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!