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Happy Friday Dance

Hey guys! I'm hanging out over at Casa de Miz today and answering the question: Is Paleo a Cult?

If you've landed here looking for paleo info you might start with:

Happy Friday!

This Fit Mommy Went From a 22 to an 8?!

You've got to check out this post over on my friend Lisa's blog:

Seriously,'ll see why ;)

Things I'm Loving Right Now - May/June

My latest fitness and healthy living obsessions:

Fitness Fashion: DA Active Brand Review

There's a reason that 'fitness fashion obsessed' or some version of it now graces all of my bios. I confess: I'm madly in love with fitness fashion. All of it. Workout clothes, shoes, gym

After years of sweating in baggy t-shirts and whatever I could find to pull on I am jumping head first into beautiful workout clothes.

It's My Birthday!


I am spending the day being grateful.

If you follow me on twitter you heard that we were evacuated yesterday due to a large fire. (If you don't follow me, you should! @kerriolkjer)

You know you live in the boonies when the news gets everything wrong. They had roads going the wrong way on their map and were saying my area was safe while the sheriff was evacuating us. Nice. I got most of my info from twitter! I think if anything else major happens around here I shall tweet the news. 

Let's Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Title IX and Win Free Round Trip Airfare?!

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. Title IX became law on June 23, 1972. That was four years and two days before I was born. Title IX is something I've rarely given much thought to in my life. I am of the generation that can take for granted everything that Title IX provides. It just was.

I played volleyball and never gave it a second thought. I participated in track & field and it never crossed my mind. My entire high school and college careers I never really gave much thought to this. Because it just was.

PUMA's Friends and Family Sale

It's that time again!

 PUMA Online Store - Friends and Family 40% Off Sale - June 21-25

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Click the image above to shop and enter: PUMASAVE40 at checkout to save 40% on your order!

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Full Review and Results

Disclaimer: I received Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionfor review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here.

So, is it hype or help? Have a seat, let's talk about that...

What you will need for these workouts:
A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level.

What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution:

What comes with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution set
  • 15 Workout DVDs
  • Resistance Cable
  • Fitness Guide Book
  • Fat Burning Meal Plan
  • 7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan
  • 90 Day Journal
  • Bookmark

What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all:

The Body Revolution Diet Plan

I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Body Revolution is. Let me break it down... The diet for this program is roughly 1200 calories a day and all of the recipes come from Jillian's The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook. It's broken down roughly into a 250 calorie breakfast, 400 calorie lunch, 150 calorie snack, and 400 calorie dinner. I couldn't find calorie recommendations for men.

Things Jillian nixes in the diet plan:
  • Soy
  • Peanuts
  • Raw cruciferous veggies
  • Pine Nuts or Pignoli Nuts
  • Millet
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Alcohol
  • Flax
  • MSG
  • HFCS
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Artificial Colors and Flavors
  • Nitrates or Nitrites
  • Heaily Processed/Chemical Foods
  • Caffeine is limited to 400 mg per day

The Fat Burning Meal Plan gives complete recipes for all meals and a 90 day meal plan. Everything you need is here.

My Thoughts on the Diet Plan 

1200 calories a day was tough to stick to. In fact, I did not stick to it every single day; I noted throughout my review posts the days I upped my calories. Here's my best tip if you're doing Body Revolution: If you are doing this program and struggling with the low calories I would suggest upping them 100-300 once in a while as I did. Better to up them just a tad occasionally when you need to than to toss out the whole program. It really is a good program. Of course, if you're not struggling, go you!

I firmly believe sticking to the calorie limit (like I said, I didn't a few days) was the single most important factor in producing my results. I was already eating healthy and working out. It's my honest opinion that the calorie limit was the biggest factor for me.

The recipes are not single serving, they are designed to make 2 to 8 servings. I thought this was great, I either divided it down to make one serving or I made the full recipe for my family (or to have additional servings for myself later in the week).

I caved and had some strawberries. Yes, yes I did.

I eat paleo and I found this diet easy to modify. Where a recipe called for grains I substituted another carb. For example if it called for brown rice I might have swapped for a sweet potato. As I've been eating paleo since August I don't feel these swaps substantially altered my results, in fact if I hadn't stuck to paleo I think it may have affected them.

The Body Revolution Workouts

The workouts are all around 30 minutes and set up into three phases. Each phase lasting a month.

For example, Phase 1 workouts:
  • Workout 1 (weights). Starts off with basic moves that target the "front of the body" muscles like chest, shoulders, arms, quads, and also core. Low impact cardio bursts are mixed in the circuits.
  • Workout 2 (weightsand cable). Similar to workout 1, but the moves focus on "back of the body". Works your back, biceps, glutes, hamstrings, and core. Building strength, balance, and stability is the goal of these first workouts.
  • Cardio 1. Low impact cardio moves.

You will alternate these DVDs your first two weeks and then move on to the next set (3 and 4), keeping Cardio 1 to finish out month 1. Then move on to the phase 2 workouts, etc.

Body Revolution DVDs

My Thoughts on the Workouts

Personally, I loved these workouts. They are typical Jillian-style workouts and I personally love them and find them effective. I loved how they changed every two weeks so I never had time to get bored and I loved how they got progressively harder.

The first two DVDs in the set are more beginner friendly than I find any of Jillian's other workouts to be. At the same time Jillian offers advanced options (and of course you can up your weights) to make them suitable for people like me who are more advanced exercisers.

The last several DVDs are very tough. I would compare Cardio 3 to Insanity. It's that intense. The weights DVDs are no joke either. These moves are tough. BUT, by the time I got to these I was totally ready for them.

Click here for my final Body Revolution results.

Final Thoughts

Personally I loved this program. I think as someone who was eating well and in good shape before beginning it was just the kick in the pants I needed to break through my 172 wall.

Is it for beginners? I'm on the fence here. It does start out much easier than Jillian's other DVDs. But it steps up fairly quickly from there. Of course, always check with your doctor (that's always a good idea for anyone starting a new diet/exercise program). The later DVDs include lots of jump moves/plyo. If this is something you can't build up to because of joint problems or other limitations, this set is likely not for you.

If you are a beginner doing this program my one suggestion is: if you are still struggling with a set of workouts when it is time to step up to the next set simply stay where you are a bit longer. Give your body more time to get strong. Better to make this program a little longer than get frustrated and discouraged because you can't keep up with the next set of workouts. Or worse, hurt yourself. Take your time. You will get stronger.

If you are a badass... I've heard people say it's too easy. Do the advanced options and up your weights. I cannot fathom these DVDs (especially the later ones) being too easy. They kicked my butt and I'm in good shape. (I've done Insanity, Turbofire Advanced DVDs, ran a marathon, etc, etc).

AND of course, I always address this: if Jillian Michaels' tough trainer attitude drives you crazy and you can't get past that...she's still very Jillian in these workouts. But might I say, even if this does bother you, I think they're worth it.

So, is it hype or help? I'm going to say help and give it 4.5 stars. It's a good, solid program. If you stick with it and are consistent you should be pleased with your results.

Phew! That was long-winded, but I wanted to be thorough. If you have questions I did not answer here, please feel free to ask them in comments!

Update: Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionis now greatly reduced from what it originally cost if you buy on Amazon!

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: My Final Results

I decided to separate my final results and final review of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution into two posts. Otherwise it would equal one really really long post. My final review should be up tomorrow.

Today, my final results!

WARNING: Top 5 Dangers of Doing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

You may have heard of Body Revolution from Jillian Michaels. It's her new fancy pants workout program. I hear the infomercials are everywhere. Recently I completed this program and would like to take a moment and share my experiences and the list I came up with of the dangers you may experience upon trying this program. I've been through it, please people, heed my warnings.

The Fit Family: Tag Anyone?

As a busy mom I know how hard it can be to fit in workouts. Whether you stay at home with your kids, work from home, or work outside the home finding time to workout can be a constant struggle. Yet we all know how much better we feel and perform the rest of our many tasks when we make that effort to fit them in. One way I have found to get this done is by getting creative while I play with my kids.

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: WEEK 11! Results and Review

Took this myself yesterday with my phone.
Wanted to show my mid-section where I notice the difference the most.
This isn't the best picture, but it was the best I could do for now. I promise to have before and after Body Revolution pictures in my final results post, but I've gotten a lot of requests for progress pictures.

#FitFunFamCO Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Teddy Bear Days

Welcome back to another fit, fun, family Colorado Friday! Today I have a super fun family event to share with you. It's Teddy Bear Days at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo!

Happy National Running Day: I Got Runner's Itch

Yep. I got runner's itch. BAD.

You see, I am currently reviewing Jillian Michael's Body Revolution program. I have been since March 26th. In the spirit of giving it a fair shake I have stuck to the workouts as they are presented. Which means: I. haven't. ran. since. March.

At first I thought it would be no big deal. I can quit running any time, right? 

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: Week 10

Gaiam - As Seen on TV 

Week 10 of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution was tough stuff. I did not as I'd hoped bring my 15 lb weights back out. Pretty sure they're away for the duration of this program. Normally the second week I do the workouts they feel easier. Not this week! And next week brings new (harder) workouts? Eeep. OK, I'm sure just as I found with the new workouts in Week 9, I'm ready for it. Yes, this is what I'm telling myself. :)

On to the numbers...

#FitFunFamCO Larabar Up and Running

Welcome to another Fit, Fun, Family Colorado Friday. Today I have another great race to share. Mark your calendars!


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