30 Day Shred for Lent

I suppose I was a good Catholic today by eating salmon for dinner, despite the fact that I can’t remember the last time I attended mass nor did I get my ashes today. I guess my dinner wasn’t a religious choice after, rather I just felt like it.
Similarly, for the past two years I partook and stuck with Lent. Once again it wasn’t so mucha  religious choice. For once I wanted to set myself a gaol and stick with it, and the thought of Jesus being disappointed in me was enough to keep the temptation away. This year though I decided against giving up anything for Lent instead I’m going to take up a different challenge with the same mindset of sticking to it by undertaking the 30 Day Shred.
I’ve always struggled with my weight, even as a child I was conscious of it. I wasn’t obese or anything. I was on the chubby side and very tall, not great combinations. Throughout my teen years I was always mentally putting myself on diets and not getting anywhere. I was at my heaviest around the time of my Leaving Cert. Looking back on my Debs pictures I can’t believe the change in me. I was a size 16 UK.
When I started college I began walking a lot, more out of necessity as I lived in the city centre and didn’t think twice about the 20 minute stroll to Trinity. Without trying I dropped a dress size and continued to steadily loose a bit of weight at a time. By last September I was a small 14 UK. My Mam and I decided to go on a bit of a diet and over the course of 5 weeks I lost 14 pounds. I felt great about myself for the first time, ever. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to comfortably fit into a size 12 playsuit. By Christmas I had lost a further 7 pounds. Now over Christmas and my subsequent cruise 6 pounds creeped back on. Not a lot, I know but I hadn’t reached my goal weight at Christmas so now it’s time to push on. I feel like I’ve hit that point where eating right just isn’t enough to get the final bit of weight off, I need to start working out, hard.
That’s where 30 Day Shred workout video comes in. I tried Tracey Anderson’s book and workout  a few years ago and it was ridiculous in that you basically workout for 2 hours a day and eat very little, and horrible at that, food. Needless to say I tried the video twice and the diet never. The 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels on the other hand is only 25 minutes a day which is what I need, not something that I’m going to dread and take up all my time because I just wouldn’t do it then.
It’s day one and I’m currently sprawled out on my bed with jelly legs but I’m determined to do this. Instead of 30 days I’m committing to this for 40 days-determination! For the first time in my life I will get into a bikini this summer.
Pray for me!

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