Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are you Shredding?

Those of you who know me know that for the past year and a half I've dealt with back pain, back surgery, and rehab from the surgery. With two small children to care for it has not been an easy road. The past two months I have felt awesome, but at the back of my mind I've had this worry that I am going to do something to hurt myself again. I know with time I will get over it (and hopefully won't hurt myself), but for now everything is still fresh in my mind.

So, I've decided to do something about it.

For the past year and a half I've had pain, but I've also had excuses: my back hurts, I'm too tired, I should really rest, I have two little kids who drain my energy (not to mention I need to catch up on my shows, and waste an hour on the computer, and so on). The list of excuses is endless. Now don't get me wrong- I have exercised, but not regularly and not at the intensity that I would like.

Before kids I was a very active person, working out most days and planning exercise into my weekend activities. When we lived in Rhode Island one of my favorite things to do was head down to Beavertail, hike on the rocks, then chill out with a good book. In the summers I would hit the gym for 90 minutes before heading to the beach. I know, life was rough, huh?


When we moved back to Indiana I was so busy settling into our new house that I didn't make time for exercise. When our daughters came along fairly close together it was difficult to find time to workout, except for late at night. Again, though, it was never a regular activity.

But...things have changed.

I've decided that this is my year. The year I get my body back. The year I get strong. The year I build my ab strength so I won't have to worry about hurting my back as much. It is my year, I tell you.

I started shredding three days ago. If you are looking for a good, quick (27 minutes), cheap ($9) exercise video, then you need to get this one. It is hard, but awesome. I finally feel strong again- after only three days! I know it is just the beginning, but it is a start. I've also joined the Sisterhood and am really excited about it. I know that experiencing my journey to better health with others out there is probably what will motivate me the most.

I've started, I'm shredding, and I can't wait to see how quickly my jeans shrink! Stay tuned...


IUgirl78 said...

Awesome, Kelly! Are you referring to the "30 Day Shred" DVD? If so, I've heard it's really great! I, like you, have used my physical pain and kids (though somedays it's hard to distinguish between the two!) as an excuse for not doing any physical activity. I realized recently that I might have this pain b/c I'm not physically active, thus the reason for walking and doing Pilates. Hopefully we'll be back to our old selves again soon! I'm really proud of you, Kelly. Hey--maybe we can walk the Mini together next year? ;)

Leslie said...

WAY TO GO KELLY! I was going to say the same thing Kristy said about the 30 Day Shred...I have heard it's a great work out! Great for you!

I know many of us moms find excuses to not work out but I find that half the battle is just getting started. Good for you for getting that done!

When I was working out 4-5 days/week (after having Laney and before getting pregs again) I felt the best ever! So although it's tough to get the motivation to work out, you sure do feel better afterwards.

Way to go!

Aunt H said...

I'm so excited you're shredding! Now we can share our favorite Jillian phrases like, "Don't phone this one in!" and "I want you to FEEL like you're going to DIE!" Gosh, I love her.

You've always been so dedicated to staying active, and I've always admired that about you. I can't imagine how hard it is to workout with 2 little ones, but it is good you are taking time for yourself. And Gracie and Clare will be doing walking plank push-ups in no time.

I think the Sisterhood (aka us) should walk a 5-K this summer together - what do you think?

Emily said...

I want to shred! I want to shred! Who wants to babysit while Kelly and I shred? ;)

Brooke said...

welcome to the sisterhood! i hope to start shredding on their 2nd challenge. :)