I have officially completed the Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred, or as I like to call it...the 30 day DREAD. I absolutely hated it, every single time. But I did it, and I am back with a before and after photo of my "trouble area", also known as "I gave birth to 4 children via c-section in the last 8 years and my stomach looks awful". As you can see below, the evidence of baby belly is not completely gone, but I have experienced a significant improvement for a 30 day time period. I do not think that I ever want to see that DVD again though. Do you think I should do a giveaway?
On the down side: I did not lose a single pound, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you just have a few pounds to lose. I gained so much muscle that the actual fat loss did not register on the scale, and I'd still like to lose 3 pounds and recapture my favorite weight...105 lbs.
On the up side: I lost a few inches in the middle...which was the main reason I did this in the first place. I also feel good about the fact that I can now do push ups, my back problems have improved significantly with my increased strength, I have visible calf muscles (didn't even know my stick skinny calves were capable of that), and biceps, etc. It is certainly a short and very effective workout, if you can do it and maintain your will to live.
Weight: 108 lbs
Waist: 27.5 in
Love handles: 31.5in
Weight: 108 lbs
Waist: 26.5 in
Love handles: 29.5 in
My summer workout plan involves riding my bike a lot while dragging a trailer full of 2 kids, and finding another dvd to do a few times per week that will be less miserable and focus mainly on my continuing effort to regain an awesomely flat stomach. Feel free to toss out suggestions. :)