30-Day Shred “Round Two”: Final update + my thoughts on staying motivated

by Melody on June 27, 2011









Most of you know that I have been doing Jillian Michael’s 30-Day Shred since the beginning of the year.  I have now officially completed two rounds of the workout.  60 days.  In six months.

I can’t say enough about this workout video.  It’s not going to turn you into a muscle man or prepare you for a triathalon, but for those of us with limited time (young kids, busy jobs, busy jobs and young kids), this is perfect.

The video lasts 25 minutes at most with warm-up and stretching.  I can easily squeeze it in during a morning episode of Handy Manny and I’m done for the day.

In six months, I have dropped from 152 pounds to 135 pounds.  I have lost countless inches and gained countless amounts of energy.  I feel better, my clothes fit better, I’m more confident, I make much better choices about the food we eat.

What now?

I have definitely hit a plateau as far as weight loss.  The workouts are still tough and I definitely break a sweat, but I can tell that my muscles have grown accustomed to the exercises.

I have started adding in the short Ab Ripper X video from my husband’s P90X workout, which trust me, feels anything but short while you’re doing it.  This has definitely helped me define my ab muscles, but I’m still missing the weight loss part.

My next step is to start running.  I am not a runner.  I actually despise running.  However, I have heard that once you get into it and get your body trained, it can be quite therapeutic. I know myself and the only way I will actually start running is if I sign up for some kind of race.  Maybe a short one to start out.

My random thoughts on motivation

A friend of mine and I were talking recently about motivation and it got me thinking.  For years, we have both said things like:

“I wish I could be skinnier”
“I wish my clothes fit better”
“I wish I looked like her.  Or her.  Or her.”
“I wish I had worked out like I said I would before having to wear this bathing suit”

We complained and complained but never actually did anything about it.  Sounds effective, right?  Anyone else in the same boat?

So she asked what was finally the catalyst for me.  What caused me to finally stick with it?

I don’t know.

But here’s what I think.

My husband and I started seriously re-evaluating what we were feeding our family at the beginning of this year.  We decided to make a conscious effort to not only consume less calories, but eat more locally grown food, choose organic when we could, cut out fast food (watch Food Inc, I guarantee you will think twice about what you’re eating).

We chose to focus our efforts on growing some of our own produce and enrolled in a local CSA.

This was such a positive change in our lives that it seemed to carry over into other areas.  I read this post from The Coupon Project about the 30-Day Shred and decided to give it a try.  My friends Sarah and Emilie had been successfully doing it for awhile and I figured for the cost of a single DVD, it was worth a try.

It was a life-changing moment the day I decided to share with my readers my goals and plans.  You all have no idea how much you helped me.  You kept me motivated, you kept me accountable.  Just knowing I had agreed to keep you updated got me up and exercising on those days when I REALLY didn’t want to.  You read so often that you need a workout buddy or someone to hold you accountable and man, was it ever true for me.

Final thoughts

Although I did want to lose weight, especially after having Little Dude #2, that was not my main goal when I started working out.  I just wanted to feel better.  I was tired of being tired.  I was tired of telling my son that I just couldn’t chase after him anymore.  I was tired of wishing I looked like someone else.  I’ve always been a confident person on the inside and I wanted the outside to match.  I wanted to be a good role model for my kids.

Maybe it’s because I am turning 30 this year?

I won’t lie, it was tough to get started.  I was sore.  And tired.  And cursing Jillian Michaels.  But it slowly got easier.  And I slowly started to feel better.

I think because my goal was not to lose X amount of weight, but so many other reasons that were bigger than myself is the reason I have been able to stick with it.  Losing weight is a total bonus, but I don’t think it is enough to sustain me when I lose motivation.

I would love to hear your thoughts.  This is such a big topic and I know it is a struggle for so many of us.  How do you stay motivated?  Are you interested in hearing more updates down the road?

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue June 27, 2011 at 3:41 am

You just got to make it a habit–always work out no matter what. I am not an athlete but i am 55 and have been working out now for years, even if I have to fit just a half hr. in each day. You just feel better afterwards. I may not have babies still at home but I do babysit my grandchildren 3 or 4 days a week (thursday and friday I sit a 5 month and 3yr from 7AM to6 Pm) Running in the morning keeps me sane–Hang in there!!


Crystal June 27, 2011 at 5:28 am

I HATE running. I really wish I liked it, but I honestly DESPISE running (even jogging is not fun for me). So, I thought about what I do like to do. For me that’s roller skating.

I started looking for skates at Goodwill (with no luck) & mentioned it to my neighbor. She happened to have a pair she was getting rid of (in my size!) and gave them to me.

Now I roller skate (yes, skate – not blade) as often as I can. I’ve already lost 5 pounds! I really think doing what I love is keeping me going. I look forward to that time & try to figure out ways to sneak in more than more skating session a day.


Crystal June 27, 2011 at 5:41 am

that’s more than ONE, but more than more would probably be better, huh?


Katy June 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Do the couch to 5K program. Take your kids to the local track and let them run around the infield kicking a ball while you do your work out on the track. Great outdoor family time. Running is so therapeutic for a momma!


Amanda June 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I do exactly that. I walked about 10 laps yesterday. I have an 11-week-old (4th baby). My daughter is 20-months-old. I didn’t lose all of the weight from my third before I got pregnant. I like walking. I did buy the 30 Day Shred after reading your blog. I did it once 3 weeks ago. I am so busy with the kids going to the track with the kids is easier. The 2 oldest play while the two youngest are in the stroller. I will be doing the 30 Day Shred once I can get the baby on a schedule. It kicked my butt when I did it!


Arial Buza June 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I’m doing the 30 day shred now too. A little less than a month. Not sure how much weight I’ve lost because I’m also doing weight watchers and running, but I do love the quick workout. It’s very difficult to find an excuse when it’s only 25 min! I haven’t been much of a runner either, but I started Couch to 5K on my iphone. It’s $3 for the app and it lets you listen to music while you run, with prompts telling you when to walk and when to run. It has been a lifesaver! I can run farther now than I’ve ever been able to in my life. I highly recommend it!


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