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Lose the Post Pregnancy Weight: Day 1 of Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred

It’s been a long time in the making, but 8 months after the birth of my son I’ve decided to start working out again!  The pregnancy weight fell off fast thanks to good genes and breastfeeding, and a few months after I was down below 130 pounds.  Well, it seems that I’ve managed to pack on a few extra pounds again and being summer and *gasp* swim suit season is just around the corner, it’s time to get back to where I was and get a little toned in the process.

My weapon of choice:  Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred.  My husband gave me this DVD for Christmas (per my request) and some 6 pound hand weights.  I usually don’t particularly like DVD workouts, but I love Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser.  Of any other workout video, I knew I wanted her.  Plus I love that it’s only 20 minutes, which is pretty easy to fit into my schedule when I’ve got an 8 month old that needs my attention.  The DVD claims “Lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days”.  We’ll see what it can do for me in 30 days!

Here’s the plan:

Start weight: 136 pounds

Goal: 125 pounds and/or more importantly muscle tone

Total weight loss: 11 pounds in 3o days or 2.7 lbs/week

One cheat meal a week, plus one rest day

On Day 1 I started with Level 1 of the video (which has 3 levels total), thinking Level 1 would be a  breeze for me since I’m not particularly overweight.  WRONG!  It kicked my butt!  I couldn’t keep up with her, which was very humbling since I used to pride myself in being very fit.  I can’t do normal push-ups anymore and had to resort to doing them from my knees.  I couldn’t even do something as simple as jumping jacks for the short time they did them!  Disheartening?  Yes!  Motivating?  Absolutely! 

One day after my first workout, my body is sore from head to toe.  (Jillian does a great job hitting every muscle group in such a short period of time).  I’m dreading but looking forward to workout #2.  I will be posting my results when I’ve completed the Shred.  So check back in a month to see how I did! 

Anyone else ever try the 30 Day Shred?

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