My attempt at the much talked about 30 Day Shred is now complete, I have to admit that it took more like 45 days, but with a toddler, working from home and all the other distractions a young family can throw at you I found it near impossible to do on a daily basis.
However, that said, I am extremely proud of myself. For the first time in my life I exercised at least 5 times a week, getting up early to do so. I am really happy that I finished it and although I didn’t lose as much weight as I would have liked, I think the results have definitely been worth all the sweat, tears and foul language emanating from my body each morning.
I can’t lie, Level 3 is a bitch, actually scrub that. Level 2 is a bitch, Level 3 is an evil, sadistic bitch. Lots of plank work, loads of jumping (I believe the technical term is biometrics?) with some full-on proper sit-ups included just in case you were getting complacent.
I upped my weights to 2 kilos after the second day because there isn’t so much upper body work with this level as there are with the other two; or rather most of the upper body is exercised via plank work. There were some things I couldn’t do – full sit-ups for one, I don’t have a strong enough back, and some things I refused to do – rock star jumps just looked like they would knacker up my knees landing on a hard tiled floor so I replaced them with abdominal twisty jumps (can’t remember the proper name for them).
I’ve since taken a week off, both from exercising and dieting. Mainly because I had a cold and Aunt Flo was in town, but also because I felt like I had stalled with the weight loss. But, I have ordered another one of Jillian Michaels’ DVDs, this time I shall be attempting Ripped in 30. It’s slightly longer at 25 minutes instead of 20 minutes, but I know that it is still doable on a daily basis as opposed to trying to find the 45 minutes that most other exercise DVDs seem to be.
Anyway, enough waffling and on to the numbers:
|30 Day Shred|
|Start||Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Change|
|Weight (kilos)||73.9||72.1||71||70.4||minus 3.5 (approx 7lbs)|
|Left Arm||13.5||13||12.5||12||minus 1.5|
|Right Arms||13.5||13||12.5||12||minus 1.5|
|Left Thigh||25.5||25||24.5||24||minus 1.5|
|Right Thigh||25.5||25||24.5||24||minus 1.5|
|Left Calf||15.5||15||14.75||14.75||minus 0.75|
|Right Calf||15.5||15||14.75||14.75||minus 0.75|
|Total Inch Loss = 20|
As you can see there has been a significant loss of inches all over my body and I can start to see some muscle definition creep in, although I suspect I am a long way from a six pack just yet. My arms are noticeable slimmer and my stomach is flatter. I lost around half a stone during the time doing the 30 day shred, I probably could have lost more but I wanted to find a compromise with my diet that allowed me to still eat (and drink) well at the weekend.
Hopefully the Ripped in 30 DVD will help me to lose another half a stone and get more toned in time for spring. Wish me luck.