I realized in my all or nothing thinking that when I start something it seems I play it out like I’m going to have to do it every day for the rest of my life. Well you can imagine this leads to a bit of OVERWHELM Which generally leads to me doing something for a few days and then giving up because the idea of doing it forever is terrifying.
I did something not to long ago where I just thought about doing something once. It wasn’t too bad. Then I thought about doing it again the next day and that worked too.
It was then that I realized part of what was stopping me was the whole “I’m gonna have to do this everyday forever” piece of the puzzle.
That’s when the idea of the 7 day challenge hit me!
What’s a 7 day challenge?
It’s my way of man handling my all or nothing brain. It’s a challenge I create for myself to do something for ONLY 7 days. That way I don’t have to worry about a lifetime of doing something, JUST the next 7 days. At the end of the 7 day challenge I may choose to take it on again for another 7 days, but I may find it wasn’t something that worked for me, and I may choose NOT to keep doing it.
Choices and options. That’s what the 7 day challenge is all about.
The first 7 day challenge I’ve set up for myself is
Yeah, I know the whole 30 day thing doesn’t lend itself very well to a 7 day challenge, but it actually does.
I love Jillian. I think she ROCKS. 30 day shred is the first program of hers I’ve bought ~ and she’s tough! The program has 3 separate workouts at differing levels of “toughness”. I have set this 7 day challenge to do 7 days of the first level of 30 day Shred.
I started this challenge yesterday.
Here’s my thoughts on Jillian Michaels 30 day shred.
Jillian is tough and I love it. She mentions frequently that you can’t expect to work out 20 minutes a day and loaf around. I like that ~ because it’s true. Too many videos I’ve seen have said ~ take it easy, take it slow. Not Jillian, she’s like get off your butt and work out NOW!!
She provides quite a few tips to make sure you don’t hurt yourself. Which is helpful. The form of certain moves makes them much more effective and keeps you from getting hurt.
I like the circuit she’s set up. You do some strength training, then cardio, then abs. You do the circuit 3 times, each circuit works a different area/muscle group.
I like the fact she works small muscles and large muscle groups at the same time. By combining two moves at the same time she cuts the time you have to work out, and increases the benefit you get.
All in all I really liked the first day.
I’m hella sore today and Jillian expects me to work out just as hard today as I did yesterday and I’m not sure how I’m going to do that. But I’m gonna ~ it’s only 7 days right?!?
I’d read reviews that expressed concern about knee issues ~ I think Jillian addresses a lot of the possible reasons for this and that’s correct form. At this point I think if you use correct form you can manage knee issues, although this is NOT a low impact workout at all. You are jumping and really using your knees, so I’m not sure it’s the perfect workout for someone with known knee issues.
This is one workout video that I really like ~ so far. It’s really Jillian Michaels. If you don’t like her ~ you probably won’t like this dvd. If you love her ~ you’ll probably love the dvd. If you want to start your own 7 day challenge you can grab Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred here.