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Shredding It

by Megan

It’s September, and time to get serious now that Labor Day weekend has come and gone. Training for my half marathon took up SO much of my time, and it really hasn’t cooled down outside yet, so I’m taking a little break from running this month. I still hope to get out there a few times, and I plan to pick it back up in October, but for now I’m going to focus on strength training and trying to tone up this new 20-pound lighter body (and maybe make it a 25- or 30-pound lighter body by the end of the month)!

I’m taking on the 30 Day Shred challenge. I know everyone knows this dvd:
I’ve had it forever, and I’ve done the workouts plenty of times, but I’ve never really put the 30 day challenge to the test. I plan to, in September. I will do my first workout today (Tuesday, as I’m writing this), and then there are 22 other days in September that I can complete a workout (I don’t workout on Sundays). That will get me 23 days into it, and then I can do the remaining 7 at the beginning of October.
There are three levels of workouts on the dvd, and I guess you are supposed to do 10 days of the first level, 10 of the second, and then 10 of the third. My plan is to do just that, but also within each period of 10 days I will start with 3 pound hand weights and move up to 5 pounds, and also go from taking the occasional breather during the workout to doing the whole thing without pausing.
And I can’t believe I am about to do this, but…
Yep, so there that is. Starting point. Well, after already losing 20. #deepsigh #dangkids And, yeah I think the “large” size photo is good enough. No need to “XL” this baby. Maybe when I have an “after” photo to go with it!
Linking up!

Dont Quote The Raven
P.S. I am horrified that I just posted that picture on my blog, so any happy thoughts you want to send my way would be greatly appreciated!

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Mallory September 5, 2012 - 6:39am

Whaaat you look good!! Keep up whatever you’re doing. Shreddin it

Sweat Is My Sanity September 5, 2012 - 4:54am

I love Jillian’s 30 Day Shred and Yoga Meltdown. Glad to have found your blog. I’m your newest follower…Jessica


Myranda September 5, 2012 - 5:47am

Happy thought #1- You do NOT look bad! I would not look half as good in that swimsuit :) I still have not had the courage to post a before picture. I am on week 3 of the 30 day shred and I am on level 2, the first few days you will literally want to die, or maybe that’s just me? After that you will sweat a lot, but you will be able to walk the next day :)

Anastasia September 5, 2012 - 12:28pm

I love the shred! And please do not be horrified about the picture! I agree that you do not look bad and after the 30 days you will be able to see what it has done for you. Good Luck!

Jill September 5, 2012 - 1:23pm

Good luck! I do a lot of Jillian Michaels DVD’s and The 30 Day Shred is one of my favorites.

Sarah September 5, 2012 - 1:55pm

Here’s my happy thought for you. Your “before” picture is what I want my “after” to look like! I was a 3+ mile a day runner before I had my kids. The first of my five kids was huge and gave me an abdominal hernia, making it very hard to work out. Pile on 4 more kids in the following 4yrs and you have ME. I am short and round and made of pudding. However, I know I can change all this with some good motivation. That’s where sites like yours come in… so thank you!!! I think you look great! Can’t wait to see the results!

Allie September 5, 2012 - 3:35pm

Hey I’m stopping by from the ‘let’s get physical link up,’ it sounds like you’re really committed to your fitness, which is so inspiring! Please don’t be horrified by that picture, it’s going to be amazing when you can look back and see how far you’ve come!

Rebecca Rider September 5, 2012 - 3:59pm

You are quite brave to share this photo! I’m not nearly so brave… :) Good luck with your weight loss! :)

Kendall September 5, 2012 - 4:08pm

I think you look great! I wish I looked like that! I have the “flap” stomach from having Wyatt – I wish I had your tummy! I also have the shred dvd – I did it twice and then stopped. :( There is a fb support group you should totally join though! I am thinking of starting back up again! xo. YOU GO GIRL!

Evani Gatsby September 5, 2012 - 6:48pm

Yay Megan! I absolutely love the bikini picture and honestly girl, I do love the curves! Thank you so much for linking up and I thank you a bunch for inspiring me to start my own fitness journey! Good luck with the 30 day shred, I’m not disciplined to work out in my home, it’s far too close to my bed and my laptop. LOL. Let me know how it goes! I’m so excited to see your progress and I’m also really glad I had you to blog angel ;)


Maegan September 5, 2012 - 7:15pm

I love Jillian Michaels! Did cardio with her at 4:45 this morning. I’ve been consistently working out for about 3 months now and feel positive changes, it’s awesome. Keep it up, and I love the pic, you look great!!

Allyssa September 5, 2012 - 8:22pm

I’ve heard so many good things about that DVD! Be proud! You look great, bikini and all! Good luck with the rest of your journey!

Nicole September 6, 2012 - 2:33am

You look awesome! I did the Shred for about 7 days and it nearly killed me. It was so good, lol. Can’t wait to hear more about your journey.

Elyse September 6, 2012 - 3:28am

Go Megan! I’ve never done the shed myself but I’ve heard great things! You are amazing! Keep up the good work!

Lora September 6, 2012 - 3:27pm

I just can’t seem to stick with that dang DVD for 30 days straight. I guess I have a small attention span…go you though! I WILL do it straight 30 days eventually…

stopping by from the linkup. keep up the good work!

Alisa Marie September 6, 2012 - 4:06pm

The shred is awesome – one of my all time favorite work out videos! Good luck girl!

Traci Aerykssen September 7, 2012 - 2:18pm

I keep hearing amazing things about 30 day shred. My husband is actually doing it right now and I can see a difference 15 days in. I plan to start when I hit my goal weight to tone up so I am looking forward to seeing your progress. Good luck :D

Totally Not Daniel September 8, 2012 - 4:04am

Yeah, I’d tap that.

Megan September 8, 2012 - 1:58am

Keep up the good work! You can do this! I have yet to even be able to make it through any of her work out videos :(