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5 days of the 30 Day Shred- DONE! + Feeling Good

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The song of the day is "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone. So if you've never heard it or it's been awhile, you should go listen to it right now. Because it's pretty much the greatest.

Yesterday I finished day 5 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It's amazing how fast the body adjusts to exercise. It clearly wants to be in shape. It's a lot easier to get through than on that first day. I'm glad I kept pushing through. I'm taking a rest day today, and then heading back in for the last 5 days of level one tomorrow. I'm going to pick up a few light weights today for tomorrow, as I haven't been weighting down my exercises. I think modifying it that much kept me from injury, but I need more of a challenge now.

Tomorrow is my weigh in day. I'm a bit nervous. I don't know why. I just want to see a good result from my hard work.

I need to buy a new yoga DVD too. I'm definitely bored with the morning routine I currently have. The relaxing evening routine is still good though- fancy that! I don't do it nearly as often though because my roommate is typically watching TV in the living room at night. Oh well! I do it when I can.

Diet has been pretty good this week. I did buy a dark chocolate bar, and I've been having a few squares in the evening. It keeps me pretty satiated for sweets though. Yesterday, it was the assistant manager's birthday, so our manager brought a carrot cake for her. She cut everyone a piece. Since there was only 4 of us, I couldn't really object. I just made sure I grabbed the smallest piece, enjoyed it, and was thankful I got up early enough to get my workout in.

Well that's pretty much it for me. I'm going to use today to focus on more of my new years resolutions today. Hope everyone else is feeling positive and on track too!

  
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MAGGIEC2014 1/25/2014 10:54AM

    Good for you! I love those Jillian Michaels' DVDs -- just did Blast Fat Boost Metablism this morning. When the 30 day shred gets easier with weights, just increase the weights. But I will say, although that DVD has gotten easier for me over time, it still has the potential to kick my butt, which I love!

I too use dark chocolate squares in the evening to satisfy cravings -- for me, it's really important to have some kind of treat to look forward to after dinner, even if it's small. That's a great strategy. And emoticon with the carrot cake! Good for you!

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CERTHIA 1/12/2014 5:56PM

    I love Nina Simones voice! (And that particular song, amongst others.) Sounds like you are on track, such an uplifting blog to stumble upon. Good luck on your weigh in day tomorrow.
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LUANN7 1/12/2014 3:39PM

    your doing well-keep up the good work!!

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BELLA-ONMYWAY 1/12/2014 3:22PM

    I've done the 30 day shred before.. It is A LOT of work but it is so worth it. And the body DOES adapt after a while.

Keep going. You are changing already!!

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X33SNOWWHITE13 1/12/2014 2:24PM

  Girl! You've got this! Do NOT sweat your carrot cake yesterday. I binged and had 2 cupcakes and potato chips with my girlfriend last night...totally enjoyed it...and still weighed in with a 3 lb loss today. You've been working hard with Jillian and you'll have great results too.

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Day 2 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred + Diet stuff

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Guys! Dudes! Bros!

My butt is like, so totally sore from all those squats. Also my chest is like, so totally tight. And my abs are like, so totally tense and engaged.

So I did the second day of the 30 day shred, and well, I did better. I pushed through the abs and the cardio, and modified the strength where I had to. Actually, I just held no weights during the strength exercises. I only have 5lb weights, and quite frankly, they wear me out and I lose my form super fast. So until I can buy some 2lb weights, this is what I'm going to do. Well, I held the 5lb weights during the chest presses. If I hadn't, I would have just been lying down and clapping my hands. We can't have that, now can we?

But yeah, I'm pretty sore and tight all over. Not like, injured sore. Out of shape sore. You know the type. I can really feel this workout in my legs, abs, and my butt. Which is great. I like having a nice butt. It took me a few hours to actually get around to doing this workout, but I did it eventually!

I also did my 20 minute energizing yoga workout this morning. When my roommate heads to soccer, I'm going to do the 15 minute relaxing routine. It feels so good and I could use the stretch. That's my only gripe about the 30 day shred- not enough cool down and not enough suggested stretches.

Diet is going well. I'm out of ice cream now so it's yogurt for dessert after supper now- which is probably a good thing. I've been loosely following a suggested diet I found on Pinterest in order to flatten the abs. It always leads me to easier digestion, no bloat, and (this is super gross but super true) less gas. I can be super gassy and this has really curbed that. It also helps me lose weight pretty quick, and can be interpreted however you want.


How I've interpreted it:

Breakfast: Smoothie made with protein powder, blueberries, large handful of spinach, skim or almond milk, sometimes a splash of yogurt

Lunch= Giant spinach (sometimes arugula and kale) salad with a rotating cast of cucumber, tomatoes, radishes, peppers, avocado etc. with 2 hard boiled eggs and a light dressing

Snack = 1 Kashi cherry dark chocolate granola bar or other Kashi bar

Snack 2 = 1 apple, 1 cheddar cheese stick

Dinner = vegetarian "chicken breast", quinoa or whole grain brown rice, steamed vegetables

Dessert = plain 0% yogurt with honey and blueberries


Now I tried posting the image, but it was too small to read. Let me know if you want the written details!

And on that note, I'm gonna go have that yogurt now!

  
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ARMYHOSS 1/8/2014 7:38AM

    Sounds like you are killing these workouts. Maybe at some point you won't be sore. Until then, just keep going. Food looks good too

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X33SNOWWHITE13 1/7/2014 9:04PM

  Girl!!!!

Sounds like you are seriously kicking some butt! I'm so proud of you! Day 2, sore, and pushing through it!

You did your yoga this morning too! Woo Hoo!

Keep it up and you're going to see changes fast!

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Day 1 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

WOW! She kicked my butt that's for sure. The warm up wasn't too crazy, but then we started the 3-2-1, which sounded not too bad in theory on the DVD, but it was intense. Her strength moves were super intense, and I have a really weak upper body. It made it hard to push through the cardio. Because of it, I've decided I need lighter weights. 5lbs is too much when I'm not counting reps, just the clock, at least in this stage of the game.

About halfway through the DVD I couldn't really hack it anymore. I paused it and sat down to catch my breath. I kept getting dizzy and overheating. I realized I could turn it off, or I could push through it. I was only going to let myself down if I did.

So I stood up, and I finished the workout. I modified what I had to, including during the cardio when I'd have to stop working as hard and just marched in place. It wasn't smooth, but I did it the best I could. And tomorrow I'm going to do it again, because I'm doing this for me... even if it does feel a bit like punishment right now! Haha.

  
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X33SNOWWHITE13 1/7/2014 11:10AM

  I'm so proud of you! I'm still debating on which Jillian Michaels DVD to start with. I may join you in the 30 day shred workouts. Today will be Day 1 for me. I was going to wait and now I'm like...ehhhhh, why wait?

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MAGGIEC2014 1/7/2014 7:16AM

    Good for you for finishing! I love all of Jillian's DVDs -- I just did the Ripped in 30 level three this morning. I have found that they DO really improve my fitness AND I have muscles -- particular in the shoulders and arms. However, even after doing 30 day shred for a while, that level one combo of push ups and squat/raises just kills me! I almost always have to take a five- second break, or keep squatting without doing the raises. So do NOT let the difficulty get you down -- it's supposed to be hard! Just take your breather and then keep going. It's good to just march in place to catch your breath but try to keep moving. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Rewards for goals reached? I think so.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

So I've been thinking about giving myself rewards for every goal reached.

Since I am at 152lbs now, I figured my rewards would start at 145lbs.

145lbs = new nail polish, lipstick, or other piece of make up
140lbs = new earrings
135lbs = same as 145lb reward, but subject to change
130lbs aka GOAL = new tattoo or piercings!

I figured these would be good incentives for me.

To anyone who reads this- do you have incentives for goals reached? What are your rewards?

  
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ARMYHOSS 1/7/2014 2:02PM

    I love the reward system. I also want a new tattoo when I reach my goal. But that is expensive.

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WRITINGRUNNER 1/6/2014 8:01AM

    Great idea emoticon

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KEB2014 1/5/2014 7:43PM

    Rewards can be very powerful! You might even consider a small reward for the "halfway point" to 145 since 7 pounds is a significant amount of weight to lose....which I guess would be 149 or 148....just to get you started. My only advice would be keep it flexible because I have experimented with rewards before and things that seem very motivating at first may seem not so much a couple weeks afterward. Also depends how often you personally purchase these items. For me, I sometimes lack the discipline to resist buying a nail polish or something like that if I see it randomly in the store.

Another idea I read about is to use a friend or family member to hand out the reward. E.g. put $10 for your reward in an envelope, give it to the person to hold and tell them to give it to you only once you weigh in at the stated weight.

You might also think about something simpler and sillier, like putting stickers on a calendar each time you stay within your calorie limit. It's a very cheap yet potentially very satisfying "reward" system.



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SPARKLISE 1/5/2014 5:20PM

    Great idea! emoticon

I personally did not use rewards when I lost weight,but when I reach my goal weight I am planning to get some Zumba clothes. emoticon

Keep up the good work. emoticon

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LUANN7 1/5/2014 4:49PM

    when I get down a size I reward myself with new outfits.

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ERICAANN44 1/5/2014 4:42PM

    Hi! I have a rewards system in place as well. Some of my things are new shoes (I'm a high heel fanatic), dvds to watch while I workout, an expensive bottle of dry red wine, workout equipment and after I hit my goal...I'm going on a MASSIVE shopping spree for a whole new wardrobe!

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WALLINMW 1/5/2014 4:42PM

  Stay motivated!

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Yesterday I was a train wreck, but I am still rolling.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Well the past three days I have been back on track towards my goals. I'm eating decently, packing healthy snacks, eating plenty of greens and taking in lean proteins. I've also been keeping up pretty well with my yoga. I've been doing Gaiam's Yoga for Beginners, with Rodney Yee and Coleen Saidman, in the morning after my smoothie and spark people check in, and in the evening before bed. I'd like to get a bit better at it before I even consider going to a yoga studio. It's a huge financial commitment that I'm just not in the place to make.

I can definitely tell that the holidays reset my sweets and salt cravings. I honestly am struggling with not gorging myself. I've definitely had a few small bowls of ice cream and handfuls of Doritos. >.> No crazy food binges though. Just little hiccups. I'm fairly certain that once the junk is gone I'll be good.

Come Monday I'm going to start level one of the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. My cardio is so completely shot that I'm a bit nervous. I only have myself to prove that I can do this to though.

Yesterday though, I completely blew up on my friends. They decided to tell me I was being too critical lately (for the past 4 months or so), and I retaliated that I've been going through stuff and they haven't been available or supportive at all. I then pointed out that my best friend moved away and my grandpa died 4 months ago. It was a gong show. But I do feel a lot better and lighter. I actually got to sleep without an anxiety attack last night.

I also started working at a lingerie shop yesterday and I'm pretty excited about it. Our sizes range from 28 to 46 bands and A to K cups. So we can properly fit a lot of women and I'll be able to help people feel better about their bodies. We've also got a few bras that are great for after mastectomies, and being able to help people heal in that way is going to be very rewarding. I think that overall this is going to be much more positive than the past few jobs I've done.

But yeah, 20 minutes of yoga this morning, and another 15 tonight. I'm going to be able to start the 90 minutes a week fitness streak this week, which is great, considering I only started Thursday.

  
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ERICAANN44 1/5/2014 12:10PM

    Great job on getting back on track. The holidays can be tricky. I turned 30 on the 26th but tried not to let that be an excuse to overeat. I've been a vegetarian since I was 9 years old...maybe we can swap our favorite recipes :)

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KEB2014 1/5/2014 12:06AM

    Good job on your eating! Smoothies and yoga sound like a nice routine! I agree with getting into a habit at home before you pay money for a membership somewhere. Also congrats on your job! Sounds like it will be good. Hopefully your conflict with your friends will ultimately serve a positive purpose. Good luck with the new workout on Monday! emoticon

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