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5:2/4:3 Shredders!!! Tips...motivation...results!!

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monster54 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:51:24

I know that I struggle with exercise...I've ordered the DVD and am going to take some measurements and check in here!!!

Anyone else who wants to join in LET'S GO!!!!!!

BetsyBell Wed 24-Jul-13 20:53:23

Found you! Yup, I did day 1 today (not for the first time!) and plan to go it most weekdays until I go on holiday... in a week.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 24-Jul-13 20:56:54

can you just clarify - do you mean doing 5:2/4:3 fast and also 30 day shred? (if so I might be able to chip in a tip or two) smile

monster54 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:58:12

Same here, plan on weekdays only. If I can squeeze in a weekend I will try!!

Actually quite motivated and looking forward to it arriving!!! I'll prob change my mind once I've done day one!!! Ha ha!!

monster54 Wed 24-Jul-13 20:59:29

grimma yes please!! How is shredding on fast days??

BetsyBell Wed 24-Jul-13 21:08:34

Are you going to pop a link up on the main thread so the others can find us? I just saw it by chance!

I did my first session of Shred (first time round!) 20 hours into a 24 hour zero fast and it nearly killed me... in a good way I think

I don't normally do much exercise on the morning after a fast day so that one will be interesting...

monster54 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:19:03

Took 2 attempts but posted!!!

Wow!!! That is hardcore! Got home tonight and was thinking if DVD had arrived would I have the energy. Today is a fix and it's been so hot I struggled. But I prob would of given it a bash not a full 100% effort!!

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Wed 24-Jul-13 21:22:41

I am L1D4 - shredding the morning AFTER FD is hard. I was very weary this morning. Shredding morning of FD fine. Though i was achey yesterday, I had energy.

BetsyBell Wed 24-Jul-13 21:39:06

My exercise 'regime' goes something like this:

Woo! Really! Motivated! For! Two! Weeks! More! MOre! MORE! Run! SHred! Pilates! Dancing! More Running! Feel GREAT!

Then... meh, can't be arsed... maybe tomorrow... for a few weeks.

In those unmotivated times I do, at least, get out on my bike and cycle loads (do all my shopping etc on my bike) although that doesn't feel like exercise really.

However, escaping on my bike isn't really an option in school holidays so really would like to get weekdays started with shred (or my other Jillian dvd) whether I feel motivated or not.

I've told the kids they have to make me do it, oddly they're well up for bossing me around wink

It will be harder when everything aches. grin

GrimmaTheNome Wed 24-Jul-13 21:48:23

I've found no problem at all doing the shred on a fast day TBH, or the next morning. I do the shred first thing in the morning - a cup of tea before whether fasting or not, and as much water as necessary, breakfast after on non-fast days. I'm on the july shred thread - it seems to me from what I see there that the people sticking to it tend to be the ones who can do it in the morning and get it over with. Obviously that isn't possible for everyone but if you have the choice of time I'd recommend early over late.

I found the first couple of days OK - 3 and 4 hard because of muscle ache especially legs (going downstairs was murder) but after that it got better so stick with it! I realised I could do a much better quad stretch if I support myself with the other hand on the furniture - a tip which for some reason Jillian doesn't mention till L2.

I did day 26 today. Never have time on Saturdays or most sundays so it will take about 6 weeks in all. But I started to feel firmer within the first week.

I've lost about 3 kg - but haven't really been trying to lose weight too hard - definitely feel less flabby and stronger so I think its well worth the effort. Its only 20 mins plus showering time.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 24-Jul-13 21:52:15

>It will be harder when everything aches
yes, but it does get better - and then once you're past the worst of the aches, that's good reason to carry on so you don't have to go through that stage again. smile

I do find checking into an MN thread helps too.

NotAsTired Wed 24-Jul-13 22:00:28

I'm on L2, but I have only been doing it three times a week. Mon/Wed/Fri. Doing it the morning of fast day. I might give it a go tomorrow am. Will let you know how I cope, if I go ahead with it.

Also, as I said on the main thread, I'm not going to start L3 until I can do the circuits in L2 like Natalie. Might be another week.

BetsyBell Wed 24-Jul-13 22:01:16

Grimma I love Shred already, it wasn't so much I gave up last time but the weather got good and I replaced it with lovely early morning running. However, in school hols I'd have to get up too early for running so it's back to Shred for me smile

HairyPotter Wed 24-Jul-13 22:16:24


I have just (and I mean just!) finished L1D10! Woo hoo! It has been bloody hard going and a few times I really couldn't be bothered, but I have managed it with only one rest day.

L2 beckons tomorrow shock unfortunately so does my first day back at work after almost 3 weeks off. And it's a FD. <panics slightly >

TrucksAndDinosaurs Thu 25-Jul-13 02:04:34

Level 1 day 3. Not doing it every day, aiming for non fast days to kick off and skipping Saturday when we go to beach and I do a long swim in the sea of about 2km.

Basically, if I can do a big sea swim I do that instead of the Shred. (I live near the sea in a hot country)

Workout schedule :
Saturday big sea swim
Sunday shred and 20 pool swim
Monday big sea swim
Tuesday fast - not brave enough to try work out on fast days as I look after my toddler and find that quite tiring!
Wednesday shred and 20 min pool swim
Thursday fast
Friday shred and pool swim or big sea swim if time.

Hoping to eventually Shred on fast days but working into this slowly. First time I've had any time to except use at all since DS was born, as he's started SN playgroup 9-12 weekdays. I still have to do housework, shopping and admin/errands plus pick up and drop off and cooking when he's at playgroup but at last I can try to fit in something for myself as well - exercise!

Hence sea swimming when I can because as well as being great exercise it's like meditation for me, it is good for my soul. Love Jillian but nobody could describe her as peaceful!

TrucksAndDinosaurs Thu 25-Jul-13 02:05:57

Should say, first time I've had any chance to exercise

Bloody phone

monster54 Thu 25-Jul-13 07:53:28

Wow lots of people going for it!!!

Do those who are not doing it everyday still finding their getting results? I am going to try but I am being realistic!!!!

I will go with mornings too I think! Done and dusted!!!

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Thu 25-Jul-13 08:08:03

Tired and grumpy following a fairly sleepless night. I found a spider in my bed. It took me an hour to be able to relax but then I found another one on the wall beside my bed. Went downstairs for a cuppa and there was a daddy-long-legs blundering about the kitchen.

Do not want to fast. Do not want to shred.

But do not want to feel like this all day.

Going to try playing happy music til I degrump. It's going to be a tough one.

BetsyBell Thu 25-Jul-13 08:55:57

Level1Day2 - done. I wasn't complaining nearly as much about the side lunges with arm raises today! Still crap at proper press ups though.

Hugs to HellesBelles, you probably don't want Jillian shouting at you if you feel crap, but you could shout back at her and it might help elevate your mood!

BTW - did your name change have anything to do with that thread slating numbers in usernames?! Cos if it is, I like yer style grin

T&D Only a few days before I get to do some sea swimming smile

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Thu 25-Jul-13 09:06:18

BetsyBell thr cut-out-and -keep guide to mumsnet for new parents (aka duke and duchess of cambridge) may have been the inspiration for my name change!

Following several disney songs and jai ho! I am ready to leave my pit, get dressed and consider some exercise. Or no exercise but a liquid fast since last night's cuppa became a deluxe hot chocolate and a slice of fruit cake using up today's fd calories...

monster54 Thu 25-Jul-13 09:15:56

Well done betsy I'm with you on the motivation front. Borrowed a treadmill. Went crazy got running loads and good few miles....something comes up throws routine out and now it's collecting dust!!

I'm hoping although intense that this is only 20mins and my ability to commit will be better!! Also got a friend involved!!!

NotAsTired Thu 25-Jul-13 09:34:12

Well done betsy. Am also shredded this morning. L2 although I am not keeping tally of the days though because I'm not doing this everyday.

monster even doing it 3 times a week, I have seen results. Legs firmer, tummy slightly less jiggly, arm muscles bit defined, fitness levels definitely up, feeling stronger (although that last one is probably psychological)

helles nothing like exercise to lift the mood (or so they tell me).

monster54 Thu 25-Jul-13 10:23:03

Fab news notastired just waiting for my DVD now!!!

Did everyone but weights I was just thinking tins of soup for starters???

Do I need anything else??

NotAsTired Thu 25-Jul-13 10:56:19

monster it was water bottles for me ( the ones that are slender in the middle). Whatever is comfortable for you. I think tins of soup might be a bit hard to hold - in terms of getting your hands around it but then I have small hands!

If you have hard wooden floors, you will need a mat, otherwise a towel is fine for the floor exercises.

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Thu 25-Jul-13 11:00:38

Monster you could do the first couple of days without any weights to give yourself a chance to practice the movements at lower resistance.

I have 1kg handweights -just enough to create resistance but not so heavy that I'll bulk/fall over. I think they were only about a fiver (new) but I am sure ebay will have loads given how often peopls good intentions disappear.

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