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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!!!!!!

monster54 Thu 25-Jul-13 11:06:00

Thanks ladies your right helles going to go no weights for first couple of times, get used to the moved.

Although read somewhere they are quite straight forward. I'm not know for my coordination!!!!

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Thu 25-Jul-13 11:11:29

They are really straight forward but much more effective if you get your posture right and engage your core. It's easier to keep an eye on that without weights. Just keep tension in your arms to replace the weights.

HellesBelles396IsDeeplyUncool Thu 25-Jul-13 11:18:18


BetsyBell Thu 25-Jul-13 12:02:18

I got weights from Sports Direct dirt cheap - I went for 1.5kg. I wouldn't recommend tins - they'd slip out of sweaty hands too easily! Water bottles would be ok.

It's fast paced so it's a good idea to get used the moves first and really make sure you're getting the poses right - I know I've injured myself a bit in the past by not realising it's your butt that should be sticking out rather than knees for squats etc. Jillian does good instructions though.

GrimmaTheNome Thu 25-Jul-13 12:06:22

When you get to level 3 there's one move you really need proper dumbbells for (plank with arm and leg raises) and one which you might want a heavier weight (forgotten what its called but you're only using one weight). Plenty of time to sort that out smile

TrucksAndDinosaurs Thu 25-Jul-13 16:21:01

Inspired by you all to shred on a fast day; it was fine. Told myself I could always have scrambled egg after if I needed to and actually found it easier than usual!

Using 5lb weights which is 2.2kg apart from dreaded side lunges when I use 4lb. It's quite hard to 'bulk up' so I use heaviest weights I can for the reps and it doesn't make me bulky; only lifting super heavy weights for short bursts at capacity like a weight lifter makes me have muscles.
Think a lot of women are scared of weights but my ex gym lady educated me on it all and now I go for it!

Forgot to say had fab results with shred before DS was born and so looking forward to getting my body back - got a suitcase of clothes waiting after 3 years for me!

Broadbean1 Thu 25-Jul-13 17:20:22

Just finished L1 D10 of 30 day shred. I made the mistake of looking ahead at level 2 and scared myself. I really want to keep the momentum going now that I have started this.

gaggiagirl Thu 25-Jul-13 17:25:09

if it helps to know.... I lost 7 inches of flab from chest,waist,gut,hips and thighs from the 30 day shred I'm now on day 20 of round two.

HairyPotter Thu 25-Jul-13 22:39:33

L2D1 here, FD day as well.

Can't say I enjoyed it. I have got as far as L2D5 twice before I gave up in the past. Hate hate hate anything planky <it's a word grin> Not loving double jump ropes either.

I'm really going to do my best to get to day 10 this time round. I feel a lot more motivated now, 5.2 is going well so hopefully I'll get there.

Good luck to everyone shredding (and fasting) tomorrow.

NotAsTired Fri 26-Jul-13 08:29:20

Thought I would try L3 just to see if I could do it. Oh. My. Gosh. The combination of cardio and weights were a killer. I could not do all the moves (even without hand weights) and I kept having to stop and rewind because I found the coordination hard. But... I got through it.

delilahmoo Fri 26-Jul-13 08:32:10

Shred has arrived!! Start Monday ......

BetsyBell Fri 26-Jul-13 08:55:01

L1D3 - I was reluctant this morning thanks to lack of sleep, achiness (from Shredding!) and being post fast BUT I've done it and I didn't 'phone it in' as Jillian warns us against!

I always always do extra stretches after - the cool down has definitely been skimped on to keep it within 20mins.

I've started exercising in shorts and sports bra. It's pretty depressing being able to see all the post-kids and post weight loss slack skin but also very motivating - and at least there isn't so much fat left under than skin smile My tummy and thighs are a bit of a mess though. I'm hoping that the slow weight loss and continual exercise will mean that in a year's time it won't look so bad, it's all looking a bit 'old lady' at the moment (with apologies to all the fit and toned 'old ladies' out there!).

BetsyBell Fri 26-Jul-13 08:59:50

notastired great to see you've been noticing the results already! I can't remember if I got up to L3 last time or whether I quit at level2 like HairyP. I know that I only got around to doing Killer Buns and Thighs once! Some very tricky stuff on there. I guess that's when going out for a run just seemed like the easier option wink

VulvaVoom Fri 26-Jul-13 09:25:21

Just purchased on Amazon for £5, am weirdly looking forward to starting it (I hate exercise) Bring on the shredding!

NotAsTired Fri 26-Jul-13 09:26:51

Well done Betsy for actually shredding this morning. It's very easy just to skip it, isn't it? But you didn't so that is a big plus.

At least you still don't have a lot of fat under the loose skin. I still have loads of fat. I often wonder what I would look like and what I would weigh and what size dress I would wear if I lost the fat to a healthy level.

Anyway, I'm absolutely positive that you will get the body you want. smile

monster54 Fri 26-Jul-13 09:59:20

You are all inspiring me!!!! Hoping my DVD arrives today and I might start my first day!!!

Fast day today before official weigh in tomorrow. Need to make today a good one as yesterday was loitered with birthday cake and late night fresh pasta!!!!

monster54 Fri 26-Jul-13 10:00:11

betsy I was considering doing it in my underwear for full effect!!! Keep the motivation going!!

BetsyBell Fri 26-Jul-13 11:11:08

notastired It's funny, I've never desired a particular sort of body before - mostly I've felt that if I look ok in clothes and my face is pretty enough then that'll do. But, now, I see that it is an option, I can choose to have the healthy body I want! I can change bits of it and I know how to do it. I feel like I've unlocked one of life's secrets.

I think, to a lesser extent, I've realised my reasonably pretty features will and are fading, and there's bugger all I can do about that (and I don't mind getting older, I have no issues with that) but I can change the body and I can be healthier and fitter than I ever was in my 20s!

monster It's terrifying! But it works grin!

monster54 Fri 26-Jul-13 18:22:35

I'm going for it betsy saves on washing too!!!!

Shred had arrived I'm on a FD but I am waiting for bed time and going to give it a go before 500 cal dinner. Just had water so far today!!!!

I'm all over this....although official WI tomorrow I might be up with a bit of water retention!!

monster54 Fri 26-Jul-13 19:48:28

She killed me!!!! I couldn't raise my arms to wash my hair!!!! Wow I do love her though!!!!

NotAsTired Fri 26-Jul-13 20:19:11

grin at monster. Yup, she'll do that to you. I like it when she says at the end, something like you've completed level one and you're on your way to being shredded.

BetsyBell Fri 26-Jul-13 20:52:12

"I want you to feel like you're going to die" grin Love Jillian, she's so evil!

monster54 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:17:13

I loved the motivational chat!!! I prob won't in 10 days but she's right gotta go for it if your only going to do 20 mins a day hey!!!

Think i''ll be sore tomorrow. Just hoping it doesn't screw with my WI!!

monster54 Fri 26-Jul-13 21:18:44

I will definitely do mornings on fast days as my energy wasn't at its highest even though its been a relatively easy FD for me today.

Wednesday every hour was a struggle!!!

VulvaVoom Fri 26-Jul-13 21:59:36

Oh God, sounds terrifying, bit scared now and DH is already convinced I won't do it (in a nice way - I have form) but it makes me even more determined!

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