#KOAB30DayShred: Check in! (+ Motivation Giveaway)

Calling all 132 of you who signed up to do the KOAB 30 Day Shred Challenge!

Are you still with us? I see our Twitter hashtag has gotten quieter in the last week. I miss you!

If you find yourself falling off the bandwagon, remind yourself: There was a reason I signed up for this challenge. That reason didn’t vanish even if my motivation did!

It’s time to turn on your DVD and spend 25 minutes taking care of YOU.

Losing weight, getting stronger, or simply being able to keep up better with your children.

Whatever the reason you took the challenge, the good news is that the 30 Day Shred video is mercilessly short. Just 20 minutes, including warm-up and cool-down. As I frequently have to remind myself, “I can do anything for 20 minutes.”

I’m half-way thru Level 2 and hating the planks with a bitter and unrelenting passion.

Where are you holding? If you fell off the “wagon”, just dust yourself up and get back on. We’ll be happy to have you back!

Now as a little added motivation: Please leave a comment on this post letting us know where you’re at, how it’s going, what you think of the workout, or what your biggest challenge is in sticking to it.

If you originally signed up for the KOAB 30 Day Shred (any day before today), AND you leave a comment on this post, you will automatically be entered to win one of two (2) $5 Amazon gift cards. My treat.

Again, from those that leave a comment on this post – who also signed up for the KOAB 30 Day Shred Challenge – two of you will automatically be entered to win a gift card.

You can still sign up for the 30 Day Shred challenge HERE, and leave a comment, but only those already committed to the challenge can win this particular giveaway.

P.S. If you need some more motivation, trying doing a Google image search for 30 Day Shred Before & After photos. (Many shots are taken in work-out bras, if that’s an issue for you.) This work-out can make a HUGE difference in your shape when you stick to it for 30 days. Even if you fell off the wagon, just jump back on. This is a game changer!


  1. i’m embarrassed, but haven’t done a workout 🙁 I work…get home when kids get home and then it’s busy…my challenge is fitting it in…
    should i do it now with a sick 6-month-old in my arms??

    • My littlest one is 3.5, so she’s able to be out of arms for longer stretches… although she does seem to think it’s great fun to sit on my while I’m trying to do my crunches!

      I’m sorry she’s sick – it’s hard to be a mama and balance it all. Try reminding yourself that it’s only 20 minutes. I figure I can do anything for 20 minutes, even if it’s the last 20 minutes of my day.

  2. Siri Fineberg says

    Working my way thru the second shred video. I like to move back and forth between videos so I don’t get bored.

  3. Dana Horesh says

    I have met my personal goal (working out 4 times/week)- thankfully! But I have skipped a few days sleeping in (shame on me). So had I applied mysklef I could have hit 5 or even 6 workouts a week. This week I am commited to getting back to the pool. It is very rewarding to swim in the dark cold winter in a lovely indoor pool. Once I am at work, I feel absolutely spectacular!

  4. I signed up originally. Have been keeping up with the shred challenge except for a few days when I was real dizzy.

  5. Sticking to my three days a week. Wish I could do every day but trying to be realistic, if I make that my goal I’ll get discouraged very easily. Thank you for inspiring me!

  6. Doing it 3 days a week and it is still HARD (though getting a little easier each time) but I really like that it’s short. I had a baby 2 months ago and this is really helping me stay focused on NOT taking a year to lose the baby weight. I am still at level 1 – hardest part are the pushups. I try, do a few, then need a break, then try again, then thankfully that section is over. I tend to do this really really late at night when the baby is (finally) asleep – but once she gets a normal bed time, I would like to do this more often – and then could maybe feel ready for level 2. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I’m not doing the shred, but I’m working out 5 times a week with 20 minutes of cardio every time and lifting 2-3 times a week. It definitely helps me get over January blahs.

  8. I was doing really well until the kiddos and I went back to school. Somehow after they go to sleep and I made lunches, do laundry and get ready for the next day, I can barely keep my eyes open, let along work out. My DH did take the girls to Target the other day to return some stuffed animals that they got as gifts and he came back with workout clothes for DD3 and DD5. They are excited to do the warm up and cool down with me, so that helps.

  9. Proud to day I have worked out every day the last two weeks excluding Shabbat. Love that kickboxing!

  10. Still with it. I’m getting in 5 days a week, missing out on crazy-Friday and then Mondays, too, when I usually have lots of other things going throughout the day. Definitely the best part is that it’s less than 45 minutes total — including rolling out/up the mat, getting the DVD cued, working out, and showering. Can’t beat that.

    I’ve done Level 2 about 3-4 times now. I’m doing some Anita versions and some regular. And then I cheat on about half of the double-crunches (doing regular crunches instead) because I just can’t lift my legs for them at that point. I’ll stay at 2 for another week, I’m thinking. I’ll move up (and start the fresh batch of crying — and cursing at the evil witch on the TV who ISN’T EVEN SWEATING!!!) to level 3 when you do, Mara.

    -Jonathan (@jipis6)

  11. Doing decently on the program. Done 6 workouts in the two weeks since I started. Should have done one today, but was at the JCC for other reasons and did some of the machines there, so I feel less guilty.
    Back to the shred tomorrow, I hope.
    My goal is abs of “stale marshmallow” (instead of soft marshmallow)!

  12. I’m missing it. I did something to a tendon in my knee (didn’t get the MRI to find out exactly what), and I’ve been out for a week. BTW–I didn’t hurt my knee doing the shred. I’m hopeful I will be getting back into it bit by bit sometime soon.

  13. i signed up first week of january and i managed one week… then my kids got sick and between taking care of them and working there was no energy left to exercise. but today i started again!!

  14. Trying…the accountability is definitely motivating, as is the desire to get back into my pre-baby stuff…scheduling is the challenge in the morning with the baby, but doing it almost as many times as I’d like per week….

  15. i signed up about 2 days after u started the whole thing but i don’t have twitter so i can’t follow u there however i haven’t received any emails at all was i supposed to have? did i sign up wrong? my absolute worst actually is the walking push up! its awful!

  16. 2 days down on Level 2. This is not the first time I’ve done the 30 day shred, but the first time I’m really trying to do it in a 30 (ish) day time frame. Level 2 isn’t more fun the second time around in case anyone is wondering, but I’m definitely less suicidal this go ’round. It’s interesting because within the past month I also have started seeing a nutritionist who has recommended not exercising every day which I sort of struggle with once I’m in a “groove”, but I’m interested to see how the shred ultimately turns out combined with a better diet.

  17. I’m on Day 10 of Level 1 and it’s getting better each time. It seems to really tire out my muscles though so I have to skip a day or two between shreds. However, I’m still keeping up with my elliptical every day. Extra bonus is my dog, Charlie, who has taken it upon himself to be my personal Jillian Michaels. He loves when I do the workout and is all up in my face when I’m on the floor doing abs. He’ll bring me every toy in the house and literally puts his face right in mine.

  18. I’m way behind where I wanted to be at this point. Last week I didn’t work out AT ALL, I hurt my back the week before (not sure how, pulled a muscle or something) and could barely breathe. I actually plan to start myself back at Day 1 now, just feels like it’s been too long to pick up where I left off! I definitely felt a difference when I was still on track and really want to get back to it!!

  19. I haven’t been great about doing the shred, BUT I do work out at least 3 days a week at the gym. My goal was to increase that to 5 days, and I’m trying really hard to get my motivation to add those extra days!

  20. Chaya Phillips says

    I didn’t start the shred (yet). First I watched it on Youtube. Then I got it from the library and realized I don’t have a DVD player hooked up. I spent days looking for my hand weights, then gave up and bought some more. Procrastination? I did do Zumba twice a week and I am up to 2 miles running/walking (25ish min) every Thursday. I still want to do the Shred.