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Day 1 Jillian Michaels BodyShred

Today is Day 1 of Jillian Michaels' BodyShred!!

I got up bright and early (Hello 4:30 AM!) and took my weight and measurements. I'll be taking pics after I write this post. Though I won't post them until the end of the program. Just not feeling it right now :) Then, I did workout 1! 

AND only had to modify the push-ups, woohoo!

First, the numbers:

Beginning BodyShred Stats

Weight 197.4
Right Bicep 13
Bust 44
Waist 37
Hips 45
Right Calf 15

Not going to lie, I did NOT expect to see that number on the scale. I expected it to read somewhere between 188 and 192. But, there it is. Fruit of my poor choices lately. Funny thing though, instead of feeling horrible about myself as I would have in the past, I felt motivated. Line. Drawn. In. SAND. Starting line!

As I took my weight and measurements this morning, then looked myself in the mirror anticipating before pics, I felt no self loathing. Instead I'm just being very honest and real with myself. Real about where I am and real about where I want to be to live my best life as my best self. I don't see a 'before' I just see me. I see this as a beginning. A starting line. I'm me. Before me, after me, always me. I just want to feel strong again. To fit into some of my smaller clothes. And that's OK. No need to bash this me. I am where I am and I'm willing to change my choices to get where I'd like to be. THAT is all progress for me from the last time I went through a weight loss journey.

First Impressions

So far I think I'm going to love these workouts. They're set up in circuits with weights, cardio, and abs (similar to some of Jillian's other stuff) which I like. They're also only 30 minutes/6 days a week. Perfect. They're challenging, but the modifications make it totally doable for my less than what I'm used to fitness level. I honestly was worried about whether this program would be too tough for me. Just to be sure, a week or so ago I did the week 1 workouts to test it out. Humbling, but doable! I did however have to purchase 5 pound weights because the lightest I own are 8's and, uh, NO. Again, humbling, but just a starting line.

And now, I'll have to cut this short. My laptop battery is dying and there are no plugs in my walk-in closet (seriously, no plugs?? rentals...) I'm hiding in my closet because Baby O. is very into electronics these days and hugely fond of my laptop. :) Glamorous fit mom blogger life...


Week 2 Results
Full Program Review

Knowing vs Doing

There was a time in my life when I didn't know how to live healthy. A time when I didn't know how to listen to my body and give it what it needs to thrive. I didn't know that grains and white potatoes make me feel like crap. I didn't know I needed more water and less Sugarfree Rock Star to get through the afternoon. I didn't know how great taking care of myself and making good choices could make me feel. I didn't know my body was capable of working out hard, capable of running for miles and miles, capable period! I didn't know.

Fortunately I took the time (let's be real, it was years) to figure these things out. To research. To learn. To experiment with what works best for me. And now I know...

If only that was all it took!

You see, I know, but I'm not doing.

I'm not doing the things it takes to take care of my body. I'm not drinking enough water. I'm not running. I'm not lifting weights. I'm not working out at all. I'm not reaching out for accountability. I'm not fueling my body so that it will thrive. I'm not meal planning. I'm not food prepping. I'm just not.

I know what works for me, but I'm just not doing it.

What I am doing is shutting my alarm off and going back to sleep because I'm "too tired". Or I'm getting up and making excuses why I can't workout this day. I'm eating french fries with my kids because they taste good. (They eat white potatoes, which I think is fine, but I know I can't. They make me immediately sleepy.) I'm using coffee as a crutch instead of just something I enjoy. And, yes, there have even been Sugarfree Rock Stars a few times. 

I'm exhausted. I'm taking naps with Baby O (and I'm not a napper, naps make me feel worse). I'm just flat not taking care of me.

I know, but I'm not doing.

Knowing vs doing is a funny thing. All the excuses in the world I can make are just plain silly because I know. I know how to take care of myself. I know how to lose this baby weight. I know how to eat so that I'm not exhausted at 1:30 in the afternoon. I know. 

It's that shift from knowing to doing that has just not happened (at least not for long) since having Baby O. She turns 2 the end of June. That's a whole lot of excuse making!

This time in our tiny rental house has been good for me. It's given me no choice but to take a hard look at me. At why I am where I am and what I need to do to fix it. 

I know.

Now to do...

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels BodyShred

I was sent the BodyShred program for review purposes.
As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.
I first heard about Jillian Michaels' new program BodyShred from a twitter friend. Excitement doesn't begin to describe my response; I couldn't get to the BodyShred site fast enough! After perusing the site a bit and reading about the program I decided THIS is exactly what I need right now! Jillian workouts are among my favorites and I had great results from her Body Revolution program pre-baby. A new Jillian program?! Yes. Please.

I've wandered pretty far off track with our move from Colorado to Idaho. My weight loss and fitness were not a priority (I know, I know, you'd think I'd learn...) During the move my eating was pretty good, but workouts didn't happen. AT. ALL. I think I went 3 weeks (maybe 4?) without working out once. Then, once we arrived in Idaho (while we wait for our CO house to sell) we rented a tiny house with a small yard and I'm finding myself very sedentary without the land, animals, chores, garden, daily goat hikes... I don't even have my jogging stroller here right now! I've also noticed I'm munching out of boredom. Life in the suburbs has been quite the adjustment for this country girl. It's definitely time to ditch the excuses and make a game plan for myself in this new space.

I'm craving routine. I'm wanting results. I'm so ready for BodyShred.

Instead of just doing a review, I've decided to take it a step further and do a Hype or Help review series on the BodyShred system. I'll be following the program (workout and diet) and sharing my experiences, thoughts, and results. Then, at the end I'll do a final review of the program.

The rest of our stuff is supposed to be here next weekend (hello, why didn't I bring my Enell with me??) so I plan to start the 60 day program Monday, May 18th. Not going to lie, I'm a little nervous about the initial weigh in. Ah well, I am where I am and that's where I start!

Jillian Michaels' BodyShred program, hype or help? Let's find out...


BodyShred Day 1-Beginning Stats and First Impressions

First 2 Weeks: BodyShred Ignite Phase Workouts, Meal Plan, Review, and Results

Final BodyShred Program Review