SS3178's SparkPeople Blog SS3178's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Day 3 My stomache is still sore. Im not sure if it is because I had my gall bladder surgery 2 months ago and started a sit up routine, or if it is because I haven't worked out in 4 months. The muscles under my armpits are also sore...I attribute that to my lack of exercise for 4 months :) <BR> <BR> I did it again though. 3rd day of the 30 day shred. Im feeling good and hope I can continue the streak until the trip with my companion in a few days. Luckily we are going to visit his family so we w... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:03:54 EST Day 2 my abdomen was so sore this morning when I woke up at 6AM I took two Tylenol & that barely helped. <BR> <BR> I still managed to complete day 2 of the 30 day shred a few hours later. I almost didn't do it, but then I thought about my companion and wanting to be healthier for him so I did it. A little sore and a little slower I completed every move. I feel great. <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 11:01:52 EST Starting again So I lost my workout mojo when I started my new job. Ive gained a bit of weight and inches and I hate my new job. I also just had gall bladder surgery, apparently the thing was necrotic, but I feel so much better without it. <BR> <BR> SO now I am job searching, trying to maintain my relationships, and workout all at the same time. My motivation is low, the missing gall bladder is going to make my weight loss even more difficult, but I have to do it. <BR> <BR> Today I started by completing... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 11:03:59 EST Day 2 of challenge So, I still have not read the book but i started the challenge yesterday. All I know is that I am only able to eat for any 8 hour period of the day as much as I want and the remaining 16 hours i can't. <BR> <BR> I thought that would be tough but I was fine day 1. Maybe it was because I was at work? I don't generally crave food at the typical breakfast time, I just want a glass of water , a cup of coffee (ok maybe one very large cup) and I am ready to go. <BR> <BR> Lunch will be my first... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:18:50 EST I think I'm back? I needed motivation and after I started working at my new job...I didn't have any... I also didn't have any time or support. <BR> <BR> So i recently saw a post for the NYC area to join a challenge for a local paper and applied even though I am fairly shy and not looking forward to going public with my weight struggles. I know it is very apparent to others when they look at me that I need to lose 30-40 lbs, but it is not discussed. Everyone says I am fine, just chubby. So it is all of our d... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:21:43 EST TDS: Day 21 9 more days to go... I'm proud of myself for continuing on today despite the not so great measurements. For the past two months I have not lost any weight nor have i lost any inches. I look the same. Sure I can do a few more push ups, have a minuscule amount more energy, and possibly a tad bit more strength but so what? At the end of the day, I'm not feeling good about myself, my working out or my eating healthy. <BR> <BR> I only keep on plugging away because i am jobless and don't know... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 14:52:39 EST TDS: Day 20! I did it! I completed the 20th day and level 2. Tomorrow I start level 3. <BR> <BR> The last time I attempted the Shred I stopped at day 19 because life got in the way and my family needed me. looking at my calendar, I should have 10 more days to devote to the Shred :) I will do it this time! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh in and measurement day. My fingers are crossed. I hope there is some movement to help with my motivation, if not, then I will definitely start questioning what I am do... Thu, 31 May 2012 18:24:04 EST TDS: Day 19 19 days complete.... alot is going on and i'm feeling a little discouraged with my progress... <BR> <BR> but I will keep on trucking. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to day 20... Wed, 30 May 2012 23:59:21 EST TDS: Day 18 Completed day 18 after a 5 day break for the long weekend of traveling and eating and drinking. I did very bad this weekend with the drinking... and my food intake wasn't so hot. <BR> <BR> Because of my poor choices i have gained back 7lbs. I'm hoping that some of that is due to salt intake and the overeating and will come off over the course of this week if I make better choices. <BR> <BR> I completed all three of my workouts today. The shred level 2 was sweaty but doable. After the bi... Tue, 29 May 2012 20:24:54 EST TDS: Day 16 & 17 Completed! <BR> <BR> I leave for a long weekend so i won't complete day 19 until Monday...but i will complete it and make it to level 3 which i did not accomplish last time. <BR> <BR> I'm crossing my fingers and hope that i manage to not gain weight this weekend, but it will be tough. I won't be working out much, my food intake will be only from restaurants, and i will be drinking like a fish. It's a big celebration. First my cousin just graduated law school and then i'm off to one of my... Wed, 23 May 2012 19:01:11 EST TDS: Day 15 Wow, good workout today! <BR> <BR> My balance is getting better. I was not only able to balance on one leg during both sets during the leg raises, but i was also able to let go of the furniture on the last stretch. I still need to hold on to get into position :) <BR> <BR> I walked the promenade in the rain this morning and there were 10 other crazy people that I passed. I felt like a trooper. <BR> <BR> I also thought that after last week i wouldn't be doing all three workouts daily ... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:07:56 EST TDS: Day 14 I did it :) I made a goal to accomplish all 3 workouts for 5 days and i did it! Even though there were times that i didn't want to, something inside said just do it....and I did. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping this will jump start my efforts top lose weight and inches for my events...and of course for a healthy lifestyle in general. <BR> <BR> I'm sore, but a good sore. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow i will not be doing my typical workout but i will be with my 2 nephews all day so that should suffice and then ... Fri, 18 May 2012 15:29:57 EST TDS: Day 13 Completed! I am excited to report that I was able to keep up with the shred level 2 today. Okay, I was a little behind when getting into the plank positions, but went right into the moves once i assumed the position. I'm still at 11 walking push ups in total, and I'm now able to balance on one leg while doing the arm ups. <BR> <BR> WOOT WOOT! <BR> <BR> So after today's walk on the promenade I will have one more day of three workouts to complete my short term goal of three workouts a day f... Thu, 17 May 2012 14:25:03 EST TDS: Day 12 Level 2 was a little bit easier today and i took fewer breaks. The forward and backward lunges were done with better form and i didn't lose my balance as much for the one legged raises. Cardio was still rough, but i managed to finish it all. And in total I was able to struggle trough 11 walking push ups, oy those are killers! <BR> <BR> I can't tell if I am sweating so profusely because it is so humid out here or because the workout is kicking my butt that much :) I would like to think it ... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:49:27 EST TDS: Day 11 Wow, first day of level 2 and boy did i sweat, and yes I took a few breaks as well. <BR> <BR> The planks are killer since my arms are not as strong as I would like them to be. The v lifts are also a killer, I have to use my 2lb weights for them until I build up to the 5lbers. I was even a little winded during the cardio knee ups. The cardio is always the easiest part of the workout for me. <BR> <BR> Level 2 kicked my booty, I was even a little slower on my bike ride today. In the same a... Tue, 15 May 2012 17:26:26 EST TDS: Day 10 So after a long weekend away i picked up right where I left. <BR> <BR> Day 10 completed :) It felt good to complete everything one last time and to do it well. I will miss level 1, and I am sort of excited to start level 2 and endure all the pain that comes along with planking :) <BR> <BR> I also completed the stationary bike and an evening walk. Lets hope I can keep this up. My companion went to Morocco for 3 weeks and I would like him to be able to see a difference of some sort when h... Mon, 14 May 2012 21:04:29 EST TDS: Day 8 & 9 Yesterday I was unable to sign in due to internet connection issues, but they have since been resolved... I just had to unplug my cable box for 10 seconds and plug it back in. Can I add IT genius to my resume?! :) <BR> <BR> I have one more day of TDS to complete Level 1. Thank goodness because I am ready to take on level 2 and do better than last time. Level 1 was a great workout, but i think my body is getting used to it. <BR> <BR> In addition to the shred I also did a 30 minute bike ri... Thu, 10 May 2012 16:06:24 EST TDS: Day 7 Complete! <BR> <BR> TOM is here so I almost just crawled back into bed to veg all day, but I pushed myself out and got dressed to work out. <BR> <BR> I'm 1/4 of the way to finishing the Shred and I have 3 more days on level 1. I want to see my way through all 30 days and cross my fingers I see results. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to Day 8 :) Tue, 8 May 2012 16:14:51 EST TDS: Day 6 Another successful day on the shred! :) <BR> <BR> I also completed a 30 minute ride on my stationary bike and if all goes well I will walk the promenade before i shower and make dinner. Some people are wondering how I have time to work out so much... its called unemployment and I need to keep busy since the job market is not looking good. My department was restructured and the company and I went our separate ways. I was a manager and now i'm not even being considered for a job as a recepti... Mon, 7 May 2012 16:19:54 EST TDS: Day 5 I was sitting on my couch this morning and looked down at my legs. They looked worse than i remember. If someone saw my legs they would think I was 300lbs, but I'm not. It was such a disappointment to be able to work out like I do and still not see results when looking at myself. At the end of the day who cares if I can do 50 push ups if when someone looks at me they just see a big ole lady. I know if I keep working at it, my body will reflect my hard work.... but sometimes like this morn... Sun, 6 May 2012 16:14:47 EST TDS: Day 4 I did it on the weekend and no complaints from my downstairs neighbor. So he either wasn't home or he understands that the majority of the time i am as quiet as a mouse and just need to work out for 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> My arms are feeling a little less sore and I did 5 non modified push ups in addition to the 30 modified push ups today. Go me! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to Day 5 tomorrow :) Sat, 5 May 2012 14:20:45 EST TDS: Day 3 I think i found my motivation again. Im back to wanting to workout :) <BR> <BR> I completed day 3 of the shred and still want to do my stationary bike for 30 minutes before i go have a late lunch with my companions parents. <BR> <BR> After almost a year of hanging out he wants me to have lunch with his parents before they go back to Morrocco. It was strange of him to ask me since prior to this he didn't even tell them that he was going to hang out with me when we were together. He would... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:55:04 EST TDS: Day 2 I think i may have my motivation back.... or maybe it is returning to level 1 of the thirty day shred that has made me more willing to workout? <BR> <BR> Whatever it is, I am happy that I am working out again. I have completed a 30 minute workout on my stationary bike, and the shred with a walk planned for later. <BR> <BR> I am so happy with my progress with level 1. More modified push ups, ease with the cardio sections keeping up with Natalie, and most of the workout I do with 5lb weig... Thu, 3 May 2012 16:23:33 EST TDS: Day 1 As everyone says, I was sidetracked by life :) while I am happy to say i didn't gain too much...I also didn't lose anything in the last month. There was just too much going on that i was traveling all the time and not able to commit myself to exercising like i was before. The last round i only made it to day 19 with no weight loss and no inches lost, but my strength and endurance increased. <BR> <BR> Today I restarted the shred. Lets see what happens this time around and i will do my bes... Wed, 2 May 2012 16:18:13 EST Aprils results Sadly in the month of April i have gained about 2 lbs and all other measurements have pretty much stayed the same. <BR> <BR> This news is not really helping my motivation. <BR> <BR> Oh well... I will keep on trucking :) Tue, 1 May 2012 09:15:07 EST Day of remembering My uncle past away yesterday and today was the funeral on LI and sitting shiva in Jersey. <BR> <BR> What a long exhausting day. But it was nice to see the family even for such a sad event. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:21:08 EST Getting the groove back I still haven't found my motivation, but at least i am trying to get back into gear and working out. I'm a little tight all over since i haven't been working out, so now my hip is sore since i did 2 workouts today. I'm just going to ice and rest it tonight, and move on to another workout tomorrow. I HAVE to get back into working out. <BR> <BR> I have a few months until a wedding in July that i'm in the party so i would like to lose another 8lbs by then. Not that i want to be superficial... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 22:48:31 EST Trying to find my momo I still haven't found my motivation. <BR> <BR> Its been about 2 weeks since i have had a good workout and my body is feeling it. I forced myself to go for just a walk today on the promenade. My legs felt tight and they are sore after going 4.2 miles at a leisurely pace. This is without any running. <BR> <BR> I guess after almost 2 wks of nothing much, my body is giving me the bird until i get back on track. So I will do my best to start getting my butt in gear. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 17:38:08 EST I lost it My motivation is missing. I lost it somewhere? <BR> <BR> I was doing well, but recently i have had no desire or energy to work out, and my eating has been bleh. Not horrendous, but not good by any means. <BR> <BR> I'm going away tomorrow for a long weekend until next Wednesday and cross my fingers that someone will return my misplaced motivation :) <BR> <BR> Oy! Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:33:06 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 17 Day 17 Completed! <BR> <BR> Woot Woot. It feels good to push through the double workouts. <BR> <BR> My arms burn at the end of the shred on Level 2, but I love it. Its those dang planks during every section. Oy! <BR> <BR> I also completed 2 laps during my run / walk for the second day in a row. It feels good to push myself even though the second lap is on the slow side, I still get it done :) <BR> <BR> I will be away for 2 days so I wont be getting in day 18 until Thursday or friday :)... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:30:48 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 16 Day 16 Completed! <BR> <BR> I slacked on the holiday weekend and ate till my belly was full. I forgot that I have a weakness for matzo and butter or cream cheese. Once i start spreading it on my matzo I can eat the entire box without realizing it. Everyone thinks I'm crazy but it is true! The other day I ate 5 matzo's before i realized it and stopped myself. <BR> <BR> So of course i am up a few pounds from the weekend, but I am back on track today. <BR> <BR> The shred workout was great.... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 15:27:59 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 15 Day 15 Completed! <BR> <BR> Not much to report. I am halfway through. I feel stronger. I have lost about 3 lbs and 1/2 inch.... from my neck of all places. <BR> <BR> So while i will be happy with 3lbs in 2 weeks, I can't help but think it would have been nicer to lose a few more lbs or inches since i do double workouts :) <BR> <BR> The weekend is here and while i will either ride my bike or walk to get in a workout i will definitely need to regroup before Mondays shredding :) <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 19:09:59 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 14 dAY 14 COMPLETED! <BR> <BR> Before i start with my boring workout talk I want to mention something that i noticed today when sluggishly getting dressed to workout. I dress with my back to the mirror since i don't want to see myself not covered up. Today before putting my shirt on i caught a glimpse of my back in the mirror and paused to look at what I saw. I have one large roll of back fat in the middle of my back. Today when i caught the glimpse..... it was barely noticeable and i would... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 15:07:41 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 13 Day 13 Completed! <BR> <BR> I almost didn't do it. I was starting to make excuses and wanted to take a nap. But i pushed through it and did it :) <BR> <BR> How did I push through? I started thinking that i am almost down 30 lbs and it would be nice to be there.... I have a wedding to go to in June and i would still like to lose another 10 lbs.... I have my thin clothes i would like to fit into again.... my legs are flabby and i would love for them to be toned again.... i have wings und... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:53:04 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 12 Day 12 Completed! <BR> <BR> Level 2 is hard. I still finish it....but it is hard. Now I understand all the plank talk. No matter what you are working on strength, cardio, abs... you are practically in the plank position the entire workout. Oy! Happily I want to build my upper arm strength so this is good for me. I sweat it out and do what I can. <BR> <BR> I feel like this level needs more overall space to complete the moves. I have a small NYC apt and level 1 was not a problem, but i ... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 15:52:48 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 11 Day 11 Completed! <BR> <BR> You may notice that I actually had a 4 day rest period. I was under the weather and couldn't eat anything let alone keep it down. I also barely got out of bed. <BR> <BR> I felt better yesterday, but still laid low just in case. <BR> <BR> Today I went full steam ahead, started eating again and completed both workouts. <BR> <BR> Level 2 is definitely rougher than Level 1. I made it through the entire workout, but definitely did less repetitions than the gang a... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:13:35 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 10 & Level 1 completed Day 10 and Level 1 Completed! <BR> <BR> I am definitely ready for level 2 :) I need to turn it up a notch since I have not lost a pound in a few weeks. <BR> <BR> If I was just doing the Shred or had just a few pounds to lose I would be ok with it. However, I have 30-50 lbs to lose and I started the Shred in addition to my other daily workout to get out of my workout slump. I've even bumped up the weights to 5lbs and added an extra 1/4 mile run to my other workout. <BR> <BR> My diet i... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 14:45:25 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 9 Day 9 completed <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my last day on level 1. I wish I had purchased heavier weights earlier, but the weights are a nice addition to end off with. I have enjoyed level 1, and cant wait to start level 2 to feel the burn and break out of my current comfort zone. <BR> <BR> My second work out was a great addition today. I walk the east river promenade and there is a track at the midway point of my walk. Lately there have been schools using it so i don't interrupt, but today ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:29:02 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 8 Day 8 Completed! <BR> <BR> On my 2 days off this weekend I went to visit relatives. While i didn't necessarily do a specific traditional workout, I definitely got a workout from helping with chores and chasing around my little nephew. : ) <BR> <BR> My nutrition over the weekend was so so. I ate more unhealthy food than usual, but we celebrated with a Carvel cake...who can resist those crunchies?!!! Well, I can't..... but in hindsight i guess i could have eaten less of the cake :) <BR> <B... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 14:59:26 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 7 Day 7 Completed! <BR> <BR> I am so happy that tomorrow is my rest day. I've been working so hard between pushing myself on the Shred and then walking for 70-80 minutes on the east river promenade. I'm proud that I was able to complete my first full week of the double workouts with the Shred and the walk and survive! <BR> <BR> It is paying off though :) I gained a few pounds the first few days of the Shred, but I am happy to report that those extra pounds are gone in addition to an extra... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 14:33:31 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 6 Day 6 Completed! <BR> <BR> I continue to truck through the program. I noticed today the knee clicking did not occur during the shred, but still clicks going down stairs and was sore for my walk. I have one more day of working hard core and then a day of rest :) <BR> <BR> I have also lost the few pounds I gained when I first started the video. I can't wait to see how the next week goes with hopefully weight loss. <BR> <BR> On another note, I read in an article about needing to update so... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:52:58 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 5 Day 5 completed! <BR> <BR> The knee is still clicking but i continue to work out since there is no pain and it only clicks during deep lunging, which i don't do. While I have the clicking sound my lunges are very short and i do my best to be conscious of my form. No worries, I still work up a nice sweat. <BR> <BR> I can definitely tell my upper body strength is increasing. I am able to do more modified push ups and more lateral raises which are the second most difficult move for me after... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:26:42 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 4 Day 4 completed :) <BR> <BR> I had an interview today and almost didn't do it. But then I thought of all the hard work i have been doing and pulled through to not only complete the Shred but also complete a 3 mile walk. <BR> <BR> My knee is still popping so i am not going hard core through the entire DVD but I am definitely building up a good sweat. My pushups are modified and consistent and I am getting stronger with the situps. <BR> <BR> I am starting to enjoy level one, and realize th... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 22:39:50 EST 30 Day Shred: Day 3 I completed the third day of the shred even though the popping in my knee is still present. I know i should get it checked out, but with no health insurance that is not an option at this time. I will first try to work out in moderation and rest the knee to see if this helps. <BR> <BR> In the mean time I worked up a nice sweat and would work through the pops unless there was pain. When was there pain you ask? Only when i lunged too low and oddly during the jump rope. All other exercises i ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:15:42 EST 30 Day Shred : 2 day rest Thank goodness for weekends! I definitely needed a 2 day break from the 30 day shred. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my arms were so sore i could barely move them in certain directions, today they feel much better. I have also had a popping sound and a little pain in my knee when I walk down stairs, which I have to do often since I live in a 4th floor walk up. I only feel it when i go downstairs, not up stairs, walking or running either. Im hoping this goes away soon since i currently do not have he... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 17:19:34 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 2 & They fit! :) Before any mention of my thoughts on day 2 of the work out. I would like to mention the most exciting part of my day. I completed another medium goal. <BR> <BR> The gray slacks that i bought 5 years ago fit again. 2 months ago I could barely get them over my hips. A month ago I could barely button them closed without sucking and holding in my belly & almost passing out. Now, they button and zip with ease. <BR> <BR> I am now working on my 3rd medium goal.... the Express store pants i ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 12:56:14 EST 30 Day Shred : Day 1 So I have the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred DVD for over a year and hadn't even opened it yet. <BR> <BR> I felt I needed a change so I figured I would give it a try. <BR> <BR> Day 1 completed and it wasn't so bad. I mean, don't get me wrong, it was tough and she kicked my booty, but maybe I am in better shape than i thought? It wasn't until about 9PM when i finally sat down on the couch to veg that I started feeling the muscles in my arms and legs. <BR> <BR> I was working out at the mid ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:15:57 EST Back on track....but not yet at goal Im back on track eating better and working out since my superbowl blunder. Go Giants! :) <BR> <BR> I have not yet caught up with my goal weight loss yet and I am going to rev up the work outs in March to see what i can do to ensure i reach my long term goal for June. (I have 18 lbs more to lose to hit that goal) <BR> <BR> In the mean time I have happily hit some medium term goals which definitely help keep me going. <BR> *I currently fit into a pair of jeans i bought in October 2011 t... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:57:29 EST Need to get back on track... So, superbowl weekend has come and gone. I fell off the wagon for a week and somehow wound up gaining 8lbs! I'm sure some of it will drop off in the next few days (I hope!) I just can't believe it took me 8 wks to take it off and 7 days to put it back on :) <BR> <BR> So here i go....back to eating better and working out. Oy! <BR> <BR> Yeah Giants! :) Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:15:46 EST