The 30 Day Fitness Challenge. Join the Movement to Reclaim Your Body

Noob Mommy readers like Jacqueline, Kristin, Cindy, Mary, Kari, Stef, Virginia, Elena, and Angela are joining me on my 30 Day Fitness Challenge to transform our bodies and get healthy, confident and energized. Will you join us and finally ditch the excuse train?

This blog post will be our “meeting place” for the 30 Day Fitness Challenge. You might want to bookmark it now so you can easily come back here as often as you like to read my daily updates. I won’t be issuing the updates via email or RSS for the consideration of my other readers, who may not want to hear about shoulder flys, mountain climbers, and calories burned on a daily basis.

Ok, here’s how the Challenge works:

  • Day 1 of the 30 Day Fitness Challenge will begin Monday, April 4, 2011. If you join in the middle of the challenge, no big deal. Just keep track of your 30 days and jump right in with your comments.
  • Per my previous post, How To Lose Your Pregnancy Baby Weight Part 2, we will be working out at least 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week, for 30 days. One day off to relax and allow your muscles to repair, recover and get sexy. Ooh la la! Ideally, you will be completing some sort of cardio + strength each week at a level that is challenging for you. You need to be breaking a serious sweat, not having a conversation through your 30 minute workout. Hey, I love taking walks too, but for the sake of this challenge, we are really going to be pushing ourselves here. I highly recommend 30-60 minute workouts for serious results. For example, all the P90x workouts are at least 60 minutes (with the exception of Kenpo – approx 45 mins. and Yoga – 90 mins).
  • Start leaving comments, tips, motivation, and questions for each other. If I can’t help you, someone else can jump in with feedback.
  • It’s worth reminding that this is a place for support and positivity. Negative comments will be removed.
  • I know you are chomping at the bit to get started, but remember to ease into your workouts for the first week. Start at a moderate-challenging pace and always pay attention to your form and posture (depending on what type of activity you are doing). I’d hate to have you tweak something or get injured.
  • Remember to stay hydrated, but don’t go camel on me. I’ll post later with some suggestions on what to eat before and after your workout.
  • I highly recommend you take some measurements (chest, waist, hips, and weight) and a before photo in your workout gear. I also recommend that you don’t check your weight again for at least another week or so. Obsessing in the beginning will only lead to frustration. You may not be losing weight right away, but trust me… you will be building lean muscle and noticing the difference in how your clothes fit. At the end of the 30 days, take your measurements again and an after photo. Give yourself the props you deserve.
  • Continue to spread the word to your family and friends (please click one of the share buttons at the end of this post). I hope that new participants will continue to join our challenge throughout the 30 days (and beyond!).

Feel free to use these 30 Day Fitness Challenge buttons for your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, emails, etc. (copy the html code next to the button and place it in an html widget if you have one). Be proud that you are going to be making a huge lifestyle change starting today. Thank you everyone for supporting and joining me in this process!

30 Day Fitness Challenge


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Plan for Day 1

Take measurements and photo. Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 DVD.

Day 1:  04.04.11

I’m so excited to see everyone on here today checking in and sounding just as enthusiastic as I am to get started. I’d love to hear what workouts you are doing specifically … I know there are a lot of Shredders, gym junkies and some P90x folks out there. Who else am I missing?

As of this moment, I’m sitting here pouring sweat from my Ripped in 30 Week 1 workout. I had to jump right on here and see what everyone was up to before I hopped in the shower. Just so you know (since we’re going to be getting pretty cozy around here for the next 30 days), my sports bra reminds me of one of those large jungle leaves you use to gather rain water when you’re on Survivor, except in this situation… rain water = cleave sweat. Awesome.

Pros tonight: Working the arms. I have really wimpy arms and I feel pretty bad ass when I start curling stuff. I’m totally gonna start going around the house curling soup cans and sippy cups. Bad. Ass.

Cons: Measurements and the before photo. Cringe. The moment several moments where I burped up dinner. Note to self – No more pork and leek dumplings before working out.

Calories burned: 375

Average heart rate: 155

Peak heart rate: 187

Tip for tomorrow:  Power through those last 3 reps (the ones where you think you’re not going to make it) because that’s when you’ll really be building that muscle. However, when you feel your form becoming compromised, it’s time to stop. Take a break or wait for the next set. Don’t risk injury. Good luck everyone! When I’m sore tomorrow, I’ll know I’ve got some company out there :)

Day 2:  04.05.11

I was definitely feeling sore and stiff this morning, particularly in my shoulders and back. All those push-ups didn’t go unnoticed. As I’m typing this update, I can feel the jitters in my fingers from tonight’s workout. Ah well. Enjoyed the second day of Ripped in 30, but I’m thinking of throwing in one of my other Jillian DVD’s tomorrow night just to get a little muscle confusion in there.

Calories burned: 342

Here are a couple questions for you:

What is your favorite exercise move or activity ? I really love bicycle crunches and also old-school sit ups.

What move/activity do you need to work on? Planks and any variation of a plank. I’ve got small wrists and it feels like there is just way too much pressure getting placed on them.

Tip for tomorrow: Enjoy a little protein snack tomorrow. As you start working out daily, you’ll notice your metabolism kicking up and your hungry stomach much more verbal than usual. I’ve read many sources that say it’s fine to have two small snacks a day (if you’re eating three moderate meals a day). So grab a tiny handful (think 10) unsalted almonds or a couple scoops of lowfat Greek yogurt with some fresh fruit (orange are really delicious and in season right now).

Day 3: 04.06.11

Today was one of those mentally and emotionally exhausting days on the mommy frontier. I swear Noob Baby can talk the entire day without stopping more than 5 minutes to eat if you force her. It is a CIA skill I tell you. Put her in a room with Osama bin Laden and she will get him to tell you where every one of his training camps are in under 15 minutes. Anyway, by the time Noob Daddy came home I was ready to get out of the house for some fresh air. It was a perfect day to switch up my workout and go for an evening run. I ran two miles and stopped along the way to do a few sets of chair dips to work on my tri’s. That was really all I could muster today, but it was just what I needed to recenter myself. I hope you all enjoyed our workouts. I’m so relieved to hear I’m not the only one struggling with pushups and planks!

Calories burned: 330

Tip for tomorrow: Really enjoy your cooldown stretch tomorrow. Try to make it a peaceful moment where you give yourself some mad props for making this commitment, but also allow yourself to unwind for the day.

Day 4: 04.07.11

I have some good news for ya. We have just two days left of Week 1! Congratulations to all of you still sticking with me so far. I’m planning to take Sunday as my rest day, and also to have a little date night with Noob Daddy. Doesn’t sound like a bad reward does it? So, I popped in my 6 week Six-Pack DVD (also Jillian Michaels) for tonight’s workout. And it might sound premature, but I do feel a difference already in my stamina. I’m hanging in there much longer with each circuit. How about you? Sure I’m sore, stiff and tired, but it’s surprising me that my body is jumping back into things with relative ease. Well, I’m keeping this update short and sweet as I spent a long time last night writing my latest post, Preschool Is No Place for a Pissing Contest. TGIF tomorrow! Woo Hoo!

Calories burned: 320

How are you going to enjoy your rest day?

Tip for tomorrow: Try and pick up some raspberries while you’re buying groceries for the week. One cup of raspberries has more fiber than four slices of  whole-grain bread and twice as much as in one cup of blueberries. One raspberry has just one calorie … so feel free to go to town baby. (Women’s Health Magazine, Mar. 2011)

Day 5: 04.08.11

I squeezed in a late Ripped in 30 level 1 workout before bed. Feeling optimistic as week 1 of the Challenge winds down today. I’m looking forward to moving on to workout 2 of Ripped in 30. It’s always fun to see what else JM is going to throw at me. I’m not gonna lie, though. Really looking forward to my rest day tomorrow. I’m off to to enjoy a beautiful Saturday, and I hope you do too. Big sweaty hugs 😉

Calories burned: 360

Tip for today:  It’s the weekend! Go out and enjoy the day with the family. See if you can rope everyone into an outdoor activity like going for a walk at the park, a long bike ride, or race around the neighborhood and play ball. Mix up your workouts in a fun way and you’ll be burning more calories while you do it!

Day 6: 04.09.11

Week 1 of my 30 Day Fitness Challenge – COMPLETE. Holla! If you’re still hanging in there with me, and I do see some of you still updating (thank you!) … congratulations to you as well. If the saying is true, that it takes 21 days to break a habit … well then we are about 1/3 of the way to making exercise and healthy living a new habit. Was it a tough first week? Hell yes. I really wanted to skip a few minutes today and just hop in the shower so I could go watch some TV with Noob Daddy. It is a Saturday night after all. I had to remind myself that it’s just 30 minutes (not even the 60 minutes I was doing for P90x), so I couldn’t let myself slack. I did another 6 Week Six-Pack workout tonight, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what Ripped in 30 Workout 2 has to offer. As you can see, my calories burned are tapering off a little now that it’s the end of the week. If tomorrow is your rest day, enjoy it and really celebrate your commitment this week!

Calories burned: 312

Tip for tomorrow: Take a look at Eat This, Not That!’s list of 8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day. If you’re doing your grocery shopping tomorrow, try and throw some of these power foods into your shopping cart. Try to avoid the middle section of the grocery store as much as possible. That is usually where you’ll find all the processed foods.

Rest Day: 04.10.11
Day 7: 04.11.11

Welcome back to Week 2 of the Challenge! I have to admit that I was looking forward to tonight’s workout because I wanted to see what Workout 2 of Ripped in 30 was all about. While I didn’t burn a crazy amount of calories, there were definitely some tricky exercises in this workout that got me working my core. I also need to remind myself to hop over to Jillian Michael’s website to take a look at the nutrition plan that compliments this 30 day workout. I’ll update with that if there’s some useful suggestions. Thanks again to all of you still supporting me in this effort and posting your progress. You are inspiring me!

Calories burned: 306

Tip for tomorrow: Remember to drink plenty of fluids every day. 8 x 8 (or eight 8 oz glasses of liquid) is an ideal goal. Not only is it good for your body and your skin, but it helps stave off hunger! I’m really bad about drinking enough water. But when my sister suggested I drink a glass of water for my headaches, I was surprised to find that it really helped. Turns out I could just be dehydrated most of the time!

Day 8: 04.12.11

Man is it hard squeezing in a workout after finishing up all my evening chores, even if it’s only 30 minutes. By the time I finally get on here to post my update, it’s already 11:30 pm! Why am I not in bed?! Well, tonight’s workout didn’t leave me totally in pain, which has me questioning workout 2 for Ripped in 30. I’m debating if I should skip to the next level and see what it’s about or maybe mix in another DVD this week. The good news is that my hip hop class starts back up tomorrow evening. So not only do I get to leave the house and have an hour to myself, but I get to dance and use it as my workout as well! On another note, I saw that Jillian Michaels is going to be signing her new book, Unlimited,  in LA on Thursday. I am so tempted to go and give her a big fat chest bump from all of us!

Calories burned: 290

Do you feel any difference since you’ve started working out?

Tip for tomorrow: Unfortunately, doing crunches alone will not allow you to spot reduce fat. Remember to incorporate cardio as well to shed the fat and allow the abs to come through. Try alternating between short bursts of cardio intermixed with various ab exercises to help you break a serious sweat while training your abs.

Day 9: 04.13.11

I started my hip hop/cardio class today, and you know I’ve been looking forward to this for awhile now. This class always kicks my butt. There is a bit of everything – cardio, squats, lunges, abs, planks, stretching and dancing! 50 minutes of everything! Why do I love dance? You get your heart rate up, work on flexibility and coordination as well as lean muscle building. Most of all … you need to remember a routine! As I get older, I worry about remembering a series of instructions and exercising that part of my brain. All in all, I’m glad I got more than my usual 30 minute workout and I was able to workout in a classroom setting.

Calories burned: 540 – My cousin just got herself an HRM and we were comparing our calorie counts. Let’s just say there was a pretty huge discrepancy there, so I went back and recalibrated my HRM to be safe. I’m interested to see what tomorrow’s workout will register. Hopefully it doesn’t make me want to lunge myself off a cliff.

Tip for tomorrow: Plank drill! Find just 30 – 60 seconds in your day (outside of your regular workout) to get down in plank pose. If you’re at home, before work, or in the privacy of your own office, just drop and give me 60 … seconds that is. If you have access to an exercise ball, try balancing your legs on the ball while you’re in plank to really power it up. If not, grab a chair! Plank pose will work your abs, arms, shoulders, back, legs and everything in between.

Rest Day: 04.14.11
Day 10: 04.15.11

Went on a nice walk this evening and enjoyed what seemed like a cool summer night in the spring. Definitely my favorite time to get outside and soak up the sights and sounds of my neighborhood. People watching. Dog watching. Fresh air. Wish everyday was like that! When I got back, I tackled another workout 2 of Ripped in 30. If you’ve done any Jillian videos by now, you might recognize her plank jacks and mountain climbers. Well, in the level 2 workout … there is a cardio circuit of 2 back-to-back sets of plank jacks and mountain climbers. KILLS ME EVERY TIME. The only thing that gets me through that cardio circuit is knowing I’m burning maximum calories right there. Finished off the evening with a berry yogurt smoothie. Deelish!

Calories burned: 354

Tip for tomorrow:  It’s the weekend! Also a perfect opportunity to go green and ditch the car for one of your typical errands. If it’s possible, walk or bike to the drug store, supermarket, Target, bagel shop, etc. Enjoy the sights and sounds of springtime as you get from point A to point B.

Day 11: 04.16.11

Was out and about all day today with friends and family. I’m so fortunate that Noob Daddy stepped in and had a father-daughter day so that I could have a Mommy day! I squeezed in a decent run in the morning with some high intensity sprints along the way. No DVD today.

Calories burned: 234

Day 12: 04.17.11

Another hectic weekend day visiting with family. Tried to get my full workout in but had to settle with 20 minutes. Hoping to make it up tomorrow with a longer workout.

Calories burned: 191

Tip for the week:  Substitute one of your regular workouts with yoga this week. Find a class, a DVD, or something free on Netflix or TV. Yoga is not just for meditating and clearing your mind. A good yoga workout will also have you stretching, working your core, legs and arms. Try to let the day melt away and all your to-dos vanish for 30 minutes. Namaste.

Rest Day: 04.18.11
Day 13: 04.19.11

I wasn’t planning to take my rest day yesterday, but ended up feeling totally unmotivated and vegged on the couch. I watched all the crappy TV I could find … and trust me, there was A LOT. I started workout 3 of Ripped in 30 today. OMG. No wait, OMFG. What happened? I was cruisin along on workout 2 and the third one comes out of nowhere and totally blindsided me! If you’ve done P90x before, then you’ll recognize many of the moves in this 30 minute workout. There’s everything I despise and things I never knew I despised all packed in for a really killer workout. Normally, I do all the regular or advanced modifications of each exercise. With this, I couldn’t get all the way through many of the lunges and plyo movements without taking a break. I’m pretty sure my body is going to through a bitch fit when it realizes I’m about to tackle six days of this. Oh yeah, it also makes me wonder what the heck workout 4 is going to look like. I’m guessing I’ll be taking a 6 day tour of Hades.

Calories burned: 285 (probably a low number because I was standing there with my mouth agape most of the time)

Tip for tomorrow:  Stay positive and keep the course.

Day 14: 04.20.11

Had my hip hop class today, and I’m a little a lot bummed because the city pulled a bait-and-switch on me. They changed the instructor that I love. The class is more hip hop now and less conditioning and strength training, which I really loved as an added bonus to the dancing. However, I still did get a good calorie burn in there. Anyway, I love that I’m able to get out of the house for an hour in the evening and have some me time.

How are you feeling now that we’re about half way into the Challenge?

Do you feel stronger and more energized? Or even more stressed and tired?

What have you improved on since Day 1? What are you still struggling with?

Calories burned: 454

Fitness Tip:  Try high intensity running. After a brief warm up, throw in a good 30 second all-out sprint and then 60 seconds of walking or slow jog. Repeat these high to low intensity intervals for as long as you can (ideally between 5-8 cycles). HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a highly effective way to boost your metabolism and burn more calories over a 24 hour period.

Day 15: 04.21.11

I got in some push ups and abs today, but not enough to call it a full workout. I have to admit that I was just not mentally there to get a real workout in. I’ll call today a wash … but I’m pulling double duty tomorrow for slacking off.

Day 16: 04.22.11

Since last night was a wash, I did a 1 hour workout today using Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones DVD. The workout is around 45-50 minutes, but I added in an extra 10 minutes of cardio and stretching at the end. I’m hoping that’ll make up for me checking out last night. Well, if the calories don’t get made up, at least my conscience feels better. I love that DVD by the way. It’s one of her longer workouts, but it’s really well-rounded as far as strength and toning. We’re halfway through the Challenge! Hurray! Now I don’t want to get Negative Nancy on you guys, but it has been hard to keep up the stamina of working out, blogging about it, and writing my little fitness tip each night (by the way, did you notice that I put these tips on the front page of my blog)! I love it all, but I didn’t really expect that it would keep me up much later than I planned. As a result, I’ve been getting much less sleep and it’s taking a toll on my energy level in the morning and late afternoon. Must try to get to bed early! I know something’s going to suffer though … most likely my non-fitness related blog updates. It’s so hard to balance everything. I’m sure you working moms and moms with more than one noob really have a tough time! Props to all of you powerful ladies :)

Calories burned:  530

Health Tip:  Celebrate the Easter holiday by making some yummy, healthy smoothies for brunch or just a nice snack. It’s also a nice post workout drink to replenish the protein and carbs your body needs to repair/build muscle after a workout. Throw some fresh or frozen fruit into a blender with some ice, whey protein, nonfat yogurt, soy milk or lowfat milk, flaxseed and veggies (if you’re adventurous). The combinations are endless (just try to avoid too much sugar) Enjoy!

Day 17: 04.23.11

Ripped in 30 Workout 3 again today. This one is going to continue to kill me with all the leg and plyometrics involved. If you’re looking for a serious leg workout to build those quads … look no further. It’s Easter weekend, so I’m keeping this short. Hope you all enjoyed some downtime with the family.

Calories burned: 288

Day 18: 04.24.11

Happy Easter everyone! I knew today was going to be back-to-back activities and family time, so I was lucky enough to get a daytime workout in while Noob Daddy hung out with NB. I was really sore from my leg workout the night before, so I decided to focus on abs today with my Six Week 6-Pack workout instead. By the way, Noob Baby watched a Jillian workout today and she is already training to be a personal fitness coach. She said, “Crank it!” and “Moguls!” and offered to push down on my back while I was in plank. Yikes! I don’t think I need that kind of pressure. Workout 2 for Six Week 6-Pack is a really tough all out cardio and abs session. It is seriously nonstop for 30 minutes, and what amazes me is how Jillian is able to get you heart rate up while working abs. She really knows how to stack her muscle groups! I think this particular video is going to be one of my fall back workouts in the future.

Calories burned: 379

Fitness Tip: If you need to treat a sprain related injury, remember to RICE – Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. Rest your injury for the first 24-48 hours if possible. Apply ice for 20 minutes (then ice every 3-4 hours). Apply compression with an ACE bandage so it’s snug but not tingly. Elevate your injury above your heart (at night if need be). See a physician if you suspect your injury isn’t getting better.

Rest Day: 04.25.11I
Day 19: 04.26.11

Noob Baby and I worked out together tonight. Usually I find it pretty distracting trying not to whack the noob in the face with my weights or kick her in the chest, so I decided to mix in a dance workout from my cable provider with a bit of my own strength and conditioning. Overall, nice to get the workout of the way before 10 pm, but mentally I was in mommy mode.

Forgot to put on my HRM today. Oops!

Fitness Tip: Tired of using your old hand weights? Mix it up by incorporating resistance bands into your workout. Resistance bands are great for travel since they pack up lightly and nicely.

Day 20: 04.27.11

Hip hop class tonight. I was feeling pretty off today, but the workout helped me get refocused. I love when that happens! I’m heading into a busy weekend. Going out of town and wondering how I’m going to get my workouts in with the three of us crammed into a hotel room (I may have to push my 30 days back a couple days if it doesn’t happen. But please do proceed without me since you are all doing so well!) The idea of doing push ups, crunches or supermans on a grimy hotel room floor really gives me the heebes.

Calories burned: 430

Day 21: 04.28.11

I hate having to do this, but I had to skip my workout today. Had back-to-back activities, birthday celebrations, anniversary celebrations, and packing for our trip this weekend. Crossing my fingers that I’ll have a chance to play catch up this weekend, but it’s not looking too hopeful since we’ll be in a hotel. However, if the hotel has a gym?? I’m not ruling it out :)

Day 22: 04.30.11

Our family vacation was cut short because Noob Baby got incredibly sick. So we came home early and I squeezed in a Ripped in 30 workout tonight before getting to bed. Little did I know that the worst case of Noob family stomach flu was about to hit all three of us the next day.

Calories burned: 338


Sorry for being MIA folks! Like I mentioned in the previous update, our family vacation turned into a stomach flu nightmare. I’m lying in bed as I type fighting the waves of nausea. Let me just say that I’ve never been more grateful for having 3 bathrooms in our house … because we needed every single one of them. At the same time. I don’t know when I’ll be feeling up for working out again. Maybe in the next day or two, but I had to check in and let you all know that I haven’t ditched you. Keep working out because Day 30 is just on the horizon! Be back soon (crossing fingers)

Update: 05.07.11

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all your good thoughts and not ditching out on me as I hit this big snag on my 30 Day Challenge. I’m finally feeling better after the most epic-est stomach virus that swept our household. Did I also mention that NB also got the Chicken Pox at the same time?! And she’s been vaccinated!! So, it’s been a bit of a mommy nightmare around here. I haven’t given up on my challenge, and I will be back on Monday ready to get back into the last 8 days of my Challenge! Thanks for hanging in with me. No excuses, but definitely some health exceptions, huh? I can’t wait to hear your results and reflections as you finish up the Challenge. Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely ladies and healthy mommas!

Day 23: 05.09.11

I’m back!!! It feels great-slash-really-painful to be back here getting into the Challenge. There’s only 7 days left for me, and you’d better believe I’m looking forward to the end of the 30 days. It’s not that I’m going to quit working out, but I am ready to find some more evening time for myself (figuring I won’t be writing little updates each night on top of everything else). Anyway, how was my first day back after the craziest stomach flu ever? Difficult, but not impossible. Good news, right?! And it sounds like I’m hearing the same kind of results from you girls as well … that your muscle memory is allowing you to jump back in after a little break without too much embarrassment :) I’m continuing on with my Ripped in 30 Level 3 workout for a few more days, and then I’m going to try Level 4 before the Challenge comes to an end. I’ve heard it’s truly an insane workout from many blogs and tweets, so I’m expecting to be shocked. It’s so great to hear everyone is still keeping up with personal goals and pushing play. See you tomorrow fit mamas!

Fitness Tip: If you’re not using a Jillian type circuit workout which includes ab training, then you might consider moving your ab workout first. It may help to do the difficult ab exercises before you are fatigued from your regular workout. It also prevents you from slacking towards the end.

*Note: I don’t know if I’ll be able to post my Fitness Tips on my main blog page for the rest of the Challenge because I’m on a different computer now without my Photoshop program that I use to make the little tips. So I’ll just continue to leave the tips here. By the way, do you find these tips helpful or interesting?*

Day 24: 05.11.11

Didn’t get a chance to workout last night. NB was having a real hard time getting to sleep and finally fell asleep close to 9:30. By the time I had a chance to decompress for the evening, I was too tired to get my workout on. So, I’m sorta going to count my hip hop class tonight (since it’s an hour long) as last night and today’s workout. This is definitely a crazy month with a ton of things packed in each day and especially each weekend, so I’m really trying my best to stay the course. No excuses!

Day 25: 05.12.11

Decided to mix it up tonight and did Level 2 of 6-Week Six Pack. Man that is one killer workout. Nonstop cardio. Just a few more days left of the Challenge, so I better bring it up a notch and go out strong. I’m visiting one of my best friends this weekend so I’ll be out of town. But, we’re going to be run/walking a 10K. If you’ve ever heard of Bay to Breakers then you’ll know it’s more of a big excuse to get in a costume and go crazy in the street. However, we’re going to try to walk as much as we can since running will be difficult if we’re not “officially” signed up for the race.

Day 26: 05.13.11

Ripped in 30 Level 3 still kicking my butt. However, I am getting better at the bear crawls with back-to-back duck walks. Man Jillian really isn’t messing around. I highly recommend the Ripped in 30 DVD, by the way, once you master the 30 Day Shred. It’s a really worthwhile workout DVD that builds up on the Shred momentum.

Day 27: 05.15.11

I was visiting one of my best friends in San Francisco this weekend for some much needed girl time. Food for the soul :) We also walked about half of the 10K since we joined up midway and weren’t officially registered. Bay to Breakers is really a phenomenal way to experience SF and have a crazy time. Naked naked and more naked. My legs are really sore from walking around the city this weekend. It definitely felt good to stretch those walking muscles and enjoy the bay. Is it really true? 3 more days of the Challenge?! How is everyone else holding up? Are you finished yet? How do you feel? Have you weighed or measured yourself? I’m hoping that everyone is feeling stronger and healthier overall. I know I sure am, and it came with a lot of hard work and motivation.

Day 28: 05.16.11

I busted out Level 4 of Ripped in 30 today. It was difficult but not impossible (granted I had to modify, modify, modify!). Can’t say I’m a fan of Supermans with weights. Ouch! I’m really happy to hear everyone is still hanging in there and being healthy and positive. Just two more days to go!

Day 29: 05.18.11

Still keeping with Level 4 of Ripped in 30. Not much to say except that I am eagerly looking forward to the end of this challenge. I do plan on keeping up with the workouts, but it would be nice to have a couple days off here and there without the guilt, right? I’m waiting for the weather to clear up around here so I can get out and do some more running. Anyone still taking some fun classes??

Day 30: 05.19.11

I’m finished! After another Level 4 Ripped in 30 Jillian Michaels workout, I have completed my 30 Day Fitness Challenge. Whoa… it was a challenge that’s for sure. It feels great though. It feels wonderful to have accomplished what I set out to do and to have connected with some amazing women along the way. Thank you to all of you who have been supporting me and commenting here throughout these past 30 days! I’m going to write a final 30 Day Challenge post with more of my thoughts, but I had to wrap it up here one last time. If you want to keep posting your workout results, thoughts, success, etc… feel free. I would love to keep in touch with all the Challenge mommas! Over and out.


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    My workout yesterday and today, playing airplane with my son (put my feet on his chest and lift him up in the air and then drop and catch him). Baby girl learned how to pull herself up to stand yesterday and has been doing that non-stop along with wanting to hold my hands and try to walk so I did some squat and hold. Ah! Its going too fast with her! I think it was at least a month between my son learning to crawl and learning to pull himself up to stand.

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    Today I was pretty tired, baby boy was really restless last night, but still managed to get a workout in. Level 3 is pretty hard for me with all the jumping, some of it my joints just can’t handle and I have to modify them down. It feels good to be getting stronger though, and feel muscles in me core that I haven’t felt in years.

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    Today I had a little extra time so I did Level 1 of Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown back to back with level 3 of the Shred, it was hard but felt really good to get a little more core work in there and burn more calories.

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      Ooh, I haven’t tried that workout yet. Sounds like fun. Maybe I’ll try and netflix that one if you recommend it! Props to you for doing a head-to-head or back-to-back workout. Go girl!

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        Thanks. I do like the yoga workout, something about the moves and stretches made me feel more feminine and pretty for some reason.

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    Began level 3 yesterday, and though it was in some ways harder than 2, in some ways not nearly as scary as I had made it out to be. There are some of the jumps ,though, that I just can’t do, at least not yet. Definitly feeling the different muscles that are targeted though. I had a friend here today who did it with me and I was surprised how fast the 20 min went by, I felt way more motivated to keep pushing through the pain with her watching. LOL Anyway, she is not a mom, but wanting to get in shape has lit her fire to workout as well.

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      Sarah – I agree about having a workout buddy. It definitely pushes you a little harder and makes time fly! I also second what you were saying about the jumps in level 3. Ouch! My knees are not a fan, but I know that plyo really burns a ton of calories!

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    Started level 3 of the 30 Day Shred today. Man, my arms feel like jello! It wasn’t as bad as I expected and I was able to keep up for the most part doing the modified versions, but I know I’m going to be feeling it later.

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    Was a busy weekend for us. My parents were visiting. Friday my workout was cleaning the house and getting things moved around to set up a sleeping space for them. Saturday we went to a museum and that night I got about 15min of working out (tossing my son up in the air – 26 lbs of wiggles and giggles!). After working out today I’m going to measure myself again. Going to get back to doing the 30 Day Shred and I bet its going to kick my butt big time since it’s been a week since doing it!

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      Almost made it thru level 2 w/o stopping except a couple of seconds here and there since baby girl is now crawling and followed me all over the living room. I got to the last cardio section and had to stop b/c I was starting to feel sick and then picked it up for the last ab section. Measured myself. I’ve lost just about 2″ since starting.

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        Congrats AJ on the 2″!!!!! I have lost about 11/2″ off the belly at least, which is where I needed it the most. I was feeling pretty low and like I wasn’t getting anywhere so I measured yesterday and was so excited!! As far as weight though, I really have only lost like 3 lbs.:(, but hubby keeps telling me not to worry about that part, and that he can tell that I’m getting tighter and more fit. It seems like I have to eat ALOT to keep baby boy happy (still breastfeeding only) and that may have something to do with it. I’m still working out on level 2 of the shred and ready to start level 3 probably tomorrow. Today I only got about 15 min. in when 2 of the kids really needed me……. but I went out and did some step ups and some other things to make myself feel like I got all the way through. I definetly want to keep going even after the video is done.

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          Thanks and congrats to you on losing 1 1/2″. I know what ya mean with breastfeeding. My baby girl just turned 8 months and I’m still breastfeeding her but she’s also eating baby food, so I’ve only lost a few pounds. I think I’ll try level 3 this week.

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    Kristin says:

    So I’ve been working out using the 30-day Shred in between my gym days. The first time I did level 2, it kicked my butt and handed it to me on a platter. After a week or so, it’s still tough but that’s good. Tomorrow I think I’m going to try …. LEVEL THREE!!! Eeek! Wish me luck!

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      Good luck on Level 3! They are all a bit different and I remember Level 3 having more plyometrics (jump training). Tiring!!

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        Kristin says:

        I’ve done level 3 a couple of times and was surprised that it wasn’t impossible. I had a harder time adjusting from level 1 to 2 than from 2 to 3. The jumping wasn’t so bad, but the plank stuff is what I need to work on. I’m not that strong at it so my form suffers, so I end up modifying down to my knees. I’m an overachiever so this bothers me! Ah well, I’m sure with time I’ll improve. Since my house is so small and our old wood floors squeak like crazy, I’ve moved these workouts out to the garage. I just play the DVD on my laptop and workout right by the washing machine with my weights and yoga mat. It’s worked out great and I don’t feel like I’m shaking the house down and waking up my girl, especially with those jumps! I may have to move outside this summer when the garage gets sweltering…

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    Last week was horrible for me. I was so exhausted! Baby girl and munchkin man are both needing lots of cuddle time with those teeth coming in, which has been waking both of them up at night sometimes. It raining every day last week didn’t help. On days that I went to exercise, I’d barely get past the warm up before 1 or both needed me. Today is a nice day so after nap time we’ll be walking down to the park. Hopefully baby girl will go down for her nap too so I can get back to doing 30 day shred.

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      AJ – Hope your family is feeling better too! Teething + rain = no fun for sure. If you’re not shredding, then see if you can chase the kiddos around at the park and get your heart rate up a little :) Hehe. Everything counts!

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        Thanks. Its getting better. The nice weather is helping. Been getting a good speed walk down to the park and part of the way back (my son usually wants to walk too so if we aren’t pressed for time I let him so he gets worn out for nap or bedtime). Went to the park Monday, Wednesday, and today. Today I decided to step it up and do a couple of sprints (which is hard when you have an almost 20 lb lil girl strapped to your chest…hopefully I can find a double stroller this summer at a yard sale).

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    Glad to hear that your family is doing better!!
    I’ve been able to get a workout in every day in the middle of being mommy and everything that goes along with it:). I usually put the baby down for a nap and a movie on for the other 2 and can get a good 20-30 min before someone needs attention. It is great to have so much more energy during the day, and my outlook on life is better and more clear too. I was a bit discouraged the other day when I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere, but I am not going to give up. Enjoy!!

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    Kristin says:

    Oh, yuck- that sounds terrible! I’ve heard of this puke-fest going around and I want NO part of it!! Get better soon, Noob Family…

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    Oh no fun! Hope you guys getting feeling better soon!

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    Yesterday I did the shred. I’m going to have to take it easy for a couple of days. Sometime after working out I strained my back. That with dealing with 2 teething kids (my son is getting 2 of his 2yr molars and baby girl is working on her 2 front teeth) .

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    Noob Mommy – I can really relate to what you said in your blog post yesterday – I’m with ya! Trying to fit everything in you want to in a day is actually impossible. I’m trying to accept that and feel good about what I actually do get accomplished rather than look at the negative. Not easy. What I’ve learned from this challenge so far is that I CAN workout productively almost everyday, and 20 minutes is enough (especially a Jillian 20!). And WAY better than nothing! I tend to be an all or nothing gal, it seems. I can see why it takes 28 days (or is it 21? doesn’t matter) to create a habit. Usually I’m all gung-ho at first and think I can work out like a crazy person, start a new diet, check out 3 books from the library, AND finish that baby (who’s TWO) book, amid other daily tasks like going to WORK! … only to plummet to reality within a few days. This time, I’ve stuck to a more reasonable approach and just focusing on doing SOMETHING for 6 days and have exceeded my expectations by doing really cool new things like yoga and the level 2 of 30 day Shred (yeah! I’m actually looking forward to seeing what’s in store for level 3!). I haven’t focussed on diet very much, which just stresses me out. Anyway, I’m loving this challenge…

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    Hello again!! Well I am back in it full force today!!! It felt good to get back to work. I had to take the whole week to let those ankle heal and am happy to report that they are as good as new, also me and all the kiddos were sick last week so that really put a damper on doing even the lightest workout. All is well though and I am happy to report that I did not fall as far behind as I thought I would, was able to keep up just fine.
    Now to go enjoy the beautiful spring day!!!:)

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    Thursday I didn’t get around to working out. Baby girl has been needing lots of cuddle time since she’s cutting teeth. Friday did the shred. I was ready to be done during the warm up I was so tired, but I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. It helped wake me up. Yesterday, we all walked to the park.

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    Yesterday my workout was “dancing” with my son during the 1st half hour of The Voice (his style of dancing is spinning in circles) and in between songs and during commercials, I tossed him up in the air .

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    Noob Mommy – I can really relate to what you said in your blog post yesterday – I’m with ya! Trying to fit everything in you want to in a day is actually impossible. I’m trying to accept that and feel good about what I actually do get accomplished rather than look at the negative. Not easy. What I’ve learned from this challenge so far is that I CAN workout productively almost everyday, and 20 minutes is enough (especially a Jillian 20!). And WAY better than nothing! I tend to be an all or nothing gal, it seems. I can see why it takes 28 days (or is it 21? doesn’t matter) to create a habit. Usually I’m all gung-ho at first and think I can work out like a crazy person, start a new diet, check out 3 books from the library, AND finish that baby (who’s TWO) book, amid other daily tasks like going to WORK! … only to plummet to reality within a few days. This time, I’ve stuck to a more reasonable approach and just focusing on doing SOMETHING for 6 days and have exceeded my expectations by doing really cool new things like yoga and the level 2 of 30 day Shred (yeah! I’m actually looking forward to seeing what’s in store for level 3!). I haven’t focussed on diet very much, which just stresses me out. Anyway, I’m loving this challenge…

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    You have a personal trainer too?! He doesn’t do it much anymore, but my son would motion for me to get back on the floor to do more. Now he loves doing jumping jacks with me. He’ll say, “More jump! More jump!” Some times he’ll still tell me to do more.

    Saturday and Sunday I did some crunches and squats here and there (better than nothing). Today did level 2 of 30 Day Shred. It really quick my butt today since I took a 3 day break from it.

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    Wasn’t planning on yesterday being my day of rest. Baby girl is starting to cut her first teeth and was needing to cuddle all day. I love cuddle time, but I was really looking forward to exercising since I was still feeling the burn from the day before. I’m starting to be able to push the harder stuff. I’m going to have a hard time fitting time in today since we’ve been out and about and in-laws are coming over tonight with something for the kids (probably Easter presents). Got to go get dinner going so we can eat before they get here.

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    So here is my update, ladies. I’ve been working out on level 2 of the shred and feeling great except for my ankles, so I’ve decided that I’ve got to scale back to only working abs and things that will have no impact on the lower body for a week or so and give those tendons, or whatever, they are a chance to heal once and for all, rather than limping through, the whole summer or whatever. I can still do planks and pushups and ab stuff and maybe look into yoga too. I’ll definitly stay tuned in here too as I really don’t want to lose my stride of working out each day, and enjoy the motivating comments of other moms finding the time to be active with and around all the little ones.
    Gotta go get everyone down for naps……………

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    Did level 2 of 30 day shred and walked to the park. Until I workout for the day, I’m tired and stressed (my son is in his terrible 2s), but after I workout I feel so much better and have energy. I’m getting stronger and have more endurance. How have I improved? I’m able to do some of the harder stuff (I go back and forth on the modified depending on the exercise). I still need to work on pushups and planks.

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    Well I was doing pretty good the first week or so of this but then I got some sort of cold/allergy thing that hit me hard on Monday after my Sunday day off and I haven’t been able to do anything for FOUR whole days! Feeling like I’ve lost momentum and took 3 steps backwards, but … today is another day. 30 Day Shred part Deux is in my future… wish me luck!

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      OMG. I did level 2 last night and was huffing and heaving and puffing. What a great workout. Insanely, I woke up early this morning and did it again and I am NOT a morning person. I just knew it was the only time today and if other moms can get their workouts in before their little ones get up, so can I. At least this once anyway :). Tomorrow, yoga. If I’m not crying in pain from my Shred level 2 x2 in 12 hours shenanigans. Not smart, I’m sure but I feel empowered that I could do it!

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        Kristin – I know what you mean about the empowered feeling! A lot of the times it’s that feeling that I have to conquer something that gets me over that last miserable hump. I’m so happy that you got in your workout twice in 12 hours! Now if only I can get motivated to wake up early as well.

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    On Monday I did 45 min of pilates/yoga. Tuesday and today I did lev 2 of 30 day shred. Weighed and measured myself today…lost 3 lb and 1/2″…WooHoo!!!! I really wanted to skip out on exercising today and take a nap because I was up 1/2 the night going back and forth between kids (baby girl needing to eat and my lil monster man not being able to sleep – could’ve been the t-storm that kept him up), but baby girl only had a short nap this afternoon and then was ready to play and work on trying to crawl.

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      Congrats AJ! I hope you feel proud of the positive changes you’ve made to your body and health. I’m so glad I have you gals doing this with me, because I’ve definitely wanted to play hooky a lot these last few days. Hearing everyone’s good news is making me smile!!

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        Thanks! I am proud of myself. Usually I would go 2 weeks exercising good and then 1-2 weeks or sometimes longer of hit n miss or none at all. So to be into the 3rd week and still going is awesome! I’ve wanted to play hooky too. Esp on days when the kids really wear me out. I have to remind myself that I feel better after exercising and usually gives me the energy boost I need to make it through the rest of the day.

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    Hello, again! We were on a trip for several days this last week, but I was still able to get a workout in each day. Yay!! Did a quick measurment this morning and have already lost 1/2″ !!! Very thrilled. So today I began level 2 of 30 day shred……….OMG!!! I couldn’t keep up with everything. This is definitly the next level… bring it on!!:)

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      That’s awesome! Way to go!
      I know what ya mean about level 2 of 30 day shred. Totally kicks butt!

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      Congratulations on losing 1/2″! I have to admit, I took a measurement and have also lost about 1/2″! I didn’t want to get myself too excited yet, but I think we all deserve a little celebration after all :) Keep it up. Thanks so much for checking back in here. You’ll see from my post update that I started workout 3 of Ripped in 30. I’ll be paying for that one tomorrow.

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        Yeah, it totally keeps you motivated when you see even the smallest result so quickly!!
        I do have a question for anyone who may have an answer, though…… After a work out a couple of days ago I notice that my ankles were sore, I’ve been working through it, but need to slow down just a bit as they were really sore after yesterday. Does anyone know the best way to treat a strain like this? I iced them for a long time last night and have them wrapped today and that seemed to help some. I thought I’d take today as my rest day too. I’m one who has a tendency to over do things, and it kills me that I might lose some ground here, however hubby is saying that it would be better to take a few days off rather than have it get worse and worse. Also what kind of footwear is ideal for working out? I usually do everything in life barefoot so that may be why they got sore. Any suggestions?

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          Sarah – I would definitely take it easy on your ankle for awhile. Keep treating it (I forget if it’s ice or heat… you may want to Google that) and maybe some Ben Gay. I definitely use Ben Gay when I get all achy. I’ve been primarily working out barefoot at home also, but depending on the type of arches you have … you may need some supports if you’re out and about. I actually wear Vibram Five Finger shoes when I go running (it’s a barefoot running shoe – look it up if you haven’t heard of them. They are crazy looking :) However, I’ve debated about getting a more supportive running shoe for jogging in. I think I underpronate when I run (my feet roll inwards). Anyway, hope your ankles feel better soon! You can always do some more upper body/ab stuff while you let your legs heal up if you’re worried about losing ground for the next few days.

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    Amanda Bump says:

    Oh boy, it’s been a heck of a week and it’s only Monday! Last week my little guy was running fevers so I couldn’t take him to the gym daycare and then today he was up at 5am vomiting :-( No fun but he’s fine now (hopefully I didn’t totally jinx myself) so hopefully I can get back on track. Only made it to the gym twice last week but I guess it’s better than nothing. I’m at least in the mindframe of making working out a part of my daily routine which is major progress for me. Hoping the rest of the week goes better than today.

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      Hope your noob is feeling better! I know that when the little one is sick, all predictability and routines are shot. Just make sure you stay healthy, take your Vitamin C, and just try your best :) You can always make it up later when everything is back on track.

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    Those plank jacks are killers! Did level 2 of 30 Day Shred and baby girl smiled and laughed at me. That berry yogurt smoothie sounds good. Might make myself one tonight after dinner!

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    Did a 50-min. kick-boxing DVD today. Man my legs are killing me from all the squats. Surprised I made it all the way through since both kiddos were up from their nap. Usually about the time I finish the 30 Day Shred one or both need something.

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    Hey everyone – I’m going to take tonight as my rest day for this week. I wasn’t planning to but I’m feeling tired and needing a breather. Be back tomorrow with my workout update!

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    I attempted to do one of my other workout DVDs, but had to stop because my son needed some cuddle time. Ended up speed walking to the park with the kids. Man, my legs and back are killing me. I’m going to need a double stroller soon because baby girl is getting heavy!

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    ooh, I love hip hop, Noob Mommy! My class is tomorrow night – I look forward to it all week. It’s my Friday night dance party – except I’m in bed at a reasonable hour :) I’m still alternating days at the gym and 30 day shred at home. At my step class last night, I noticed how full of energy I was. I really think that 30 little minutes with JM has really changed things up for me! Also, stepped on the scale: 3 pounds down! Could be water weight (I fluctuate daily it seems) but I’ll take it!

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      Kristin – Congrats! 3 pounds sounds wonderful. I haven’t jumped on the scale yet, but I’m feeling good. I was especially proud when I was able to do full push ups in my hip hop class when everyone else was doing the modified push ups on your knees. I know I couldn’t have pulled that off if I hadn’t been training with Jillian all week!

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    Ami Parikh says:

    I did get my two short workouts yesterday and I am very sore (but in a nice way, you know what i mean, it feels good to know that there are muscles underneath all that fat). I was all excited for the workout today when i got the news that my friend’s house was robbed, while she was sleeping!!! Such a downer and so scary.

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    jacqueline barboza says:

    Okay last night I did about 20 minutes of cardio with weights and then did 30 minutes of brisk walking! Feeling good and sore! YAY!!!! Tonight I will be doing my 50 minute workout! Oh along with laundry! lol

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    Yesterday I couldn’t get myself motivated to workout, even with my jeans starting to feel loose! I was so tired. This morning I did level 2 30 Day Shred. My son was trying to do some of the plank exercises with me. Going to take the kids to the park this afternoon. Its a nice 15-20 min walk at a fast pace.

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    Jacqueline Barboza says:

    Yay! Last night i was able to do a full workout for 50 minutes! It was tough but I did it! I did the Bar Method that had cardio, weights, and a little sculpting! I can’t wait for the soreness to come! I know I am weird for some odd reason I really like to squeeze the muscles that are sore! Oh and Hubby was laughing at me since I was talking back to the TV when she said just one more.I was like NO! you said that last time! Lol but I did it anyway! Anyway, today after work I will be doing cardio with arm and ab work 😉 will report later.

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    Ami Parikh says:

    Well.. So i got my work out yesterday after work and today before work. I am so happy. I know I am going to pay for this with some sore muscles, but i think it will be worth it. After work today, I am plannning a short treadmill session wiht hubby. Its not possible for me to put in one whole hour in one go, so plan to break up the work out sessions. Morning, i will wrk out at home, and do my squats, curls, crunches, etc, for 20-30 minutes and evening, I will try and pack in a cardio session. Its easier for me to make time for a short work out twice a day rather than a big long one. That should work right?

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      Ami – Sounds like a good plan! Twice a day should be just as good if you’re working hard for each workout and getting your heart rate up. I’m proud of you! Twice a day takes dedication and commitment.

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    I’m on day 2, i got my dvd later than when started. And man It’s so tough but i’m pulling through. I’m not trying to lose weight per say except for my gut, just trying to regain lost muscle. I hope I can make it through the entire 30 days lol I constantly take breaks, am I the only one?

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      Minn – You are not the only one taking breaks. I do as well, but I have noticed that the breaks are less frequent as the week progresses. I bet you’ll see a gradual improvement as well. Keep it up!

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    Glad I found your website on! I just finished my first level one workout of the 30 day shed. Our baby was born in March and I’m ready to have my body back! Thanks for your motivation! I’m thinking about signing up for Jillian Michaels’ online program to help me with my diet choices. Have you done the online program?

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      Hi Kim – Thanks for joining our Challenge! Please subscribe if you haven’t already :) I have not used her online program before. I know there’s a Ripped in 30 diet plan that I can access online, but I haven’t had a chance to do so already. Let me know if you do sign up for her program. If you find that you have a hard time throwing together healthy meal choices, then it may be well worth it!

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    Has anyone gotten on the scale since starting? I considered it but am scared since I’ve heard that the results won’t show there as quickly as they will in the measurements…..

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      Pam – I haven’t gotten on the scale since we started, but I do feel more confident in some of the clothes I’ve been wearing. I’m hoping that when I do weigh myself there’ll be some change. If not, I’m really really hoping that the trusty old tape measure will be more forgiving :) Either way, I do feel more energy and overall happiness with my commitment. I certainly notice that I’m making healthier eating choices because I know just how hard I have to work to burn those 300 calories each night.

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    Ami Parikh says:

    Well, hello, havent checked in for some time so thought i’d do a quick update.

    My week started on Wednesday. Had inadvertent rest days on Thursday and Friday, due to excessive work load at office.. I did my work out on saturday and sunday. A bit of cardio, weights, squats and core muscles. Today was a bad day at work so no workout. But am still feeling sore from the workouts over the weekend and have been walking like a penguin. But I am going to go for it tomm for sure.

    I know I am missing more days than i should. But since I have started working out after 18 months, i think the fact that I started out is also good, no?? I will try and do better.

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      jacqueline barboza says:

      That is awesome! I know what you mean =) It is hard for me to get a workout in there from working outside home and then in the home. I am going to try to do what Noob Mommy does, workout when the little one is asleep!

      But good job for Saturday and Sunday!

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      Keep it up Ami! It’s hard to fit in the time I know, but 6 days a week and you’ll see the payoff sooner than you think. It’s week 2 so we all get a fresh start!

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    Just finished day 6 of 30 day shred. I’m feeling good and noticing a difference already, looking forward to my “rest” day tomorrow. Yesterday I got a lot of squats in as I was working in the yard picking things up for a couple hours with the baby on my back. Whewee!! Feeling it today!:)

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      Sarah – Squats with baby on your back! Now that is a workout any mom can appreciate. Enjoy your rest day! I certainly did but am ready to get back to the grind tonight.

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    Missed a few days of checking in. Friday I did level 2 of 30 Day Shred. Saturday, went bowling with the family and the in-laws. I think we all got a work out passing baby girl around and after the 1st game our son was ready to go (and we still had a couple of games to go) so hubby, Father-in-law, and I took turns chasing him down. The weekends are always the hardest for me. After I get the kids down for their nap today, I’m doing a workout DVD. Haven’t decided if I’m going to do 30-Day Shred or switch it up and do one of my other ones.

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    Kristin Preston says:

    Well, it’s been a week and I’m feeling good. I was working out about 3 days/week pretty hard before and didn’t think I could fit more than that in – turns out I can, just not at the gym. I’ve been trying different videos to get in weight resistance and also trying out yoga/palates videos. If you do streaming video on Netflix, they have several workout videos you can play instantly – I tried a Crunch Super Slimdown something or other and really liked it – it was yolates? paloga? Either way, dynamic, good pace, stretchy, and core building. I decided that my yoga the other day this week will be my rest day – it was mostly the relaxing type of yoga.

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      Thanks for the Netflix tip, Kristin! I hadn’t thought of that, but I’m going to check it out. Come to think of it, we have Amazon Prime … and they offer free streaming of certain videos as well. I wonder if they’ve got fitness ones for free. Can’t wait to see what Netflix has to offer since you know I love trying new workout videos.

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    OK, so I only got in 4 days instead of six, but heck considering I was working out no days a week previously I’d say that’s a big improvement! my mantra is it’s a new day and I will make the best choices I can for this day!

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    I didn’t mean for yesterday to be my “rest day” but hubby needed help in the yard. He kept telling me I was still getting a workout but I did not break a good sweat so I think today I will take a short run that should get the blood moving!

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    Amanda Bump says:

    By default yesterday was my rest day. Had to take a trip to my parents house so it was a long day of driving, getting stuff ready around the house before we left and then chasing my 21 month old son around my parents non-babyproofed house. A day off from working out but by no means a restful day. I was back at the gym this morning for weights and cardio. I really LOVE the classes at my gym, it’s nice to not have to think about it and just let the instructor tell me what to do 😉 The other the night my hubby told me how proud he was of me for sticking with the fitness challenge. That made my day and made all the sweat and sore muscles soooo worth it!! Have a great weekend!

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      Amanda – It totally put a big smile on my face today to hear about your hubby and his proud words of encouragement! I’m so proud of you as well, but I know how good it feels to hear it from your biggest supporter! Glad to hear you found some classes that you love at the gym! When you’re doing a workout you love, time definitely passes much faster. Congrats on end of Week 1.

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    jacqueline barboza says:

    Ugh so today I was suppose to workout for 50 minutes with the Bar Method at 5:00 a.m. this morning but NOOOOoo my hubby felt it was okay to bug me at night hence not having a good night sleep and therefor did not want to get up! GGGrrrrr! But that is cool I still have the day ahead of me! It is 10:30 a.m. Chicago time so hopefully after work and having hubby put Sonny to bed tonight I can do my workout for the day! =)

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      Hope you find time for a good workout today :) NB is napping now… I could hit the weights, but I’m trying to finish up a book I’m reading. So, I’ll save the workout for tonight as usual.

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    Marni L says:

    I am so sore!! I still haven’t recuperated from Day 1’s strength training, but I’m still going. Today babe and I went to a swimming class, and I think our instructor was out to kill my shoulder muscles … suddenly 18 pounds of baby is not all that small! Tomorrow it’s a yoga day, thank goodness!

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    nastassia says:

    day 3 – LAZY DAY LOL ..!!! but tommorw its crunch time i ate ice cream today boo :( all my 11 month old faults and that ice cream truck !!!!!!! lol 😉 joke

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    jacqueline barboza says:

    So OMG why is it that I am waiting for an update and I don’t get anything but once I finally get on the website again I am NOW 4 DAYS BEHIND!!!

    Okay so since I have missed my workouts what I had been doing was writing down my calorie intake and putting them in Fat Secret. So far I have consumed since Monday to now ranging in the 1100 range and that is with lean chicken and salads (yum) oh oh and avocados!! Plus upped the fresh fruits and veggies.

    My routine is going to be starting tomorrow waking up at 5:00 a.m. to work out with the Bar Method (transform your body) DVD.

    Noob Mami can I count this as day one and I have my last day 4 days after?? =) Pretty pretty please!!!!!!!

    Oh and ugh I don’t want to take a picture! lol

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      Jacqueline – Of course you can count this as day one! I’m just glad you found us over here. I know it’s probably confusing that I’m not emailing a new post everyday, but I didn’t want to drive the other readers crazy. So, meet back here each day to check in or read my updates. FYI, I workout after NB has gone to bed … so my updates come in pretty late.

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    Day 2 on the 30 day shred. Workout was much harder today than yesterday, as I woke up pretty sore this morning. Hey, there are still muscles in there! Felt good though and every day from here should be easier as the muscles get used to being used again. Was going to take a walk too, then it started snowing, so we will wait and see how things go after naptime, would love to get to the park or the lake and let the kiddos run off some steam.

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    Well, yesterday the kids and I took a little too long of a nap so we didn’t make it to the park til after hubby came home and we had dinner. It ended up a good thing I took a good nap because last night was horrible! Baby girl woke up around 2am needing to eat. Fell asleep with her on the couch til I heard my son come out of their room around 4:30, and then struggled getting him to go back to sleep til 6. And both kids woke up around 8. Boy I’m tired!
    Took that walk this morning tho. About 20 min speed walking pushing my son in the stroller and carrying my 16 lb baby girl. On the way back home, I let my son walk to wear him out for nap time. It took almost an hour to get back home. I don’t know which is harder, speed walking or taking baby steps so I don’t get ahead of my boy. Hoping to take a walk down to the park after nap time and let him wear himself out more so he sleeps good tonight, but we might be getting rain. Well, off to take a nap myself while the kids are down for their nap.

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    Amanda Bump says:

    Day 2 was a bit of a bust for me. Woke up with a headache and just didn’t feel too hot, managed to go on an hour walk with my little guy and MIL but can’t really count that as a workout. Was back in the saddle today and made it to the gym for a muscle max class and some cardio. This class is going to be just what I need and is three days a week so will work perfect with my schedule :-) I got a reminder today of how intense squats and lunges are, I’m already feeling them. A little scared for what tomorrow will bring, hopefully I’ll still be able to move…LOL! In any event I’m already planning on running tomorrow afternoon, now that I’m motivated I feel great!!

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      Glad to hear you are feeling better and still managed a good long walk with a headache. Sounds like your class is going to be awesome! I’m really looking forward to my hip hop class that’s starting next week. Once a week, but a fun workout that makes time fly!

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    nastassia says:

    day 1 – ( sorry kinda late forgot the other nights ! hehe) .. had a protein shake .. did 30 mins of the trendmill and hour of legs and abs !

    day 2 – protein shake … 35 mins of bike .. and 45 mins of arms shoulders back and abs.

    my usual diet is low carbs lots of protein and no sugar extra water .lots of veggies .. fruit ..

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    Joining here from Babycenter. I found your thread last night and was really motivated, and was able to get on instant download and began my journey today. After having had 3 babies in 3 years I am ready to know that I do still have a core in there and get rid of the muffin top. I like to walk with the baby on my back and the other 2 in the stroller, and we try to get out several times a week, but sometimes leaving the house with the little ones can be a challenge so this is a great way to still get exercise while in the house. Thanks so much for the idea and motivation.

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      Sarah – Welcome to our Challenge! Glad to hear you were able to jump right in and get started. 3 in 3 – Props to you mama! Happy to have you with us as you get your body back :)

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    I’m following the ABS Diet workout (somewhat similar to Jillian Michaels). My favourite moves are squats (apparently my butt muscles like to work it!) but my challenging moves are plank and push-ups. I must have a tricep muscle in there somewhere … I’m still quite stiff from my first workout so I’m going to use a lighter weight today.

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    My fav is anything that will tone up my core and kill the baby fat! I need to work incredibly hard on push ups they kill me every time!

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    Kristin says:

    I’m going to alternate days at the gym (kick boxing) and 30 Day Shred at home. But tonight yoga – free class at work with coworkers – nice!

    My fav moves are squats (because they are awesome) and standing crunches, side to side (I look bad ass). Moves I need work on are any overhead or shoulder weight training. My shoulders and arms fatigue so fast! 30 Day Shred should take care of that!

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      Kristin – Standing crunches are awesome! In the Beachbody Turbo Jam workout by Chalean … she does lots of those kind of moves (some Capoeira type stuff as well). Love the way it makes my tummy feel!

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    Did level 2 of 30 Day Shred. I’m really feeling it in my knees and shoulders. Think I’m going to have to just do all the modified versions for a bit so I don’t re-injure my knee (old volleyball injury that flares up now and then). I might take a break from the DVD today and go for a good fast walk. Put my son in the stroller and daughter in the pouch and walk to the park. It’s about 30 min round trip.

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      Forgot to put that it was yesterday I did 30Day Shred, and forgot to answer the questions.
      Favorite activity is swimming. Wish I could go swimming everyday! The moves I need to work on is push-ups and planks.

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        AJ – Glad to hear I’m not the only one who needs to work on the planks and pushups! I can’t wait till we get some killer arms for the summer, eh?

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          Yah. I really need to strengthen my right arm since I’m a lefty so that’s usually the side I hold baby girl.

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    Ami Parikh says:

    Really really need this!! I was superfit before I conceived and becos of a delicate pregnancy, had stopped all exercise. I went to a beach resort on vacation recently and was pooped at the end of it, because I had to walk to the beach everyday!!!!!! Bloody hell, that was an eye opener. Did some stretches, some kicks and some bicep curls..heart rate up in spots. also climbing the 5 floors to my office instead of taking the lift. Not much but its a start. Will start on cardio tomorrow. Am quite excited really!!

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    I am stiff from yesterday’s strength training, which is good in that I at least worked it! But bad because I needed to take it easier today. But I still did 45 minutes of yoga and got the heart rate up in spots; mostly, though, it was about loosening up! I’m a marshmallow!!! (not for long, though, haha!)

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    Day 2 1 hour 45 minute bike ride up and down the hills in Newport coast woohoo

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    Just checking in to make sure you’re all hanging in there and having a great day! Remember to scroll up to the actual blog post to see my daily update. I’ll be working out tonight once Noob Baby is asleep, and I’ll update afterwards. See ya soon!

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    Vanessa says:

    You have really motivated me! I’m only coming up on my 4 week mark this Wednesday, so I don’t know if a total sweat drenching workout would be ok since my incision is still in it’s healing phase thing… But since thursday I have been doing a stroller pushing walk, up and down some pretty good graded hills! Someone told me the total distance is +3 miles, so I’m pretty happy with myself! Good luck to all of you! I will too be starting a 30 challenge as soon as I am cleared, next week! Thanks Noob Mommy for inspiring me!

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    We started JM 30 Day Shred yesterday and we are feeling it today. I’m so excited. Our son is 9 months this week and our wedding is in May. We will be ready!!

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      Kari – Sounds like a great way for you to get ready for the big day! How exciting. If you are really wanting to make a big dent before the wedding and you have a little extra time … hehe… you could throw in some running (maybe with your son) on top of the Shred. Not mandatory, but a little extra cardio will speed things up too :) Thought I’d mention it since a wedding is a big motivator.

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    Okay got up early and completed the P90x plyometrics before work thanks to the challenge.I felt good today a little stiff but then again I know my muscles got a workout.

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      Mary – Major props to you! If you can start your day off with Plyo and still walk in to work, you can accomplish anything. By the way, that Dominic in the video. What is that boy on?! I need me some of that. Let me know what you think of yoga. That one always gets mixed reviews.

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    Marni L says:

    This is a great idea! It fits in perfectly with what I’m trying to do, but I need this kind of support and motivation. I just started today with strength training, and I feel so proud of myself. My baby is 6 months old, and I’m starting to feel wrong using the excuse “I just had a baby …” I’m also cutting down on the carbs and making sure I don’t have any more than 3 servings a day (I used to eat waaaaaaay more than that, hehe).

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    p90X is all set up and ready to go. My husband needs to lose his pregnancy weight as well and we’re doing this together!! We just finished all of the ice cream in the house so that we’re not tempted tomorrow… :)

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      JulieSue – LOLing right now! There are probably many husbands out there who need to lose their pregnancy and pre-pregnancy weight as well! Love it! P90x is killer and it’s great that you have each other as well to keep pushing play. Stick with it for 90 days and you will be a different person. I guarantee it.

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    Perfect timing. I’ve been looking for something to motivate me. Thanks! I just completed my first workout and it feels amazing.

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    nastassia says:

    im so in !!!!! love this i need some motivation i go to gym for 2 hours everyday !!! so i defiantly need some motivation to lose some babyfat !!!!!

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      Nastassia – 2 hours a day! You are ahead of the game lady! But everyone needs a good support system to keep em going. We’re here for ya!

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        nastassia says:

        yes defiantly !!! it is hard waking up at 7:00 am to a 11 1/2 month old and then going to the gym and being a mom !!! lol :)

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    Laurel P says:

    I’m in- I’m also joining from Babycenter. I may not have time to get online everyday, I will be filling my available time with this!!!

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    Shendle says:

    I joined from babycenter!! I’ve started exercising last month by myself at home~thanks for the motivation!!!!

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    Im in!!!Also,I thought it would be cool to post like your meals for the week and post the before shots or a shot every week to see how everyone is progressing!I love this idea.I do exercise all throughout the week but I think I can def. push myself alot harder and control my portion sizes when I eat!

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      Sarah – Since you can’t post photos through the comment thread, I’d be happy to post photos if anyone wants to email them to me. I can do a weekly photo roundup if I get enough interest. I’d love to hear some healthy and delicious meal ideas that fit with a busy schedule.

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    Just checkin in and I’m so excited to see that there are already quite a few eager ladies who can’t wait to get started or who have already started the challenge! Keep on joining and spread the word. I’ll be posting my update tonight and feel free to do the same! Just wanted to add that even though I love Jillian’s workouts and that’s what I’ll be using primarily for the Challenge, there are so many great options out there. So find the style, trainer, workout, DVD etc. that works for you. I know there’s a big following for the Jackie workouts. I’ve never tried them, but she looks like she doesn’t mess around either!

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    Amanda Bump says:

    Wow, this is just what I need!! Your blog post last week got me thinking about it but this seals the deal. I’ve been having a pity party over still having the post-baby tummy but nows the time to actually do something about it. My son is 21 months old so I don’t think I can keep using the I just had a baby excuse now that he’s almost two 😉 Thanks for the motivation, let’s do this!!

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      Glad to have you with us Amanda! No more pity parties for us… yay! I can’t wait to hear about your progress :)

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        Amanda Bump says:

        This morning I didn’t get to the gym so I had pretty much written off working out for the day until I got your email. That really got me going so I put on my workout gear and headed to the gym. I’m happy to report that I made it through 35 minutes of cardio and about 20 minutes of strength training! I even got a friend to join the challenge with me. Definitely perked up my Monday!!

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          So glad the support came just in time! 55 minutes on Day 1 … you go girl! What a great start to the week. Glad to hear you got a friend in as well! Woo hoo!

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    Alexis Fuller says:

    I will be joining you, starting tonight! Thanks for giving me the motivation I needed to get started!

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    After nap time I’ll be working out. My 2yr old loves to workout with me. I’ve just started level 2 of 30-Day Shred. I need to lose this baby weight. I only lost a few pounds after having my son, and by the time I started getting serious about working out, I got pregnant with my daughter. She’s 6 months now and I’m already down 30 lbs, but still have a long way to go.

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      AJ – I’m so inspired by you. Two kids and yet you have made a much deserved commitment to take care of yourself too. PROPS! I hope you find the inspiration and motivation with this challenge to keep going!

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        Thanks! I’m glad I’m finally getting motivated to keep up working out. Two of my big motivations are 1) wanting to fit back into my pre-pregnancy clothes so I don’t have to go out and buy new clothes and 2) keeping up with my son and soon my daughter (she’s on the verge of crawling). But I need all the motivation I can get because on really stressful days all I want to do is sit on the couch and eat sweets.
        I just found out yesterday afternoon that I won a free month at a gym! I’m so excited! So I plan on going to the gym 2-3 times a week and doing 20-30min cardio, weights, and abs, and to cool down swim a few laps. And the other days do 30-Day Shred.

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          AJ- Grats on the gym membership! Sounds like you have a really great workout schedule lined up. I miss getting in the water and swimming some laps. And by some I mean… one :) This may be a perfect summer to get Noob Daddy to watch NB while I have some alone time to do actual laps rather than lifeguard duties.

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    Kristin says:

    I tried the 30-Day Shred that’s on my on-demand cable this weekend and I LOVED it. And I can feel it! I’m used to going to the gym for an hour plus time to get there, change clothes, etc., which makes 30 minutes at home seem like nothing! I can do that. I’m still going to go to classes at the gym but I may buy a 30-day DVD to do on off days and get in that strength training I’ve been avoiding. I am impressed with how much I felt it but didn’t want to die – that JM knows her stuff.

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    I am in! Your last few emails have really got me ready to go! I do 60min of Zumba twice a week at the gym and ordered JM 30 day shred last week (just waiting for it to get here and I am off). Today I am going to do a 30 run and get my measurements and picture taken. Hopefully I will be starting JM tomorrow! I am so excited! Thanks for starting this challenge

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      Tried 30 Day Shred yesterday for the first time and it was a much bigger workout than I expected in 30 min. One day down on to the next!!

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        Pam – You are totally right! I love the Shred because it is a lot packed into 30 minutes for a reasonably priced DVD! Can’t ask for more than that.

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    Good luck, sis! I’m doing my own running/endurance challenge now, so I can’t join you this time, but I’m excited to see that you’ve already inspired so many people to get in on this. I’m really proud of you :)

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    Christie says:

    I’m in! the blog last week really motivated me, we have a reunion at the end of may and I need to tighten up and lose a little more. I too did the 30 day shred and started when my son was 10 months old and by the time he was two I had lost all my baby weight plus another 15 lbs and have kept it off. Unfortunately I let Christmas get me out of working out, but thanks to your motivation, I am back on board. I did 30 day Shred this morning and I feel great!

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      Christie – I hate to say it, but a reunion is seriously the ultimate motivator, right?! Trust me. I had like 5 weddings at one point we had to go to… that cinched the deal. Sometimes, doing it for yourself doesn’t quite get you going… but throw in some people you gotta impress and that’ll do it.

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    Great program! Good luck! Do happy to see so maybe people getting in shape. I’m on day 14 of Ripped in 30. Did level one for 8 days and today is day 7 of level 2.

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