Pour me a glass of chardonnay.
Give me a high-five.
Do a little happy dance.
Serenade me with your favorite celebration song.
I just finished the 30-Day Shred.
Yep. Today was Day 30.
I did ten days on Level 1, ten days on Level 2, and ten days on Level 3 (killer!). I used 5 lb. weights and I gave it my all. My muscles were sore. I sweated a lot. I may have said, "You've got to be kidding me!" a few times.
But I did it.
In case you're curious here's a little Q & A about my experience:
Q. What is the 30-Day Shred?
A. The Shred is an intense DVD workout. It's a 20-minute workout with three circuits. Each circuit consists of three minutes of strength, two minutes of cardio, and one minute of abs. It is hard. It hurts. But, as they say, "no pain, no gain."
Q. Would you recommend the shred to others? What was your overall impression?
A. I'm not typically an exercise DVD person (I prefer running, hiking, swimming, breathing in the fresh outdoor air), but I knew I had to do something and the great outdoors isn't very appealing when it's 105 degrees outside. In that kind of weather, it just feels like you're walking right into an oven (not a good feeling). That said, this DVD is really well-done. It incorporates a lot of "oldie, but goodie" moves: push-ups, jumping jacks, sit-ups, jumprope, lunges, etc. There's no need to learn intricate dance moves and you won't get "lost" with the instructions (you may *WISH* you could spend more time "figuring out" the move instead of just doing it, but no-can-do...). I also like Jillian's personality and her approach. If I were a celebrity, I think I'd hire her as my personal trainer. She's encouraging, but also tough.
Q. Did you lose weight/inches? What were your "results"?
A. I have to admit that I'm a bit disappointed in the weight loss category. I probably lost 3 pounds total. I should have taken my "before and after" measurements, but I didn't. I do feel strong and healthy and good, but my clothes aren't falling off of me either.
I recently read something interesting over at Steph's blog - Confessions of A Breastfeeding Mother. In that post, she wrote, "I always keep on extra padding all over when I'm still breastfeeding. Especially in my arms and face. And then it's like right when they wean I finally lose those final clinging pounds." Sounds super familiar. I really didn't start "shredding" the pounds off after I had my first baby until I weaned her. Maybe our bodies just want to retain a little "extra" while we are sustaining another life. I'm okay with that.
Q. What are you going to do now that the 30 days is up?
A. The shred was a fantastic experience and I'm glad I did it, but I think I'm ready for something new. I plan to train for a 5K as soon as the weather cools down to a tame 90 degrees! Ha! In the meantime, I think I'll try working out with kettlebells (has anyone tried that?).
And there's always, my "back-up" workout:
I could do these kind of "arm lifts" all day long.