Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 7 & meals plans

Day 7 is great! It ended with cardio and more cardio! :) Remember I swapped rest days because of life happening ;) I ended up doing one of the workout videos cardio sessions and then I decided instead of repeating the video I would do my own thing outside. I went for a run, did some push-ups against a stair way, intervals up and down the stairs and finally some jumping jacks in the middle of the park trails. I tell you my muscles ache after I exercise outside. I guess the higher oxygen content, the harshness of the weather, the ground itself (environment) all impacts the body compared to a comfy gym or livingroom.

Anyways, week 1 is complete folks! I'm through the kick start you're metabolism phase and my thoughts on it's doable! The meal plans were really simple, which I loved! I didn't even need to go shopping, I had everything in my fridge already. How awesome is that?! Now that being said, taking a look at the actual meals plans for the next 83 days...holy smokes I was overwhelmed by it all. I'm sure I'll muddle through it, I just need to get organized. I immediately noticed the incorporation of healthy carbs. There are steel cut oats (which I love yay!), muffins, pancakes, sandwiches, etc... This is awesome news in the sense that the only bummer about the 7-day kick start was I was still hungry after my alloted calories..seriously I still had to have another 200 calories to feel satiated at the end of the day. I'm thinking that this was because it was a lot of veggie and protein :) Hopefully an increase in carbs and fiber will help me feel fuller longer :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Day 6

I can't believe a week has almost gone by! Wow that was fast, this program is going to fly by :) Today is all about strength training...I'm supposed to do the cardio as well! Today I think i'm going to split up the workouts, in the morning and afternoon/evening. I'll let you know how it goes :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 5

I took my rest day from the program a day early. I was out of the house most of the day (swimming lessons, garage sale, 3 year old birthday party, grocery shopping, long drive home). I did get in a 30 minute run, while everyone was sleeping. My place isn't too big so I decided to run the trails near my house, instead of wake them all up jumping around the living room..haha. I also ran around the playground earlier today after 3-4 year olds for an hour, so that's got to burn up something! At least some cardio in. :) Awww I can't find an option to upload a video onto blogger.. I guess I could put it on my youtube account. It was a a hilarious video of us being silly on the playground :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 4

Last night after doing the body revolution workouts, I went to aqua cardio class. If anyone thinks that aqua classes are for old ladies, they so have not been to the classes I go too! They are brutal workouts! A lot of cardio intervals in water, which is tough because of the resistance you get from the water. It's a total body workout. Also a lot of balance and core work with water weights and water noodles. I missed a couple days last week because my membership ran out, and some of the ladies from class, who I haven't socialized with much, saw me when I went in to renew. They were so sweet and said they noticed I wasn't there and hope I make it to next class because they love my energy, it's motivating! How sweet is that?! :) I love when people go out of their way to say kind things like that to others.

Today was a strength training workout. All about the shoulders! I really like this one, I'm using 5 pound weights for most of my workout. I have 2.5's and 10's but those are too light and too heavy. There are a couple exercises where she says to use a heavier weight, so I double up using my five pound weight and my 2.5lb, making it 7.5lbs total. Also she does use bands in one of the strength workouts...I actually am using my own bands that I got from another workout program they have weights in the handles making them more of a challenge.

Okay small post, signing off now :)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 3

Here is a picture of my delicious home made veggie soup. I cooked this up for lunch, took me maybe 20-30 minutes, super easy! And all Jillian's recipe, I only swapped zucchini for celery because I was out :) I love this bowl, don't you?! It perfectly holds 1 cup :)

Day 3 has been great! I've decided that back to back workouts though are not fun, until I'm in the midst of the 2nd workout. When I realize I feel great and I'm almost done. The program says to do one workout in the AM and the other in the PM, but my schedule doesn't really mesh with that. Here I am doing back to back workouts and i'm surviving just fine! Today is cardio and cardio I guess I'll be getting through the workout to do it again. That means 6 rounds of her intervals, instead of 3...oh how will I deal with that one!


Well I got through 2 rounds of cardio 1 back to back. Needless to say i'm a sweaty, hot mess!

Here is today's snack :) It's supposed to be celery with almond butter, but I don't care for raw celery and I don't have any almond butter on hand....soooo here is a pretty apple with 100% natural peanut butter.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 2

The eating plan has been going really well for me so far! Remember I'm doing the 7-day kick start plan right off the starting line, so I'm doing the lower calorie meal plan, plus the extra cardio workout. The eating plan is going well because so far I've have had everything on hand. I guess my kitchen is stocked healthy already! That's a bonus and a boost to my grocery shopping ego..hehe ;) I did have to add an extra greek yogurt snack into my meal plan because I needed something extra. I think it's due to the fact that I added in extra cardio with swimming.

Todays workout wasn't too bad. I really love the strength training/interval training workouts more than cardio. I'm a cardio addict, but for some reason I'm just really enjoying the strength portion of these workouts.

I seem to be snapping pictures of my breakfasts the past couple days and forgetting to take a few of my other meals..hehe :) Today I had a breakfast that I don't normally have, but I really want to stick to this meal plan to get some great results. Here we have Organic Free Range pouched eggs from Saltspring Island, where the chickens were so sweet and ate out of our hands, mock turkey bacon or turkey fakon..whatever you wanna call it and slices of tomato on the side. This meal also calls for avocado, but I didn't have any on hand. I ended having a cup of coffee with it :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Day 1 Done!!

Day 1 is complete!! It wasn't too bad, I must admit. This is coming from someone has done Jillian's 30 Day shred all the way to the end. Plus I have extra weight on me about an extra 40lbs that I shouldn't have. Sooooo it's do-able people! :) I think the "running man" is the hardest for me personally. My 4 year old says it looks fun, but I assure you after the first 10seconds it's not. I've found that counting to 10 in my head about 6 times gets me through the minute easily though.

I have to take my measurements because I want to see how every month compares to the last! :) I'll be doing that tonight :)

Here's a glimpse at my breakfast this morning! Organic Greek Yogurt with Raisins and Cinnamon.

Happy, healthy days everyone!

Set up :)

Okay so the blog is created and I'm ready to start working out! First of all I am a huge fan of Jillian Michaels! I've used her other workout videos over the past year and saw great results, especially with 30 day shred! That workout made half my butt disappear, I think it was all the squats and jumping jacks :D I'm also an avid listener to her podcast, which is free by the way on itunes!

I thought i'd give you a bit of background on me and why I decided to try out this program. This year i've decided that I'm determined to become more lean and strong. I think it's because I haven't had a strict/planned workout routine. As of now I go for runs/jogs when I can, attend aqua cardio classes 4 times a week and hit they gym when I can. I need a workout that really pushes me and I think Body Revolution is it! :)

My hope is to be working out 6 days a week with Body Revolution, plus additional cardio (aqua classes, swimming, running, hot yoga). I'm also going to be following her meal plan the best I can. My first week will be the 7-day kick start your metabolism plan (food and workouts).

And just so you know...
This blog is just my humble journey on getting fit, in no way am I telling you to use this program. If you're reading this then I hope you can take from it what you will :)