Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Day 1

So, the title of this post says 30 Day Shred.  If you have been keeping up with my workouts, you know that I have been doing Insanity. Well guys, not trying to be a quitter on you all, but it’s not working out for me. Here’s why. I’m just not PUMPED UP to do it every day. I find myself dreading working out because it’s not something I look forward to doing every day. Will it get me awesome results? Probably. But I’ve been so unmotivated and off track for the past month. I’m actually up 3 pounds, back up to 172.

This is all a lifestyle change. I’m sure you’ve heard that before. This is not really a diet. This is something that I will need to do for the rest of my life. I will always need to watch what I eat. I will always need to keep my body healthy by doing exercise. We all have to find something that we LOVE to do and that we look forward to doing. I tried Insanity, and it’s not for me right NOW. I feel like maybe when I get my weight lower and get in better shape, maybe I could enjoy it then. We will see. But for now, I LOVE running and I LOVE Jillian.

Now, I am DYING to restart Body Revolution. But I loaned my copy to my sister who lives farrrrr away. I am so bummed out. I definitely want her to use it, but man do I miss it. So I decided to do the next best thing, the 30 Day Shred.

It is definitely not as intense as Body Revolution. I have started this program before but never done it all the way through. When I turned it on today I let out a little sigh of relief. My heart did a little leap. It was like seeing an old friend. I LOVE Jillian. And it was actually a little bit of a challenge for me! It had been so long since I have used the weights and done lots of Jillians’s moves. I burned 200 calories in the 27 minutes.

So, my new plan of attack to get me out of this slump is to do the 30 day shred and run! Have any of you had to break through a slump or a weight loss plateau? Do y’all have any advice?

The 3-Day Diet Review

Have you heard of the 3-Day Diet? You are supposed to be able to lose up to 10 pounds in just 3 days! Wow! (I’m being a little snarky here). This diet just sounds so silly to me. If you look over the food list for the three days, you really aren’t eating a lot. Calorie wise, you are nowhere close to getting enough calories for your body each day. Scary.

But I saw it on Pinterest and thought it would be interesting to try as an experiment. It is plastered all over the internet, and some of the sites say to do the diet for 3 days, then to break from the diet for 4, then resume the diet again. They say to continue the 3 on, 3 off pattern until you reach your desired weight. I think that sounds dangerous. But I figured if I just did it ONE time, what is the harm in that, right?

My first thought is that healthy, clean eating and exercise should be all that you need for weight loss. Fad diets aren’t good. And that’s exactly what this is. A fad. So before I let you in on my review, let me say that before you start any diet, consult with your dr. I’m not an expert in anything, these are just my personal opinions.

So I set out to do the 3-day diet on Monday. I had all of my ingredients. For breakfast I had half a grapefruit, one slice of toast, one tablespoon of peanut butter, and one cup of black coffee. Yum. Actually, I dig all that stuff. Just not black coffee. Blech. Anyway. I was quite full afterwards but my breakfast only came to about 183 calories. Yikes.

Then we headed out for the day as a family. Because it was family day on Monday. We went to the Childrens Museum, the mall, and the zoo. I should have packed my lunch, but I seriously just thought we were going to the museum for a few hours and we would eat lunch at home. But we were out so late and I was so hungry. So we got Taco Bell. And since the day was already busted, I decided not to finish out the day on the diet but to start again the next day.

Tuesday also started with good intentions. I had the same breakfast. Yum. But then I had a taste of some cake we had leftover from a Labor Day picnic. That was a mistake. I ended up eating a whole piece. So, ya know… that day was busted too. So I told myself, Wednesday would be the day.

This morning, Wednesday. I did awesome. Same breakfast. Lunch, I also did awesome. Coffee, one piece of toast and half a cup of tuna.  Yes. Then we ended up going to the zoo after lunch. I thought, good because I’ve already eaten lunch. But on the way home I was starving and ended up eating some of my kids goldfish crackers. Then I made my kids dinner just now and find myself eating pieces of the food as I’m cooking it.

Do you see a pattern? I cannot stick with this “diet”. It’s just not possible for me. I do not do well with something telling me what to eat and to eat SO LITTLE at that! I do, however, do excellent and staying within my calorie goal for the day! I do. I rock at that. I try to eat healthy but if I want cake, I will have a small piece as long as I have the calories for it. So for the past few days I’ve been trying to eat that itty bitty bit of food and have been failing, and then I end up eating even MORE than I normally would. See? This is typical yo-yo dieting.

So, in conclusion, I would NOT recommend the 3-day diet. Is a bunch of baloney. Seriously. Just eat healthy, treat yourself every now and then, and exercise. That’s it. Have a great day!

Before and Afters- 53 Total Pounds Down!

 I am seriously lacking motivation this week. I have done a fair share of workouts this week. I’ve done Insanity twice and I’ve done LOTS of walks with the kids and dancing. I’ve also gone to Walmart to get groceries, by myself, with two kids… and I’m sure that burns a lot of calories, so…

But I’ve done pretty bad with the eating. The scale is up this week and that always gets me in a bummed out mood. So to try to motivate myself, I am just gonna post a before and after picture so I can SEE how far I’ve come. I need to see it so I don’t slip back there again.

Before.

 

Now. Down 53 pounds (ish)

So there are my before and afters. I definitely see a difference. I tried to find an after picture where I don’t have a kid strapped to my body, but I cannot find any.I am ashamed of how huge I was before and grateful that I am losing weight now. It’s a constant thing, it’s a daily thing. I slip, I mess up, I eat too much, then I have to get back on track. Life gets in the way. Birthday parties, holidays, ugh. I just have to stay strong now because the big ol holiday season is coming up and if I’m not careful, I could gain a lot of weight again.

If anyone out there has some before and after photos to share, I’d love to see them. And now here are the pictures of what I want to look like again. This is me about 5 years ago. I was super happy at this weight, and I have about 35 pounds to lose to get back there again.

October 2007
July 2007

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