November 20, 2017

Day 1 of our 30 Days of Healthy Living: the 30 Day Shred


exercise cartoon 30 Day Shred – Finished Day 1 (Chime in)

The first day out of our thirty day healthy living challenge is over, can I hear an “Amen,” but yes, the thought of 29 more (or better yet, a lifetime of new habits) is challenging. How did you do? If you are still trying to figure out your goal, no worries. We’ll wait for you. This is all about encouraging each other on this road and holding each other accountable. (Make sure you follow along on my facebook page, where most of this accountability will take place.)

I must admit that there must be a little bit of muscle memory left in my body from the last time I did the 30 Day Shred because even though there were moments I just wanted to stop, and the fact that I have to do the girlie knee push-ups, I managed through much better than last year’s month of exercise.  If this is your very first time with the 30 day shred, scroll down and read my posts from day 1 , day 2 etc. It will show you just how very sore I was.

Now, I admit. My legs are still a bit  like jello going up and down the stairs, but I am excited to do this, ladies. Let’s keep telling ourselves that because I know it’s going to get hard. I am already down six pounds from my 7 day detox diet (I’ll probably gain 1-2 of water weight back), but I hope to continue on eating healthy during this month, as well as drink lots of water. My cravings for carbs is nearly gone, and I want to improve on that.

I also just took a picture in my sports bra and shorts. It was quite mortifying. It’s amazing how I know how to dress to cover it…really. I re-read last year’s post and I felt these tips were helpful, so I am going to post them again.

A few tips from my first day.

  1. Wear good shoes. There’s going to be impact and even because I was working on the carpet I thought I would be fine with bare feet. NO! Make sure you wear some solid support.
  2. Keep water and a towel (for sweat) close by. Keep those fluids going. One of my goals this month is to drink one gallon of water a day. I know drinking water is KEY, yet I never quite get there. I am going to keep a cold pitcher in the fridge and make sure I drink it by the end of the day.
  3. For hand weights, I used two jars of salsa. Just go with what you have. They were only 2 pounds a piece, and I will be working my way up with the amount of weights that I use, but I know I can’t conquer the 5 lb weights we own. Check out Play it Again Sports for second hand weights, if you’d like to invest in some.
  4. Take pictures and measurements. (UGH, I know) I actually had my boys LAUGHING out loud at my muffin top. You can bet I am not posting those pics until after I lose it, but you really do want to be able to measure the difference. For me, it’s not so much about weight loss as it is feeling better and losing the flab that I have gained. Print off my fitness calendar just for this month.
  5. Just say “NO” to your inner self when it says to take a little rest. Just say “Yes” to the jello feeling legs that will barely get you up the stairs to the shower, knowing that the pain and soreness just gets you one step closer to our goal.

Ok, ladies – here is our time to hold each other accountable. Chime in below with a comment. (For those of you new to leaving comments scroll right below and click where it says comments. You do not have to put in your full name or a website. The email is only visible by me.)


  1. Oh, we were supposed to start that today? Let’s see…I had McDonald’s for lunch, a creamsicle for snack, and way too much soda (diet kind, but still soda). And I’ve spent most of the day sitting – in the doctor’s office, in the car, in front of the computer.

    On the plus side, I had only one fajita for dinner and the day’s not over yet so I still have time to get some exercise in.

    Tomorrow will be much better, I’m sure of that!


  2. I joined a gym recently where we have a trainer working with just 3-4 of us at a time. This is my third week of training. On Mondays, they “progress you”…which means heavier weights and more challenge. Today was definitely a challenge! I LOVE it though.
    I decided I did not want to be a soft, mushy grandmother when the time comes. I just turned 44 yrs old a couple weeks ago, and it was now or never. My husband fully supports me. I go 3 days a week for strength training and do my cardio at home, which is usually Leslie Sansone 4 miles.
    I have only lost 3 lbs so far, but it is a start! I am lifting heavier weights than I ever thought I could, and I feel strong.
    Keep going strong…all you ladies that are participating in this challenge. I hope to be able to check in each week.


  3. Today is day one. My main goal is to wait until I am hungry before eating, but I do have the 30 day shred and will be doing that as well. Though I will be doing it with my neighbor and we will do every other day. Learning to let God satisfy me fully each day and not food is my hearts desire.


  4. Did I miss your posting of the detox?


    Jen Reply:

    NO, you didn’t, but I am pondering it. There were about 8 of us who did it and we are all so glad we did, but whenever you put any kind of “diet” plan in front of others, then the criticisms and critiques come out of the woodwork. 😉 So I am treading cautiously and putting a big huge, ” I am not a medical doctor” on it first/ But, in my opinion, fruits, veggies and a few random days of protein can not be as bad as one day of people going out to eat at McDonald’s. Look for the post in the next week or two. I’ll try and write about it. 🙂


  5. My family moved about 8 weeks ago — away from my gym membership, and the people I knew there that held me accountable to showing up. Annnnd we live in Texas. High tomorrow? 109. Boo-yah. I have been doing SOME run/walking outside (it’s only 80* at 5:30 a.m.! Woo-hoo!)

    So. Something must be done. Things I remember to tell MYself: ANYTHING is better than nothing. 15 push-ups now and 15 later are better than none at all (it’s my weight-lifting days that I have the most trouble with). Maybe I will make a goal of 30 total minutes of strength. I dunno (major problem: unclear goal).

    I heard this weekend: “Weight is lost in the kitchen (by what you eat) and you get fit in the gym.” Something to ponder if weight loss is your goal. I think this definitely becomes more true the older we get…

    Thank you for leading the way!


  6. I ran/walked a little more then a mile and a half yesterday morning. Did the 30 day Shred workout. Then walked a mile and a half on the walking track that goes around the baseball fields here while my sons where at practice. Feeling good and sore this morning. As soon as the sun comes up, I’m planning on going on a run.


  7. To the gal who had Mcdonalds and a creamsickle (YUM!), don’t let THAT be your reason for not working out. Heck, I did a 45 minute kickbutt class, came home, chugged a large glass of (warm) water and ate a Nutty Buddy. Yeah, not my BEST choice, but at least I got it moving! :)They say that 80% is from the kitchen which means it’s not so much what you do but what you EAT … we all know that 🙂 … (Pinterest had a sign that said “Don’t let your stomach be a wastebasket” … LOVED IT (not the picture so much though) … need to keep telling myself that 🙂 Good luck everyone!


  8. Elisabeth says:

    I ran 5 miles yesterday (running is my thing…) but didn’t do so well with the eating. I’m getting that in check today plus doing 30 Day Shred. I’ve been gaining and losing the same 4 pounds for a month now so hopefully this accountability will help me shed them for good!!


  9. After linking to you from the 31 days feature at Nesting Place, I went straight out and bought the 30 day shred. I have a 2 year old and an 8.5 month old. When I was preggo with the 2nd, I did P90X for 30 days, then just quit (I was 10 weeks along). Since then, it’s been losing all the baby weight on Weight Watchers and a smattering of runs here and there. However, the last three weeks of July I fell off my plan and that spelled 3+lbs for me. Since P90X workouts last from 42mins-92 mins. I knew I needed something less time-consuming. Enter your challenge. Now I will link you to my blog and check to see the progress. Measurements, but no pics yesterday. Actually did the video WITHOUT weights, got some 2 lbs and might have to work up to them. Seemed easy at first, but the second day was a reckoning day already!
    Here’s to weddings in the fall looking FAB-U-LOUS!
    ♥ Lauren


  10. Oh boy. Well, I know I should use this group motivation to get started again. I had gotten into a routine of exercising the last time you did the 30 day shred. I guess that was about a year ago.

    Then in February I started my blog and stopped exercising! Not good. That was not the plan, of course, but that’s what happened. Now I need to figure out how to fit both things in. I know I need to get up earlier in the day!

    Thanks for the motivation!


    Jen Reply:

    Welcome Elizabeth – you have now officially joined the world of blogging with the systems of blogger’s butt. That’s what we call it. 😉 No motivation to get off that bootie, and yes, I had to break that cycle again. 🙂


  11. I have been walking for an hour with the hubby every morning and I also do 45-60mns on the exercise bike. The problem is my sweet tooth, it always gets me into trouble. Hagen Das should just give me stock in their company, I love the ice cream. I can eat a pint in one sitting. So that is my biggest issue, candy and junk food, I threw it all out today, now I will see how it lasts. Onward and Upward!


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