A Fitness Update

3.26.2013

Back in November I talked about doing Jillian Michael's Body Revolution.

 I realized a few days ago that I never gave an update, so here goes:

I finished Body Revolution in January and I have to say that it is one of my favorite workout programs that I have ever done. I've relied on workout videos for about 8 years now and I own tons of different workouts. From The Firm to Chalean Extreme- you name it, I've probably tried it.

When I first started Body Revolution I was a bit skeptical because the workouts are only about 30 minutes long. I honestly didn't think I could get any results from working out just 30 minutes a day. However as I went through the each workout I realized that they start getting pretty hard and that you can really get an amazing workout in just 30 minutes.  I usually hate doing ab work but Jillian incorporates lots of planks and pushups and I swear they are more effective than crunches.

By the time I was done, I felt leaner and more muscular than I have in a long time. I was pretty amazed at my results and so proud that I stuck with the program for 90 days. I didn't follow the diet plan that is included with the program but I did eat pretty well for the most part. I also didn't always do the cardio because some days I felt like doing something else.

Of course, as you know, we moved in early February. While I did my best to continue working out during our transition, I have to admit that I didn't really stick to a routine. I only worked out 9 times in February. By the time we headed to California, I already could tell a difference in my body. I only gained a pound or two, but I definitely didn't feel as fit! The program does work, but only if you use it and actually stick to the schedule. I knew that once we arrived my workouts would be sporadic for a while due to settling in and lack of equipment. However, I did pick up a little piece of motivation:

I haven't bought a new bathing suit since before Emerson was born, so I thought this would be the perfect motivation to get my rear back in gear. :)

I've decided to do Body Revolution again until I find another program that I want to do. I started with Workouts 3 and 4 this time and this week I moved up to Workouts 5 and 6. I made a promise to myself that I would get up when Jesse does and go ahead and get my workouts over with. So far, I've been getting in about 4 workouts a week. While this is definitely an improvement, it's still not enough! Body Revolution requires 6 days a week so I've got to step it up or that bikini will NOT get any use this summer. :)

I'd also love to add in some running but until our jogging stroller gets here, it's not really an option. I really haven't been doing quite as much cardio as I'd like. I've been working out in our living room and all that jumping around is pretty loud. I doubt my neighbors appreciate it at 5:30 in the morning. So, I think we're going to make a workout area in the garage so that I can jump to my heart's content without it sounding like an elephant stampede. 

And that's where I am fitness wise. I am the first to admit that I'm just doing the bare minimum right now, but I guess it's better than nothing! 

You may remember that one of my goals for 2013 is to complete 225 workouts. So far I've only done 37. That means I have to workout at least 20 times a month for the rest of the year to meet my goal! Feel free to follow my progress here. And if any of you have any other workout programs/videos that you recommend, please share! It's not likely that I'll be making it to the gym very often, so home workouts will be it for me!

~Dawn~ said...

I do the Jillian Michael 30 Day shred and love that. I also try to run a 3-4 miles every other day!!

That swim suit is adorable!!

J and A said...

Nice work!!! I loved the workouts I did do of this and can't wait to do the full program! I love your motivation suit, I bet it looks great on you!!

Emily Powell said...

...ugh I need to workout more :/ Good for you!

Tammy said...

LOVE that suit - where's it from? I agree, planks & pushups are more effective for the core, at least for me. I'm trying to find a way to get my workouts in too...nap time would be ideal but I think my eating habits are holding me back because I crash every day and evening from being so tired! So your bare minimum is my inspiration!! Keep it up girl!!

Gina Horkey said...

Hi! My girl Emily sent me over as I posted today about wanting to order this program to get back into shape after baby #2. Glad you had such great results! Did you think the resistance band was necessary? Did you buy it directly through her site or through Amazon or another method? I've found Amazon seems to be cheaper...if you find something else to try and want to sell it, let me know:-) www.runningafterbabiez.blogspot.com

BeckyJo606 said...

I love the bathing suit! I just had a baby and am looking forward to getting back into working out again! I was running 3-4 miles at least 5 times a week before pregnancy, so working out was a big part of my life! I think we might get my sister's elliptical to kind of start myself back into working out--but these workout videos sound like they could help too. I did the Shred and another one of her videos--I think they're good but I would need more--they get too easy after awhile!

AllisonFay said...

Tami what equipment do you need for these videos? I saw them at Target and have thought about trying it since then. I love Jillian!!

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

I have been looking for a good video workout to tone up after having baby #2. I thought about Zumba, but I might try these because 30 minutes is a reasonable amount of time. That swim suit is so cute, where is it from?

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