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30 Day Shred – Revisited

Some of you may be wondering what happened to my 30 Day Shred posts. Actually, I hope you’ve all forgotten all about it, but I highly doubt that’s true.

I was reminded of it today because one of my girlfriends finished her shred today. I’m really proud of her — way to go Jen! You totally rock. She’s given me some motivation back and I think I’m going to revisit the whole shred thing. With a couple tweaks. [Read more…]

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30 Day Shred – Injured Reserve

Take me out coach. I’m hurt.

While moving boxes, couches and a 9 foot Christmas tree on Saturday, I managed to tweak my back. Sunday morning I was hurting. Badly. I popped some Advil and muscled thru my responsibilities at church. The dull ache in my back blossomed into a constant wincing pain after I hefted our pulpit up the stairs first service. I did nothing the rest of the day but sit on the couch watching football with a blanket. More Advil got me off the couch for a meeting with out church family, during which I was miserable. I don’t know how people with chronic back pain do it. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 12 Redo

I put it off almost all day. It was looming like a shadow as I decorated Christmas trees, danced to Jingle Bell Rock and generally had a holly, jolly time with my family. Finally, I could not avoid it any longer. The Shred.

I will not be taking another day off the remaining 18 days. After my “I’m-too-tired-to-face-Jillian” wuss out yesterday, today was like starting from scratch. I felt out of breath during the warm up. The WARM UP. I knew as soon as the first squat-rows started I was in big trouble. If it weren’t for knowing I’d have to admit it to all of you, I would have just turned off the DVD and gone back to my gorgeous burgundy and gold evergreen masterpiece in my living room. Seriously. You are all that kept me going.

I feel great now that I’ve completed it though. I feel back on track. Ready for the rest of the 30 days. I also feel totally and completely physically spent. Fantastic!

30 Day Shred – Day 12…FAIL

Well, today was a bust. I know technically I could still do my workout and stay on the path of an actual 30 day shred – but I have decided the only lifting I’ll be doing this evening is bringing my Malibu and Pineapple juice from the coaster to my mouth. I’ll be spending the evening relaxing with my husband rather than forcing a workout when I’m this exhausted. I didn’t get that nap today because I decided to do some baking and cleaning…which means I’m still running on 4 hours sleep and will probably be conked out by 9pm.

So, I get a failing grade for today. But will be back at it tomorrow.

30 Day Shred – Day 11

It feels more like day 1100. I hated today’s shred. I know in my head that it is the exact same workout I’ve been doing for a week, but my body tells me it was harder. Maybe it’s because I didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe it’s because I’ve already had a full day – and know I’ve got to keep myself energized until 3 in the morning. Whatever the reason, today sucked. Big time. I actually phoned it in a little on the second set of pendulum lunges. Just a little. But now I feel like I didn’t give 100% and might actually go do another set…cause otherwise, I’ll be thinking about the ones I only did halfway the rest of the night. Ugh. Yeah, that’s what I’m going to have to do. Sometimes, I wish I wasn’t such an “achiever”. Those of you who don’t go to church with me and have no idea what “achiever” means in this context – here’s a little snippet. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 10

A third of the way there!!

I consider myself to be a pretty fit person. My former gym workouts consisted of an hour on the stair master/elliptical machine with a ton of resistance & up to the max elevation, then a half hour of weight training plus 50 squats on an upside down BOSU ball and lots of push-ups (not the girly kind). I frequently ran as well and can pretty easily do around a 9 minute mile for 4+ miles. So, I’m very impressed that on day 10 of Jillian’s Shred I’m still getting whipped. I think it speaks to this program’s ability to allow you to push yourself as hard as you want/can. And I’m not even on the highest level yet! [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 9

Ugh. Early morning today getting out the door to make 75 apple pies with my MOPS steering team. Put together ingredients for 50 more pies for the mommies to make Thursday at our MOPS meeting. After standing for 5 hours cutting apples, measuring ingredients, crumbling topping and hitting the pulse button on my Cuisinart, I was B.E.A.T.

The absolute last thing on earth I wanted to do when we got home was face Jillian. But, I have a meeting tonight and won’t be home to do my workout after the munchkins are down for the night – so I trudged up the stairs during naptime and forced myself to the playroom (where I exercise) instead of flopping down on my bed for a nap myself.
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30 Day Shred – Day 8

There is a muscle along my outer thigh that I’m pretty sure has never in my life been used as much as in the past 8 days. The squats and lunges that Jillian does in this DVD series are just craziness. Although my thighs are very unhappy, I’m pretty sure they are getting smaller. Which is awesome for me since I’m kind of built like a gymnast (ok, an old, slightly pudgy gymnast). Point being, my legs are very muscular and I have an especially difficult time getting them to look anywhere close to slender. [Read more…]

30 Day Shred – Day 4

I woke up this morning, swung my legs over the side of the bed and stood up. Amazingly, my legs didn’t feel like they were going to give out beneath me. Must be time to move on up to level 2!

So, here are my thought on the second level of Jillian’s program. Ugh. Double Ugh. Can I go back to level 1 and doing 100 jumping jacks now?

A couple of the squat moves were absolutely killer, but the cardio in this one is what really got me. Level one was jumping jacks, butt kicks, jump rope and something else (can’t remember right now…all my blood is trying to rebuild my torn up muscles…there’s none left for my brain). The second level included high kicks, double jump rope, skis (jumping side to side leading with one leg, other one behind you) and twisting jumps. During the final circuit I literally could not breathe. At during one lunge move, Jillian said “halfway there” and I wanted to cry. But I didn’t. Nor did I quit. I made it thru. But just barely.

Level 2 differs from the first level in one major way. Instead of doing squats and lunges where you get a break (up, down, up, down) – the lunges and squats in the second level are static. You get into the position and stay there. So, you’re in a squat for a full minute or two instead of it being a couple of seconds down, then a rest as you come back up before the next move. And, since Jillian does small muscles at the same time as big muscles – you’re doing a static lunge with shoulder presses, or raises the entire time. So, in addition to your thighs being on fire, you want to chop your arms off at the shoulders to stop the pain there too. I didn’t like the abs workout as much in this level – and actually did a few sets of the moves from level 1 at the end of the workout today just for good measure.

Bottom line, it was awesome. I feel great completing it, and love the abbreviated workout time. I feel like I’m working harder and better in 20 (really about 25) minutes than I used to in an hour at the gym.

30 Day Shred – Day 3

Here was my final thought before beginning my warm-up today “Oh goodness. How am I supposed to do a whole workout when it hurts just to walk? Ugh!”.

I stuck with the Level 1 workout again today. I’m getting very close to being able to do “boy push ups” thru both sets of push ups (1 minute sets…about 30 each set). And the ab work still hurts like crazy. I must just have really outta shape muscles in my midsection. Sheesh! I think I’ll do one more day at the first level and then bump it up to level 2.

Interesting thing about today’s session. It was a gorgeous fall day in Seattle. The sun was shining brightly as I drew the shades in my kid’s playroom to do my workout. The upstairs room + afternoon sun + drawn curtains + closed-door (nap time for the munchkins) made the room like a sauna within minutes. Holy smokes. I’ve intentionally never done hot yoga, because I despise being too warm. Today, I felt like I was doing “Hot 30 Day Shred”. Yuck. Good sweat though.

The shred is already helping me eat better. I’ve had breakfast the past three days. Which is something I always do when paying attention to my food, and somehow always forget when I’m getting off track.  So far, so good.

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