***Again, I have been super lazy and this should have been posted waaaaaaaay back in October. This has actually been written for the most part since then, but I just kept forgetting to upload it (my old apartment didn't have internet).
I have attempted in the past to complete the 30 day Shred in it's entirety, but I have always come up short. I go for a few days straight, but then I miss a day and my good intentions are out the window. So I added Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred to my list of 30 before 30.
I of course had seen Jillian on the Biggest Loser, but it was when I saw this post from one of my favorite bloggers that I wanted to purchase the DVD and see what it was all about. I bought my DVD copy at Wal-mart (I think it's $9), but I have seen it at Target as well (follow the link above to get it from Amazon).
So here is my 30 day run down of what happened when I decided to tackle...the Shred.
Day 1-Not so bad. I say not so bad because I kinda cheated a few times. OK…so I cheated a lot. Who does she think she is making me push myself? She’s not my Mom. Well, OK. I bought the DVD because she is known as “TV’s Toughest Trainer” (which she repeats several times-I get it, your tough!) and I wanted her to push me. But while your are grunting and doing crunches you are just like leave me alone Witch!
I am already sore…time to take a shower and get on with my day. BTW, who in there right mind gets up early on their day off to workout with the Shred at 8 am?! Apparently me.
Day 2-During the cardio jump rope and sections I have to hold my boobs down so they won’t fly up and cause a black eye. Note to self: Get better sports bra.
Day 3-I brought the DVD over to my sisters house and convinced her to do the workout with me. My nephew started to make fun of us for doing a workout video, so instead of him laughing at us when we had sweat dripping down our faces I bet him $5 that he wouldn’t be able to finish the entire DVD with us. He took the bet and started the workout. Bet a kid $5 and you could get him to do anything, I wouldn’t take a $5 bet anymore. Kids are cheap. He made it through the entire DVD without stopping, although he almost did once and I had to remind him that he was doing this for money. Day three complete!
Day 4-I had the bright idea to go for a 3 mile run before popping the DVD. Smart. Smart. Smart. Not. Not. Not. So tired, must go to sleep now.
Day 5-My friend Kali invited me to the Pearland Crossfit tonight to do bootcamp with her. I have heard things about Crossfit and wasn’t sure I wanted to go, but she convinced me that I am very active now so this should be a piece of cake for me. Yeah right, Crossfit is hard! We had to do as many sets as possible in 12 minutes of 5 pushups, 10 sit ups, and 15 squats. I couldn’t wait to be done, so you can imagine when I got home to do my dvd I was not feeling it. I did it though. Crossfit Bootcamp + Plus 30 Day Shred. Who’s tough? This girl!
Day 6-I am so sore today from yesterday’s bootcamp. Even squatting to pee hurts so doing lunges and jumping jacks did not make for a fun time today. I am getting stronger every day though.
Day 7-Today I noticed that my arms do not jiggle as much as they used to…they still jiggle though so let’s keep pushing on! Or as a song goes from my favorite musical (The Great American Trailer Park Musical) goes "I am going to make like a nail, and press on.”
Day 8-I ran 8.69 miles today so needless to say that my knees were not happy when popped in the DVD for tonight’s workout.
Day 9-"I can do this, I got this. I can do this, I got this." That's my new mantra. What do you think?
Day 10-Last day on Level One! I keep trying to convince myself that I should enjoy this workout, as it is my last one on this level…but I can’t seem to care. I am so over this level.
Day 11-First day of Level Two! I think I am ready, bring it on. **30 minutes later-What was I thinking, can I please go back to level one? Please! Who ever heard of a plank jack?
Day 12-I. Absolutely. Do. Not. Like. Level. Two. Of. The. Shred. Level Two is not my friend.
Day 13-I sweat a lot during this level. Sweat dripping down into my eyes makes it hard to see when doing high kicks. Jabba better watch out, it’s hard to hear a meow over all of the grunting and screaming that I do in this level.
Day 14-Almost halfway through. Keep pushing!
Day 15-Ran my fastest time ever in a 5K…and shaved off 58 seconds. I know it is because of the Shred. Today’s workout was extra special once I realized it. Push it!
Day 16-Level 2 is still not my friend. Planks jacks are not my friend either. On that note, neither are butt kicks.
Day 17-I did this tonight at 11:30 pm. I fell asleep on the couch and woke up with a start thinking it was past midnight. Luckily it wasn't and I was able to finish. That would have sucked to have to start all over.
Day 18-Sweat in my eyes! Sweat in my eyes!
Day 19-Exhaustion and hunger to the max! Why am I so hungry? All this working out and running makes me hungry. Running at 5 am, then the Shred at night? I am oh so tired.
Day 20-Level 2 is done! Peace out!
Day 21- OK wait. Level 3 includes punches, butt kicks, and jumping jacks with WEIGHTS? No one warned me about that fact! You should be ashamed!
Day 22- Level 3, Day 2. I am tired. Can’t hold up my arms to type from all the plank moves. Check back tomorrow, maybe I will have a witty response.
Day 23-Level 3 has knee circles in the warmup, I really missed knee circles. Great job Jillian for bringing them back!
Day 24-I think Jabba thinks that I am a bridge that he can lay under when I do a plank move. He doesn’t understand that I am about to collapse from the muscle strain!
Day 25-Ran 4 miles right after work, came home and did this DVD. I rock!
Day 26- I kind of like doing the sumo squats and jump squats. My thighs are burning though!
Day 27-The sit ups on this level will be the death of me! I have yet to complete a ‘real’ one without using my feet and arms to gain momentum.
Day 28-Did you hear that I did a keg stand? Well, did you know that I did my first keg stand about 20 minutes before doing day 28 of the 30 Day Shred? Committed!
Day 29-One more day. One more day. One more day.
Day 30-I finished! There is no feeling like when you know you have just completed an entire month of working out and can see a visible difference. There is also no feeling like the one when you know you don't have to do something anymore. Yay!
Final thoughts: I loved the Shred. I didn't take measurements or weigh myself before/after but I know I lost weight and absolutely some inches. Try it!