I met my goal of doing the 30 Day Shred every single day of January (I started Dec 29). This is big for me since I usually hate any form of exercise and never manage to stick with any exercise program for more than a few days. I did not manage to "lose up to 20 lbs" as the box claims, but I did not follow Jillian Michael's diet plan and I did not have 20 lbs to lose. I actually gained a few pounds, but I lost 3.5 inches of belly pudge, 1.5 inches off my hips and my arms muscles are much more toned. Other added bonuses- better sleep, less alcohol craving, less severe pms, and more energy. I am going to continue the 30 Day Shred, cycling through the 3 levels. I am enjoying all these exercise benefits, so I am setting a February/March goal as well. I am starting the Couch to 5K Running Plan tomorrow. This will be a little harder to stay with because I will have to get up and out before my husband goes to work so the kids won't be left home alone. I am usually the last one out of bed so that makes it double hard. I may have also said in the past that "I am not running anywhere unless someone is chasing me with a knife." I feel so much stronger after just 30 days of the Shred, I have a bit more confidence that I can stick with exercise even though it is hard. We will see how long the running lasts...
Here are my daily thoughts on the 30 Day Shred.
Day1: Level 1-I had to catch my breath at the 13 minute mark. I am so out of shape.
Day2: The pain... but I made it through the whole workout!
Day3: Still hurting and hobbling around like a little ol' lady, but it was a tiny bit easier today and the family joined me.
Day4: The hobble has turned into more of a limp, and I hate pushups.
Day5: Only a bit of pain in my elbows now and pushups are not helping.
Day6: Slowly noticing upper body getting stronger.
Day7: I took a 40 minute walk following my workout today- that is a big stretch from post-workout Day1 when I felt like vomiting by the end. Yay me!
Day8: I was feeling a bit sluggish and icky and really did not feel up to exercise. I powered through it anyway and felt better after I was done!
Day9: Today I was able to do 20 girly pushups! From 2 to 20 in just 9 days, I really am getting stronger.
Day10: I have lost 1 3/4" from my waist and 2" from my "mama pooch" (the area right below the belly button) in just 10 days! I have also lost 2 1/2 lbs. without changing my diet.
Day11: Today was pretty easy, I think it is time to move to Level 2...
Day12: I started Level 2 today and it kicked my ass!
Day13: Level 2 is no joke. Those plank moves are a killer!
Day14: I tried to justify not exercising today (poor sleep the past two days, sluggish feelings, PMS, slightly sore muscles) and even thought about slipping back to Level 1, but I sucked it up, quit making excuses and just laced up my shoes and got to it. Now the third day of Level 2 is over, I have more energy, am wide awake and super proud of myself.
Day15: Half way to my goal! This is the third day going on less than 5 hours of sleep at night- I am really starting to feel the fatigue during my workout.
Day16: Plank moves are still super hard near the end.
Day17: Not too hard, but not easy by any stretch of the imagination!
Day18: Last night I had such stabbing knee pain (could be the change in weather) I slept with a heating pad on. This morning it felt better, but I did not want to risk injury so I did Level 1. Afterwards, I felt almost back to normal.
Day19: The knee was better today so I went back to Level 2. After taking it easy yesterday, today was easier as well. I am actually starting to look forward to exercising daily and I feel much better during the day. I have noticed that alcohol cravings are falling by the wayside as well.
Day20: Today I kicked Level 2's ass! One more day then it is on to Level 3.
Day21: I am ready for Level 3 tomorrow.
Day22: I was so not ready for Level 3! It is much, much harder than Level 2. Ouch.
Day23: The upper body was feeling the burn from yesterday. My knees can't take the "explosive jumps" so I think I need to go back to Level 2 and work my way into Level 3 a bit later.
Day24: Oh no! Level 2 and 3 are no longer On Demand! At least Level 1 was still on there, so I upped my weights from 3 to 5 lbs and did all the advanced moves. Going to buy the DVD tonight.
Day25: Sore again today (I guess it was those heavier weights). I decided to go back to Level 2 and do it for a bit longer. Level 3 is just too hard right now.
Day26: Level 2 again today, still a bit stiff, but I made it through!
Day27: Level 2 and feeling great!
Day28: My body was sluggish during Level 2 today. Only 2days to go before I meet my goal, so there was no way I was going to quit this close to the end.
Day29: Still feeling a bit sluggish, but I tied on the shoes and powered through Level 2. Only 1 day left!
Day30: Success! Exercise didn't kill me after all!