trackers daily, checking out the forums for tips and support (they have a support group for the 30 Day Shred!), and holding myself accountable. I’m a visual person, I need to see the strides I’m making to stay motivated to accomplish a goal, so being able to track my progress and see my statistics is key to my success.
I know I probably sound like an annoying spokesperson by now, but I promise you I’m just totally crazy about the site and want to spread the love :) If you think you might need the motivation or tools that SparkPeople has to offer, click on the button below and check it out (and don’t worry, it’s totally free, as in I’m-a-cheapskate-and-I-don’t-join-any-of-these-types-of-things-unless-they’re-no-gimmicks-100%-free free):
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Day 13: Still on Level 1, taking my time to move up after all of those break days that I took. Despite my setback, the workout was surprisingly easy. I pushed through it with only two 5 second breaks to catch my breath. I jumped on the scale beforehand and saw that I’ve gained 5 pounds and I’m excited (Whaaaaa? You so crazy, girlfriend. Actually a quick Google search led me to the find that I’m gaining muscle which weighs more than fat. Woot!). That weight should be going down a little soon hopefully since more muscle = more fat burning. As long as I start seeing more sexy bicep action going forward, I’ll be a happy camper.
Day 14: The night before, Mike came home and had the asinine idea that he’d do the Level 2 workout. It was awful to watch. He said he wanted to absolutely die. I rolled my eyes. On the morning of day 14, I had the asinine idea that if day 13 was getting easy then maybe I was ready for a new challenge. That was the worst idea in the history of the universe. It was awful, and I wanted to absolutely die. I don’t think I completed a full set of anything because I was too focused on trying not to die.
Geez, I am such a drama queen.
Level 2 begins with a rather low key warm up. As I was doing my high kicks I was all like “this isn’t as bad as I thought”. Even the first circuit was alright. I enjoyed (I use that term loosely) the walking push ups and found them to actually be easier than my regular modified (on the knees) push ups. But then BAM! Circuit 2 starts and it’s a disaster of biblical proportions. Pendulum lunges with hammer curls! Jumping oblique twists! Military presses with leg extensions! Plank jacks! Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! (You see what I did there? Seamless Ghostbusters reference. I couldn’t help myself.)
I replaced many moves with jumping jacks because I just couldn’t bring myself to complete a full set. I didn’t want to give up completely so I kept myself moving. But some of the moves were just too hard. Actually, I take that back. It wasn’t the moves that were hard, it was the act of breathing and doing the moves simultaneously that was too hard. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest and I was dry drowning.
I haven’t decided whether I want to put myself through that again in the upcoming days or take a step back to Level 1 for a little while. Am I not in as good shape as I thought? Or is it really that hard of a routine that I’m not the only one to struggle like that? I know I beeetched about Level 1 after the first day, but in retrospect it was a walk in the park. I’m at a stand still. I really want to move forward, make progress and not be such a weenie. But I also am very afraid that my lungs are going to shoot through my mouth and land on the floor at my feet. Today is day 15, so I guess I’ll have to make my decision before the day is over.
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