Thursday, June 16, 2011


several years ago, i discovered jillian michaels 
on the biggest loser tv show.
she's intense and i adore her.

i haven't seen the show recently
and i'm not sure if she's still on it or not.
i do know that she is in my dvd player though!
i have a goal, to drop 31 pounds(or more?!).
so, a couple weeks ago, i picked up this dvd:

i began the 30 day shred, for three days in a row!
then we went on a little four day vacation.
when we got back home, i saw that some twitter pals were just starting the daily shred!
accountability!! so, i started over again-and let me tell you that with a near week break,
it felt like starting day one. ouch.
it's really great to have some other awesome girls
suffering working out along with me in the twitterverse!

i am so out of shape.
this is no secret to most who know me.
also? working out with a toddler around
is like a triple workout, in my opinion.
doing the workout, i see that there are many moves that i did regularly years ago.
i was an extremely athletic and strong person.
now, these very same moves make my weep and moan.
i get it, i am 30 years old, not 21.
but really, what the heck happened to me?!
sure, i have a load of reasons why i am not in better shape.
even some really legit reasons. but you know what?
no matter what obstacles that have crossed my path, i need to get it together.
while there are a few things i can't do, due to back or knee issues, there is plenty i can do.
it's time to do it.

thinking about my athletic abilities in my past
are not making me strong today.
 i must work now to be fit now.

this morning paul washer tweeted this:

"we are only as strong
as our current devotional life.
we cannot rely upon the past.
present fruit requires
a present drawing upon the vine."

true isn't it? those mountain top experiences.
spiritual highs, maybe from a conference or a really great week of quiet times with the lord.
they are beneficial and refreshing. but we have to daily seek christ
and listen to what he has for us, in his word and through the preaching and teaching of it.

if i am to mirror christ at all, ever, i must draw from him often.
i want to be strong. physically and spiritually.

i am so thankful for this little workout dvd.
it is hard for me though(because i am a wimpface right now).
today will be day 7 for me, and i even tried level 2 last night. holy moly.
the cool thing is, i feel better already,
and soon i will even begin to look better-bonus!!
becoming physically fit again will be
a great gift to myself and my family.
even more importantly, staying spiritually fit
will glean eternal benefit.
i'm pumped!

"Not that I have already obtained
this or am already perfect,
but I press on to make it my own,
because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind
and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize
of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
philippians 3:12-14esv


  1. do not like Jillian one single bit. she almost killed me last year. LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE paul washer. we heard him preach in so cal a few months ago and it changed my life. in that scary, good way. ya know?

  2. your a brave girl to go with jillian! keep us updated on your progress!--we're in the same boat excercise wise. i could always use encouragement in that area!

  3. jillian michaels kick ***. we broke up last year and i gained 20 lbs. bleh!!! good luck YOU CAN DO IT! you know who else is really good? jackie warner.
    deep. paul washer. really really deep. so true!

  4. So proud of you!Love that you have bloggy friends to do it with you. That twitter quote is AMAZING!

  5. i love seeing you girls all tweet each other encouragement on the 30 Day Shred! I am way jeal! Third floor living has its downside - I can sometimes do it carefully, but I feel really restricted! I am tempted to jump on the bandwagon in a few weeks, and maybe just skip the cardio?

    But I'm way into my bike right now, so at least I'm getting THAT workout in! :) And when I housesit for my parents in a few weeks, I have a feeling I'll be bringing Jill with me!

    You are ROCKING it girl! I can see you are totally awesome at committing and following through with things! :)

    LOVE the Washer quote, so true, spiritually, AND physically!

  6. You've got this Hannah! My goal for this summer is 40 pounds. My goal date is September 14th. But I'm not doing the shred. I'm going a different route. We can do it!

  7. yay! I have her too!! She's great to get me ready for running!
    And, this was her last season on the show. :)

  8. i love that quote! and i love this post! so encouraging :)

  9. I started working out again a few months ago and I was shocked at how out of shape I was. It totally sucks at first but I'm now starting to see some changes. Hang in there! You can do it!
    Also, I just started doing Zumba and it makes you sweat like nothing else. I have no rhythm but it's really fun once you get into it. So if you want something a little different you should check it out.

  10. Way to go, keep on sticking to it! I have never been as heavy as I am in my life, usually I am slim. But changes with meds, my health problems, back problems, and fatigue are wreaking havoc on my body! I hope to start with walking nightly with my hubby and then doing my Wii Fit. Oh, and love that quote by Paul Washer. So good! :-)

  11. I have that dvd too and I NEED to be doing it! Hannah, I'm so out of shape that when I get to the top of the stairs I can't hold a conversation with anyone. Being in the mountains hiking with my mom and daughter was a slap in the face. They were off running around, and I was being held back by my heavy breathing. No fun!

    You CAN do it! :o) And if your little guy is anything like my kids at that age he'll enjoy trying to do it with you!

  12. that's awesome. we have jillian's video, too--she GIVES it! getting into the Word, though? just as challenging at times and even more rewarding. thanks for reminding me of the importance of both :) happy friday!

  13. awesome, awesome post! so so true, all of it!!

    i have the shred dvd too, i want to start it as soon as we get back from vacation next week! cause who am i kidding, i'm not gonna work out on vacation!! :)

  14. I'm doing the 30 day shred too!
    I N T E N S E .