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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.


30 Day Shred Update 1

Hello, friends! ¬†Ready for an update on the Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred Challenge??? ¬†I bet you are! ¬†Because I write this in diary form everyday this is a really long post. ¬†So feel free to skip over and read what you want. ¬†I thought about shortening it but then I realized keeping all of this is super helpful for me so bear with me!

Before I begin, let me explain the 30 Day Shred.

JM (my girl) leads you through three rounds of 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio, and 1 minute of abs. ¬†She keeps it moving pretty fast so by the time you realize it, you’re done and she is telling you this is your last cardio. ¬†There are 3 difficulty levels included and you move on when you can. ¬†A lot of internets suggest doing level 1 for 10 days, level 2 for 10, and level 3 for 10. ¬†But obviously you do what you can do. ¬†Let me assure you that level 1 is difficult so if you’re afraid this might be too easy, just try it. ¬†You can find Level 1 here on YouTube. ¬†Skidoooosh!

Here we go!  Weeeee!! (I try to write these every day so my feelings are fresh so everything will be written as if it is today [aka in present tense])

Day 1 5/12/2013

This was the day that started the challenge. ¬†The challenge wasn’t premeditated. ¬†I decided to do it after doing the workout today.

Motivation: high! ¬†I lolligagged in the morning before getting up to do it and I even tried to talk myself out of it when I saw it was already noon, but I did it and was so glad I did! ¬†This was Mother’s Day so my day was jam-packed and doing the workout today made me realize how quick it really is. ¬†I had to cheat a little here.

Cheats: Pushups on my knees: I ain’t ashamed! ¬†I do half of the overhead raises with squats without weights and half with weights. ¬†After those pushups my arms are killing me! ¬†I do all of the jumping jacks, but march in place for some of the jump ropes. ¬†I never cheat on the abs, but I would like to be able to do the inverted crunch better. ¬†The next thing I cheat on is the arm raises with side lunges. ¬†I only cheat for 4 raises every 10 or so so it’s not soooo bad.

After feelings: I was tired, sweaty, but feeling great!  And determined to do this again and again and again.

Hunger: Well, I was hungry all day in anticipation of my yummy meal!

Day 2 5/13/2013

I told myself that all I had to do was wake up today and show myself how easy it is to do. ¬†And I did it. ¬†My butt got out of bed at 6:45 and it was a struggle. ¬†I hit snooze a few times and my neck was really sore and normally that would be a reason to stay in bed because I shouldn’t “strain it.” ¬†I was pretty sure it was only sore from sleeping funny and I told myself if something didn’t feel good in the workout then I wouldn’t do that move. ¬†My neck felt fine in the workout, but is still a little sore.

Motivation: High!  I wanted to show myself that I could do it.  Plus I purposely told my parents and brother about it the night before and that made me get out of bed even more!  I also knew I wanted to blog about it and public humiliation is a huge motivator!

Cheats: Same as day 1.

After feeling:¬†Energized! ¬†It’s 2:36 right now on 5/13/2013 and I don’t feel any more tired than I would on a day I woke up at 7:30. ¬†I think it is because I wasn’t foggy all morning while getting ready and I didn’t have to rush as much as I normally do. ¬†The workout allowed my fog to lift before it was time to shower and what not. ¬†We’ll see how I feel tonight though! ¬†I’m also a little worried about DOMS. ¬†I get it really bad and I know it will be a struggle to work through the pain in the coming days. ¬†I was so sweaty yesterday that I wore a tank top my cousin got me that reveals a message on your back when it gets wet. ¬†I don’t know what was up with me today, but I wasn’t as sweaty and no message appeared. ¬†Wompwomp.

Hunger:¬†Starving alllll day. ¬†I had one piece of bread with pb right after the workout with some water and my normal berry shake at 8:30 for breakfast. ¬†Lunch was leftovers from dinner: risotta and kale pizza¬†at noon. ¬†It’s 2:46 and I am staaaaarrrrvvvvviinnng again. ¬†I’m going to have to make a more filling lunch.

Day 3 5/14/2013

Motivation:¬†It was high on waking up. ¬†I had no trouble getting out of bed this morning. ¬†In fact, I was excited to get up and make some progress. ¬†But when I got down to the basement and started the DVD my motivation went down. ¬†I did not put in full effort for the first 6 minutes (the length of one round) and then I realized, “what am I doing? MOVE!” so I picked up my pace and finished strong. ¬†I definitely wanted to just lay on the couch for the length of the DVD but the thought that I put this out on the internet kept me going! ¬†And I was so glad I did because I went back upstairs to so many lovely comments on my Time to Share post!!

Cheats:¬†A little different today. ¬†I’m already feeling more capable but that could be because I “phoned it in” as my girl Jillian says in the beginning. ¬†I didn’t complete the second round of pushups, instead I went into childs pose lol. ¬†I did do all of the squats and raises.

After Feeling:¬†Still feeling good! ¬†I’m not too sore today, but I do feel it in my armpits and butt. ¬†My butt is my favorite place to feel workout pain! ¬†ūüėÄ

Hunger:¬†I have a shake every morning for breakfast and this morning I drank half right after the workout and I’m still working on finishing it at 10:24. ¬†I’m trying to space it out hoping that will help stave off my morning hunger.

Day 4 5/15/2013

Motivation:¬†Low, low, low. ¬†Last night I told the friend I didn’t feel like it and she told me I had better. ¬†Then this morning, I didn’t get up. ¬†I am so ashamed. ¬†I’ve actually been procrastinating on writing this entry and was even talking to myself about¬†reformatting¬†my updates so that I wouldn’t have to include this. ¬†But then I realized that I’m not only writing these updates to share with everyone, I’m writing them for myself. ¬†Being able to look back and see what worked and what didn’t is going to be so helpful. ¬†And I would be doing a disservice to me and to you by only showing the good parts. ¬†Like anything, there is a silver lining and I found one. ¬†This morning I realized it was 6:50 and I still hadn’t gotten up at the 6:45 workout¬†wake up¬†time and told myself it was too late so I might as well sleep. ¬†It wasn’t too late and I knew that. ¬†The workout takes me about 35-40 minutes from the time I get out of bed to the time I get in the shower. ¬†That would have had me back upstairs at 7:30 in plenty of time to get ready. ¬†Especially since I ended up not waking up until 7:35 this morning and you know what? ¬†I actually felt less energized and more groggy this morning. ¬†I hope I remember this tomorrow when I go to push snooze. ¬†I’ll be doing the workout tonight and throwing in a few videos from The Fitnessista‘s new YouTube channel. ¬†I always love her videos and I’m considering this “punishment” for not getting up this morning.

Day 5 5/16/2013

As promised, I worked out last night to make up for the morning and I pushed myself hard. ¬†Before doing Shred, I did this video to warm up and have some fun. ¬†I was so proud to find that some of the moves were getting easier and I wasn’t becoming fatigued so quickly. ¬†I finished all of the timed push-ups (on my knees, like a lady) and got down lower than ever before. ¬†I was onnnneeeee sweaty beast by the time I was done. ¬†Now on to this morning…

Motivation:¬†Medium. ¬†I wanted to get back on the wagon of waking up so I did but I wasn’t happy about it. ¬†I trekked down to the basement and started my workout and could instantly tell something was wrong. ¬†My body was giving me its pass out signals: cold sweat, increased heart rate, dizziness. ¬†So I laid on the ground for a few minutes and when I still didn’t feel that great, I decided to go make a good breakfast and to workout tonight. ¬†I didn’t eat after my tough workout last night and I think my body just wasn’t fueled enough. ¬†I’m sad that I didn’t get a workout in, but I will do it tonight again and throw in another dance cardio video. ¬†Upside of working out at night: I have more energy and can get some laundry done quickly since the w/d is in the basement!

Day 6 5/17/2013

Motivation:¬†To say that my motivation dropped at this point is an understatement. ¬†I did not wake up to workout. ¬†It was probably just an excuse, but I still wasn’t feeling 100% so I slept in. ¬†And I’m not happy about it. ¬†I’m disappointed in myself and I’m also worried what anyone who is following this is going to think about me. ¬†I hope to make this up over the weekend.

Day 7 5/18/2013

Motivation:¬†Still low. ¬†Aunt Flo should be coming any day now and I think this is contributing to my low energy. ¬†I work on Saturdays at my Dad’s Kitchen and Bath Design Center and one of my duties is to clean. ¬†So I mopped the entire store today which took a good hour or so and was quite the workout. ¬†I planned to do the workout later, but I didn’t. ¬†I am such a bad challenger! ¬†I could list all the reasons why I didn’t but they really are just excuses. ¬†I promise that next week will be an awesome week.

Week 1 Summary

Well I started out strong and proud of myself. ¬†30 Day Shred isn’t easy and kicks your butt every morning. ¬†Midway through the week I was feeling good and hoped to move to Level 2 after 10 days but because I took so many inexcusable days off, I don’t know if that will happen anymore. ¬†I added another aspect of this challenge to hopefully kick myself in the ass. ¬†Have you heard of GymPact? ¬†I downloaded the app last night and set myself up for a pact of 3 days a week with $10 for each missed day. ¬†GymPact is basically a pact with yourself where you pledge to workout a certain amount of a days a week and pledge a monetary amount that will automatically be charged to your card when you miss. ¬†The bet goes from Monday-Sunday and they will charge you at the end of the week. ¬†If you make your pact, you aren’t charged but instead get a tiny bit of money paid by those who didn’t meet their pact. ¬†You can check in at a gym, connect it to your RunKeeper account, or wear it during a home workout for it to track your movements. ¬†No one told me about this app, I just randomly found it, so I can’t say how it works. ¬†I’ll let you know at the end of the week if it was easy to do and accurately tracked me. ¬†If you’d like to join, shoot me an email at thejustjacq at gmail dot com because you get a free $5 if I invite you. ¬†I don’t think I get anything, just trying to help you out ūüôā

I definitely felt a difference in my strength from day 1 to day 4. ¬†I know it doesn’t seem possible, but I was able to complete more of the workout as each day went by. ¬†I also felt that I was better able to suck my stomach in after a few days.

I don’t have any photo updates for you… bad blogger. ¬†But I am hoping to have some next week.

Is anyone joining me in the challenge? ¬†I’d love to hear your updates! ¬†Leave a comment with your blog or email me so I can follow you.

I’m looking for another 30 day challenge to do when this one is done. ¬†Any suggestions? ¬†Anyone try another JM DVD?






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Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Challenge

(before I talk about my challenge I want to encourage you to head over to Treasure Tromp where I am taking part in a giveaway! ¬†You’ll see my picture on her sidebar! ¬†little ole me on a sidebar)

Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred Challenge with justjacq


– do JM’s 30 Day Shred for 30 consecutive days.

– wake up in the morning to do this before work.

– if I don’t wake up, do it after work. ¬†no excuses.

That’s it. ¬†Stay tuned for updates on how this challenge is going! ¬†I’m already a few days into this and so far so good!!

Update schedule:

May 21: Days 1-7
May 28: Days 8-14
June 4: Days 15-21
June 11: Days 22-30 and a giveaway!

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