April Challenge — Day 1 Stats and Goals (aka omg I can’t believe I’m putting these pics on the interwebs)

Pre-workout, 5:30 am, April 1. Do not judge the sleepyhead or poor self-portrait skillz!




Weight: 213

Height: 5’9″


  • Neck: 15″
  • Bust: 47.5″
  • Chest: 40″
  • Waist: 41″
  • “Muffin top”: 45.5″
  • Hips: 44.5″
  • Thighs: 26″
  • Calves: 15.5″
  • Biceps: 13.5″
  • Forearm: 10.5″

Here are my goals for the April Challenge:

  1. Start to lose the muffin top! The shape of my body changed quite a bit after my pregnancy and the pouch of stomach that hangs over my c-section incision has got to go!
  2. Get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I’m in a size 16 right now but I have a box full of size 14 clothes (work, casual, workout).
  3. Get stronger! I miss the muscles I had some years back.

How I plan to accomplish these goals:

  1. Do the Shred 6 days a week. Rest on Sunday, but STAY ACTIVE! Either a round of disc golf, a walk in the park with my son and boyfriend, etc.
  2. No eating out of the vending machine at work every afternoon.
  3. Eating breakfast from home, instead of fast food on the way to work.
  4. No alcohol during the week. And a limited amount on Saturday evenings (i.e. no more than 2 glasses of wine or 2 beers). That glass of wine a night adds up!

I don’t plan to count calories or points…right now. I want to focus on the working out and making better choices as I have the opportunity.

I’m very excited to be a part of Team Jillian! This opportunity came along at the perfect time for me. I feel motivated and ready to Shred!


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Shred Day 1 — Level 1


So simple yet so…well, hard. I haven’t worked out consistently since about half way through my pregnancy and that was over a year ago! A few modifications I made:

  • I used 3lb weights on all but the initial shoulder exercises, where on the second set I moved down to cans of beans.
  • I definitely followed Anita the whole time, not going too deep in the squats and lunges.
  • I managed to get through with only about 4 5-second breaks.

My arms, legs, and shoulders feel like jelly. A hot shower sounds good right about now!

I also weighed in this morning pre-workout and took some Day 1 pics (oh so lovely at 5:45 am!). Will post these, goals for the 30-day Shred later today.

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So it begins…

I’ve decided to join up with the Shredheads and commit to doing Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred workouts during the month of April.

I have the video, new workout shoes (Christmas present and only worn precisely once to the gym!), and instead of drinking coffee and websurfing from 6am til 6:30 pre-shower — I am going to Shred!

Tonight, I will post a bit more about my goals, my starting measurements, a starting picture, and a little more about myself.

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