And then it was here.
I had planned to wait until all the monsters were in bed to try it out, but I couldn't wait. As the kids ate their snacks and did their homework, I opened the box and pulled everything out. I had a lot of first impressions as I looked everything over. First, it was weird the resistance band didn't just come assembled. But, I quickly did that only to realize I didn't need it right away. Next, I opened the calendar to keep track of your completed days. I quickly tossed it aside, figuring my husband could have it. It starts on a Monday, which I clearly am not (and that alone was enough to make it impossible for me and all my obsessive-compulsiveness to want to use). Also, instead of just doing each of the five workouts once a week, it mixes them up so that some weeks you have two of one and none of another. I'm sure there is a scientific or tested reason for this. I'm just going to do one of each workout every week, though.
Lastly, the final thing that bothered me immediately came as I flipped through the nutritional guide that came with the set. I was immediately put off by the first pages where I was instructed to eat under 1500 calories a day for the first 5 days, and then slowly add more. It even says you might feel hungry. Now I admit I quit reading at that point, but no. At the height of my running I easily eat 2000-2500+ calories a day. Currently it's probably 1500-2000. As I've said, though, I don't do diets or supplements or shakes. There's no way I would count my calories and limit myself even if I felt hungry.
All that aside, I was anxious to get the DVD in and see how much I could sweat. So while the kids finished their homework I changed into some workout garb and got ready.
(I'll warn you...my running/ workout gear is usually mismatched crazy colors. I had a friend tell me once she loved seeing me when I was out running because she always knew it was me by the brightness.)
Anyway, the big kids finished their homework so I put them all upstairs to watch tv. Usually tv is outlawed on school days, but the baby took a good nap and I'm not sure what time she'll actually go to bed tonight, and all bets are off when the husband's out of town (as he frequently is). I set out my yoga mat (which turned out to be a mistake), popped in the DVD, kicked all the toys out of the way, and said a little prayer that I didn't land on a Lego.
The first thing that came on was a Shakeology commercial. I know it's a Beachbody thing, but I had just been annoyed by all the Shake ads I had to pull out of the box, too. Ugh. I prefer to chew my food.
So the workout came on and I almost immediately kicked the yoga mat out of the way. It was sliding all over. Even the carpet had to be better. A hard floor would have been ideal.
My thoughts during the 25 minute workout pretty much consisted of things like Ufh and Geez. I refused to do the modified version but I'm pretty sure by the end my knees weren't higher than my waist. This is a high-intensity, fast paced workout. I sweated. A lot.
The truth is, though, like any workout using your own body weight and no trainer to push you, you only get out of it what you put in. I gave it everything I had. In fact, when it was over I finished my second big pink cup of water and am halfway through the third! But, had I not tried to squat deeper, lunge farther, and jump faster every. single. time. I could easily think it wasn't that hard.
I then did a minute plank on my own. For obvious reasons.
Now, a few hours, a hot shower, dinner, and some more water later, I'm already feeling it in my quads. I can't wait for tomorrow. And I hope to get a run in too.