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.