Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Challenge

Today I completed 30 Day Shred for the 3rd day in a row without the intention that I would actually use this workout every day for 30 days. It just so happened that I got myself up out of bed and decided to do it 3 days in a row. After today’s workout, I thought, what the hell? I’m really good at self-discipline, if I give myself a challenge:

  • In August, I challenged myself to not eat pizza until the first of the year (check).
  • In October, I challenged myself to complete my 2nd half-marathon in February (check).
  • In January, I challenged myself to not drink an alcoholic beverage until after the half (check-for the most part; we had one caviat).
  • Once March hit, I just waited for Lent: I love Lent. It was a great answer to my friends questions-“Why do you keep setting challenges for yourself?” My usual answer is: Because it is important to practice self-sacrifice once in a while so you can appreciate things you normally take for granted. Lent afforded me the opportunity just to say: I’m Catholic; it’s Lent. I gave up the salt shaker and bad snacks and I went to church every Sunday (check).

So, now with Lent over I had nothing to do. All my challenges were up…until this morning…

Once my workout was completed, I said well, I guess it is as good excuse as any. I was challengless (can that be a word?) + I wanted to workout + it’s title says “30 Day” + I was 3 days into it = NEW CHALLENGE!

Day 3: On day two of “The Shred” I decided to change the 3 lb. weights to the 5 lb. ers and I felt fine today. My arms are a little sore, I guess, and my back feels tight, but other than that, I’m good. And I read somewhere that Jillian says you need to work through the pain, so okay pain, you can stick around. Must admit on the push up part, I do 3-5 real push ups then switch to girl ones. Can I still move on to Level 2 after 10 days if I can’t do real push ups consecutively for 2 sets of 30 seconds? Seriously, I need to know…

Until next time…



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1 Response to Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Challenge

  1. leslie says:

    yes, you can move on to level 2 if you can’t do a full series of push-ups. in level 2 there are a lot of plank poses and walk-out push-ups. you’ll see. i’m doing full push-ups, but you walk your hands out, push up, walk your hands back in, then back out to push up – so it’s not consecutive push-ups really. just at the very end, the ab part is plank twists – and by then your arms will be (should be!) very sore!!

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