I am super happy to tell you that today I finished the 30 Day Shred!
This has been an interesting week but I ended up losing 1.4 pounds just in time for this post. I hit a plateau and stayed right around 154 for 5 straight days. It was pretty discouraging since I was busting my rear end with the shred and being pretty good with my 1,600 something daily calorie goal (which is supposed to be the number that helps me lose 1-2 pounds per week.) I am only Google-educated but this is what I’ve learned my diet should be, calorie-wise.
breakfast: 300 calories
snack: 200 calories
lunch: 400 calories
snack: 200 calories
dinner: 400 calories
snack: 100 calories
I’ve pretty much followed these guidelines and the smaller meals and snacks (keeping in mind the food pyramid for nutritional needs) have helped me stay disciplined. And a bit obsessive, if I’ll be totally honest. So when the scale wouldn’t budge it didn’t make sense.
I made it my mission to learn all about weight loss plateaus. Again, just a Google-educated gal but I learned some things I didn’t know. Apparently, when you hit a plateau, you need to up the ante with your workout and/or decrease your calories by a couple hundred to “confuse” your body for a day or two.
So I tried adding some things like running up and down the stairs for a few minutes (literally a few minutes…have you tried doing that for more than 3 minutes?) and I tried 15 minutes of Mike’s P90X – the yoga workout. Yoga, right? It can’t be that hard. Especially for moi, a serious 30 Day Shredhead.
My body, it went into some serious confusion.
But it must have worked because this morning I stepped on the scale and it was 152.4. Finally, I can say 10 pounds now. Actually, 10.6 🙂
So, here are my stats:
Starting Point (Day 1 of the 30 Day Shred) – 163
Week 1 – 160
Week 2 – 158.6
Week 3 – 156.4
Week 4 – 153.8
Week 5 (Day 30 of the Shred) – 152.4
So what’s next? Well, I’m going to continue on with Levels 2 and 3 of The Shred and give some other videos a try (Biggest Loser Cardio, Power Sculpt, and Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown) until I meet my 20 lb goal. After that I’ll just keep going with what I love.
The best thing about this is I feel like sweating is now apart of my life for good.
It makes me happy.
No, not quite there yet. But I do feel pretty good about the direction I’m going and how far I’ve come in a relatively short amount of time. Gotta love the Jillian for that.