Friday, September 21, 2012

30 Day Shred, an update


Do you remember when I said that I was going to start Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred?  I'm writing this in advance, but as of today, I will have completed it!  Woohoo me.  How did it go? Let me tell you.

I am absolutely shocked and surprised (and ecstatic!) by the results of the 30 Day Shred.  It was tough going at times, but not once did I ever consider giving it up.  The one day that I wasn't able to do my workout (because we spent the ENTIRE day at the Olympic Village for the Paralympics) I was incredibly disappointed that I wasn't able to squeeze it in somewhere.  And that's all down to how this exercise programme made me feel.

Level 1 started off as pure torture.  I finished Day 1 and every pore on my body was sweating.  I was huffing and puffing and thinking to myself, 'there's no way that I will be able to do this!'  But by Day 5, things were getting easier, I was starting to do the harder version of the exercises.  I hadn't properly weighed myself before starting, but I had measured myself.  By Day 5 my jeans were feeling looser.  I measured again and it turned out that I'd already lost 2 inches off my hips.  In only 5 days.  It's incredible. 

I happily continued onto Level 2, which took the exercises up to another notch in difficulty.  Gone were so many circuits of jumping jacks and in its place were planks.  PLANKS. If you've ever done a plank in your life you will be commiserating with me right now on their level of unpleasantness.  But I enjoyed jumping about with some different cardio exercises.  And the results just kept appearing!

Level 3 was very difficult.  Jillian Michaels really combined resistance to a lot of her exercises, plenty of weight work.  I really struggled out of continually doing the modified versions.  There's a lot of jump training that felt killer on my knees.  But I was determined to finish.  And I'm so glad that I did. 

In total, I lost 4 inches off my hips.  I lost 4 inches off my waist.  I lost 3 inches off my bust.  I lost 2 inches off each of my thighs.  I lost more than an inch off both of my upper arms.  I feel stronger, leaner and more fit.  My stomach is flatter than I ever remember it being.  There is the very slightest hint of the possibility of a six pack.  I've had so many compliments from other people about how well I'm looking.  I feel more confident in myself and my body and I stand straighter because of it.  I've decided to take on more healthy eating so that I don't lose all the progress that I've made so far. 

The 30 Day Shred feels like step one and I'm going to carry on with the exercising and with the Jillian Michaels exercise DVDs.  I've since ordered Ripped in 30 and Killer Buns and Thighs.  I'm hoping to start up a kickboxing class in the near future, will be buying a bicycle to go on cycle rides with the kids and I'd like to go back to doing a 5k run 2-3 times a week.  Soon enough, I hope you won't be able to recognise me :)

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  1. Well done. So glad to hear it actually works. I can't wait to see the difference.

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    1. Thanks Viv! It was really hard work, but so worth it :)

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  2. Gosh well done -assume this is a DVD - well done you. Sounds great!

    I have just been doing a class (six week class) at the gym involving PLANKS so I sympathise. By the last week I could get to 1 minute and I nearly fell over in shock considering I couldn't hold it at all in week 1!

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    1. It is a DVD! :) And planks, oh man, are they tough! Sounds like you're improving, so well done to you as well!

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  3. I really think this is amazing. I've done the 30 Day Shred (not, like you, for the full 30 days, I do it with other exercise vids). It's HARD! So, seriously, well done!

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    1. Thanks Carrie :) I feel really proud of myself for doing it, especially as the exercises are all really tough. I didn't think I'd be able to manage it!

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  4. Wow! Well done you! I've heard the 30 Day Shred can be torture. With the results you got, though, I'm tempted to give it a go! Sounds good!!

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    1. Oh if you're thinking about it, you definitely should! It's an amazing programme, I'm still shocked and amazed by the results :)

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  5. This is amazing Clover! I'm so happy for you! :D
    Keep it all up.
    I don't think I could do anything quite so strenuous, but I do try to exercise every day, and soon I hope to be running every single day! :D
    But you are an inspiration :)

    Faye

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    1. Thanks Faye :) I feel amazing for having done it and now I'm all energetic about doing other strenuous things. For a person who's more couch potato than anything else, this is a huge change for me!

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    2. great to here! And I totally get it too. Once I've started excercising, it's hard to go back to just sitting around again!

      Good on you!
      Proud :D

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  6. Well done you!! I don't think I have the patience for things like this

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  7. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing this. I was doing the video myself but stopped once again after doing it consistently for about a week. You made me want to try again. I really like how I feel after the workouts but I just never seem to be able to find the time. I need to buckle down and just make it happen.

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    1. Oh good luck Samantha! You can do it! :)

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  8. Well done you! I'm so impressed. You inspired me to take action too (albeit at a lower level) and I started counting calories and doing occasional workouts (this coincided with my first full-time supply placement, so I wasn't ready to commit to a daily workout). I've lost 6 pounds in 4 weeks, so thank you x

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