Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Well, I did it. Despite the joys of toddler wrangling with an angry and full-of-energy two-year old at 10pm last night, I still managed to start the 30 Day Shred.

And I kind of hated every minute of it.

Of course, most of that hate came from the fact that I really can't stand the running dialogue that trainers insist on keeping up through work-out DVDs, because the work-out itself is pretty good. It's quick, but intense, which is what my schedule calls for right now, and I am definitely feeling the effects of it today. But for some reason, the more I hear the little voice in the TV telling me that I just need to 'push through the pain', the more I think, 'You know what? I really don't need to push through anything. I'm just going to go eat some cake now, thank you very much...', and I'm pretty sure that's the opposite of what they're shooting for.

So, I should probably fix that, if possible. I'm planning to trade out Jillian's constant harping about how a twenty minute work-out DOES NOT ALLOW FOR ANY DOWNTIME tonight for some upbeat music, and I think I might actually enjoy the shredding process as a result.

Or, at least not openly despise it, which might be the best I can hope for when it comes to exercising these days...

(Has anyone ever actually made it through all 30 days of the Shred? Or does anyone know anyone who has? Outside of that before and after photo I've seen on Pinterest, I've never heard of anyone sticking with it, and I just want to know if it's worth it, or not...

Did I mention I'm going to be in a bathing suit/beachside wedding photo in five weeks? I need to make sure I'm not wasting my time, here!)


  1. I've been thinking about trying it, but I don't actually have any space in the TV room to work out. :( I know someone who did it... she liked the work outs, but was sad that it made her thighs bigger (she says). But since she's a stick, I can't tell any difference....

  2. I did it the full 30 twice. It does provide some results. Nothing super crazy, though.

  3. I have not made it through more than 2 days of the Shred (kills my knee!) BUT I used to swear like a sailor at Billy Blanks during Tae Bo. To the point I'd throw the remote and storm out of the house for a walk. :) I get where you are coming from on that!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Honestly...I really, really love The FIRM workouts. I can't stand Jillian. She drives me INSANE.

    I like the idea of muting her though and putting on some music instead if you can still follow the cues well enough. :)

  5. I've never mead it through all 30 days, but even 15 days was useful. I also hate Jillian's music. So I turn down the volume so that I just hear when we are changing exercises, and I listen to my workout playlist instead! MUCH better. I also like the MyTrainerBob videos, too - he's much better than Jillian, but I am unlikely to choose his 60 minute workouts. :(

    Good luck!


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