BodyShred: Final Stretch

This week I started the final level of Jillian Michael’s BodyShred (Zenith & Apex), and I can almost see the finish line. I am on the 7th week, and half way through already, so just a week and a half left until I take my measurements! I have not missed a workout throughout this whole program. I’ve lost 1 pound per week doing BodyShred so far, so I’m 6 pounds lighter than I was when I started, and my pants are getting loose.

This level is extremely challenging, and there are barely any moves I can do without modifying, and even so I still find them difficult. Some of the moves I even find comical. Jillian takes some of the exercises from the previous levels and takes them up a few notches. For example, in weeks 3-4, I was having a ridiculous time doing the rock n’ roll squats, and in this new level you are suppose to do them on one leg. Well, that isn’t even close to happening, but I do find that I have an easier time doing the standard rock n’ roll squats.  They are still quite challenging for me, but I don’t feel quite as pathetic as I did back in week 3. It’s progress and you can feel how moves are becoming more doable! That makes me happy.

I can feel my core is getting stronger and that I have lost inches. I fit into some of my older pairs of pants. I will say that I don’t see much progress in my upper body. I am curious to see what the tape measure says next weekend, but I’m not expecting  much in the arm and bust area. I can pretty much tell from the fit of my bras and shirts. It’s a big problem area for me, and very frustrating. I feel not matter how much weight I lose, as a busty person with chunky arms, I still look beefy. I’ve lost 26 pounds total and hardly anyone has made a comment. Not that I care what other people think, but hearing about how I look different is a nice treat.

Next weekend I will move onto Insanity and I am hoping that will help with my upper body. I need to lose fat, and there’s a lot more cardio in Insanity. I am very nervous about completing the program. When I attempted Insanity the first time, I quit at the 4th week. It is a big time commitment –  the daily routines are almost an hour each, and the workouts are exactly as advertised, insane. I dreaded doing them everyday, and one day I just stopped and couldn’t bring myself to do them again. Right now I am really used to the BodyShred 35 minutes a day routines, they are very doable and the short time commitment leaves me with no excuse. I’m a little tempted to just restart BodyShred from the beginning instead of Insanity, but I really want to get through Insanity at least once in my life. I bought it years ago and it wasn’t cheap. I am hoping BodyShred has prepared me to be able to complete it this time. I want to at least get through it and get my money’s worth before I put it away and never look at it again! It’s a moral imperative.

I have been running as well, but definitely not as much as I should be. I have two 5K races in May and one of them is in less than 3 weeks. I didn’t run at all last week, so I need to step it up. The weather has just been lousy, not that I should use that as an excuse, but all I want to do at the end of the day is curl up in my pjs instead of going out and getting sweaty in the cold, rainy weather. But I need to suck it up, I need all the practice I can get and the extra cardio won’t hurt either.

I don’t have much else to report. Things are going pretty well. I am happy with the results I am seeing for the most part, and I am going to keep plugging away. Stay tuned in a week and a half for my final BodyShred results!

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