I recently bought a mat and two dumbbells (weighing 4 lbs. each) in preparation for my quest to becoming a big “loser” via Jillian Michaels’s 30 Day Shred Challenge. As of this writing, I weigh 63 kilos — my heaviest thus far, I think — and I’m decided to lose the unnecessary fats.

This workout takes around 20 minutes each day and I know I can do it.

Let’s see how everything pans out in four weeks.

December 2011 update:

I did well in the first two weeks. The first few days into the workout was crazy — there were times I felt as if I was going to die. Hehe. After religiously waking up early in the wee hours of the morning for this exercise for the first 14 days, I noticed improvement in my stamina and I really felt good about myself. For the first time in years, I felt I was healthy.

However– and here’s the sad part — I did not get to finish the workout. On my second week, it became a habit of mine to step on the weighing scale everyday to check on my progress. I was discouraged to see very, very minimal improvements and at some point, there were no change in numbers at all! It was disheartening to say the least, considering all the amount of work I put into (exercise + diet). And so, I stopped doing the workout.

And here’s the funny part.

A couple of days after I stopped, I found out that the weighing scale in the office I was using was faulty and inaccurate. I tried checking my weight using a scale at the office clinic, and I was elated to see that I reached 59 kilos. I could have reached 57 kilos at some point had I not stopped the workout and started eating unhealthy food again.

So next year, after the man vs food war holiday version is over, it’s back to square one again. This time I’m planning to combine it with Beachbody’s Turbo Fire.

And again, let”s see how everything pans out. *crosses fingers*