Wednesday, May 5, 2010

30 Day Shred Level One Summary + 5 Q's Tag

Remember a while back I mentioned that I was going to do Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred workout? Well, I have been doing it, just not every day. In fact, I was downright lazy on some weeks, but I've done a good many workouts, enough that I'm no longer sore and the exercises aren't too challenging anymore. Pretty big jump from barely being able to walk, huh? And having to take breathers from ha!ha! JUMPING JACKS! Child's play!

Jillian says during the workout that "Those of you who are on day 6 or 7 are probably seeing a big difference in your endurance." On day 1, 2, 3, I was like, "Pssh, whatever, Jillian." But she was right. I did the workout over the weekend with my husband. He's in okay shape, but he's gotten rather soft since the office job has come along. I was quite impressed with myself for out-performing him! He couldn't even do all the jumping jacks ha!

I think after this week, I'm going to move up to Level Two. I've been doing it every other day, mostly because of my wrist injury. It's getting a lot stronger, but I can't do push-ups every day with it, not even the modified hand position I have to use.

And...I took my body measurements before I started the first day of the shred.

I am 5'3 and fairly curvaceous--not a twiggy little thing.
Measurements from 4/06:

Bust: 35in
Waist: 30in
Hips: 39in
Biceps: 10/9.5in (right arm slightly smaller from disuse)
Thighs: 22.5in
Calves: 14in
Weight: 135lb

I wasn't really expecting any changes. I'm not doing the Shred for weight loss. I don't think I need to lose weight. I'm just doing it to be active and try to tone up a little. So imagine my surprise when I measured today...

Measurements from 5/04:

Bust: 40in (this can't be right, but I don't remember how I measured before. My pecs aren't that much bigger)
Waist: 28in (2 inches lost!)
Hips: 36in (3 inches lost!)
Biceps: 11in (1 and 1.5 inches gained!)
Thighs: 21.5 (1 inch lost!)
Calves: 14in (same)
Weight: 128lb (what?? I lost 7 pounds??)

I actually fluctuate body weight pretty easily, so don't be too surprised or concerned. But I'll count it as a benefit from the Shred. :-)

No pictures! I refuse. :-)
But I'll do more measurement stats when I finish Level Two.

I was tagged a while ago to complete the 5 Questions, 5 Answers meme:

1) Where were you 5 years ago?
    -Finishing my freshman year of college

    -Waiting with bated breath to see if my now-hubby would successfully dump his girlfriend and make it official with me, even though we'd been together for a few months (she was in Australia)
    -Working at the worst restaurant I've ever been staffed at
    -Looking forward to summer classes and living on campus instead of at home! 
    -Learning to drink beer

2) Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
     -Settled in a career path

     -Living in a house that we own
     -Owner of several cats, a dog, and a chinchilla 
     -Finished with a few more manuscripts
     -Possibly agented/published, depending on those mss

3) What is (was) your to-do list today?

     -Burn some DVDs to make room for more!
     -Do the 30 Day Shred
     -Fold laundry from yesterday (yuck)
     -Critique some chapters
     -Write, maybe

4) What 5 snacks do you enjoy?
     -Almonds, roasted & unsalted

     -Grapefruit and oranges
     -Mini butterfingers
     -cereal (what? It's totally a snack) 
     -colby-jack or cheddar cheese

5) What 5 things would you do if you were a billionaire?

     -Pay off my college loans and my car
     -Pay off my parents' mortgage and buy a house
     -Buy the animal shelter where I work and fire the administration 
     -Donate to ASPCA and HSA 
     -Invest wisely. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 


Amber at The Musings of ALMYBNENR said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo to you too!

Great job! I'm on and off too, but with an elliptical. End of the semester school work has slowed me down (okay okay, and laziness). But now that I only have 2 take-home finals left, I can step it up. Hopefully! LOL

Christine Danek said...

Great job! Like your answers especially the billionaire question.

Sarah Ahiers said...

i think i may have to queue that video to zazz up my daily work out

Matthew MacNish said...

Love your answers to the five questions, those are always so much fun to read.

Tara said...

Awesome job, girl! Congrats :)

Unknown said...

Way to go you!!!! That's amazing! 7pounds, that's not something to sneeze at! That Jillian knows her stuff!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Talli Roland said...

I'm so impressed with your shredding dedication. Sounds like it's paying off!

I love the 5-answer series! And yum - roasted almonds!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good for you, Summer! And most men aren't into the Twiggy shaped women anyway.

Jon Paul said...

Way to go Summer!

My wife's been doing P90X for awhile and it's paying off too. I've been pretty lazy since coming back from Iraq, but I've been getting the itch lately.

I think your post just motivated me too get back out there! Maybe a run this afternoon. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Did you know Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for 5th of Mayo? Happy day to you too!

Anne Gallagher said...

Congrats on the shred! Happy Cinco De Mayo! Pay off the college loans!

Kimberly Franklin said...

Happy Cinco de Mayo! YAY!! I love Jillian Michaels and I don't know why. I just love her. Haha. I should try that Shred DVD out. I'm curious!! :)

Old Kitty said...


Awwww well done with losing all those inches!! Yay!!

And what great answers - this tagging thing is really such fun!

I hope you do get to own a chinchilla! :-)

Take care

kah said...

Awesome! My friends has this program and wants me start doing it with her. Sound like it might be something I'd actually get results with. :)

Yay for chinchillas. They're so cute.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! :)

Stina said...

Way to go! Yeah, I don't think your pecs will make that big of a difference. If they did, my chest would be way bigger. ;)

Crystal Cook said...

You are doing awesome with that shred girl! Fabulousness :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Love your $$$ list! Everyone who works at an animal shelter should be hand picked!

DL Hammons said...

*Pouting because of the lack of photo's*'s that beer drinking thing working out? :)

Susan Fields said...

You like healthy snacks - yum!

Lola Sharp said...

Awesome results, shredder!

Moll said...

Those are some crazy changes to your to your measurement.

I love JM and have always been intrigued by her workout DVDs. Maybe I will check them out...or maybe I will just sit here on the couch. =)

Hannah said...

maybe that's what I need to do to keep me encouraged, measure! I never measure and I get disappointed when I don't see any results. It doesn't mean they're not there! Genius.