This morning was my final day of my 30 Day Shred Challenge.
In review I committed to take on the challenge for 30 days starting on March 10 (I added a couple days on the end for ones I had skipped during the actual 30 days). I set out to do the 20 minute everyday during the 30 day time frame. The first 10 days I started at Level 1, the second set moved on to Level 2 and the third ended on Level 3.
I found each work out equally as challenging and preferred to have the different levels rather then sticking to the same work out for 30 days straight. I like how short the work outs were so I could easily fit them into my daily routine, I found no problem squeezing them in after work or even completing it on days I had long runs.
There were some days I did just become too busy or was too tired from other work outs that I just did not have it in me to Shred. I do not regret taking those breaks and just shows that I’m not super women by any means. I also found it a little challenging trying to complete this challenge while training for my upcoming marathon, but it did force me to get some sort of strength training into my routine instead of the usual carido bad ass I am.
I wish I had taken measurements or taken before and after shots for you, but I don’t own measuring tape and I am the worst at taking self timed photos. I always cut a body part off or make it at such a weird angle that I never like the way I look, so you will have to take my word for it, but I really do see a difference! Especially in my lower abs where I swear there is a faint V there. (The picture to the side is from the beach a couple of weeks ago, smack dab in the middle of the challenge)
I would highly suggest doing the 30 day challenge if you have a special event you want to tone up for. Its quick, easy and you really do see results. My shoulders are well defined, the back of my arms don’t wiggle as much and I wear my back is so much stronger then ever before.
I really enjoyed the 30 day shred challenge, but I get bored so easily that I think 30 days is enough for me. I really, really want to keep up with the results though so I think I will take a break from this particular video and explore other options to keep myself motivated. Jillian has a whole line of other videos I am dying to try.
I also like the idea of a challenge to keep myself motivated. Does anyone have a suggestion for another easy to follow work out challenge where all it takes is 20 minutes out of my day for 30 minutes? I am open for suggestions!!
I woke up extra early this morning so I would have time to shred, shower and finish packing for the weekend. I overestimated my time needed, so I ended up with a little extra to make a fancy schmancy Friday morning breakfast.
I made some lovely French Toast out of Publix Multigrain Whole Wheat Bread. I dipped the pieces in a mixture of Egg Whites, Lemon Curd, Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract before placing them on the griddle. I then topped them with Strawberries, Sugar Free Syrup and a spoonful of Pecan Praline Granola.
It was a very yummy treat indeed and very out of my normal routine. I have to say though, I was deeply missing the appearance of my morning yogurt. I guess I will just have to sneak some in in another part of the day. 😉