30 Day Shred June challenge

(82 Posts)
emmief77 Fri 31-May-13 07:20:28

Going to start this tomorrow.. anyone with me?

Fyouimfabulous Mon 03-Jun-13 12:01:38

I'm starting tonight!

Lynca Mon 03-Jun-13 20:07:49

Hi, my dvd arrived in the post this morning and day 1 is done and dusted :D I'm aiming to do it every day with no rest days, but I'll see how I go. I've also just finished week 1 of C25K, so it'll be interesting to see how I get on with both in one day!
Nice to have others to do it with smile

Lynca Tue 04-Jun-13 18:44:48

Day 2 done smile How are you ladies getting on?

whenwilltherebegoodnews Wed 05-Jun-13 19:24:39

My DVD is in the post but I'm terrified, have heard its so hardcore!

What's the minimum number of times a week you need to do it to make it worthwhile?

Lynca Wed 05-Jun-13 20:03:39

Ideally you're meant to do it every day for 30 days, but I know some people have 1 or 2 rest days per week. I'm going to try and do it every day, but tbh I think whatever you do is better than doing nothing - it just depends how quickly you're wanting results.
I found the first day really tough, the second day even worse as I had achey muscles from the day before and I had already gone for a run that morning. I did day 3 today though and it definitely seemed easier than both previous workouts. I don't know if that's me starting to see results already or...? I have also been doing C25K and eating a lot healthier though so it is probably a mix of all combined wink
Let us know how you get on grin

annaban Wed 05-Jun-13 23:45:08

Hi ladies! I started on 1 June.. Haven't missed a day yet smug face

How are you all getting on? Do you think it'll work? Only 20 mins?

I have a ton to lose (ideally 5 stone, but I'll settle for 3)

What weights are you using?

AB

Lynca Thu 06-Jun-13 21:00:00

Hi annaban smile
I started on 3rd June - haven't missed a day yet either grin . I didn't actually weigh myself before I started but I know roughly what I am and I have a target weight. I want to lose a couple of stone ideally. I did take my measurements though just to see if it's working. I'll probably re-measure between levels.
I'm currently using heinz tomato soup cans - they aren't very heavy but I'm pretty skint atm and would consider weights a 'luxury' blush . So heinz will have to do for now!
Just finished day 4 and it seemed slightly easier than the previous workouts so it seems to be doing something at least!

annaban Thu 06-Jun-13 21:35:46

Hi Lynca!

Snap, I didn't weigh in either, but I do feel much better alreadysmile

I'm using 500ml evian bottles filled with water!!

I'll check in after the weekend, see if we've managed to be good xx

IControlSandwichMonkey Thu 06-Jun-13 21:41:38

I'm doing it too. I need a kick start to my fitness as I've had a couple of months off learning to drive and while I've still been walking and cycling everywhere and doing the odd run where I can, I need something to get me back into proper exercise. I've done it all the way through a few times before and it is effective.

If find it a bit cardio-lite so I either do two levels back to back or go for a run afterwards.

My weights are 5k but first time I ever did it they were 3k. I think if you can get hold of proper weights, they make all the difference.

bacon Thu 06-Jun-13 22:05:15

Well, I've been doing it on and off for 16 months its just not practical for me to do it everyday and to be quite frank, it took for nearly 1 year to not feel utterly exhausted and suffer for days after. I wouldnt worry about the 10 days of levels I feel you should be able to complete each level well before moving on. I do level 2 now but havent done it for 2 weeks. My weight lose hasnt been great but my level of fitness has improved and stamina which is also my main reason for doing it. I started on no weights now I use 1.5kg.

I found after a few days the boredom kicked in and I alternate with other DVDs such as Davina's Intense or The Firm. As long as you work out on as many days as you can makes no difference what DVD it is.

IControlSandwichMonkey Thu 06-Jun-13 22:09:43

I much prefer Davina. She doesn't babble on about phoning it in and byoooooooodiful. grin

annaban Thu 06-Jun-13 22:11:05

This made me laugh...

https://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-follow-anita-5/

IControlSandwichMonkey Thu 06-Jun-13 22:11:07

bacon, you might be surprised though, level 3 of the Shred is much easier than level 2 imo. But that's because I find level 2 is quite knee intensive. The plyometric training (jumping) in it can be quite tricky and if you lose form, the potential for injury is quite high.

kefybaby Thu 06-Jun-13 22:15:22

Can I also join you please? I started at the beginning of the month but have only exercised every other day. I need the motivation to stick with it every day. I am also just using tins for now as weights but feel that I should buy proper heavier weights as my arms are not feeling the exercises (unlike my legs - ouch!).

kefybaby Tue 11-Jun-13 08:13:22

Good morning! So, how is everyone getting on? I still have days when I don't get the chance to do the shred (it's just 20 minutes long, I know... blush) but it is definitely getting easier, even with proper (light!) weights. I might move to level 2 today if I find the courage.

whenwilltherebegoodnews Tue 11-Jun-13 08:17:53

I've done it a couple of times now, not as bad as I thought although DH did it with me and had to correct my posture a few times! So there was quite a lot of concentrating.

I think it will get a bit repetitive so going to alternate with exercise classes and swimming. Hopefully I'll see results soon!

hillyhilly Thu 13-Jun-13 14:36:42

I just found this message, I have just done my shred for the second time, though with cans of baked beans as I don't have any weights.
Today was easier than Tuesday, I'm hoping I can persuade myself to get out of bed and do it early tomorrow.
The last time I attempted it, I only did it once but I was going to the gym regularly, this time I have no gym membership and less than 9 weeks to go until my holiday.
I'm combining it with Mfp - I've been entering it as circuit training, anyone else on Mfp too?

hillyhilly Fri 14-Jun-13 17:09:59

Yay me! I got up at 6.30 this morning to do it the third time! It's getting easier. Though I am about to ruin my efforts with a big weekend

Bakingnovice Sun 16-Jun-13 23:35:41

I'm doing it too. Alongside c25k. Trying to lose a stone. Did it last year and loved it, but I can't do it every days as it buggers my knees up. I don't find I lose weight with it so I'm hoping my running will help.

Lynca - we both seem to be doing shred and c25k. Perhaps we can motivate each other!

Lynca Mon 17-Jun-13 12:28:11

Hi Bakingnovice smile I have to admit I've missed a few days of shred blush I haven't missed any of my runs though and I've managed to keep up with each session - and I've found my trousers are now falling down as I run! lol grin How're you getting on?

Bakingnovice Mon 17-Jun-13 13:21:49

I did shred today. Doing last run of wk 1 tmrw. I feel better doing both. Are you dieting too? I'm doing 5:2 but losses are really slow. Well done on clothes feeling loose! What week are you on?

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Mon 17-Jun-13 13:29:40

I'm doing this! So glad i've found this thread.

I'm on day 7 today of level one.

The first three days were unbearable. I was so out of breath. However, last night's was much more manageable.

i think maybe my handweights are too heavy though. So i might need to buy lighter ones, as i struggle to do the side lunge/hand weight exercise all the way through without pausing for a second or two. They are currently 1.5kg. Is that heavy of am i just a weakling?

Anyway, i've been on a 1200-1500cal diet since April. I was 12 stone on the 1st of April and now i weigh - as of this morning - 9stone 13lbs! My BMI has gone from 26 to 21.

Since April, i've been doing half an hour on my exercise bike an evening.

But the weight loss has really slowed down recently, and I'm very untoned, which is why i decided to try 30 day shred.

I took measurements on my first day of my waist and 'love handles'.

Waist - 28inches
Not quite my hips (across my belly button) - 34 inches.

Will be interesting to see if i lose anything.

hillyhilly Mon 17-Jun-13 21:21:24

I got up at 6.30 again this morning, quite enjoyed it really. I do need to get weights rather than using cans of beans though!

Lynca Mon 17-Jun-13 22:20:25

Nice one hilly!
Wow TTFUD that's awesome!
Baking I'm starting week 4 tomorrow, really enjoying it and I can feel myself improving every week smile I haven't really been dieting, just eating a lot healthier as I had a very poor diet before I started all this at the end of May, and I'm feeling a lot better for it smile

Bakingnovice Mon 17-Jun-13 22:36:55

Turn - wow wow wow!! Congrats. I've been dieting and exercising for about 9 weeks and I'm 15lbs down. You've done amazing. Do you have any tips? I'd love to speed up my losses.

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Tue 18-Jun-13 00:06:38

Aw, thank you! I have to admit, I didn't think i'd last so long. I've not been under 10 stone for years. I'm 5'7 and would like to fit a size 10 comfortably. My inner thighs and tummy have lots of deep stretchmarks though, so I'm not sure how much i can expect these areas to tighten. But i shall persevere nonetheless.

Have just finished day 7 of level one and also 30 mins on my exercise bike. Still can't do a bloody press-up though. I think i'll be doing it Anita-style for the foreseeable future.

My tips probably won't work for the majority of people, but i'll share all the same.

I am not a morning person at all. On my last attempt at weight loss last year, i tried getting up around 6am to exercise each morning, but i didn't stick to it. I've found this time around that i prefer exercising in the evenings. i put the soaps on, or catch up on some TV on my laptop while doing it.

I don't allow myself a night off. I used to justify this with 'but i need a rest day'. I've realised that i would only need a rest day if i was working out a lot. I'm not. 30 mins on an exercise bike doesn't require a day of rest each week. And if i find myself falling asleep and saying 'Oh, i'll just do double tomorrow', i quickly get up and just make myself do it.

I used to be a bit of a binger, and this was always my downfall on previous diet attempts. I would allow myself a little treat, and as soon as i got a taste for it, i'd just continue eating until i felt sick. This time round, i made myself go cold turkey for 6 weeks. No treat foods whatsoever. The cravings for the first 3 weeks were crippling, but i just kept saying no. By the 6th week, i honestly didn't crave anything.

I meal plan a month in advance, so i know and can prepare healthy meals rather than resort to micro stuff like i used to.

I also get my shopping delivered and stick to my list/budget to avoid me getting tempted.

I don't snack. I stick to three meals a day. If i am feeling a bit peckish in between meals, i have a cup of tea or water. I also chew gum a lot. But i've always done this.

I set myself small goals. So i keep telling myself (and have been telling myself since i weighed 12stone) that my target is to lose 5lbs. And when i reach that, i tell myself again that i only want to lose 5lbs.

My weight has pretty much stayed the same this month. I weighed 9st 13lbs on the 1st June and it's fluctuated between that and 10stone 2lbs since, back to 9.13lbs again this morning. The weight loss was very quick to begin with. I lost a stone in about 3 weeks. So now that it's becoming harder to shift this last half a stone, i've got to kick it up a notch which is why i'm trying the 30 day shred.

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Tue 18-Jun-13 00:16:23

Oh, i also don't drink alcohol (never have done except for my Malibu at Christmas) and i've cut out all fizzy drinks. I blame Irn Bru for me being overweight in the first place. grin

Since April, i've had i small bottle of Diet Irn Bru (which is rank by the way) and felt horribly bloated afterwards, which has totally put me off fizzy juice.

I think the key thing for me which has made this attempt successful is going cold turkey. No takeaways, no chocolate, no fizzy drinks, no cakes, - just my own food i've made myself. And i feel really good. Not miserable at all. I've found that my energy levels have increased, as has my confidence whereas before i was always down and sleepy.

It really is true what people say. Fad diets etc don't work. I've tried them all and got nowhere. In fact, i still have ten bottles of Maple Syrup from my last year's attempt of the lemonade diet (which i gave up on a after 5 days).

It's all about reprogramming your habits and attitude towards food/exercise.

Bakingnovice Wed 19-Jun-13 10:27:19

Turn how impressive!! You are so inspiring. How's the exercise going this week?

kefybaby Fri 21-Jun-13 10:49:49

I did the first day of level2 today. Ouch! But I feel so much better for it. I had missed quite a few days (again...) so I need to get back on track. Also started MFP. DD2 is now 4 months old so no more excuses and "baby cakes". My weight has not shifted by a single oz on the last few months (despite the EBF) so clearly I need to control what I eat. blush

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Fri 21-Jun-13 12:34:47

Aw, thank you, Baking. You've made me blush

Exercise is going great. Been doing the bike every night since April and haven't skipped a day on 30 day shred. Yet...

Yesterday was my final day of level 1.

I'll be attempting level 2 tonight. I watched it through last night with my face like shock. It is a huuuuuge step up from level 1. Jillian Michaels will be the death of me!

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 22-Jun-13 07:59:46

Right ladies, I'm in from tomorrow morning. I've got back into WW for my diet.

I'm a size 16-18, 13st5lbs, 5'8", flabby, wobbly, unfit and desperate to shift the back fat that's making my new correctly sized bra lumpy.

I want my toddler to stop burying her face in my fat belly and blowing raspberries that make my boobs jiggle.

I want my DH to comment my nice arse again.

I want my double chin to melt away.

I want to walk up 5 flights of stairs without lactic acid burning my thighs and being out of breath.

I'm not going to stop until I'm size 12, under 11st and feel like I love my body again. I've hated my body for the last 13 years and I want to look in the mirror and feel good.

Shred is phase one. If I have to do all of Jillian's programmes then so be it.

I'm shredding again after a long break, in search if a combination of toning and mood improvement. Horrific DOMS after day 1, took one days break and have now done day 2. Going to rotate Shred, Ripped, 6W6P and Killer Bun, and will consider myself victorious once I've done the boss battle final level on all of them, which will take 6 weeks I guess. Unfortunately it's been so long, and the house is such a tip, that I can't find 6W6P or my box of Argos beginner weights, so I've had to use the smallest of my big girl weights, which are 1.5 kg and a real struggle for some of the tougher moves.

After several dabbles with Jillian in the past I can now recite Level 1 Shred, and yesterday I just put the music on low and listened to a podcast which was interesting, but somehow not the same. I enjoy panting out "Yes, yes, you are a crazy person" and other retorts to her more off-the-wall pronouncements.

Bakingnovice Sat 22-Jun-13 11:07:55

Let's be honest - jillion is a total crazy bitch. And she knows it

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Sat 22-Jun-13 11:59:52

Day one of level 2 last night.

It wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. Still pretty brutal, though. I just followed good old Anita for most of it. There's no way i was doing that crazy double jump rope trick without keeling over.

AintNobody - i'm using 1.5kg weights, too. They are killers! I have to take a little 5 second beat in some of the harder exercises.

I still can't do a press up!

Quite looking forward to tonight's attempt. The thing i like about this DVD is that the exercises chop and change often and frequently, so i don't get bored. And it makes the whole workout fly in, too.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sun 23-Jun-13 08:40:18

I realised that it was probably unrealistic to do my first session in the morning so I did it last night before bed.

I used DH's 1kg dumbells which was a mistake as they were too heavy and hurt my neck during the workout. I'm going to get some soft grip hand weights for tomorrow.

This morning I don't feel too bad. Felt like jelly last night and slept very well. I followed the easier woman as far as I could. It seems I have very short and tight arse muscles as I can't get into deeper squats.

TurnThatFrownUpsideDown Sun 23-Jun-13 09:38:58

So disappointed in myself. I didn't do my day 2 of level 2 last night. sad The first time i've skipped a day.

So i'm going to get two lots in today to make up for it. I might do last night's one this morning, then today's one tonight... i must be mad. But i don't like the feeling of being a day behind.

I think my arms are slowly becoming used to the 1.5kg weights. I had a little 5min weight workout last night to try and ease my guilt of not doing the 30 day shred and i did it! Yes, it was sore, but as Gillian says... "That's just your body getting stronger. When it gets sore - that's when it counts."

Also, i weighed myself this morning and i'm now 9'10! To be fair though, i haven't lost a pound all month, now all of a sudden i've lost 3 pounds in a week. Must have been holding onto a lot of water.

Also - sadly - i've realised i'm not in fact 5'7. I am 5'6 and a half inch. I've been living a lie all these years. grin

So this throws my BMI calculations off very slightly.

However, so far i am very happy with how the Shred's going. My fitness levels have already greatly improved and - for the first time in 6 years - my tummy doesn't look bloated. I thought i'd forever look slightly pregnant, but i woke up yesterday morning and it was flat! I couldn't stop staring at it. Still a bit saggy because of stretchmarks under my belly buttons, but the roundness has gone.

Jullian is a friggin genius. I used to do the Davina DVDs and never had results like this. She's far too soft.

Very excited to see the results at the end of the 30 days.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sun 23-Jun-13 10:29:48

frown don't beat yourself up. You managed to do something.

I can't imagine being able to use 1.5kg weights!

Bakingnovice Sun 23-Jun-13 14:07:46

Frown don't worry. I do it every other day and it still works. I did it daily last year and ended up really injured. It can be pretty hardcore. And well done on the weight loss! I'm so jel as I haven't lost anything for 2 blimmin weeks !

Do you follow a diet plan too?

PessimisticMissPiggy Sun 23-Jun-13 14:46:34

I've got popped to JL and got myself some hand weights. I felt really good about it!

OverAndAbove Mon 24-Jun-13 17:39:34

May I join you please?

I started 30DS today - am really busy working and shattered by evening time so I got up at 6am to do it. I managed it all without stopping or cheating, but oh my goodness, the stiffness is setting in now! I will be getting up early again tomorrow to do day 2 before my DD gets up; wish me luck!

ShowOfHands Mon 24-Jun-13 17:54:04

I really agree with the idea of lifestyle change and change of attitude. Because dieting is miserable, not healthy a lot of the time and even if it works what then? You've lost the weight but you can't continue with this miserable lifestyle and you haven't learnt anything about healthy eating and exercise. So back to bad habits and the weight comes back. My Dad had something click 18 months ago and he went from yo yo dieting to learning how to be healthy and active as part of his daily routine. He's gone from 18 stones to 11 stones and kept it off and he's so happy and well.

I also think it's important to not feel guilty for missing the odd day here and there or having a chocolate cake because it's your birthday or you fancy it. It's a life plan and one day off because you are busy or one cake isn't the end of the world. Don't punish yourselves. Be proud.

I'm still shredding. Missed one day since June 1st as I went to a music festival. Still doing either two levels back to back or one level and a run (have a 10k run next month, my first ever). I can do all of it with 5k weights apart from the chair squats and v raise in level 2 where I have to use a 4k or I die.

kefybaby Mon 24-Jun-13 18:06:02

Oh great! Right as I was feeling things are getting a bit under control with the shred and MFP, one of the ladies on our street asked me if I'm pregnant. Right after I told her that DD2 in the pram was 4 months old. sad
Showofhands, you are so fit!!

NandH Mon 24-Jun-13 18:06:48

Can someone please explain what this 30 shred thing is? I'm guessing it's a DVD workout,yes? considering joining if it doesn't take up too much time grin

ShowOfHands Mon 24-Jun-13 19:21:28

Oh kefy, you have a 4 month old. That lady on your street was actually very rude and should listen and/or think more carefully. 4 months postnatal is nothing. I'm fit now, yes but 21 months ago I had dc2 by emcs and was a 12 stone, unfit jelly. Some of that 12 stone was the water retention/air, blood volume etc and I lost a good stone in the first 6 weeks post cs but since then I've got down to 8st 4lbs, am running several times a week and shredding daily. I'm a size 8 and the fittest I've ever been. It's been a long road though. At 4 months postnatal, my priorities were still bfing and cake. Don't feel disheartened.

NandH, the Shred is a workout dvd. It's based on interval training and it lasts 20 minutes. It is a short warm up and cool down and then inbetween 3 x 6 minute circuits where you do 3 minutes of strength (weights or things like press ups), 2 minutes of cardio (jumping jacks, jumping, jogging on the spot etc) and 1 minute of abs. So 18 minutes of working out and 2 minutes of warming up/cooling down. Because it's interval training, it's very effective and the idea is that you do 20 minutes every day for 30 days. You start on level one and then move to level two and level three when you're ready. Roughly ten days on each is what people aim for. Have a look on youtube for an idea of what it is. It's a good starting point for fitness, you can see quite quickly that you're getting better at it, each section is so short that you never get bored and it's good for toning, fitness and weightloss. Downside is that it's very American and the trainer woman is a shade bonkers but you tune all that out.

NandH Mon 24-Jun-13 20:19:51

showofhands - thank you for taking your time to reply! That sounds sodding amazing!! Do you need any equipment? I'm off to buy this on amazon! grin

Count me in !!!

kefybaby Mon 24-Jun-13 20:33:33

ShowOfHands, thanks a lot for taking the time to share your experience with me and talk some sense to me. I feel much better and motivated to keep trying to get fitter (and shed the baby weight!).

ShowOfHands Mon 24-Jun-13 21:13:35

kefy, if you want a good laugh, click on my profile and there are two pictures of me pregnant on there. The red top is me at 7 months, black top is 8 months and ds was born a few days after it was taken. Gawd only knows how big I'd have ended up if he'd gone full term. The picture of me in the purple dress was a couple of months ago and about 5lbs heavier than I am now. But really you should have a look and laugh at how ridiculous I was when pregnant. Even maternity trousers couldn't cope. grin

NandH, some hand weights are necessary but if you want to crack on then use water bottles or tins of soup for now. You can pick up some hand weights fairly cheaply.

kefybaby Mon 24-Jun-13 22:53:04

ShowOfHands, wow! What an amazing baby bump! How heavy was your ds (is he dc2?) when born? You did not seem to have put on any weight anywhere else though. If's all bump! You look lovely in the purple dress. Clearly all the hard work has paid off. I like your attitude regarding diets. Having tried a few diets in my life, I agree that long term it is all about developing a healthy and balanced lifestyle and attitude towards food and exercise.

Soupa Mon 24-Jun-13 23:03:40

Can I join, it's in the draw...I can dig it out. Need to shift half a stone or so, will the stretched marked thighs and belly turn to creped paper. Hmmm probably, but I need to find my waist and stop my arse sliding down my legs

Lavenderloves Tue 25-Jun-13 07:29:45

Ladies can i join you pls.
I'm going on holiday in two weeks time and want to tone up before. I haven't got much weight to loose just inches really.
I've done the shred before and it was amazing, unfortunately i got ill and stopped.

Yesterday i did level one plus a thirty min run. I also walked through/watched 6w6p and boy that's hard and fast. Calories 1600.

My waist 29 my hips 36.5.

ShowOfHands Tue 25-Jun-13 11:30:13

DS is DC2 and was only 6lbs 13oz. Twas a LOT of water but he was also a month early so probably would have been a bit bigger than average if he'd hung on. And the rest of me remained pretty slim, I was just a walking incubator. I have a really shallow pelvis and short body so I just looked ridiculous. Soupa, I had baaaaaaad stretchmarks on my thighs and stomach (and breasts and bum and back and knees) and while they're completely faded to silver, the crepey effect is here to stay. I will always have loose skin and tiger stripes but in my clothes and in a good light out of them, I think I look okay for a woman who's had two mahoosive bumps.

ShowOfHands Tue 25-Jun-13 11:31:53

I'm considering the 6w6p dvd. Or one of the boxsets maybe. Is Jiiiiiiiilyun any less annyoying in 6w6p?

Lavenderloves Tue 25-Jun-13 12:19:49

She's much, much more focused, less chatty, so yes i think she is. To me shred feels like a beginner dvd, lots of motivational chat. ( which i didn't mind, yes it does get annoying after a while) 6w6p is less annoying as she's just getting on with it.

It's free on U tube if you wanted to watch it.

Shred level one done, i will jog later. I've consumed 1000 of my 1600 calories already.

kefybaby Tue 25-Jun-13 13:02:59

Walking incubator: grin

Lavenderloves Tue 25-Jun-13 20:01:32

I did a thirty min run and stuck to the 1600 calories! Two days down.

PessimisticMissPiggy Tue 25-Jun-13 20:26:56

I didn't do it yesterday due to a toddler that refuses to sleep lack of time. I'm just about to send DH out to the shop to give me 25mins alne with Jillian.

Lavenderloves Wed 26-Jun-13 13:59:52

Shred level one session three complete. It was very hArd on the legs i'm guessing thats the jogging.

Only 500 calories so far today. Yipee.
Will jog later.

kefybaby Wed 26-Jun-13 15:56:36

Finally 1 kg down! I've been trying to lose this kg for the past 3 months!! Of course when I started MFP a week or so ago I realised that I had been eating like a piggy...

OverAndAbove Wed 26-Jun-13 16:59:31

I also did day 3 of level 1 today. I found it really really hard BUT I feel much better now - the dull pain in my arm pits has subsided and I no longer have constant cramp in my buttocks. Hurrah!

hillyhilly Wed 26-Jun-13 17:02:45

I think I might move to level 2, have done level 1 approx 7 times over 2.5 weeks and am impatient to move on.
No weight loss yet though

Lavenderloves Wed 26-Jun-13 17:27:38

Are you measuring hilly? I didn't loose weight last time just inches!

Soupa Wed 26-Jun-13 20:07:34

Showofhands, of course you will look great. I don't mind mine really, a,though they look alarming if I scrunch them up!

Have found my shred and will watch tonight whilst eating peanuts and drinking cider in prep for doing it tomorrow! Weighed self and am 9.13 and measure 38,30,38... Need to loose two inches all round. Baby is going on 7 months so no more natural shrinkage due appart from when I stop feeding...

Lavenderloves Wed 26-Jun-13 20:44:56

I did a 35 min run and kept the calories within range today smile

Lavenderloves Thu 27-Jun-13 09:16:34

Shred level one session 4 complete. smile

Soupa Thu 27-Jun-13 11:49:46

So if I loose 8lbs over four weeks of shredding, do we think that will give me two inches off most measurements or will it take more?
Is the shred that good?!

hillyhilly Thu 27-Jun-13 13:43:19

Haven't measured this time, I keep forgetting, I did level 2 for the first time today - its a lot harder but I survived.

I did take photos so I'll do some more in a couple of weeks,they were not that incentivising actually as I kind of thought "you're not that bad!"

alarkaspree Fri 28-Jun-13 15:39:03

Hi all, can I join in? I am on day 10 of the shred, and just completed session no. 4 of level 2. I am combining with 5:2 diet, so having only 500 calories on Mondays and Wednesdays, and avoiding snacks, but not counting calories on the other days. Maybe I will have to start but I'm hoping not to have to, I find calorie counting very confusing and time consuming.

I didn't take any measurements at the beginning, which clearly was a mistake, because I haven't lost any weight. I am optimistic though. I think my muscles are more toned.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 28-Jun-13 15:55:08

Oh hello, I assumed this thread was all people who all began at the start of June but looks like there's latecomers - I joined another thread last weekend but if you don't mind may log in here too (the more encouragement the better). I did day 6 of level 1 today. My legs have stopped complaining when I walk downstairs, arms still a bit sore and still nowhere near being able to do a pushup (even from knees) but apart from that not too bad.

alarkaspree Fri 28-Jun-13 15:58:10

Grimma I found level 1 much harder on my knees than level 2. The sideways squat move absolutely killed them. I think partly because I wasn't very good at it so my knees were coming too far forward at times. But level 2 has not hurt my knees at all, although they feel a bit weary sometimes...

The push ups are easier in level 2 also.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 28-Jun-13 16:00:52

My knees are ok, it was my quads which were sore.
>The push ups are easier in level 2 also.
really? that's good to know. I probably ought to watch it through in a couple of days time to see if its doable yet.
I think there are some exercises which some people can do and others just can't. Like people who nonchalantly recommend chin-ups.

kefybaby Fri 28-Jun-13 16:36:55

I also found level 1 more demanding on the legs. I even went back and re-did a session of level 1 a couple of days ago (I am currently half way through level 2) and was sore the day after. Having said this, there is a lot of being in plank position in level 2 which I am not a great fan of!

PessimisticMissPiggy Fri 28-Jun-13 19:03:24

I can't do a press up! Not even a modified one! Does this mean I'll struggle with level 2? I'm currently on session 5 of level 1.

I couldn't do a press up as a sporty teenager either.

alarkaspree Fri 28-Jun-13 21:19:51

You don't have to be able to do a push up for level 2. One of the strength moves is to walk out your hands to a plank position and then do a push up, but the modified version if you can't do a push up is just to hold the plank position. I can't do more than one or two push ups at a time but because you get a long gap in between them I can manage these ones.

I find the cardio in level 2 brutal but it isn't as hard on my muscles.

hillyhilly Sat 29-Jun-13 08:13:16

I've just done day two of level two, my thighs hurt from the squat thrusts and high kness but I'm managing!

Trazzletoes Sat 29-Jun-13 08:40:50

Can I join too while its still June, please? I'm shredding with MFP and c25k.

I've done 2 weeks of level 1 every other day. Was so proud of myself yesterday for doing all but 1 press up and all the abs moves grin

Does anyone else get vaguely irritated by Natalie blatantly "phoning it in" in the background?!!!

IWillDoItInAMinute Sat 29-Jun-13 11:44:00

Will you be moving into July with this?

I started Shredding back in May for 5 consecutive days then we had a run of illness and half term etc blush I haven't re-started it. I'm so grateful my knees recovered as I really thought I'd done permanent damage grin

Will send DH out with DCs so I can start again. The pain does decrease if you continue after a couple of weeks ? -please reassure me because I can still remember the pain of stairs after the first go-

kefybaby Sat 29-Jun-13 13:41:49

The pain does indeed decrease. I was also unable to go up and down stairs. blush

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 29-Jun-13 15:59:36

iWill I'll volunteer to set up a July thread.

IWillDoItInAMinute Sat 29-Jun-13 17:11:09

Thanks for the reassurance !!

MissPiggythat would be great, I know I really need to do this but I need encouragement grin -people to moan at

ShowOfHands Sat 29-Jun-13 17:27:14

I will continue into July though may be moving over to her other DVDs. But motivation is always good.

Those of you who can't do press ups, have you had your press ups checked out by somebody who can see where you're going wrong? I used to be quite fit before having dc. I went on a bit of a health kick in prep for conceiving and it took 14 months to get pregnant so by the end of it, I was running 10k once a week and working out on the other days, plus cycling 15 miles a day to get to work. I was demented. Couldn't do a press up though. Not a single, solitary one. Until my dh who was a fitness instructor and personal trainer was permitted into the room in which I worked out. He pointed out where I was going wrong, corrected my errors, explained what I should be doing, what to flex when and I did my first press up. Then another. Then another. And because of muscle memory, once you've mastered it, you've mastered it. I can do them to failure now and can do over 100 (I choose not to though as I prefer Sitting and Reading My Book). They're a skill which you can master but I couldn't see where I was going wrong until somebody watched my pitiful efforts.

PessimisticMissPiggy Sat 29-Jun-13 18:50:42

New thread here

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