JILLIAN MICHAELS (Shred/Ripped and all the rest) Part 3: Bringing our A-game [cheesy smile]

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Here is a new thread for Jillian Michael devotees!

Whatever JM DVD you are doing, come and check in here...
Any Insanity and Turbofire lurkers, come and join too!

Hello to all from the old thread and big welcome to anyone new, come and join us smile

Greedygirl Mon 13-Aug-12 22:06:24

Thanks for the new thread threesteps. I love Miranda!

Well. Just wrote a rambling post for last thread which was then declined as got to one thousand posts so I will try and be more brief! In a nutshell I said;

Yes it definitely gets more easy as you get stronger. I can now give my 4 yo ds piggybacks on long walks, no sweat. He is solid and previously it hurt my back and arms.

To the kind person who offered to be virtuous with me - yes let's do it! I am giving up booze in September to try and avoid some calories (and a hangover like the one I had yesterday!)

I started RI30 today smile, 29 days till I am ripped!

3monkeys Mon 13-Aug-12 22:43:19

Having finally seen some improvement after 4 weeks of shredding, am going away for 10 days tomorrow. So will probably come back bigger than I started!! What should I do next - ripped or something else? Need a change when I get back

SoftKittyWarmKitty Mon 13-Aug-12 23:18:47

Thanks for the new thread. I got completely sidetracked by the Olympics the last two weeks and only shredded twice the whole time. Getting back on track now - decided to start at the beginning with L1 for a day or so before moving onto L2. L3 doesn't work on my DVD - not sure if it's the player or the DVD itself - it jumps and freezes so that's no good. I may have to buy it again so I can do L3. Very annoying.

What size weights is everyone using? I use 1.5kg and they feel a bit light during some of the exercises but the next size up I have is 3kg and they're too heavy.

notyummy Tue 14-Aug-12 08:33:47

Thanks Threesteps!

Softkitty- why don't you just use different weights for different exercises? Put them within easy reach and then quickly swap over. You are right- one weight is not usually challenging enough so this is a good way of getting round it. Most people can probably do a squat and press with more than 1.5kg- but equally a fair few will struggle squat and v raises even at a lower weight.

Dh has very rudely gone away with work and taken the laptop. Because I got my Insanity workouts via a friend copying them, they can only be played on a computer. Therefore it is back to Jillian for me until he is back. I thought I would try something quite tough and see if the Insanity has toughened me up! L3 and L4 of Ripped this morning it is then.

fretfree Tue 14-Aug-12 08:49:47

Great - found the new thread smile.

Day 4 of 30DS this morning. Not sure that it feels easier yet, but I don't think it feels harder IFKWIM.

I did weigh myself this morning, but have decided that it is not a good idea as my weight fluctuates so much (breastfeeding / expressing and not dieting). Greedygirl - I'm alcohol free but don't know if that would work for support as it has been about 16 months now for me, and I have vowed no alcohol until I reach my target weight (12 kg less). To be honest, the fitness and firmness is more important than the weight. I'm just worried that I can't fit back into any work clothes yet!

fretfree Tue 14-Aug-12 09:06:48

Softkitty (love the big bang reference smile) - I'm only using 1 kg for the moment. Mostly ok, but I still struggle on the front raises with the side lunges in the third set of L1 30DS. Good idea about different weights for different exercises though.

gypsyfloss Tue 14-Aug-12 09:37:15

Morning all. I do the weight swapping thing - often mid exercise. I start with the the heavier one and then when I really can't do anymore I drop down . Each time I find I can do more reps at the heavier weight.

I'm back Shredding until I decided what I want to do next exercise wise. I'm all 6w6packed out ATM ; at least this gets me back into daily exercise without having to think too much about it. It doesn't quite cut the mustard on my abs anymore though. I need to have a mooch around YouTube to check out NMTZ and BFBM I suppose. I'll also like the sound of Turbofire but not the cost nor am I convinced that I would stick to it tbh .

Hope everyone has a good day smile

Glad people have found the new thread smile

Gypsyfloss, if you're looking for something that targets abs, turbofire might not be the best. She does a lot of 'crunches' while you're rushing about on your feet, but they seem to target the sides of the abs rather than the front. (She does have a core DVD though too). You are right it is v £££ and only worth the money if you know you are going to go the distance with it.

Having said that... I'm not really following the schedule they devised, and am picking and choosing my favourite workouts <naughty>!

NMTZ is good for abs, but no cardio in there.

Great idea to get yourself a selection of weights Softkitty so you can chop and change throughout a workout as you need to. I think the heaviest combination I can use is 5.5 kg, and the lightest 1.5 kg. We have a cheap sports shop in our shopping precinct that sells weights of odd combinations at odd times!

Marking place as I plan to start shred in a couple of days

sweetkitty Tue 14-Aug-12 14:07:25

Hello everyone can I join?

Am on Day 2 of 30DS and am in pain grin am an exercise phobic, my BMI is about 22 so I'm not overweight but the weight has starting to creep upwards and I am definitely wobbly so trying to tone up. Plus get more energy so looking at eating less junk. My problem areas are my hips and bum, so out of proportion with the rest of me.

Haven't got any weights apart from DPs huge ones, going to get ome at the weekends been using bean cans blush

notyummy Tue 14-Aug-12 14:11:46

Hi Sweetkitty. Pain at that stage is not surprising at all. Dont stop though! It does get easier and once you get started the aches and pains go away after the first 5 minutes - although sometimes when you struggle to get out of bed you think 'how I am supposed to squats with muscles like these?' grin

Greedygirl Tue 14-Aug-12 18:24:29

Day 2 of ripped completed today. After a couple of weeks of mainly running, my muscles are aching, had to really steel myself to do it this morning! Must send off for the DVD, only got level 1 recorded off the tv.

Fretfree - I really didn't mind being alcohol free when I was preggers/bfing so I am hoping that a month will be relatively straight forward. How do you find it?

Not yummy - how did you find your JM workouts after insanity?

Well I am shattered after a day of looking after my friends 2 ds' alongside my ds, am pooped! Hope you are all ok.

Greedygirl Tue 14-Aug-12 18:25:33

Sweet kitty - yes keep going, it gets better!

fretfree Tue 14-Aug-12 18:33:06

Greedygirl - not a problem really. Going totally without is definitely easier for me that just say having a glass once or twice a week. I do drink non-alcoholic beer - based in Switzerland and there is one called Buckler that is really nice. Very hoppy. But as barley is good for milk production I'm quids in!!

Gottalovecosta Tue 14-Aug-12 18:56:52

I'm day 12 of 30DS. Also doing slimming world. I've stuck to the plan this week and only lost 1lb, yet I feel I've lost inches as my top which was once tight is now baggy? Have to admit to being dissapointed with small weight loss but my sister said you can actually retain weight as you gain in your muscles but lose inches from your body, is this right? Might have to invest in a tape measure!

ihatethecold Tue 14-Aug-12 19:01:19

Gottalovecosta. The same thing has happened to me. Have lost 2lbs in 2 months but deffo lost inches everywhere. Can really see a difference.
Have been using mfp and logging all calories. I would have thought I'd have lost more weight but hey ho ! angryconfused

Hello everyonesmile
Thanks for the new thread Threesteps
Today is day 13 of 30DS for me and my arms are so much stronger (actual visible muscle) and my abs are solid although under a layer of flab that doesn't seem to want to budge no matter how hard I trysad

Am thinking about getting ripped in 30! is it any good?

xelliex Tue 14-Aug-12 19:18:30

Hi, I'm on day 17 of 30DS, day 11 of doing L2. I don't think I'm ready to move up to L3 yet as I'm only just managing to do it using 2.3kg weights - although I started out using tins so maybe that's not so bad!

I've ordered no more trouble zones as I heard there was no cardio in it so hope it's easier on my knees? I've not been shredding daily but hope it's still having some effect...

ILoveLemonCurd Tue 14-Aug-12 19:53:33

Ooh I've found you all grin

Greedy girl, it was me wanting to be virtuous, I so want to lose this last half stone! DS is 17 months now and I lost 1.5 stone in the first year after his birth and nothing since. I am stuck. No alcohol in September is good. I'll reorder Ripped and get started on that too. Just a two week holiday in France to put on some weight then the new me will arrive. Jessica Ennis will be sooooooo jealous of my abs hmm!

Bad start today, couldn't find any time to do Jillian, but tomorrow is another day!

Evening everyone and welcome to new peeps on the thread smile

Greedygirl, that's a bugger about L3 and Ripped! Might be worth checking ebay too to see if someone is selling?

Re the drinking, I've been pretty much t-total since last November for various reasons, give or take a few occasions like my birthday! From my experience, I think you'll find one month very do-able. And when you tot up the calories in a bottle of wine say (am I right in thinking about 800 cals?), you'll defo lose weight too, and save money, it's all good! You may even want to extend it once you get to the end of the month!

Alcohol free beer like fretfree said, is nice (becks blue, not quite zero alcohol but close, and Bavaria, which is zero). Low-alcohol wine tends to be a bit bleugh I find...

Re the weight loss / inch loss, I think loads of people have found they haven't lost that much on the scales, but have visibly reduced in size. Lean muscle weighs more than fat so that could for the small weight loss? I think as long as the measurements are going down, and you're feeling good,
it's all good news smile

I did a Turbofire 45 today. Wow, basically! I'd done it before but knew the moves better this time around and I was a puddle on the floor by the end, it's just so fast...and busy!! I really couldn't recommend a better cardio workout, it's just such a pity it's so bloomin' expensive.

Doing a HIIT 20 tomorrow.

Hope everyone's doing well...

GeekLove Tue 14-Aug-12 20:44:29

Hi! I've been shredding on and off since ds2 was born last year. I am also on the MFP thread but am more a lurker.
Food wise I am not dieting but am using MFP to pay attention to snacking and the like and am aiming to reduce sugar and increase protien.
I aim to do shred 4-5 times a week and have kept this up since July.
No had a weight loss AF is visiting now but definately feeling stronger. I am up to 5kg for some of the exercises but drop down to 3kg when I can't go any further?

Anybody find they feel weaker when on your period? This is only my 3rd cycle but it seems to take it out of my system more these days.

Invisible, Ripped is a great workout. Similar format to Shred. Level 1 is quite easy but don't let that fool you, Levels 2, 3 and 4 are quite tough! I like it better than Shred because there is one more strength exercise in each section than the Shred, so shorter time on 3 different exercises, rather than what feels like neverending time on 2 exercises in Shred.

Be prepared though, Jillian is very SHOUTY in Ripped!! She's gone more 'bad cop' in her recent DVDs I think. They must have had endless management meetings and decided her shoutyness should be her USP grin

That's excellent Geek!! And yes, definitely, I always feel very under par exercising when I'm on. I always use it as a valid reason to phone it in!

chocolateshoes Tue 14-Aug-12 20:56:40

have been away for a month so no Jillian!!! eeek. have done Ripped every day since I've been back & found it sooo hard. Before I went away I was often doing RippedL4 back to back with Shred3 plus some NMTZ core. Can't believe that a month with nothing has made it so hard. Arrrggh!

GeekLove Tue 14-Aug-12 21:25:32

I have Shred NMTZ, 6w6p, and BFBM and like to mix it up. I am intrigued by Ripped and Killer buns. Are they more like 30DS or NMTZ for instance?

GeekLove Tue 14-Aug-12 21:33:17

This is the first time I've done Jillian when on AF. I only have 45 mins tops between coming home and an onslaught of boys so sometime i just do three circuits from NMTZ and BFBM. I am aiming for at least 4 times a week but find going away a challenge.

dawnpreview Wed 15-Aug-12 08:46:52

Can I join you?
Just done day 5, level 1 shred. OMG, I think I am going to die!
I am seriously unfit, but I am just about managing to get through it each day.
It is made harder by my 4 year old twins trying to join in and telling me off if I don't do any of the moves right! 'that's not right mummy, you're supposed to do it like this'!

DawnOfTheDee Wed 15-Aug-12 08:50:31

My copy of 30 day shred arrived several days ago. It's sitting there judging me as i haven't taken it out of its wrapper yet. I'm a bit scared of discovering just how unfit i am. Please can someone give me a big boot up the backside and make me do it....

notyummy Wed 15-Aug-12 09:00:57

Keep going Dawn and soo you wont be seriously unfit!

DH has returned with his laptop, so back to Insanity for me this afternoon. Pure cardio and abs. Did Ripped Ls 3 and 4 yesterday. I found the cardio easier (although that has never been the bit of JM stuff that I found hardest.) I found that tricky cardio bit in L4 (circuit 2 I think) much easier - all of Insanity cardio is pretty much at that level for 20 minutes at a time, so unsurprisingly it seems easy in comparison. Most of the strength still felt tough. I think my press-ups have improved (there are a lots of these in Insanity) and i can push them out a lot quicker now - DH commented when we were working out together on Saturday. Not sure I can see any difference on the rest of the strength stuff, apart possibly from jumping lunges. There is a LOT of plyometrics in Insanity so perhaps finally they are not quite such the nemesis to me that they have been in the past!

GeekLove Wed 15-Aug-12 10:18:06

So what is Insanity like compared to JM? I must admit I a interested. The fact it doesn't need weights makes it attractive with respect to travelling.

notyummy Wed 15-Aug-12 11:11:17

Geek - It is tough. The cardio is properly, properly hard. Lots of consecutive exercises back to back that really challenge you (press-ups, burpees; mountain climbers;sprints; jumps squats; moguls; power jumps - like cannon balls in Ripped for those who have done that etc etc.) Most of them are designed as interval training sessions so you do 3/4 minutes and then get a 30 second break and re-start. None of the ones I have done so far have been more than 40 minutes, but I know a couple of the later ones (there three ones I haven't done yet) are 50/60 minutes. That does include quite a bit of stretching though - probably more than 10 minutes of it.

Ooh good new thread!

Haven't posted for ages.
I love NMTZ. I think it is my favourite of all. Although I haven't tried Killer or BFBM
Out of all of them it has made the most difference to my stomach. But it is so long, my whole evening is gone by the time I've done it and then showered! I still can't do all the proper press ups but doing them on my knees still hurts!

I have realised however that, despite purchasing a nifty electronic pelvic toner and using it daily for 6 months, that my pelvic floor is still crap blush.
So I have gone back to my cones. I seem to have lost half of the smaller one grin but since I can't even hold the larger one in with no weight for very long, I think it will be many months till I would need it!

I was 8st 6 and 3/4 this morning, So I have lost just about a stone since March! However I am on holiday for a couple of weeks now and I can't see myself doing a workout at all more than 2 or 3 times, so I will probably be back up to 9st by the end of my hols!

I feel so much better when I've done a workout although I often have to force myself to start it!

notyummy that sounds horrendous! grin

My (lightweight by comparison) Turbofire HIITS have 1 min on and just under 1 min off and I really need that recovery time! I like her HIITs though as the cardio elements change quickly, that and the weird electronic sound effects!

Hi Youvecat!!

I totally agree. I feel really good after a workout, but working myself up to doing it is often more exhausting than the workout itself!

BalloonSlayer Wed 15-Aug-12 12:52:30

Hello! Found the new thread - I just thought the old one had gone a bit quiet . . . hmm

Well done everyone! I am glad to see some new people as I sometimes feel I am the only one struggling with the basics.

Just checking in to report my "diligence"

Shred Level 1 Day 5 completed - 30 points!!
Day 6 completed - 29 points
Day 7 completed - 29 points

And I am now pain-free (woo hoo!) and have dropped back below 9 stone (double woo hoo!) which is probably not due to the Shred as it doesn't make me lose weight (I sneer at the "Lose 20lb in however long" sticker on the front.)

So am pleased with myself.

fretfree Wed 15-Aug-12 13:53:36

Hi all and welcome to the other newbies smile. Day 5 of DS today. I didn't feel tired in my muscles this morning before starting, but now my upper body muscles seem to tire the quickest. Still only on 1kg. Am in awe of those of you bandying around figures like 5kg!

Dawn - I find that it really helps my motivation signing in here each day to update on progress smile

dawnpreview Wed 15-Aug-12 19:03:23

I definitely need motivation, so will be here each day to update smile

xelliex Wed 15-Aug-12 19:10:24

Day 12 L2 30DS, still don't feel ready for L3 yet. Did L1 afterwards with heavier weights to try and push myself a bit as I have no upper body strength!

I caught killer on the fitness channel this afternoon. I tried to do it but I have no co ordination and usually have to watch a dvd first before I can pick up the moves so I was pretty rubbish at it. Was still shaking afterwards though so it might have had some effect.

gypsyfloss Wed 15-Aug-12 20:04:23

Just caught an ad for Body Revolution on the fitness channel which looks just what I need to move on to . More shredding today...it's like an old friend now smile

Greedygirl please have my copy of Ripped. It's just sat here doing nothing and it might as well go to a good home.

sweetkitty Wed 15-Aug-12 20:42:46

Day 3 of DS still in a lot of pain especially my calves. Arms are fine probably as I'm using bean cans still. When does the pain stop?

Anyone tried any Bob Harper?

His ripped core workout is ace.

gypsyfloss Wed 15-Aug-12 22:45:49

Sweetkitty I found at about day 5 it was much better; certainly the groaning when I sat down and the sideways walk down the stairs began to ease by then. Make sure you do all the stretching at the end and drink plenty of water.I know at the moment it's bloody hard but honestly it does get better, much better smile I love Jillian and that's coming from <expression nicked from a poster who's name I can't remember on an old Jillian thread> a complete sports refusenik.

BalloonSlayer Thu 16-Aug-12 09:17:03

Sweetkitty I found Day 5 too!

I shall never forget the crying out in pain when I sat down on the loo in the middle of the night!

Have just done Shred L1 Day 8 - 30 points! < knackered >

If I carry on I should be on Level 2 (my fave) by Sunday.

Now off to have bath and make myself presentable. I have had my hair cut and am really pleased with it but it doesn't tie up properly any more and so after shredding I now look like the Frizz Monster of Doom.

mrssmooth Thu 16-Aug-12 10:04:21

I'm on Day 9 of 30DS and am still enjoying it although getting a tad bored of it now. I've decided I'll do one more day of Level 1, and as I'm doing it 5 out of 7 days, will start Level 2 on Monday. Had a sneaky preview after I finished my workout earlier and ... I'm a bit scared!! Looks much harder so I'm (kind of!) looking forward to going up a level.

Have been wondering about the weights - I've got an extremely old set of hand and ankle weights but the hand weights are very light so I'm thinking of getting some heavier ones. Does anyone have any recommendations?

ILoveLemonCurd Thu 16-Aug-12 11:01:34

Was just about to Shred after a week of NMTZing, and DD just vomited everywhere. Oh god we're on an overnight ferry tomorrow night. All squished into the same cabin. Please don't let this be a bug we'll all get shock

Greedygirl Thu 16-Aug-12 11:24:28

Oh hi, it is so difficult to keep up with you all! Unplanned rest day yesterday but back on track with day 3 of RI30 L1 today.

Ilovelemoncurd - oh no, hopefully just a one off! Sometimes my ds is sick but then no-one else gets it and all is well, they bounce back so quickly so fingers crossed for you. Thank you for offering to join me in being virtuous in September! HAve a lovely holiday.

Gypsyfloss - thank you smile. Very kind of you and saved me £8.

DamnDeDoubtance - I keep hearing about Bob, might try him after ripped.

Quite scared what some of you have said about ripped being a lot harder after level 1 - I am finding level 1 is really making me ache the next day, taking me back to the early days of shred! Gonna treat myself to a massage a the weekend!

gingercat12 Thu 16-Aug-12 13:12:31

Just marking my place. Our holiday is over and I missed Jillian and you very much. Although swimming a lot was fab, too. It means I am not starting all over again.

gypsyfloss Thu 16-Aug-12 15:12:42

Welcome back Gingercat and you're welcome Greedygirl.

Damnde I think notyummy does Bob Harper sometimes (fnar fnar!)

mrssmooth have a look on argos or amazon for weights, or do you have a local sports shop? If you can, and your budget stretches, try and get a selection (say a set of 3) as you'll find you quickly want to move up in weight as you get stronger (maybe ranging from 1 kg to 3 or 4 kg?)

Ginger, welcome back! Glad you had a great time. Ilovelemon, oh no sad. Keeping fingers crossed it's not a lurgy just before your hols...

I did my 15 min HIIT yesterday and have just done my 55 min Turbofire.

Rest day for me as I'm at a wedding tomorrow. Registry office do with a nice lunch afterwards smile. My newly 40 head is putting me in a panic that my dress is not age-appropriate (it's not hot pants or spandex or anything!) - it's really quite nice, bit above knee, a-line-ish with a collar, quite 60s looking, with tights (bare/nude legs never, my legs look like walls sausages). But I've convinced myself I've seen very young things in similar get-up so now fretting <frets>

Have a great rest of day everyone smile

Greedygirl Thu 16-Aug-12 16:53:49

Threesteps - sounds lovely, don't think you need put on a nylon smock just yet! Have a lovely day.

sweetkitty Thu 16-Aug-12 17:15:29

Day 4 level 1 of 30 DS not getting any easier smile stairs still killing me

Big DDs back at school today, DD3 at nursery so loads of rushing about am hoping to fit Jillian in in the afternoons as I'm too knackered in the evenings.

aw thanks greedygirl <puts blue rinse back in the cupboard> Trouble is I rarely dress up so I always struggle with what looks right, as nothing feels right as I'm normally in jeans. I work at home often in my pjs so don't even have to dress up to go to work. When I usually go out, it's always pubs etc, so casual.

Sweetkitty is it your calves that hurt? I can't remember if mine hurt initially, i think it was more my quads.

I'd really recommend doing a longer stretch at the end - I don't think the warm-down our Jillian does after Shred is extensive enough. If you google pilates 10 minute solutions, have a look, she does a really good 10 min stretch which I always use after Jillian'ing (especially Shredding). (The rest of her DVD is good too if you're interested in pilates).

xelliex Thu 16-Aug-12 19:18:54

Day 13 of L2 shred, made myself do L3 afterwards and I'm suffering now!

sweetkitty I struggled with the stairs to start with - it was my knees with me - I found it helped to do alternative cardio moves and have the odd rest day. It got better around the 10 day mark.

ihatethecold Thu 16-Aug-12 20:42:55

Did level 3 of 30ds tonight. Am knackered now. blush
Have been doing mostly ripped in 30 recently but fancied a change.
Still can't do a full press up. Never mind a travelling one!
I really can't do the jumping lunges in L3.
Will have a day off tomorrow cos I'm at work all day. grin

SpringGoddess Fri 17-Aug-12 08:57:08

Am loving ripped in 30 level 2. Jillian is a bit scary in ripped. Managing most of the moves except the push ups, decided to keep working on the basic push up before attempting to lift my leg. Can see muscle development around my shoulders but still no where near doing a proper push up and may be getting a little obsessed with the challenge of trying to achieve it.

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 08:59:42

Today....later 'cos I am being lazy right now...I'm starting Body Revolution. DH kindly treated me to it and then did magic so it's also on my ipad smile I'm just taking it easy right now and reading the instructions whilst I have another cuppa.

BalloonSlayer Fri 17-Aug-12 09:00:43

How hard is ripped in 30 compared to the Shred? < timid >

Did Day 9 Level 1 Shred today - only scored 28 sad

However, I have had chicken and salad for tea three days in a row (yawn) and my stomach has gone so much flatter, 1've lost 2lb, and I can feel the stomach muscles again so pleased overall.

GeekLove Fri 17-Aug-12 09:04:32

At the risk of sounding dumb what is this point scoring system in Shredthat some are quoting?

BalloonSlayer Fri 17-Aug-12 09:15:31

Oh Geek I think it's only me . . . blush I put it on here for my own record.

To motivate myself to actually finish each exercise rather than give up near the end, I give myself one point for each one completed. Each Shred circuit has 4 strengths, 4 cardios and 2 abs, so that's 30 in all. If I can get to 30 I feel very pleased with myself. I think when I first started doing this I only got 24.

It has really helped me do better as I was constantly wimping out of the last few seconds of exercises, now I push myself much harder. Also, I am not sure why, it stops me getting so bored, I think because it has altered my focus.

I need to think of a treat I can award myself for getting, say, ten 30 scores. But I can't think of one, apart from going out for a massive curry which rather defeats the purpose grin

SpringGoddess Fri 17-Aug-12 09:41:58

I think ripped and shred are pretty comparable....I just like the moves and the music better. Also I think the stretching in the shred is pretty awful in that it does not last long enough, and it kills my back. I prefer to stretch for longer in a standing position.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 10:08:30

Ah, now I understand about the points! Good idea geek!

Day 4 of RI30 done, was really, really tempted to phone it in this morning and my DS wittered and whined throughout the whole thing so I didn't really enjoy it but never mind, one more day of level 1 then bring on level 2!

Spring, I find press ups quite hard too, my entire body shakes throughout! I don't like the sound of leg raises on top.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 10:09:46

Sorry, I meant balloonslayer not geek blush x

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 12:13:16

Greedygirl dvd went 1st class this morning so you might even have it tomorrow smile

Off for a dog walk and then I'm going to tackle my first strength session of Revolution.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 13:06:49

Brilliant thanks! Good luck with revolution. Maybe that will keep you motivated through the winter months? If not, you may have to book a winter sun/spa break or similar wink.

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 14:32:12

Oh don't tempt me with holidays. I've already provisionally booked the same place for next year and could easily be tempted away to somewhere hot in the depths of winter.

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 15:59:27

Week 1, Workout 1 of JM's Body Revolution done. Well that was great fun. All very old school basic stuff and quite swift progression through the exercises so the 30 mins flew by. It was interesting to see her work a large mixed group and thankfully ( she could be lulling me into a false sense of security) she's not too shouty nor too touchy feely with the demonstrators. Plenty of correct technique/wrong technique explained, which helps me. I've got super shakey thighs now...I think I'm going to enjoy this smile

MamaBear17 Fri 17-Aug-12 16:16:17

I have just bought the shred and will be starting it tomorrow. I dont have a lot of weight to lose but I am wobbly. Has anyone been in a similar situation and got good results? My hubby is going to do it with me and has a little weight to lose x

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 16:29:09

Welcome ... the shred is great for wobbly bits. I started it in Dec , wanting more tone especially in my thighs & with only a couple of pounds to lose and it did the job.I also used 6week 6 pack pre holiday. Grab your weights and go for it; be prepared to do the walk of doom down the stairs for a few days and to groan when you sit down- other that that it's fantastic.

Can you tell I've been Jillianed today ? ;)

sweetkitty Fri 17-Aug-12 16:29:55

Day 5 30 DS here, my BMI is about 22 but I'm wobbly too, could probably lose half a stone off my hips and thighs I'm so pear shaped.

It's my calves and front of thighs that hurt the most. Probably better than day 2 though.

Greedygirl Fri 17-Aug-12 18:31:56

Mamabear - I think that JM is particularly good for toning wobbly bits! More than for weight loss. I have lost an inch off my waist hips, bum and back since starting about 2 - 3 months ago. Go for it! You will walk like a crab to begin with but it is all part of the fun!

Gypsy - I thought body revolution was a turbo/insanity type thing, will have to check it out, sounds good.

Oh I am knackered, I am actually looking forward to starting work again next week, me and my ds have just bickered like siblings today! Not clever. Anniversary break away tomorrow. Taking gym gear but fully intend to enjoy the food and wine!

gingercat12 Fri 17-Aug-12 19:22:11

Body Revolution is tempting, I agree. Although I have just started BFBM. Quite proud that I could finish it. I cannot stress enough how much I despise cardio. 45 minutes of it is my idea of hell, but now I am full of endorphins. Hope DS goes to bed early...

gypsyfloss Fri 17-Aug-12 19:51:10

Greedygirl I thought it would be more full on than I saw today but in fairness she did stress that she was just warming us up and building up core muscles to start with. I liked the fact that she was very specific about form ie where exactly to put your hands for press-ups and gave 2 modifiers/improvements for each exercise.
I haven't read through all the diet info that came with it, just the workout schedule and I opted for the "easy" start...there's a crash start that involves a.m. strength and p.m. cardio. I thought that might possible kill me today in the heat!
Hope you have an enjoyable break away.

Sweetkitty see it is getting better grin

sweetkitty Fri 17-Aug-12 20:02:56

Mamabear - I'm on Day 5, I'm totally exercise phobic I've done nothing for about 8 years seriously. In my defence I've had 4 babies in that time and suffered bad SPD throughout, I was worried about my pubic bones but they're fine it's the rest of me that's aching, I don't have proper weights yet as DP threw them all out apart from the 4.5kg ones!! I think arms will ache once I stop using bean cans. Stairs will kill you the next day and you'll wonder how you'll ever manage to do it all again but you will.

MamaBear17 Fri 17-Aug-12 22:45:53

I am excited to get started - haven't done any proper exercise since I had my baby a year ago. Hope my dvd arrives tomorrow!

dawnpreview Sat 18-Aug-12 08:58:05

Have just done day 6 of 30ds smile
Had a day off yesterday as my back was a bit sore. I have the beginnings of arthritis in my lower back and hips, and find anything that requires me to jump around very hard- the cardio moves in 30ds kill me!
I am pleased though, I didn't have to stop as much today smile

fretfree Sat 18-Aug-12 09:05:18

So impressed with how motivated people are. I agree with what you are saying re the stretches for 30ds though. Definitely not enough.

I had a physio appointment yesterday and thought I would feel much better afterwards but my back hurt more than ever! I have, however, seen an improvement since starting 30ds - must be my core muscles reawakening smile. I decided to take a day off yesterday, which will give me a week long rythym of 6 days shred and one day rest. I think I am starting to see a difference. Even though I still can't fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes yet I feel I am getting closer (except anything around the chest. Not a hope in hell there).

gypsyfloss Sat 18-Aug-12 11:52:40

Body Rev week 1 workout 2 done, followed by a spectacular arse over tit moment in the bathroom. Now that's going to hurt tomorrow....and tomorrow is a full on cardio session. Oh joy grin

I agree about the stretching...it does seem be lacking in quite a lot of Jm stuff. The ones at the end of Body Rev are really short so I have been adding my own in.

Hope everyone has a lovely sunshiney day. Did your dvd arrive Mamabear?

notyummy Sat 18-Aug-12 12:21:49

Hi all! Some great work going on here. I did NMTZ yesterday with DH and went for a 6 mile run first thing this morning. Had to get it in before it got too hot. Was mostly lovely- blue skies, running through woods etc......until I fell in the mud and coated myself! Ah well.

xelliex Sat 18-Aug-12 12:51:17

Hi, I didn't do the shred yesterday but did an hour of cardio at the gym and caught L1 ripped on the fitness channel so attempted that.

I got weighted today and I've lost just over a pound since I started but my body fat is less than 20% for the first time in ten years! Was going to have a day off today but now I feel like I want to carry on - if I write it on here I'll have to do it!

gypsyfloss Sat 18-Aug-12 12:57:54

Good news xelliex it's great to see a change to encourage you to keep on going.

Oh dear notyummy sad glad you got your run in before the heat though.

MamaBear17 Sat 18-Aug-12 14:37:41

Its arrived!! Watched level 1 with hubby this morning and he said that he thought that it looked 'straight forward' which is hubby talk for easy. I agree that the exercises look fairly simple but I can see that it is going to be tough! Will be breaking it out tonight once dd is in bed - will let you know if I survive!

fretfree Sat 18-Aug-12 15:08:23

Good luck mammabear! Not yummy - well done on the run. I can't wait to get to the stage where I can add in bike rides and runs and not totally overdo it

gypsyfloss Sat 18-Aug-12 16:27:52

Good luck Mamabear - enjoy smile

sweetkitty Sat 18-Aug-12 16:33:34

I've finally bought some real weights, not used them yet but nearly pulled a muscle reversing out the car park as some kind person had parked really close to me, I have a parking disability and a huge car (4DC).

Mamabear - I found Day 1 ok, cardio was a bit hard but it was ok, the next day I was in agony though.

SpringGoddess Sat 18-Aug-12 18:41:29

Have pulled a shoulder muscle, so I'm taking a rest from Ripped and consentrating on running for a week or so. Just bought heavier weights too, slightly peeved that any meagre progress I've made on my push ups will start to erode.
How's everyone coping with exercising in this heat? I'm off for an 8k run first thing otherwise I think I might die!

ihatethecold Sat 18-Aug-12 19:51:18

No DVDs for me today. Took the kids to thetford forest and cycled for hours.
My dd nearly keeled over with the heat.
Fun though. grin

MamaBear17 Sat 18-Aug-12 19:56:25

Just completed my first workout - leve 1 The Shred. I LOVED IT!!! I am shaky and I know I will ache tomorrow but it felt manageable - tough - but I managed to complete all of the moves except the second set of push ups (which I did the beginners way). I am now quietly confident that I will be able to give it a bit more ooomph tomorrow as I held back to start with fearing what was to come. Ooomph that is, if I can move! My legs feel like jelly but this is the first workout I have done at high intensity since I got pregnant 20 months ago! Im sweating! I think im on an endorphin high! grin

sweetkitty Sat 18-Aug-12 20:59:49

grin mamabear glad you enjoyed it!!

Day 6 here first day with proper weights so expect the bingo wings will ache tomorrow, calves don't ache so much side of knees still sore though.

fretfree Sun 19-Aug-12 09:37:13

Well done mammabear!! What a great feeling. Sweet kitty - how did it go with proper weights? Spring goddess - poor you. I've also over done it with the shoulder raises (final strength exercise from L1 30ds was the culprit for me). I already feel better compared to yesterday evening so hopefully just one day off might do it. I plan to go for a bike ride instead. I just hope I haven't left it too late re the heat!

WoodlandHills Sun 19-Aug-12 09:42:46

Have been doing 30DS for about 5 weeks now, I definitely look slimmer and a bit more toned....yet despite dieting and sticking to no more than about 1700 calories a day I haven't lost any weight, in fact I am about 2lbs heavier than when I started, so I wanted to ask if its possible to gain weight with the shred while still losing inches?

I should have measured myself at the start but I didn't sad really wish I had now.

fretfree Sun 19-Aug-12 12:52:43

I think that muscle is supposed to be 30% heavier than fat, so yes you can tone up and still stay the same weight.

sweetkitty Sun 19-Aug-12 15:36:51

Day 7 L1 30 DS I still struggle a wee bit with the first round of cardio, arms not too bad, I'm only using light weights though, DD2 done it with me today, she's only 6.

Went down the park and walked for over an hour, half of that carrying DS, arms hurt now, he's a big chunky 2 yo .

notyummy Sun 19-Aug-12 16:59:23

Yes you can lose inches and gain weight. Time of the month? Tbh it is unlikely in that amount of time you will have put in 2lbs in muscle unless you are lifting 20kg weights and drinking lots of protein shakes!! Are you using MFP? I know a lot of people recommend it.

I went for another run this morning at my parents and got lost so did 1 hr 15 mins instead of 45 mins shock. At least I justified my piece of cake thus afternoon!

gypsyfloss Sun 19-Aug-12 17:12:32

Body Revolution phase 1 cardio done this morning. I hate fast feet and I'm beginning to hate Jillain as well grin .I think I might need to schedule in 2 breaks a week. I'm finding this fun but very intensive and my left hip is slightly uncomfortable ; I shall see how much I ache in the morning .

MamaBear17 Sun 19-Aug-12 18:58:30

The second day of 30ds was so much harder than the first! I wasnt too achy this morning but I am now!! I can see how you get results in thirty days - no time for recovery! Feel very virtuous now that I have done it though. Thanks for all of the support, this thread is very motivational x

Good evening all!

Welcome mamabear! The aches over the first few days are completely normal! Stick with it and stick with us, we'll keep you motivated smile

Gypsy keep us posted on Body Revolution, I love hearing about new stuff, programmes etc.

I took Friday and Saturday off and was supposed to do something today but I slept weirdly last night and I've done my neck in. I have to turn my whole body round to look behind me, like an old lady! I'm hoping I'll be better and ready to go tomorrow...

Went to a bbq last night and while I came off relatively unscathed, DP has about 50 massive mozzie bites on him... They are unbelievable! I made a special trip to boots today to stock up on repellent, little buggers!

fretfree Mon 20-Aug-12 02:12:30

Hope everyone is doing ok. Mammabear - keep at it!!! Not yummy
- cake definitely justified.

My shoulder is still playing up. I am really angry about it. It's not like I was being stupid: only 1kg weights!! I'm planning on going up into the hills today to go walking with the LO in a sling and escape the heat. He weighs about 6kg so that should help the campaign!!

BalloonSlayer Mon 20-Aug-12 08:56:36

Oh Blimey . . . !

Finished Level 1 on Sat, did first Day of Level 2 this morning.

What's happened?

Level 2 used to be the easiest one for me . . . 'twas my favourite. Am knackered! And I was "doing Anita" if you pardon the expression.

Only got 28 out of 30 too sad

Am hoping it's down to the humidity . . . ?

< totters off to the bathroom >

mrssmooth Mon 20-Aug-12 10:21:22

Me too Balloon. My arms feel like dead weights now!! But I did enjoy it though, despite getting so hot and sweaty! BTW, how does the scoring system work?

I am expecting 30 day shred to be delivered tomorrow and am very excited to find this thread so will let you all know how am doing!!

You lot are clearly devotees, I'm really inspired by your comments and look forward to joining in.

I'm trying out fasting too, first one today and already feeling hungry. Been on holiday though so have been enjoying myself. gonna be a tough week nut I'm up for it!!

haha i mean i'm BUT i'm up for it

gypsyfloss Mon 20-Aug-12 11:10:28

Threesteps hope your neck is a bit better today.

I went to bed in agony last night , swearing that I wasn't doing any Jillian today but have woken up feeling a good bit better so will probably stick to the plan and do Body Rev workout 1 again today . I feel like I have thighs of steel ATM...reckon I could crack walnuts ;)

Hope everyone has a good day , I think the heat has made exercising a more challenging so hopefully a cooler week will be mean slightly more enjoyable Jillianing.

ihatethecold Mon 20-Aug-12 14:05:00

Someone recommended the biggest loser dvd.
Have to say it was the most uninspiring dvd ive ever done.
Did the old faithful 30ds after. grin
Am quite pooped now. wink
My legs are permanantly really tired.

sweetkitty Mon 20-Aug-12 16:36:09

So far I have been to gymnastics class with DS which involved the Mummies jumping up and down a lot, day 8 of Level 1 of 30 DS and walked to school and back (30 mins) legs are very tired now.

Am scared about Level 2, do all of you wear trainers? I haven't been doing so as I'm indoors on my rug but maybe thinking I need some cushioning.

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:30:33

sweetkitty Not all of us wear trainers, but l2 of the shred involves a lot of plank thrusts, mountain climbers, etc. and I personally feel safer wearing shoes while doing them on a wooden floor. Good luck!

My current favourite is BFBM, but I am completely spent by the end of it. Fancy myself as a bit of kickboxer, haha.

Tried Bob Harper's ripped core. Very good work-out, but some of the moves were too complicated for me. I get more out of simpler exercises.

sweetkitty Mon 20-Aug-12 17:33:45

Plank thrusts and mountain climbers eek

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:35:52

I will need to buy heavier and less cumbersome weights as well. 4-year-old DS did a few minutes of bob harper with my 2kg weights, and DH wants me to buy him 5kg weights. I feel so weak compared to them.

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 17:41:45

sweetkitty and plank jacks....

Yoinks, 5 kg ginger! I can just about do that much weight for 1 or 2 of JM exercises, but most of the strength stuff I find a challenge with 2.5 kg!

Neck is a bit better today thanks gypsy! I did a 15 min HIIT today as it's still stiff when I turn it and that was the least twisty option grin

Sweetkitty, I'm a non-trainer wearer, but if you have some I reckon you should try them out - it could be the calf pain you've been having will be alleviated by trainers? Worth a try? Good luck with Level 2!

Hello to everyone else, hope everyone's doing well and wishing everyone with injuries and niggles a speedy recovery smile

xelliex Mon 20-Aug-12 20:37:06

Just done day 4 L3 shred and really struggling with it. Hate the mountain climbers and I'm still doing a modified push up. If I try to do a proper push up I can't get low enough to really feel it in my abs. I think I'll be working on this level for more than 10 days...

I tried NMTZ for the first time today - not sure how effective it was as both dds were being very distracting and it was constant stop/start/pause/rewind!

SpringGoddess Mon 20-Aug-12 21:36:05

I'm trying to do pushing ups using a raised platform - back of the sofa currently, rather than doing the knee push ups - I'm up to 16 atm any day now I'll manage 1 proper one, they'll be no stopping me. xell Are you sure you are get the correct form - can you get your dh to video you doing a push up to check.

gingercat12 Mon 20-Aug-12 22:38:02

My autumn challenge is push-ups. Try to do some every day, but just like xelliex I cannot go low enough. Raised platform is a super idea SpringGoddess, thank you.

Threesteps I think the boys / men in my house are real show-offs.

ihatethecold Tue 21-Aug-12 07:12:33

We will all end up with shoulders like swimmers once we can finally do a proper press up. grin

notyummy Tue 21-Aug-12 07:40:13

Stairs are great for press ups. Start quite far up them and work done towards the horizontal as you get stronger. I am firmly of the idea that everyone can do proper pressups (barring those with medical issues) if they persevere. There were lots of pressups in my Insanity (Cardio power and resistance) yesterday! I think it us probably the one that has made me feel least like throwing up, so that probably means it is my favourite grin. Calves a bit sore today though. Day off today, although I will be walking a over London going to meetings. After 2 long runs, Insanity and NMTZ, I feel like a rest day is called for. Back on it tomorrow though!

mrssmooth Tue 21-Aug-12 08:42:26

Oops .. Bit of slow start this morning - dh brought me cuppa in bed at 730, where I've stayed mnetting ever since! Time to get up and get on with day 2 of level 2 30 ds .. Legs ever so slightly achey from yesterday.

mrssmooth Tue 21-Aug-12 09:42:01

Workout now done, phew! Don't mind me lying in the corner quietly moaning that I've lost the use of my arms and I can't walk wink

ihatethecold Tue 21-Aug-12 10:03:53

I've posted a question about the insanity workout in sport.
If any of you do it can you take a look at my questions?

fretfree Tue 21-Aug-12 10:13:51

Notyummy - definitely a rest day earned there.

Couldn't agree more with the press ups. I am also looking forward to being able to do them properly. That said, my shoulder is still hurting, and my physio cancelled my appointment for tonight. Very frustrating. I did a long walk with LO in the sling yesterday (he is 6 kg) and will go for another today (3 hours-ish) so hopefully I'm not losing too much of the gains from Jillian.

GeekLove Tue 21-Aug-12 10:24:23

I so want to be below 25% body fat but according to mine I am at 35%, 1% less when I was 11st 7 and EBFing! It can't be right considering I am 8kg lighter and 6cm smaller round waist and hips!

GinniferAndTonic Tue 21-Aug-12 10:27:13

Hi, may I join you ladies?

I'm on day 21 of the Shred, moving up to level 3 in a day or two. This is the first exercise program I've done, ever. My BMI is 21 so I'm not looking to lose a lot of weight, but I do need to lose a bit to be comfortable in myself. I'm very tall with a slight frame and currently my mid-section is too big and flabby compared to the rest of me. I can live with thighs and bum having some extra, but the muffin top is horrendous...

I see from your posts that you all use what seem to me very heavy weights! I'm using 0.5 kg (yes, that's 0.5 kg, feel free to mock) and even so I struggle with the strength part. Abs I can do quite well and cardio is mostly ok, but the strength is where I feel I'm going to die.

dawnpreview Tue 21-Aug-12 10:28:22

Wow, everyone is doing so well smile
Coming here is definitely keeping me motivated to carry on. Day 8 of level 1 shred today. Found it very tough today, my legs were all shaky! Think I am going to stay on level one for the rest of the week, and then try moving up to level 2 next week- I am terrified of what is going to be in level 2!
Can't wait until the kids start school and I can go back to swimming every morning as well.

WoodlandHills Tue 21-Aug-12 10:36:24

Got another question if someone wouldn't mind answering....I know you are meant to do it every day for 30 days at first (hence 30 day shred) but after that, what do you do then? do you still do it every day? confused

As I am sure I have heard you are not meant to do the same exercise every day, you should have a break to allow your muscles to repair (or something blush )

fretfree Tue 21-Aug-12 11:01:20

Hi ginniferandtonic - welcome! Nothing wrong with 0.5kg weights. I was on 1kg and they were too much for some of the exercises sad. No point in getting an injury.

Woodland - I always found that my % body fat changed a lot depending on how hydrated I was because of the way the machine works. Could be the case with all this hot weather?

So busy on here, it's great!

<drags mrssmooth from corner and plonks her on sofa>

Ihatethecold, notyummy is the person to ask about Insanity...she sounded like she's rushing round London today but sure she'll respond later. (It sounds proper 'ardcore!)

Welcome to all new peeps on the thread smile

Giniffer 0.5 is absolutely fine!! As long as they are challenging you they're doing the job... I find the strength/weights stuff much harder than cardio generally, so you are not alone!

Hi Woodland! I think very few people actually manage 30 days back to back, there's usually a rest day or two somewhere in the week. As for when you finish, well the world of Jillian Michaels is your oyster!

You could go back through Shred with heavier weights, or you could move on to something different. Ripped is the same length as Shred and has 1 more level (levels 2, 3 and 4 are generally a step up from Shred so it would be a good progression). She's got loads of other DVDs too, depending on what you're looking for (toning, cardio, abs, buns 'n' thighs grin).

Not sure what to do later today. Neck still rather stiff so may rest again, although I don't want to as I'm on holiday from Friday for a week so will be doing a fair bit of resting then!

Have a good day all smile

ihatethecold Tue 21-Aug-12 11:11:41

Thanks 3steps smile

chocolateshoes Tue 21-Aug-12 11:16:29

hi Woodland, once I'd finished Shred I went back to L2 but with higher weights, and then L3 with higher weights. I then bought Ripped and started on L2 still with the higher weights. . having completed that I now do RippedL4 most days, 3 times a week add ShredL3 back to back & also add some extra core exercises from NMTZ. I usually have a day 'off' and do a quick tabata.

SpringGoddess Tue 21-Aug-12 11:44:18

geeklove how are you measuring your body fat percentage? I ask because quite a few of the online calculators are malfunctioning - you can check by reducing your measurements/weight and seeing the impact on the calculated result. I was getting around 30% fat on quite a few, which is clearly bollocks as I'm size 8-10 and fairly fit and 30% fat meant about average on their interpretation tables...there is no way that a person who is fit and a size 8-10 with a BMI of 20 is of average body fat. The machine in Boots faired no better. I suspect quite a few of them may be trying to sell dieting products.
I have given up with body fat measurements - they are just to hard to get right, the best thing to go on is a tape measure or your clothing.
woodlandhills I don't think you should even do the shred 7 days a week, your muscles need time to recover and build, overdoing it can leave you more vulnerable to injury, suggest 1 or 2 rest days a week, you could walk or swim on the rest days if you wanted to do something active.

GeekLove Tue 21-Aug-12 12:07:08

I'm using a handheld measurement device for bodyfat. I might try online one if anybody has a good one.

As for rest after last week when I was focusing on doing 2x2 circuits from NMTZ I so needed a day off after 4 days on as the fatigue is cumulative. If you don't fancy a complete day off do more cardio. I think it is best to mix things up exercise wise.

GeekLove Tue 21-Aug-12 14:49:31

Hi ginnifer! Don't worry about the weights others are using, you start where you start. Keep up and it won't be long before you do heavier weights. What you could do is introduce a heavier weight to some of the moves like shoulder press or hammer curls or use a heavier weight and switch to a lighter weight when you reach a limit.
For 30DS you should be using a weight that's around 15 Rm ie 15 reps before failure I reckon.

BalloonSlayer Tue 21-Aug-12 16:14:37

Hi Ginnifer my weights are 1kg because that's the lightest I could get and they are much too heavy for me. I am so feeble! I don't think I shall ever move on to a heavier weight!

sweetkitty Tue 21-Aug-12 16:18:30

Day 9 L1here getting there. I'm using 1.3kg which I find ok, I've just started started so don't want it ramp it up too much.

My birthday today have already had some Green & Blacks, curry for dinner and birthday cake, diet out the window. I have been bad the last week as well need to get back on it.

Greedygirl Tue 21-Aug-12 18:38:56

hi everyone and welcome to the new posters.

Well our anniversary weekend away was a bit of a disaster, ended up having to take our DS with us due to babysitting issues - not the most romantic having a 4 yo little boy with you! Worse still, the two day break from exercising seems to have sent me off on a downward spiral. I haven't done anything Monday, Tuesday and all I want to do is eat! I feel really crap sad. Hopefully is just a passing phase!!

Your birthday tea sounds yummy Sweetkitty!

gingercat12 Tue 21-Aug-12 19:41:34

Greedygirl Left to my own devices I would do nothing but eat on any day sad Can you be expecting? wink

Ginnifer I use 2 kg weights but started with 1 kg weights in January, and for things that put pressure on your back like superman, etc. I do not dare to use anything. I always had problems with my lower back.

notyummy How do you do it?!

I had a lovely day at the beach. Away-day with a long walk. I felt very smug, as I could not bring myself to even touch the chips from the chippy (a few years ago I was sick for days after having chips from a chippy and ever since then I am quite wary of them). I got home an hour early so decided to do BFBM. Similarly to MrsSmooth I cannot move now [waves to MrsSmooth while munching on imaginary Green and Blacks]

Gingercat your day sounds lovely smile

Aw greedygirl, I know exactly how you feel... My downward spirals with food were pretty well documented on a past thread, long-standing 'ishoos' that chose to rear their head again recently. What really helps me is to say well that day is done and dusted, and try not to dwell, think ahead always! Also, getting back into exercise mode really helps too. Hope you are feeling more chipper x

Did my turbo 55 this afternoon. Neck was still stiff and sore so I downed a couple of ibuprofen and whizzed through it...and now it's absolutely fine hmm. I've done that once or twice before and it always seems to have done the trick, maybe letting go and relaxing? Not a course of action I'd always recommend of course wink

Hope everyone is doing well smile

Did 20 min level 1 today & love it!! I see why you're all such fans!

dawnpreview Wed 22-Aug-12 09:15:40

Day 9, L1 shred done!
Actually got through most of it today without having to stop smile Considering I only had about 4 hours sleep last night after another big row with 'D'H, I thought I would find it really tough.

Greedygirl Wed 22-Aug-12 10:47:15

Well done Dawnpreview, impressive on that little sleep, hope you have sorted things with DH.

Gingercat - um, I hope not grin! Nah, just greedy and grumpy, the worst combination for me.

Thanks for the encouragement Threesteps smile, I have decided to ban myself from thinking about weight and food and just concentrate on how my clothes feel and feeling happy and healthy. Have been feeling a bit sorry for myself and knackered !

Well I broke the spell and started week 2 of RI30 today. Feel much better for doing something. Found parts if it quite hard going e.g two minutes of plank jacks and mountain climbers but there were bits that I definitely could not have done two months ago. Watch out newcomers it is addictive!

SpringGoddess Wed 22-Aug-12 11:16:25

notyummy great idea for learning to do proper push ups by using the graduating difficulty of stairs. I'll move from the sofa back to arm to stairs acheiving 20 reps before moving down - I reckon I can do at least one extra rep a day. Being able to do proper push up will be such a boost to my fitness confidence, it's something I never nought I'd be able to do.

Hi ladies, how many calories do you burn doing L1 shred? Have started using myfitnesspal, so helpful thanks how ever tipped me!

Completed L1 again today, find legs & abs very do-able [wouldn't say east] but arms tough so think I need to drop my weight tmrw.

notyummy Wed 22-Aug-12 12:08:30

Jollygreen - calories are variable depending on your size and how hard you are working (i.e heart rate throughout.) My friend who has a heart rate monitor that calculates calorie burn found it came out at 187 for her. She ia about 9 1/2 stone and was probably working at about average level.

gingercat12 Wed 22-Aug-12 12:42:34

What do we think about the P90X workout? It is all over the US news, as Paul Ryan does it. (I am quite happy with Jillian, just curious.)

sweetkitty Wed 22-Aug-12 12:50:41

Thought I was Day 9 of L1 but looking back I'm actually Day 10! Don't feel ready to move onto Level 2 yet, maybe I'll do another day of L1 tomorrow then start L2 on Friday.

gypsyfloss Wed 22-Aug-12 13:22:48

Glad you're feeling brighter Greedygirl.

Sweetkitty You might be surprised at how good L2 is....I love it.

Well done to all Shredders/Jillianers. I did nothing on Monday as I ached all day and then nothing yesterday as I walked the whole of London with DD instead and had a last minute theatre trip in the evening instead of coming home. Today I am procrastinating but will do wk 1 strength 1 of Body Revolution later. I think I might do alternate day sessions as they are so full-on I ache like mad for days after.

GeekLove Wed 22-Aug-12 14:58:51

Just curious whats turbo fire like? How does that compare to JM?

GinniferAndTonic Wed 22-Aug-12 19:30:36

Thanks, very good advice, it makes sense to use different weights for different things. I struggle so much with some of the strength moves that as soon as something feels less difficult I tend to think I must be doing it wrong!

About pushups, which do you think is better: deep but modified (knees), or a less deep but otherwise proper pushup?

Hmm ginnifer, I'm not sure! I mainly do them on my knees, but I think if you can manage 1 or 2 proper ones in a batch that's good going. Although I use my knees, I make sure I can feel both my core and my arms being worked. I've always been useless at proper pushups!

Geeklove, Turbofire is a lot of fun and does cover things like core etc. but not really on the same DVDs. JM is more comprehensive in that strength, cardio and abs all gets worked in the same workout (for Shred, Ripped etc.).

Turbofire is a fantastic cardio workout, and actually I guess the core is worked a fair bit with lots of knee raises and standing crunches. What I really like are the HIITs in amongst the workouts - which are 1 minute drills where you go all out cardio, then rest for a minute. HIITs are apparently really effective for calorie burning.

It is very choreographed and it took me quite a few gos to get the hang of it... and it is of course very expensive!

I would say it might be a bit iffy if your knees give you problems, as there is a lot of twisting and jumping.

That's a bit of a vague description but ask me anything else you want to (or wait for CHST to come back from holiday and ask her as she has turbofire too and may well explain it better!)

Didn't fit anything in today but did cycle 6 ish miles very slowly

Need to get some more in before I head off on holiday so am thinking of a double JM session tomorrow, if I can manage it, as I haven't done her stuff in ages!

xelliex Wed 22-Aug-12 21:47:51

Just did level 3 shred tonight, day 5. It felt easier once I got the first circuit out the way but I'm still struggling with it. I don't think I'll be 'doing Natalie' by day 10, far from it.

I read somewhere that Jillian originally intended that the 30DS should be done for 2 days, followed by a day of cardio, 2 days shred, one cardio, then a rest day? I might try doing that when I finish the 30 days

gypsyfloss Wed 22-Aug-12 21:50:07

xelliex that's the format her Body revolution takes; 2 days strength working on set areas followed by a cardio day and repeat with one rest day.

Thanks not yummy

dawnpreview Thu 23-Aug-12 08:32:54

Woohoo! Day 10, level 1 shred completed. Have lost 2 lbs and about an inch off my waist smile I am very pleased with that. Level 2 here I come!

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 08:37:14

Excellent news dawn - what a great result. Enjoy L2 smile

notyummy Thu 23-Aug-12 09:27:25

Well done Dawn!

I did two of the shorted Insanity workouts last night - core cardio and balance (which is one of the easier ones) plus cardio abs. I will either be doing another Insanity or going for a run today - depends on how quickly the plasterer who is here finishes doing our kitchen ceiling. It has a window in to the conservatory where I do all my exercise and I dont think either he or I could cope with him watching me!!

BalloonSlayer Thu 23-Aug-12 09:37:26

Well done Dawn and everyone else!

Day 4 Level 2 done this morning. Still haven't managed to do it all - only completed 27 out of 30 of the exercises this morning sad

But I can feel my stomach muscles like a band across my lower abdomen, like I am wearing a low belt. And my waist looks really small! I have been eating low carb dinners though, which are boring as fuck, so the waist bit is mostly down to that. Not lost much weight to speak of though. Ah well!

I do love the Shred. It's the only exercise thingy I have ever done where I have been able to see the results in my body - and so fast!

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 11:14:56

Does anyone find that after finishing your jm dvd that you are completely knackered. Not just after but 1 hour later. Say once youve had a shower etc
Sone days i feel so drained after. Not full of energy At all sad

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 12:10:12

ihatethecold what is your diet like? I have felt like that in the past but I think it was because I needed more fuel. Also, I have been incredibly under stress recently (bereavement) which doesn't help things either.

Am back from holidays. Did not exercise every day. I did walk a fair bit but also relaxed a lot, drank cocktails which is surprising as I am virtually tee total at other times, ate ice cream and still even lost 1 lb. go figure? Either the relaxation has done me good or maybe I lost some muscle mass.
I did ripped level 4 last night and found it hard. So I clearly need to get back into the swing of things. Sweated loads and hate the second cardio circuit as always. Did up the weights though so that could be it. Toying with the idea of being gentle to myself today and picking an easier Jillian. I am really at maintenance now so I need to figure out the balance of food vs exercise to see what works best. Thinking of going for a second round of body revolution again on monday...

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 12:25:16

Glad you had a relaxing holiday CHST. I've just started Body revolution...did 3 days then had a 3 day break and have just done workout 1 again this morning. Did you stick to it 6 days a week? Is there more ab work as you get further in? I'm toying with 3 days of it a week and then 2 days of 6w6p. I am struggling to keep weight on atm so don't want to overtrain ; it's finding the balance with time and diet too.

sweetkitty Thu 23-Aug-12 12:35:29

Day 1 of level 2 30 DS Argh!!!!!!

Spent half the time trying to get it and the other half trying to do it, I have no upper body strength so all the plank wotsits are soooo hard, pulled a muscle in my inner thigh half way through too. Can tell why it gets results though.

In my defence (kind of) I have my period so am crampy and generally urgh today plus I have been an absolute pig in the last few days and eaten all my birthday chocolate.

My main trouble zone is my bum and thighs they are huge compared to the rest of me, ok my stomachs not great either (4 babies in less than 6 years).

Dawnpreview - hope you enjoy it too

dawnpreview Thu 23-Aug-12 12:47:10

Sweetkitty- I am scared now! Hope your pulled muscle recovers soon

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 12:47:58

gypsy there is more core work later on. I did not find the workouts challenging till I got to about workout 5 and 6. I did do it 6 days a week at first but towards the end, did just one cardio a week as I didn't want too much cardio as I am at the weight I want, else I subbed a cardio for another cardio.
I hope you enjoy body revolution as much as I have. I really want to do it again. It is probably my favourite programm of all hers, no scrap that, it is my favourite

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 12:48:24

My diet is ok. Eggs for breaky. Salad but no carbs for lunch. Then normal dinner.
Will snack aswell. Bit of dark choc fruit. Maybe some toast or nuts
Am eating all my allowed cals on mfp. 1200 plus my exercise cals. I never have any left over.
Dont have caffiene or alcohol!
Nit sure what else j can do to maje my diet better for energy levels.

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 13:01:04

more protein maybe? Aside from the eggs, how much protein are you getting? How about some wholemeal bread with that salad or are you on really low carbs? I can't live without carbs, seriously couldnt but I eat wholemeal bread and pasta although not every day, I have subbed white potatoes for sweet potato and I have achieved good weight loss with this and must have quite a low body fat %

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 14:19:33

Cheers CHST I am enjoying it so far and none of it is too hard yet,however it does make my hips and left knee ache. The stretches are poor I think, so I am spending longer doing those. I think form is v important too and have had DH spend some time with me correcting my position. I think I need a mirror I can ponce about in front of smile

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 14:23:44

I do have protein in my lunchtime salad. Mostly ham and cottage cheese or a tuna wrap. For dinner i will have somthing like spag bol but very little pasta or chicken with cauli mash. I eat the same as rest of family but try to reduce the white carbs.

BalloonSlayer Thu 23-Aug-12 14:51:27

ihatethecold at what time do you do the Shred?

I find if I do it within an hour of eating I have no energy whatsoever, I can't do a thing. Presumably all my blood is in my stomach helping carry away my food so it sticks two fingers up to my muscles' desperate requests for help. grin

I know your energy slump comes afterwards, but perhaps it is worth doing it at another time of day to see if it makes a difference?

I get up, have one cup of tea, then Shred, then have another tea and breakfast. The rest of the day I am fine - I wouldn't say I feel full of energy because I never do grin but I don't feel knackered.

I just think maybe we all have an optimum time of day for exercise and you need to find yours.

ihatethecold Thu 23-Aug-12 15:13:33

I usually do it about 10am during school hols. About 1.5 hours after breakfast.
If I leave it to do later like the eve then I run out of time or energy sad

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 15:34:46

gypsy that's what I like about Body revolution, the first stage really focuses on form so that come the later stages form and balance are tremendously improved to take it up a notch eg lots of one legged balancing

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 15:45:16

Oh joy...one leg balancing ...with added hard stuff smile

CHST Thu 23-Aug-12 16:07:41

I promise you will be ready for it when the time comes ;) Are you on your first or second week?

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 18:38:38

Technically still week 1 as I had a 3 day break after my first 2 strength and 1 cardio sessions . I might pretend it's the second week though and move on to week 3 so I don't get bored.

A very good evening all smile

I'm liking all this talk of Body Revolution, can't wait til it comes out over here...

CHST good to see you back, glad you had a good holiday, sounds like just the ticket smile

Well, I have had a long flirtation with Charlean and Turbofire, but today I went back to my first love Jillian, and loved it grin I just did L1 Shred (not the double session I was contemplating), but really enjoyed it. I wasn't really sweaty at the end, but enjoyed the strength stuff and the bits I'm missing by doing just turbofire. Was feeling that my arms and abs were not quite as tight, and my buns less steely, so felt good to do some JM again!

I think I will do another Shred tomorrow and then that will be it until the 4th when I'm back from bonnie Scotland and London.

When I get back, I'm thinking I will be mixing up JM and Turbofire, perhaps out of 6 sessions a week: 4 x JM and 2 x Turbo for my cardio blast (it really is a fab workout for that). Does that sound like a good plan?

Will check in tomorrow before I head up to scotland to be devoured by midges!

gypsyfloss Thu 23-Aug-12 22:04:01

I think that sounds like a good plan threesteps. Have a lovely holiday smile

Jellybellyrbest Fri 24-Aug-12 00:43:34

Hi there! Posted ages ago; had started shredding, but with small baby/holidays fell off the wagon. Have lurked ever since though & am proud to say am well & truly on my way to being shredded ;-)

Having peaked at 9st 1lb mid July, am 8st 10 tonight! I've lost a total of 6.7 inches!!!! Had my final Bridesmaid fitting this evening & am way happier about following my sister down the aisle next Friday.

Despite fully BF an 18wk old & having my 6 & 4 yr old with me constantly, & a week's holiday, I've managed to Shred 18 days out of the last 24. Am proud of myself. Many days I could quite easily have phoned it in, but didn't! Mostly though am so so grateful to you lot for being so inspirational & making me believe that I CAN do it!! Love love love this thread. Thank you all!

Quick question; have now done 10days at L2 & have seen most change since I started it. Does L3 have the same results?

gypsyfloss Fri 24-Aug-12 08:57:40

Well done Jelly- am very impressed that you kept it all going through the hols with the kids in tow & what an inch loss! I'm sure you'll look fab in your dress smile

Perhaps you noticed a big change on moving to L2 as your body was getting used to L1 exercises and the new ones challenged your body again. So in theory you should notice a difference again when you move on to L3.

dawnpreview Fri 24-Aug-12 09:01:12

Wow jelly, that's a fantastic inch loss smile
Just done day 1 of level 2 shred- oh my good god that was hard! I did manage most of it though, but really struggled on the last circuit. Can barely lift my cup now!

Greedygirl Fri 24-Aug-12 10:06:47

Hi guys, just on train so can't do a proper post, enjoying reading all your posts though. Well done Dawn and Jellybelly!

Going to see Foo Fighters later today so just did a 3 mile run this morning, really, really enjoyed it, legs feeling strong (JM lunges!) breathing great, thanks all for keeping me going smile!

gypsyfloss Fri 24-Aug-12 12:11:37

Ohhh the Foos, how fantastic. I do love a bit of Dave Grohl. It's particularly good music to run to as well. Have a brilliant time...am just a little bit envy

notyummy Fri 24-Aug-12 12:53:25

I am also 'well jell' of the Foos concert! On my running iPod list along with acdc and the Prodigy. Ran out of time yesterday so only fitted a short run in- was planning to do Insanity but plasterer foiled that. 6 mile run this morning. Great weather for it- not too hot or too windy!

We are going to dinner at friends tonight and I think quite a bit of wine may be drunk..., Depending on quite how much gets drunk, dH and I may do NMTZ tomorrow.

Keep up the good work all.

sweetkitty Fri 24-Aug-12 13:00:35

Greedy girl - enjoy FooFighters

Dawnpreview - you must be fitter than me then level 2 killed me

Jellybelly - well done you should be proud of yourself.

Well Day 2 of Level 2 here, was dripping with sweat, I am rubbish at plank position, I pulled the same muscle on my left inner thigh when I did the first set of abs, strange one there, it stings like its on fire but then is ok if I keep going. think I will be Anita for ah long while.

dawnpreview Fri 24-Aug-12 14:17:42

Sweetkitty- I don't feel fit at all. I was barely keeping up with Anita, and did have to stop a couple of times for a few seconds. I am still sore now, my arms and legs are absolutely killing me!

sweetkitty Fri 24-Aug-12 14:34:06

I start with Natalie but resort back to Anita! Yes to aching arms, not as bad as Days 2 & 3 though.

dawnpreview Fri 24-Aug-12 17:03:19

What size weights do you use sweetkitty? I have only got 2kg ones, and I think I need something smaller for at least some of the exercises.

sweetkitty Fri 24-Aug-12 17:40:00

I think mine are 1.5kg! They are tough enough just now. I've not done any exercise in abut 10 years so am finding it tough but am enjoying it. Might even be able to do a minute of plank jacks one day grin

Ooo greedygirl, I am also envy, have a fab time!

I got an MP3 player for my birthday and have been listening to my entire CD collection on shuffle, a very nostalgic pastime! I love technology!

I did a double shred today, levels 1 & 3 with highest weights 2.5 kg and lowest 1.5 kg.

OUCH! I haven't Shredded/Ripped for a few weeks and ow, it really hurts! Everything is aching in a good way, I'd forgotten that feeling!

I am signing off now until around the 4th so happy JM'ing everyone!

See you all in a week or so smile

Threesteps x

MamaBear17 Fri 24-Aug-12 20:43:07

I hate Jillian. Weigh day on Sunday, hoping that the scales are kind to me!!

Gah, had to come back as I meant to congratulate Jellybelly and Dawn on their inch loss, fantastic!!!!!

Was too caught up in my Shred aches and forgot to say!

Mamabear good luck on Sunday, sure the readings will be good smile

Right, really off now grin


<closes door firmly>

trumpton Sat 25-Aug-12 08:58:46

I have just done level 1 day 2. I still have my note book from 2 years ago when I worked all my way through and aim to do the whole damn thing again.

My inches lost the first time were
1 inch from each upper arm
1 inch from bust ( I would have liked more )
2 inches from waist
3 inches from hips
1 inch from each thigh

This is spurring me on.
I found keeping a note book and writing down how each day went was a graet motivator.

Good luck to all who are doing it .

I am going to a wedding in 4 weeks and feel so out of condition and there will be a huge ceilidh so need to get my energy levels up so I can keep up with the young one ( by which I mean under 30s )

dawnpreview Sat 25-Aug-12 09:17:38

Aaaaaaargh! Just done day 2, level 2 shred. I was already sore when I got up after yesterday's workout, now I can barely move to type this! Had to stop during some of the cardio, but did manage to follow Natalie in the plank jacks- although probably a bit slower than her!
If anyone wants me, I will be curled up in the corner groaning to myself smile

dawnpreview Sat 25-Aug-12 09:19:54

Meant to say, trumpton- that sounds like good inch loss from your last time shredding. Good idea to keep notes as well.

mrssmooth Sat 25-Aug-12 18:03:05

Have had to take some time out of shredding as we're moving house. Hope to get back into it next week tho, have to say i have missed it but just dont have the time (not to mention the space coz of all the boxes!) Catch u later ladies, keep on going!

notyummy Sat 25-Aug-12 20:43:53

Hope you have recovered now Dawn!

To my shame DH and I were too hungover to contemplate anything more than a 2 mile stroll with dd blush. So NMTZ tomorrow instead then.....

sweetkitty Sat 25-Aug-12 21:38:13

Day 3 of Level 2, stopped a fair bit, am hating all the plank positions, my arms are so weak. Hoping I do better when I'm less hormonal.

GinFilth Sat 25-Aug-12 22:07:25

Hello to everyone! <waves>

Ok. I have the Shred DVD, 9 weeks until my wedding, and really shit knees. Every time I've shredded in the past my knees have become agonisingly painful after doing those bloody jumping jacks. I bought knee braces, which helped me do another week before they became agonisingly painful again.

What can I do that doesn't involve impact but is oh so cardio? In the time that the jumping jacks take?

McPie Sat 25-Aug-12 22:08:09

I have been out of this shred game for a very, very long time! The kids are back in school and I have been able to fit in 4 of each of the levels this week and next week I will do my 60 second promise dvd.
I am now on a Counterweight plan with my nurse and for the first time I have actually lost weight, 3lb in my first 2 1/2 weeks, and I am eating more than I ever did before. I have loads of energy and I can make the plan fit in with my stupid body's dislikes so feel like Im not missing out on anything.

McPie Sat 25-Aug-12 22:17:32

GinFilth I do one sided jumping jacks as my knees cant handle the proper ones or before I used to just jog on the spot for the 30 seconds, my theory is that if I keep moving all's good.

fretfree Sun 26-Aug-12 11:14:51

Hi everyone - well, after a gap of about six days due to injury (but I did do some exercise during that period smile), I went back to 30DS yesterday and today was day 2. All ok, although I am only using a weight in my left hand for the final strength exercise (front raises whilst going side to side). So glad to be back in the saddle.

McPie - I have the same philosophy: just do what you can and it does get better / easier. Just make sure you don't overdo it (like I did sad), as injury can really mess up your plans.

Dawn - we started on the same day originally, so I am looking at you now for inspiration, as well as slight horror at the exercises ahead smile. I have just finished day 9, so in theory one more day of level 1 before i move to level 2. However, I have physio/osteo tomorrow and should not really do much the day after so I think I will wait a while before moving up. Sweetkitty - I am also watching your progress with interest. L2 sound hard!

Well done Trumpton on the inch loss! I haven't taken measurements, but i have a wardrobe of pre-pregnancy clothes to act as my guide (i also have pre-trying to conceive, which means about an extra 5 kg to lose)

Notyummy - remember that rest days mean you come back stronger (as well as reassuring us you are human after all grin)

trumpton Sun 26-Aug-12 13:12:11

fretfree Thank you on the "well done " but that was 2 years ago and I fear I have slipped all the way back up hence starting again ! I hope to get down and stay down this time .

gypsyfloss Sun 26-Aug-12 15:37:48

Back to my real love of 6wk6pack today with added weights on the lying down exercises; followed by a very,very small run. I haven't run for years but felt inspired by the music I had on whilst Jillianing and Greedygirl's trip to see delicious Dave smile It all felt great and more importantly didn't make my knees and hip ache like Body revolution sadly does each time.

sweetkitty Sun 26-Aug-12 20:10:12

day 4 level 2, shoulders aching, still can't do it all even Anita!

Will keep on going though, do you just go up to level 3 at this rate I'll never get there if level 2s anything to go by.

gypsyfloss Sun 26-Aug-12 20:26:07

sweetkitty it'll get better I promise. I started doing the the Shred in Dec and it took a good while for my shoulders to gain some muscle. I used to feel like I'd trapped a nerve and would wake up with a dead arm on a regular basis. Keep going...each day you're getting stronger. And the consensus seems to be that the leap from level 1 to 2 is greater than that from 2 to 3. You can move on up whenever you feel ready- which might be when you're bored of L2 rather than when you can do it all easily.

GinniferAndTonic Mon 27-Aug-12 09:33:34

Wow, some amazing results you have there!

I didn't really measure myself properly when I started, only hips and (high) waist. Weight according to unreliable scales at my parents. I have lost a little from the waist, but jeans etc. feel the same as they did before. However, something quite funny happened the other day: my fingers found a hard bump against my ribcage, and me being me, I freaked out, immediately imagining some unnatural growth or tumor. But then I felt the opposite side, found the same thing and it dawned on me it's the beginnings of a sixpack! The lower parts are still hiding under the muffin top, but... I have abs! It's definitely happening!!

Day 27 today and I went back to level 2. For me it's the best level to get really satisfyingly sweaty - I sweat very little normally so for me it's a sign that things are happening. I have some lower back issues that haven't really bothered me for a long time, but it seems level 3 is bringing out some warning signs, I suspect it's the superman. Also my puny weights are so small that my hands do not fit under them in that leg lift wotsit towards the end. Must get some new ones, I think I'm ready for them... smile

fretfree Mon 27-Aug-12 11:41:20

Hi all. Sweetkitty hang in there. I am guessing I will know exactly how you feel in the not too distant future. Ginniferandtonic - I'm the same on the shoulders. Very weak - and I've had to drop the weight on my RHS after injury. But managed L1 again this morning - even felt like I'm getting better at (modified) press ups. I also went for a 3 1/2 trek through the forest yesterday afternoon carrying 6.2 kg LO in a sling smile.

Moving up to L2 soon smile

notyummy Mon 27-Aug-12 12:13:12

Agree that the leap from 1 to 2 is the hardest!

Aching slightly from NMTZ with DH yesterday. Used mostly 5kg with some 3kg, and modified circuit 6 to make it a bit harder- pressups into plank rows instead of plank rows, and used weights with the supermen. Just come back from 7 miler and feel good!

gypsyfloss Mon 27-Aug-12 14:41:55

Sounds good notyummy . I'm amazed at how much my abs ache after running only a mile yesterday. I intend to work on the distance bit but need some new trainers first. Not today though 'cos a) it's raining and I'm going to be a fair weather runner only and b) the sportswear shop and indeed town in general will be full of BH shoppers.
How long does it take you to run 7 miles?

notyummy Mon 27-Aug-12 14:47:37

7 miles= around 54 minutes.

gypsyfloss Mon 27-Aug-12 15:22:29

ok thanks; that'll help me plan a rough route.

notyummy Mon 27-Aug-12 17:28:44

Not sure how fast you are btw before you start route planning. Compared to the majority of my friends I run quite fast (not boasting - certainly not County level runner or anything, just not bad for a 40 year old that runs for fitness.) Runners world website good for idea of how fast you are/could be. Depends on how fast your mile pace is I suppose.

dawnpreview Mon 27-Aug-12 18:14:53

I have had a couple of days off as we have been doing other stuff over the bank holiday. My dog was also taken into the vets on Sunday, so have had the worry of that as well- hopefully he will be coming home tomorrow.
I am not looking forward to getting back to shredding tomorrow, my body has definitely enjoyed having a rest!
Fretfree- L2 is hard, but I am determined to get through it. I have got some slightly smaller weights, and found that made it a bit better.
Lucky you Ginnifer finding your abs, I am very jealous!

gypsyfloss Mon 27-Aug-12 19:23:13

I'll check out that website notyummy; it was more to get a rough idea in my head of how long approx to the next village and then on to the town.

sweetkitty Mon 27-Aug-12 21:03:08

Right Day 5 of level 2 done cannot believe I've been exercising every day for 15 days, never done that in my life before.

Still having to stop and mostly being Anita (I wish). Am in awe of all the exercise that your all doing.

mirai Tue 28-Aug-12 09:47:41

Sweetkitty well done smile Have you noticed any changes yet or is it too early?

BalloonSlayer Tue 28-Aug-12 10:09:01

Hello everyone and well done all!

Day 8 Level 2 done this morning! Still can't do it all . . . first set of jump rope defeats my knees. But am changing to Level 3 after 2 more days. Although I can't do a lot of Level 3, that bit where you are in plank position holding the weights I just can't do . . . it's agony for my hands to balance on the weight - so I do it without the weights wink

fretfree Tue 28-Aug-12 11:29:10

Hello everyone - very impressed with how everyone is getting through L2 and 3. I did L1 again this morning. I'm definitely getting better at press ups. I'll be moving up soon but I'm travelling over the next 10 days. Do you need any extra space for L2?

Jezabelle Tue 28-Aug-12 11:48:52

OK, I'm sold. Am just ordering Shred off Amazon, but I don't have any dumbells. What weight should I order. I have no idea! I have an OK level of fitness, (started a spinning class a month ago, go running or on a bike ride a few times a week). My arms are pretty weak though! Any advice?

sweetkitty Tue 28-Aug-12 12:27:14

Do you know I did think my stomach looked a bit flatter this morning, I have a wee bit of a flabby overhang and it looked a bit shrunken grin

I'm going to do 10 days of level 2 then go onto level 3 just for something different, I might do Ripped in 30 then go back to level 2 of the Shred or something

gingercat12 Tue 28-Aug-12 12:57:55

Congratulations, sweetkitty! I had the same impression, a less flabby tummy (with more stretchmarks never thought I'd be so hapy to have them) this morning.

I managed to set aside £100 from my birthday money for my next exercise dvd. I am thinking Insanity / Body Revolution / Turbofire or something like that, so I will try to make up my mind while reading these posts. But first I would like to do a full round of Ripped, BFBM and Killer. Possibly 6W6P as well. They just work so well for me.

gingercat12 Tue 28-Aug-12 12:59:11

BTW is Body revolution a dvd or one of these wii or whatever thingies?

gypsyfloss Tue 28-Aug-12 13:38:31

Body Revolution is a series of dvd's with a manual to accompany them. It is very prescriptive- you do strength 1, 2 and cardio for 3days (one per day) and then repeat, with 1 day off in 7. You do this for 2 weeks and then move up to the next sets. You need weights and a stretchy band thing and a bit of space 'cos some of it is running about.
I thought it was fab but tbh it hurt my knees and left hip almost immediately . So I have been back doing 6w6p which I love and works.I have even run and my knees and hips are fine. I've decided atm I'm going to stick to what I know and also increase my running as I'm starting full time uni with placements on Mon and I don't really know what time I'll have to commit to Jillian.

xelliex Tue 28-Aug-12 14:44:55

Jezabelle I started level 1 using cans then switched to litre bottles of water. Once I could do that I got some 1kg and 2.3kg weights which I use most of the time. You'll probably find your upper body strength improves quite quickly.

Just done day 9 of L3 and having hated it to start with I now don't want to finish it! I'm amazed how quickly my fitness seems to have improved. I honestly think I've had better results doing this then I have doing hours of cardio in the gym.

sweetkitty Tue 28-Aug-12 16:57:24

I started with cans and the bought 1.5kg weights, have bigger ones but happy with the 1.5 kg ones for now.

Day 6 of Level 2 for me, still struggling.

notyummy Tue 28-Aug-12 20:02:57

Thighs are killing me! Combination of NMTZ with quite heavy weights on Sunday, 7 mile run yesterday and Insanity plyometric cardio session today has crippled me. Supposed to be another Insanity tomorrow and rest day Thursday. Will see....

3monkeys Wed 29-Aug-12 00:10:09

OK. have just bought 6W6P and some heavierweights. Am bored of shredding now so looking forward to something new!

gypsyfloss Wed 29-Aug-12 07:33:54

Have fun 3monkeys. I love 6w6p ... Only Ll1 though, L 2 is a killer. Once I could do all the moves I increased the weight on the upright exercises and added in a smaller weight to the floor stuff which, for me , makes it a really decent session.

BalloonSlayer Wed 29-Aug-12 08:22:31

I love 6W6P Level 1 too! I tried Level 2 once and it made me cry grin

I shall move on to that again when I have finished the shred as TBH my arms and legs are fine, it's my tummy that's my disaster area.

About to start Day 9 Level 2.

gypsyfloss Wed 29-Aug-12 08:52:18

grin BalloonSlayer

twinkle1010 Wed 29-Aug-12 10:15:39

Hi, hope its ok to join. Ive just started the Shred DVD. Today was day 3 level one. Apparently im very unfit smile

Im also joining slimming world next week and returning to my weekly zumba class. I have done absolutely no exercise during the summer holidays and I am paying for it now!

notyummy Wed 29-Aug-12 11:28:29

Welcome Twinkle - you wont be unfit soon!

Balloon - L2 6W6P is hard. I really should try it after I have completely finished Insanity as it probably should feel a lot easier - the speed and cardio that make it tough are a lot like elements of Insanity.

Thighs feel a lot better. Day off work and dd is at a playdate so I am about to do Cardio Abs and Pure cardio....wish me luck!!

gypsyfloss Wed 29-Aug-12 12:18:03

Have fun notyummy smile

sweetkitty Wed 29-Aug-12 12:43:02

Welcome twinkle - I haven't done any exercise in 9 years so The Shred has been difficult for me

Notyummy - well done doing all that, especially the running, I tried running a few years back, hated it for a number of reasons, DP runs marathons about 3 a year, well not this year as he's damaged his knee after the Edinburgh one and is now waiting on a MRI scan, he's desperate to run again.

Dragonslayer - how you finding Level 2? I'm on Day 7 now, have to admit its getting easier, well a little, I can even do one push up now, notice the one!

Am returning to fitness pal too as I've been pigging out so not seeing any results from shredding.

Greedygirl Wed 29-Aug-12 15:13:42

Hi! You all sound so busy and like you are making good progress! Love it.

Last week only managed 3 workouts (David was amazing btw wink) so I am doing level 2 of ripped again this week. My upper arm strength is rubbish but I can now do sit ups grin!! I am a bit worried about fitting everything in next week when my DS starts school.

TellMeLater Wed 29-Aug-12 15:21:46

Wow notyummy 7 miles in 54mins is fast! Do you always run at that pace?

sweetkitty Wed 29-Aug-12 15:25:54

What's Ripped like compared to the Shred? Quite fancy it once I've done the Shred?

notyummy Wed 29-Aug-12 15:41:14

Sweetkitty - I would say Ripped is slightly harder than Shred - although that isn't the case with L1 Ripped which is easier than any of the Shred levels. There is a big step up from L1 Ripped to the other levels! In particular I think the cardio is harder, and some of the upper body stuff (nasty tortuous versions of press ups for example...)

Tellmelater - I seem to be around a 8 miles an hour pace regardless of how far I run! I can only run slightly faster than that when I do a shorter distance IFSWIM. My best 10k time is around 45 minutes, but that was on a treadmill so doesn't really count - and was after 2 weeks running up lots of hills when on holiday in Oz so was probably in better running shape than usual. Best Half marathon time is 1 hr 45, but I haven't done more than about 8/9 miles tis year as fell out of love slightly with running - but I think it is gradually coming back!

Did my double Insanity session, as per the Insanity timetable I am following courtesy of a friend from another thread. 40 minutes Pure Cardio, followed by 20 minutes Cardio Abs - not actually quite as awful as it sounds, because probably 15 minutes of it in total is stretching, and only about 5 minutes of the Cardio abs is actually cardio - the rest is various forms of v sit and plank torture.

Greedygirl Wed 29-Aug-12 20:11:15

Notyummy - I used to think that the insanity stuff sounded, well - insane! But now I found myself thinking hmmm, maybe that's what I need to do eventually!! You are a fast runner.

Sweet kitty - I did shred then a bit of 6w6p and am now doing ripped. I really like ripped, it is compact like shred and gets me sweating and aching nicely. I am only on level 2 though!

Just been to running club so I now feel like a proper fitness fiend - two workouts in one day! Off to eat some biscuit to celebrate!

sweetkitty Wed 29-Aug-12 20:37:30

My disaster zones are my bum, hips and thighs, whilst I would say no to a 6 pack I want to shift weight and tone my thighs, all excess weight just goes there. Jeans can be a nightmare as to get them over my thunder thighs they gape at the waist. bottom of thighs hurt tonight really went for the lunges today and it was sore leaning the windows today, hurty shoulders.

Jellybellyrbest Wed 29-Aug-12 21:37:47

OMG: L3 Shred.....jumping lunges?!? What Sadist invented those? Plyometrics are an absolute killer....
Due to Bridesmaid commitments I've only managed to shred once since Saturday. :-(
Oh well; my time will be my own again after Friday. School Monday too, so maybe I'll have MORE time to shred & this time I'll put the effort in on the diet front too. Have been told one too many times now how like my mum I'm getting. Great; except she's 58 & has had 7 children. I'm 37 & have had 3! Does anyone follow Gillian's diet plan? Am assuming it's lots of protein & v boring. I HATE diets. When I try to limit myself I usually think about nothing but food & eat more......

notyummy Thu 30-Aug-12 07:46:43

Jelly- I too hate jumping lunges. They are in Ripped and Killer Buns and thighs as well and they get me every time. They are also in Insanity, but he only does 2 at a time and then sprinting. Harder on the cardio but easier on the thighs!!

I haven't done the diet plan but have heard good things about Master Your Metabolism. Quite sensible and sustainable apparently. I don't diet, but have gradually cut down the amounts of certain food I eat (bread, potatoes/pasta). I had been doing that over some time anyway since I read about low GI principles and realised what a portion of pasta/potato/rice should look like. It means I have worked out what I don't feel deprived when I cut out, but I keep cake because I need that!

BalloonSlayer Thu 30-Aug-12 08:49:36

I've just gone off to Amazon to order Ripped after reading the last few posts but it's £24.99 !! shock

Was it always that expensive or have they run short and stuck the price up d'you think?

< fans self >

I always tell people the Shred was the best fiver I ever spent . . . I guess I would have paid £25.00 for it, retrospectively, but I am not sure about coughing that amount up, up-front. confused

notyummy Thu 30-Aug-12 08:53:37

£24.99? Really? It certainly wasnt that when I bought it.

I just had a quick look - there is a boxed set with both Ripped and Killer Buns for £13.99. Perhaps that could be worth it?

ihatethecold Thu 30-Aug-12 09:01:29

I paid a fiver for ripped about a month ago on amazon smile
Maybe try eBay?
I like ripped more than 30ds. It's a bit longer though.

GeekLove Thu 30-Aug-12 09:07:02

Hi folks!

Your right about the jumping lunges. Those and the plank moguls are my least favourate!
Note to others - jumping lunges at 8 weeks post partum are a BAD plan no matter how energetic you are feeling1!

Am really pleased as yesterday I did L2 30DS with 5 kg weights all the way through! Was knackered at the end though.
Anybody else find getting really sweaty sort of satisfying though?

GeekLove Thu 30-Aug-12 09:18:28

Sweetkitty and twinkle

The first week is the hardest if you have been away from exercise but even after a week I felt 'tighter' even if there was no weight loss or appreciable inch loss.
In the past 3 months I have lost about 1 inch from my hips and waist but then I have only about 7 kg in total to lose. If you have more you will lose more so keep up if you can.
Best to have at least one rest day or a day without weights once a week. I am noticably more tired on day 4 compared to day 1.

trumpton Thu 30-Aug-12 10:03:08

End of first week on shred and the trousers I bought are definately looser. I will stay on level one for a few more days trying to be more Natalie than Anita then move on.

GeekLove Thu 30-Aug-12 13:07:56

Would the Shred, NMTZ, BFBM or KB be best for humungous thighs? They are definately slimmer than 3 months ago but there isnt so much fat on them. It is just a case of pushing on. Its just I have lost inches from hips an abs but not so much thighs.

notyummy Thu 30-Aug-12 13:35:43

I reckon a mixture of BFBM and KB could help there...

ihatethecold Thu 30-Aug-12 15:50:22

Whats kb?

gingercat12 Thu 30-Aug-12 18:49:31

ihatethecold I think it is Killer Buns. It is super.

sweetkitty Thu 30-Aug-12 21:07:30

Haven't managed to Shred today, DS hasn't been well, he's just wanted cuddled most of the day and I've been on my own too, homework, dinner and baths took ages too and I'm too tired now. Maybe it'll help to have a rest day (clutches at straws).

twinkle1010 Thu 30-Aug-12 21:14:47

Thank you for the warm welcome. Redaing everyones post makes me determined to carry on.

Forced myself to exercise today, found ripped in 30 on the excerise channel. (Cant remember what the channel is actually called! Thanks to whoever it was on here that mentioned it Ive sky+ a few different things.) It was easier than Shred but I feel glad that I actually did something and I did some extra sit ups and repeated some of the exercises with weights so not too bad.

ihatethecold Fri 31-Aug-12 07:09:47

I'm finding that ripped is giving be a bad lower back. It really aches.
I know it's because these muscles are not used to being exercised sad
Does anyone know any really good stretches for my lower back.
I do the usual like laying down and putting one leg over the other at 90degrees then put my head the other way.
Any others?wink

sommewhereelse Fri 31-Aug-12 07:29:28

I often have a stiff lower back (it's a muscular problem not a spine problem) and I add a movement to the warm ups. I don't know what it's called but you go on all fours, then repeatedly make your back dip and then arch like a cat.


GinniferAndTonic Fri 31-Aug-12 10:46:56

Day 30! I am shredded!!

As for results, I have definitely lost fat and gained muscle. The muffin top is still there, but according to my DD my tummy is not as "lovely and soft" as it used to be and she's a bit upset actually. My posture has also improved and given that I'm tall and work hunched over a computer, it's a result I'm very happy with.

Now I wonder where to go from here. Work is picking up already and I know I'll have my hands full two weeks from now at the latest. I would still like to do something about the remaining ring of fat around my middle... 6w6p or Ripped? Or just stay with the Shred? I'm a single parent, doing a full-time master's degree course while freelancing as a record and events producer, so during term-time my me-time is very limited. I think I might fit in two workouts per week, and I really want them to be quick and effective.

ihatethecold I have a history of lower back problems (structural, an odd combo of hypermobility and stiffness) and I find that warming up the small muscles around the spine before exercise really helps. I sit on a chair with a stick across the shoulders, holding each end with my hands. Then I move very slightly from side to side twisting the spine. Small movement, not big and dynamic. After this, still sitting with the stick, bend sideways, back and forth, also very small movement. This will pump some blood into the area in just a minute or two, and helps prevent injury.

ihatethecold Fri 31-Aug-12 11:00:20

Well done gandt
Try ripped in 30. It's like shred but I prefer it. Takes slightly longer though.
Thanks for the hints on back stretches.
I'm going for a sports massage this arvo grin

twinkle1010 Fri 31-Aug-12 11:02:26

Just completed day five of SHRED and ordered ripped in 30/killer buns and thighs (£13.99 on Play with free delivery if anyone is interested.)

I think the test will come next week when Im back at work, going to try and get up at 6am to do it before work. Im already dreading it!!

BalloonSlayer Fri 31-Aug-12 12:03:40

Well done Ginnifer!

I've just finished Level 2 and did all of it for the first time. (well, I did "Anita" squat thrusts cos I just can't do 'em)

Start L3 tomorrow or Sunday. gulp. I seem to remember doing jumping jacks with the weights which nearly killed me. I think I might employ a couple of tins for that bit [puny emoticon]

sweetkitty Fri 31-Aug-12 13:01:47

Well done Ginnifer

Good luck with level 3 balloonslayer

Back to it today day 8 level 2 not really into it today think its because I have the cold. Feel dog rough.

xelliex Fri 31-Aug-12 19:27:32

Officially finished level 3 shred yesterday, I'm getting ripped in a few weeks but I'm not sure what to do in the meantime. I've been trying to do NMTZ every few days and I think I'll just keep on shredding and hope it still has some effect.

I did all three levels today and for all level 1 seemed alot easier I could still only manage about 5 pushups before I had to switch to the modifed version....definitely need to work on my upper body strength.

sweetkitty Sat 01-Sep-12 20:54:32

Well done xelliex

Day 9 level 2 here, much better than yesterday, totally over on my fitness pal though courtesy of a birthday BBQ & chocolates.

GeekLove Sun 02-Sep-12 09:55:29

Have been doing more BFBM: went out last night and am appalled that Jagerbombs are more than 200 calories each shock
Still I just about burnt them off dancing like I was a student again
Will do NMTZ today.

Greedygirl Sun 02-Sep-12 16:44:42

Well done to those of you who have just completed Shred! A good milestone. I recommend Ripped.

I have had a lazy weekend apart from a very leisurely 3 mile walk (everything takes 3x as long with a 4yo boy!). AND I went to cinema and ate an entire bag of aero bubbles to myself! Oh well, back to work/school next week so hopefully will be too busy to graze and will just have to get workouts in early in the day - I never manage to do it later. Am contemplating going for a run...

Greedygirl Sun 02-Sep-12 16:45:39

Geek love grin at the jagger bombs and dancing, sounds like you had a good time

ihatethecold Sun 02-Sep-12 19:30:04

I did level 3 of ripped on Friday. It nearly finished me off. It's really starting to hurt my back.
Even in the warm up my back is twingeing.
It's not good. sad

3monkeys Sun 02-Sep-12 19:46:18

Did level 3 shred tonight whileI wait for 6W6P to arrive. Really hard work!! Looking forward to a change

xelliex Sun 02-Sep-12 20:53:00

Did level 3 shred yesterday and NMTZ tonight. Aching nicely now!

ihatethecold Sun 02-Sep-12 21:04:36

Whats NMTZ like?
Is it similar to shred and ripped?

xelliex Sun 02-Sep-12 22:05:09

Not really, it's all strength training/toning. There's no cardio apart from the warm up. It's about 40 minutes long, there's 7 circuits so you can choose to do as much or as little as you want.

I like it as I only do cardio at the gym so it gets me doing something I'd otherwise never do. At the gym I'm just far too lazy to adjust all the machines to do any sort of weight training!

notyummy Sun 02-Sep-12 22:45:53

Loving the jäger bombs talk!

On long weekend break. DH and I did NMTZ together before we left on Friday. Did a long run yesterday morning and then we dud L1 6w6P plus skins pilates this morning. Another run tomorrow morning. Lots of eating and drinking going on, but also lots of walking so fingers crossed not too much damage...

GeekLove Sun 02-Sep-12 23:07:46

It was a good night out thank! Partying like it was 1995!
Still managed 3 circuits of NMTZ today - am aiming to do less NMTZ and more BFBM this week for a bit more cardio. It is depressing how much calories booze has though.

ihatethecold Mon 03-Sep-12 08:10:32

Ok. Can any JM experts do a list of the DVDs and what they are like
Eg. Shred= 20 mins of cardio/strength and abs
Thanks I know it's cheeky grin but I want to get more DVDs and lose track of what people are taking about

BalloonSlayer Mon 03-Sep-12 09:12:21

Uuuurgh just did Day 1 of Level 3.

I never liked it so I haven't done it for aaaaaages, so I had forgotten most of it.

But by using tins instead of weights at times and "doing Anita" I did manage to do it all except one set of scissor things - which I would have managed if I'd done them Anita-style, I had my legs too low sad - so 29/30 for me.

I was pleased though that thanks to 6W6P, I now know how to do mountain climbers properly. I remember when I first did L3 I couldn't manage them and was sort of doing those spotty dog things from aerobics while in the plank position, making terribly heavy weather of it and exhausting myself. Now I've cracked them they are a lot easier grin

Totallycluelessmum Mon 03-Sep-12 11:23:30

Newbie joining you all, hope that's OK smile
Am just 3lb off my target weight but my body doesn't look ANYTHING like it looked when I was last this weight confused ...too many dimples, bulges and wobbly bits...age and sloth are terrible things, sob!
Anyway I did Day 1, level 1 today and I kept up (just) although not sure my knees and the floorboards are up to it!
In another 29 days I WILL be shredded.

sweetkitty Mon 03-Sep-12 12:49:03

Hello all

Day 1 of Level 3 for me today, spent most of it trying to coordinate myself into what they are doing, I am doing a mix of Natalie ans Anita. Think my thighs will be sore tomorrow though.

trumpton Mon 03-Sep-12 16:16:10

Day 1 level 2. Eeek. Sweating hard but didn't stop. Did easier level of plank jacks .

salemsparklys Mon 03-Sep-12 18:33:41

Started last night and although it kicked my ass after an hr at the gym i loved it, day 2 tonight, just back from the gym so will see how i do

catgirl Mon 03-Sep-12 18:38:04

hello - another newbie.... have been reading these threads for ages and have finally ordered the dvd - am going to have to get up at 6am I think otherwise I won't find the time.... will I be able to work afterwards?? Seriously, will I?

twinkle1010 Mon 03-Sep-12 19:26:55

Im now on day 8 of Shred level one and still really unfit although I can feel myself getting a little bit better. Still crap at press ups though!!

catgirl Mon 03-Sep-12 20:32:59

Twinkle - how bad did you feel after doing day 1?

BalloonSlayer Mon 03-Sep-12 21:43:21

I can tell you how bad I felt, Catgirl.

I was exhausted after the warm up. Could hardly do Circuit 1 at all ( and I have done the whole Shred through and I STILL think that Level 1 circuit 1 is the hardest).

When I came to do the "Butt Kicks" in circuit 2 I was so knackered that I was totally unable to run on the spot and nearly careered into the bookcase. grin

For a couple of days I was in PAIN. Nearly woke the household up by screaming in in the middle of the night, because I needed a wee and it hurt sooooooo much to bend my knees to sit on the loo . . . but it got better!

It got easier and I got stronger. I saw and felt the difference in my body. No other form of exercise I have ever taken in my LIFE has done that.

Shred is definitely worth doing, IMO.

sweetkitty Mon 03-Sep-12 21:46:56

I have not exercised in over 9 years, I'm am so unfit, after day 1 & 2 walking was painful well stairs and getting up was but you get through it.

I won't say I enjoy doing it but it's ok-ish I do swear a lot at at Jillian though.

catgirl Mon 03-Sep-12 22:07:03

oh my, thanks for your honestly (I think grin ) so I shall let you know when it arrives and maybe I should aim for Friday morning to do first one, so I can hobble at the weekend, rather than at work......

Greedygirl Mon 03-Sep-12 22:23:58

You'll be fine Catgirl! The stiff legged walk and problems lowering yourself into a chair/toilet seat are a rite of passage on this thread! After the first week you won't experience that level of ache again, but yes , you may want to tell Jillian where to stick her plank on level 2!

I have just done Week 3 of Ripped for the first time - it is fabulously horrid! Bear crawls! My knees are going to be jiggered at the end of this week. I have had a really busy day at work but I think JM has helped with my energy levels, it's true it does transform every facet of your life hmm!!

ihatethecold Tue 04-Sep-12 07:18:15

Greedygirl I'm on level 3 of ripped
I don't mind the bear crawl. But I can't do the one where you roll back on the mat then forwards and jump up. sad
Also the jumping squats in the cardio section are a killer. wink

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 08:22:24

Hello, newbie here, I am going to shred for the first time ever today!

Could any of you experienced bods answer me a couple of questions? How long do I do each level for? Does 30ds mean I'm supposed to do each level for 10 days? Do I take a day off each week? And what weights does everyone use? I don't have any so intend to buy some today.


trumpton Tue 04-Sep-12 08:32:46

I try to do every day
My weights were from a set on Amazon and are 1kg,1.5k and 2.5 in a natty carry case (! ) but the case does keep them together and stop small people wandering off with a weight. *HERE*
I do anything between a week to 10 days on each level. But take it easy .

ihatethecold Tue 04-Sep-12 12:30:53

Walkingchloe. You will be achingcantsitdownonthetoilet Chloe gringringringrin by tomorrow.
Make sure you stretch for 3 times as long a jillian. wink

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 14:41:06

Trumpton thanks for that, have ordered those weights so will use tins of beans or something until they arrive! Will definitely take it easy, been a while since I've done hardcore exercise as had DS so may have to ease myself in to it a bit.

Ihate oh god I remember that awful sensation when you have to drop on to the loo as its too painful to lower yourself down from when I used to do boot camp classes, not looking forward to that!

sweetkitty Tue 04-Sep-12 15:42:51

I started with tins of beans too!

Day 2 of Level 3 probably about half Natalie, half Anita. What I did notice today was there's a gap at the top of my thighs shock. The tale of the tape will tell in 8 days no doubt.

Had a McDs breakfast this morning though Fitness Pal is fuming at me, pasta for dinner

BalloonSlayer Tue 04-Sep-12 16:21:39

Ooh I did day 2 of level 3 today as well sweetkitty.

I can do some Natalies and some I have to be Anita. I have also got some tins of beans out as I remember from last time jumping jacks with my 1.5 kilo weights is too much for my sparrows-kneecaps muscles.

My lower stomach is really aching, hurts if I cough. I wondered what particular exercise had hurt it yesterday, thought I would find out when I shredded today - turns out it's bloody all of them! grin

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 16:21:55

Ooh one more question, I'm using my fitness pal and I know it depends on body weight etc but how many calories burned does everyone put down when shredding?

trumpton Tue 04-Sep-12 16:29:03

I think about 200 calories but might be nearer 150 as some movements are fairly static. Please let me know if you think any different .

sweetkitty Tue 04-Sep-12 16:48:13

I googled this as well and it said about 150 cals but obviously depends on how erm large you are, fitness pal says 20 mins of circuit training is 152cals do I just use 152 cals for each Shred, if it's more that's a bonus right?

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 16:57:51

Didn't think of logging it under circuit training, think I will put 150 and see any more as a bonus too.

GeekLove Tue 04-Sep-12 19:23:59

I remember my first Shread back in May 2011. Lvl 1 with 1.5kg and the next day I felt like I'd gone down stairs in a barrel.
Now I can do lvl 2 with 5kg and a mix of NMTZ, BFBM and 6w6p. Keep up and I swear you won't ache as much next time and by next week you will feel the difference.

catgirl Tue 04-Sep-12 21:06:37

ok what on earth is 'NMTZ, BFBM and 6w6p' - I am at a loss!! DVD still not here, hoping for tomorrow so I can look at the box for a day before getting my nerve up - but I really must do something my clothes are getting too uncomfortable and I have neither the money nor desire to buy new.....will that get me up and exercising in the morning???

Walkingchloe Tue 04-Sep-12 21:47:29

Level 1 of Shred done! Can feel it in my legs already. Had to pause between circuits 2 & 3 for a couple of minutes to see to DS and I was very glad of the breather! Hoping in a way I'm sore tomorrow so I feel like I worked hard but also dreading the soreness at the same time!

RandomUsername Tue 04-Sep-12 21:53:09

Hello folks, may i join?

Ive done the 30 Day Shred twice (never ever got past level 2 though) and have lost 3 stone in the last 5 months

I have 1 more stone to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but have lost all motivation, im eating more than ever and am not exercising at all. I need a kick up the backside!

So im thinking of doing the Shred again, starting tomorrow.

Right, well im going right back to page 1 to read this thread from the very beginning!

notyummy Wed 05-Sep-12 08:42:29

6W6P - Six Week Six Pack: 2 levels. 30 mins each. Mixture of cardio and weights, but only only one lighter weight. Mainly works core and lower body. L2 is TOUGH.

NMTZ - No More Trouble Zones - Weights only. 7 circuits of 6 minutes each. Excellent all body work out. No cardio but you def sweat if your weights are big eneough!

BFBM - Burn Fat Boost Metabolism - cardio only. 7 circuits of 6 minutes each.

Ripped - Ripped in 30 - 4 levels of a mixture of cardio/strength/abs. Each level just over 20 minutes. L1 is pretty easy tbh. All the rest are not!

Killer - Killer Buns and Thighs - 3 levels at about 30 minutes each. Mixture of cardio and lower body with some weights added (not often.) Cardio not that hard, but some tough stuff on the lower body.

I did 5 circuits of BFBM yesterday on the final day of holiday, which means I did something every day! Back home last night and intend to do an Insanity session today and have a day off tomorrow. Weather forecast is great so planning a long run on Friday now DD is back at school - I get to have some exercise time back on my day off!

Re calories - my 9.5 stone friend uses a heart rate monitor and it measured L2 Shred at 187 calories.

3monkeys Wed 05-Sep-12 09:13:55

Getting so disheartened. Have not done anything past 2 days, too busy. Feel like I haven't lost anything. Think I'm going to have to diet aswell, was hoping to get fit without!! Wish 6w6p would hurry up and arrive, bored of shredding now

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 12:20:00

Very excited as I have received an email from Amazon saying that my Extreme Shed and Shred is on its way!! Hopefully it will get me back on track as have been in a bit of limbo exercise wise since completing Ripped.

Hope your 6w6p arrives soon, 3monkeys.

gingercat12 Wed 05-Sep-12 12:56:27

I phoned it in yesterday (the first ever day of school for DS and work was too much for me). So today I got up at 6 snd exercised before work. Feel much better, although I hate Ripped L2.

Nolda You'll have to let us know what Extreme Shred is like.

VenetiaLanyon Wed 05-Sep-12 14:17:04

Hello all, haven't been around for a while, and am picking up Jillian again after a 1 week holiday break. Extreme Shred arrived in the post today - thoroughly over-excited grin

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 14:37:47

Venetia, are you doing it today? Let us know!

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 14:38:33

I see from Facebook that Jillian is going back to Biggest Loser.

McPie Wed 05-Sep-12 17:05:53

I was at the nurse for my weigh in yesterday and was sure I hadn't lost much as I have upped my excercise since the kids went back to school and in the past thats worked against me.
I lost 2.6kg in 3 weeks woohoo smile and hit my first goal in 6 weeks.
Since I started with my food plan on the 24th july I have lost 4kg and 5kg since I first visited the nurse on the 30th may which is a massive surprise to me as I am eating way more than ever before.
I have done 1 week of double shred (x6) then a week of 60 second promise (x5) and this week I am doing all three shred levels one day and 60 second promise the next.

3monkeys Wed 05-Sep-12 20:17:04

Did some Bob programme that I recorded from fitness channel tonight and really enjoyed the change. DD was fab and cheered me on!! And 6w6p arrived today so will try that tomorrow

sweetkitty Wed 05-Sep-12 20:48:13

Extreme Shred now that's scares me

Day 3 of Level 3 here managed to squeeze it in despite v busy day. Trying to be a bit more Natalie and less Anita, sumo squats ouch, rock star jumps cannot do them at all, travelling push ups. Where does that woman get these things from?

Nolda Wed 05-Sep-12 21:58:51

Well done on the weight loss McPie. That's one exercise regime you've got going there!

notyummy Thu 06-Sep-12 08:15:39

Am pleased that Jillain is rejoining BL!

Well done on that weight loss McPie! That is a hard core regime - don't do yourself an injury. What is 60 second promise?

I did Insanity - Cardio Power and Resistance - last night. Tough as usual, but not the hardest of the routines. Soon I will finished all of the month one workouts (which I have taken more than a month to do as I am still doing NMTZ and running as well.) I then move on to month two, which I think is even harder. <Gulp>

Walkingchloe Thu 06-Sep-12 09:23:13

Did day 2 of level 1 shred yesterday and can feel it in my legs and shoulders today. Enjoying it though, let's hope it makes a difference! Definitely more Anita than Natalie, particularly the press ups which kill me!

What is Insanity?

McPie Thu 06-Sep-12 10:22:04

60 second promise is 4 10 min workouts where you do one move for 60 seconds then another harder one for 45 seconds then get a 15 second rest and repeat for the 10 mins.
I can do the 1st one and be dripping in sweat and drowning in it by the 4th one grin.
I am being careful with my warm ups and cool downs but its not really that much different time wise than if I was in a class or at the gym and I dont have to feel stupid in front of others if I cant finish a full section.
I find it no problem doing all 3 shred levels as I enjoy them. I am over the moon to have it all working for me as have been trying to shift weight for years and have normally stayed at the same weight even when I was doing 4 shred levels a day!
The fact that I have been told what I can eat has made a huge difference to my energy levels and I have to be eating twice what I was last year and I was getting nowhere. So I'm an eat more, move more sucess so the nurse tells me smile and if the weight loss stops she can review my allowances and her charts tell her what I have to drop.

notyummy Thu 06-Sep-12 10:45:33

60 second promise looks good! Have bookmarked.

This is Insanity... I was lucky enough to get it free.

Happypiglet Thu 06-Sep-12 11:09:01

Right.... I have not been on this thread since July as I have totally failed to do any JM (except for one session) while the DC were off school. blush
I am too ashamed to read the rest of this thread as I will feel even more inferior.
However....surprisingly it has not done me too much harm. 2pounds on and still look ok ish. I was quite active with the kids except when I sat on my arse for nearly two weeks glued to the Olympics .... Plus there are some passable shots of me in a bikini in France!!!
I did Ripped L1 today when I had dropped off kids to their first day back. I need to get back to what I was doing pre hols ie 5 times a week with at least 2 longer sessions but I can already feel my thighs tightening up!
Hi to everyone it feels good to be back!

Walkingchloe Thu 06-Sep-12 12:49:34

Wow notyummy Insanity looks hardcore but good though. Might see if I can stick to shred and maybe ripped too and then treat myself to Insanity as a reward if I prove to myself I can stick to a programme at home and make a difference. Thanks for the link!

xelliex Thu 06-Sep-12 12:55:34

Checking in as I feel like I've been slacking off since I officially finished shred. I did levels 2 and 3 yesterday after doing nothing on monday and tuesday, and eating terribly the past week!!!

sweetkitty Thu 06-Sep-12 15:33:35

Day 4 Level 3 here, this had better be doing some good. Been good on fitness pal as well, I only need to lose 7 little pounds, why is it so hard?

GinniferAndTonic Fri 07-Sep-12 10:11:50

Ended up doing nothing for a whole week and incidentally I fear this is indicative of what the coming months will be like now that work is picking up. I also haven't got round to ordering another dvd so today I went back to Shred. Did Level 1 just in case I had to start from zero again, but luckily that was not the case - it was mostly easy-peasy. smile I added weights to jumping jacks, punches etc. and did Natalie for everything except the pushups, and even there I managed a couple of proper ones before switching to Anita. So different to how it was just five weeks ago.

This is all so worth it. I don't think I have been super hard on myself either. I push myself but not too hard, if I can't do something then I don't. Likewise with diet, I make conscious choices but don't feel guilty for the odd treat. This approach works for me: it doesn't feel too difficult yet I can see results that keep me motivated.

Happypiglet Fri 07-Sep-12 10:16:32

Well aching badly from yesterday this always happens when I have anything longer than a week off!
Pushed through it and did L1 Ripped again felt harder than yesterday but that is because of my achy muscles!

Hello all!
Back from Scotland on Sunday, had a fab time smile
But, not done a thing since being back as we've had people in doing damp repairs. The hard work starts today!

Will be running through Shred again and then mixing it up with some Turbofire and 60 minute promise I think (thanks for recommendation McPie - great to see you back smile)

Only skim read but everyone sounds like they are doing fab!

Will check in later after my first Shred after a long break...

MegBusset Fri 07-Sep-12 12:50:54

Hello, I am back on the Shred after having a break over summer (and putting on half a stone in chips and ice cream!). Have started back at L1 but think I'll be on L2 after a week.

Those who use MFP, what do you put Shred in under exercise?

sweetkitty Fri 07-Sep-12 13:34:03

Day 5 of level 3 and also weigh in day, have lost a bit fat zero, that needle refuses to budge from dead on 9 stone. I know 9 stone seems ok and it's a BMI of about 22-23 but I don't feel right. It's where I carry it, I'm barely 5 foot4 and have tiny skinny shoulders, arms and calves, all the weight is around my bum and hips, bit on stomach. My legs look like two peoples spliced together. I know people say its muscle turning to fat and it weighs more but I can't see any huge differences in my body shape, maybe a bit less tummy and thighs, I have another 5 days before the tape test.

I'm trying to stick to 1200 cals on MFP, oh I add Shred under circuit training general 20 mins, that gives 152 cals.

Welcome back to all the returners, I'm a Jillian virgin, never did any exercise until I started shredding 25 days ago!

Happypiglet Fri 07-Sep-12 20:43:19

Can Not Walk..... OMG I was a JM 'pro' and after 6 weeks off I am incapable!!! Argggg

Greedygirl Fri 07-Sep-12 21:21:44

I am like you Ginnifer - worried that work is going to take over. First proper week back at work and only managed 2 Ripped level3 and one run. Better than nothing I suppose. I really need to do it first thing.

Level 3 if Ripped is HARD!! My triceps have been really sore (that was after one time!). I was sweating buckets tonight. And then I have had a bucket of red wine and some pizza. Dry September is not happening! Threesteps - I need to borrow you name I think!

ihatethecold Sat 08-Sep-12 07:20:21

Greedy girl.
I think level 3 is hard but it's seems to go quicker than level 2.
Top of my arms really feel it though afterwards.
I also having to adapt it a little cos jillians DVDs have really done my lower back insad
Can't imagine doing L4blush
Also back at work so not doing as much as the hols

trumpton Sat 08-Sep-12 09:14:54

Did 6 days on level 2 and have moved up to level 3 for 6 days as we are going away next weekend. Really hard but seems to go quicker than level 2. Feeling happy with the way clothes are beginning to fit now.

BalloonSlayer Sat 08-Sep-12 10:14:25

sweetkitty you sound very like me and we are at much the same stage of shredding. I am just over 5'4" and I have been trying to get back to being just under 9 stone these holidays. That's my goal - anything under 9 stone! I have been shredding first thing in the morning. By the end of the holidays I was about 9 stone still and a bit fed up after all my efforts, even though my stomach looks a whole lot better.

This week I have been back to work, someone brought cakes as it was their birthday etc. I have shredded twice after work (didn't do it yesterday though) and dropped about a pound and a half! Now 8st 12 3/4. I don't know whether it is:

- shredding at different time of day
- work using more calories (unlikely!)
- shred finally working for me

or what? But very pleased.

Keep at it, it will happen!

McPie Sat 08-Sep-12 11:01:17

The voice of reason that is my Dh has talked me into having a day off today (although I do plan on a nice long walk later but have not told him that yet wink). I have done 120 mins of 60 second promise and 6 shreds this week so I suppose a couple of days off wont hurt though the wine I plan to consume tonight may just grin.
I have lost another 1lb since the start of the week and am only 4 lb off where I was at the start of last summer. If I can get below 14 stone I will be over the moon as I think its been at least 9 years since that has happened. Im at the nurse on the 18th for my weigh-in so I think I will have to work a bit harder next week to make up for tonight's night in with the school mums hmm.

sweetkitty Sat 08-Sep-12 12:45:03

So Day 6 today of level 3 trying to be more Natalie.

Balloonslayer - thanks for the encouragement, sometimes you feel you shouldn't be moaning as technically I'm not overweight but I am flabby. I don't work but have 4 DCs of 8 and under so am always on the go.

I'm off out for a meal and wine but have already shredded, that might cover a glass of wine.grin

notyummy Sat 08-Sep-12 17:29:40

Hungover today after too much to eat and drink last night! Dh and I usually do NMTZ on a Saturday but neither of us could face it today. Did L4 Ripped which I actually quite like and was quite enough on its own for two hungover people! Did 8.5 miles yesterday and in this heat it felt hard. The last mile I got a calf cramp and my lower back started twinging.

NMTZ tomorrow!

catgirl Sat 08-Sep-12 21:27:42

my dvd finally arrived yesterday - I planing on getting out of bed at 6am Monday morning .....is it really 20 mins or does I need to add warm up/cool down to that - never been good at sticking to dvd exercise (or any exercise to be honest!) .... I am telling you all so that if I don't get out of bed I will feel really guilty - does that make sense?? so tomorrow evening really organised about packed lunches, clothes set out etc.... wish me luck! I have to say that reading all your posts is very encouraging to a newbie like me - thank you smile

jan2011 Sun 09-Sep-12 08:01:25

im ashamed to say i haven't done my dvd for a month now, or been to the gym, or done any form of exercise. things have been hard with my dd (lack of sleep) and ive been stressed and exhausted. i was using that as an excuse, but i figure if i get fit anyway even though im so tired, it will help me cope with it all. so even if its awful the first few weeks ill feel much more able to cope with the lack of sleep and stress because ill be fitter...does that make sense, or should you leave getting fit til you are more rested?

anyway i am fed up of feeling like a slob, so when baby goes to her ex a few hours today i am planning on getting my dusty ripped in 30. and i have a bike so before i put it away for the winter, i want to be fit enough to go for a few cycles!

jan2011 Sun 09-Sep-12 08:01:58

catgirl did you get out of bed and do your dvd? lol

catgirl Sun 09-Sep-12 08:57:47

tomorrow Jan tomorrow lol - can put it off for another day!

sweetkitty Sun 09-Sep-12 09:31:53

Catgirl - I am so not a morning person, there is no way I could get out of bed and do a DVD at 6am, my body does not function at that time. I tend to do it after nursery run/before lunch, I'm a SAHM though so that's helps. DD3 and DS usually do it with me too, they have tiny weights too.

I've never timed it but would say its about 25 mins all in. I do a few extra stretches at the end though.

I had a huge 3 course meal last night and cocktails, feeling stuffed this morning now. My thighs and knees ache a bit from the jumping lunges and my shoulders too. I seem to be achy most days but then still have to do the Shred, the plan is another 3 days of the shred then a day off then start Ripped. DH is going to try Total Abs.

MegBusset Sun 09-Sep-12 15:37:28

Sweetkitty I am the same height/size as you and also really struggle to get below 9st. I have accepted that's my natural minimum weight and will be happy to stick at that. I had crept up to 9st 9lb over the summer, and my clothes weren't fitting comfortably. I have been using MFP and got down to 9st 3lb, now the kids are back at school I'm hoping the extra time to exercise will shift the last 3lb.

Done Shred L1 D2 today. Am starting couch to 5k tomorrow so will prob shred 3x week, run 3x week and 1 rest day. That's the plan anyway...!

ihatethecold Sun 09-Sep-12 17:05:59

megbusset and sweetkitty , can i ask?
if you are on MFP, what the calories you are allowed each day and are you eating your exercise cals.

im 5ft 3 and weigh 10st. before my second and third child i was alot lighter (prob due to being skint and having no car)

i have been shredding and ripping for 6 weeks now and have lost body fat and look a lot slimmer BUT i cannot lose a single pound in weight!
im on 1200 cals a day and always eat my exercise cals as im hungry if i don't.

sorry for waffling but was curious as id love to back at 9 st

BalloonSlayer Sun 09-Sep-12 17:50:04

Day 6 Level 3 done. Phew!

I don't do the jumping lunges the Natalie way as last time they buggered my knees . . . but my knees are starting to hurt anyway sad

I think this is why I didn't like Level 3.

Re the weight thing - are any of you still breastfeeding?

pickofthepops Sun 09-Sep-12 17:53:41

Just bought 30 day .. Doing a Bootcamp twice a week and boxing on a weekend ... Think Gillian does similar to our Bootcamp which is a toughy. Keen to get on better shape for it as literally cannot
Love after the summer holidays away from Bootcamp. Do burpees get easier?

MegBusset Sun 09-Sep-12 18:02:52

I am on 1200 and no I try not to eat all the exercise cals. Are you active the rest of the day - I walk to school (20 mins round trip) 3x a day and that helps too, I am about to start running too as although fab for toning, I don't think it will shift loads by itself.

I have also drastically reduced alcohol consumption which I think is making a big impact.

MegBusset Sun 09-Sep-12 18:23:38

*don't think Shredding will shift loads by itself

xelliex Sun 09-Sep-12 20:54:45

Feeling guilty as I've not done any exercise for two days now and unless I get up early tomorrow that'll be another day off.

Worse I've put on nearly 3 pounds so I should be more motivated not less! Weird thing is though my scales are saying my body fat has gone down - I'd like to think I'd put on some muscle but realistically I have not put on 3 pounds of muscle...I'm annoyed with myself as I only had about 5 pounds to lose and just as I'm getting there I go and pig out!

sweetkitty Sun 09-Sep-12 22:30:55

I'm on 1200 cals and have to eat my exercise cals too as I'm always hungry.

I'm also very active never really sit down during the day, always doing something housework wise, walking or playing with the DC.

Really struggled with getting motivated today was very tired after a late night out but did Day 8 of Level 3.

notyummy Mon 10-Sep-12 09:01:29

Well done for overcoming the tiredness and doing L3 Sweetkitty.

I am bit achy after a long run Friday (followed by lots to drink in the evening...), a Ripped on Saturday and NMTZ yesterday. Plan to run today, but probably only a 5 miler as my calf is playing up, and have a day off tomorrow.

xelliex Mon 10-Sep-12 11:12:02

Did level 3 shred this morning, and changed MFP cals to 1000 per day. Think I need to be stricter with myself.

catgirl Mon 10-Sep-12 13:13:49

well I got up at 6am and did my first day grin - how chuffed do I feel?! legs achy but I can live with that. Just as I thought I couldn't do anymore the exercises changed.... phew! only thing is I don't have any weights so when I get those my arms will probably ache too!

jan2011 Mon 10-Sep-12 13:55:33

well done catgirl! im going to start this afternoon promise!

sweetkitty Mon 10-Sep-12 14:26:22

Well done Catgirl, I starting with soup tins smile

Think I'm day 8 or maybe day 9 will have to go check. Actually felt lightheaded afterwards but I had only had a cereal bar and 2 stolen cookies from DS all day so would have been calorie negative. I so struggle with dieting.

sweetkitty Mon 10-Sep-12 14:27:44

Think I'm actually day 8 only two more days then I can have a rest (for a Day)

Happypiglet Mon 10-Sep-12 14:44:18

Well done cat girl! I did Ripped L1 again today after having to have the weekend off to recover from doing it on Thurs and Fri last week. My hamstrings were in agony. Let's hope it is not as bad tomorrow.

catgirl Mon 10-Sep-12 16:22:04

thanks ladies - so is 'ripped' after 'shread' then? will see how knackered I am tonight once kids in bed, but hope to do same tomorrow and soon it will be habit - although slept very badly last night, kept waking up thinking my alarm hadn't gone off!! Soup tins a good idea - hadn't thought of that - will give that a go tomorrow.

catgirl Mon 10-Sep-12 18:19:20

sweetkitty - I struggle with dieting too - have very little will power.....

gingercat12 Mon 10-Sep-12 19:26:35

Why is it that I can do BFBM from beginning to the end (although not very gracefully), while in Ripped in 30 - especially mountain-climbers combined with plank jack, and the plank thrusts - I just have to rest. Aaaaaargh.

I am dieting, but not really losing weight. I can see my thighs getting much thinner though. My exercise shorts are a bit baggy now and they were tight-fitting.

DS recently proposed to me (he is 4). He was quite crest-fallen when I told him I was married to his Daddy. He thinks it is wrong. Anyway, his chat-up line was "Mommy, your arms like the Hulk's!" grin I think it was meant to be a compliment, as he can see me exercise every day. Jillian would be so proud...

xelliex Mon 10-Sep-12 22:36:00

Gingercat I would love to get slimmer thighs, I think if you can see your are getting smaller it doesn't really matter what the scale says.

catgirl I started with soup tins then switched to water bottles when they felt too light, you'll be surprised how quickly your strength improves.

VenetiaLanyon Tue 11-Sep-12 10:01:45

Hi all,

Reporting back on level 1 of "Shed and extreme Shred", which I started today. 30 mins long, and some good new exercises (burpees plus side jumps, side crunches on your hand) , plus some old favourites with weights (running man, butt kicks with weights high above your head etc).

I didn't feel done in after L1 though, either by the cardio or the weights, and she encourages you to do the whole thing (L1 and L2) together. Will try L2 tomorrow, and see how it goes...

notyummy Tue 11-Sep-12 10:24:40

OOh -thanks for the Extreme Shred and Shed report! I have it I(and 60 sec promise) on my amazon wishlist at the moment.

I have an injury - calf strain - which is REALLY annoying me. I think I did it at the ned of my long run on Friday but still managed Ripped and NMTZ at the weekend ok. Went to do a shorter run yesterday and had to pull up nearly straight away. I am resting it today and have retrieved the cross trainer from the garage show will have a go on that tomorrow as it is relatively low impact in comparision to JM/Insanity/running. Fingers crossed....

notyummy Tue 11-Sep-12 10:27:04

And another one who would like slimmer thighs.....

I am a pear shape naturally so my thighs are one of the hardest bits to tame. They are def firmer than they used to be, but still not that small in all honesty. I am more in proportion compared to what I used to be, thasnks to Jillian though. Nearly an hourglass, rather than a pear....if I wear a padded bra grin

dotty2 Tue 11-Sep-12 12:34:37

I haven't done any exercise DVDs since I started running and did C25k in January. Used to use the 30 day Shread regularly, mixed with a bit of Davina. I have decided to start shredding again as although I also swim I've noticed my arms aren't as toned as they were when I was shredding (am 5'9 and 12.5 stone, so clearly losing weight would help with that, but it has defeated me for 20 years since my first diet. Sigh. So am determined to get fit rather than slim for my 40th next year.)

Did my first Level 1 this morning and found the cardio easy because of the running but the other bits a little more challenging. Last time I did the Shred I got really bored with Level 2 (but Level 3 always seemed too hard). What's good to mix it with - at a similar level to Shred Level 2?

sweetkitty Tue 11-Sep-12 12:51:48

Day 29 here so measured myself as I don't think I'll be able to Shred tomorrow.

Weight loss 2lbs
Hips - 2cms
Waist - 1cm
Thighs -1cm

A bit disappointed with the loss TBH I can see a difference in my waist and thighs, I have huge thighs as well compared to the rest of me.

Until I can afford Ripped I'm going to go back and start again at Level 1 but this time use heavier weights and be Natalie more.

MegBusset Tue 11-Sep-12 13:23:49

Just done Shred L1 D3. Did day one of couch25k yesterday so had aches in new places!

dotty2 Tue 11-Sep-12 14:02:02

Hello Meg - just seen you on the C25k thread. I have to say that when I started running I couldn't face doing both so admire your dedication. Think it's good though - you are less likely to get injuries if you mix running with exercises that strengthen other muscles too.

ReneandGeorgetteMagritte Tue 11-Sep-12 15:01:29

Hello, I am on day 2 of 30 day shred and just searched on here to see if it's normal to be in this much pain!

Oh my, it hurts coming down the stairs!

I don't come on here very often, but I hope it's ok if I join you now and then for a bit of inspiration? You all seem to be doing so much!

sweetkitty Tue 11-Sep-12 15:28:29

Yes quite normal I couldn't walk for about 4 days smile

Nolda Tue 11-Sep-12 17:10:49

Venetia, I didn't feel completely done in after level 1 of Extreme Shed (and was feeling a bit disappointed actually). However, My legs are aching today so must have done some good. Haven't done Level 2 yet. It feels a bit more like BFBM than shred in its format and suspect that it will be great if you have enough time to do both levels.

catgirl Tue 11-Sep-12 20:34:24

I am on day 2 too - stairs tricky (and how many times at work did I have to go up and down....) and getting onto the loo...... thought my arms weren't affected until I started the exercises this morning and realised that they ached too! All good though (I think/hope), soup cans good - thanks smile, can't believe I have done 2 days!!

catgirl Tue 11-Sep-12 20:35:18

sweetkitty: silly question why can't you shred if you have done 29 days?? am I missing something?

Nolda Tue 11-Sep-12 20:36:04

I'm back again, having just completed Level 2 of Extreme Shed. OMG, I can hear Jillian laughing her head off all the way from America. Eat my words Jillian? What ever you say. [Crawls off into a corner to die quietly]