I promised I would get back to you upon completion of The 30 Day Shred, and here I am with a final comment or two:
I finished Day 30 last night and I am SO pleased with the results. Remember, I didn't lose weight and I didn't do a food log, nor did I eat according to a certain plan. I simply did the daily workout every day and found great improvement in my endurance and especially in my strength. I HIGHLY recommend this program, especially if you are confined to the home for fitness.
So what's next? I know I mentioned the Jillian Michaels "Making the Cut" book/plan, but I am putting that on hold for now. Why? Because there is a specific meal plan and our family schedule does not lend itself to cooking specific breakfasts, lunches and dinners. (Next Monday, for example, goes like this: 7:30am-9 swim team practice for older two, 9:15-10:15 swim lesson for oldest, 10:15-11 swim lesson for girls, 11 dash home for lunch, 1-5 craft camp for CAH, 3:30/4-8?? swim meet, 7:45-8:15 dance practice for Sweet C!!) Still not sure how it's all going to work, but I will drive myself crazy if I try to follow a very specific meal plan for the next 6 weeks!
Instead, I am going to:
1) repeat the 30 Day Shred, but this time I will do Level One one day, Level Two the next, and Level Three the next and keep rotating all month. I will also increase the weights I will use during Strength Training portions.
2) continue running a 5K through the neighborhood three times a week. It's not too bad in the summer, as I can run at 8:30pm and still see the road! I have two "races" later in the summer, so I want to be sure I can still complete the full course (my pace continues to hover between 9.5 min-10min/mile.)
3) keep a food log - writing down EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth! Usually when I start to keep a food journal, I start out ok, but if/when I eat unhealthy food, I stop logging. This time, I really want to stick with it, no matter what I eat.
4) do a yoga DVD a few times a week. I have noticed that although my strength has improved, my flexibility has actually decreased a bit. I am excited to do a yoga workout now that I am stronger (and hopefully can support myself better in some of the poses!)
So that's the plan. I am still very interested in "Making the Cut" but I will wait until Fall to go gung-ho on that plan.
I'll keep you posted...