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30 Day Shred: Workout 1, Day 4

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Today was Day 4 of the Level 1 workout with no weights. It is getting easier!!

I only had to stop briefly twice, both times for water and not because of being sore or feeling strain (like I was in days 1 & 2). WHOOT! The push ups (from knees) are getting so easy and I can feel my arm & chest muscles becoming more toned.

The crunches, especially the reverse crunches (hardest for me), have become easier as well! I started out crossing my ankles to do them, and no longer had to do that today!!! I am able to slow down the bicycle crunches and keep them more controlled and keep my breathing more controlled. This is making it so I feel them more too, I LOVE IT! I can also feel my stomach muscles (under my flub) getting tighter! And can already see & feel a difference in the way my clothes fit & how big my stomach looks.

I am perfecting my form on my side lunges as well, this was difficult the first day or 2. I can feel it working my legs and butt. I love the feeling and being able to tell that a couple of my big problem areas are toning up.

I did weigh myself today for a challenge I'm doing with a friend at home (my team weigh in here is Fridays) ... I was down to 195.0Lbs! WHOOT! On 6-26 I was 206Lbs, and now on 7-17 I am down to 195! My original mini-goal was to be to 196 (-10Lbs) by my cousins wedding this Saturday and I've already exceeded that! My next mini-goal is to be to 185 (another 10Lbs) by my husband's birthday on Sept 24th. I CAN DO THIS!

Well.... I have to get ready for work. Have a wonderful night everyone.

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ITSNEVER2LATE! 7/18/2012 8:56PM

    REVIVED- Have you tried measuring other things than just weight? Maybe you are building enough muscle to stay the same but still losing fat & inches? Also, what are you putting for calories burned? I am using circiut training (see my fitness tracker), but I also found a calculation on Jillian's site that is in another one of my blogs here that helps you figure it out. I"m thinking about buying a heart rate monitor this weekend to see what one of those says to be more accurate for calorie burn. One other thing, I have a very physical type job. I work overnights in a home for Developmentally disabled individuals. So half of my night consists of cleaning, the other half is getting people up and around for the day (that's the easy half). I rarely get to sit down or stop moving, so that probably helps me too. Good Luck! YOU CAN DO IT!

CHERYLNTX- It's a great workout, isn't it? I have a harder time with the lounges than the squats too, I think its a more unnatural movement. I mean we squat a lot with things we do in everyday life and other workouts. Lounges aren't something we really do on a day to day basis if you really think about it. I also have bad knees so that part gets me too, I just go a bit slower than they do on the video and stop once in the middle for about 1 rep of the lounges. I also found that I can do them in perfect form leaning to the right but to the left I always feel like I"m not doing it right.... Finally started feeling it in my left side the same as the right the last time I did them. I haven't been using weights, going to buy some this weekend, haven't decided on 2 or 3 pounds.

Have a great night ladies :)

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-CHERYLNTX- 7/18/2012 11:32AM

    Congratulations on your success! I've been doing 30 day shred also, but it is killing my knees. I'm considering continuing it, but substituting something else for the lunges. I don't want to stop completel,y because in level 2 I can really feel that it's working some great areas. (Abs, back, and chest have all been much more sore with level 2.) Strangely enough, squats don't bother me.
Keep up the good work!

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REVIVED 7/18/2012 8:35AM

    hey im doing 30 day shred too! im on day 5. its amazing how much easier it gets after a few days but man the push ups are still hardest for me. i only have 8 lb hand weights. i wish i had a lighter set. i can do the standing rows and chest flys with them but the squat and presses - i get about 5 in before my arms feel like they'll give out. and the lateral lunges i hold one weight with 2 hands. just made it through that whole set without putting the weight down for the first time yesterday.

i havent lost a single pound since i started though. and i've been following up my session with 30 min on the elliptical. and ive been doing pretty well with staying in my calorie range. it's soooooooooo frustrating. i dont know what is going on.

congrats on hitting your goal. im trying to break the 170s before i go back to work on the 6th. ive been fluctuating between 181 and 180 so you'd think i should be able to do it but the scale isnt budging for me.

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