TWD: Thumbprints for Us Big Guys
So I finished Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred. It actually took me longer than 30 days because around day 10 I started having excruciating spasms in my calves after each workout- think labor pains in your legs. Anyway, I started doing it every other day and that seemed to solve the problem. As far as results go, I think I look a little tiny bit trimmer but honestly I don't know. I definitely, beyond any doubt, am much stronger and have way better endurance now! I was struggling to get through level 1 when I started but ended up barreling through most of level 3 unmodified by the end. I am going to try to keep it up by doing level 1, 2, and 3 in rotation.
The biggest reason that I saw few physical results is probably sweets like this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection! These cookies were so delicious! A simple butter cookie dough with roasted, ground hazelnuts is shaped into a ball with an indentation meant to hold jam- I couldn't resist the hazelnut chocolate combination and filled mine with chocolate kisses. The chocolate melted down into the hot cookies and paired perfectly with the crumbly, buttery cookie. Dorie says that you can substitute other nuts for hazelnuts but I wasn't about to substitute another nut because my mom has been hoarding hazelnuts for about 4 months. "What?" you ask. You see 1) my mom never wastes food 2) my mom loves mixed nuts 3) but not hazelnuts 4) or Brazil nuts. So she buys the industrial sized cans of mixed nuts at Sam's Club and then when she gets to the bottom and the only thing left in the can are the hazelnuts and Brazil nuts she divides them up and puts them in ziploc bags in the freezer in the hopes that I will come across a recipe that requires one or the other. And the day finally came! They roasted up nicely in the oven and I had no trouble rubbing the skins off. Thank you to Mike of Ugly Food Dude for selecting this delicious cookie (and to my mom for making them possible).