Today was Day #2 of doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
I didn’t really set out to do all 30 days consecutively or anything, it’s just happened that I’ve done the past couple days. Both days I’ve definitely worked up a sweat, but I’m still not sure about the program overall. It seems to encourage lower weight, higher reps, and I’ve really been working on using larger weights and lower reps lately, so it’s kinda the opposite of what I’ve been going for. I may keep doing it the next few days and see if I change my mind.
I’ve also decided to do something else that may help me to “shred fat” and certainly will help me to be healthier. I’ve decided to do a 30 day all-whole-foods cleanse. I already try to eat as cleanly as possible, but I still have plenty of processed foods in my diet. I have a special weakness for sweets. I’d like to try to replace sour gummy worms (yes – my favorite candy is a child’s sweet) with dates; replace my salad dressings and processed condiments for real, fresh ingredients that don’t include preservatives or HFCS; replace my crystal light or occasional soda water flavored with lemon or lime. I’m going to try to do it for the month that I’m teaching summer school – approximately the second week of July until the second week of August. I’ll be on a regular schedule and doing more meal planning then, so it just makes sense (plus it’ll be hard to stick to all whole foods over the 4th of July holiday). I’ll keep you updated about my progress as I go through it.
You may be wondering about the title of this post (“Shred the Fat, Cut the Hair’). Well, unfortunately, the hair portion does not apply to cutting my own hair.
If you read Caitlins’ blog then you may be familiar with Tonya’s story (I referenced it here). Well another family I know is battling a horrific cancer. Our families have been friends for years and I’ve grown up with this woman, now 29. She and her husband have 3 beautiful children, aged 5, 3, and 10 months
*before the youngest was born
Their oldest daughter, Jaylie, was taken to the optometrist for a routine visit after having some vision problems. The news wasn’t good. The doctor said to get Jaylie to the emergency room immediately, as she had a tumor that didn’t look good. On May 3rd of this year little Jaylie was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer (Supratentorial Premitive Neuroectodermal Tumor, S-PNET).
She started chemo therapy and radiation 3 weeks ago. Just this week they made the decision to shave her head bald after loosing it in clumps due to treatment. She’s such a trooper, though. She wanted to shave her Dad and Grandpa’s heads first and was excited that they all looked the same. Kids can have such great attitudes sometimes!
The family is lucky to have very supportive grandparents that go with Jaylie and her mom to appointments so that her Dad can keep working. Even so, the time is obviously stressful and medical expenses (even when you have insurance) can add up quickly. If you’d like to follow Jaylie’s store, you can read more here. You can also choose to make a donation on that site – every bit helps!
Are there any charity events/nonprofit organizations/etc that you support?
What proportion of your diet is from whole foods?