I made the decision when I started the Shred to push as hard as I could after seeing a quote online related to it 'Unless you puke, faint or die, Keep Going'
And I did, I could hardly breathe during Day 1, Day 2 was the same with the added muscle aches gained on Day 1 but by Day 5 it was a lot easier, note I said 'easier' not easy! ! I had been worried as I always have been whilst exercising about my knees which I've had problems with or years but as the days progressed they actually felt better than they had since Louka was born. Along with knee problems I'm also prone to problems with my back and it was only November that I could hardly walk with the pain so I am always mindful of that too.
I completed Level One and moved onto Level Two, this was a big jump up, full of 'plank' related moves and I really felt it the next day.
I was finding this much harder and today, having just completed Day 16 (over half way!) have decided to change tactics. With my knees now feeling worse each day, I'm concerned that pain will move to my back as I try and compensate for it. I will continue to exercise as I'm still a woman on a mission but I'm going to switch workouts.
I was never going to complete the shred in 30 days due to my upcoming trip to the UK on day 26 and I don't fancy ruining my first proper shopping trip in 3 years by not being able to walk!
Having retaken my measurements I discovered I have lost a combined total of nearly 3 inches off my hips, stomach and thighs so it does work and I do intend to come back to it at a later date.
I may give myself a day off tomorrow (body doesn't know what's hit it after 16 days straight of workouts!) but after that I'll be going back to the DVD I first started with, 'Davina McCall's 30 minute workouts' which did wonders for me last time and gives a bit more variety in the styles of workout.
I may be bowing out of the shred for now but I promise I'm not giving up!