Below is the annotated, honest account of my attempt to complete the 30 day shred in 40 days, which actually occurred over 42 days. Spoiler alert: I didn't work out 30 times, I worked out 19.
It's not easy being a super hero.
Level 1 - Completed 8 times
Workout 1, Day 1 - There are so many jumping jacks. Jillian Michaels makes a point of saying that there are no modified "moves" for jumping jacks and that if 400lb people on The Biggest Loser can do it, then I should really just suck it up and do it (okay she says it nicer then that).
Workout 2, Day 3 - I can feel every molecule of fat jiggling as I do seemingly endless rounds of jumping jacks. At least there aren't any burpees in level one.
Workout 3, Day 6 - Took several days off because of soreness, but now I'm back. During today's workout Molly tried to steal my purple yoga matt twice and claim it for her own. I finally convinced her to go downstairs and watch Mickey Mouse, but not before she declared, "I like your purple carpet mom".
Workout 5, Day 12 - It's the day after Halloween and I'm convinced that I'm suffering from a candy hangover. I managed to jump higher for jump rope and complete all of the moves despite being full of chocolate.
Workout 6, Day 15 - I managed my first weekday AM workout. I'd like to say that it was because I'm extra motivated, but it's likely just that the time change has served me well.
Workout 8, Day 17 - I'm no longer feeling muscle soreness, so it's time for level 2.
Level 2 - Completed 10 times
Workout 9, Day 19 - So much jumping! Also, WTF is a plank jack?
Workout 10, Day 20 - Answer, plank jack is something that hurts.
NOTE: I have skipped nearly a week of workouts because of some issues with dental surgery. Both minions have commandeered my yoga mat and are using it as a dance floor while they do "The Hotdog Dance".
Workout 11, Day 24 - I probably should have sat out from this a little longer. I can feel every impact throbbing where my dental surgery was.
Workout 12, Day 28 - Chris joined me today for the workout and had to sit down for a while after we were done because he was so out of breath. I feel very smugly satisfied.
Workout 17, Day 41 - Today after my workout I watched level 3 on fastforward to see what to expect. It looks like it's going to be tough - weights in hand for most cardio....but I'm excited (I can't believe I just said that).
Results: I'm stronger and I'm sleeping better, I've lost just over an inch and a half on my waist and have more arm muscle definition than I've had in a while. Since I've been playing these DVDs a lot, Molly keeps on telling everyone how strong she is, just like mommy which I think is the best possible result. Who knows what would happen if I actually did the 30 day shred in 30 or even 40? I would definitely recommend this DVD - they say it's 20 minutes, but it's actually closer to half an hour.
What's Next: I'm going to do level 3, hopefully, 10 times, in the next 16 days. And I also plan on getting Ripped in 30 to help combat the holiday bloat.
To read about my experience with the 30 Day Squat Challenge click here
To read some of my commentary on body positivity click here