Day 1 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

I recently joined a site called My Fitness Pal. I had previously been a member of Sparkpeople, but I found it tedious to use. My Fitness Pal is much more user friendly! It is a place where you can log your exercise and calories. Anyway, MFP also has message boards. I was browsing through them recently and found several pictures from people who had done Jillian Michaels 30  Day Shred. Even when they didn't lose weight, they lost inches!

February and the first two weeks of March were rough for me weight wise. I quit the gym, started eating whatever I wanted, and drinking 4 or 5 Dr. Pepper's a day. Any good I had accomplished was very quickly undone.

Spring Break I decided it was time to get back on track. I joined MFP and began tracking everything I was eating. However, as we all know, eating less isn't enough to change a body on its own. Enter exercise.

I had already quit the gym, so I have had to find some alternative ways to work out. 

Today we bought a bike for me and a bike trailer for A.  This way, J can roller blade and I can ride my bike. Tonight we went for a 15 minute cruise around the neighborhood.

While at Wal-Mart (You know I was desperate if I was willing to go to Wal-Mart for ANYTHING), I picked up the JM 30Day Shred DVD. I talked my Sis-in-Law into doing it with me.

The way the program works is this: there are three levels. The idea is that you will do each level for ten days before moving on to the next. I suppose that if you were already in excellent shape, you could do just a few days at level one and two, then the remaining days at the hardest level. Obviously we started with level one.

Can I just say that Jillian Michaels is really the devil? Every time C or I wanted to quit, she knew! I don't know how she knew, but boy did she. About 3 minutes into the warm up we were both huffing and puffing. I would say 10 minutes in we were both ready to quit. But, we did not! We stuck it out for the entire 20 minutes (plus warm up and cool down). 

The most Unflattering photo in the world.
Here is photographic proof of our completion of day 1. I hope to post again after day 10, day 20, and day 30. There is no way I would ever post such a horrible picture of myself if I did not believe I could change. This is my before, I can not wait to find my after!

One of My Favorite Places

What is it about time? When you are waiting for something fun, like Spring Break, time seems to take forever to move. Then the minute that fun thing arrives, like Spring Break, time flies! I know that was the case for my family this week.

Getting ready to leave, on a St. Patty's Day adventure!

We mostly spent the week doing nothing, but on Saturday the entire family (all three of us) went to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. If you have never been, I can not recommend it enough! We took A to see a Sesame Street show at the planetarium, then we spent a few hours exploring the exhibits. The great thing about this museum is that it encourages touching! They have a children's museum designed for kids under 8, they have a Dino Dig, they have Science rooms with demonstrations, and much more.

We got to the museum right as the doors were opening, and there was already a line. J stood in line while A and I explored the lobby a bit. Soon enough though, we were ready to explore! Our planetarium show started at 10:45, so we decided to go visit the dinosaurs first.

We spent about 15 minutes looking at the bones and pictures, then headed upstairs. We went into the cattle drive exhibit and A  rode a mechanical horse!

After that, it was time for the show. No picture of that, as it was very dark!

Then we went back downstairs to visit the children's room and the innovation studio.

A holding a cloud!

Typical J family shot.

I personally have a major love for "the Omni". Growing up, as I have mentioned, I lived in a very small town. The family trips to Fort Worth sometimes included a trip to the Omni (our shorthand name for the museum, though it really applies just to the theater). We would always get the triple treat, which meant getting to go to the exhibits, the planetarium, and the omni. I have only good memories of my visits. My 6th grade field trip was to the FW Science and History. J and I even went on several dates there.

I am so glad that I can now take my own daughter to this wonderful place. A place that encourages imagination, play, and discovery. There should be more places like this in the world.

Water Marbling Nails--Plus 1 Item Done on My 30 Before 30!

Today I took A to my Dad's for the night. I decided to take this opportunity to try water marbling my nails! I found out about this via Pinterest. (Duh)

Now, these pictures were taken right after I finished, and I did not tape my nails off. I tried that at first, but after a few failed attempts, I decided to just dive in. So yes, my fingers are a purple mess!

(I do not have pictures of the entire process, just the resulting mess and resulting results. I am hoping to FINALLY jump on the Smart phone bandwagon in the next few weeks. Once I do, I will have more picture tutorials.)

Step 1: Pick your colors. I chose varying shades of purple. I went with:
Photo via Zoya
Zoya Dove


Photo Via Zoya
Zoya Mira

Photo via Sasha Says Nails
Sinful Colors Purple Diamond

Photo Via Right on the Nail
Sinful Colors Amethyst

Step 2: Fill a small bowl with water. A lot of sites said to use warm water, but I just went with the plain 'ol cool out of the faucet.

Step 3: Prep your area. I used cotton balls, q-tips, toothpicks, and nail polish remover.

Step 4: Begin the fun! Drop in color by color on top to create a ring effect. You are really going to want to go to Youtube and look for some video tutorials on this. Trust me, I can tell you what to do, but nothing beats watching someone else do it!

Step 5: Create your pattern. Again, Youtube is your friend.

Step 6: Dip your nail.

As mentioned, I was a rebel and did not tape off my fingers. I just wiped them with acetone soaked cotton balls. Then I used q-tips to tidy around my nail.

 As I mentioned, this is a VERY messy process. It might be less messy for some, but I am not the neatest person to begin with.

 Ignore my fingers, focus on the patterns on my nails!


I wish I had a picture of my nails today, as my fingers are no longer purple and the area around my fingers is 100% polish free as well. I was pretty happy with the effect the water marbling created, less happy with the mess. I will do this again. It takes a while. It uses a lot of polish. My advice there, is to go with a cheaper quality polish that you won't mind wasting!

Also, this is my 2nd Pinterest item replicated so I can check that off my 30-before-30!