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By Contributing Mama Erin Butler

I hate working out. I am not even going to dance around that statement. It’s pure hatred. I dread it. I count the seconds until it’s over and have been pretty good about avoiding it.

Until now. I find myself in the worst shape of my life, wondering how a few years ago I was able to do a marathon and now I can barely find the energy to get the mail.

I made a New Years Resolution – with 8 trillion other people – to get back into shape and I thought I was off to a pretty good start until a girlfriend kindly pointed out that walking up a flight of stairs five times a day to change my daughters diaper isn’t exactly cardio. As if?

I am pretty sure I have at one time or another belonged to every gym in Connecticut. A few times they’ve overlapped – with a duel membership you would think I would be buff. Not the case. And while I want to believe that LA FITNESS really truly wants ME back, as their twice a day emails suggest, with a toddler and a husband with an unpredictable schedule, working out at a gym is just not in the cards right now.

But with 2010 in full swing, I realize unless sweat pants make a big comeback as everyday fashion – it’s do or die. So I head to Target. No, not to shop. To get a DVD. Stay with me folks!

After perusing the vast selection of 10 minute to toned legs and 7 minutes abs, I decide on Jillian Michaels Shred. I absolutely heart the Biggest Loser. I’ve been following this show since the beginning – yet I have spent every season enjoying it from the comfort of my couch – eating ice cream.

Oh come on, I know I am not the only one.

Well, it turns out you don’t actually get into shape just watching, you have to actually participate. Ooohhhh!

After a week of completely avoiding the existence of the DVD reflecting on my purchase I dust off my sneakers.

I love Jillian, I do. But the woman has no mercy. There was no easing into it. I thought she would talk about getting in shape and how important it is for your heart. But in the first 10 seconds she has me doing jumping jacks! As. The. Warm. Up.

I try to channel my inner Jane Fonda but all that is coming through is a whiney, pudgy Richard Simmons. I want to quit. I want to flip the channel to Oprah, get a cookie and live in my world of denial but I look down. And find I am not alone.

There on the floor is Katherine.  Doing abs.

Doing push-ups (Girl push-ups like her mama).

And the dreaded cardio –  although hers resembles more of an interpretive dance.

And nothing can deter her. Not stickers, not Elmo shaped cookies, not even her baby doll. It’s now strangely one of her favorite parts of the day: “Mommy, lets exercise!” she says every morning. She clearly did not inherit my dedication – err, lack of dedication – to fitness.

“Go mommy” she cries as Jillian switches up the routine to butt kicks.

So I go. I jump. I crunch. I sweat. And I hate every single minute of it. But she is looking up at me with such excitement so I smile to please my audience.

Unbelievably, day after day, this little 27 pounder of mine is slowly whipping my butt into shape. The key word is s-l-o-w-l-y. And strangely, with her, it’s actually fun. I can tune out Jillian screaming at me to feel the burn and just enjoy this unique time with her.

And even though I am far from America’s Next Top Model, I am finally starting to envision a spring wardrobe without elastic waist and that’s definitely worth a little sweat.

17 Responses to a new trainer in town

  • christy says:

    Oh that video is hard core! I’m pregnant now, so not really thinking about exercising, but back when I was (and I too, HATE it) I did that video. Then I set my sites on a race, and did a training schedule for myself. That worked. Good luck – and say no to the elastic waist pants! I can’t wait to get rid of mine after having this baby!!!

  • veep veep says:

    30 Day Shred sucked. I think I did it for six or seven days before I stopped and just never went back. I’m also whiney and lazy so I’m currently waiting for an exercise plan than will allow for me to lift a glass of lemonade in order to lose 15lbs.

  • Heather says:

    Good for YOU! I would like to point out (since I too have suddenly looked down to find myself in not-so-good-shape) that if things don’t “work out” w/ the DVD, Lucky Brand has some really cute sweats…

  • JB says:

    I have that DVD too, but I haven’t had the motivation to try it…at the same time I got the Biggest Looser Workout which is kicking my butt seems a little nicer about the butt kicking 🙂 Good luck!!!

  • Megan B says:

    I’ve been Shredding too!!! I am in Level 3 now at LAST. I actually prefer Level 3 more than Level 2 if you can believe that, and I’ve heard it a few times. I hated Level 2 every single blasted day. I just MOSTLY hate Level 3 every day…. but 7 pounds and 11+ inches down!! I’m looking for a new wardrobe too!!

  • layla solms says:

    i got back on the shred wagon yesterday. not yet today, but hey i did it yesterday. level 1. again. i’ve worked up to level 3 before, but sadly i’m back at 1. BOO HOO.

  • Alecia says:

    Those pictures are so great. What a great little motivator you have there! I think I bought Shred when I was pregnant but have never opened it…yup, still in the packaging. Workout videos are tough. I try and get my daughter to stretch and do abs with me.

    Another really great ab workout that is free and easy (but it is totally cheesy) is the 8 minute abs (search on youtube.)

    Stay with it! You are doing great!

  • Nicole says:

    So much better with a short personal trainer, eh? I have no excuse, it’s on my comcast on-demand, and my son joined right in pushing me on. He lost interest quickly though and went to play soccer outside instead. So I blamed him when I quit.

  • Tully's Mama says:

    Go Erin! I have to have an audience or I won’t do it. I am proud of you and so happy Miss K is your cheerleader. I totally envision doing another marathon with you so let’s get crackin’! This is a great post – love reading your work.

  • Stacy says:

    Good for you Erin! It is so hard to make the commitment to exercise. You will do great and are a wonderful role model for your daughter.

  • Kimberly says:

    great story, anyway what is good is that you are instilling working out in your daughter so that she will think this is a normal part of her day when she grows up an hopefully won’t face the difficult weight issues we all face. keep up the good work, you are instilling a positive outlook for your daughter towards the dreaded exercise!

  • Renee says:

    Way to go!!! Keep up the great work. It’s so hard to find time to exercise (I think I’ve used our new 2010 elliptical machine three times so far…). Enjoy sweating with Katherine. Pretty soon you girls can head outside where exercise is always more fun. 🙂

  • Coma Girl says:

    Oh good, I thought I was the only one who needed to take a break during the warm up!

    And your daughter is adorable! Mine just sits there wondering why we’re not watching Super Why.

  • johanna says:

    proud of you as always. keep at it…you’ll need all your fitness & energy come summer when all 3 are running opposite ways outside on Thursdays!! Great moves Beans 🙂

  • Heidi says:

    What’s wrong with watching biggest loser and eating ice cream- I’m doing that! Oh, and why do we have to wear what Stacy and Clinton say to? Yeah sweats!

  • Leah says:

    I love that K does the video with you! Maybe I should try that pilates video that is collecting dust in my cabinet with Thomas!

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