Starting the Shred

My workouts have been awesomely consistent this month. I have been getting up early and doing workouts with the Kinect. My game of choice has been Your Shape, but on occasion I rock out some dancing with Dance Central 2. Your Shape is great because they provide you with several different workouts to do. There’s everything from a skinny jeans workout program to kick boxing. The game even has workouts from Men and Women’s Health magazine.

There is one thing I’m not a fan of though. When you start a program one day and then switch over to let’s say a strength program the next day, when you go back to your other program you have to start all over again. I’m someone who gets bored with workouts and I also like to switch up my cardio and strength training, so this about the game is frustrating to me.

I will say that doing this the last few weeks has been pretty great though. I’m getting my workouts in and that is all that really matters in the end. I’m more than ready to amp it up though; I just don’t feel like these workouts are quite cutting it. Especially when I start over at the beginning constantly, it’s like I’m a “beginner” each time.

So, I’ve decided to take the plunge. I’ve done this workout video before, but never stuck to it. Before I was never up for the challenge, my body wasn’t up for it. But now I am much stronger and way more determined.

My dear readers, I have decided to get my sweat on with:

Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred

Like I said in my previous paragraph, I have done this before. Many times in fact, but I have never made it the full 30 days. I am now challenging myself to do so. I know I am more than capable of doing it; the only thing stopping me is my mind. Which is the case in a lot of the reason I quit half the challenges I put on myself. This time I’m not going to quit, because quitters never win, right?

My plan is to do each level for two weeks, which will include a total of 4 rest days in that two week period. I don’t want to hurt myself with doing this everyday and I don’t even workout everyday as it is. So, I will be taking my usual Thursdays and Sundays off. Yes, this will me it will take more than 30 days, but it will technically still be 30 days of working out. Works for me!

I’m going to do the usual before pictures and stats because I really want to see if this works. I’m sure it does, because I know many people have had awesome success with the video, but I want to see if it is going to work for me. 🙂

I’ll be starting this challenge tomorrow (Monday) and will be sure to give updates along the way. If you have the video, I encourage you to pull it out and give it a try! And if you don’t have the video, give yourself a challenge to workout for 30 days. Do that and you will be amazed how you will want to keep it up. That is one thing I have really noticed since getting more activity in my life as of late. I feel weird if I miss a workout (which has only happened twice since the new year!) and my day is totally off. But be sure to listen to your body too, there are times where it needs a rest day and that’s okay. Just get back at it tomorrow. 🙂

Speaking of working out consistently, I have some tips on how to make it a habit and more fun. I’ll post them later this week, so be sure to check back!

Have you done the 30 Day Shred? If so, how did you handle it and what kind of results did you see?

  • Dominique

    I’m looking forward to reading your experiences with the 30 Day Shred. I’ve had the DVD for a while but have been too intimidated to try it.

  • Ashley

    I am doing the 30 Day Shred right now too. I also have started and stopped it many times – I never made it past Level 1. I am currently on Level 2 doing it every other day like you are. I don’t think it is good to work out your muscles the same way every day – especially that intensely! Enjoy! I can’t wait to hear your successes from it!

  • I have heard good things about Jillian’s 30-day shred. I have also heard how incredibly taxing it is, but that it provides great results. Do you need special exercise equipment? I wouldn’t mind trying it. At this point, I’m up for anything. Good Luck!

  • I’m so up for this challenge! This was exactly what I needed to read today. I have the DVD, but I think I only worked out with it once. That’s it. I noticed just yesterday my cabinet is filled with workout DVDs that I tend to buy & apparently think it’s going to magically transform my body without me actually doing them. 😀 I’m looking forward to your tips this week too!

  • Suzie H

    I did 30 Day Shred when I was about 20 lbs lighter than I am now, but I had to stop after I hurt my knee running. I’d like to start it again, though! Best of luck to you!

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  • I am doing the 30 day shred currently, and have only completed Level 1 …done it for 2 days and found it not very hard.The best part I love about this workout is that is is only 27 minutes long which I can squeeze in my schedule .

  • laura jimenez

    I was looking thru AOL and found your story one think lead to another and you inspire-me to try this 30 day shred, yesterday was my first day im all sore form everywhere but im hoping that today day two i will not quit!!:-( im going to try like you to do each level for two weeks and do what you did. you are truly and inspiration. im trying to inspire my daughter to be active, the only thing she does is read(nothing wrong with that) but she is a little overweight and had many health problems (RA, Sjogren Syndrome and Fybromialgia) exercise is so important for her, but she refuse to do it she said that she is already fat what does it matter, (she gives up even before starting) she is 16 and her weight is already 150 she needs help just cant make her get motivated, any suggestions. im hoping that i can finish the 30 days and she can see the difference. what diet you use ??

  • Congrats on starting the Shred! It is tough, but a great workout!

    To inspire your daughter to be more active, do things that don’t seem like exercise. Bike rides, walks, mini golf, make it fun! And don’t push her because she will just fight back.

    As for my ‘diet’ I follow the Weight Watchers program. I love it because it taught me how to live a healthy lifestyle!