30 Day Shred, aka Training For the Zombie Apocalypse

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Been absent from this thread for a few days. Lots going on.

Welcome to the new Shredders! Sounds like you all are doing great!

I started Level 3 today. A lot of these moves I find easier than level 2, however......those jumping lunges?!? I don't do jumping lunges, NO, NO, NO!!! I did regular ones instead.

Over the weekend, I have done lots of reading about nutrition, calories, BMR, TDEE.....blah, blah, blah. I have been eating way more carbs than I usually do because I'm working out so much, forgetting the fact that an Atkins-style diet ALWAYS works the best for my metabolism. So I've tweaked my diet yet again and today started the induction phace of Atkins. Consequently, I will not be stepping on the scale on Friday - I'm afraid to look at the number. I look different, my clothes are fitting differently, but the scale is not budging. I'm already working out over an hour every day and I refuse to do any more than that. Losing weight shouldn't be this hard. I can't tell you all how discouraged I am right now.
Formerly misspam.
Joined: Feb. 2008

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. - W. C. Fields
SC, losing weight for me is VERY hard. I would be happy with a 10 lb weight loss. I drastically cut my food intake, exercise, drink water, I get nothing. Its very difficult to motivate under these conditions. I know I've been sticking to working out for 2 weeks, but then I feel bloated and its like, how is this possible.

I never drink soda, never eat fast food, I don't eat fried food, or chips, etc. Its very frustrating. I understand.

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Okay, 2nd day of level 2, day 15 of Shred.

My pants fit better today. I still feel like a moose, a smaller moose, but still a moose. I wish I had better confidence to not be so angry at my shape. But I'd still like to focus on getting IN shape.

I made it through without breaks this time, but definitely did low impact. What is with her plank things in 2? This lady is crazy.

Yes, and her obsession with lunges is like, no. My knees do not appreciate lunges. We don't do them well.

Day 2 down. By day 5 level 2 will be easy, right? Riight.

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I didn't work out yesterday at all and looking back I feel like I should have and just used excuses (being out most of the day, Dr.'s appt early so I already had my shower and didn't want to get sweaty...see, excuses. ).

Do you guys ever have days when you just feel like the wind is totally out of your sails, even when you try? Today feels like that for me. I couldn't face Jillian, but I did get on the treadmill and at least got a walk in. I just couldn't seem to get going, so frustrating.

Weighing in at the Dr's yesterday was no fun. In the last few years since losing my large amount of weight I was quite proud of myself when I'd get weighed because it reminded me that hey, I did it! Yesterday stank. Inching back up frightens me. I can't be that miserably large, puffy, and uncomfortable person again.

We might not be seeing a change in the number on the scale, but it's good to remember that we are getting our insides healthier and in the long run for many years of enjoying life, that's what is important.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I just bought the DVD last night and started it today. Level 1 wasn't bad. I read on amazon that people are suggesting you measure yourself before and at the end instead of relying on the scale. Since you will be adding muscle, the scale won't show your results as well. I have been trying to do 30 minutes on the rowing machine 4 days a week as well as weight training. I still have energy and feel like I should head to the gym to get that in as well. I am seeing changes in my body since starting the rower.


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Maybe I spoke too soon! Fridays are my normal weigh-in day. I know I said I wouldn't be weighing today, but the more I thought about it, I finally decided to not be afraid of the stupid scale. The number this morning was 140.4, which means I have lost over 1.5 lbs in a week!!! To say I'm happy is an understatement!

What I've been doing differently this past week:

I have upped my daily calorie intake by 300-400 calories
I didn't do my afternoon workouts on Wednesday or Thursday
I began Atkins Induction Phase on Wednesday

From all my reading that I referenced in my previous post, I was basically starving my body by not even giving it the minimum number of daily calories it needs and putting it into further deficit by burning anywhere from 200-500 calories/day from my exercise. I'm hoping I'm on to something here. I am extremely happy because I actually get to stuff my face every day. In fact, most days I have to struggle to eat ENOUGH calories. I can provide the links I have been reading, including online calculators to help you figure out how many calories you should be consuming, if you all are interested.

I have quit using WebMD as my source for logging food and exercise and have moved to both SparkPeople and MFP. Both of those are a wealth of information and support through their forums, which is where I stumbled onto the concept of eating more to weigh less, or EMTWL. From a purely scientific standpoint it makes perfect sense. I was scared to try it though because my weightloss had not budged and it seemed counterintuitive to everything I thought I knew about losing weight. I have been conditioned to eat no more than 1200 calories per day to lose weight, but not only does that not give my body the nutrition and energy it needs to run efficiently, I was freaking hungry all. day. long.

Keeping my fingers crossed that I have unlocked the secret to dropping these stubborn pounds!
Formerly misspam.
Joined: Feb. 2008

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. - W. C. Fields
I feel bloated as all heck. Maybe its the weather, maybe it was the sushi or the wasabi almonds....

Day 3 of level 2. I'm at least making it through it. Low impact as it is.

Although I cannot do that pendulum lunge. My knees are killing me. I do the arms, with a squat.


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I did it today, still at level 1 which who knows if I'll ever get past that only doing it twice a week. I'm ok with that though.

SC, so glad to hear you've been able to figure out why you were at a standstill and see some results!! And amen for not starving now! A few years ago when we started counting calories I was miserable. It was a good experience because it made me more aware of what I was eating, but I felt hungry all the damn time and when I'd cook a meal and have to figure the calories for each ingredient then break it down to serving size....oh. my. heck. I hated it. It made cooking not so fun, which I normally love.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I've been reading this thread for a while and finally decided to join you ladies!

On Thursday I purchased Jillians 30 Day Shred and her newer DVD called Kick Boxing Fast Fix. I did the kick boxing 2 days in a row and it was fun but hard! Even my sister ( she is a cheerleader, fit and lean) was working up a sweat and tired at the end.

Unfortunately, I started my period today and my cramps are killing me so I didn't do anything. I plan to start the 30DS when I'm done with my period. I don't want to be sore and have cramps and bloating on top of it.
Ugh I feel so bad. I didn't shred all weekend. I feel like I could turn into a lump in these 2 days. Like I've undone all I've worked out in 2 weeks in these 2 lazy days! Ahhhh!

At least I didn't eat out this weekend.



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Apparently I'm a little crazy. My guilt caused me to do sit ups, squats, weighted arm raises, and push ups, while I watched True Blood.

I'm beginning to see results so I'm afraid to stop at this point.

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I've decided to start this on Tuesday night. Since I have Wednesday off, if I'm sore it won't be as bad.
Started my week off right by doing the shred. I was sore from doing yard work yesterday so I had to be a little careful because I think I pulled something in my arm yesterday. I got through it though! I'm still shocked every time.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
See, I think what's happening is Jillian has gotten inside our heads and is now controlling us! It's how she plans to take over the world.

I was so freaking exhausted this morning that I didn't do a workout. As soon as I post this, I will get my butt downstairs and let Jillian torture me even further...
Formerly misspam.
Joined: Feb. 2008

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water. - W. C. Fields
I made sure I did it the whole first week. Even on days 2 and 3 when I was so sore I could barely walk. I figure if I could make it through that, I better be able to make it through the rest!

At least I'm making it through. Some parts I stick with the low impact. When she does those pendulum lunges, I can not. I do squats with arm raises. But I at least keep going.

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My first weight in was today and I didn't even lose a single pound. I have to get some weight off by my vaca at the end of aug.
First day of the 30DS complete!!!

I did level 1. The only thing that was horrible was the push-up. OMG, my arms are weak. It was kind of embarrassing how much trouble I was having. I did the "modified" push ups the whole time and even those were super tough. I hope I see improvement within the next 30 days.
Oh please I'm at like day 17 and I still do modified push ups!

Today wasn't the best workout. I may have 'phoned it in' a little

But the point is I did it even though I really didn't feel up to it. And I sweat.

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Today I did pilates and boy did the stretching feel good.

I am pretty sure the rest of the week is shot exercise wise because Mr. Spring took off work until next Monday and we've got the great garage clean out 2012 planned which includes painting...if we can ever get all the crap out and actually find the walls.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
Oh please I'm at like day 17 and I still do modified push ups!

Today wasn't the best workout. I may have 'phoned it in' a little

But the point is I did it even though I really didn't feel up to it. And I sweat.

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Originally Posted by iroc
I just really had no clue that I am that weak. Jillian brought me back to reality that's for sure! Are you seeing improvement with the ease and number you are able to do?

Great job on pushing through it. I'm going to remember you on the day I feel like slacling off!

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