Crunches and Necklaces

by mssinglemama on February 24, 2010

A few updates for you:

1. My 7 Day Quit was awesome (kind of).

I started out valiantly with three days straight of  the 30 Day Shred.

Each day, I felt better than the last. I could even see a stark difference in my ab, arm and leg muscle definition. Crazy how fast your body changes.

On Day 4, I rested to give my aching, sore muscles a break. I was also a bit worried about all of the squatting and bending of my knees, which are definitely still a mess thanks to two years a soccer goalie. On Day 5 I picked back up where I left off, all went well and I ignored a nagging feeling in my right knee.

On Day 6 I rested, worried about the knee pain that was now more pronounced, aching with every step.

On Day 7 I plowed forward anyway, diving into another Jillian-induced pain session. And then on one of the last set of jumping jacks my left foot shot up in pain. That’s when I let out a scream and turned the video off. To hell with chiseled abs and a tight bod – I wasn’t going to break anything in the process. Clearly, I have to go to the doctor to get this all checked out. I’m also shopping for a gym with a pool, so I can swim and do low-impact exercises. Just have to find something that works.

But, I can still do crunches and push-ups. Those won’t hurt my knees. So, if anything, these 7 days have proven to me that you can get some chiseled cut little muscles, even in the confines of your living room.

You all did so well too! I’ll be sending you your books soon. But only to those who came back and left two comments. The first telling me what you were going to quit and the second telling me how it went. If you didn’t do that yet – get on it, before you miss out on a free copy of Ms. Single Mama Uncensored.

2. The New Leaf Necklaces are coming…

The new leaf necklaces in 100% sterling silver are almost here. I also have another piece of leaf jewelry in the works that I think you’re all going to flip out over. I am already dying to get mine. They should be going on sale in the next couple of weeks. Until then, fill out the quick form on my Shop page and I’ll add you to my New Leaf mailing list. So, as soon as I have them ready to go – you’ll be the first to know and therefore, get first dibs on batch #1.

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Jamie February 24, 2010 at 8:58 am

Alaina, I do the 30 day shred and love it but I also know several people who have hurt themselves. My dad and stepmom both injured their shoulders and my mom injured her knee. I guess if you have knee problems, it is probably not a good workout. Swimming sounds like a good idea. 🙂


Anne February 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm

That’s great that you are making an effort to exercise and take care of yourself. It takes 6 weeks of an exercise/ weight program to see change so there is no way you could be seeing changes in your body yet, but keep it up, you will get there!


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Savannah Brentnall February 25, 2010 at 11:44 am

I have the same problem. My knees are shot after years of karate and I can only do Jillian’s workout once or twice a week. But I find that’s enough, and on the other days I do power yoga which is much easier on the joints. And yoga’s not an easy workout–it builds great definition and better flexibility than Jillian’s stuff.


eb February 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Amen! Yes there is a reason she is inflexible. No offense Jillian but you have to strengthen and STRETCH baby! I’m a yoga teacher so I may be preachin’ here but I do think there is a balance you have to have in the body. This shred is great, but I think you gotta do other stuff too for sure! I’m trying to do it 3-4 times a week and other days- – yoga. 🙂


Kelly March 4, 2010 at 3:04 am

I have a leaf necklace/earring set in the old silverplate. LOVE IT!- unfortunately my daughter grabbed it and broke the necklace- still love to wear the earrings though. I can’t wait for the sterling silver set to come out.
Just to check- in reading the comments on the Quitters are Winners- there are a few of us at the beginning that didn’t get remarks on our completion of our “seven day quit.” Not that I need a big pat on the head or anything, but I would like to get the ebook as I’m sure the others do too.
I really enjoy reading your website- it helps me laugh at the weird things boys do and then when my daughter copies him… it’s even funnier. Regardless of what else we chose to quit for 7 days, we never quit being moms that do everything we can for our kids. Bless us all.


mssinglemama March 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Sorry Kelly! I thought I got everyone… comment or not. But the rules were to come back and leave two comments and let me know how you were doing. The deadline was also the 2/21. But your book is on the way. Thanks for playing!


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