Monday, April 1, 2013

Back on the wagon.

28 to great was awesome. I had great results, but more than anything, I just felt really good. Like all my cylinders were firing, you know? I was proud of myself for sticking with it.

So then life kind of happened. I went to LA, came home, bought a house, lost the loan, got a new loan, took a couple of business trips, threw a birthday party for the twins, went to see my lovely Grandmother for a long weekend... and that was just March! So in a nutshell, however valid... I had a month of great excuses why not to take care of myself. I always say - well, not always, just ever since being pregnant with twins - but since then I always say that I can handle anything with an end date. Maybe that's the problem. The 28 to great challenge had an end date. So, I ended it... Then spent 40 days undoing a good part of the work I'd done. Let's call it 40 to flab, shall we? I have only gained a couple of pounds... and I don't see it. It's more about the way I feel. Not sleeping as well, skin is blotchy again... and I feel a little bit ashamed of myself. It's like now that I know that I'm capable of being really healthy, choosing not to feels more deliberate and destructive. I'm a little embarrassed to have sort of relapsed. Especially because Barre3 is so excuse-proof.

So, I'm back on the wagon. I've been doing some 10 minute workouts this past few days and it hurts. I feel like I'm starting all over again. Today I did the new Standing Slim II. It also hurt, but I got to feel that sense of pride afterward. I am going to focus on that feeling. It's my favorite.

Plus I read some quote the other day that went something like:

Food is the most over-utilized anti-anxiety tool in America. Exercise is the most underutilized.

Something like that. I need a little help in the endorphin department, so I'm holding on to that too.

So, I'm not doing 28 to great. I'm not putting an end date on it or a special meal plan with special recipes. Just going to be smart about what I eat and do at least 10 minutes of Barre3 6 days a week.

We can talk about it here. You in?



  1. I feel like we're always in the same boat. I'm just a little bit behind where you are. I got through the first 28 then life got stressful. Especially with all the energy and work it takes to move. (Our big day is Wednesday.) So I'm starting again after the move. Especially since my entire kitchen is packed up so its pretty hard to eat well when I can't cook.

    You can do this, and I'll be right back here with you on this journey back to healthy.


  2. Love that you're back blogging again.
    I so so so SO badly want to get in shape. I have NOT been very good about what I've been eating and after taking care of two children all day, exercising is the last thing I feel like doing. I would like to firm up what I already have and possibly lose some weight in the process (I have the problem of struggling to keep the weight ON) I NEED to be able to be in a bathing suit this summer without a skirt attached.
    Looking forward to your journey Jenn, can you post some of the video's of the 10 minute work out's you're doing?

    1. I hear you! If you go to, there is a 10 minute vid you can do for free to try it out. Most of them are harder than that one a little bit, but it will give you an idea of the type of movement. You'd be surprised at how great a workout you can get in 10!