It's September 1st and I have decided to make it a productive month.
I joined In the Trenches of Mommyhood's Sarah and her September Shred group, so today I started my daily cardio and strength training with the 30 Day Shred DVD.
I don't want the Internet people who know me IRL (world's collide!) to go, "You're shredding?!?" and punch me in the face, so let me assure you that even thin people can be out of shape and in need of cardio exercise. So yes, I'm shredding, if not pounds, then at least sloth.
I've added to that a 30-day spiritual makeover called Choosing Beauty, which focuses on an inner makeover.
These two things may appear contradictory. Shredding is about getting your body in shape, and Choosing Beauty is about getting your spiritual life in shape, which in part means being more concerned with inner beauty than physical beauty.
I am doing them together because I'm approaching them both as a matter of health. I need to exercise and be in good shape for my physical health. (I have a whopping XXL size toddler, yo.) I'm not shredding so I can wear a bikini on vacation (shudders) or look like a model.
And I think Choosing Beauty is a good balance with Jillian the Killer because it helps keep all the pressure women feel about their looks in perspective, and encourages you to "embrace true beauty."
And the author is just as tough as Jillian - she starts with the story of giving up make-up for Lent. (Um - that's 40 days with no mascara!)
So, 30 days to a new and improved me. Wish me luck!
(Have you ever Shredded? Day One was fine but I've been told I should be very afraid.)
(I bought both the Shred DVD (back in January - heh) and the Choosing Beauty book. No sponsors here.)