June 23, 2009

24 Days and Still Shredding

Let's talk the Shred.

We are on Day 24. I've been doing Level 3 since Day 10 or something like that. It has actually gotten too easy. I am going to keep going to Day 30, though, because I have this annoying inability to leave anything unfinished.

Brianna is my work out partner and she loves it. She has vowed to keep doing Jillian even after 30 days. She had major reconstructive surgery on her knee a few years ago and finds it very good therapy.

Me? I don't know what I am going to do after this but I did order Jillian's new book Master Your Metabolism from Amazon.com Saturday night.

I've not lost any weight but I think I may have felt some ab muscles for the first time in 17 years. I don't have Anita's abs or anything but hey after 7 kids neither would Anita, right? As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did notice a large decrease in my glucose numbers since doing her workout.

If you are just joining in, you can click here to check out my Exercise and Health labels and read more about the Shred. If you've been with me for a while let me know how you are doing. Hey, don't make me call you out by name, OK girls???

And, to JenT. I typed a long reply to you when you commented that you had started the Shred but that's when the whole web page started going crazy and it deleted my whole comment. But it went something like this. My apologies to anyone who is not interested but I am going to go on my diabetes band wagon for a minute.

Jen T. said she was starting the Shred to help prevent diabetes because her mother has it. And I wanted to say You Go Girl! It is harder to take preventative action than it is to get up and do something after you have been diagnosed with an illness. People are just more motivated when they no longer have a choice.

But (on band wagon now) the good thing about diabetes versus many other diseases is that with proper diet and exercise before the fact many people at high risk can PREVENT diabetes. And those with prediabetes or early diabetes can often REVERSE it with proper diet and exercise. And those who have full blown diabetes can slow down permanent damage from the side effects of diabetes like heart disease.

And for all those who say, I am not at risk or diabetes won't affect me...check this out. Everyone in the world, even those not at risk, would be healthier if they stuck to a diabetic diet. More energy, less sickness, less problems with obesity.

And check this out...I was considered in excellent health...I exercised daily...ate an almost ideal diet...was a healthy weight....and was diagnosed with diabetes 20 years younger than the average diagnoses. You may be more at risk than you thought.


  1. I have trouble with the pushups, but am good with everything else. I love it. I am on day 24 too. That is funny.
    the numbers on my post were an attempt to number the comments, but I got carried away and now I can't get them off.

  2. You were the hammock idea lady. I'm sorry I forgot. I've been reading so many blogs I forget who said what.

    Thanks for that great idea, we all love it even if it is a tippy one. Maybe we'll find a different type for the next one we get.

    Great job with the shred. I'm glad you are healthy and getting in even better shape.

    So you have diabetes? It is quite an eye opening disease. My hubby was diagnosed several years ago and he immediately started a great diet (I did too) and he lost 50 lbs.I didn't stick with it though.

    He has long since gone off the diet and is in denial that he has it any more. He has gained the weight back. I'm sorry that that happened after all of his hard work.

    His health is always a prayer I say.
    Have a great tomorrow.

  3. The shred looks like something I should look into. I've been catching up on all your posts from the long weekend. Great 52 weeks post and I enjoyed the post about your husband. what a great guy. Lots of great posts and pictures!

  4. Oh, and my name is prounced just like Karen. =)

  5. Thanks for the encouragement. I must confess I took a few days off from the Shred, but hopped back on the wagon today. I am so out of shape that I am still on level 1. But like your daughter, I'm going to keep going even after the 30 days. I hope to eventually make it to level 2 and then *gasp* 3! :)

  6. Hi Kat,

    I'm back from Rome and the cruise we took. Always good to be home although we had a fantastic time. :-)

    I really want to get The Shred when I get back to the States. I think I mentioned that before. It's pretty awesome that it's easy for you. I'm trying to really watch the way I eat because I love, love sweets. I enjoy baking cakes, I like chocolate, and I have no problem enjoying a cone. (OK, that felt good to write that down and read my own confessions). Today I made hummus and had it with orange pepper slices and carrots. It was not as good as I would have liked because my blender wasn't working right. Last night I made fish and mixed vegetables on the side. I am enjoying this, but it is probably at the heels of eating way too much on the cruise.

    What book(s) do you recommend to learn more about diabetic dieting? Maybe I can just read things on the internet, too.

    Have a blessed day and I'll talk (comment) with you soon.

  7. You are already on Level 3 on Day 24? How many days did you stay on each level? Level 2 is kicking my rear so I must be in terrible shape. I can say I'm not enjoying working out nearly as much since starting Level 2. I think I'm losing inches but not as much weight. Great job for you though.

  8. Today you only have five days left! As Jillian (may she live forever;) herself would say:"finish strong!".;)

  9. I stopped shredding about a month ago. I have been walking at the high school track, running the bleacher steps, doing push ups and crunches though. I really liked the shred but I need to loose weight and for me that takes longer than 20 minutes a day. The shred was wearing me out and I wasn't getting in the needed extra 30 minutes of cardio. I am really proud of you for sticking it out! Very impressed that it is easy for you too!

  10. Sounds like things are going great! Good for you. I've been out of the exercise loop for about 2 weeks now. With VBS and all this week, I just don't have the time.
    Next week I will be back to shape boxing, Wii Fitting and swimming :-)

    Have a great day!

  11. Thanks for your thoughts and kind words.

    What a great idea to cook more healthy. I think I just gave up too. We both need to lose weight.

    I'm sure you have some favorite recipes to share. Do you already have some recipes posted?

    I'm recovering from my tooth extraction this a.m. I was having some pain & the meds didn't kick in quick enough. Now the pain is controlled, but I'm loopy & the meds hurt my sensitive stomach.

    All will be well soon.
    Take care,

  12. Congratulations for you sticking with the Shredd, and seeing it the whole way through! It always help to have that workout partner too!

    I also realized that I had not commented back on what Gotcha Day was. We had adopted our youngest from China and the day that we got her is referred to as Gotcha Day...we got her on her first birthday.

  13. I finished Day 30 last Tuesday and I, too, got very comfortable with the level 3 but love how it toned my abs. I don't know what to do now. I had planned to still do the Shred, just not forcing myself to do it every day after the initial 30 days (because I committed to 30 Days, every day, no excuses). But I'm kinda tired of it and ready for something else. Before Shred I ran outside for exercise but now that I've been working out indoors and it is heat index of 102 here, I'd like to find something new I can do inside. You are an inspiration with your diabetic diet; I going to have to check it out!