BodyShred Week 3

I’m almost done with my third week of BodyShred. I have to say switching up to the next level of BodyShred DVDs (Amplify and Escalate) has been a deflating experience. The first level (the Launch and Rise DVDs) seemed achievable, but this week I have been struggling – big time.

I want to do this program (at least this first time) as it was designed, so I am going to keep going and moving forward, but if I do this again I will extend the first level for another 2 weeks before moving onto the next level. I can barely accomplish some of the moves on the Amplify and Escalate DVDs, even if I modify them. After the first time this week attempting the workouts, I was stopping the DVD constantly to figure out what the heck they were doing, and making sure I had the correct form. Then, if I was doing it correctly, I would only be able to do a few of the moves, such as cross over push-ups, before collapsing on the floor. Either that or the moves would take me so long (rock and roll squats!) that I’d only get a few in before they moved onto the next set. If I can only get in 2-3, am I getting any benefit from it?  Jillian says things to make you feel better, such as “these moves are tough, so if you can only do 10, that’s fine, tomorrow you will be able to do 12.” I wish I could do 10! Am I suppose to be able to do 10 at this point?

The second round of doing the Amplify and Escalate DVDs this week, I sat and watched them before starting to work out. I thought if I studied the moves, I might feel better about it. They go so fast on these workouts, and you’re not suppose to stop, so I wanted to be sure I was doing everything correctly. Well, that may have helped a little with my form, but didn’t help me complete more reps. I hate feeling as if I’m not getting the most from my time investment, and I have felt that way this week. It’s only 35 minutes a day, so it needs to be intense if you’re going to see any results. I am dripping in sweat for the 30 minutes doing these levels of BodyShred, but at the end of it, I haven’t been getting that feeling of accomplishment. It’s very possible that I’m in over my head.

On the other hand, I started to run this week in addition to Bodyshred, so at least I’m getting in some extra cardio. I always forget how much I enjoy running. It’s such a simple form of exercise, but it has so many great benefits – clears my head, gives me a sense of accomplishment, and allows me the time to just zone out and listen to music. Plus, there is a defined way, through pace and time, to see how you are improving. I haven’t run in a long time, so I wasn’t going very fast, and I mixed in some walking. I need to take it slow but I will get better over the weeks. I had slight noodle legs this morning during my BodyShred workout.

Despite my current struggles with BodyShred, I will say that I think it’s having a positive effect on my body, just in the last 3 weeks. I hope it’s not all in my head, but I feel like I see a difference when I look in the mirror. I am very tempted to measure myself, but I am going to wait until the end. Measuring myself at this stage would be a lose-lose scenario. Either I would feel great about losing inches so fast, which could result in becoming complacent, or even worse, if I haven’t lost many or any inches at this point, it could really bring me down.

I’m still weighing myself weekly, and this past week I was another pound down. I’ve been on a steady 1-lb-per-week trend right now. I wish it was more, but I am happy it’s not less. I don’t really like to throw out weight loss goals for short periods of time, but in my mind I keep saying to myself that I have 6 weeks left with Jillian before I start Insanity, and I’d like to lose 8 more pounds. That would be a total of 10 pounds for the entire BodyShred program. That’s probably a pipe dream, but it’s my hope. That would mean I need to lose 2 pounds for 2 out of the next 6 weeks. I rarely lose 2 pounds a week, but hey, one can dream, right? Maybe this will be my week! I’m hoping for some March madness to happen with the scale.

The real challenge is going to be not gorging myself with Cadbury Mini Eggs on Easter! If I can accomplish that, I can do anything. I got this.

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BodyShred Week 1

I completed my first week of Jillian Michael’s Bodyshred, and I’m more than halfway through the second week. The first 2 weeks you do three different DVDs twice a week, and then move onto a more advanced level on week 3. I was really nervous about starting this program, I had been frantically searching the internet for encouraging reviews of the program by someone at my fitness level. Seems like everything I came across had been a review by a really fit person, or someone that had previously completed Jillian’s Body Revolution program. It had me really worried.  I’m much less than fit, and I have not done Body Revolution. I have completed her 30-Day Shred, but that is somewhat introductory, and some of the moves in that program are difficult for me. Then I watched the BodyShred “Learn the Moves” DVD and I got even more worried.

Well, so far, I am doing well with the DVDs at my fitness level. But, I am really thankful I prepped for this program with the 30 Day Shred. Right now, I cannot do some of the BodyShred moves without modifying them. I have to do the push-ups on my knees, which bums me out. I did a 30 Day Arm Challenge in addition to the 30 Day Shred specifically to prepare myself to do full push-ups, but Jillian’s BodyShred push-ups are not the “regular” plain old-fashioned push-ups. You’re either doing tricep push-ups, wide push-ups, or uneven push-ups in this first level, and I’m sure it gets harder from this point. I can do a few, but that’s about it, and I feel like the I get more bang for my buck just doing them on my knees than transitioning from one to the other. They are only 30 second intervals, and transitioning takes up valuable time.

One of the other moves I’m having issues with are these Twisting Camels. You are suppose to hold your weights up with your arms extended over your head, while you are on your knees, and twist backwards, bringing the weight to touch the sole of your shoe. I can’t do them with weights, when I try my arms make a very unpleasant pop. I assume that isn’t good, so I’ve been doing them without the weights. They are still challenging, don’t get me wrong. There’s a few other moves I cannot do without modifying, but I won’t get into it. I could go on and on about my feelings on Donkey Kicks.

So, if I had a complaint about the program so far, it would be that it’s probably not designed for someone at my fitness level. They say it’s fine to modify the moves if you are at a beginner level, but next week we are already moving onto a new level, so there’s really no time to improve. I suppose I could do this current level longer to work on mastering some of the moves, but I really want to do the program as it is designed, at least for the first time. I’m just going to continue to modify as needed, and keep moving forward. I realize I’m not going to be ripped when this is over after 8 weeks, but that’s OK, anything I do will be an improvement from where I started.

If I had another gripe, and I wouldn’t even count this, but when will these fitness experts cast a “normal” looking person? These trainers doing BodyShred seem really nice, but they are SUPER FIT, with bodies of Greek gods. They didn’t get those muscles doing BodyShred. Seeing just one token chubby person in the cast wouldn’t be the end of the world – give me someone I can relate to for a change of pace.

All and all, my first week of BodyShred, plus modifying my eating plan to include snacks, resulted in a 1 pound weight loss. I have high hopes for this week though, I have that feeling of “thinness” so maybe I will lose 2 pounds (crossing my fingers..). I’m told I should be happy with a 1 lb loss, so I’m trying to be positive.  If I was working this hard in my 20s, I would have lost all my weight ages ago. It’s as if someone just pressed a shut-off button on my metabolism the second I turned 40, and it gets depressing. I don’t feel any older than I did in my 20s, so why can’t my body go along with my brain.

I haven’t added in my extra cardio of running twice a week, not yet anyway. I was actually thinking of starting today, it’s a rare beautiful “winter” day in New England with record highs (70+ degrees!). Seems like a great day to try running again. I know I will need to start off with walking/running combo, but I’m still nervous. Sometimes I tend to push myself too much without realizing it until later, and I worry about injuries. I don’t want anything stopping me from completing BodyShred. I’m determined to play it safe, and not train stupid this time. I have these 2 5k’s in May and I need to start well in advance so I’m not cramming in runs at the last minute, like my typical idiot self.

I’m going to keep plugging away with my program for now, and hope for the best. Can’t wait to see where the next level brings me. Onward!