Thursday, August 20, 2009

Shredded and Birthday Gifts

Many have been asking what is this Shred? And how are you shredded?
I am not an advocate of Jillian Michael´s bad mouth or her lack of upper body clothing, but her workout methods are proven and tried. It´s her exercise DVD that is called the 30 Day Shred! It shreds your muscles. Rips them up!
Since ordering the dvd and the book "Making the Cut", I have put myself on a 30 day program to lose these last few pounds and tone up. Praying daily for strength and doing it to glorify God by taking care of this temple, my body.
So, for my birthday, guess what my dear husband thought to get me? An exercise mat and new Nikes! I am so happy with both and it makes the 20 minute high impact workout so much more "fun". Now there is really nothing fun in feeling like I am having a baby again, but knowing that I will feel great afterward is keeping me going. (That´s exactly how the last abs workout feels on level 2 on this DVD.)

Here is my most recent outfit. It was a need because since January, I have lost a total of 25 pounds. Most of my skirts have to be altered. I am waiting to take them to the tailors till I get the last few pounds off. And don´t talk me out of losing them either. You didn´t know me in college, and for those of you who did, you know what I am capable of.

This is for life! This is not a diet. For all of you, that are trying to diet or are thinking about dieting, I highly encourage you to forget the diet and just change how you eat and live for life. A diet will just have you right back where you started from. It´s a Fitness Journey! Pray and ask God to give you the strength to change your habits and to depend on Him and not the food. Don´t get me wrong, I love food. I just have to look at it differently now.

A great web site is I really like this one because I can track my weight loss for free and they have some really good low impact videos that helped me in the beginning.

Now, to leave you with a funny picture from last Saturday´s fair.

***These gifts are also thanks to my wonderful family back in the States. Thank-you . Love you and miss you guys so much!***


  1. "Shred it Girl!!! Shred It!!"

    **In my mean, most obnoxious voice**

    You look soooo skinny in your 'birthday suit'!! So pretty!!

    I love it!! Especially that watch...I couldn't ever pull that off....I am so self-concious about fancy jewlrey...unless of course it's a diamond..I can always find a way to wear a diamond!

    You and Pilar got the fancy jewlrey thing going on....The Portuguese ladies work it up too...I just haven't jumped on board the ship yet....give me some time though....I'm easing my way on....

    I love your new Nike's!! ALL I WEAR are my Nike's! I dirtied mine yesterday working in the yard, and they're waiting to be I've cleaned house all day in flipflops and my feet feet are spoiled.

    I love you!

  2. Happy late b-day,,
    I need to do the same thing ,you & Ms Nina got it going on girls.

    I'm going to take your word for it & not call it a diet, we'll see if it works ??
    have a good weekend :)

  3. You go girl! I am so proud of you! At least of the half you left hehehe

  4. You look great! I'm so proud of you and your post is very encouraging!

  5. OK, first off, that is such a funny pic at the end HA HA!

    Dani Joy, you look amazing. God bless you on the success of your weight loss. It is funny that within the last 24 hours, my friends, and now including my bloggy friends, keep talking about getting fit for life. Think God is trying to tell me something?

    xoxo, Veronica

  6. Wow, you look great!!! Keep it up! You are so right about loosing weight being a way of life and not just a diet. You're an inspiration!

  7. Thanks so much, ladies! I love yous! It´s so fun doing a post like this because you all are so encouraging. I give God the glory. He´s gotten me through and now it has gotten easier to stick with it.

    I noticed some spelling errors soo here I go to fix that. ;) Great teacher here.

  8. WoW! You look great my friend! Congratulations on your weight loss so far. You are definitely an inspiration! And Happy Belated Birthday!

  9. What an inspiration - you look just awesome!! I have NO excuses for not exercising - my husband walks a couple miles every day with one of our pups. I just say, "Oh bye!" and exercise my hand waving. I guess I could probably do more, huh??? Good good job. Oh, by the way, on my blog - it was my 21 year old son who had the grease fire with the popcorn and here's the embarassing part - it's been like that for MONTHS!! Oh well! ♥

  10. Lookin' great girl! You always motivate me:)
    Love the last picture.. so funny!

  11. Dani...that is so awesome!! And what a great encouragment you are!!!!

    Great gifts by your hubby!

  12. It's late here and I'm finally getting to catch up on some reading!! Happy Birthday! You look beautiful.

  13. You can do it!!! :)

    I'll be joining you in your fitness quest next week...I will have completed my post-partum recovery period, and will be getting back to exercising. Keep on inspiring me! :)

  14. You look lovely, Dani! What a sweetie hubby you have too!

    I have been so busy the last couple of days that I haven't worked out at all. Not sure how I'm going to fit it in tomorrow either. Kind of hard to exercise when you're not home much, and I refuse to get up early, lol!

    O.k. girl, spill it. Tell your tadpole story!

  15. You look wonderful Dani! That is so awesome that you are in this healthy journey for life! I realized that too, nutrition is key to feeling and performing at your very best, which is how God wants us to live, I believe.
    Stay strong, and if you come across any healthful meals, please share :)

  16. Wow! Kudos to you. You look amazing. I need to jump on board because I can stand to get rid of 25 pounds myself. I have no excuse except for laziness...lazy eating and not exercising.


  17. Wow, you look awesome, good for you and hubby!!
    Love those tennies, so cute. Enjoy your new mat!

  18. You look AMAZING!!! I am SO proud of you. Just look at how your hard work has paid off.

    Don't you love Making the Cut?!? Jillian Michaels' is a machine and she knows her stuff.

    Keep it up girl. You are doing awesome!


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