Holly Perkins’ long-awaited follow up to Fitness 360 is out and I was very happy to receive my pre-ordered copy in the mail on Friday. It’s called Slim Sexy Strong and is definitely a next step for my fitness program. To commemorate the DVD’s release, Holly is having a Midsection Makeover Program. Here’s a link to an article she wrote about it. Just like last year’s September Shape Up, we’ll get a weekly schedule of workouts and diet tips for the entire month. Although participants aren’t required to use the DVD, it is preferable. I was hoping to start with the others on April 1st, but the cold made that impossible; so while everybody began Week 2, I started Week 1 on Monday.
Holly’s been coordinating with fans on Facebook and almost two hundred people have signed up for the program! On Saturday, I watched the entire DVD with my sister. Firstly, Holly looks amazing. I’ve seen behind-the-scenes photos before but her body is a work of art and if mine could look half as good, I’d be perfectly happy. She’s not like other fitness instructors. She embodies Slim Sexy Strong, and provides a positive body image for women in a world that glorifies scrawny, malnourished waifs with awards and rewards. Rock on, Holly! I can see little shades of Fitness 360 here and there in the new DVD; but there were some straight-up weight lifting exercises like concentration curls. She skipped the jumping and jogging this time around, but that doesn’t mean the exercises aren’t tough. Mama mia, just watching this DVD made my sister tired but she’s looking to start soon. I was totally excited to start on Monday. The schedule calls for thirty minutes of cardio (jumping and jogging), followed by the Slim Sexy Strong Full Body Workout. Honestly, I was going to skip the cardio because I hadn’t worked like this in a little while; and the twenty-minute full body workout is tough going. However, I decided to woman-up and stick to the schedule. I’m not 100% sure this was a wise move.
As usual with new routines, I had to hit pause a few times. Sometimes I stepped over to the X-Box controller, while other times I was desperately clambering to it. My goodness, this was a tough workout! Side lunges and jump squats were probably what did me in, but as soon as the workout was done, I realised my main mistake. At the very beginning, Holly sternly advised that we should wear proper footwear. I didn’t and should have gone barefoot instead. Mind you, I will be buying a pair of ‘inside’ trainers quite soon but for now, I’ll refrain from using socks and/or house shoes to exercise. I’m also used to half-hour workouts and this program starts with a half-hour of cardio beforehand. That’ll take some getting used to but I’m not scared…much. The muscle stiffness was swift and merciless. I avoided taking painkillers because they usually keep me awake and I needed to sleep for the muscle regeneration. However, the clock ticked and tocked, while I stayed awake because it hurt too much to sleep. Eventually, exhaustion got the upper hand and I nodded off. After that, I was out cold until the next day.
The exercise is tough, but the dietary restrictions are tougher. My mother raised me on Lipton tea, sweetened with milk and brown sugar. We all know how to make a mind-blowing cuppa that is better comfort than ice cream or cheesecake. I successfully kicked sugar out of my diet after the September Shape Up, but this past month, I fell off the wagon in a big way. Sleepless nights and a sick body had me yearning for the taste that’s brought me solace since childhood. I totally gave in to big, strong, sugary cups of hot tea; and I paid for it. The sugar, lack of sleep and non-lack of stress left me feeling swollen and sluggish. That ends this month. No sugary tea for me. I’ve got a big box of Truvia and refuse to slip again, especially after such a brutal first day. This thing is my double-chin has reappeared and I want it to go away, forever! Hold me close, Jesus. This is going to be tough. No retreat, no surrender and no excuses! (My Fitness Revolution: Day 528)