So in my quest to be more toned and generally improve my fitness level, I have been doing the 30 day shred by Jillian Michaels.

I am currently 7 days through it. I took a rest day because my muscles were extremely sore on day 5 and 6 and I didn’t want to do any permanent damage. It was much easier today after my rest day and I powered through it pretty easily.

Any way, I just wanted to tell you a little bit about it. The 30 day shred is a circuit training system designed by Jillian Michaels, who is the fitness specialist on The Biggest Loser USA. The work out is about 25 minutes long with a short warm up and cool down. it consists of 3 levels, and it is recommended that you do each level for 10 days each. Personally I’m finding level 1 a little easy so I think I will start with level 1 tomorrow and do level 2 in the evening, just to see how I get on! You will need a yoga mat if you have hard flooring and weights (or food cans!).

I know… you’re dying to ask… Is it working?

In short yes. I haven’t weighed myself since starting so I’m not sure about the scales, plus I had a friend come to stay with me earlier in the week, so my diet went completely out the window! I’m weighing in tomorrow… and I’m not looking forward to it.

HOWEVER… I am definitely more toned, especially in my trouble spots of my love handles and lower abs area. I’m pretty lean everywhere else, and I do believe that my upper abs are starting to peek through, which is pretty remarkable after only 7 days. My clothes are fitting looser and my general mood and energy levels are up, so it’s definitely something I am going to keep up regardless of what the scales say tomorrow!