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Jillian Michaels' 6 week 6 pack - anyone want to (re)start with me?

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TrucksAndDinosaurs Sat 31-Aug-13 01:36:38

I've just done Shred and had great results.
Am now starting 6 week 6 pack - does anyone want to start or restart with me?
smile hopeful smile

TrucksAndDinosaurs Thu 12-Sep-13 16:23:05

Back on it, going to count that as day 10.
Halfway through level one and can do side plank leg waving thing on one side!
How's everyone else doing?

Lavenderhoney Thu 12-Sep-13 16:30:35

I did the whole of level one instead of just the first half! Very pleased with myselfsmile

The leg waving thing isn't so bad now, its the spider plank thing in the middle. My wrists don't like itsad

How long before I notice a difference? I am alternating it with running at the gym - up to 4 km in 20 mins now, going for 5 next week. The speed is because I don't have much time, not because I am mad gym personsmile

TrucksAndDinosaurs Fri 13-Sep-13 03:47:25


I'd say you'll see a difference in a week, if you're following an eating plan that is low sugar and low carb and drinking water like mad.

Sugar and carbs bloat the mid section so no matter how many planks you do you won't look lean unless you eat clean. Unfortunately.

Lavenderhoney Fri 13-Sep-13 04:06:16


I've been lc since January, but the carbs have crept in with a couple of glasses of wine at night. I think I have a wine bag round my tummy, plus the cs overhang ( sorry tmi) is a factor. I'm on the lc bootcamp this timesmile

I'm going to move up to 5 k when I go to the gym next next week, which is my limit in the time and speed I can physically do.

Today is a swim day.

I might start calenetics as well.

MrsFlorrick Fri 13-Sep-13 09:51:52

Hi Trucks and Lavender.

Well done Lavender on doing the whole 40mins!

Trucks. I take it you're over your minor OP and back to 6w6p.

I have notched up another 5 days now. Technically I could move up to Level2 but I am way too chicken just now.

I'm going to carry on for another 5 days at level 1.

I find side plank with knee raises so hard. It's by far the toughest. Spider plank is tough on the wrists. And I hate hate hate mountain climbers at the moment. I feel like I am doing it so slowly compared to Jillian and her two friends. It annoys me.

I do my long lever crunch with an added weight now grin. Get me eh.

I am hoping to do it today but both DC have colds and oldest is off school. They have both squabbled and whined since the minute they woke and not even cbeebies can stop it. So all my plans of fasting and working out are probably in the bin.

TrucksAndDinosaurs Fri 13-Sep-13 16:56:45

Ooh get Mrs F and her hardcore ways!
Day 11 done. I want to do at least 20 sessions of l1, I find rushing Jillian levels leads to injury. Anyway level 1 is working nicely. Abs now there, shame about loose skin but I guess that will pull back in time...

TrucksAndDinosaurs Fri 13-Sep-13 16:57:57

Ps. Hope the DC play nicely so you get a chance...if not l3 shred is quick 20 mins?

RubySlippers77 Fri 13-Sep-13 17:30:06

Hi everyone - I'm a Jillian Michaels newbie but heard good things!! I've been running outside over the summer but won't get the opportunity once it's dark when I get home from work, so am planning to run at the gym instead; not as good but still better than my preferred option of lounging on the sofa eating Jaffa cakes grin

Unfortunately my gym is gym only, no classes, so I was thinking of doing a JM workout as well at home! Any recommendations? I have very limited space so was thinking of trying yoga meltdown - I am usually very crap at yoga but can give it a go - or the other ones I can find on youtube are the 30 Day Shred, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, and 6 week to a 6 pack. I have a stone to lose by Christmas so any help (from Jillian or you ladies!) is much appreciated!!

TrucksAndDinosaurs Fri 13-Sep-13 18:56:53

Yoga meltdown isn't very good compared to others; you need to be pretty familiar with yoga to get on with it. The Shred is superb for getting you fit and toned in 20min a day then lots of people carry on with 6wk6pk or banish fat boot metabolism or no more trouble zones. There are various really supportive shred threads so I'd start there as many people do - once you've done shred for 4/6 weeks the others are much easier. Good luck!

TrucksAndDinosaurs Fri 13-Sep-13 18:57:56

All workouts just need a mat if on hard floor, hand weights and enough space to do a pressup!

Lavenderhoney Sat 14-Sep-13 03:42:37

Thanks Mrs Florricksmile I hope your dc are feeling better and you get a chance to excerise.

Rubuslippers- I just run at the gym. I used to be a gym bunny before dc and I lived in London. Running outside cross country was my thingsmile had to stop when I lived in london, no time. I used to run at the gym, do some weights and calenetics. Is there anyone at the gym who can sort you a running program for the time you have and your level?

I swam yesterday whilst the dc messed about and today I will be doing all of 6p6w againsmile plus calenetics for the tummy.

TrucksAndDinosaurs Sun 15-Sep-13 18:21:06

I am hardcore.
6 week 6pk.
Then level 3 shred.
With 7lb weights.
And hangover.
This is because I went out last night, ate a bit of sushi after low carb since July and wore a second hand Karen Millen wiggle dress.

in size 8!!!!!!
UK size 8!

Am beyond chuffed. smile

RubySlippers77 Sun 15-Sep-13 18:55:48

Hey Lavender - I will ask if there's a programme they can work out for me at the gym. I do like (er, relatively) running outside, but the gym is much easier, especially when the majority of my running is done on my own.

Trucks, I am in awe of your powers of shredding with a hangover and fitting into a size 8 dress!! If I could fit into a size 10 I'd be a happy bunny! And thank you for the JM advice, I will give the Shred a try smile

MrsFlorrick Mon 16-Sep-13 00:31:49

Hi everyone.

Trucks!!!! That's super hardcore!! I'm scared! Wow. Not sure I am ready to do 6w6p immediately followed by shred. Yikes.

And size 8 dress. Wow. Congrats.

When I get to my goal weight I will be a large size 10 or small 12 like I used to be. I'm 5'10" so a size 8 might not look so good on me.

I was so happy wearing most of my size 12 clothes again (the larger ones anyway). And I really felt I looked good. Then this evening I had two people come and pick up a stroller I sold on eBay.
The first thing the woman says to me is: " ah why are you selling it when you're having another baby?"
To clarify I didn't have muffin top in the trousers I wore, it's just that my stomach muscles have split in the middle (diastisis recti). And my stomach isn't flat it sort of bulges around the naval area. And extra weight make it worse.

I just wanted to cry. It's awful. Stupid stomach. Honestly I cannot do this anymore. Wherever I go I am reminded constantly. Anything from insensitive comments like the above to pharmasist refusing to sell me OTC products and having to explain that actually I'm not pregnant just fat.

It's gotten so bad my 4yo DD is confused and thinks we are having another baby because people can't just shut the fuck up in front if her.

I've gone from feeling top of the world to wear some of my old wardrobe again to feeling utterly utterly shite sad and blush and wanting to never leave the house or open my door again. Don't know how I am going to manage school run tomorrow. sad

TrucksAndDinosaurs Mon 16-Sep-13 00:55:33

(((Mrs F))))

I kept getting people congratulating me on being pg when I wasn't; I was a 12 with a distended middle and slimish arms and legs wearing floaty tops. I would want to cry inside and hate having to explain to people. For some reason I think when you start to lose weight but your middle is still soft and has been impacted by child bearing its very easy to look pregnant - maybe women are designed to stay rounded in the belly and thighs longer and lose weight off other areas first/faster for evolutionary reasons?

Anyway, that was the darkest hour before the dawn and a few weeks later (and cutting wheat/sugar) I suddenly stopped looking pregnant and it evened out.

I don't mean to try to be anything other than encouraging; I hope you can dig deep and carry on because it will pass and your lovely clothes that I am jealous of are waiting for you past this shitty bump in the road.


Lavenderhoney Mon 16-Sep-13 06:18:05

Trucksanddinosaurs that's great! Its so nice to be the weight and shape you wantsmile

Does anyone have any advice - Do you find the 6p6w and shred better than running to get the weight down and off? Mine is all round my hips and tummy, I look in proportion, as I have a tiny waist and large bust, but I need to slim it down- I used to be a 8-10 which was great for my height 5-4.

Mrs F- will your tummy mend itself? I don't anything about your condition. What do you wear? I can't wear anything like a maxi dress or leggings as I too look 5 months gone. I wear high waisted shirts with an a line and a fitted t shirt or jumper. That hides the bulge and muffin top for now.
When will you be able to do Pilates or yoga? The lc woe might help you, come on the bootcamp and try, its very good.

MrsFlorrick Mon 16-Sep-13 18:31:35

Hi Truck and Lavender. Thanksthanks

I managed to upset myself so much I woke in the middle of the night with a massive migraine and vomited profusely.

DH had to stay at home and look after DS and take DD to school. Argh. Not good.

It was so bad I had to go for the ultra hardcore migraine meds so I have slept most of today and only just woken. Clearly no Jillian workout today! No food either yet. Perhaps soup for dinner.

Ugh. I will feel yucky for days now. After effects of meds hangs around.

Hopefully I will manage Jillian tomorrow or the days after. We will see.

As you say Trucks "Dig Deep"! wink

I know I am close. I just need more Jillian to firm up a bit.

My gap in the stomach muscles has gotten so much better. After DS it was 8 fingers (same as after DD). It is now less than 1 finger. Whilst its considered normal range it obviously means if you have any fat on your middle, it shows more. And I carry all of it on the middle as I had Gestational diabetes so the insulin excess laid down lots of fat around the stomach area. Yuk.

I know I am close. I can wear lots of my old clothes. And I can actually now get into trousers I have not worn since I fell pregnant with DD (that will be 5 years ago next month smile).

And obviously I had both DC as an "older" mother and I hit the big 40 earlier this year. And that doesn't help either.

Sigh. I know I know. I am almost there. And DH pointed out that the stroller woman last night clearly had an eating disorder. She was almost my height and her leg were same thickness as my arms (my BMI is 23 so "normal"). And you could see all her ribs back and front through her top. So yes she probably thought I was very fat as opposed to "normal"

Thanks thanks for cheering me upgrin. It's been a shitty day migraine and all.

TrucksAndDinosaurs Mon 16-Sep-13 19:26:04

Oh dear, that sounds grim and exhausting.
It's so sad she upset you so badly.
Tomorrow is another day. I hope you get lots of rest and feel better soon, you can do it.

Losing weight and having your body change can be quite emotional - not just happy emotions but quite shocking and unsettling. I don't think people acknowledge this much about weight loss but I wish they would.

TrucksAndDinosaurs Mon 16-Sep-13 19:31:08

Only had time for 1 circuit today as had to go back to dr.
Still, it was 20 mins better than nothing.

deeplybaffled Mon 16-Sep-13 20:04:51

Maybe channel Winston Churchill? I'm thinking of that quote where someone told him he was drunk, and he responded to say it was true, but that tomorrow, he would be sober, and they'd still be ugly or some such...
well, tomorrow, or soon, your tummy will be fine and yet she may well still be kicking herself for being tactless!

TrucksAndDinosaurs Mon 16-Sep-13 20:11:54

I like Winston.
'Keep buggering on'
Wise words.

Lavenderhoney Tue 17-Sep-13 14:32:55

Inspired by this thread - thanks ladiessmile

I now do level 2 of the shred- level 3 doesn't do it for me- then 6p6w level 1.

Now, has anyone tried level 2 of the 6p6w? I haven't even looked at it yetsmile

TrucksAndDinosaurs Tue 17-Sep-13 20:42:06

Mrs F has done l2 I think. Hope she is feeling better today after migraine brew to Mrs F.

I did l1 and it was fine even though I feel really tired now.
My low carb diet suddenly feels a bit meh and restricted so I binned usual morning fast and had Greek yogurt and berries for breakfast - lovely but knocked me out of ketosis into hunger and I then wolfed egg mayo, chorizo and a cold sausage for lunch which is now sitting heavily and making me feel more tired.

Wish DS would nap; he's tired too and we would both benefit from a lie down!

TrucksAndDinosaurs Tue 17-Sep-13 20:44:01

lavender that is well hardcore! You have inspired me.
I will try to shred and 6w6p tomorrow too as won't be able to work out Thursday.

Early night tonight.

MrsFlorrick Tue 17-Sep-13 22:47:42

Hi Trucks and Lavender.

Better but still suffering the after effects of meds and migraine. No longer in pain but feel like a wet dish rag with the mental capacity of a cucumber.

No Jillian for me today. Need to be fully mended or migraine will bounce back on me. And off to doctors as this is my second one in the space of 6 weeks. The last one was so bad my usual super strong meds did nothing and doctor on call had to come out and administer pain relief and anti emetic by injection.

It's been under control so well for over 20 years but suddenly after Easter this year it's been frequent and almost uncontrollable.

Perhaps I am allergic to weight loss and exercise grin wink

I've done L2 of 6w6p. It's tough.the first week you do it, you will be in pain. I start L2 next week.

Off to sleep.

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