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February 3, 2013 7:13 AM
Ok so I did 5 days of the shred and the scale said I gained 3 pounds..I took 2 days of rest and still the scale says I gained 3 pounds! I'm very frustrated and this program is really un-motivating me. Has anyone quit this program after the first week from the same issues? I was losing at a slow but steady pace before I started this and I think I should go back to what I was doing before.. what are everyone else's experiences?
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February 3, 2013 7:15 AM
I haven't lost much in 6 days, but I feel lighter, maybe because of inches. I'm thinking to weigh myself now at the 30 day mark so as not to lose hope (like last time).
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February 3, 2013 7:15 AM
Starting a new workout routine can make you appear to gain at first. Your muscles hold on to a lot of water in order to repair the little tears. This is a good thing. Those tears are what makes you sore. As your muscles rebuild those tears, they're adding more muscle, which means you're getting stronger and building more lean mass.
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February 3, 2013 7:19 AM
i gain every time i do it. I put on 4 lbs when i start it and i don't lose it till about a week after i stop it. This is completely normal and don't give up and stop. you will be very happy in the end with your results ( inches wise) more so then the weight. Most people don't lose alot of weight with this program but lots of inches. I have done 30ds 3 times and i am on my 3rd round of ripped in 30.
February 3, 2013 7:20 AM
Take your measurements, and don't worry too much about what the scale says atm. You should see a loss a little later, in the mean time you'll be retaining water to repair muscles. Overall the workout should give you a trimmer figure, but the pounds won't likely drop off the scale in the first few days.
Keep it up, it'll be worth it!
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February 3, 2013 7:30 AM
Amber, IMO if you are only in this to have a lower number on the scale you are going to fail. Yes...I told you were going to fail. There are so many more reasons to do this than that number....Healthier / stronger body, clearer skin (which is one reason to drink your water), greater posture, losing inches on our bodies, eating healthier, making better food decisions, being able to do things physically you were unable to do 6 months ago and the list goes on and on...With that said take account of all the good stuff going for you and dont let that number dictate your success. Good luck and dont give up...that is worse than fighting the fight!!
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February 3, 2013 7:34 AM
simply look at peoples before and after pictures and it will make you carry on

http://tinypic.com/r/2kho2q/6

This is after only 10 days so i am so excited to see after 30!x
Edited by KayteeB07 On February 3, 2013 7:35 AM
February 3, 2013 7:39 AM
Your body is retaining water to assist in muscle repair, which shows that it is actually working. Put the scales away and get out your tape measure.

I lost 6 inches off my waist doing the Shred. Yes the scale was unkind at first, but after a couple of weeks it started to move again. Make sure you drink plenty of water and that your protein number is high and you will be fine. Unless you had over 10,000 additional calories then I can guarantee it is not fat - (3,500 calories = 1 lb of body fat)

Enjoy doing the shred, you will not find many (if any) people who have done it who did not get great results.
February 3, 2013 7:42 AM
I had to quit but only because it hurt my lower back too much.... took months for the pain to go away so not sure what kind of damage I did. I got to level II.
February 3, 2013 7:42 AM
QUOTE:

Amber, IMO if you are only in this to have a lower number on the scale you are going to fail. Yes...I told you were going to fail. There are so many more reasons to do this than that number....Healthier / stronger body, clearer skin (which is one reason to drink your water), greater posture, losing inches on our bodies, eating healthier, making better food decisions, being able to do things physically you were unable to do 6 months ago and the list goes on and on...With that said take account of all the good stuff going for you and dont let that number dictate your success. Good luck and dont give up...that is worse than fighting the fight!!


I'm not only in this for the number on the scale. I wasn't talking about giving up, I'm simply talking about quitting the 30 day shred. I only lose 1-2 pounds a month no matter what I do, so obviously I am patient when it comes to losing weight but when I start seeing gains on the scale that freaks me out and makes me think I should go to what I know helps me lose. After a week and two rest days there still shouldn't be a gain on the scale is all I'm saying.

As for everyone else, thank you for the replies. I won't give up I'm gonna finish the program and tough it out. I do notice a change in my body already so that has to count for something :)
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February 3, 2013 7:43 AM
i should also add that i have only done 30ds and rin30 for my 1st year of weight loss and i credit all my inches lost to those 2 programs. I had 20-25 lbs to lose and i lost in a year... 3 inches off my waist,thighs, 3.5 off my hips, 4 off my chest :( and 6.5 off my lower belly. I went from a size 11 juniors to a 3 juniors. i also never lost more then 1.5 lbs a month ever, mostly 0.5-1 a month. it took a year, a long year just to lose 20 lbs!
Edited by lin7604 On February 3, 2013 7:44 AM
February 3, 2013 7:44 AM
I quit after level 1 because my knees were dying and the doctor told me I couldn't do it any more. It was working really well too...
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February 3, 2013 7:45 AM
I've done the 30ds on and off over the past year. Embarrassingly enough- I've never made it to level 3 but I was consistent in doing 1 and 2 for weeks at a time. I can honestly say that even though I've been losing weight by eating right and working out (occasionally) I have NEVER felt better than I did when I was going 30ds. YES- looking at the scale was a major bummer but I'd take the way I felt and the way my body was changing over the scale number any day!!

I'm actually starting it up again this week because my jeans are getting a little tight even after consistently losing weight (EEK!) and I KNOW without a doubt that after even just a week they will fit again like a glove!
Hang in there and just push through the stupid scale! You WILL be pleased ;o)
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February 3, 2013 7:51 AM
Definitely keep going the muscle tone is worth the initial gain. When I started I gained 2-3 pounds and was frustrated. When I started level 2, I gained a pound, but when I started level 3 I lost a pound. I use a mirror to make sure I'm doing the moves correctly because I hurt my neck and lower back doing the moves incorrectly and had to rest a few days to heal. So far I've lost about 10 pounds doing this but I also do C25K training too. I started measuring myself when I got to level 2 so I won't have a totally accurate inch loss when I'm done. I'll be done with level 3 next week if I keep going strong. If you don't have a measuring tape, I'd recommend investing in one (I have a cool retractable one from Walmart and it was only $2) because even if the weight isn't coming off the inches usually do. Good luck! flowerforyou
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February 3, 2013 7:56 AM
QUOTE:

Unless you had over 10,000 additional calories then I can guarantee it is not fat - (3,500 calories = 1 lb of body fat)


This is a fantastic thought to have! This will certainly help me!!
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February 3, 2013 8:05 AM
You are building muscle. If your clothes are fitiing differently and not tighter, you are losing inches.

I had to quit 30 DS, but it was because my knees and hips were in so much pain I had no choice. Don't worry about me, though, I've completed TurboFire with no problems.

If it is working for you, keep up the good work!
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February 3, 2013 8:08 AM
I quit it after 3 days because it was BORING and I can't stand Jillian Michaels. It wasn't fun, and based on my heartrate monitor, I wasn't burning enough calories to make it worth it. I can do better workouts on my own, however, I have since discovered Zumba, and I LOVE it. I go to classes twice a week at my gym, but if you don't have classes near you, you can find all kinds of videos on YouTube.
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February 3, 2013 8:13 AM
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Edited by oohmercyme On February 3, 2013 8:14 AM
February 3, 2013 8:33 AM
I've "quit" the 30 DS for the time being because I ruptured an ACL while skiing. I'll be back on it as soon as my physiotherapist clears me to do jumps again though. Meanwhile I still do parts of the routine like squats and pushups to keep active.

I could never quit the shred completely. It's what made me lose the inches when I started off with exercise. It also made me realise early on that yes, I can be active and that I can be strong. It was also my springboard for harder exercise routines.
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February 3, 2013 8:35 AM
I've only done 4 days of the shred so far. I just started 1/28/13 and gained 2lbs. the first 2 days. Then one Wednesday I did a pilates workout instead and those 2lbs. went away and now am down another pound from where I started. But I have read so many inspiring posts about how many inches people have lost and also have seen a lot of great pictures so I'd say it's definitely worth it to keep going! smile
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February 3, 2013 8:42 AM
Your scale might go up but it probably doesn't mean you gained fat. I would stick with it.
February 3, 2013 8:44 AM
I quit because it made an old knee injury hurt so much that I was limping.
February 3, 2013 9:25 AM
Look at it this way, you are challenging your body in ways you haven't before. Core work (like planks) takes a lot of of muscles and when you work those you haven't in a long time, it's going to retain water to repair themselves. Which is why those that start 30 day shred would do well NOT to weigh themselves until after the program is over. Simply take before and after pics and compare after the 30 days.

I did 30 DS and felt such a change after 3 days I bought Ripped In 30. Finished RI 30 and I'm doing 6 Week 6 Pack now (btw RI 30 is very similar to 30 DS). I will probably do another one of Jillian's DVDs after this. Oh, and I weigh the same or a little more!! Jillian works, that's all I can say. Don't give up, finish it and if you don't see a change at the end you can chalk it up to something that wasn't for you. Based on the many before/afters on MFP, I think you will like the results.

(1) last summer, (2) after 30 DS, (3) after RI 30

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February 3, 2013 9:42 AM
Well personally i can say that it has really whipped my butt into shape. I had been running a few miles outdoors or biking hard for over an hour almost every day. So i thought i was in good shape but i still had some flab i couldn't shed & I wasn't prepared for the planks, burpees and all that other craziness she has you do.

To be honest, i never followed her 30DS program because i can't do the same video every single day. That is SO boring to me & i couldn't stay motivated, so here is what i did......for about 5 weeks I have used the 30DS video plus several other videos by Jillian, a few other HIIT Tabata & plyometric workout videos that i bought & some others that i found online for free. (try looking up "fitnessblender.com" if you are interested in some more variety. They have a ton of routines you can do. There is no music so you can play whatever you want which i love. and they are all free, which i love even more! ).

.....Anyway, just like you I did gain a few lbs per the scale initially, but then a week later I was back to the same weight on the scale. the next week it was still the same. Then i stopped checking because I noticed that my measurements had become smaller. After a few weeks my jeans fit better, now there is no big belly or muffin-top anymore. The scale became irrelevant because although i may be the same weight or even have put on some weight that's cool because i'm shedding fat & building muscle.

I also started incorporating weightlifting into the routine the past 2 weeks so no doubt the scale will go up but again, it will be muscle not fat so i'm game for it. In fact although It has only been a short while even the little bit of lifting i've done has made a difference that i can visibly see in my remaining problem area (my lower belly) so i'm trying to build those muscles up & hoping for gains on the scale now
February 3, 2013 9:44 AM
I too had the same issue! But I realized no one has to walk around with the number on their scale plastered to their forehead for everyone to see. But we do have to walk around carrying this excess weight we've put on from bad eating choices, with that being said, try not to worry so much with the number...its just a number. measure yourself and watch the inches fall off! The number will eventually catch up to the inches!
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