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Jillian Michaels 40 Day Shred Progress

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I started Jillian Michaels' 40 Day Shred...I've done level 1 already about 5 times...but not whole-heartedly so I wanted to start over. This will start March 30, 2010.


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Reward: New shirt!!


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Reward: TBA


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Reward: TBA

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ZANNACHAN 3/29/2010 12:01AM


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INTIRB 3/28/2010 7:26PM

    haha. i stole the idea from someone else, so no worries! how did day 1 go?

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PVGAL26 3/28/2010 4:11PM

    emoticon Keep us posted on your progress. I'm not familiar with the program, but I am always looking for new ideas. Best wishes on your journey.

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KIMCOASTA 3/28/2010 3:54PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! GREAT PLAN!! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/28/2010 3:33PM

    emoticon You can do it! Great plan!

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INTENTWON 3/28/2010 2:32PM

    Please keep us updated on your progress. I don't know a lot about program, but plan to check back regularly to learn more and see your progress. I am interested to see if this might be something that would work for me as well. Have fun!

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SPARKYROBERT 3/28/2010 2:17PM


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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 7 (March 27)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Well, I have officially been completing my personal challenge for a week now. I am glad that I did it because I was having a hard time writing in my blog so frequently and this makes it a lot easier.

I'm redoing yesterday's goals because I didn't do them :(..but today I will..I PROMISE MYSELF. It's been friend from college just moved to town and anything I do pretty much has to be with him since he's staying with me right now. It's really caused me to slack on my working out. Starting Monday we'll have power at our apartment though, so hopefully he'll be able to hang out over there while I get my working out done, etc.

I think something that is going to help me is telling myself I am going to work out right after I write in this. This journal gives me encouragement and excites me about my plan.

Yesterday I ate within my calorie range, which is exciting because I think I am finally getting over my emotional eating...something I have struggled with my whole life. Of course it can't change completely in the 18 days I have been keeping up with what I am eating, but I think that I'm getting a good grasp on it. I REALLY wish I would have figured this out before..but oh well, better late than never! :)

Daily goals:
~Create an exercise schedule for next week :)

Weekly goals:
~STICK to the exercise schedule :)

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RECHAD 3/28/2010 12:37PM

    Awesome! Keep blogging! Keep blogging! Keep blogging! I know it helps me stay accountable to myself.

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ZANNACHAN 3/28/2010 11:49AM

    You can do it! Really, you've been doing a great job. It's hard when you have company around. Maybe you could talk him into going for a walk or something with you until you have power?

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JESSBOND 3/28/2010 11:34AM

    Keep up that streak! You can do it! And I hope that you hit the gym already by the time you read this! emoticon

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GINGINB 3/28/2010 11:34AM

    Great job keeping with it all week!

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TKAYSMILES 3/28/2010 10:45AM

    Good job on getting through your first week with your goals!! Yea!!!! Have a wonderful day!

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EANDREW1 3/28/2010 10:43AM

    i find that writing a blog helps get my butt going too! keep up the good work! and keep us posted!

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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 6 (March 26)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Yesterday was day five of my personal challenge. I did Jillian Micahels' 30 Day Shred, but did not try 2 other DVDs like I had originally planned. I did eat healthy and stay within my caloric intake though and read Jillian Michael's "Winning By Losing," which actually taught me two important tips. One is to change how many calories you are eating daily so your metabolism doesn't get used to a set amount. For instance, lets say your intake was supposed to be 1400 calories have a total weekly allowance of 1400x7 (for days in the week) = 9,800. As long as you eat that many calories in a week, you can mix it up..say in between 1200-1700 calories a day. This supposedly helps your metabolism not get used to a certain amount of calories. I'm gonna try it out, I'll let you know my results.

Daily goals:
~Create an exercise schedule for next week :)

Weekly goals:
~STICK to the exercise schedule :)

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 3/28/2010 10:10AM

    wow you're doing so great!! way to go!

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ZANNACHAN 3/28/2010 1:05AM

    You're doing great! Keep up the great work-- emoticon

That tip makes a lot of sense to me. Just make sure you never drop to low, because if your body can't rely on you getting enough calories, it can back fire on you (that has happened to me more than once before I figured it out--I don't want it to happen to anyone else!)

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HMHORSEGAL 3/28/2010 12:06AM

    GREAT! Glad to hear you are doing well and sticking with the plan! emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 3/27/2010 9:43PM

    I'll be anxious to hear of your results!!!! Please keep me posted!!!

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THENEWCINDY 3/27/2010 2:12PM

    way to go!!!

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WANDABABY 3/27/2010 1:57PM

  hi i am new here i also have the jhian micaheal dvd how do you like it i start my chalenge to day wish me luck wanda from vancouver canada

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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 5 (March 25)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Well..yesterday was day 5 of my personal challenge. I am starting to lose motivation to get to that gym and work I burned 425 calories at the gym yesterday but did not shred. :( I ate 1350 calories..which is good.

I am reading "Winning by Losing" by Jillian Michaels...I can't believe it, but I am really becoming a Jillian fan. Yesterday I bought "Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism" and "No More Trouble Zones."

She says to make ultimate goals and monthly goals. I decided I would blog my goals here.

My ultimate goals are to:
*Lose ~72 pounds (I have lost 10 of these)
*Feel healthy
*To remain tobacco free (I quit smoking a month and a half ago)
*Like exercise/feel weird if I do not work out in a day

My ultimate reward:
*Trip to Las Vegas

Goals for March 26-April 26:
*Use the DVDs I have bought
*Finish reading "Winning by Losing"
*Lose 13 pounds

Monthly reward:
*Trip to visit my college friends

Weekly goals for March 26-April 2:
*I will work out 6x this week
*Lose 3 pounds this week
*Keep my fat intake low

Weekly reward:
*Buy a new book to read

Daily goals:
*I will try at least 3 workout DVDs I bought
*I will eat healthy

Daily reward:
*Whiten my teeth :D

To help me I am going to use the personal challenge blog to do this everyday and check in with my goals :)

Has anyone done all of Jillian's DVDs? Which is the hardest/easiest? What is the order? Thanks!! :) emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 3/26/2010 1:30PM

    I find I can't always make myself go to the gym either--that's why it's a good thing that I have dvds that I can do at home, or when it's nice out I might do something outside instead. That's okay--the important thing is to stay active! And 400 calories is doing pretty well--I only burn 200-300 a day, typically. So do things at the pace you can do them at--don't try to push yourself too hard too fast if you can't keep it up. Consistent is better; I'm still learning that lesson. *Grin*

Sounds like you're doing well! Make sure you are eating enough to cover your level of activity--eating too little can be as bad, even worse, than eating too much! But it sounds like you are definitely on the right track. I like your goals and your rewards--sounds like a great plan!

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HISARTIST 3/26/2010 1:26PM

    Great goals! Love the rewards too! With goals like those, and the great planning, you can't fail. WAy to go!

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TKAYSMILES 3/26/2010 1:19PM

    Good job on your goals and rewards!!! Great plan!! The only Jillian DVD that I have is the yoga meltdown. It is ok, but she is really not a yoga person. I love Jillian too but don't have any of her dvd's. Kind of afraid they are too much for me right now. Don't be so hard on yourself either...400 calories burnt is great!! And YEA on the smoking!!!! Great job!!!!

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KISSYTINA 3/26/2010 1:03PM

    Good luck on all those goals!

I really need to set up some short term goals, other than the obvious "eat better and get moving."

Keep it up, you can do it! I know it's hard to keep the motivation, but you are doing great! Just keep thinking about all those goals and how good you will feel as you reach them!


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NLTFAB01 3/26/2010 12:49PM

  I love the idea of a personal challenge! I wish you luck on your weight loss goal. Great info that I will use in my weight loss journey. emoticon

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CHANGE4HAPPY 3/26/2010 12:46PM

    Great goals and rewards!

I totally want to go to Vegas too!

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40 Day Personal Challenge Day 4 (March 24)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Well, first things first...I have lost my first 10 pounds...woohoo. Which took 15 days...I was super unhealthy prior to joining this site for all of you wondering how I lost so much. I began working out regularly (and intensely).

I need to get in that's been a couple of days! I have been doing workout videos but it's not the same!! I love the gym :)

I actually can't think of a negative that I did yesterday besides not going to the gym. I still did the 30DS (AND COMPLETED LEVEL ONE--with modification moves)! Woohoo! Feels good to succeed.

I'm one of those people who love instant gratification--probably a good reason why I'm in the position that I am in now. I just want to lose this weight so bad and soon!!! I calculate how much I have to lose and how long it is going to take (to even get to 160) and it seems so far away. Ughhhh!!! Does anyone else have this same problem?? What do you guys do to stay on track??

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TKAYSMILES 3/25/2010 1:34PM

    I think for me the difference is that I am doing this to be healthy not just skinny, so the time it is taking isn't bothering me so much. But also you have to look at everything like the way your cloths fit and how you are feeling as gauges into how well you are doing!! But don't get down on yourself if you don't continue with this awesome weight loss every week!!! But be proud of yourself for this week...GREAT JOB!!!

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ZANNACHAN 3/25/2010 1:29PM


Congrats on losing 10 lbs already! And for staying on track! That's awesome.

I think it's a good thing to have a range of options. There are days when I can't wait to get out of my house, and the gym is a good option, and other days when even though it's close by and it's hard to justify not wanting to go, I really don't want to go, but I can work out at home instead. And as the weather warms up, I'll probably take my exercise outside--I can't wait to feel warmth and sun and smell the fresh leaves and flowers! Everything I've read suggest that being flexible about your activity is a good thing--keeps it new and not boring.

As for motivation... I'm in a pretty different position, but it's also hard to keep motivated. I only had about 45 lbs to lose to begin with--but I've been losing it*verrrry* slowly. Painstakingly slowly. From what I've read that's not uncommon--but that doesn't make it less stressful! I find it helps to focus on other goals than just weight loss, and keeping sparks streaks alive.

Some of my mini-goals:
*streaks of eating within my calorie allotments
*streaks of getting in at least 130 fitness minutes a week (I don't know where that number came from--it was something that sparks chose and tracks and I use it as a barometer. On a good week, I get in about 310 minutes and at the most 370 minutes, but so long as it's above 130 that warning flag doesn't go off).
* meeting fitness goals for the month (1000)
*meeting fitness goals for the year (10,000).
*drinking at least 8 cups of water a day
*eating at least one fresh fruit or vegetable a day

That helps break it down into smaller, more manageable components. And while I can only do so much to ensure weight loss (because other factors like sleep, stress, and medication can effect weight loss or lack there of), I can control what I eat and how much I exercise. (Yes, I know, I slacked on both accounts lately, but I also recognize that it was still my choice, just as it's my choice to get back on track). So that helps me stay on track. I know that people with a lot of pounds to lose often find it helps to break it down into smaller intervals--say, give themselves a reward when they hit 10 or 25 lb increments, for example. That's a lot less daunting than 50 or 100 lbs. You can also set fitness subgoals--like being able to walk 2 miles, or walk/run a mile in a given time, or lift a certain amount of weight--something that is a challenge, but not an insurmountable one. I know that I find it rewarding to slowly increase the weights I can lift, because I know that means I'm making progress and rebuilding up muscle tone that I had lost.

I hope this helps! emoticon

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TOADIE30 3/25/2010 12:48PM

    I know exactly how you feel about how long it is going to take you. I to have just lost my first 10lbs. When I look at the big picture I still have so far to go.
You know what though???
We can do it.
Look at all the changes we have already made we are going to win the battle of the bulge for good.
All the best to you on your journey!

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