Let's start with Jillian Michaels. Yes, folks. I have successfully completed Day 5 of the 30 Day Shred as of this morning. Let me give you a bit of a rundown of what to expect if you decided to conquer this workout.
Day 1: You will feel like you are going to die.
Day 2: While you know you won't die because you obviously didn't on day 1, you still aren't convinced. Oh..and something is going to hurt a LOT! It varies depending on your body. For the Hubbums, his arms were barely mobile. For me...my front thighs were pretty much out of order, making going down stairs VERY difficult. P.S. We live on the third floor. Just say'n.
Day 3: More ouch, but MAN am I starting to look good.
Day 4: This was the hardest day yet. For some reason neither of us had any motivation and it was just difficult to get through....however...we were both LESS sore AFTER doing the workout than we were prior.
Day 5: Well, this was the first 5am attempt. A bit challenging due to the sleepy factor, but seriously...I'm doing better and I feel so good. I'm hungry. Very. Hungry. But I think that's a good thing because it means I'm burning calories.
Oh...and you totally discover muscles you never knew you had, so that's fun. Well, sort of fun...being that the method of discovery is usually pain. AND...you also will discover that you use certain muscles for things you NEVER knew you used them for. For example...why, YES, Jingle...you DO actually use your abs while driving.
So, yes...I hate her, but I love her and I must thank her because 25 days from now I am going to look DAMN good. Just say'n.
Now...some more personal thank yous:
I was fortunate to win several giveaways during the One World One Heart event and I have received some of those and I would simply be remiss if I did not take a few moments to share these beautiful things with you and thank the generous artists who gave them to me.
This absolutely amazing handmade Zentangle doodle journal came from the lovely Linda! She HAND doodled that cover! It is really so cool and I can't imagine the time that must have gone into this. AND it is painted and it just feels good and makes me happy! So beautiful! She also included a Micron pen for me to do my own doodling in the journal! Thanks, Linda!!!
See this cuteness???? It is actually a brooch that I pinned to a headband because I'm obsessed with having wonderful things in my hair, but it will make it's rounds as a brooch, too, I am sure of it! This was made by sweet Tammy at Red Panty Crafts. Ummm..yeah, that might be the best name EVER! HA! I LOVE the brooch, Tammy, thank you SO much!!!
So, on the list of amazing art forms, this one is pretty high. When Dianne, who is just super cute and fun, btw, told me that I had won some of her handmade papers I was pretty excited because I LOVE all things paper. However, when they arrived I was simply in SHOCK at just how gorgeous these are and the skill it takes to create them! That first photo shows you the variety that she sent and the second shows you the type of detail that is in each paper. These are STUNNING and I can't wait to use them...but I'm afraid to use them because I don't want to cut them! HA! She also sent some blank paper - the kind she uses so I can try to create my own....here's hoping I can even get CLOSE to the beauty of these sheets! Wow! Thanks, Dianne!
This piece. This. Piece. Take a moment.
Bridgette created and sent this absolutely amazing pendant to me. I have to be honest...I had a new experience when this piece arrived. I opened the delicately wrapped package, lifted the lid off the brown paper box and gasped. I had to catch my breath. I actually got a little teary simply from the beauty of this piece. I really love it. I can't say it effectively enough. This is an amazing little piece of art.
And...the last one for today...this HUGE pile of goodness! Ummm....so....WOW! For REALS! Joy stuffed this box so full of vintage papers, ephemera, stamps, and other amazingly fantabulous stuff! It was inspiring from the moment I opened it! I simply couldn't believe HOW MUCH there was in that box! I am so excited to put all of these fabulous treasures to good use! Thank you, Joy!
So, as you can see, I have been EXTREMELY blessed this week! Oh...and thank you all for taking the time to read The Hubbums post. Even if he did stuff me in the closet. Sometimes things need to be shared and we both felt like this was definitely one of those times. We genuinely appreciate each and every comment! Thank you! (And ... if you haven't read it yet...you should. It's a fairly amusing read, actually! HA!)
Looking forward to a great week! Leave a comment and say something happy!