Friday, April 3, 2009

Day 30 - The Reckoning (with pictures!)

At long last, the end has arrived - I've finished all 30 days of The 30 Day Shred. It is with great sadness that I realize, now that I am completely shredded, that I'll never need to work out again.

At least I'm pretty sure that's what Jillian said. I still can't hear most of what she says on the video because of the blood pounding right next to my eardrums.

Anyway, 30 days have come and gone, and I can totally feel the difference. I won't officially weigh in until tomorrow, but regardless of what the scale shows, I know my clothes are fitting better. I feel so much better about myself and how I look - dare I say, I even feel a little sexier? That's not really a socially acceptable word for guys to use, but screw that. Yeah, there's plenty of room for improvement, but I'm really proud of the progress I've made (you can click the pics to view them in all their glory, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it):

March 4, 2009 - Nice crease across my gut

March 11, 2009 - A little better

March 24, 2009 - Hey, some definition showing up

April 3, 2009 - Some side view improvement!

I think I'm proudest of the abs, even though they don't really show up very well. Not that they're like Anita's abs (hello, can you say WOW?), but I've never, and I mean NEVER, had any sort of ab definition before because I've never enjoyed doing ab workouts enough to keep going. Yeah, it's a bit of a stretch to say I enjoy Jillian's ab workouts, but they really aren't all that horrible (now that I'm starting to see results). It's also amazing to be able to do pushups again, and situps, and more than a few jumping jacks without feeling like I'm going to keel over and die.

So at this point I'm looking forward to continuing with Team Jillian and seeing future results. Kristen and her Shredheads idea have been so inspiring to got me started, kept me going through March, and looks like it's going to keep me going through the April challenge. Who knows, maybe one day this will really become a habit!



  1. WOW! You can really see a difference. Congrats to you! I think my shred comes today in the mail - all you peeps have me a bit terrified of starting :) But my butt does need a good kickin'. Don't worry - I will blame you in the morning!!


  2. WOW! congratulations on finishing the shred. looks like it did your body good!

  3. Kristen just forwarded our link as I'm linking up some of my fellow shredders - congrats!!!! Fantastic progress! -Christine

  4. WOW! Congratulations Fearless Leader! I can't wait to be able to see progress like this. I'm taking Day 10 pictures tonight.

  5. I can really see a difference - your back view is very much trimmer and you are right about your abs getting some definition.

    It was the progress shots of you and other shredders that convinced me to have a go at this.

    Unfortunately I think just shredding is not going to cut it, and I need to add back some cardio stuff that I was doing most days before I began the shred. More unfortunately, I am a creaky heap of bones and that idea makes me want to cry. Maybe wait till a week is up.....

  6. What a great change you've seen in such a short time. I'm seriously getting back on my wagon. Or atleast on yours since we're on the same team! Great work!

    Go Team Jillian!