Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Strength Goal Progress and the 30 Day Shred
I've been really loyal to the 30 Day Shred DVD I bought, even though it kicks my butt! But it's kicks it in a good way so all is forgiven :) Anyway, I think today will be Day 20 of the Shred, I'm only counting days when I do a workout. I've gone through all of the levels, there are three workouts on the DVD, each level is harder than the last and builds on muscles that you've strengthened in the previous workouts. Level 2 is a killer, just so you know! But it also makes my back feel amazing so I've been doing that for the past few workouts. I think from now on, I'll just do whatever level I feel like that day because if I just do Level 3 for the rest of my life I'll go crazy!
I can definitely tell that the 30 Day Shred DVD has helped me get stronger. I hit a very cool milestone yesterday, I was able to do a full on non-modified push up for the first time in my life, that was super exciting! If you read my previous post, you know my ultimate goal is to do a one armed push up, so I'm on my way! I can also see and feel muscles developing in my body, especially in the shoulder and back areas. There's also new muscle development in my calves that I've never had before. The workouts have also strengthened my core and helped TONS with my back pain.
I haven't weighed myself since the start because my goal, like I said in my previous post, isn't to lose weight, but to get stronger and have less back pain. I'll probably weigh myself at some point just to see where I'm at, but I'm really trying to get my mind past the number and more focused on how healthy I feel. That is the hardest part of this journey for sure, it's like trying to reverse a lifetime of the message that the smaller you are, the better you are. Which is of course total crap, but it's so ingrained from so early on that it's tough to beat. But I'm getting better, stronger, and healthier, so I'm well on my way to my goal!