30 Day Shred Update 2

Well here we are at the second update of my 30 Day Shred Challenge. I am still so glad I decided to challenge myself, although some mornings I really hate myself ūüėČ

To learn about the challenge click here and this will take you to update 1.

Remember, I write these in diary form in present tense so if you’d like to skip to certain things, go right ahead.

Day 8 5/19/2013

Motivation: Low seems to be the story of the weekend. Today my parents and I went to Temple University to help the cousin move her furniture out of her apartment. We had to go up and down 4 flights of about 8 stairs each multiple times. Needless to say we were all pooped. I actually intended to wake up and shred (haha I like saying that) before we went and I got up with plenty of time but realized it probably wasn’t a good idea to fatigue my leg muscles. I’m not upset I didn’t get my workout in today because I think moving her furniture counts, but I am upset that I didn’t do it all this weekend.

Day 9 5/20/2013

I’m just so ashamed. Moving on.

Day 10 5/21/2013

Motivation: High! Back on track, baby! This slug fought that little voice telling me to snuggle back in the covers and got up! Booyah!! I think the fact that I wanted to try out the GymPact was a huge motivator (you can read about it at the bottom of update 1). I am so glad I woke up. I really have to remember that not only do I not miss the extra sleep, but I actually feel more awake. I reeeeaaaaalllllly need to remember that.

Cheats: I am still doing lady push-ups (that’s cool, yo)pushups and having trouble lifting weights to the front. sidelungeshoulderraiseWhy is that so darn difficult? I am going lower in my squats. I think I might almost be at Natalie level. staticlungebicepcurlThese are my favorite move, btw. Static lunge with bicep curl. I looooove feeling my butt and calves burrrrnnnnn. I refuse to allow myself a cheat on these.

After Feelings: Feeling high! I was definitely feeling the difference between doing this everyday verse taking a “break.” But I was sweaty. Avert your eyes if you don’t want to be scared.



She tells me she won’t be my friend if I didn’t do my workout so I like to update her every morning.

Hunger: I actually haven’t been terribly hungry this week which is pretty unusual for me. This morning I wasn’t any different than any other morning.

Day 11 5/22/2013

Motivation: Low, low, low, low. I literally feel like I am going to die today. Aunt Flo is one demanding visitor and I think she is ruining my uterus. I can’t even handle it.20130528-132727.jpg

Day 12 5/23/2013

Motivation: High! I feel like a complete 180 from yesterday.¬†20130528-132736.jpgI didn’t elaborate much, but I have not felt that horrible since I was about 14. Remember what your period was like when you first started getting it? Multiply that by about 76 and you have my feelings yesterday. I got home from work, told my Mom I was going to go lay down for a little bit, and I passed out in my dress. I woke up around midnight and changed then fell back asleep until I woke up for work. I decided to continue resting and didn’t do my workout in the morning but I got¬†my shred on in the evening. I felt so refreshed I intended to shred then get some killer buns and thighs but as I started the second DVD I looked at my giant moving mess in the basement and decided to tackle that instead. I still count that as being active!

Cheats: Besides lady pushups, which I really don’t consider a cheat, there were no cheats today! I pushed myself hard and it felt so good!

After Feelings: Flying high!

Hunger: I waited to have dinner till after my workout so I ended up eating around 8:30. My Dad had made burgers and I fried an egg to put on top. Yummmo.

Day 13 5/24/2013

Motivation: We’re moving up! I made plans to have a Jemily date (Jacquelyn and Emily for all you uncool people out there) with the cousin but I knew I wanted to keep riding the workout train so I told her I’d come over after. Old Jacquelyn would have skipped the workout. But I just keep reminding myself it is only 20 minutes. Total time from start to finish including a shower is usually about 45 minutes. Not bad.

Cheats: No cheats again! I pushed myself haaard. I intended to start Level 2 today but forgot in my haste.

After feelings: So proud that I squeezed that one in!

Hunger: Staaarving. I finished the lunch I had made for the week at Emily’s while we were looking for a movie to watch. A big plate of 2 quesadillas with red and green peppers, tooonnnns of black peppers, Chunky Guac from TJ’s, and cheese is a winning combo.

Day 14 5/25/2013

Motivation: High, but I failed. I don’t know why I fail so often. I think all day about doing the workout, but then I don’t.

Week 2 Summary

Even though this week really sucked, I am so impressed with myself for sticking with it. ¬†It’s probably the longest I’ve stuck with something physical since working on Couch to 5k. ¬†Writing these updates and making this so public keeps me accountable and so I am thankful for all of your prying eyes. ¬†If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I post ¬†A LOT of embarrassing photos of myself. ¬†That’s just one other way I keep myself accountable. ¬†I had hoped to be starting Level 2 this week and if I hadn’t forgotten on Friday, I would have. ¬†Level 1 is getting really boring and now that I am not cheating, I feel it is time to move on. ¬†I’m definitely not at Natalie level, but I’m not at Anita either. ¬†Sometimes I do moves like Natalie and sometimes like Anita and sometimes right in the middle. ¬†And I feel pretty darn good about that!

So, I took some “before” pictures. ¬†This was on Day 12, aka the day after I went through hell. ¬†I look about 6 months pregnant because my stomach was so ridiculously bloated that I had to wear dresses all week. ¬†So be kind. ¬†I thought I was sucking my stomach in just a little, but apparently I was not.

30dayshred before spring 2013

Like I said before, I’m still not comfortable sharing my weight and I don’t think I should. ¬†Even though losing weight is obviously the goal, the real and true goal is to get healthier and the number on the scale doesn’t tell you that. ¬†So, here are some facts about me:
– I am about 5’8″
– I wear in between a 12 and 14 in pants and a medium and large in shirts
Рbra size: 36DD.  They are normally a 34D
– I am not pregnant!

Hopefully the “after” photos will be a little better!

Here’s to 2 more weeks of the challenge! ¬†Are you joining me? ¬†Any ideas for the next challenge? ¬†I am thinking it will be The Fitnessista’s Summer Shape Up! ¬†It starts June 3. ¬†You can find out more about it here.


2 responses to “30 Day Shred Update 2

  1. The second move you screencapped on day ten – I still have a lot of trouble with that one! I’m up to level three these days (it sucks!) but I still do levels one and two when I need a “break”. And to repeat myself, I will always do pushups on my knees, always!

    • Why is it so hard! I’ve heard other people say that too. It’s crazy. I guess maybe it’s because it isn’t exactly a move we do very often. When we lift things we don’t lift them that way. Idk.

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