Letter from the Editor: Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred & Hello Spring!

Hey you! Happy Monday!

I'm rearing to go this week! I feel great! Why? Because I had my first social-media-free weekend and it was fantastic! I experienced a little withdrawal at first, but ultimately, it felt so good to lose track of my phone and focus on the PEOPLE I was with, and the CONVERSATIONS we were having (rather than on "likes" and comments)!

I went to a wedding Saturday and at one point, I did take the classic bathroom shot (which I would have usually uploaded right away to Instagram) but instead, I just went back to party and forgot all about my phone! The break was really nice.

Have you ever considered taking breaks from social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram? It's one of my goals this month, so more on this later!


I'm also feeling great because I'm three days into Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred!!!!

Can I just say how awesome DVD workouts are? I had no idea! I've always struggled to workout at home because I can't get into the groove or I get bored quickly, but the 20-minute circuits on Jillian's DVD make it easy! I love the sequence: 3 minutes of strength training, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs! 2 minutes of cardio? A total of six minutes? I can handle that!

Even (like last night) at 9 pm! We didn't get back from out of town until close to 8:30, but--with a workout that's only 20 minutes long--I figured there are no excuses. DO. IT. And I'm so glad that I did! I worked up a SERIOUS sweat and felt proud afterward. I think the toughest part will be doing it everyday, but I'm up for the challenge! Only 27 more days to go!

Have any of you done a Jillian DVD workout? Do you workout at home often?


Of course, I didn't like giving up an hour yesterday, but I did love the spring weather I felt this weekend! It was beautiful: 70 degrees Saturday and Sunday in Williamsburg! It made me realize just how much I love this time of year. (It reminds me of our wedding [the anniversary is in less than a month!]). I have a few trips to look forward to this spring and summer, too. I might be going to Miami early May for a bachelorette party, and in June, Aaron and I are going on our first cruise!!! Woo hoo! I can't wait! These are all great reason to stick with the shred, of course, and really buckle down on my diet as well! Do upcoming trips motivate you?? They definitely motivate me!!

How was your weekend? What plans do you have for the spring?