Answer: Sort of. Maybe. A little bit.
To be honest, I have now (including today) missed three days. Still, working out twelve days out of fifteen is something of an accomplishment for me. Particularly given what I've been doing up to fifteen days ago, which was working out zero days out of however far back you'd like to count.
The box says "Lose up to twenty pounds in thirty days!" I wish I could tell you, Internet, that I had lost ten pounds. Sadly, this is not the case. I've lost a few. It's hard to pin down exactly how many since my weight fluctuates day to day anyway, but I'd say it's probably somewhere in the neighborhood of three pounds. Which is a bit disappointing, but I have to think that there's some losing fat but concurrently gaining muscle happening.
Because, let me tell you, whatever muscle I had has surely atrophied over the past couple of years. Having been working out, I've been much more aware of my muscles since, at least at first, they hurt a lot. But since then, I think I feel stronger. Yes, it has only been two weeks and I can't say I can see that much of a change, but I guess I feel better about my body already because I know that at least I'm doing something about it. I'm pushing myself beyond what is comfortable and there is satisfaction in that.
Probably I should have taken measurements before beginning the program so I'd have a more reliable means of measurement than the scale. I did try on my target jeans (target there meaning "goal to fit into" although they also came from Target) today and they seemed to fit a bit better. Before starting the Shred, I took a photo of myself in a sports bra and my work out shorts (which yes, sir or ma'am, are pink and orange striped pajama shorts that my mom got at the thrift shop where she volunteers - all of San Antonio can be glad that I work out at home and not at a gym) so I could have a basis for comparison. I took another photo today and intend to do the same at the end of the thirty days and maybe thirty days after that or something. There is no way in hell that I will be showing you these photos.
However, as you are well aware, I have no problem plastering my face all over this website. My face happens to register weight gain or loss fairly quickly and obviously, as evidenced by the following photos.
May of 2006, just before moving from San Antonio to Austin
As compared to March of 2007. (Weight loss, sadly, does not positively impact the effects of humidity on my hair.)
A pretty big difference, right? When I was living in Austin and losing the weight, a woman I worked with told me that my face was disappearing. She meant it as a compliment, and I certainly took it as such.
So, while I will not show you the aforementioned sports bra/pajama shorts pictures, I will go ahead and post on the internet my drivers license photo, taken two days before beginning this Shred business. One day, perhaps I will learn to run my fingers through my hair before having my photo taken.
And here I am today with my nephew.
Sure, the angle is more flattering in the second and any lighting on earth is more flattering than the fluorescents at the DMV. But I like to think there's a difference there.
In all honesty, and for those of you who may be considering the 30 Day Shred, I will take personal responsibility for not having experienced the optimal results. I haven't given up margaritas or tortillas dipped in queso or Peanut Butter M&Ms. I didn't get into this to diet and work out for thirty days. I'm trying to make this a lifestyle change which, for me, means trying to be more responsible yet also realistic. It's realistic for me to add in twenty minutes of exercise most days. It is not realistic to think that I will live without cheese. Or chocolate or bread or booze. I could give them up for a month, but I'd inevitably just binge on all of the above once that month had passed and gain back whatever I lost.
Maybe you have more self-discipline than I do and would see quicker results. I'm comfortable with seeing more gradual change and still being able to eat things I like, within reason.
It would be great if one of you could just remind me about my logic there, oh, every time I put on a swimsuit this summer. Because that twenty pound weight loss was going to come in really handy for that.