Thanks for the encouragement EarSlaps, Jackster and notyummy
I downloaded the NHS C25K podcasts and my lovely phone armband has arrived. As you all suggested I will adopt the attitude I have to Jillian, which is that I am dead after the warm-up, but it would not occur to me to stop.
My work or exercise schedule cannot be compared to any of yours, so today I did Ripped in 30 L3 with 3 kg weights and my lovely ankle weights. The high I got from it was nearly as good as when I first started the Shred. A bit less sweaty and a lot more painful.
I've been a lurker here for a while and did the shred at the end of last year after deciding it would be a good idea based on reading the shred threads. I've moved onto Ripped and found level 1 OK, level 2 pretty tough with all those planks, but just started level 3 and I think Jillian is trying to kill me . I'm sure my limbs were about to fall off by the end..
L3 Ripped is tough, those duck walks are evil. Wanted to do it today but DS is off school poorly. Might manage it when they're asleep though. Got people coming to do our kitchen the rest of the week, so not sure I want to be prancing around my living room when the workmen are here!
I did message threesteps, she's fine just a bit too busy with work to JM and MN. She'll be back soon hopefully.
jackster I was too excited and had to do some running yesterday, when the boys went on an "exploration" as they said. JM does give you quite a good fitness level. Maybe I should have started on L2, but I really felt I need to take it slowly and build up my mental strength. I ran more after the podcast finished, and ran longer periods during the podcast as well than what they recommended. Still, early days.
Now I am off to get a long-sleeve t-shirt, as it was a bit cold in (my oldest faded) short-sleeved t-shirt in the rain.
DespicableJean It gets better, honestly. I am on L3 at the minute as well .
Hi all Back after my weekend away and straight back into it! Did L2 Shred this morning...which is OK until those V raise things in the last circuit ouch. Tomorrow I plan a L2 Ripped, and then probably ES&S L1 and L2 Killer as well at some point this week. Its a bit manic here but hopefully I will fit all that in... although I think I will be in for at least 2 goes of jumping lunges which I LOATH! Well done on the running Ginger I hate running... I did rry C25k but didn't stick it out after being nearly sick the first time out. I have JM for about a year since so I may have improved but don't really feel like trying!
DespicableJean The dark put me off today, too. I told DS he could not ride his bike in the dark last night, and could anticipate an argument with DH not wanting me to run at 6 am.... I do not always use ankle weights, but today I will, if I get a chance. As I said I am not as stressed out or hassled as most of you.
Happypiglet You probably tried to run a lot a faster than I do. Many slugs in the garden can easily outrun me.
BFBM done today. Feeling quite pleased with myself at having done NMTZ and BFBM on consecutive days.
Don't like the music in BFBM though. It makes me stressed (reminds me of the kind of music you might hear in an episode of Casualty!). I have a suspicion that may be deliberate ie it's designed to raise heart rate.
Just did TribeCORE which was a trendy core training TRX/mat/plank, push-up etc class and can report despite it being an hour and everyone else going puce and nearly crying it was easier for me than 6 week 6 pack or other Jillian things so feel v pleased about that - you guys are rocking some serious core body resistance stuff and saving heaps of money too!
That's very good to hear thanks Trucks, especially after I really struggled my way through Ripped L3 this evening. Oh well, twice more then I'm on to L4 next week.
I do love that we save heaps of money with JM DVDs. All my DVDs plus my hand weights cost less than one month at the fancy David Lloyd that everyone round here seems to go to and not get as good results as I have with JM.
Our kitchen was ripped out today, and we won't have a fully functioning kitchen for another 3 1/2 weeks. Healthy eating is going to be a struggle for a while!
Right- manic real life means I have managed anything barring a bit of Callanetics yesterday and Tuesday. Did 50 mins on the cross trainer on Monday. Working from home today, and given that I have 2.5 extra hours that I am not spending in a car, I am spending one of those doing Bobs Pure Strength! Wish me luck- I feel a bit lethargic and sluggish and haven't yet lost the (roughly) 11/2 to 2 pounds I gained at Christmas, but I was determined not to be one of the herd dieting and failing in January! I may need to be the one doing in in February instead! I have a hen weekend and my birthday coming up in the next 10 days, so any concerted healthy eating plan would be doomed to fail anyway. But I haven't touched any alcohol since Jan 4, so at least that's something :-)
<sends good luck vibes to notyummy for Bob> Did L2 Ripped yesterday... Just finished L2 Killer, which really is bloody hard....none of the circuits let off for one minute...I usually find at least one circuit in each level of her DVDs more do-able...not in L2 Killer... and finishing with 'exploding stars' just kills me.. I feel its been hard work this week too notyummy maybe there is something in the air! Will prob do ES&S L1 tomorrow...as its prob my favourite and I need motivating! Happy JMing (or Bobing) all...
Enjoy Bob notyummy! Happyp well done on L2 Killer! I've only done it a couple of times as it scares me!
However I'm on a Jillian roll this week! M- NMTZ; Tu- BFBM; W- L1 ES&S; Th- L2 ES&S. Woohoo! L2 was not as hard as I'd thought - takes a bit of getting used to, and I still can't for the life of me work out those damned hip heists , but gave it a good go!
That sounds Jackster- I am not entirely sure that I doing the hip heists right, but I figure if I am doing a press up with one leg off the floor at the end of each one, then that's got to be hard enough work to be doing me some good!
Bob is finished- phew. I think May have phoned it in at a couple of bits. I usually do it with DH and we are a bit competitive so I don't slack off. Not sure I was so hard on myself today. Still - bits of my body feel like jelly so not that much slacking.
BFBM tomorrow and a quick L3 shred first thing Saturday before before I depart for hen do in London. Depending on how I feel on the Sunday when I get back I may go in the cross trainer.
Littlepudding that sounds like a good plan to me! Ripped is the natural progression from Shred. Personally I think you would be better doing No More Trouble Zones instead of Killer as it is a better all over work out.
Managed 30 mins on the cross trainer with a hangover yesterday, and the hard work that is Bob's cardio rev this afternoon whilst working from home. Was tough....
Littlepudding- I did 6w6p after shred as I fancied a change of format, then Ripped when I'd finished that. I do 3 lots of Ripped a week then if I get a chance to exercise more than that I might do a Killer or something. NMTZ and BFBM are saved for when I have more time (very rarely!), I really must write down what's in each circuit of each of them so I can devise shorter workouts of each. I have ES&S too but haven't tried it yet, just due to timing really.
Week two of no kitchen now! Managing ok but I'm missing the dishwasher! Feel a bit self conscious exercising with workmen in and I struggle more in the evenings so I'm only really managing three times a week at the moment. I'm also doing a push up challenge that's designed to get you doing 50 in a row! Last night was tough- 14-12-14-12 with a minute rest between each set. Get a couple of easier days as 'recovery' now.