Last week, I posted about my Ultimate Shred Showdown with my 10 year old. I wanted to post an update of my 30 Day Shred results so far. It has not always been easy, but I had a sense of determination this time that I just didn’t have the last time I tried to do the Shred. I am also going to share a really useful tool with you that I use to create a food journal so I know exactly what I am putting into my body each day.
30 Day Shred Results Day 13
Today is my 13th day of the 30 Day Shred and will be my third day on Level 2. I have only missed two days and that is due to an injury that I have gotten, but I am toughing through it at this point. I somehow hurt the inside ankle area of my right foot and it was probably from doing the program without shoes for the first 7 days or so since I have broken that ankle twice before anyway. I am keeping it iced, modifying the cardio by replacing any jumping exercises with the elliptical machine and am taking ibuprofen. I still do the workout each day, but I rest my foot the rest of the time.
So what about those results? I have actual noticeable arm muscles, I first noticed them when drying my hair in front of the mirror yesterday lol. I also have lost a lot of the fat from my stomach area, especially from my C-section shelf. I have lost two inches both from my hips and from my waist and have lost 4 pounds of fat. I have hit a bit of a wall with the weight loss, but I think it is because the gaining of muscle is balancing out the loss of fat. I keep strict records of my food, so I know that is not the problem.
I am not going to lie, there are points within the workout when it really sucks and I want to just rip Jillian’s annoying face off, but I push through and it really works. There is a reason why so many people don’t finish the program and that is because it is hard. However, it is hard because it is working. I bought an elliptical and once my foot is a little better, I hope to add 30 minutes of elliptical 5 days a week to the Shred that I do 7 days a week. Useful tips:
- Mute Jillian after the first few days and listen to your favorite music instead, it makes it easier to focus on something when you aren’t listening to her ramble.
- Pick a focus point. This is how I got through childbirth naturally and it is how I get through some of the 30 Day Shred exercises. Pick a spot in the room and focus on it instead of the pain.
- Don’t be afraid to modify. In the video, modifications are shown by Anita, don’t feel like you can’t do the modified version if you need to. That is why they are there and everyone has to start somewhere.
- Don’t talk yourself out of it. Don’t give yourself an option of whether to do the Shred today or not. Just get up and do it at the same time everyday. Also, don’t talk yourself out of doing those few extra reps. It really is mind over matter.
Diet and Creating a Food Journal
I use a program called My Plate on Livestrong.com to create a daily food journal. The program is free if you sign up for a free account on the website. All the foods that I have ever wanted to log have always been pre-programmed into the system and you can add in your fitness for the day and it will tell you exactly how many calories you have left for the day. It also gives a pie graph of where your calories are coming from and the calorie limit can be set using their free calculator based on your weight, height, activity level and how much you want to lose on a weekly basis.
My calories usually come in at around 1300 a day. Some days it is less and very rarely is it ever more than 1400. A sample day of food looks like this for me:
- Breakfast: Special K Honey Oat Cereal, 1/4 cup whole milk and 1/2 a small banana
- Lunch: Fillet of various fish broiled with a plate of veggies. I usually have at least 3-4 different kinds. No potatoes or corn though.
- Snack: Apple, banana or strawberries in fat free whipped topping. Great at satisfying sweet cravings.
- Dinner: Oven fried cheddar chicken and a plate of veggies. I let myself have as many steamed veggies as I want. I usually make potatoes, rice or noodles for the boys and Matt, but I don’t eat them.
- Dessert: If I have enough calories left for the day, I usually have some fat free pudding or on a low calorie day, I will splurge and have a cookie or something.
Eating like this is not necessarily a diet, but a lifestyle change. Occasionally we go out to eat and I just adjust what I have. The other night we had Applebee’s and I chose one of their under 550 calories meals and it was great. The My Plate program makes it really easy to pre-plan so that you do not run into problems with overeating.