It has been many a year since I graced this site with a post of my own. This is my way of being held accountable, even if it is only by Jed.
During my pregnancy, I gained about 32lbs (including the kid+components: placenta, fluid, ect.), which is within the recommended 25-35lbs range of pregnancy weight gain. Honestly, I did not watch what I ate very closely (unless you include me watching the Haagen Dazs as it entered my mouth), but I worked until the day I went in to labor, keeping me on my feet anywhere from 10-16hrs a day working as an intern in the hospital, which isn’t exactly kick your feet up kind of work. Safe to say, I was at least modestly active, but still, here I stand, 6 mo after Ryder’s arrival, and I am barely able to squeeze in to my pre-pregnancy pants, still 10 lbs heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight. I’ve began to run for the last month or so, trying to train my way up to the Cherry Blossom 10 mile race, but alas, it was not meant to be. Between my month of nights on night float, my week of nights in the ICU, and general lack of sleep from the last 4 months spent doing the worst, most time-consuming rotations intern year has to offer-68-80 hrs/ 6 days/wk- ( I know, insert worlds smallest violin here), I wasn’t able to stick with a running regimen. I did go from not even being able to run 15mins to running 6miles in 60mins and was able to run my first race, the St. Patricks Day 8K in a not-too-shabby 49:30. Go me.
However, I needed something that would only take less than 30 min a day, that I could do everyday, and could do no matter the weather. After a long search, I decided to try the Jillian Michaels 30day shred. I heard good things online. I started on level 1, because I had heard from other reviews that even if you are in decent shape, it still kicks your butt. Boy was that an understatement. I did it for the first time two days ago before I knew how the system worked. I completed the whole work out, but had to flip in and out of doing the “easy” with the “advanced” moves (advanced with sit ups and cardio, easy with strength/upper arms), and I literally couldn’t even walk down the stairs or hold my son in my arms, I was that spent. I spent most of yesterday with Jed and Ryder roaming around Philadelphia, in some good pain. However, today, I start the regimen in earnest.
The shred works as follows: 10 consecutive days on level 1, 10 days on level 2, and 10 days on level 3. No rest. Ever. Since I’m a scientist, I want to measure specific end points. I realize that I may or may not lose a single pound this month as I expect to be gaining a good amount of muscle. However, if the system really does work, I should at least lose some size off my measurements. Today, I stand at 5’6″, 160lbs. I took various measurements so that if I am toning up, I should be able to notice it somewhere. Every week, I will re-post my measurements so you can see my progress or lack of progress. Well, here goes nothing!
Arms (widest diameter): R- 13″, L- 13″
Thighs(widest diameter): R-25″, L-25″
Chest (under bra line): 36″
Belly (largest diameter-under bellybutton): 39″
Baby got back: 43″