Showing posts with label Measurements. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Measurements. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

30 Days are up ... why am I not Shredded?

Well I've completed Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred - yesterday was the last day, and today I took photos and measurements to see if it had made a difference. During the past 30 days my husband seemed to think there was a difference, saying as he could "feel my ribs" more and all. And I felt like it was making a difference, especially as I moved up each level. I improved quickly, and was able to do the advanced move for several exercises. While I'm enjoying taking a break today, I've already looked into some new workouts to try in the coming weeks so I don't lose my progress.  So did it really make a difference?  First I took photos wearing the same clothes I wore 30 days ago, and frankly I was disappointed. (Left is 30 days ago, right is today.) I don't see any difference! Seriously, none at all!

I felt really disappointed after seeing those. Was it all for nothing? Hmm. Well, I also took measurements before starting, so let's compare those next.

28/07/2014    27/08/2014    LOST
R Arm13.75”13.25”0.5
R Thigh    25”24.375”0.625

Wow. Look, measuring yourself isn't easy, and it's hard to tell if you're in the exact same place each time, but the fact that they are all smaller than last time leads me to believe I have made a difference after all.  Overall I'm only about 3 pounds less than the start, and I sure wish I could see a difference in the photos - but I'm happy with the measurements. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Measurements, and Day 1 of 30 Day Shred

I last posted my measurements back in December, which was four months into my weight loss. At that time I had lost 21.5" (54.63cm) but I had only measured one arm and one thigh. If I double those losses to include both arms and thighs, the total was 25.875" (65.75 cm) overall.  Not bad for four months!

But today I was starting Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred, so I wanted to know my starting point to compare with 30 days from now. I have not taken my measurements since December, so I really wasn't prepared for the results.  Shown below is a screen shot of my spreadsheet - my starting measurements 19th August 2013 (BMI 49.3), and today (BMI 32.4). I gotta say I was gobsmacked. The sub-totals include just the measurements I actually took, so again I doubled the arm/thigh measurements and that's the second total line. I've lost 54.5 inches (138.44 cm) -- not bad!

So how did I go with the 30 Day Shred? Well ... I won't lie, it was tough! But there were only two moves I had to modify despite Jillian insisting there is no modification for these moves ... the jumping jacks, and jumping rope. She insisted during the workout that "400 pound people can do jumping jacks, and so can you!" Well as I struggled to do them all and thought I'd bitten off more than I could chew with this workout it occurred to me ... I couldn't do 1 minute intervals when I started the C25K either. I felt like I should just give up but I didn't. Instead I made my own recordings to create 15, 30 and 45 second intervals and did those to work up to the one minute intervals. It may have taken me longer to get through the C25K but I did it!

I decided that if I had to modify a couple of moves to get through this workout, then modify I would. I did proper jumping jacks and jump ropes over half of the time, but when it became too much for me I modified. For jumping jacks that meant keeping the arms going but side-stepping one leg at a time instead of jumping. For jump ropes, it meant instead of jumping with both feet, I sometimes did one foot at a time to lessen the impact. This is partly because I have bad knees but to be totally and completely honest here it was mostly because having lost nearly 100 pounds I have some loose belly flab that just wants to bounce way too hard! It was kind of painful actually. Maybe I need to wear a girdle to get through this workout! It's a thought. I've read that you improve rather quickly so even 4-5 days into it, you should notice it gets easier and you have more endurance. That's likely true, but 4-5 days isn't going to make any difference in my excess skin and flab moving around when I jump.

Also, I think my weights may be too heavy for some of the arm work. Mine are 2.5 kg (about 5.5 lb) and for some exercises they were a bit heavy. But I don't know if I should go out and get 1.5 or 2kg weights, or just keep going now that I've got through day one with these weights.  I don't want to overdo it.  I'd love to hear from anyone else who's done this program - what weight did you use?

There are 3 levels to this workout, each one is done daily for 10 days. I am gonna do my damnedest to make it to the end! Anyway, that's my report for today - I'll be back at it again tomorrow.

Monday, December 23, 2013


I did take measurements just before starting this program and hadn't thought about them again until a friend who's a personal trainer recently suggested it was time to take them again. I knew how hard it had been to take them that first time, with no discernible waist and how hard it had been to hold the tape properly so they probably weren't entirely accurate. Still, she said it would still be a good idea so yesterday I gave it a go, not sure what to expect. Some areas I lost more than expected, and others less. I will say since my cup size hasn't changed that bust loss is mostly back fat loss.  In any case, here are the results for what it's worth. The totals lost are in bold at the bottom. Not bad?

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