Friday, 3 October 2014

My 30 Day Shred Experience

As some of you may know I started the 30 day shred at the beginning of September. I feel like such a failure but I only managed 27 straight days and not the full 30. I could of kept going and finished but I was putting myself at risk. Parker sleep is pretty shocking right now so I'm not getting enough rest. That coupled with Paige starting nursery which is such an emotional thing especially as she wouldn't leave my side the first day. I'm also trying to blog, keep the house in order and stressing out about what I'm eating. It's safe to say I was burning myself out. 
Never the less I have seen some results in the past 27 days. I will admit that my progress isn't as good as some that I have seen but this is due to my eating. Over the past 27 days I've still eaten the odd bar of chocolate and packet of crisps. I've even had kfc and McDonald's. Although at McDonald's I had a salad!!! I've never only had a salad at McDonald's so I'm very proud of myself for that.
And although I do feel like a total failure I have decided that I will do the shred again and try to complete the whole 30 days. But I will wait until Parkers sleep is better. I am going to aim to do the shred or some form of exercise 2-3 times a week to keep my fitness up. It has improved so much over the last few weeks and I don't want to lose that. I have also lost inches and lost weight. I took my measurements and weight at the beginning and the end to compare. I won't be posting my actual weight or measurements as to be honest I don't really think they matter.

But overall I lost...

Waist -1.5 inch
Around Belly Button -3.75 inch
Under Bust -0.75 inch
Legs -1.5 inch on both legs
Hips -1.0 inch
 I also lost 7lbs.

My muscles have gotten so much stronger. When I first started you could literally just push your hand into my stomach without any resistance from my stomach muscles. Now you can feel my muscles and they are pretty tight. Yes I still have a little pouch but I honestly think that's hugely down to my eating. The are small changes around my stomach, especially around my tattoo. I noticed that clothes also fit better.
On day 2 and day 27

I really enjoyed the whole 27 days. Of course there were days that I didn't feel like doing it but I pushed myself as much as I could. The first few days of each new level were so hard but you really notice a difference in your fitness and it keeps you going. I advise everyone to take measurements as they keep you going as well. I liked each level for different reasons. I had read a few reviews and most people said they didn't enjoy level 2 but I really did. I found the hardest transition was from level 2 to level 3.

I didn't go into the 30 day shred with a 6 pack in mind... I was only 10 weeks postpartum when I started and still had nearly a stone of baby weight to lose. My stomach muscles were still slightly separated (only 1 finger width which is considered normal) so I adjusted the ab work at the beginning as to not make the separation worse. Instead I just did the exercises that my doctor told me to go to help close my muscles. My stomach muscles are defiantly my most improved. Before I started they were so weak from having Parker that I couldn't do any form of exercise with them. Level 3 for me was hardest with the ab work but I think if I had done the last 3 days I would of seen even more improvement with them.

I am so excited to try and complete the whole 30 days which will probably be sometime in the new year.

For now I will defiantly keep going with my fitness with the hope of starting to run and lose the rest of the baby weight in the up and coming months. I find it a great stress release and I truly think I've caught the fitness bug.

But for now I need sleep!

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx


  1. You have done so well Nic and look blooming amazing. You should be really proud of yourself.

    Vikki xxx
    Love From Mummy - UK Parenting Lifestyle Blog

  2. You look amazing, and go you for managing 27 days! I tried earlier in the year and it was horrible haha. You've made me want to try again though xx

  3. You did so well! I was gutted not to keep going with you, maybe next time! You look fab, well done lovely xx


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