The 30 Day Shred: Getting Shreddy With It

It’s been exactly a month since I posted that I was starting the 30 Day Shred program. As with all exercise programs, I did really well at the beginning.

Check out my little progress chart where I kept track of when I exercised and which program I did for the day. I kicked some major Shred butt at first. I mean, the day I started I had a full-on asthma attack and had to sneak (gasping) into my son’s room to borrow his inhaler… but that didn’t stop me!

shred workout progressMy slope into a downfall began when I started the third workout program. Yes, the beginning days of Shred #1 and Shred #2 were hard. But the beginning days of Shred #3 were pretty much impossible for me.

Once I moved on to the third workout, my knees started really hurting and I’m not really a fragile knee kind of girl. I tried to get over it and took a little break after each workout, but there were just some exercises that I just could not do.

Specifically one where you start standing up and somehow throw yourself onto the floor, do a weird ab crunch and then catapult yourself back up into a standing position.

Um… no.

When I attempted the same move I ended up doing this pathetic old lady move where I slowly lowered myself to the ground while clutching our coffee table ottoman for dear life. Once I reached the floor I’d splay my body out to do an awesome crunch and then roll to my knees and end up falling over when trying to stand back up.

So sexy. And such an effective exercise.

After the first couple tries at Shred #3, I decided to substitute some of the moves from previous exercises so that I wasn’t just stopping and staring at the TV with my hands on my hips. That kind of worked, but I still felt like I was kind of half-assing my workout.

So I decided to give up on Shred #3 and return to Shred #1 and just increase the weight of my hand weights. This change worked out wonderfully, until my kid decided to sabotage my exercise plan.

After months of going straight to sleep when I lay him down at 8:00, Jack suddenly decided that it would be more fun to fight me on bedtime. After battling him for an hour or so, I no longer had the energy to workout and would pretty much climb in bed at 9:00 fully defeated.

So I fell off the wagon and haven’t hopped back on yet.

The good news is that I really like the 30 Day Shred and I feel like it was an effective and convenient exercise program for me to follow. Through a combination of the Shred workout and keeping my diet in check (I use an app called MyFitnessPal to keep track of my caloric intake) I lost 5 pounds and have kept it off for a couple weeks now. Well, sometimes the scale says I only lost 4 pounds but I think it’s just jealous.

I’m planning to get back in the groove on Friday and start again with Shred workout #1 and my heavier weights again. Actually, I’m doing The Color Run on Saturday morning, so it’s possible I might not start Shredding again until Sunday night.

It might take a couple more days to start, but I can assure you that I WILL start again. I figure if I can just rotate between the first two Shred workouts I’ll be a happy camper. And hopefully lose some more weight too.

Of course I’ll keep you posted on my progress but no promises on whether anyone EVER sees my before pictures!

How about you – have you done an exercise program where the instructor did something crazy and you just sat there and yelled at the TV?

One time I took a Step class that was so hard that I just started shaking my butt and flailing my arms randomly halfway through… only to be caught when the entire class did some fancy move where they were all suddenly facing the back of the class.

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I’m Shredding


No, not shedding. Although I do lose a surprising amount of hair sometimes. I’m attempting to do Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.

Part of me doesn’t want to talk about this.  In the past if I’ve ever talked about doing some form of exercise I’d immediately quit. Weird how that happens. It’s like I get too excited so my brain decides that I should just stop all of that so that I didn’t have to get my hopes up and then fail.

I’m doing it though and I really, really want to stick with it. So I’m telling you guys because I need to succeed this time. I’m not going to wake up one morning and magically be Joules from 10 years ago. Nothing is going to get better if I continue to be a lazy butt.

So, I started the Shred.

What inspired me this time? Was it the fact that the weather is finally warming up and I get to play that game of “do I fit in last year’s clothes” when I unpack my old shorts? Or that my kid is mimicking every single thing I do and I don’t want him to learn my bad habits?

Okay, well it was a little of those things and also the added nudge that my friend Kari over at A Grace Full Life just did the workout* and looks incredible.

My goal is to do the Shred every day that I can, which means that I’ve done it 4 out of the last 5 days. I don’t think I’m going to be able to do it tonight, because I won’t get home from work until after 9pm. The crazy thing is I WANT to do it tonight, so I’ll see if I can sneak it in before I pass out for the day.

Did you hear that, I WANT to work out?

This is life changing and also the moment that my brain decides that I want to give up. But I won’t give up this time. At least I hope not.

In addition to doing the workout each day, I’m also using a free app I downloaded called MyFitnessPal to track my food intake. I have a calorie goal for the day, but the app is mostly just helping me make better decisions to keep from overeating.

You know what’s REALLY keeping me motivated though?

Lean a little closer… I have a secret…

I’ve lost 3 pounds.

I can’t believe it and I totally feel like I’ve jinxed myself and when I weigh myself the scale will actually have me gaining 5 pounds.

I HAVE been working hard though and seeing the scale go DOWN for the first time in a long, long time feels so incredibly good. Even with just this tiny change, I am starting to feel better about myself. Which is pretty much the reason that I am going to force myself to stick with this plan for the entire 30 days. Maybe even longer.

And yes, I took “before” pictures. They’re terrible and I had to work to keep myself from crying when I stared at them on my phone. They’re motivation though and if I ever feel like skipping a workout, I can just click open my photos and remind myself why I’m doing this.

I don’t know if I’ll be brave enough to share those pictures with you. I guess we’ll just have to see how far I come…


*I have a different version of Shred DVD than Kari though, because mine has four workouts instead of three. There are also different workout helpers in my version, but still one is a total badass and one is my friend who does the modified exercises.

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