Friday, June 19, 2009

Day 6 - Level 1

Happy Friday!

Today marks my 6th day of the Shred! And let me tell you, I am feeling it! Let's see, Monday & Tuesday I did Level 1. Then, on Wednesday, it was pouring outside, so I couldn't do my usual Shred Level 1 and 30 minute run outside, so I decided to do the Shred's Level 1 AND 2! Oh my! That was rough, but felt very rewarding, so I'm happy!!

Then yesterday, I started upping my weights to my 5 pounders, instead of my usual 3 pounders. So yesterday and today, I did Level 1 with 5 pound weights. Let me tell you, THAT was a challenge! I really felt (still feel) the burn! But it's an awesome feeling because I know that I am working hard and am going to see results! I plan on taking Saturday and Sunday off from the Shred, and just go running outside, but we'll see where my mood takes me this weekend. :)

I wanted to take my measurements last night, but just didn't get the chance to. Hopefully I can do it sometime this weekend, to see where I stand. As far as I know now though, I'm down to 125 from 128!! Very exciting & loving this healthy lifestyle!

Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


PS! I weighted myself today and I'm now at 125!! Just last week, I was 128. Down 3 pounds already! YES! I'm loving this! :)

Day 3 - Level 1

So I did Day 3 of the Shred this morning! I'm still on Level 1.

I usually get up at 5am, but my phone died in the middle of the night and my alarm never went off! Luckily, I naturally woke up at 5:30am, so I was still able to do the Shred, but didn't have time to go for my 30 minute run. I was bummed and feel guilty that I couldn't run, but at least I was still able to do the Shred!

Currently, I'm using 3 pound weights with the Shred, but I'm thinking about upping it to my 5 pound weights. It's definitely challenging with the 3 pound weights, but I feel like I could probably handle more of a challenge to get more out of the workout. I think tomorrow (Day 4 of Level 1), I will try my 5 pound weights. I know I'm going to want to die during the workout with 5 pounders, but I think I need the challenge! Can't wait!

(Is it scary that I actually look forward to doing the Shred?! Is something wrong with me? Haha!)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Day 1 - Level 1 (30 Day Shred)

Today was my first day of the '30 Day Shred'!

I woke up at 5am. First, I did Level 1 of the 'Shred', then went for a 30 minute run outside. Let me tell you, it kicked my a$$, but felt GREAT! I am really happy I found this workout, because it is tough and challenges me! And that is exactly what I need right now!

I have to get summer and beach ready and I think this is just the trick! I am definitely sore, especially my arms! I can't wait for Day 2! :)

Tomorrow Starts a New Workout Plan!

Hi! I'm Anna and this is my '30 Day Shred' blog, completely dedicated to keeping track of my progress while on the '30 Day Shred' workout plan!

I guess I'll provide some background on myself regarding my fitness/health. I've never been overweight, but have always considered myself a little chubby. I'm 5'2 and have always been around 135 pounds. As for my eating style, I had a pretty normal eating lifestyle: for the most part, I ate pretty healthy, with the occasional crappy foods. As for my exercise, I've been a dancer all my life, so I've always been active, but could have stepped it up more. I was content with the way I looked and felt I had the average 20 something aged girls body. Well, then came January 2008, when I decided that I didn't want to be just average anymore! I wanted to be fit & healthy & look great! So I decided to start a workout plan and start eating health and counting calories. It worked great! My starting weight in January 2008 was 138 pounds. By May 2008, I had lost almost 20 pounds, down to 120! I worked out Monday - Thursday, doing my FIRM dvds and counted my calories religiously. It was great! I felt great and thought I looked great! Summer was a blast! I was able to maintain my new body, for the most part, through summer.

I had a lot of life changes in summer/fall of 2008, so my workout plan and counting calories started to fall off the bandwagon. I moved twice! and bounced through some different jobs, so my routine had disappeared. However, now things are coming back together finally and I'm ready to get back into the swing of things!

I've gotten back into working out pretty faithfully since February 2009, and have been doing really well. I have mainly used the 'FIRM' dvds with weights and going running outside. My previous workout plan was running outside Monday/Wednesday/Friday, then doing one of my many FIRM dvds with weights Tuesday/Thursday. Then, occasionally (depending on my mood/how I felt), I would go running outside on Saturday or Sunday with my boyfriend, Brett. I've also been eating a lot better now. I should mention that I am a new Vegetarian, since September 2008. This workout plan and eating plan has been great, but I'm in the mood to turn it up a notch and really start working HARD to get ready for SUMMER!! :) So I decided to start the '30 Day Shred' because I've heard great things about it!

Here are my starting stats (as of Thursday, June 11, 2009):

128 pounds

Measurements (inches):
Neck: 12.25
Biceps:  9.5
Forearm: 7.5
Chest: 35.5
Waist: 28.5
Hips: 35.5
Thighs: 19.75
Calf: 13.5

So that's a little background on me! Tomorrow is the start of my new workout plan:

I'll start out with Level 1, then move to Level 2, then to Level 3 in equal increments. I'm planning on working out Monday through Friday before work. I'll do the '30 Day Shred' and run outside for 30 minutes each day. I'm ready! Let's go!