Partly inspired by the amazing athletes of the Olympics, and partly inspired by the wonderful results of some friends in their weight loss regimes, I've decided to give the 30 Day Shred a go. I've never heard of Jillian Michaels and I've never seen The Biggest Loser, but I have read quite a few people's accounts of the intensity of these workouts and the varied results from it and I'd like to try it for myself.
I really want to dedicate myself to doing the full 30 days and hopefully I'll be that step closer to my ultimate goals of healthiness and fitness. I thought that I'd write this blog post for some level of accountability and also a way of measuring the results once I'm finished.
I've only just ordered the DVD, so I have a bit of time left before I get started. I'm not brave enough to show you a 'before' photo, but I can write a bit about my body for 'before' purposes. Here we go:
I am 5'5" tall and weight approximately 175-180lbs. That puts my BMI at 29-30. A BMI score of over 30 is considered obese, so I am right on that border. It's a scary border to be on and until recently I've only ever thought of myself as 'a little overweight.' In reality, I need to lose 26-30lbs in order to reach the very topmost weight for a healthy BMI. Until I wrote that sentence just now, I had no idea how bad things had gotten and I have a tiny urge right now to cry.
I have a lot of problem areas. From the top down, I'd say: double-chin, bust, flappy arms, stomach, hips, bum and thighs. Before I begin the workout properly, I'll weigh myself properly and measure the different areas so that I can see if any inches or whatever are lost.
Besides a better toned body, I'd also like to be more fit. I'd like to not get out of breath running after my boys, and just generally have a better all round cardiovascular health. At the same time as the Shred, I won't be on any particular diet, but I will be trying to eat more fruit and veg and also drink more water.
I'm hugely pleased that Keris Stainton will be doing the workout at the same time and I'm hoping that we'll push and motivate each other to keep going with this. Will you help me as well? I'll be writing at least one post mid-30 days but I'd love for any sort of support and cheer leading during this whole process! Ask in comments during the month or on Twitter to see how things are going, I'll love that on days when I want to give up or think it's too hard.
Wish me luck, I'll need it!