30 Day Shred Results

Well, the month of being tortured by Jillian is finally over!  I would say I was happy, but the torture isn't over!  Amy and I are hosting a Jillian Ripped in 30 challenge starting TODAY!  So I'm happy to never have to see the Shred again, but not as excited as I would be if I was really done with Jillian!  Today I am linking up with Holly and Amber to share my results of doing the 30 Day Shred in July.

First, to be completely up front, I want to point out that while doing the 30 Day Shred in July, I also began training for my half marathon on July 1st.  So a lot of days, I doubled up on workouts.  I believe that the changes you see in the pictures are just as much from the running as from the Shred.  I DO notice a big difference in myself from doing the Shred, I think the muscle tone I developed just isn't as obvious because I still have quite a bit of weight to lose.

I have been a nervous wreck about sharing these photos.  I kept thinking "WHY on earth did I take my progress photos in a sports bra?"  Who knows why...I did it, so here they are.  If you don't want to see a 270+ pound woman in a sports bra, feel free to click that little red X in the upper right hand corner.  My stupid facial expression and hand gestures are the result of my comedy routine for my husband - I should have checked to make sure he took more than one photo!  Oh well!






The biggest difference I have noticed is in my thighs and belly.  I also really wish I had made more of a point to get pictures that include my entire leg, because my calves have really slimmed down too.

Inches:
Neck - before 16 inches, after 16 inches - no change
Chest - before 47 inches, after 45 inches - minus 2
Waist - before 45 inches, after 43 inches - minus 2
Upper Arm - before 17 inches, after 16 inches - minus 1
Lower Arm - before 11 inches, after 10 inches - minus 1
Hips - before 52 inches, after 51 inches - minus 1
Thigh - before 28 inches, after 26 inches - minus 2
Lower leg - before 17 inches, after 17 inches - same
Total inches lost in July = 9 inches
Total inches lost total since March 2013 - 19 inches!

And for the scale?

In my last scale update on 6/24/13, I was 284.6, and I was holding steady at this number on 6/30/13.  Today my weight is 278 pounds, a loss of 6.6 pounds in July.  I'll take it.


Final thoughts on The 30 Day Shred:

This DVD grew on me, but I'm pretty sure I'm done with it forever.  I found it to be very effective, but I'm just over it.  I definitely feel much stronger than I did in the beginning, and I 100% believe that it has helped me become a stronger runner and really helped to kick off my half-marathon training. At the beginning, I could barely do a push-up, and doing 20 jumping jacks was a struggle.  Now, I can do several respectable push-ups, and I could probably do 50 jumping jacks without getting tired.  If you stick with this program, it definitely works.

That isn't to say that it isn't HARD.  Is was.  There were many days that I didn't feel like doing it, at all.  I missed a few days on Level 1 because I was having weird ankle pain. The cardio on Level 1 is pretty high impact, also on July 4 I jumped off the truck tailgate, it was raining and I slipped and landed hard.  That didn't help.  Anyway, I missed a few days, but I don't think that hurt me too bad, with all the running that I've been doing too.

In general, I think I did a lot better with this if I sucked it up and got up early enough to get it done before work.  Otherwise, in the evenings, I often had a helper:

Just doing crunches here, not the Shred, but you get the idea.

Also my motivation tends to wear really thin in the evening.  And I was tempted a few times to be like "it's already 9pm, I'll try again tomorrow!"  Much better to just get it over with first thing in the morning.

I'm pretty proud that I stuck with this all the way through July even though I sometimes hated it.  Also, seeing my results out there like this gives me the motivation I need to keep going!

Can't wait to check out everyone else's results!

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Also, just for fun, here are my progress pictures from March 2013 until now - 

 I know I look ANGRY in the first picture, I promise I am not, I apparently just have a knack for taking really bad progress pictures.  Haha.
I cannot believe my belly was that big in the first picture, I distinctly remember that I was sucking it in, big time.  

I am down 19 inches and 18 pounds since March 2013, and am a whole lot fitter and happier.

37 comments:

  1. Congratulations! You have made awesome progress and I hope you can continue and use this as motivation to keep going. I don't have much more to lose (5kgs - I'm from Australia and we don't use pounds!) but I can still relate to lots of things that you share here. Thanks for being so open and honest and sharing your progress. I look forward to seeing your continuing success and I know you can reach your goals. -

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  2. You look AMAZZZZZING! Progress pictures are the best!

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  3. Good for you, congrats! Excited to follow your progress and cheer you on! Good luck with your run training, I'm so horrible at training. Kudos to you.

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  4. Amazing chick!!!! You are so phenomenal!

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  5. Awesome!! So proud of you and wishing some of your willpower would rub off on me! :)

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  6. Those are amazing results! I can see a huge difference and am inspired by how well you are doing!

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  7. You look AWESOME! Those are great before and afters, you can so tell a difference. PS I lay on the floor after all my workouts, only my cat keeps me company instead of a child. She likes to rub her fur all over my sweaty face, is SUPER fun :)

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  8. Awesome results. Way to go, your hard work has paid off!

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  9. Your progress pics are amazing and I'm so glad you are taking them!! Your hard work is totally paying off!! Keep it up!!

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  10. You look great! I'm so proud of all the work you have done for the last 5 months! Keep it going friend!

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  11. You are doing so great! I see a huge difference! Congratulations!

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  12. Awesome results, girl!!! I'm with you...over 30DS probably forever. This is the 4th time I've done it and I'm DONE!

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  13. You look great! The changes are definitely noticeable. Way to go!!!

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  14. wow wow wow!!! You did amazing! Look at those results!!!

    I have done the 30 day shred and I really actually liked the workouts. I do Ripped in 30 too...wait until you get to week three. ;)

    I like to alternate the workouts so I go between the 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30.

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  15. Great job! How's the half training coming along? Mine is Nov 3!

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  16. Great progress!!! Hard work paying off!!

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  17. First of all, your progress is awesome!!!! So much to be proud of!!! Second, I'm verrrrry tempted to start 30 day shred in August. I'm just nervous. I always thought I would do it once I got closer to my goal weight, but now I'm thinking I should just do it. Is it super-insane???? Be honest haha.

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  18. Awesome! So motivating. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. The changes you've made are AMAZING! You freaking ROCK!!!

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  20. You look AMAZING! Great job on all your hard work! Your back in particular looks great :) Kudos for sharing pictures too- I haven't even gotten courage to take pics for myself-much less post them.
    (Sorry if this comment is a repeat, my computer keeps eating them).

    Jen
    Jen.amileamemory@gmail.com

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  21. All I can say is WOW! Especially those side shots! What amazing progress!

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  22. Wow thanks so much for sharing this! You look beautiful. I can totally see a difference and I'm sure you can too! I'm glad you did both inches and weight because a lot of people focus solely on the weight. Keep it up. YOU are amazing!!!

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  23. You can be so proud of yourself, keep going!

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  24. You are so inspiring!!! Can you add an email box? I'd love to subscribe to you and get your posts by email! You should be very proud!!!! You are amazing!!!

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  25. You can definitely tell that what you're doing is working! Keep it up girl!

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  26. Your results are awesome!! You can definitely see the changes in your body!! You should be SO proud of yourself!! This post is going to motivate and inspire SO many people!! :)

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  27. Good job, girly! You look great! I can definitely see changes in your body. You go girl!!

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  28. Awesome job!! I really like your helper, my daughter would stand right behind me and repeat EVERYTHING Jillian Michaels said...totally drove me bonkers LOL

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  29. Congrats! Keep it up!!! What meal plan are you following?

    Ashley
    The Lives of Fit Teachers

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    1. I actually don't follow any set meal plan, I'm kind of doing my own thing. Less than 1500 calories a day, I track everything in MyFitnessPal. I try to keep things as low-carb as I can, but I still eat fruit and occasionally eat other stuff too.

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  30. Sticking to the Shred is a victory in itself for me. I hardly ever make it past 7 days. I get so tired of Jillian! But your pics have inspired me to stick to my workouts better. I've set my alarm for extra early in the morning to run! I have a lot to lose and have not found a groove at all this summer.

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  31. Oh my gosh!! What a difference! Especially your stomach and booty! Girl, you ROCKED the challenge. I am joining up for the Ripped in 30. I have to go to Target tonight anyway so I will pick it up!

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  32. Hi-Five to you!! great job =) now I wish I'd get my butt up and do something

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  33. Way to be! I only lasted 5 days so I'm completely jealous you went the distance. And you can really see the change in your waist!

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  34. I saw this one post and fell in love! You are amazing!

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