30 Day Shred: Day 1 and why you should join me

My alarm went off at 4:59 this morning and I didn’t mess around. OUT of bed, into my sports bra and workout gear and downstairs to the TV. Jillian Michaels was ready to yell at me and get my ass into shape. 30 days from today will be August 10th. I hesitated as I wrote that (that means everyone on the interwebs can keep you accountable now), good let’s do this.

I will keep you guys updated on my progress and my thoughts on the workout program. Doing the workout this morning was a little rough for a few reasons

  • Getting used to working out right when you wake up is difficult
  • I’m a little bit out of shape at the moment
  • My upper body strength is pretty much non-existent

Other than dripping sweat by the end (flushing out all those toxins, too) and feeling sore immediately, the workout was awesome. What’s great about this DVD (and boy have I done a LOT of workout DVDs) is that it’s only 20 minutes, goes by super fast, and won’t wake up your roommates. A couple of people have asked me “isn’t is just the SAME workout over and over again for 30 days? ugh!” Actually, no. Here’s what it is:

1 DVD: 3 workouts (Level 1, 2, and 3)

Level 1 is done for 10 days and so forth.

Within each 20 minute workout there are 3 circuits that contain strength training, cardio, and abs along with a warm up and cool down at the end (don’t you dare skip the stretching part!)

Here’s how Level 1 Circuit 1 is broken down after the warm up: More details here.

2 minutes of Strength Training

30 seconds of push ups

30 seconds of lunges and bicep curls


2 minutes of Cardio

30 seconds Jumping Jacks

30 seconds jump rope (no actual jump rope)


1 minutes of abs

30 seconds of crunches

30 seconds of reverse crunches (lifting legs up at 90 degree angle)

So as you can see there are three 5 minute circuits and then the additional 5 minutes are spent warming up and cooling down. Jillian encourages you to PUSH it to the max, if you only have 20 minutes, there’s no time for a break! Love that. As far as weights go, you’ll be surprised how little you actually need. I have 3 and 5lb dumbbells and that was all I needed so far. I may pick up heavier weights as I advance. Also keep in mind that starting out without any weights will still give you results, there’s so many lunges and squats, you’ll feel it, trust me. I primarily used the 5lbs for most of the workout, except at the end where she has you do side lunges with front rows, I had to bring it down to 3lbs for that one, still feeling it. There’s also tons of other great sites with recommendations.

I highly encourage taking before pictures and measurements. I know you don’t want to now, but you’ll love knowing how awesome your results are after! Also, make a rule to only check in halfway and at the end. You’re not going to look completely different on day 3, but you will feel amazing! I’ve read lots of reviews on this workout and people have said that after 5 days they see a major difference and have tons more energy.

I plan on using Loseit the entire time I do this as well. Here’s what my meal plan for today looks like:

Breakfast – 310 calories

1/2 Cup Whole grain plain Quaker Oatmeal

1/2 Cup Almond Milk

1/2 Cup Applesauce on top after microwaved

Mid-Morning Snack – 175 calories

1oz of raw, unsalted almonds

Lunch -300 calories

Lean Cuisine of my choice

Afternoon Snack – 200 calories

Dinner – 300 calories

2 scrambled eggs with onion and lunch meat

Whole cut up hot house tomato

Sometimes I put 2tblspns or so of salsa over the eggs for an extra kick! Very delish.

The 30 Day Shred will only get easier and you will only get stronger as your progress. Take a look at these photos of people who rocked it for 30 days and have the results to show from it!

Comment below and let me know if you’re gonna do this with me!! Isn’t that last picture incredible!


8 thoughts on “30 Day Shred: Day 1 and why you should join me

  1. Great results! I can’t wait to see how it goes for you 🙂
    I have heard loads of good thing about the DVD, but right now I’ll stick to my =kettlebell and my running… I might give Gillian a try in the fall though


  2. I just finished the 6 week 6 pack also one of Jillian’s DVD. I am planning on starting the 30 day shred in a week since i am going to have some time off from work and planning to focus on myself. I have lost 55 pounds with weight watchers on the past 2 1/2 years i am almost at goal just another 5 pounds or so which i hope to achieve with the 30 days shred.


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