Good morning! And a good morning indeed it is. I’ve slacked on putting up any personal posts up for quite some time, but I’m happy to announce that I’m back for the better. I have not posted a progress picture on this website for over a year and a half. Within the course of this time, I have started over at least twice, gained weight, and lost my place in this big loop we call weight loss. However, what I have gained over the course of this year and a half is much more than any number on a scale could ever account for. I lost friends, I moved in with a roommate (who is now my best friend) after living alone for a year, I got engaged, I went to school, and lived. I am not ashamed of my weight gain because I have been busy living. Yet, I still had goals. And this was one of them. A couple weeks ago, after we took our engagement pictures, I decided it was time. Thus, I took the left photo on the first day I hopped back on the horse, mid November. The right photo is from this morning. I couldn’t believe it when IT ZIPPED. This is a minor non-scale victory, but it’s mine. This is not the most impressive before and during you’ve seen, but it’s mine. And this is just the beginning.
Template for 30 day shred, so you can try it tooo!! The links for 30 day shred challenge are on my videos page, and I tried the first day today. It was pretty damn hard. Takes about 20 minutes and you definitely feel the burn!!!! :)
Will post updates in pictures when I am done, so you can see the change! :)
My first before and after (during, I’m nowhere near done yet) I’m so excited!
This is after doing the 30 day shred, I can’t wait to see what the change from my next 30 days of exercise!
*excuse the background
Day 15 of 30DS- I took a rest day yesterday; the day before I didn’t do the Shred because I went to the gym where I (stupidly) told my trainer how frustrated I was with my plank pose. What followed was a round of chest-press and weighted squat burnouts I shall never forget. The day after I felt like I’d broken my ribs.
ANYWAY that means I was two days off when I came back today and it actually went well! …relatively. I’m still hanging out with Anita- no plank jacks or mountain climbers for me- only little baby grandma steps from a plank position. But I didn’t give up and there were zero emotional outbursts.
AND THEN I followed it up with this video I found on youtube and I can’t recommend it enough, especially following 30DS, because
a) Jillian’s videos have you treating your body like an enemy, and that can really screw up your perception of yourself, so it was really excellent to follow it up with this gentle, searching, loving body-self relationship builder and
b) THE STRETCHING SEQUENCES IN 30DS ARE ENTIRELY INADEQUATE. Do a full body, expanding stretch routine after the Shred and you will feel 100% better, I promise. The 30 seconds we get of hamstrings are not enough to help with the pounding your calves, thighs, and quads take from her. Seriously.
TL;DR Try this stretching routine, (or a shorter one) after 30DS once and you’ll never go back.
This is my latest before and durning, I haven’t taken one of these in about a year so I felt it was time for an update. I’ve just started the 30 day shred to get back In to regular exercise and I’m still trying to get back to fully eating healthily but once you go In to a relationship and start like eating out it’s hard to limit the amont of unclean food you eat. This still blows me away that I was as big as I was. Some days I feel like “what’s the point nothing changing” and when I made this I was shocked that I had came so far. Thank you to everyone that’s offered me advise or encouragement since I started my journey. Love you all fitblrs
Workout videos are wonderful. You’re telling me I can get all of the benefits of a gym in the comfort of my own home and stained yoga pants and in just 20 minutes? Sign me up! But workout videos are hard. And there are a lot of distractions. Like sitting down on the couch. And really anything.
Take for instance, one of my favorites, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. I have a love/hate relationship with this workout video…
I pop open the DVD and slide it in the player. Level one. My weights are ready and my neon pink elastic headband is ready to hold my hair back as I get into shape.
Jillian comes on the screen. Her abs are on point. That’s so unfair. Well, it is her job to be in shape. My job requires me to sit on my ass all day. OK, let’s do this. Oh, first we have to meet her friends. Do you think they ever hook up? I’m thinking yes.
Alright let’s start. Getting warmed up. Jumping jacks. Great, I feel good. “If 400 pound people can do jumping jacks so can you.” Shoot, they can? FINE.
What the hell are these knee circles? I’m glad no one can see me doing this.
Feeling good, feeling warmed up. Grab my weights wait, what push ups? I’m doing the girl version. I’ll build my way up. “This is a really hard move.” You’re so right Jillian, it is hard.
She told me I can rest for 5 seconds, it’s only been like 4.
Ok I can do it. Keep pushing. Cardio, yes. The dogs are in here. Dammit, no, the weights are not your chew toys! What did I miss? Whatever I can jump back in.
My legs are burning. I HATE YOU JILLIAN. She said a few more, I counted to 3 and we’re still doing them. Does she not know the definition of “a few”. Two more my ass.
No, I’m doing it.
I hate lunges. Who invented lunges? NATALIE IS CHEATING. Jillian are you seeing this?! YELL AT HER. She never lunged. No lunges were had.
Fine, but if they can cheat then so can I.
I’m so sweaty how much longer do I have? This is a lot longer than 20 minutes so basically she lied.
Ok abs, where are you? I’m just going to lie here for one second. I wish I didn’t eat those french fries last night. I mean, they were really good and I didn’t eat the fried chicken. I had a salad so it balances out. I’ll take a walk later too.
Oh shit, where are we? Anterior raises and a side lunge. What the hell is this? I’m tired. Yes, tush back behind you to the side. I hate this. I hate this so much.
Bikini season is coming, get over it. Last segment, thank God. I wonder how many calories I burned. I need to Google that after that. I wonder if people still use Yahoo answers. Dammit, my hair’s in my eyes. These elastic headbands never work.
This is the lowest I can go, ok? This is pretty freaking low. Yes, I am breathing. Barely. Oh man two more moves. Inhale, exhale.
I did it. I might be dying but I did it.
Do I really have to do the stretches? UGH fine. Is it bad to eat cheese immediately after your workout?
Yes, I feel the pull. I want to take a nap now.
Yes, Jillian I will see you tomorrow. Thank you, I did do a good job. No, I am not shredded.
Oh thank God, this is over.
(I copy & pasted this straight from Thought Catalog and tried to source the original article as much as I could but just for extra “I swear to the pope I am not plagiarising!” have the link again)
I do day 1 of the 30 day shred as a warmup for my runs and it makes starting my runs so much easier; I hit runners high almost immediately instead of at the fourth mile. And the accelerated calorie burn is definitely a bonus.
Everyone is on their own journey, they want to lose weight, gain weight, or get fitter. We all have our reasons and views on why we are doing this and what we want to achieve. This is the history of my weightloss journey and where I want things to go…
I started this blog around 5 years ago, at that stage I was so unhappy with my body I was around 220lbs at 18 years old and 5′1. I was so unhappy with how I looked and I really struggled with trying to lose weight. Then I started tumblr and I found that extra bit of motivation I needed. I started losing weight then when I started uni and was 19 years old I was at 160lbs. I still wasn’t happy but I had come a long way. I was more condfident and felt better. I was proud of how my body had changed and how much healthier my eating habits were.
Then in my 2nd/3rd year of uni I stopped going to the gym. I went out a lot, worked hard and did enjoy uni life but left my health in the background. I put on more weight when I left uni and got a job I went back up to 197lbs. I wasn’t happy with my life, my relationship, my job and I needed to change things. I got a new job, decided to end my relationship in order to spend some time on me. That was over 2 months ago.
Since then I have gone down to 183lbs. I haven’t started working out again yet but I’m planning to get back into the 30DS tomorrow. I don’t want to go on any dates or meet someone new because I am not happy with myself right now. I know it’s all about balancing learning to love who you are and achieving the goals you want which I am trying to do. But I know that right now I would not feel confident getting naked in-front of another person because I don’t like what I see when I look in the mirror. I know I can do better than this and have a healthy lifestyle and be the weight I want to be. Loving myself is treating my body well and being kind to it, which I haven’t done a lot of. Right now my focus is me and my fitness.I want to be the best version of myself and that can be and that can be achieved through discipline, a healthy lifestyle and having that motivation to keep going.
There are a lot of you on here who have inspired me and motivated me throughout the years. I feel genuinely lucky to have some amazing followers and people on here who support me. I will be here, always, for anyone who has any fears/questions/struggles about their weightloss journey because I have been there. Everything you are thinking I probably thought. I’m older but not much wiser, but I will be able to relate to you. I wish I had someone who could have understood why things like not being abel to swap clothes with my friends, or get into full length photos with my friends upset me. Just so you know, there will always be someone to listen and understand how you’re feeling. This is a journey many of us go through and there is a lot of support out there if you need it.