Well folks, I DID IT!!
6 DAYS PER LEVEL.
D O N E.
I have completed another 4 week challenge and actually feel stronger than ever! My gift for finishing this challenge?? I got myself 2 this time because I deserved it – a new pair of workout shorts (in size XS!! holy!) and a new sports bra. You can see them in my after shots below.
I never in a million years pegged myself as someone who would be able to do the daily workout thing before work and only 2 short months ago, I proved myself wrong. As tired as I still am when I drag my little butt out of bed in the mornings means nothing in comparison to the adreneline and overal incredible feeling that comes over me 35 minutes later as I have finished my workouts. This is going to sound crazy, but as much as I complain about how tired I am in the week, and as much as I love my rest day on Sunday, I keep finshing myself anxious to start a new week and challenge myself in new ways. I LOVE IT!
Anyway, I’m pretty sure you just want me to get down to the results now right? So here you go, my day-to-day run downs of Level 4!
Day 18 – January 30, 2012
Here we go, level 4!! As usual, day 1 is a little rough simply because it takes me a little bit to actually ‘get’ the new moves. I used my 3lb weights to get a feel for everything but might up them tomorrow. I’m used to having to sub moves for something else in these workouts and this level is no different. Unfortunately my knees have a hard time with a lot of the plyometric moves and in this level I’ve had to sub the scissor jumps for butt-kicks and the double jump rope, for single. No biggie though! As long as I keep on moving right? I am so determind to push my body to the limit this week in attempt to reach that total 10lb loss by next Monday! We shall see!! Oh and I also got a great ride in on Chelsea tonight for workout #2!
Day 19 – January 31, 2012
Wow my legs were sore this morning! I’m not sure if it’s because of level 4, or because of the extra added circuit workout I did on Saturday! Since I’m on the home stretch now, I told the 3lb weights to stay on the shelf this morning while only taking out the 5lb ones. WOW. Level 4 with heavier weights is HARD! If doing presses followed by rows all while remaining in the squat position wasn’t hard enough, doing the superman with 5lb weights was INSANE!! At least that gives me something to work towards this week. I went to the farm tonight after work despite feeling really tired and to my surprise, I ended up riding Chelsea for 40 minutes! Time flies when you’re having fun.
Day 20 – February 1, 2012
Boy was I tired this morning! I haven’t been sleeping very well the past few nights and this morning I could have easily used another hour or 2 of sleep – and that’s after getting just under 8!! Part of me really wanted to skip today, but I’ve been doing so well that I knew I would be mad at myself if I didn’t just suck it up. So off I went to the basement ‘gym’. I’m really starting to get the hang of this level, so I just went through the motions all while really trying to keep my intensity up. As I mentioned yesterday, the one move that is EXTREMELY hard is superman’s with the 5lb weights in hand. When you lift into the superman pose, you have to press/lift the weights up = HARD! I definitely struggle in that move, but like I said before, it gives me something to work towards in these last 3 days. All afternoon I had planned on taking the evening off – ie. no workout #2… But, I decided to pull out Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown and it made me feel so good!
Day 21 – February 2, 2012
Another day, another dollar…. er.. umm workout. As much as I’m loving the results and workouts from the Shred and now Ripped In 30, I think I’m starting to get a little bored of doing the same workout day after day. It gives me something to think about while trying to figure out my next plan though! Regardless, I found myself busting my little butt throughout this workout this morning all while cursing the lovely Jillian through my tv screen. Haha! There are a few points in this level where she’s yelling at you through the screen – as in the camera zooms right in on her face while she’s yelling at you. i love the girl, but I may let some not-so-nice words slip out of my mouth at those points.. while I’m catching my breath.. while doing burpees… I did the Yoga Meltdown again tonight and loved it! This might be my new after-work go-to dvd now!
Day 22 – February 3, 2012
Today was the first day that I seriously considered quitting at about the 8 minute mark. I had a bad sleep the night before and just really wanted to be back in my bed. I continued on with the workout though and began to really think WHY. WHY I was doing this in the first place. As soon as I realized that I had very good reasons to continue on, I did just that and made sure that I finished the workout strong. I’m really realizing that as much as you need to put all your strength into these workouts, there is just as much head and heart involved. It was during this workout when I had to remind myself that 30 minutes really isn’t that much and that I could do it! .. I did it… And even went and had a great ride on Chelsea after work to top it off.
Day 23 – February 4, 2012
WOW. I’m on the last day of my challenge already! I say it all the time, but I really can’t believe how fast time goes by. I can’t say enough how much I love doing this workout on Saturdays at the same time that Chris does his workout. It really pushes me so much harder. I literally went balls to the walls for this workout – LOL! And I did those superman’s with my 5lb weights like nobody’s business. Boo Ya!! I was feeling so strong after the workout that I followed it immediately with Jillians Yoga Meltdown. Now that may or may not have been the best decision because my arms were so tired at that point and it was H A R D. But, I didn’t quit and that’s what matters!
Level 3/FINAL Statistics
Starting weight (Dec 6): 133
Weight after 30 Day Shred: 127.4
Weight after Level 1 Ripped In 30: 127.8
Weight after Level 2 Ripped In 30: 126.8
Weight after Level 3 Ripped In 30: 125.6
Weight after Level 4 Ripped In 30: 124.9
upper arm = (left) 10.1″ (start 10.6″/post 30DS 10.3″) (right) 10.1″ (start 10.5″/post 30DS 10.3″)
thigh = (left) 21.6″ (start 23.3″/post 30DS 22.7″) (right) 21.6 (start 23″/post 30DS 22.7″)
high waist (as in skinniest part) = 27″ (start 29/post 30DS 27.5″)
low waist (right across the belly button) = 30″ (start 33.5″/post 30DS 31.8″)
hips = 35.5″ (start 37.6″/post 30DS 36.5″)
Total inches down from December 6 start: 11.6″!!!
Total weight down from December 6 start: 8.1lb
Before & After Photos
I’m SHRINKING!!! I knew that I was really starting to achieve results about 2 weeks ago when I could notice differences when I’d wake up in the morning. The thing is though, I never really realized how extreme those difference were until I lined up these images side by side to do the comparisons. As embarassing as my day 1 photos are, I am very glad that I had the shots taken so that I can really literally see my hard work right in front of me!
I couldn’t be happier with my results and progress so far and am so excited to keep on going!!! 3.5 more weeks until I’m Jamaica-bound again, so there is a very good chance I’ll be super close to my goal by then! Stay tuned for challenge #3 – to come tomorrow!