After much contemplation, I decided to start the 30 day shred. I have been gaining some weight recently which I have been struggling to get off and after reading so many great things about the 30 day shred I decided why not?

For those of you who may not be aware, the 30 day shred is a fitness DVD by Jillian Michaels. It involves doing her workout for 20 minutes a day everyday for 30 days and every 10 days you progress to the next level. It combines strength training with ab workouts and cardio.

Day 1.
This was so much harder than I was expecting, I had to stop and rest for 30 seconds halfway through as I couldn’t breathe. Its very intense and I only realised how unfit I was starting this DVD.

Day 2.
I’m a bit sore from yesterday but I managed to complete the workout. I’m still finding it very tough, the first circuit is definitely the hardest with the combination of squat presses and then the cardio. I did have to take another break today, but this was only after circuit 2 as I thought I was going to throw up. It felt slightly easier than yesterday however…about 5% easier.

Day 3.
I wasn’t really in the mood today and I think it showed in my workout. I completed it, which I was pleased about but it seemed to last a lot longer than 20 minutes.

Day 4.
I was really excited for this session despite feeling a little under the weather earlier in the day. Today was slightly easier, my endurance is improving so I can go for longer without any breaks/taking a break. I also was able to complete the squat presses today without stopping the arms part, which I was proud of and I found the crunches a lot easier and definitely working. I definitely pushed myself today.

Day 5.
Still difficult today but my endurance has improved no end. I have started getting a niggly pain in my side though and I’m not sure if it’s my oblique muscles crying or I’ve genuinely pulled something.

Day 6.
Worked out at home today, my mum commented on how intense it was.

Day 7.
My dress came from ebay, it’s slightly tight around the arms and bust, I’ve hung it up in my living room and I’m using it to spur me on.

Day 8.
I’m finally getting the hang of doing proper situps. Jillian’s way of explaining has really helped and now I can go the full 30 seconds without stopping.

Day 9.
I felt quite upset today over my (lack of) weight loss and the fact my stomach was so swollen and bloated I looked about 6 months pregnant, therefore I really didn’t feel like working out. However I pushed myself onward and it helped me forget my feelings…at least for a few minutes anyway. Feeling happier once I’d finished I decided to have a sneak peek at level 2…god help me, definitely not looking forward to it.

Day 10.
I wasn’t really in the mood to work out last night but knowing that it was the last workout before Level 2 I really wanted to complete it and I’m so glad I did. It’s still difficult each day I work out and I still want to cry in pain at some of the strength exercises in particular, but my cardio and endurance is so much better, I can go almost the entire workout without a break.

After Level 1:

1lb lost
-1in bust
-1 1/2in waist
-1in each arm
-1/2 in each thigh
-1/2 in hips

I definitely feel more toned and my endurance has increased. I’m looking forward to the next level now.