Friday, March 1, 2013

30 Day Shred - Level 3

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 
Waist 35 34.25 33 32 minus 3
Belly 40 37 36 35.5 minus 4.5
Arse 43.5 43 42 42 minus 1.5 
Hips  42 40.25 40.25 39.5 minus 2.5
Bust 38 38 37.5 37 minus 1.0
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.