In perusing old posts and comments, I was reminded that I did indeed promise a ‘real’ review of Slim in 6, the spendy infomercial workout program I bought in September. First let me say that every day I am amused to see that someone finds our blog by searching for these two things:
“I can’t fit my jeans” or “Will my jeans fit after pregnancy?” or “My jeans are too tight” or “Too tight jeans, can’t breathe”
“Slim in 6 review”
I can’t count the times I’ve laughed out loud about the tight jeans comments. While I have googled many random things I’m pretty sure I’ve never googled about that. 🙂
Anyways, after my oh-so-in-depth review back in October, I vowed to give it a real try and open the package it came in. And try I did. The first two weeks I did the DVD maybe 4 days in 7. The second two weeks maybe 3 days in 7. By this point you are supposed to be on the much longer, second DVD but I was still figuring out my way through the first one.
And my knees hurt. There is a lot of squatting and with that for me came a lot of popping. Not exactly sure what was popping but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t good. I persevered and it kept happening. I was as close to flawless in my form as I could get doing all the moves and still there was popping.
I made it to week 6.
I did not blow out a knee.
I did not make it past the first DVD in the series. I felt grateful to still be alive at the end of the 30 minute DVD every single time. Gasping at times and laughing often. My children loved hanging around watching me and giving me ‘encouragement’ every step of the way.
“Mom, you can take it easy, she said so.”
“Mom, why can’t you answer when I’m talking to you.”
“What’s popping mom?”
“Can you feel it? You should feel it now Mama.”
“I can tell you need a water break.”
“Sit ups! (with glee) My favorite part Mom, these are SO EASY!”
While “slim” is not the word that would best describe be at the end of six weeks, I would honestly say that my body worked better, felt better, moved better having been much more deliberately active. I rarely sit in my day with the kids. But I also don’t do much that qualifies as plain old exercise. And were it not for the knee pain that only ended after I quit doing the DVD’s, this program might be great.
I’ve lost more weight being so sick over the past 3 weeks than I did doing the Slim in 6 workouts. In fact I had a friend a while back who was always quick to encourage me anytime I got sick…..”At least you’ll lose a couple pounds!”. I wasn’t sure why this bothered me until one day I realized, she was more concerned about it than I was.
Yes, losing some weight would be good for me. Yes, I would like to fit my clothes a bit better. Yes, I’d enjoy a bit more energy to keep up with my brood.
Yes, I love cooking and good food. I love sitting and reading and homeschooling and organizing and playing and sleeping more than I love working out. I also love being married to someone who makes me feel beautiful. I recently told him,
I’ve never been quite this ‘lumpy’ in my life – but never, in the 15 years of knowing you, have I felt this loved and lovely to you – doesn’t that seem strange?”
Maybe strange, maybe just the product of time.
And maybe the old adage “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is actually true.
Either way, I’m really thankful….slim or not.