80 Shades of Shred

I’m not one to jump on band wagons, in fact normally I jump the other way. The more hype there is and the more people go on about things, the more I dig my mulish flat heels into the ground to avoid them. Sometimes, I admit that it can be to my detriment. Harry Potter for example. Why on earth would I want to read silly books about a wizard? I did finally read the first book to O when he was eight and I think at the time, the fifth instalment had just been written. It was amazing and within a few weeks I had devoured the books and was waiting in line for the next one like the rest of the world.

Recently there has been much talk of the ‘Fifty Shades’ trilogy. Everywhere. There is no getting away from it. Social Media has been full of it. Mums watching their kids at football are discussing it. Even my husband has been caught up in conversations about it in his school staff room. Numerous friends have read it and the reactions have been quite varied. I made the decision that it wasn’t for me, I knew what it was all about and I genuinely didn’t think it was my cup of tea.

Until a couple of weeks ago that is. I was going to my in laws house for the weekend with A and none of the the males in tow, so I decided to download ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ to my phone and see what all the fuss was about. Well, it was certainly surprising. I am no prude, but it shocked me in places, but did I put it down in horror and stop reading, did I heck! I read it to the end and although I would be lying if I said that I enjoyed it, it it was entertaining. Yes, entertaining is a good word for it. Not much of a story line, lots of kinky sex and characters I would like to slap ( and no I don’t mean slap like that either!). But at least now when someone mentions it with that wry smile, I know exactly what they are talking about.

Next up was the ‘Thirty Day Shred’ work out DVD. Again this was the subject of much discussion on Twitter and lots of bloggers were charting their progress through the work out on their blogs. Exercise and I do not really get on. We have a love hate relationship. I would love to be fit, but I hate exercise. Why walk when you can drive? Why go to the gym when you could sit in front of the TV eating cake? I have tried exercise DVDs in the past with limited success. They are usually a bit too dramatic and dancey for me. Again, my initial reaction to this trend was one of scorn, but then when the scales hit an all time high at the end of the summer, I realised that it was time for drastic action.

So for less than five pounds, I purchased the DVD and what a five pounds well spent that was? I haven’t been able to walk up the stairs for days. Every bone and muscle in my body hurts and far from feeling fitter and healthier, I feel about a hundred and fifty and my children are in constant hysterics at me crawling, yes literally crawling up the stairs. However, I will say that although Jillian Michaels is torturing me on a daily basis, it is not a bad work out. It is sensible, it is easy to follow and it makes sense. She is not too patronising and I have to stress at this point that I am not enjoying the process, the twenty minute work out does hurt and as she says ” no pain, no gain”, so I live in hope that all of this pain will be worth it in the end when I look like one of the lovely ladies working out with her on the DVD. (Yeah like that’s going to happen!)

So there have been lots of numbers in my life these last couple of weeks and it came to me that maybe someone should combine these two crazes; can you imagine? 80 Shades of Shred.  It could be the new big thing!

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  1. October 10, 2012 / 6:35 am

    Love this! I’m also one for avoiding hype and therefore did not even turn a page on 50 shades of grey, despite a friend lending it to me. 30 day shred however, I am a huge fan of! I’m only abuot day 24 and it definitely gets easier. I started off doing it every day but have succumbed to probably 4 times a week….couldn’t sustain that momentum. Good luck!

  2. Rebecca English
    October 10, 2012 / 7:02 am

    Great review of both. I completely agree with you. I started the shred in October but not managed it the last couple of days.

  3. October 10, 2012 / 7:30 am

    I’m standing firm on 50 Shades. I was undecided, because I always like to be part of a literary phenomenon from Bridget Jones to Da Vinci Code and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Then I kept hearing the writing was crap. I don’t like crap writing and sex scenes make me squirm so I’m not reading it!
    Good luck with the Shred. Hope you stop aching and see results soon. X

  4. October 10, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    I’ve just joined the shred bandwagon too. Arms too weak to hold up my phone to type! But it already feels like it is working :-/

  5. Melksham Mum
    October 10, 2012 / 8:16 pm

    Wahay! Good for you. On the shredding not the pervy literature 😉
    As that crazy Jillian Michaels would say it….And……Hit it! The pain of the first few days is sooooo worth it x

  6. October 10, 2012 / 10:01 pm

    I don’t know about the shred thing but I was talking to a friend today about how tame 50 shades was lol.

  7. October 11, 2012 / 9:55 am

    Such a good post! I think your description of 50 shade is very true, entertaining. My legs hurt at the near thought of this 30 day sred malarkey! ; ) off to eat cake!

  8. October 11, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    I’m thinking of trying it I have to say purely based on how one blogger feels like she’s died but has lost 9cm from her waist in just a week or two. I have 9cm to lose*

    *ok it maybe 9 inches 😉

    Feel the burrrrrrrrn!

  9. October 11, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    I am ashamed to say I have started the Shred a few times but never made it level two. I’m intrigued though and am on my 3rd attempt to stick to it, and am on day two today. I’m determined to see what Gillian makes you do in the next level and will keep an eye on your progress. Good luck!

  10. October 11, 2012 / 9:38 pm

    I have heard a fair bit about the Shred… but I don’t think I have it in me to actually do it, and certainly not after this post, I don’t like pain from exercising.

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