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30 Day Slimdown: Day 2

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Today is day 3 of the Shred/Slimdown.  Am I sore?  Absolutely, but I’m not dying.  In fact, I am no more sore today than I was yesterday.  During the workout, there were definitely some moves that taxed my tired arms, but I also found that I could already increase my push-ups.  I consider that progress for sure, and I am excited to see what happens in the next month.  Here’s the full Slimdown schedule if you’re interested:

DAY 1 – 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 2 – 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 3 – No More Trouble Zones
DAY 4 – 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 5 – Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
DAY 6 – Quick Trouble Zones
DAY 8 – 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 9 – 30 Day Shred: Level 2
DAY 10 – Quick Trouble Zones
DAY 11 – 30 Day Shred: Level 2
DAY 12 – Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
DAY 13 – No More Trouble Zones
DAY 15 – 30 Day Shred: Level 1 & Quick Trouble Zones
DAY 16 – 30 Day Shred: Level 2
DAY 17 – No More Trouble Zones
DAY 18 – 30 Day Shred: Level 1 & 30 Day Shred: Level 2
DAY 19 – No More Trouble Zones
DAY 20 – Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
DAY 22 – 30 Day Shred: Level 2 & 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 23 – Quick Trouble Zones
DAY 24 – Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism
DAY 25 – Quick Trouble Zones & 30 Day Shred: Level 2
DAY 27 – No More Trouble Zones & 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 28 – Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism & Quick Trouble Zones
DAY 29 – 30 Day Shred: Level 2 & 30 Day Shred: Level 1
DAY 30 – No More Trouble Zones

Phew!  I’ll be combining that with regular (weather allowing) morning walks with my daughter, which are usually 20-30 minutes at 3.5-4mph.  Ideally I’ll be returning to the Couch to 5K as well, but it’s been tough to get back.  Between a really busy work week that is keeping my husband at work until late in the day and the absolutely oppressive heat & humidity in the evenings, we’re second guessing the running.  I am keeping a close eye on the local Freecycle and Craigslist pages in the hopes of scoring a working treadmill for next to nothing, which would solve all of these issues and still keep me on the running path.  I do worry about it being much tougher to run on a treadmill though, with the boredom being a big factor.  Plus I like that when I run outside I am totally in control of my pace without having to worry about pushing a button if I need to speed up or slow down quickly.  All the same, the treadmill would keep me on a training path that is currently slipping away from me, so I’d still like one.  There’s also a local thrift store I should check out, just in case.  Any other tips of finding a super SUPER cheap treadmill that still works?

I’m feeling really good about this Shred thing.  I was terrified to start it.  Googling the 30 Day Shred is similar to searching online to diagnose a weird rash on your arm.  You go from being certain you’ve just got a little skin irritation to being convinced by Doctor Google that you’re dying from some particularly rare form of skin cancer and/or suffering the after effects from the bite of the Three-Legged Arthurian Space Toad.  When you Google the Shred, you find hundreds of posts and forums about people who could barely move, people who couldn’t walk for three days after the first workout, people who suffered terrible injuries after the first day or week.

I’m not saying the workout is the perfect fit for everyone, but there are two easy ways to make it effective for you without risking your health.  #1 – Listen to the trainer.  When Jillian Michaels is on your television screen talking about form, LISTEN.  Don’t tune her out.  Do what she says.  Stick your butt out, flatten your back, lift your head… whatever she’s telling you to do, do it.  And if you’re not sure?  Work out in front of a mirror so that you can see what your body is doing.  Form makes a huge difference.  #2 – LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.  The workout moves quickly and it’s tough, so be sure to listen to what your body is telling you.  Jillian talks about NO BREAKS, saying that if you want to see quick change you have to push yourself out of the comfort zone.  She’s right, but pushing too hard is how people get hurt, or end up so sore they can’t walk.  Do what you can.  Here’s where you have to be honest with yourself.  Do you really need to stop?  If so, please do.  But push a little.  Do one more than you think you can, and then allow yourself the five second break Jillian eventually admits you can take.  Stick to five seconds.  You CAN do this.  None of the moves last for more than one minute at a time, and the whole workout is only twenty minutes.  You can do anything for a half hour.  Go get shredded.


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9 Responses

  1. I just started “30 Day Shred” yesterday. I wasn’t taking rest days into account so thanks for reminding me of that. Just started following you on Twitter and I look forward to following your progress.

    Also, working out near a full length mirror is a GREAT idea. I’m definitely doing that tonight to check my form.

  2. I started the 30 Day Shred yesterday as well! I am really liking it so far, I created my own workout schedule for June. I call it my Boot Camp lol

  3. […] Shred/Couch to 5K progress […]

  4. I love your advice, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Even though I only went to week 3 of the slimdown before starting c25k- I took Jillian’s advice to heart: I keep hearing jillian say the whole (c25K) workout is only 30 mins at most…you can do this.

    I am excited for you. I think you will really see some results from this program like I did (hello arm muscles). I decided I will start rotating this back into my workout schedule in the fall when I am at my goal weight because in my crazy head I want to look like Jillian- RIPPED! But for now running is taking over my life. I think I am signing up for a half marathon in October-am I nuts???

    This journey has been so much better having role models like you-so thanks girl! You are an inspiration.

    • Please do a half in October! I’d be so proud, and I’d totally donate to whatever it was a fundraiser for, or send you a cool tee to wear or something!

  5. I’m on day 2 today and wouldn’t have believed I could do it, but so far I love it!!! My leg muscles are killing me and my arms are feeling it too…but it is a great, quick workout, but you know you are doing good with it….thanks for turning me on to this cutie~!

  6. […] here are my questions.  Since last week was the first week of my 30 Day Slimdown plan, should I restart tomorrow as though it is day two?  Does it make sense to try to add in […]

  7. […] Slimdown is going really well. The workouts are getting tougher, but I should be done with the whole program […]

  8. […] of results, we’re nearing the end of the month and (as such) the finale of my 30 Day Slimdown challenge.  So I have some questions for […]

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