It is done. I completed Jillian Michael’s 8 week BodyShred DVD program. I’m an average, not-too-fit person and I can say now from my experience that it can be done at my level. I modified moves throughout the whole program, but I kept moving the entire time and here are the final results over the 8 weeks:
Pounds lost: 8 (I lost 1 lb per week)
I am not an expert at any of this kind of stuff, so honestly, I don’t know if these results are good or not. I watch these fitness infomercials in the morning on occasion (and get really sucked into them!) and I see people talking about losing “35 inches across my body” or “6 dress sizes” in 90 days or 8 weeks from doing the latest fad fitness program, and I just can’t believe it. You’ll see in tiny print on the screen that “results are not typical,” so I guess that my results fall into the “typical” category. I never skipped a workout over the 8 weeks, and one some days I also ran in addition to BodyShred. I ate very healthy, although I don’t follow a specific eating plan, but I watch my portions and calories, as well as what I eat very carefully. I rarely ever splurge on food.
I celebrate any improvement, so I am happy with my “typical” results. I am disappointed with my arms though, they are my problem area. I just don’t know how to get rid of these fat areas dangling from my arms! I have done extra arms exercises, but apparently they aren’t working. I know my upper body is stronger, but they look the same and the tape measure doesn’t lie. Maybe things will get better on this next round of exercise.
For my next phase, I have started Insanity, the original program. I am halfway through the first week, and it’s been easier than the first time I attempted to do this program, but still tough. Shaun T (trainer) goes extremely fast, and it’s hard to keep up, but it’s doable. I still have to modify some moves, such as push-ups on my knees but I’m really going to push hard throughout this program and see if I can do everything the hard way by the end. This is going to be 9 weeks of hell.
So, my total to date since I started this 40lbs-in-40 weeks blog comes to 28 pounds! I may not have made the 40 weeks by a long shot, and I still have a way to go, but this year has been a turning point. I finally believe I’ve found a sustainable way of living, which is way more important than losing weight in a specific time period.
Exercise has become a routine over the last three months. It’s still a chore, but not one I consider to be optional. I finally took a step back and looked at where I was failing each time I tried to get healthier. My new success lies in working out first thing in the morning, before anything else, and getting it out of the way and off my list. That small change in my lifestyle has made all the difference. I’ve never been able to do this in the past, but now I can’t ever imagine going back to end of day workouts. I still run 1-3 times a week after my work day, but that’s like a bonus. I run if I want to, and if I don’t then that’s just fine because I already got my morning workout completed.
I continue to lose a little each week, and I know I’m on a great track to the finish line. It just takes time for us “typical” people.