Living a frugal lifestyle means cutting corners and stretching dollars. Sometimes this means that we end up sacrificing “wants” to save our bottom line. This should never be done at the cost of our health or well being though. As a mom, I tend to put myself last. I know I’m not alone in this. As a frugal living mom, I often struggle with dedicating funds or time for my own well being and emotional health. It’s easier to stick my hair in a ponytail then spend money on a good quality shampoo. It’s better for our budget for me to not wear makeup or ignore the lack of self esteem that comes from always putting yourself last. The problem is that no one has ever asked us to be martyrs for our families. Our families need us at the top of our game emotionally, spiritually and physically. As frugal living moms (and dads!) we owe it to ourselves and our families to take care of ourselves and indulge every once in a while. To keep myself accountable, I am starting a new series titled “What Have I Done For Me Lately?“. I’d love if you would join me.
Right after my little girl was born, Jillian Michaels came out with the highly popular workout DVD 30 Day Shred. It was a great workout for someone with a newborn and a toddler, and as soon as I got the go ahead to exercise, I started with 30 Day Shred.
I enjoyed the simplicity of the workout, although I’m the first to admit that it kicked my butt. At the time, I couldn’t deal with the constant soreness, so I stopped. I had 2 very small children that relied on me and I simply couldn’t be out of commission because I was too sore all the time!
Now that my kids are a bit older, I’m back at The Shred again! Oh I’m sore. Oh I’m in pain. Oh I feel like an elderly person. As Jillian so eloquently points out throughout the workout though, you can’t do a 20 minute workout and expect to “phone it in”. You have to work hard the whole time. She does not give breaks, and she doesn’t give many modifications.
Her claim that she will not modify jumping jacks for you because she has 400 lb people doing jumping jacks…well it’s pretty motivating. Especially since we’ve all seen firsthand that she ain’t lying. You get the sense that, unbelievably, she’s actually going easy on you in comparison to her Biggest Loser contestants. Her backup girls make the whole workout look pretty effortless. When Jillian points out that she would do just about anything for abs like her “girl” , you find yourself agreeing even though you really just want to throw your shoe at the TV.
It’s hard to believe Jillian, the “mean” trainer, could be so motivating. In fact, sometimes I wonder if I keep doing the DVD to spite her instead of as a result of her positive encouragement. Regardless, I always finish.
So this is what I’m doing for me right now. I’m working in a 20ish minute workout every day using 30 Day Shred. I hope to do the full 30 days and then move on to something else. I’ll probably start up The Firm again. Nothing has ever melted inches off of me like The Firm, and it’s a workout I genuinely enjoy. I’m just not quite ready for it yet. When I finish up the 30 days of Shredding…I’ll be sure to post an update on my progress!
What are you doing for yourself lately? Tell me in the comments or post on your blog and leave the link in the comments!