Hello. I'm starting a diary to plot my progress through Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred (30DS) and hopefully reduce inches and increase fitness. I'm also hoping a diary will help me stay committed to seeing it through (I've never completed 30 days before), gain some support and maybe inspire others.
I'm no stranger to exercise but I am unfit and I have a weak back. I rejoined the gym last October after many years of no structured exercise and a blood test showed I would be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes if I didn't take some positive action. I had a fitness assessment at the start and 12 weeks later, and followed a healthier diet. I was so disappointed that my fitness had only increased marginally but I had put on 8lb! So I needed to do something different.
I have owned 30DS for years and I find it challenging but not impossible. Not like some of the others advertised on TV constantly. They intimidate me and I worry about the impact on my knees! But I have never completed the full 30 days so no idea what results can be achieved.
I also started Exante Total Solution and am 20 days in and have lost a stone. I waited until I had the energy to exercise more intensely. I need to lose a further 4 stone but my shorter term goal is to fit into some 3/4 denim trousers for my family holiday to Florida at Easter. I have heard that exercise can slow weight loss but I'm more interested in inch loss and toning so I can fit comfortably in the plane seat, do the strap up, pull the tray down, and be able to ride some rollercoasters.
The trousers claim to be size 18 but they measure more like a size 16 and I'm currently in a size 20/22 jean so am looking to drop 2 dress sizes. My measurements before Day 1 are
waist 42" (eek should be less than 35" for health)
I have been doing a toning class for 4 weeks which will hopefully prepare me for 30DS and am 3 weeks into a beginners Pilates class to help strengthen my back.
So here goes...