Seven days ago I began the 30 Day Shred…again! Yes, I say again because the last time, I did it about three times before quitting. Saturday was my sixth straight day in a row of doing the Shred and I was beginning to get a little more comfortable. There was this nagging pain however and I just had to do something about it…
That pain came in the form of my 10 year old son. You see, in the days leading up to the ultimate Shred showdown, he would make comments like “It’s a girl, how hard can it be?” Needless to say, this made me upset on a number of levels. Here I was huffing and puffing praying for death during each workout and he was acting like it was a walk in the park. So, on Saturday, we agreed to meet in my room at 4:00pm for a showdown!
I was confident I had this in the bag. I placed bets with Matt about how long he would last before he crawled from the room in defeat. I mentally pictured doing my own version of a touchdown victory dance complete with virtual football spiking as I triumphed over him. In short, I was confident in Jillian’s ability to bring even a 10 year old boy to his knees. Come 4pm on Saturday afternoon, this is what happened.
Me: Are you ready?
Him: Yeah, no problem.
Me: You can quit anytime you want you know?
Him: It will be okay, I can do it.
Me: Starting to breath a little faster during jumping jacks.
Him: Is this it?
Me: This is going to get a little harder.
Me: Are you okay? (Said as I am trying my best to power through the first cardio set of jumping jacks and jump rope)
Him: Yeah. Is this still warm up? (Not even a bead of sweat on his face I tell you)
Me: Okay, you are going to have to do pushups.
Him: Oh, these are just girl pushups?
Me: No, you can do regular ones if you want.
Him: Okay. Are you going to keep doing girl pushups?
Me: Yes. (Hanging my head in shame)
Him: Yay! Situps!
Me: Well, they are crunches.
Him: Oh I like those too.
Him: Is it okay to touch the ground with our knee? (Said during front lunges)
Me: You can go down further if you want, but don’t touch the ground completely with your knee.
Him: Mom, why is that lady barely doing anything. (He was watching Anita do the modified buttkicks while kicking his feet up all the way.
Me: Because some people watching the video can’t do them all the way.
Him: Oh, well they are easy. (Still no sweat or heavy breathing)
Him: Yay, we get to lay down again. (Ab work)
Me: Yep, it is my favorite part.
Me: We’re almost done.
Him: Really? Can we do it again?
Me: Not today.
In short folks, I had my butt kicked by a 10 year old boy. Apparently children are a lot more in shape than we give them credit for. Oh what I wouldn’t give to be a kid again. I had expected him to cave in defeat and instead, I didn’t even get the pleasure of seeing a bead of sweat drip from his brow. I lost the ultimate Shred showdown ladies and gentlemen. Excuse me while I go Shred in shame.