Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Getting Shredded!!

Jillian Michaels - 30 Day ShredYES!  I just completed Day 1, Level 3 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and all I have to say is HELLS YEAH! Okay, yes, it kicked my ass, I was getting winded, couldn't do all of the moves full out, and had to drop down to a lower weight dumbbell but I worked through it and feel strong.

I weighed in and took my measurements before I started today's workout.  My weight is still fluctuating at around the same as when I started but I think that makes sense since I'm adding muscle.  You know how I know I'm adding muscle?  My measurements are changing.  And I feel stronger.  I really keep second guessing my measurements, though, because not all of them have changed and I'm so excited that some of them are getting smaller, I keep thinking that they must wrong.  Unfortunately, I didn't think to start journaling my progress in pictures until the start of Level 2, so there's only a 10 day span between shots right now.  Even in that short amount of time, though, I can see a bit of a difference.  When it's all over, I *might* share the before/after pictures.

In Level 3, Jillian really ups the ante by including weights in the cardio and adding even more plyo (jump) training.  Like I said, I had to drop down the dumbbell weight on some of the moves, but that's okay because it allowed me to work through them.  The plyo has been an issue for my knees (doing jumps on a hard surface like laminate over concrete isn't the best plan).  During Level 2, I did as much of the jumping as I could on carpet and that seemed to help.  I have an older yoga mat that I might pull out and try using instead (I'm afraid it might move, though).  

With only 10 days to go, I've started thinking about what I'm going to do next.  Don't get me wrong, this is hard and isn't necessarily the most fun part of my day, but doing it every day have gotten me into a routine.  And I like it.  It's making me healthy and feeling strong; I also feel more energized and motivated after working out.  I'm thinking about checking out something similar like Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30.  Or I might try a work out I used a few years back but didn't really stick with: Budokon.  Or someone mentioned this P90X thing to me.  Hmmmm....


Della said...

I bet Jillian is tough! I loved her on Biggest Loser. She could be so brutal, but it does work.

I'm afraid she would really kill me. I'm wanting the old 90's Cher Fitness. It's a great workout, but I know when I start again, it will kill me, too. But I do love the pace of it, and it does make me so much stronger...and lean.

We have laminate over concrete, too :(
It's durable, though :) haha

I wanna see your before and afters :D

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Jillian is so hardcore! I've never tried any of her workouts because she scares the crap out of me. Ha ha.

I think if you've gone this far, you should try P90X. Go big or go home, right?

Unknown said...

Great job! I did all 30 days last year and loved the results! I have had a baby since then, and just started again yesterday. I love Jillian's workouts because they are so "no-nonsense" and do such great things in 20 minutes!