25.2.13

I've Been Shredded - My 30 Day Shred Results


This is probably going to be the most revealing post I've ever made, but since I started this journey with you, I figured it was only fair that I end it with you too!

If you've been following me here or via social media, you might know that I started the 30 Day Shred last month. I initially wanted to do this to prep myself for the more intense P90X workouts... because let's face it, I have been out of shape for so long and needed something a little less intense my first time around. The 30 Day Shred is just under half an hour of non stop cardio, strength, and abs... whereas the P90X workouts are like an hour long... I definitely wasn't up for that just yet.

I finished my 30 days yesterday and I have to say that this has been the one workout that I've actually looked forward to doing.... ever. I've tried other workout videos and series in the past but have always become super bored with them. The 30 Day Shred changes things up every 10 days, and there's just something I like about Jillian Michaels. She's like a friend I would hang out with, and motivating at the same time.

So before I get into my before and after pics, I wanted to explain my goals for this. I didn't go into this wanting to lose weight. I simply wanted to tone up and get rid of all of those "extra fatty" bits, especially around my mid section. My big hips have always been a problem for me and getting rid of those "love handles" consistently proved to be an ongoing, no-hope-in-sight task. So, that was my main issue I wanted to tackle. I also just wanted to become a little stronger all around, and let me tell you... I feel a hundred times better than before I started. I may not have bulging biceps or much muscle definition just yet, but it's crazy how I can actually flex my leg now and feel that it's rock hard.


(this is like... super embarrassing to post myself in my undies... i really wish I thought of that when I took the before pics. Oh well, it's the afters that count *wink*. I've also blurred my face because nobody needs to see no-makeup dana!)

The first few days were kind of a small torture for me. I was so sore for days. It's so funny to think about now, but I seriously could not even do the single jump rope move without my calves feeling like they were going to collapse. For those that don't know what that is, it's basically just jumping up and down continuously for 30 seconds or so, as if you were skipping. I couldn't kick my feet all the way to my butt when doing butt kicks. I could hardly do one pushup. Having mastered levels 1, 2, and 3 has been an amazing confidence booster... because going from THAT to being able to do all workouts all the way through (and properly!) is huge!!

(yep... raw and unedited, friends!)

As I said, I didn't do this to lose weight, so I'm not sure what my "before" weight was and if I actually lost any pounds, but looking at the pictures makes me realize that everything I did was SO worth it. I really hate weigh scales and don't think they should be used regularly or to measure your success. For me at least, they are a de-motivator.  If I see that the number went up a couple of pounds I feel as though I should give up or that what I'm doing isn't working. If you're gaining muscle you might also gain weight, which can do some weird things to a woman's mind. The proof is in the photographs not the numbers. I've lost a lot of "flab" around my waist and lower stomach.  My core is tighter, my legs are a million times stronger, and best of all I am happier. After only working out for 30 days, I'd say that the changes (physically and mentally) are pretty awesome.

(shredding those love handles that I've had forever!)

I really recommend this workout to anybody looking to get a little exercise boost. Just do it. 30 days from now you will look back and see the results... just remember to take photos (it seriously helps SO MUCH). You can watch the full Level 1 routine on YouTube. You do level 1 for 10 days, level 2 for 10 days, then level 3 for the last 10 days.

I've moved onto another of Jillian's workouts, 6 week six-pack and am even more excited to see where I will be in ANOTHER month! I still have a little ways to go to get to where I really want to be. I started it today and will keep you updated and I hope some of you will join me in getting fit!


Now I've had enough of this revealing photo posting! What workout videos have you tried and seen results with? Also, if you're in need of a cheap and easy workout headband, try my t-shirt headband tutorial!

You can get both of these videos below:



87 comments:

  1. Good job!! I have this video at home and i have to admit, I only used it about 3 times before throwing in the towel. But this motivates me to try it again, especially on days I don't make it to the gym!

    xo Rachael
    homesweetharbor.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow this is so good ! :) I'm into working out myself ince recently and I'm not really good at it yet. But you are motivating me to keep on going ! :D ;)

    Thanks for sharing this personal story.
    Love Priscilla

    http://ukkepukki.blogspot.com

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  3. Congratulations! I've thought about trying the 30 day shred because there are tons of great reviews! It helps so much seeing pictures of people's progress!

    Way to go, you look amazing!

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  4. I have been doing the 30 day shred, but have took 2 days off, as it was taking it toll on my body and I was in a lot of pain. I hope to regain that motivation and looking at this I hope I will!

    kimberley-xxx.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. I've used the 30 day shred before and am a total believer! It was amazing the difference it made in just 2 weeks when I was on it. I'll be starting it again soon to try and get back into shape after having my baby girl a couple months ago =)
    p.s you look GREAT Dana! What a smokin' bod ;)

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  6. You're looking so good! I might look into the 30 day shred myself :)

    Amy | The Little Koala

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  7. Awesome results, congratulations! I'm going to keep this in the "you better remember this post pregnancy" folder! I've never been one for the 30 or 90 or whatever day challenges but I'm thinking I will need it after the baby is born.
    Shannon
    [ lifeofpoole.blogspot.com ]

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  8. WOW AMAZING, go you, you look incredible. I bought the DVD and i've had it for a month and i still haven't touched it, WHATS WRONG WITH ME? Starting this tomorrow!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  9. Thank you for being brave enough to post the pictures! I'm just starting the 30 day shred and I can't tell you how much I appreciate getting an idea of what I can reasonably expect. You look fantastic (well, you looked great before too, but you look way more toned now!)Nice undies, too! ;)

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  10. dang girl, lookin good! I did the shred once, it is so hard....way to go keeping it up for 30 days. It definitely gives results.

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  11. Hi Dana! You look amazing! I've tried Beach Body Insanity multiple times and it is my all-time favorite workout! Like P90x the workouts are about an hour long (50-55 min.) and at first it seems like it's not even doing anything then two weeks in those love handles melt off like butter! I wish I still had my pics from over the summer but I deleted them! I'm two weeks into my new workout at thedailyhitt.com; I seriously love the 8 minutes of bliss that Lisa gives me. All you do is replay the hiit video of the day three times and it (like Insanity) is challenging. After Insanity, I hadn't kept up with my workouts and gained even more weight than before! But Lisa over at The Daily Hiit is helping me out! Good luck!

    xo,
    Jessika

    jessclassy.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm going to second The Daily Hiit and throw in some Zuzka Light (I like Zuzka's personality better) these workouts are short, but awesome! http://zuzkalight.com/

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  12. wow this is amazing!! i started doing the shred but as i swim and go to the gym during the week i didnt want to do the workouts on those days and also i went skiing last week so obviously didnt do it then, i wish i was able to keep it up because you look awesome, i may have to pick it up from level 3 again (as that was where i was up to)
    congratulations!! :)
    xx

    http://be-lieveinyou-rself.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. congratulations, you look amazing ! iv been thinking of trying out this for a while and now after seeing the before and after pictures i think i might give it a try one day ! Thank you

    Beautiful Dreams

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  14. Ohmigosh good for you! Its always so cool to see someone follow through with an exercise plan and get such good results:)

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  15. Those are great results! Both physically and the fact that you feel fitter. I'm all about how you feel as well as how you look!
    I'm ill just now but once I'm better I'm going to start 30DS, didn't think of taking before and after pictures, I will now though!
    Might move onto P90X if I'm brave enough ;)

    http://alanagetshealthy.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Amazing results, I'm definitely a fan of jillian, she really keeps you going, if you're looking for a more intense workout I. Suggest trying Nell McAndrew, it's 40mins high cardio and then strength and toning sessions, really fab, I'm addicted! Keep up the good work, your are definitely reaping the benefits!

    Http:/quirkyprettythingz.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Great job! You look a lot more lean! I'm not a fan of scales either! I measure my success by how toned I am & how my clothes fit. I will have to give the 30 day shred a try! Another good program is www.dailyhiit.com. It's free & the hosts are very motivating.

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  18. You look so good! There is definitely nothing to be shy about, your bod is rockin'! I'm gonna have to try out this shred for myself.

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  19. OMG excellent job there!!! I'd like to try the Insanity workout :)

    xxxx

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  20. You look fabulous!! I've been working hard lately at toning and losing the inches in those trouble areas! I've loved watching the Tone It Up girls' videos to get ideas of strengthening exercises! :) Keep up the awesome work!

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  21. Well done!! You look great! I haven't heard this before but would live to try it!'

    alittlebitsunshine.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. You look amazing and you are so brave for sharing these photos to all of us but I love you! You look great girl.
    Carlee
    Almost Endearing

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  23. I admire you for sharing this journey with us! Your results look great so far! Would love to do one of these work out things in the future!

    The Introverted Brunette

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  24. It takes a lot of courage to post before and after pictures! Congrats on your success and confidence, it's very admirable!

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  25. congrats, and i also admire you for sharing so much! have you ever considered pole dancing for fitness? it's an amazing and fun way to stay in great shape.

    angela

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  26. Woohoo you look spectacular! I love the 30 Day Shred, but don't think I've ever done it for a consistent 30 days ha. Your pics are great encouragement though... I'm itching to go work out now!

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  27. wow, that's only 30 days? good job!! i totally need to do something like this. but it would be called "after pregnancy shred". lol.

    love, x
    blog | twitter

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  28. Does this still work well if you dont do thirty day straight ? as i am super busy the weekends and hardly at home...

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    1. I did it every single day, no breaks, so I can't answer that. However, the workout only takes about 20-25 mins... If you don't have 20 mins to spare, you are WAY too busy girl! haha. Priorities! xo

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  29. Thanks so much for posting this! I've been struggling with better health, losing weight, exercise, etc. I've been doing little things here and there, but the results have been very little. I know that I need to incorporate a better exercise plan, so this has really helped! I will check it out!!

    You look great!! Keep up the great work!!

    Cheers!
    ♥Kelli

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  30. I think you did the right thing to share this. I know I am wanting the same thing. I don't want to loose weight. I just want to be stronger. After seeing your pictures I am thinking of joining you. It would be soo cool share in the same thing.

    Big thanks for sharing!!

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  31. As Jillian says, "these abs don't come for free!" You look bomb dot com. I love that work out. LOVE it. Even your before pictures you are hot stuff, but still. I totally understand wanting to firm up and feel good. So excited to see how the ab work out treats you because I'm onto that one soon too!

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  32. You look amazing, congrats on making it through! 6 week 6 pack is my FAVORITE Jillian DVD. Ripped in 30 is also a good next step. If you feel like you're plateauing, just use a heavier weight! I am currently obsessed with Blogilates.com, I've been following her workout calendars and youtube videos for 3 months now and I've never been this fit!

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  33. I think you've just given me my motivation. Although like you I don't want to lose weight I do want to tone up! This seems to have worked really well for you!! Well done :) xx

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  34. A big congratulations, you sound super happy at the results and you have every reason to be! I really want to try this out because my body is in need of a good toning, but I just don't see myself sticking to it for a whole 30 days. I'm also really self conscious so I know I'd put it off if there was anyone else around in the house at the time, did you ever have this problem?
    xx

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  35. Way to go! My husband and I have been doing power 90 in preparation for p90x. I've dropped 10lbs and gotten definition, and my husband is packing on the muscle! It's so simple. Eat healthy and exercise. It just requires dedication.

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  36. Great, Dana! I noticed a lot of difference from your day 20 to 30.

    I have used P90X a few years ago and lost about 30lbs. Muscle definition was INSANE!!!

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  37. congrats! Maybe I should try this. I lost 60 lbs in the last year, and am loving it, but I need to tone everything up still(when I was losing weight the only exercise I did was walking) so everything just needs to be put in its place lol.

    Sarah=)

    www.etsy.com/shop/owleyevintage

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  38. Wow, you look amazing! My 30 Day Shred is currently gathering dust... I've only made it to day 3 before feeling so sore and giving up. I really want to set my mind to it and get it done! Your pictures are so motivating. Question - did you do any dieting or just eat normally?

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    1. thank you <3 :)
      I didn't change anything in regards to how I eat. I think there is a diet plan you can follow with this workout too (?) which probably could have boosted my results but I didn't do it. I don't really stuff my face full of bad foods or anything though either haha.

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  39. I've always struggled with my weight and I'm so embarrassed to talk about it, but I lost two stone last year by just changing my diet and so I've been desperate to find a good way of adding exercise into my routine to lose more weight and tone at the same time. After seeing your results I'm definitely going to try this! Thankyou!!

    Sally
    www.sallymaylewis.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Oh wow! I'm in need of shredding lots of pounds so I think I will try this one out. ^_^

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  41. Ive gone a few of Jillian Michaels work outs but I just dont really have a good space in my house for it.

    Im a member at 24 Hour Fitness and I wrote about some of the classes I take there that Ive fallen in love with. You can read it HERE.

    Or you can read my blog Once Upon The Hill.

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  42. Oh, and you look amazing in your undies too! No need to be embarrassed. I think the honestly and openness is why its so good to read.

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  43. Wow You look amazing!! Keep up the good work

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  44. WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this, because I know working out is a hard thing to talk about. You look awesome! And this has totally motivated me to get back into working out :) it's nice to know the first week sucks for everyone, and I just need to stick with it!

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  45. You've done so well!
    I'm building up to being able to do this routine - I suffer from fibromyalgia so have to take things a little slower than most, but am doing daily squats and lunges and a weekly zumba class and going from there.

    I can really see the improvement and am incredibly envious of your figure!

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  46. You look amazing! You really can see the difference in your body. I've been debating trying this myself to kickstart myself into getting fit. After seeing these results I think you've persuaded me to go for it!

    xx

    wearenouvellevague

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  47. I hope you read that, because I wanna thank you. I have been wanting to go running for weeks again after I got sick because it's very cold in Germany at the moment and I was running in the snow. Somehow I couldn't even manage to get out of bed the last weeks and I had a very hard time getting myself back on track. Then I saw your post and started to believe I could do this instead of running. I got up quickly because I was so motivated. Now I'm through with the work out and I feel so good! Thank you! :) I really hope I can stick with this routine every day. :)

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  48. Looking great, Dana! It's so fun to gain strength--it becomes addictive!

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  49. Congratulations!!! Completing the shred is *such* an accomplishment. I did it last year, felt great afterwards, and this post makes me want to do it again soon. Can't wait to hear about the other workout! Good luck!

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  50. Wow, congratulations! That kinda motivates me to do some exercise now as well haha :)

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  51. You look amazing :) Think i'm gonna give this a go now xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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  52. You look amazing, and you are SO brave. So I started this and made it through like 12 days and slacked off again. I don't know why I have such a hard time staying motivated. :(

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  53. WOW. Amazing results, I am on my 27th day and with only 3 days to go, the last time I did it was on the 19th, because of my cat dying and exams i ran out of time completely. I got to finish those last 3 days now and then either repeat the whole thing or do another one of Jillian's dvdd

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  54. I only made it past day one when I tried! Any tips for how to keep motivated?

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    1. Just keep telling yourself you can do it! Think about why you wanted to do it to begin with. Personally I like to challenge myself a little... like if I could only do the basic moves one day, I strive for the more advanced ones in the following days. It makes it a bit more motivating when you're working towards a goal :)

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  55. Congrats! I can't wait to try this out after my basketball season ends. :)

    xoxo,
    Crystal

    Crystal's Beauty Corner

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  56. I see the difference! That's amazing! My husband does the "Insanity" workouts, and I see big a difference in his muscle tone since he started.

    LC from theworldofellesee

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  57. You look great! I really think I am going to do this workout :)

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  58. Wow, congrats!
    Last summer I did Shaun T Insanity cardio program. It almost killed me, but it was very effective. Unfortunately I gave it up early because of the lack of time and energy and other stupid things. :) Buuut... you gave me some motivation to take up doing some exercise. thx :)

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  59. I have been trying to attempt this for ages. I have the dvd and stuff for it, but I think I need someone to make me do it. haha But after reading this post and seeing your results, I think I HAVE to do it now.
    Congratulations and great job!!!

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  60. I want to commend your modesty. I know that you put pictures up of yourself for the sheer fact that you wouldn't be able to see progress fully clothed. I admire the fact that you say straight out that it isn't like you to post photos like this, and to be honest, I have more respect for you as a blogger. My freshman year of college a friend complimented me that I didn't dress slutty for Halloween. It was one of the best compliments I have ever gotten and to this day I am still proud of it!

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    1. Thanks so much Jasilyn! I really had to ponder whether or not to even post this, but I wanted to share my honest results because I've been going on about this for the past month, and so many people wanted to see if it worked. I knew it would be kind of impossible to prove my point without photos so I sucked up the shyness and just went for it!!!

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  61. I just finished day one, and I can't feel my calves D-: But I'm excited to keep going, I took pictures, and I want to see results :)

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    1. amazing, keep going! the calves stop hurting after a few days!!

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  62. Holy Dana you are so brave! :) Your results are awesome! Good luck with P90x!! x

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  63. This makes me want to do it so bad! I have the DVD, but I keep using my baby as an excuse, like she won't play nicely for 30 minutes so I can do it, but the truth is that she naps every day and I could be using that nap time to get my shred on.

    You look amazing! I find your pictures quite motivating :)

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  64. I've been looking for certain ways (instead of the gym) to lose some weight and get fitter. Now I'm eating really healthy, but a work out was just what I was searching for! Your pictures also got me really motivated to try this. So thankyou, I'm starting this tomorrow, and I'll hopefully carry it on till the end (of both the video and 30 day) Eek, first time feeling excited for a 30day work-out shred, considering what a lazy bean I am haha.
    x http://sparkling-sea.blogspot.com/

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  65. Good job!!!

    I finished my 30 days today. I lost 2 lbs but more importantly, lost 4 inches off my waist, almost 2 inches off my hips, almost an inch off each thigh, I have to get pics on Saturday and blog about it but it's so cool to see other people toughing it out!

    I think I'm doing Ripped in 30 next! :)

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  66. I am almost done doing it too!!! You can totally see the results on you!!! YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!! :) Keep it up girl!

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  67. This has given me so much intensive! I've been looking for a good workout regime to start toning up from all the food I consumed over Christmas for so long but have had no motivation to start.

    Can't wait to keep to this and see the results!

    And congrats, you look great!!!


    http://www.words-of-hannah.blogspot.co.uk/

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  68. You look awesome AND THOSE PJs ARE SO SUPER CUTE!!!

    anywhere-is.net

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  69. wow :) I really admire you!
    I'm from Poland and I found your blog looking for results.
    It's my 3 day of 30Day Shred, I needed a motivation and I've found it :)
    good job :)

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  70. I can't believe the results you've got in 30 days! It sounds amazing I'm definitely going to give it a try! Like you I don't want to loose weight I just want to tone up, hopefully I'll keep it up and won't quit haha x
    graciousghost.blogspot.com

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  71. GREAT RESULTS! Same here. Not looking to loose weight, just the flabby lovehandles! Did you only do 30DS or did you work out additionally?

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  72. Haha im just so curious! A couple more questions :)

    Did you loose inches or a pant size?

    and did you complete any other workout after this?

    thankyou! :)

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    1. I started doing the 6 week 6 pack after this, then back to the shred again! I'm not sure if I lost inches, i didn't measure consistently enough. But my pants do fit a little looser now haha.

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  73. Nice! I would love to give this one a try!!
    I will post it up in my blog too, I think it will keep me more motivated!

    www.gwiyomistyle.net

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