30 Day Shred - DVD just arrived ... anyone else about to start?!

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Lovethesea Sat 22-Jun-13 10:58:29

So, after all I've read, the DVD and the weights have arrived....

Later today I plan to begin.

In 30 days I will be toned, have lost this extra stone, feel awake instead of in need of a nap all the time ... etc etc etc.

Right now just getting through the first one would be a victory! Anyone else desperate and mad enough to be starting this....

Lavenderloves Mon 24-Jun-13 13:44:09

Yes i just did level one, i've done it before it's very effective.

It was much easier today so i'm out for a run now. Half an hour as i'm not that good at running.

I'm going on holiday in two weeks so it's a focused effort to shift a few inches.

NachoAddict Thu 27-Jun-13 20:32:58

Hi there, I have just ordered this, it arrives tomorrow, didn't order weights tho, do I need those? How are you getting on?

GoodtoBetter Thu 27-Jun-13 21:33:41

I'm going to start tomorrow I think, but I haven't bought it...youtube.

GoodtoBetter Thu 27-Jun-13 21:53:31

Do you think I can do it barefoot on carpet, I don't need trainers, do I?

BubaMarra Fri 28-Jun-13 12:10:27

I'm on day 6 of 30DS. My goal is to finish at least level 1 as I tried it last year and quit after day 7 grin. Hopefully I'll manage to finish the whole thing this time. Jillian is right, after 5 days you notice improvements in your endurance and strength.
I did it barefoot on exercise mat couple of times, so it is doable. Exercises seem to be bit harder as you don't have extra stability provided by the trainers.

EasterHoliday Fri 28-Jun-13 12:12:32

the DVD has arrived... I'm not so much in for losing weight as going ROCK HARD in all the right places... being alert & awake without caffeine would be awesome too. don't have weights yet & not sure how heavy to go - would use 3kg or 4kg for gym use but I'm guessing lighter for this...

NachoAddict Fri 28-Jun-13 13:50:04

My dvd came so going to start tonight, I want to trim my mummy tummy and hopefully lose 10lb.

does anyone want to do a progress report, so how many inches lost at day 10, 20 and 30 kind've thing? I will start :

Start - 122lb
Bust 36"
Waist 32"
Hips/Tum 38"

I will post new measurements on day 10 to see if I am progressing.

Sorry to hijack your thread OP and tell me to bog off and get my own if you want!

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 14:32:27

No, that's great Nacho, I'll weight myself, but not sure I'll manage to measure. Going to attempt it tonight with the youtube version in barefeet smile

NachoAddict Fri 28-Jun-13 16:38:57

Good Luck grin

If I don't post back then I haven't survived day 1....

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 18:16:02

I'm waiting for it to cool down a bit....tis about 38 degrees atm (foreign parts)

MrsBertMacklin Fri 28-Jun-13 18:20:43

I'm going to join this thread, the last one I was on died after 20 posts.

I get really bored with DVDs, so I'm rotating Shred with 2 others. Today was Day 2 of Shred Level 1.

I lasted 5 days last time round, I really want to stay the distance this time.

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 19:58:14

enthusiasm waning.......

NachoAddict Fri 28-Jun-13 20:53:42

Come on Goodtobetter you can do it, just 20 mins. I have just done day one, wasn't too bad Haha <~~ wry laugh.

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 20:59:48

OK, just done it. HARD but weirdly I enjoyed it! Loved the rush when I finished. It works so well as each little bit is onl a minute or two, so when I thought I'd die, she moved to something else.
Found the star jumps hard (and have much worse pelvic floor than I realised blush felt like i needed a wee) and the butt kicks and jumping rope realy hard to do, well everything really smile But it's the first time I've ever "enjoyed" exercise that's not swimming or sex!

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 21:00:09

I weigh 71 kgs today.

earlymidlifecrisis Fri 28-Jun-13 21:12:51

Count me in - I will measure lumpy bits tomorrow morning and start after the shock has sunk in! Get lost, post-2-c-sections overhanging shelf

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 21:24:03

Might invest in the dvd....had to keep fiddling with laptop to see when lying down etc.

WeAreEternal Fri 28-Jun-13 21:30:08

I should start SHRED again, it has been a long time while since I last did it, and I could really do with losing some weight.

I will do day one tomorrow.

GoodtoBetter Fri 28-Jun-13 21:35:35

Was it good for weightloss Eternal?

Kirk1 Fri 28-Jun-13 23:36:07

GoodtoBetter, I can't do the star jumps or jump rope without wearing a tena pad either. I'm hoping the problem will improve with exercise ...

Anyone know what weight the hand weights should be? I've been using baked bean tins, don't know what weight to buy.

GoodtoBetter Sat 29-Jun-13 06:46:33

I used tins as well kirk The weights looked quite small....
Found this: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/style_and_beauty/1221958-30-day-shred-weights/AllOnOnePage

WeAreEternal Sat 29-Jun-13 14:33:25

The last time I did the full 30 days I also did 60 minutes of cardio a day (a 30 minute run in the morning and 30 minutes on the exercise bike in the evening).
That along with eating healthy and I lost 17lbs and toned up a lot. I dropped nearly two full dress sizes.

GoodtoBetter Sat 29-Jun-13 14:42:43

Sore today...mostly legs.

cantthinkofanythingwitty Sat 29-Jun-13 14:46:57

is the youtube one.the same as dvd?

also is anyone else.seriously unfit, as i want to.do this but then i feel like im just kodding myself

cantthinkofanythingwitty Sat 29-Jun-13 14:51:56

sorry about extra full stops and bad spellings. combination of bad joints and crap fone grin

Tinwe Sat 29-Jun-13 14:54:15

Hello all! I'm on day 4 and just found this thread smile so pleased to have comrades in arms!

GoodtoBetter Sat 29-Jun-13 14:59:04

Can't I am not massively overweight (maybe a stone) but I am really really unfit. I never do any exercise, have no muscle tone and awful batwing arms. I found the dvd really hard and tbh thete were bits I couldn't do basically but I kept going for the whole 25 mins and lived. smile I used the youtube version of 30D shred level one as I didn't want to buy it and discover I hated it.

NachoAddict Sat 29-Jun-13 20:17:45

Day two shredded. Go me!

goodtobetter snap, I am wimpering going up an down the stairs!

can't I am very unfit, slim but never ever exercise so no stamina or strength.

kirk I am using the kids packed Lynch bottles filled with water, keeps dripping on my face Haha.

Come on everyone, we will look like Gillian in no time.....

cantthinkofanythingwitty Sat 29-Jun-13 20:20:59

thanks for replies, can i join you from monday? is this to be done everyday? no idea

rusmum Sat 29-Jun-13 21:01:27

Did it April may , didn't lose much ( 3 lb) but felt better, will start again tomorrow after holiday gain

GoodtoBetter Sat 29-Jun-13 21:18:10

Just done day2 and it felt the tiniest tiniest bit easier. Still fucking hard though and I've been soooo stiff and sore today (mostly my upper legs). Rather embarrassingly I will need a tena lady next time as I am definitely having little leakages on the star jumps blush. I'm going to have to do some serious pelvic floors. damn you two DCs and your big heads

Tinwe Sun 30-Jun-13 14:39:47

I'm on day 5 now and planning to keep doing this daily for the 30 days. 10 days for each level. I feel that I will be ready to progress except for the push ups which is worrying me a bit as having looked forward lots of the other exercises seem based on push-up-arms! Anyone else have this issue?

Today was really hard whereas yesterday was relatively easy. No idea why!

GoodtoBetter Sun 30-Jun-13 14:56:08

10 days for each level??? <faints> My plan was to do level 1 for 30 days? Have i totally misunderstood?

NachoAddict Sun 30-Jun-13 15:50:10

Oh no I am really bad at the push ups I am crying into my carpet! I haven't looked forward so didn't know what was coming.

GoodtoBetter Sun 30-Jun-13 16:10:35

the front of my thighs are fucking killing me today, is that normal?

Tinwe Sun 30-Jun-13 16:13:36

Good to - that shows you're sinking deeply into your squats, all good stuff grin

Tinwe Sun 30-Jun-13 16:14:34

Nacho - I know what you mean! They're not so much push ups as hold up and do stuff with your legs

Tinwe Sun 30-Jun-13 16:16:31

Good to - I think you work to whichever level you feel happy with, I just thought I'd do it the way I described to keep it fresh. If I can't do level 2 I'm sure I'll quickly drop back to one!

NachoAddict Sun 30-Jun-13 19:26:22

Hold my own weight an do other stuff... Please nooooooo.......

Just done day three, 10% finished whoopie!

Goodto, it shows your doing it properly and its working, no pain no gain.

GoodtoBetter Sun 30-Jun-13 21:26:33

Just done day 3. Hoping to see some results by the end of this week, even something tiny like finding the quad muscles taking less of a beating.

CreepyCrawly Mon 01-Jul-13 12:13:41

Just done day 7 and it definitely gets easier. I can't do press ups, not even the modified version so I do them against the wall. I also can't do proper star jobs because my bra isn't very supportive so I just do the legs bit.

I haven't measured or weighed myself but I'm already starting to see some changes. My belly (had a c-section almost 6 months ago) isn't as droopy and seems to have 'lifted' as well as gotten flatter. My back fat is almost gone, and my arms and legs have muscle.

My legs were agony after the first couple of tries so I'm pretty sure it's normal. They're fine now though, so I'm trying to go deeper into the squats.

I'm using water bottles as weights, and also doing 150 sit ups each morning. I'm surprising myself every day

We can do it!

BullieMama Mon 01-Jul-13 13:11:27

Oh dear Lord, I've just done day 1 level 1 and I am in shock my arms are shaking as I type, however now that I've admitted to starting the shred on the internet I will stick to it! I'm scared about the aching that will come tomorrow!

NachoAddict Mon 01-Jul-13 20:54:30

Day four down! Legs still.so sore sad

So jealous of creepy and her flattening tum. 150 sit ups the thought of it scares me!

Tinwe Mon 01-Jul-13 21:36:58

Day 6 done... Got a cold now but determined to persevere! confused

decaffwithcream Mon 01-Jul-13 21:46:39

I did it barefoot at first, on impact- absorbing mats, and definately regretted it. it wrecked my knees. Got trainers. It is quite high impact to be doing barefoot. Very effective though once I got the proper footwear!

decaffwithcream Mon 01-Jul-13 21:47:26

You'll be v surprised at how quickly it becomes easier Bullie.

Tinwe Mon 01-Jul-13 22:00:55

I worried about that too Bullie but it wasn't too bad. Just remember to take the stretches bit v seriously smile

Tinwe Mon 01-Jul-13 22:02:36

That's v quick for results Creepy. Lucky you! I can't see any difference on me yet hmm

Tinwe Mon 01-Jul-13 22:03:33

How was day 4 Goodto and Nacho?

Tinwe Mon 01-Jul-13 22:05:22

Can't think - did you start it today as planned?

NachoAddict Tue 02-Jul-13 07:58:58

Day four was hard to do but I feel less sore this morning. I have been doing it barefoot so will put my trainers on tonight and see if it makes a difference.

Hope your cold clears off soon but good on you for carrying on!

How are you feeling bullie?

Has the op deserted us?

CreepyCrawly Tue 02-Jul-13 09:27:04

It gets easier Bullie, hope you're not too sore today.

It's mostly flat when I lie down Nacho grin but it's definitely lifted.

Well done for keeping at it through a cold Tinwe.

I'm just about to start day 8.

Tinwe Tue 02-Jul-13 10:26:42

Haven't Shredded today and won't be doing. Was up all night with babies with colds plus my own cold has left me very achy feverish and nauseous. Plus it's my birthday today hmm

CreepyCrawly Tue 02-Jul-13 10:36:46

I hope you feel better soon Tinwe, and happy birthday.

BullieMama Tue 02-Jul-13 13:04:37

Day 2 done and suprisingly it was slightly easier today, I completed more of it than yesterday so that has to be good, not really coping with butt kicks so I sort of prance like a dancing pony!

Aim is to be able to the whole workout without stopping or gasping to much by day 10!

Happy Birthday Tinwe, hope you all feel better soon flowers

GoodtoBetter Tue 02-Jul-13 16:21:12

I am really crap at the butt kicks and jump rope. It kills my calf muscles. Think i need heavier arm weights tho.
How much exercise do you Jillian does a day?

Morebiscuitsplease Tue 02-Jul-13 17:21:25

Done day 1. Stepped some of the cardio as without sports bra running is v. Uncomfortable. Will try again tmrw with sports bra....hope I don't collapse very very unfit. Really hope it trims my wobbly tum.

Day 1 done - good god I that was tough!!!

NachoAddict Tue 02-Jul-13 22:32:22

Good, I wondered that too.

I have joined a group on fb called 30day shredders and there are some amazing before and after pics!

Hello yellow and more, you'll be sore tomorrow but I felt a lot better after day 4!

VianneFox Wed 03-Jul-13 09:43:56

May I please join you all?!

I bought the shred about a year ago and have attempted it a couple of times... I am now determined to start properly! Planning on doing so tonight- will have to be about 9pm so hoping I will actually do it!

BullieMama Wed 03-Jul-13 13:10:00

Whoop whoop, Day 3 done and dusted and it really is getting 'easier'

I still can't do the whole thing all the way through, positives, I find the strength sections with weights the easiest confused so I actually look forward to that bit! Jumping jacks are challenging, between my lack of co-ordination and chest bobbing about they are hard work but I did complete three sections of JJ's today that's two more than day one so I am on my way to completing the whole workout by the 10th day!

I may make it a 90 day shred by doing each segment for 30 days instead of 10 as I think this may improve my stamina grin

Tinwe Wed 03-Jul-13 13:33:15

Thanks for the birthday wishes, was a bit of a rubbish day to begin with but improved as it went on. Still feel pretty icky but might try shredding tonight as I'm so worried I'll lose momentum. The fever and broken glass sore throat has gone now, just aches and snuffles. hmm

Well done to all those who've kept ploughing on and welcome to newbies smile

GoodtoBetter Wed 03-Jul-13 14:32:13

The 90 day shred's a good idea Bullie. I'm on day 6 and have just discovered it's not a 90 day shred, that I'm supposed to start workout 2 on day 11 shock. Not sure what I thought the 3 workouts were for exactly, but I have been enlightened sad

NachoAddict Wed 03-Jul-13 21:04:57

Hi everyone, I am checking with day 6, did a circuits class this morning too. So not like me all this exercise business!

hi Vianne, hope your shredding while I am writing this, its hard to be motivated last thing but I have to wait for the kids to go to bed too.

Glad its getting better Bullie, day 4 was a turning point for me, I didn't feel sore the next day.

Glad your starting to feel better twine!

hi good, we are day twins, how was day 6 for you?

pinklady1107 Wed 03-Jul-13 22:09:16

Hi I'm on day 3 can I join you?

I've lost lots of weight but need to shift more and seeing my best friend in 4 weeks for 1st time in years so panic has set in shock

GoodtoBetter Wed 03-Jul-13 22:25:08

I pushed myself a bit harder today nacho but don't feel too bad. Scared myself looking at level 2 shock . Have been doing a 10 min cycle on the way to work and again on the way back. Not much but something. Also done a fast day on my 5:2 diet, which I'd let slip last wk. Don't think I have noticed any changes tho and not lost any weight.

Tinwe Wed 03-Jul-13 23:32:34

I did it! Day 7 despite having the cold! anyone else a day 7 twinnie? Getting nervous now about progressing on day 10 to level 2 as still can't do the full 2 30 second blasts of press ups. It's the only bit I can't do though so feel like I should move on.

Tinwe Wed 03-Jul-13 23:33:11

Well done Pink on your weight loss!

Tinwe Thu 04-Jul-13 09:36:07

Day 8 done... Day 11 and level 2 seems very near shock

BullieMama Thu 04-Jul-13 12:57:24

Day 4 done not much else to say as I can't quite catch my breath at the moment grin

GoodtoBetter Thu 04-Jul-13 13:07:03

Day 7 for me this evening. I looked ahead to level 2 last night....shock shock shock shock

CreepyCrawly Thu 04-Jul-13 14:44:00

Just finished day 10!

Level 2 is terrifying isn't it?! I feel ready to move on, I don't feel like I've done enough after level 1 anymore. But I'm definitely not feeling ready for level 2!

BullieMama Thu 04-Jul-13 15:02:01

I thought I would have a peep at level 2 shock shock.

It's definitely going to be a 90 day shred for me, I cannot contemplate those moves by next Wednesday shock most of it is like a foreign language to me [ grin]

GrimmaTheNome Thu 04-Jul-13 15:14:40

I'm logging into a different shred thread but just saw this one - just thought I'd pop in to say, I did my 11th day, moving on to level 2 today and it didn't seem too bad - I can't do the press-ups in level 1 either but found the walk-out-to-plank thing in level 2 ok.

If I can get through it I bet you can! smile Do wear trainers though.

Tinwe Thu 04-Jul-13 16:16:16

Well done Creepy and Gimma! Good to know that you can move onto level 2 without "passing" all of level 1! grin

Tinwe Thu 04-Jul-13 16:16:44

Sorry GRimma not Gimma!

NachoAddict Thu 04-Jul-13 22:29:00

Hi everyone, well done to those on level 2! I'm not even peeking at it untill I get there.

Just finished day 7, found it hard going today but I had been to the gym for half an hour before hand.

Hey Goodtoo, my day twin, how did u get on today, have you done it?

CreepyCrawly Fri 05-Jul-13 09:09:28

Level 2 not that bad?! I'm dying here! Thinking about it though, I thought I was dying after the first day of level1 so it's bound to get better.

Good luck for today everyone!

GoodtoBetter Fri 05-Jul-13 12:43:40

Hi Nacho yes, did it last night and really pushed myself hard and altho I'm still unfit I feel I can do a lot more than on day 1. haven't decided whether to do a 90 or 30 day shred. might do level2 on mon and see how I go.

GoodtoBetter Fri 05-Jul-13 19:00:32

I'm having a night off. Meeting a friend later and I've had a dodgy tummy today, had to run for the loo 3 times this morning and feel all gripey and bloated. Will resume tmrw.

Tinwe Fri 05-Jul-13 21:37:07

Hi Creepy! Well done for moving into level 2. I'm day 10 tomorrow so just behind you. Don't seem to have a day buddy...

Tinwe Fri 05-Jul-13 21:37:43

Goodto - hope you're feeling better tomorrow and enjoy your night off smile

GoodtoBetter Sat 06-Jul-13 07:35:27

Bleurgh. Feeling worse.

Tinwe Sat 06-Jul-13 15:00:41

Aw... That's rubbish, poor you. Still got the bad tummy?

GoodtoBetter Sat 06-Jul-13 19:41:43

Yes...the runs this morning and headaches and stomach pain. Feel like I've been hit by a bus. Not helped by 40degree heat and no air con.

Tinwe Sat 06-Jul-13 20:44:21

Oh no! Although you're not getting fitter you'll be losing weight I suppose... wink

GoodtoBetter Sat 06-Jul-13 20:45:36

Doubt it...carbs seem to help so have esten toast, pasta and a sandwich so far.

NachoAddict Sun 07-Jul-13 14:59:07

Oh no goodto sods law that you would get ill when your doing so well. Hope your fighting fit again soon.

I had Friday off too but did go to the gym so did day 8 yesterday and will be on day 9 today. Dp says he can see a difference already tho he could just be trying to encourage me.

How is everyone getting on with level 2, I've not even peeped yet.

GoodtoBetter Sun 07-Jul-13 18:02:06

Don't know whether to shred today or not. Feel pants but feel like I might never do it again if I don't get back into it iyswim.

Tinwe Sun 07-Jul-13 20:16:37

Well, day 11 and did the first session at level 2 today which I'd been looking forward to. Found it v difficult cos've all the planking and the simplified version doesn't really address that problem. Pulled a muscle in my bum too and there's 'another issue' I'm not v happy about but I think I'll stick with it if I can at least for another day and reevaluate confused Any tips re the planking issue?

Tinwe Sun 07-Jul-13 20:19:23

Good to - are you on level one? If do maybe give it s go but do the simplified versions and take breathers if you need to. I did that after the worst of my cold had broken. Don't think it made it any worse and I felt better for having done something and not given up as you mentioned. Having said that my cold is still here but I don't think it's the exercise as DD2 has had the same illness and symptoms on the same time scale IYSWIM

Tinwe Sun 07-Jul-13 20:21:03

Well done Nacho on gym visiting and visible difference! Not sure there's much difference in my silhouette yet but that could be because my muscles are hidden under a generous layer of fat! grin

NachoAddict Sun 07-Jul-13 20:29:53

Thanks Tinwe, been back to the gym and shredded today, day 9.

Section 2 might get easier as you go along, I struggled with section 1 to start with. Maybe just plank as much as you can and try to increase it by a second or two each time?

good, how did you get on? I would probably just give it a go and stop if you feel awful. You might surprise yourself.

GoodtoBetter Sun 07-Jul-13 21:12:27

Nope, didn't do it. But feeling a bit better so i will jump back in the saddle tmrw and resume level 1.

CreepyCrawly Mon 08-Jul-13 10:36:46

Tinwe, no tips for the planking I'm afraid but they do get a bit easier.

I hope you're feeling better now Goodto

Just finished day 3 of level 2 (missed Saturday). Not much fun in this heat, and I've hurt my knee so some bits were really hard.

Good luck today everyone!

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 20:07:14

Just done day 12! Level 2. Had to stop midway through the last ab exercise, the plank twist thing. Did a few but my arms just aren't strong enough (especially at the end of that session) so I pauses the video and did 20 push ups and a minute of twist crunches. Do you think that would do as an alternative?

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 20:08:04

Oooh Creepy! Nearly caught you up! grin

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 20:08:28

I agree, very hard in this heat!

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 20:09:13

Did you get back on Goodto? How are you feeling today?

NachoAddict Mon 08-Jul-13 20:37:24

I'm giving it a miss tonight, I did Ab Attack class and don't want to over so it. Will carry on with day 10 tomorrow.

Well done to everyone who's still going.

Hercy Mon 08-Jul-13 20:38:11

Well, my DVD and weights arrived today, so I was planning on starting tomorrow (want to do it first thing in the mornings). BUT my darling Labrador had other ideas, the doorbell rang as I was brushing him and he leapt up, whacking my face. I now have a black eye, swollen/ bruised nose and a banging headache. So I think I may leave starting it for a day or two til that settles down. Bloody dog.

GoodtoBetter Mon 08-Jul-13 20:43:47

Back in the game ladies!! Pushed myself hard on level 1 and felt good. doing better on the jump rope and star jumps. Hard work when it's 40ºC and no air con though grin

Hercy Mon 08-Jul-13 20:49:14

When you say jump rope, does that mean you need a skipping rope for some of the exercises? Is there anything else you need? I just got weights. Thanks.

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 21:06:08

Hi Hercy, nothing else needed, you just act like you're skipping without a rope! grin

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 21:08:44

Goodto see you're back Goodto (see what I did there?)

I found the star jumps easiest when I counted them (since we know the section only lasts 30secs).

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 21:09:50

Sorry, forgot to say hope your face doesn't come up too badly and that you're fighting fit again soon Hercy! smile

Tinwe Mon 08-Jul-13 21:10:23

Nacho - Ab attack?! shock

Hercy Mon 08-Jul-13 21:36:39

Thank you Tinwe - for the answer to my question and the well wishes!

CreepyCrawly Tue 09-Jul-13 10:43:04

Don't catch me up Tinwe! I'm hoping not to miss anymore haha. Just done day 4, and managed to all of it today. My knee is still hurting so following Anita for most of it, but did manage to do one set of Natalie level plank jacks.

Ab attack sounds interesting!

Hi Hercy, hope your face is alright. Pesky dogs! I have to shut mine in the kitchen when I'm shredding, he sits on my whole I'm trying to crunch otherwise hmm

NachoAddict Tue 09-Jul-13 11:33:32

Ab Attack was hell but I actually enjoyed it! A 30 min class where the crazy woman leading it took us through slow crunches, fast crunches, planks, side planks, all manor of legs up crunching & twists, one leg up one leg down both legs up both legs down. With weights and without. Scissors and split lifts etc etc It was so fast and so hard, I am sure I looked like a dying fly for the majority of it but I did it and I felt amazing afterwards, can't wait till next week!!!

back to the shred today though, it will be my day 10 and last day of level one. The kids seem to be taking a keen interest in what day I am upto, who I am following etc.

Tinwe Tue 09-Jul-13 13:13:39

Ha! "A dying fly", that image will come back to me on my next abs section! Earlier on in the thread someone mentioned a prancing pony (re butt kicks) and its so apt - I feel really silly doing them now! grin

Tinwe Tue 09-Jul-13 13:16:33

Actually Nacho I'm impressed. I did a military style workout once when I thought I was quite fit and really hurt myself! There were loads of proper full sit ups, not crunches, in pairs against each other and the next day I seriously couldn't straighten up! I had to walk around in agony looking a right berk with a hot water bottle pressed against my belly for 2 whole working days confused

NachoAddict Tue 09-Jul-13 14:02:10

Oh no twine I bet that wasn't fun. I am surprised I wasn't like that today actually. I have got a bit of tightness but can walk.

Definitely a dying fly, I am surprised I didn't knee myself in the face tbh!

CreepyCrawly Wed 10-Jul-13 16:00:10

Yikes tinwe. Also yikes at an attack!

Day 5 today and definitely easier. I can do it all now, apart from oblique twists, and followed Natalie for most of it today.

NachoAddict Wed 10-Jul-13 21:39:39

Day 11 and first day of level 2, I survived... That's all I have to say for today!

How is everyone rwose getting on?

goodtoo, did you get back into it? W

GoodtoBetter Wed 10-Jul-13 21:45:19

Yes, did it today. was ok. still level 1.

NachoAddict Wed 10-Jul-13 22:33:03

Good to see you good smile I sounded like Bruce forsyth there Haha. Did u decided to do a 90 day shred in the end?

Are u feeling better now or still ill?

GoodtoBetter Thu 11-Jul-13 07:31:50

Hi nacho. I'm feeling better now, thanks. I might give level 2 a go as I've done 10 days on level one. I am much better at L1 but not lost any weight and don't think I look any different so might be good to work a bit harder and work different muscles. Hasn't made a dent in my bingo wings or belly, which was kind of my motivation. sad

Tinwe Thu 11-Jul-13 07:41:51

Day 15 today! Midway grin Struggling with level 2 so following Anita for some and sticking with my own exercise for the last circuit abs section. Just don't have the strength in my arms!

Tinwe Thu 11-Jul-13 07:50:41

Goodto- I measured myself a couple of days ago and hadn't changed at all so felt a bit like you. On thinking about it a bit more though I decided that my muscles were shaping up and I was getting fitter (as I can tell through the shape of my body during an exercise such as a push up and through my improved endurance) but it just wasn't easily visible through my fat! I have a couple of stone to lose which is spread all over so seeing muscle shape change is a bit like finding a toy under a duvet, you can't really tell what it is! It takes a LOT of exercise to lose significant weight so I can't expect Shred alone to do that for me, I'll need to watch my food intake too and hopefully as the weight comes off I'll be a good toned shape underneath grin

CreepyCrawly Thu 11-Jul-13 15:20:44

Glad you're feeling better goodto

Day (1)6 done. My 6mo dd laughed at me doing jump rope which was a bit off putting.

GoodtoBetter Thu 11-Jul-13 21:54:44

Not done it today...too much marking and prep for tmrw.

NachoAddict Fri 12-Jul-13 09:26:48

I had the day off yesterday too, went to the gym and it was just too hot to be bothered doing the dvd too.

Been eating so much crap lately too.

Well done everyone who's still going!

twine I follow Anita too, the plank jumps are too much for my knees, they are creaking and clicking already!

GoodtoBetter Fri 12-Jul-13 19:14:22

Legs ache and I'm knackered. Hope I'm not getting what DD has (diarrhoea and a temperature). I should shred but I'm not going to.

NachoAddict Fri 12-Jul-13 22:33:05

If your poorly give yourself chance to recover. I really couldn't be bothered tonight and only did a half assed job, then ate two cornettos. I have been having a period for 11 days now though so feeling sorry for myself.

GoodtoBetter Sat 13-Jul-13 19:53:07

L2D1 OMFG shock shock shock <staggers off to pass out in a puddle of sweat>

Tinwe Sun 14-Jul-13 08:25:26

Day 18 today. Seriously wondering whether to move to level 3 in 3 days as planned cos I'm on the Anita version of most things and can't complete the very last exercise of plank twists at all! I do 20 plank twists and then my arms give up so I do cycle crunches for the rest of the time. Anyone doing level 3 who can pass an opinion? confused

Tinwe Sun 14-Jul-13 08:26:44

Poor you Nacho! Think you should be prescribed cornettos for that!

Tinwe Sun 14-Jul-13 08:29:32

Goodto- I found l2 v hard too grin You do get used to it after a bit. I'm still doing the Anita version a week into it and even then struggle with the very last bit confused All those plank holds! Will check out level 3 soon...

NachoAddict Sun 14-Jul-13 15:24:27

tinwe I agree cornettos are the medicine!

I did level 2 day 3 at 8am, it's hard. I was sweating buckets its hard. My arms gave up on the last bit too and I can't walk out and push up.

HairyPotter Sun 14-Jul-13 16:01:27

Hello, I'm a bit late to this but can I join you all?

I restarted this again today, I think I got to L2D5 last year. I gave up as I wasn't losing weight while dieting and went in a huff with myself blush

I'm now that heaviest I have ever been, so I started 5.2 diet on Friday and did W1D1 of couch to 5k yesterday.

I tried L1D1 today and it was horrendous sad, I really struggled and in fact couldn't last for all the jump rope sections or the squats with weights. Tomorrow will be better, won't it? <prays>

NachoAddict Sun 14-Jul-13 17:18:34

Hi hairy, welcome!

Tomorrow will be sore but by day 4 it will be better.

CreepyCrawly Sun 14-Jul-13 20:23:14

Welcome hairy! You'll be powering through in no time!

I'm undecided on whether to do day 19 this evening. Had a busy day and my dd is still up and has been bf-ing for the last hour or so. So I'm sat here boiling hot and dreaming of the ice cream in my freezer.

I know I'll feel guilty if I don't do it. But I can work doubly hard tomorrow morning..

GoodtoBetter Sun 14-Jul-13 20:29:11

I'm having the night off too. blush. No excuses really, just tired.

CreepyCrawly Sun 14-Jul-13 20:45:42

I'll join you with the night off then! grin

HairyPotter Mon 15-Jul-13 09:20:33

I have woken up in agony sad Every bit of me is screaming in pain. And I need to do L1D2 in a minute as I won't get another chance today. Arghhh!

Tinwe Mon 15-Jul-13 16:10:26

Did you do it Hairy?

HairyPotter Mon 15-Jul-13 16:24:57

Yes. It was horrific! I'm sure I wasn't this useless the first time around. I actually think she is trying to kill me grin

Couldn't even manage all of the first cardio bit blush

NachoAddict Mon 15-Jul-13 20:33:02

I felt the same hairy, day 4 was a real turning point. Well done for sticking it out when sore.

I did ab attack today so will skip shredding, L2 day 4 tomorrow.

Come on Goodtoo and creepy don't let having the day off sway your motivation grin

smelmafingers Mon 15-Jul-13 20:52:22

Hello, Can i jump in also? smile

Just did day 1 L1. I don't feel to rough at the moment, but will see how stiff i am in the morning! Surprised by how little time was dedicated to stretching at the end.

Didn't attempt full-on push-ups today. Will save that for tomorrow. wink

CreepyCrawly Mon 15-Jul-13 21:07:36

Welcome selma! I never did proper push ups, I always did mine against the wall. Good luck for tomorrow!

And good luck to you hairy for tomorrow.

I did day 19 this morning. I much prefer doing it first thing. Feeling about ready for level 3 now. Haven't dared peep at it yet though!

smelmafingers Mon 15-Jul-13 21:13:44

Good luck with level 3 Creepy! Have you ever bothered doing extra stretching at the end? Or have you found the amount she does ok?

Tinwe Mon 15-Jul-13 22:04:21

Creepy - you're my day buddy now! Hurray, been wanting a day buddy... grin

Tinwe Mon 15-Jul-13 22:09:57

Hi Selma - I was surprised about the stretching too but I've hardly had any aches so it must be ok. It is a good idea to do extra stretches if you find you are achey though smile

Tinwe Mon 15-Jul-13 22:11:42

Oh and I only just managed the Anita push ups by about day 7!

Tinwe Mon 15-Jul-13 22:16:20

Hairy - I found counting helps me through the cardio bits. As they're 30 second sections she's normally done before I reach 30 so I can always see an end in sight. Also, the cardio bits are the areas I have seen the most quick improvement in, within a few days I could get through the cardio of level 1 without too much gasping! grin

HairyPotter Tue 16-Jul-13 08:41:29

Thanks for all the kind words. I'm going to tackle L1D3 in a bit. I'm not as sore this morning, tried a few extra stretches and seems to have helped.

Today's goal is to get through the first cardio bit without stopping blush. Tinwe I will try and count through them and see if that helps. I'm pretty rubbish at the side lunges with weights as well. Can't seem to complete all of those either.

Creepy Level 3 shock I have never even peeped at that. I have always given up halfway through Level 2! The clips on the DVD look terrifying enough!

Good luck to everyone shredding today. grin

CreepyCrawly Tue 16-Jul-13 11:37:18

How did you get on hairy?

Yay tinwe! I've flagged a bit today, I've done something to my arm and it's really hurting.

In better news though, my arms and legs are definitely more toned. I barely have bingo wings any more. Belly next please!!

GoodtoBetter Tue 16-Jul-13 12:58:37

I did about half last night and then the laptop packed up so I gave in and had a shower. Finding working in the heat ( high 30s) all a bit much tbh. Going to have a nap this afternoon while DD sleeps and DH entertains DS and see if I feel a bit more up for shredding tonight.

HairyPotter Tue 16-Jul-13 13:55:36

L1D3 done. Still can't cope with the jump rope bits. I manage the first 30 secs but then my legs are too sore and heavy to go back into jumping jacks blush I have high hopes for tomorrow though <lies>

Going to do W1D2 of couch to 5k later if I can be bothered grin

CreepyCrawly Tue 16-Jul-13 17:09:58

Good luck for tomorrow hairy!

Is anyone else using the videos from YouTube? Level 3 has been deleted.. confused

oolaroola Tue 16-Jul-13 17:12:46

Hi all, can I join too? Just did level 1 day 1 too. It wasn't sooo bad, but am wondering how my legs are gonna feel tomorrow.
Is level 2 harder? Keep hearing about the infamous plank - sounds a bit scary.

GoodtoBetter Tue 16-Jul-13 18:40:55

feeling better after a nap so will be shredding later.
I (illegally, with torrentz) downloaded the 3 levels and have it on my pendrive.

smelmafingers Tue 16-Jul-13 19:25:52

I'm to frightened to look at the higher levels! Did L1 d2 today. Managed a grand total of 4push-ups grin and used my 5lb weights. Ouch. Would be nice to have slightly lighter ones, and tins seem a bit too light for me.

Will definitely need to do more stretches tomorrow!

smelmafingers Tue 16-Jul-13 19:28:55

Plank! shock

oolaroola Tue 16-Jul-13 20:08:58

It's given me a real boost today, feeling great! Roll on tomorrow, although my legs are probably gonna hurt.

SneezySnatcher Tue 16-Jul-13 20:22:10

Hello. Can I join? Just done L1D6 and finding it easier every day. Considering moving on to L2 but terrified! I'm shredding every day plus doing C25K every other day. Have a 3yo DD and a 3mo DS so I'm exercising in the evenings when they are asleep. I use my run as the warm up before I shred.

GoodtoBetter Tue 16-Jul-13 21:01:45

Done L2D3 and OMFG plank anythings just kill me !

smelmafingers Tue 16-Jul-13 21:17:51

Hi sneezy and oolarlora. smile Are you planning on doing the shred every day? Or having break days?

I worked out this morning whilst ds1 was still asleep. Put ds2 in a playpen with a banana and some cheerios. He was happy enough. Don't feel i have the energy once they are in bed. Plus don't think i was fully awake till i has a few minutes into the video.

smelmafingers Tue 16-Jul-13 21:21:59

Doesn't sound like its gonna get any easier goodtobetter!

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:37:37

Selma - I thought that too (about weights) on level 1... Then I did level 2 with the same tins because DH kept putting off rooting my weights out of the loft, grumble grumble and I was VERY glad I was just using tins! J says at one point "those shoulders should start to burn" and they do! Especially after much planking in level 2 as well. I'm going to stick with cans until I've done my 30 days then up the weights if I decide to carry on smile

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:40:32

Selma - know what you mean about not having the energy end of the day but leaping out of bed crack of dawn to do it before the babies are up feels too torturous! I've talked DH into doing bath time each night and I sneak my 20ish minutes in then. Can't imagine finding time to fit in any more exercise, 20ish minutes is perfect for me smile

GoodtoBetter Tue 16-Jul-13 21:41:22

I've got 1kg weights or 2,5 kg and the 1kg are a bit light but the 2.5 kg are just too heavy and too big and unwieldy.

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:42:44

Goodto - I'm SOOOO with you on the planks! Nearly at day 21 and time to go to L3 but still can't quite complete level 2. My arms give up about 10 secs from the end of the last exercise hmm

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:43:55

Welcome Sneezy - using a run as a warm up!!!! shock

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:45:36

Hi Creepy - I got the DVD from eBay for less than a fiver. Does that mean you'll be staying on l2 then?

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:47:24

How's your arm Creepy? I've hurt my knee a little. Think it's trying to keep my knees over my toes as I bend as I seem to naturally go knock kneed as I squat grin

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:49:56

Hairy - did counting help? I found the cardio v hard at first but quickly got easier whereas the strength bit seems the same or harder as time passes. Hopefully you'll feel the benefits soon smile

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 21:50:38

Sorry for lots of little posts, reading and replying in my phone so scrolling isn't possible

GoodtoBetter Tue 16-Jul-13 22:11:15

Yes, I agree about the cardio, I can pretty much do all the cardio even on L2 without stopping, but the first few days I couldn't do it at all. But the strength and the bastard planks and squat thrusts are awful.

Tinwe Tue 16-Jul-13 22:52:51

I consider myself v strong, but the last V fly or whatever it's called is a killer!

CreepyCrawly Wed 17-Jul-13 08:35:50

tinwe I got one from amazon and it should be here today, so I'll hopefully be joining you today. Dreading it though, my arm is real bad - I couldn't even pull the blind up this morning! I hope your knee isn't too bad.

I hate the 'v fly' too, there's too much to think about!

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 09:13:54

shock Just realised today is first day of L3!

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 09:14:56

Aw Creepy, poor you! Are you sure you should carry on with such a painful injury?

HairyPotter Wed 17-Jul-13 09:26:02

Hello all. I set my alarm for 7 this morning and slept straight through it. My cunning plan was to get up early and do it before anyone else was up. Fail!

I'm taking my dds to Glasgow in an hour for a MN meet up (Tramway, 11am for any one esle who fancies it). I'll need to try and send them out to play when we get back and lock the doors. I would be mortified if anyone saw me in full flight blush

This will be L1D4 and my aim is to get through the cardio without stopping! Tin the counting did help but my legs just couldn't keep going. I did C25k last night and it felt a teeny tiny bit easier so here's hoping. grin

Good luck Shredders!

CreepyCrawly Wed 17-Jul-13 09:33:46

If it comes today, I'm going to attempt it lightly I think. I hate missing days. Good luck with L3!

Haha hairy, I'm the same. DH has to busy himself elsewhere while I do it. Enjoy the meet up!

CreepyCrawly Wed 17-Jul-13 09:52:50

It's here! I'm gonna get the baby off to sleep and then have a go.

CreepyCrawly Wed 17-Jul-13 11:17:12

Done! Had to do my own thing for a few of the moves, but it wasn't too bad and went much quicker than the other levels.

oolaroola Wed 17-Jul-13 12:23:10

So not feeling too a hey today, although my armpits are a bit hurry.
Selma, I didn't have a plan! Just saw everyone talking about shred whilst lurking on the boards and thought I'd join in.
But realistically I have friends this weekend so can't see me fitting it in.
Also, do Pilates on Thursdays and would like to go to Zumba (also on thurs) so will play it by ear. As I have just tested it out on you tube I don't really know what the recommended plan is.
Will try and have a go later for d2

oolaroola Wed 17-Jul-13 12:23:42

Achey and hurty - sorry!

GoodtoBetter Wed 17-Jul-13 13:00:50

Just fallen off my bike and bashed and grazed both knees and shins so may cry off this evening. Also DH goes for a run while I shred and is under strict instructions not to return in under 20 mins so as not to be able to grin at me doing squat thrusts in my pants. He has his rest day on Weds too so may make today a rest and recuperation day.

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 13:27:17

Oh dear Goodto, hope you're not too sore!

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 13:28:10

Well done Creepy! Will let you know later how I find L3...

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 13:29:04

Oola - sounds like you will have good core strength if you do Pilates then which will serve you well for Shred

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 13:35:51

By the way, I had an interesting few mins last night You tubing Gillian on my phone. I was initially looking for level 3 as I couldn't watch the dvd and wanted to preview before I start today and found a chap telling "the TRUTH about Gillian"... Made some shocking big claims shock Don't normally read gossipy stuff but I stumbled across it. Reassuringly he still thinks her personal training itself is good

GoodtoBetter Wed 17-Jul-13 15:33:08

think I've sprained my ankle sad

smelmafingers Wed 17-Jul-13 15:36:56

Oh no! goodtobetter

What is it again ICE?

NachoAddict Wed 17-Jul-13 16:17:40

Oh no goodtoo,

Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Definitley no shredding today.

Just done level 2 day 4 and struggled today sad just watching level 3... Looks challenging to sat the least....

oolaroola Wed 17-Jul-13 16:33:20

Finished l2d2 and wasn't too bad. Really enjoy the shower afterwards though, and it's hard in this heat.
Goodtoo - ouch! Hope it's feeling better soon.
Does anyone struggle with boredom doing it every day? Or does going on to the next level keep you going? Just wondering if I will get a bit fed up doing the same thing - I know what I'm like.

GoodtoBetter Wed 17-Jul-13 16:51:18

argh....can barely walk on it.sad usually part cycle to work...don't know how I'll get there tmrw sad

GoodtoBetter Wed 17-Jul-13 16:51:48

really fucking hurts...sad

NachoAddict Wed 17-Jul-13 21:02:32

Aww goodtoo, have you got any painkillers? Sit on the sofa with it resting on the arm or a cushion and get a support bandage on if you have one.

smelmafingers Wed 17-Jul-13 21:07:15

oolaroola can imagine boredom setting in soon for me. Might have to select some tunes .

Did L3D3 today. Struggling with the 5lb weights. Only ones i have, but managed okay with them when i did Davina a few years ago. Must soldier on!

GoodtoBetter Wed 17-Jul-13 21:18:38

popped to ooh doctor and it's just a sprain. had some painkillers and a support bandage and feel better. but think I'll be out of action for a bit. sad

Tinwe Wed 17-Jul-13 21:41:17

Oh no! Get well soon Goodto! How did you do it?
Selma, day3 level 3, does that mean you're nearly done with the 30 days (or did you skip ahead)? What're your plans for after that?
D1L3 today, seriously will not be able to ever finish the whole workout of this level as I have an old knee injury and the amount of jumping is unmanageable for me. After this workout my knees were hurting and I even had some pins and needles. Will have to adapt some bits, particularly the rockstar jumps confused

GoodtoBetter Wed 17-Jul-13 21:48:43

fell off my bike sideways and hit the road knees first.

HairyPotter Wed 17-Jul-13 22:33:44

Oh no Good poor you. I'm not sure I wouldn't have burst into tears at the side of the road if that was me sad. I hope you feel better soon.

Tin rock star jumps?? What fresh hell is this? I'm seriously considering staying on L1 forever grin

Managed to get round to L1D4 this evening. Finally managed to complete the cardio bit without stopping, but it was touch and go! Still awful, not helped by the fact I was already too warm and stuffed after dinner.

Anyway, that's it ticked off for another day.

smelmafingers Wed 17-Jul-13 22:44:53

Ha! tinwe i meant L1d3

SneezySnatcher Thu 18-Jul-13 12:18:41

smelma I'm doing it every day. Getting bored of L1 now so planning on starting L2 tomorrow!

GoodtoBetter Thu 18-Jul-13 12:50:55

Feel much better today anf managed my cycling part of the commute ok, but won't be doing any jumping around for a bit. sad

oolaroola Thu 18-Jul-13 16:21:53

Blimey it's hot to be doing all this.
Managed L1D3, phew! Seemed a teensy bit easier, or am just being hopeful.
Good idea about using your own music, might try that tomorrow now I know what's going on. The commentary is starting to grate a bit.
Glad your knee is a bit better, and full power to you for managing your cycle commute Goodto. Jumping is over rated anyway - I find that first cardio circuit a bit of a killer and prefer the cross punches.

NachoAddict Thu 18-Jul-13 17:38:29

Someone mentioned that you can turn Jillians voice off if it helps. Am off to the gym tonight so may skip shredding but mat do both if I am up to it.

HairyPotter Thu 18-Jul-13 22:21:39

L1D5 done. Was just as bad as last night. It's really too warm to be prancing about I think. I'll make an extra effort to get tomorrows done first thing.

Oola it's that cardio bit that's kills me too. I managed yesterday and today without stopping but my god, it's torture!

HairyPotter Fri 19-Jul-13 10:17:41

L1D6 done. I'm managing to concentrate a bit more on my posture now that I'm not gasping for breath as hard as I was in the first few days. Still tough going though.

Do you all move onto the next level after day 10 or when you feel ready. I'm thinking about staying on L1 until I can complete it comfortably. probably never grin

smelmafingers Fri 19-Jul-13 15:52:59

L1D5 done. I'm still not any better at the push-ups. Think i'll to stay on level 1 for the 10 days to see if i can improve.

smelmafingers Fri 19-Jul-13 20:51:09

Anyone shredding whilst 5:2ing?

Just having a wee think about trying out 5:2 fasting again. Did it for a month or so in spring time then fell off the wagon.

Hoping to book a holiday in September. Bikini time soon and i can't even suck my gut in blush

GrimmaTheNome Fri 19-Jul-13 21:24:45

I am (I'm following a different shred thread but noticed your post.) I find it fine to do the shred on a fast day.

Tinwe Fri 19-Jul-13 21:32:51

Hairy - I wanted to move on so I could complete the thirty day target. If I didn't have that target I might have dropped out sooner with an "oh well, I'll just skip a day... Or two..." And then a week or two has gone past. Plus I was curious about levels 2 and 3 and got a bit bored with level 1. Also if I'd waited til I was perfect on level 1 I might never have moved on as some exercises are always going to be beyond my gippy knees! grin

Tinwe Fri 19-Jul-13 21:36:59

Day 23 today and D3 of L3. Not finding it too bad but doing the easy moves. I like that it uses some moves from level 1, slightly adapted and that the distinction between cardio and strength is less obvious smile

HairyPotter Fri 19-Jul-13 21:49:13

Smelma I'm doing 5.2 as well as this and C25K. Drastic measures are called for! blush

Tinwe I remember the planks from L2 shock I think that's another reason for staying on L1 forever!

smelmafingers Fri 19-Jul-13 22:09:19

Thanks grimma and hairypotter. Have tried both 5:2 and c25k in the past.

Stopped 5:2ing after i went away for a week - forgot to re-start blush

C25k, well think lasted a week. Sprained my ankle and pulled a muscle. It was in the dead of winter and decided it was not for me! Liked the fact that i was out in the dark and no-one could see my purple face .

Wouldn't mind looking out the davina dvds, i much prefer exercising in private. Not sure if i can find the time. Once the kids are in bed i kind of just need to flop.

NachoAddict Fri 19-Jul-13 22:35:19

Can someone give me an idiot guide to 5.2 please, I was thinking about giving it a go.

Just completed l2 d5, halfway there! I put in an hour at the gym too so feeling wiped out now.

GrimmaTheNome Fri 19-Jul-13 22:44:10

Nacho: its simply this - on two days of the week (a lot of people find Mon and Thur work well but its up to you) you eat no more than 500 calories (600 for blokes). The other days you eat normally - not pigging but nothing banned, nothing to count. The point is that (a) its sustainable because most of the time you're not 'dieting' and (b) its supposed to be quite good for you. Its not quick but the scales seem to be travelling gradually downwards.

NachoAddict Sat 20-Jul-13 08:37:19

Wow that's hardly any calories!!!! What would you eat on one of those days?

Level 2 day 6 boxed off.

Tinwe Sat 20-Jul-13 08:38:07

I heard somewhere that it takes 3500 calories to lose a pound. On 500 calories for 2 days of the week you'd be "saving" 3000 so less than a pound a week on 5:2 alone. I suppose that's why the weight loss is so slow?

NachoAddict Sat 20-Jul-13 08:54:24

I didn't know that about 3500, calories. That is a lot of exercise and dieting!

oolaroola Sat 20-Jul-13 09:08:31

So I may be out of action for a while as my husband has been admitted to hospital with a nasty case of appendicitis and had an appendectomy last night. Bum. Poor thing.
Am going to try and resume as soon as a bit of normality returns!

HairyPotter Sat 20-Jul-13 11:10:13

Oola oh no sad that's must have been pretty scary. I hope he is on the mend soon.

L1D7 done and dusted here! I think I probably will move on after 10 days if only to get rid of the fecking jump ropes. angry

Good luck to everyone shredding in this heat today.

smelmafingers Sat 20-Jul-13 17:11:20

Sounds nasty oolraloo poor guy

Just completed L1D6. Think it is getting easier, only very slightly! Think i might start 5:2 on monday

Tinwe Sat 20-Jul-13 18:24:14

Um Hairy... Um... Don't know how to tell you this... There's DOUBLE jump ropes in level 2 confused

Tinwe Sat 20-Jul-13 18:24:53

Good luck for you and your DH Oola

Tinwe Sat 20-Jul-13 18:26:09

Good luck with level 2 Selma, and 5:2ing! smile

Tinwe Sat 20-Jul-13 18:27:03

Sorry Selma - flipped the six and thought you were on day 9?! confused

NomDeOrdinateur Sat 20-Jul-13 19:15:38

Hi, I'm new to the thread but would love to join in! Reading everybody's posts has inspired me to order 30 Day Shred - I don't need to lose weight but I'd like to be more toned, and less unfit... blush I just have one question: will 30 Day Shred do much for my thighs and wobbly arse, or will I need to progress onto Killer Buns And Thighs to see significant improvement in that region?

CreepyCrawly Sat 20-Jul-13 21:27:30

Hi nom! I'm on day 3 of level 3 and I think my legs (and arms) have gotten most toned. My bum has lifted and seems firmer too.

I hope your ankle is ok goodto, and I hope your DH is better soon oola

I think you've overtaken me now tinwe. I had a rest day yesterday because of my arm which made a huge difference.

GrimmaTheNome Sat 20-Jul-13 21:38:19

>will 30 Day Shred do much for my thighs and wobbly arse

> What would you eat on one of those days? (5:2)
cup of tea in the morning , apple and tea at lunchtime (low calorie squash/herbal tea/black coffee ad lib); another tea at bedtime. That leaves about 350 cals for a decent dinner. Other people do it differently (eg an egg for brekkie and then a bit less for dinner).

The point seems to be not so much about direct weight loss from the low calorie days but that it helps readjust your habits and metabolism - I'm finding I just don't want to eat so much carbohydrate.

Tinwe Sat 20-Jul-13 22:14:24

Hi Nom! I second all the answers you've been given so far smile

Creepy - hurray! Am I the most veteran at this now then? Shame though that I've lost my day buddy - fully recovered now? I'm still struggling with my knees. I'm doing the easier version of most moves but often that requires me rocking all my weight on my knees against the floor which doesn't seem to be doing them any good either! I'm balancing that against the stress on my joints of extra weight. hmm

NomDeOrdinateur Sun 21-Jul-13 11:55:46

Hi Creepy, Grimma and Tinwe - thank you for the replies, I'm really pleased to hear that!

I'm slightly in awe of those of you who are now on Level 3, you must be so much fitter than me! I've just done L1D2 and am dreading moving up in 8 days time - I actually found the second day harder than the first, although I suppose I should be encouraged by the fact that I didn't start shaking afterwards like the first time... blush

Tinwe - my friend has knee problems and finds that extra thick, spongy mats help for press-ups etc. I think hers were originally intended as camping mats, but they seem to do the trick! Maybe it would be worth trying something like that, depending on what the exercises are?

HairyPotter Sun 21-Jul-13 12:33:43

Tinwe I had forgotten all about double jump ropes. Oh god! It was the endless planks I remembered with horror.

I didn't get a chance to shred this morning. DD2 was up before me blush and was in situ on the sofa watching Disney crap. I didn't have the heart to send her packing. My plan was shred in the morning and C25K after dinner. Can't see how I'll manage both now everyone is up and about. Dilemma....

Tinwe Sun 21-Jul-13 16:35:24

Nom - thanks for the knee advice. I'll try with my yoga mat doubled up tonight and let you know how I get on smile

As for being super fit for level 3- I struggled with level 1 too when I started 24 days ago. I found the jumping jacks especially tough but jumping jacks are just the warm up now for level 3! confused I think I've both improved my stamina though through being consistent and doing it every day (you really do build stamina quickly) but also built my tolerance (i.e. I'm more used to feeling out of breath so don't get as stressed about it/notice it as much which also stops me over-breathing and making it worse). Hope that makes sense!

I'm still out of puff by the end of the cardio bits but it IS only 2 minutes at a time so I can stick it out for that long. I think I'm going to have to try to add some endurance stuff eventually to build my fitness properly though (i.e. more cardio time)! hmm

I've been using tins this time as my weights were lost but now we've found them I currently plan to start again at day 1, when I reach day 31 but with proper weights and will keep repeating and building my weights each cycle... At least that's the plan wink

I'm feeling very motivated at the mo as I've noticed both my arms getting more shapely and 2 vertical grooves appearing down each side of my belly (rather than just a round tummy since my DDs). Since there's still quite a bit of fat to go I'm v pleased with that grin grin grin

NomDeOrdinateur Sun 21-Jul-13 18:10:28

You're welcome, Tinwe - I hope it helps! Your results sound great - congratulations grin.

Thank you for the reassurance regarding stamina and - what you say about breathing technique and getting used to feeling out of breath makes a lot of sense. The only bits that I really struggle with in L1 are the jump-rope sections and the push-ups, and I think it's mainly because I'm worrying about whether I'll make it through the whole work-out rather than just focusing on the next jump/push-up etc.

I've just ordered The Jillian Michaels Collection (30DS, No More Trouble Zones, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, and 6 Week 6 Pack), so now I feel properly committed! I'm just going to do 30DS for the first week, and after that I'm going to aim to do 30DS six mornings per week and BFBM one evening per week until I finish the 30 days. After that, I'll probably go back to the beginning and do it all with my medium weights, and then again with my heaviest ones... <Weeps at prospect>

I'm sorry to keep on asking questions, but I'd be so grateful if somebody could answer just one more for me: has anybody tried swapping from the modified moves to the difficult ones on day 5 of each level? I'd like to push myself, but I don't want to end up injuring myself or putting myself off from completing the programme!

NomDeOrdinateur Sun 21-Jul-13 18:11:19

Tsk, I should really proofread before posting - "stamina and tolerance" is what I meant to write!

Tinwe Sun 21-Jul-13 20:59:35

Hi Nom - tried the mat folded over a few times, it was great! I'd thought of using a cushion but thought it might be too wobbly. The mat was just right, lots of friction so no slipping, it was even better than using the floor (no carpet burns)! grin

I've been using whichever level suited for each exercise throughout. Sometimes the hard one, sometimes the easier and v occasionally a modification of my own. Can't go to the hard level for some cos've my knees so will just step up the ones I can when I can. If you feel ready to move on with a system though, give it a go! wink

Tinwe Sun 21-Jul-13 21:00:22

Thanks for the congratulations too- still a long way to go though!

NomDeOrdinateur Sun 21-Jul-13 21:28:08

That's great Tinwe, I'm so glad it helped! 30DS does seem to be pretty rough on the knees, even without pre-existing problems to take into account - my left one has been twinging all day, but I think it's my fault for somehow forgetting to put my trainers on until a couple of minutes into today's session... blush Won't be doing that again!

HairyPotter Mon 22-Jul-13 08:49:42

No shred here yesterday. sad first day I have missed. I had to choose between shred and C25K and the run won.

Will plough through L1D8 in a min although various bits are quite sore. Still undecided if I'll move up a level after D10.

Good much to everyone shredding today.

smelmafingers Mon 22-Jul-13 08:53:20

Well, skipped a day yesterday as i had a bit of a sore neck. L1D7 done now. Time to start thinking about level 2!

Decided to weigh myself at Boots. Apparently I I'm 28.5% fat blush

NomDeOrdinateur Mon 22-Jul-13 22:31:14

HairyPotter - no need for the sad face, it's not like you were slacking if you went running instead!

Smelma - according to this, 28.5% is fine!

I did L1D3 today and was surprised to find that I wasn't completely puffed out by the end, even though I pushed myself much harder today. I was slightly confused to realise that I've been doing a few of the exercises wrong - I think I was over-flexing my knees for the lunges, not sticking my bum out enough for the punches, and (to borrow Jillian's phrase) "letting my neck gate-crash the abs party" for some of the crunch moves... Did anybody else have this problem and, if so, how did you know when you'd fixed it?

Also, please somebody tell me that the jump-rope bits get easier! They are the only part of the whole routine that seriously makes me want to stop... blush

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 07:56:18

Day 27 here... There will be no 6 pack by day 30 hmm

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 07:57:40

Gillian says to look at the ceiling slightly in front of you through all crunches as that helps you keep a better neck position. I had neck ache at first and found that helped

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 08:00:16

Jump rope does get easier. If say try not to jump as high. If you just clear the floor it's easier than a star jump when you look at it. Try not to think about it bring the worst bit or you make it so, maybe even worse by over breathing or holding your breath (I recognised this in my workouts earlier on).

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 08:01:08

Look at me being the expert! wink As if I'm sporty! hmm

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 08:02:55

Can't Bellevue you're doing both Shred AND C25K. You will be a skinny sportswoman in no time! smile

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 08:03:24

Believe not Bellevue - what a weird autocorrect?!

CreepyCrawly Tue 23-Jul-13 09:25:56

No sign of any six pack here either. My tummy is still majorly wobbly. BUT I've been wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans the last couple of days so that's motivating me to keep going.

Definitely helps to look at the ceiling while crunching. I couldn't do them without straining my next 3 weeks ago, but they do get easier.

What's everyone's plan for when they've finished? I think I'm going to try doing level 1 and 2 on top of each other.

HairyPotter Tue 23-Jul-13 10:01:11

Creepy I'm confident I will never finish grin. I'll probably abandon it mid way through L2 (as I have twice already!).

Seriously though, I'm really positive this time round. I'm hoping with this, running and the 5.2 diet, I'll slowly get rid of the massive 3 stone I need to lose. I've lost 4lb so far and I feel a wee bit fitter.

I finally got round to L1D8 at 10pm last night. I would have been so easy just to miss another night but I knew that would be a slippery slope so I booted the kids upstairs and got on with it. <yay me!>

I'll crack on with L1D9 soon and running later on tonight. Good luck shreddies!

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 11:22:21

Thanks Hairy, good luck to you too! It must be hard to commit to more than one exercise regime at once. shock

Creepy- been wondering that myself. Not sure whether to go back to level one and work my way through again on another 30 day cycle (to give myself some variety) BUT increase my weights from bean tins to proper weights. OR whether to keep on level 3 with the new weights...

HairyPotter Tue 23-Jul-13 13:18:04

Tinwe I have got so fat and unfit, I wasn't sure that just doing shred (which I don't seen to lose much weight on) or C25K on its own would do much good. It's going ok at the moment as I've just restarted both of them. Level 2 shred and week 5 run is usually when I throw the towel in blush

L1D9 done for the day. I'm not as out of breath now but some of the strength bits are hard going and my arms ache. The first cardio bit is still my nemesis though angry

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 17:52:33

Hairy - I want to lose a good couple of stone now too but think that dieting is the way forward. I'm just exercising to tone. As I said up thread 3500 calories per pound of fat... That's a LOT OF exercise and not that many chocolate digestives ! shock

Tinwe Tue 23-Jul-13 20:25:40

Day 28!!

NomDeOrdinateur Wed 24-Jul-13 11:12:58

Tinwe and Creepy - thanks for the "staring at the ceiling" tip, it really helps!

I'm quite surprised - last night (L1D4) was the first time I managed to get all the way through the video without feeling like I needed to stop, and it was also the first time I kept up with Natalie for all of the exercises (apart from unmodified push-ups, which my joints won't take). I still nearly melt into a heap during the bicycle crunches though - I think it's the effort of staying coordinated rather than the exertion... blush

GoodtoBetter Wed 24-Jul-13 13:01:52

Remember me? grin Fell off my bike and hurt my ankle last week. Hoping to get back into it today or tmrw. Had only done 2 days of L2 so might go back to L1 for a few days, whaddya reckon ladies?

Tinwe Wed 24-Jul-13 19:48:57

Good to - I think I would go to level 1 to ease you back in but you should do whichever you think will keep you motivated.

Tinwe Wed 24-Jul-13 19:49:29

Sorry, forgot to say hope you're feeling better now Goodto smile

Tinwe Wed 24-Jul-13 19:51:19

Well done Nom on your progress, especially keeping up with Natalie. I'm still with Anita for lots so I'm hoping that my next round I'll progress to Natalie standard with weights... Hoping that is wink

Tinwe Wed 24-Jul-13 19:53:53

Last day tomorrow for me. Feeling a bit of an anticlimax though. Not helping me feel very positive that I found it really hard going tonight and seem to have regained the little weight I've lost. Plus I feel "wobbly" on my tummy and hips if that makes sense. Hoping it is water retention hmm

NomDeOrdinateur Wed 24-Jul-13 20:33:08

Thanks Tinwe! I changed up from my 0.5kg dumbbells to my (evil, super-painful) 1.5kg dumbbells tonight, which was a bit of a shock to the system, so now I'm back to following Anita for the last set of strength drills... blush By way of consolation, a) it made the strength drills feel much more worthwhile; and b) the heavier dumbbells are a nice shade of shocking pink, whereas the light ones I was using before are a horribly off-putting bilious green colour...

Congrats on being so close to the end! I wouldn't worry about finding it hard-going today - if you're having similar weather to me, I expect that the humidity has a lot to do with it. I had to keep on spraying myself with water today in order to finish.

HairyPotter Wed 24-Jul-13 22:44:26

L1D10 done! Yay! The strength bits actually felt harder tonight. I have been using 1.5kgs weights which might explain why I have struggled with most of them. No point buying lighter ones now though. I might can be my Ming when I start L2 tomorrow though.

Good nice to see you back, hope its not too painful for you. Tinewe I am in awe of you reaching the end! Well done grin Nom I am very impressed you follow Natalie, it's team Anita here! I've just realised I have been doing the bicycle crunches wrong as well, just in time for me to move on. blush. I should probably watch L2 first before I try it to make sure I'm doing it right. <better late than never>

NomDeOrdinateur Wed 24-Jul-13 23:54:56

Well done Hairy - good luck for tomorrow! I can't believe you have been using 1.5kg weights all of the way through, I didn't feel brave enough to try them until I hit the halfway point in L1 (for good reason, it turns out).

Strangely, I found that I had to follow Natalie in order to do the lower body exercises properly - when I try to do Anita's modified moves, I end up tilting forwards without even realising it and I really feel it in my knees the next day... blush

Bicycle crunches are seriously hard to sustain - I don't know about you, but I have to concentrate really hard towards the end of that section (despite being knackered) or I just end up twisting and kicking feebly like a dying head louse...

Tinwe Thu 25-Jul-13 10:07:17

Just realised I skipped a day, tomorrow is the last one. Feeling bit better about it today. Looking forward to using some tougher weights next time round grin

smelmafingers Thu 25-Jul-13 19:08:50

Are you going to continue on straight away tinwe or have a break,from it?

That's me just finished level 1 today. And i'm heavier than i was to start off with! Got to be muscle, hasn't it grin

HairyPotter Thu 25-Jul-13 22:46:47

Def muscle smelma I bet your clothes fit better as well. I've only lost 4lb in 2 weeks and that's with shredding every day, c25k 3 times a week and doing 5.2 diet. But my work uniform fits better already so I'm going to focus on things like that and try not to get hung up on numbers. <easier said than done though>

L2D1 today. All the horror of planking came flooding back. Ugh! Horrible. Double jump ropes are not my friends either. sad I haven't made it past day 5 before, but I'm much more motivated this time round.

Good luck to everyone shredding tomorrow.

smelmafingers Fri 26-Jul-13 08:17:14

Good for you hairy potter That's what really counts.

This is my first week back on the 5:2 wagon. Must resist weighing myself every week. does me no good!

Maybe in next week I'll try to add in a few extra half hours with Davina.

CreepyCrawly Fri 26-Jul-13 10:58:33

Had enough of level 3, so thought I'd try levels 1 & 2 on the head this morning.

Got the baby to sleep but then DH pissed around for about an hour and by the time I started shredding, the baby woke up. We're gonna have a walk today instead and try again tomorrow.

Good luck today everyone

Tinwe Fri 26-Jul-13 11:07:07

Selma - just saw a pic on Facebook of a kilo (or pound I forget which) of fat next to the same of muscle. The difference in size was huge!!! See if you can google it maybe for inspiration? Also, I was v fed up a few days ago as everything I'd lost over the past few weeks went back on over a couple of days but before i gave up faith altogether I checked my rings. They were all very tight and I felt more wobble and bounce when I was doing Shred confused Weighed myself today and I've lost it nearly all again... A mix of hormones and this weather I think lead to water retention

Well done Hairy! I think my clothes for a bit better too now smile

Definitely last day today shock actually looking forward to going back to level one to see if I find it easier but also using weights to see if I get more definition. Think I'll keep straight on so I don't lose motivation. Can I stay on here then as a new/old Shredder? grin

Tinwe Fri 26-Jul-13 11:07:41

Fit not for

Tinwe Fri 26-Jul-13 20:26:24

Done it!!!! gringringringringrin

HairyPotter Sat 27-Jul-13 07:40:46

Well done Tinwe that's fantastic! If I ever manage to get to the end, I might go back and start again but follow Natalie shock. I really wish I had started with lighter weights, it's still difficult to keep going on some on the longer reps. My arms burn!

L2D2 done before work yesterday, still awful. So many planky bits. I went for a run yesterday with DD1 and I have to say, it is getting slightly easier. My fitness level must be slowly creeping up.

Can't face shredding before work today so will boot everyone out later and and get on with it.

Have fun shreddies!

Tinwe Sat 27-Jul-13 08:23:31

Thanks Hairy!

For those of you not on level 3 yet, I actually found level 2 harder for some reason, so don't worry too much about moving up.

Really glad I've achieved it and thinking of my next challenge now! I'm very tempted by couch to 5k but a bit worried about my knees. Think I'll still try to do the 30 days over with bigger weights tho. Hoping the next time round I'll remember the moves so I won't need the commentary:
1) the "just a couple more..." Then a bit of chat and then she starts counting down from 5 or whatever - I always took her at her word and did 2 more then stopped and realised they were still going and had to gear up again. Got me every time!
2) All the "you're gonna need a big warm up for this workout baby, oh yeah, level 3 now!" Started the workout with me already dreading it!

smelmafingers Sat 27-Jul-13 18:31:17

tinwe googled the fat v muscle images. Thanks for that, defiantly feel better about the weight gain. Just gonna ignore the scales for a while . Maybe visit the scales of doom at Boots at the end of level 2.

First day of level 2 today. Was really difficult. I'll need to concentrate on my posture during the planks. Don't think i was doing them right at all.

smelmafingers Sat 27-Jul-13 20:41:11

And congratulations tinwe smile oh wise shredder grin

HairyPotter Sat 27-Jul-13 23:00:10

L2D3 done. Still awful. Roll on D4, that's when it starts to get easier doesn't it? <crosses everything>

I'm thinking of missing shred tomorrow and just doing C25K. I gave myself a day off last Sunday and it felt like playing truant. grin

Did I mention how horrible planks are?

NachoAddict Sun 28-Jul-13 20:22:38

Hi not checked in for awhile, just done level 2 day 8, almost at level 3 and dreading it on my knees.

How did you find it twinwe?

Tinwe Sun 28-Jul-13 21:35:08

Hi all! Well done on your continued Shredding! smile

Well I'm now C(ycle)2L1D2... I think! I must (re-)admit that my first round of Shredding was only with huge bean tins as my weights were lost and I wanted to get started. I decided to stick with the same weights for the whole cycle even when my proper weights turned up. Cycle 2 I'm using 1.5kg weights so by what I've read from you other Shredding stars I practically cheated first time round. As penance, I'm using the weights when doing the cardio of level 1 (as she does that in level 3), I'm also trying my hardest to be Natalie like in every respect this time round. I still can't do push ups though! shock

Nacho - level 3 had some tricky bits for my knees, she calls it pyro or pylo-something training, basically meaning lots of hard jumping. I adapted it a bit for my knees by doing the Anita squats rather than jump squats (allowed) and did butt kicks rather than rock star jumps as they really hammered my knees (not technically suggested/allowed). Otherwise the rest of the workout was ok, just the same as level 2 with squats gipping my knees a bit but pushing through the crunching confused

Babybeesmama Sun 28-Jul-13 21:36:42

Done it - is amazing! I'm now on ripped in 30 - you will love it! smile X

Tinwe Sun 28-Jul-13 21:37:42

Hairy - I went for a long cycle yesterday and found the Shred much harder at the end of the day (especially on my knees), all credit to you for doing both on even some days!

Tinwe Sun 28-Jul-13 21:40:06

Baby - what's Ripped in 30 like? I've seen she's also done an Extreme Shred too, what made you pick ripped?

Babybeesmama Mon 29-Jul-13 12:30:37

I have a box set so got ripped and extreme shed n shred! Week 2 of ripped is tough but I like the 3 2 1 format. I've been doing extreme on a weekend if I have time! X

Tinwe Mon 29-Jul-13 17:45:46

Wow! Sounds impressive Babybees smile
C2L1D3 today!

Babybeesmama Mon 29-Jul-13 17:53:34

Oh and I just recieved the banish fat boost metabolism one - but I'm scared to do it as heard its very tough! shock

Tinwe Mon 29-Jul-13 18:57:00

And the others aren't?! shock

Babybeesmama Mon 29-Jul-13 20:49:52

Done confused it was tough but really good... Think I could smell fat burning, well I hope so I get weighed on Wednesday at slimming world and I want my half stone award!

Tinwe Mon 29-Jul-13 21:29:13

Well done Baby! I've done a long cycle and the Shred again today. My knees still find the lunges and squats hard. Does anyone know whether those exercises are bad for knees, I thought I'd be ok just avoiding the high impact stuff. hmm

HairyPotter Mon 29-Jul-13 21:57:02

L2D4 done first thing then C25K after dinner. It's a fast day as well so it felt harder than usual.

My new nemisis is the oblique twists and all the planky bits. I think they may be worse than the jump ropes.

Ripped sounds horrendous! Should I google?

Tinwe Mon 29-Jul-13 22:44:33

Very impressive Hairy to do the 2 challenges simultaneously.

I STILL can't do any Natalie push ups. Think I've been born without the required anatomy. There must be a muscle or two I'm lacking that make it possible in other people?

NomDeOrdinateur Tue 30-Jul-13 01:05:55

Tinwe - I wondered about the squats and lunges, but I found that the pain in my knees completely went away when I slowed down and focused on getting the form right. I found that it helps to set your feet further apart, and do the repetitions very slowly whilst focusing on keeping your weight centered, minimising the amount of forwards knee movement, and making sure that your knees never bend beyond 90 degrees. DBro is a body builder, and says that rest days are absolutely essential - I'm really glad I listened to him, as I felt a lot better after following his advice. Also, it might be worth making sure that you do the impact exercises (jump rope, jumping jacks, butt-kicks) on your spongy mat, just to minimise the strain on the joints as far as possible.

Props to all of the people who are on Ripped etc - I've watched the workouts and am dreading the point where I feel "ready" to move on!

I just finished L1D7, after 2 rest days (my knees were hurting). I'm really surprised by how much difference I can see so early into the programme - my thighs are now noticeably toned where they meet my knees, and DH has confirmed that I'm not imagining it! grin

Tinwe Tue 30-Jul-13 21:12:46

Thanks Nom. Good advice. After your post I researched about correct form and exercising with bad knees. There was a mixture of don't do them and do them but with correct form as they're good for your joints! I've decided to see a Physio as a one off for advice as the pain is carrying over between exercise sessions now, despite checking my form (although I realise I can't see properly if I'm doing it right) and I'm seeing such benefits I really don't want to stop exercising. I'm really hoping they don't just say "go swimming" which the gp did a few years ago as that's just not practical in my life right now, 20 minutes before tea is all I can fit in hmm

Tinwe Tue 30-Jul-13 21:13:33

Well done on your new found firmness too btw smile

Tinwe Tue 30-Jul-13 21:14:30

C2L1D4 smile

HairyPotter Tue 30-Jul-13 22:47:01

L2D5 done smile

I think I might actually make it to level 3 at this rate!

NomDeOrdinateur Tue 30-Jul-13 23:58:44

Welcome, Tinwe (and thanks)! Visiting a physio/pt for a one-off appointment is a great idea - I was thinking of doing the same, until I realised that DBro's tips were working for me. I hope they manage to find a solution for you. It must be so frustrating to have chronic knee problems - I really feel for you sad. Mine aren't bad most of the time but I do have to be careful with my form or they get very sore, which is bad news as mid-life osteoarthritis runs in my family. Even after correcting my form I found that just trying to speed up the side lunge exercises on L1D5 set me back (presumably where I was rushing and letting my knees sag forwards), so it's easily done!

Congrats also, Hairy - please make it to Level 3, you're ahead of me and I'll get all trepidatious (if that's even a word) if you stop!

smelmafingers Wed 31-Jul-13 13:06:16

I've lost track of what day i'm on. Think it may be L2d5. Didn't have a time first thing today. Think i needto pay moreattentionn during my lunges also. Woke up during the night with sore knees.

I definitely feel more toned. Still need to get rid of my wonderful saddlebags grin

HairyPotter Thu 01-Aug-13 23:29:38

No shred here yesterday. Wasn't feeling too well during the day, then had visitors at night.

But, L2D6 done now!

Nom that is indeed a fantastic word! I will do my best not to throw the towel in again. Although, Smelma is at the very same stage as me if I do give up! grin

HairyPotter Fri 02-Aug-13 11:50:31

L2D7 done! I think this is the furthest I have ever got grin

NomDeOrdinateur Fri 02-Aug-13 18:02:32

I've finished L1D10 (finally), and naively attempted the first 2 circuits of Banish Fat Boost Metabolism today with the intention of doing L2D1 of 30DS straight afterwards. All I can say is OUCH - BFBM is a great cardio workout, but quite tough on the knees and very hot/sweaty. I'm still going to start L2 tonight, but I think it'll take me a while to build all of the circuits from BFBM into the same workout!

NomDeOrdinateur Fri 02-Aug-13 18:03:56

Congrats Hairy - that's an important milestone! Hope you're feeling better now, btw smile.

smelmafingers Fri 02-Aug-13 21:49:21

Just had a wee look at banish fat boost metabolism.

Looks like it would do the trick! However think i'll just stick to shred for the moment as neither of the DC sleeping well at the moment and i don't want to risk waking them with my thumping around. Good excuse?

L2D6 today. Seems a bit easier again today. Although, my body refuses to do the V arm move on the last strength circuit.

NomDeOrdinateur Fri 02-Aug-13 22:45:53

Smelma - ANY excuse to avoid BFBM is a good one! It's a fantastic workout, but very challenging. Glad to hear that L2 gets easier eventually - I know what you mean about body refusing to cooperate though, I still have that with the right-leaning "side lunge with anterior raise" move at the end of LA sad.

Nexus6 Sat 03-Aug-13 05:30:11

I really want to do this. I'm 3 weeks and 3 days postpartum but I had a straight forward birth with no stitches. My small tear has healed now so as long as I take it steady should be ok?

I can't stand my thighs at the moment feel rubbish about body!

smelmafingers Sat 03-Aug-13 13:22:40

Hello Nexus6

I wouldnt have managed the squats and lunges 3 weeks postpartum. But i suppose everyone is different. I think with workout is designed to push you as hard as possible.

Someone else may have better advice for you. Or maybe be able to recommend another workout
You can watch the 30 day shred on youtube, so youre not wasting cash on the dvd.

smelmafingers Sat 03-Aug-13 13:29:11

Actually, just thinking back to how i looked at 3 weeks postpartum. Things naturally firmed up a bit without hard exercise. It was the 5 hobnobs with every tea for the following year that did the damage r grin

smelmafingers Sat 03-Aug-13 13:30:58

Hope that last post comes across okay. [Blush]

Was trying to say not to worry to much just now.

Nexus6 Sat 03-Aug-13 18:22:47

no it's good advice- I have a running machine so I'm going to do a little bit of gentle jogging on that and go for walks with the buggy for 3 weeks before starting (after my 6 week check seems to be the general advice from NHS)

Nexus6 Sat 03-Aug-13 18:23:32

I know it's dumb I just want to get some of my body back! (or better..!)

smelmafingers Sat 03-Aug-13 19:38:48

Its not dumb. Definitely good to getget into gentle exercise sooner rather than later and have a plan of action. Maybe you could do pilates?

Thats L2d7 done. Woo hoo!

Nexus6 Sat 03-Aug-13 21:48:41

oo yeah, that would be good actually. My back has always been sore due to riding horses most of my life. I know pilates is very good for recovery type exercise.

I will get onto this shred thing though- friend of mine did it and she looks awesome- toned etc

HairyPotter Sat 03-Aug-13 22:42:15

Nexus I am shock at the idea of doing shred 3 weeks after having a baby! You are a much better person than me. I was still in my jammies eating biscuits then grin

L2D8 done. It was horrible sad I was t

HairyPotter Sat 03-Aug-13 22:43:28


Too tired before I started and struggled at a few bits. Will make an effort to get on with it first thing tomorrow before work.

smelmafingers Sun 04-Aug-13 11:34:56

Of the two replies nexus6 has received, both of them mention biscuits. grin

L2d8 done.

I'm tempted to go to Boots today to face the scales of doom. Its been 10 Days since my last visit.

Nexus6 Sun 04-Aug-13 11:52:45

Hahaha I'm glad tbh, I was feeling guilty about my biscuit binge! Perfect breast food right?

smelmafingers Sun 04-Aug-13 20:36:03

Chocolate hobnobs all the way grin

Scales at Boots not working properly, so couldn't do the body fat mass measurement. Meh

HairyPotter Sun 04-Aug-13 22:18:41

No, chocolate digestives are far better <wise>

L2D9 done! Thank god I only have 1 more day of that. Jillian is starting to annoy me. Natalie is clearly her favourite. Poor Anita is hardly getting any attention. I need to follow Anita! grin

smelmafingers Mon 05-Aug-13 09:22:52

Good morning shreddies!

L2d9 done.

Not going to engage in a biscuit debate on a weight loss thread grin

HairyPotter Tue 06-Aug-13 23:06:02

But biscuits are so nice ...

L2D10 done! No more L2 thank god.

Bring on L3! never thought I would say that

smelmafingers Wed 07-Aug-13 07:44:45

L3D1 done.

Not my best effort as DS was lying on me or under me for most of it! It's gonna be pretty tough. Every move was difficult for me from the very start!

Good luck hairy smile

HairyPotter Wed 07-Aug-13 08:53:25

Oh no! Is it really bad? I'm trying to decide if I should get it over with now, go for a run or sit in my jammies watching tv. I think you may have made my mind up for me Smelma <gets remote>

CreepyCrawly Wed 07-Aug-13 11:47:40

Hi again everyone! I fell off the thread after finishing the three levels.

Definitely agree that Natalie is the favourite, always felt sorry for Anita.

I've started doing 'No More Trouble Zones' and I am loving it! It's a 40 minute workout but mostly strength and abs. The only jumping jacks and jump rope are in the warm up.

Congratulations on your little one nexus!

HairyPotter Thu 08-Aug-13 07:29:55

40 mins sounds like an awfully long time * Creepy* <wimp emotion>
I'm planning on going back to the start and trying to follow Natalie when I get to the end of L3.

Talking of which.... It has broken me sad my legs and bum are killing me this morning. I managed it fine yesterday, a few harder moves but not as much cardio I didn't think. All change this morning though. Ouch! I have a feeling it was the jumpy squats and the plié bits.

L3D2 will have to wait until after work or tomorrow

smelmafingers Thu 08-Aug-13 15:24:14

Hi creepy will have a look for that workout on youtube. Need to have a plan in place for the end of 30 day shred shock

Just finished L3D2. 3rd attempt today as kids keep leaping on me now. Think i'll have to start working out in the evening. Not good.

Also, dont think my downstairs neighbour will like L3. Rockstar jumps make the house shake!

HairyPotter Thu 08-Aug-13 21:00:04

Managed L3D2! Not with any great style, but never mind. God knows how stiff and sore ill be in the morning grin

smelmafingers Fri 09-Aug-13 21:54:53

L3D3 done. Pretty heavy going on the knees, for sure! Definitely cant follow Natalie for the jump moves.

D4 tomorrow. That's when it gets easier isn't it. [Hopefull]

HairyPotter Fri 09-Aug-13 22:46:06

Oooh yes Smelma I forgot about that! L3D3 done so looking forward to tomorrow grin

HairyPotter Sat 10-Aug-13 22:41:25

L:D4 all finished. It wasn't easier either! grin

HairyPotter Sun 11-Aug-13 21:47:52

I know I'm talking to myself in all probability, but L3D5 done! grin

smelmafingers Mon 12-Aug-13 10:03:28

No. I'm still here grin

L3D4 done. Forgot to wear my trainers. Was slipping about all over the place!

HairyPotter Tue 13-Aug-13 22:25:51

Ouch! I can't imagine not wearing trainers, was it not awfully sore on your legs?

L6D6 done. I'm getting very close to actually finishing this thing grin

HairyPotter Wed 14-Aug-13 22:45:59

L3D7 finished grin

smelmafingers Thu 15-Aug-13 19:06:09

Away to do L3d5 just now. Falling behind grin

HairyPotter Thu 15-Aug-13 22:51:06

I think it's just me and you now Smelma grin

L3D8 done. I think I drank too much water beforehand, the supermans made me want to throw up!

smelmafingers Fri 16-Aug-13 20:36:09

Well, i had a cup of coffee before i worked out the other day. I could here it sloshing about during the mountain climb moves. Nice.

L3D6 done.

Think you get to day 10 over the weekend? smile

HairyPotter Sat 17-Aug-13 22:07:30

Yes, plenty of sloshing here too grin although, mountain climb moves?? Have I missed something blush

L3D9 done! One more to go! and then I'll start all over again

Tinwe Sun 18-Aug-13 09:58:01

Just realised, if we'd all started according to the thread title we'd just be ending week 2 now. Not quite sure how I ended up almost a week ahead! Anyway W3R3 completed, W4 starts on Wed for me.

Tinwe Sun 18-Aug-13 10:00:46

Sorry, wrong thread, anyway, how are you all doing? I had to abandon Shred after 40 days (so I did complete the first 30 day cycle). All the lunges and squats were really hurting my knees. It was a great starting block for fitness though and I moved onto running the C25K which weirdly doesn't hurt my knees at all!

Good luck all you Shredders, you're doing a great job! smile

smelmafingers Sun 18-Aug-13 11:07:59

Think its just hairypotter and myself. Maybe she's finished!

Just finished L3D7. The end is in sight. [Grin]

Good luck with C25K!

Tinwe Sun 18-Aug-13 22:05:24

Thanks Selma and well done to you for sticking it out! What're you going to go to celebrate? grin

Tinwe Sun 18-Aug-13 22:05:51

Have you finished today then Hairy?

HairyPotter Mon 19-Aug-13 13:43:22

Hello, yes I finished it yesterday! Woo hoo! I'm now shredded grin

I still have a long way to go, but doing this and the 5.2 diet means I have lost 9lbs and a dress size in just over 5 weeks. I'm going to go back and start again from the beginning, I'm shall attempt to follow Natalie for at least some of the workout shock

I have abandoned c25k for the time being but would quite like to give it another go sometime. I'm worried it makes my arthritic hip flare up again with all the pounding. Shred seems easier unbelievably

What are you doing next Smelma?

smelmafingers Mon 19-Aug-13 20:31:45

L3d8 done! May celebrate the final session with more a wine than is usual

Wow hairypotter thats quite an impressive loss!

I sort of have a target weight, but i'm not too fussed about it. Have a holiday in six weeks time so I want to feel okayish on the beach. that's a good short term goal.

I'm really enjoying the adrenalin rush after a shred session, but really struggling to do it every day - small children who aren't' great sleepers!

Think i may keep shredding a of 3 times a week and follow Natalie. Might get back to 5:2 as well. That'll sort me out!

Tinwe Fri 23-Aug-13 22:01:36

Well done Hairy! Selma, have you finished too, now? smile

smelmafingers Mon 26-Aug-13 21:38:15

Finished 30 Day Shred. But its taken me six weeks grin

I really want to do I it every day, but have had quite a mad month. Anyone else still shredding?

HairyPotter Mon 26-Aug-13 22:37:59

I'm still doing it. I try to manage six days out of seven. My plan was to follow Natalie but that went out the window on the first set of push ups! grin

I finished L1D6 round 2 this afternoon. I still have around 2 stone to shift so I really need to keep at it.sad

Tinwe Wed 28-Aug-13 09:14:11

Well done Selma for completing and Hairy for keeping going! smile

smelmafingers Wed 28-Aug-13 14:18:25

L1D1 R2!

Realised its exactly 30 days till my holiday. So i'm on board again.

Failed at the first set of Natalie push ups. Maybe by day 5 grin

hairy do you have set days for fasting? Might join you.

How is c25k going tinwe?

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