I am guessing we've all seen enough of that last post.....
So yesterday finally started Jillian's Body Revolution. I ordered it last month and it got lost on it's way to our house. We finally tracked it down and got it a week or so ago. As I mentioned, my workouts have taken a hit the past few weeks. When you add rain, stress, and missing workouts for so long....I have not been a happy camper.....yet I also had the Jillian box sitting here for a week w/no desire to get started. This would normally be a huge red flag that something is off....but considering what has been going on this month, I am chalking it up to the fact that my priorities, and my mind, have rightly been elsewhere.
Yesterday finally felt like the right time to get going again. Not to say that I had a burning desire to workout and kick butt....more like "I think I can try to get through a workout today." Jillian's Body Revolution is another one of the many 90 day workout programs....but it's Jillian, so that makes it better than the rest :) It is no secret that I did her online program for nearly 3 years. I did her level 3 workouts for the last 2 of the 3 years and loved it!! I was definitely in the best shape I have ever been in. I would still be doing that program were it not for some issues w/their payment system unexplainably rejecting payments from paypal. It is the only time ever that I have begged and begged to let me pay someone, but it's one of those "it's Paypals system that's not working" while paypal was saying "Its Jillian's payment processing that's not working" games that went back and forth while I was just saying "will someone please just take my money so I can workout??"....to no avail. Why was I telling you this....oh, yeah.....so I love love love Jillian's workouts. I have seen how my body responds to the way she sets up her workouts, she science behind how she works you out, what parts of the body get worked on what days in what order, etc.
Here is a mention of "the science" behind the workouts -
A Revolutionary Technique Called Metabolic Training. Metabolic Training is the accumulation of Jillian’s 20 years of expertise in the fitness industry. It integrates all of the most progressive exercise science techniques used by world-class athletes into one program. Elite workout methods like Plyometrics, optimized muscle splits, super setting, hybrid lifts, peripheral heart action, HIIT and functional body weight training come together in one powerful method that offers you the most effective way to get lean and shredded fast. Jillian’s Metabolic training technique not only burns more calories while you are training, but it literally ACCELERATES your metabolism long after the workout is finished so you keep burning fat and calories at a higher rate - for up to 16 hours after you work out.
There is a book that came w/the dvd's that takes each of the above mentioned components and breaks them down with more detailed explanations. Her online workouts use all the same methods.
Anyhow, so yesterday I started w/phase 1, workout #1. While it felt good to be working out and doing something....it was pretty basic, very low key, low impact beginner stuff. Each workout is only 30 minutes, which is way short for me. I need at least an hour to feel like I can call it a workout. Lots of the same moves from her online program, but only 2 sets, and only 3 different circuits. The cardio intervals....in my opinion were not really even cardio. She said she is starting off w/low impact to build strength for later workouts, and that is fine, i can easily do whatever cardio I want (like jumping jacks, jumping rope, etc...) while they do their thing. You can also add weights to most of the moves, or alter things to make them more difficult than what is shown. I will be following each workout w/the Cardio workout to get my hour workout in each day. There are 4 different cardio workouts that progressively get harder.
I will admit though, as extremely basic of a workout as it was, I am a bit sore today....which is a good reminder of how fleeting fitness is!! I think I have been waiting for that drive and desire to come back for a while now and have decided that I need to just push myself back into a solid routine. Get myself through the workouts, and back into the habit...and eventually my mind will follow! Getting some runs in may be a good idea, too : )
This month has been a good reminder that no matter what life throws at us, we control how we respond. We are always in control of our actions and our reactions, choices, and priorities. I definitely took myself off the list this month. The truth is no matter what "life stuff" is going on, I need to take care of myself. To be the best wife, mom, friend, and "me".....I have to keep myself on the list of priorities.
Tomorrow.....some pictures of my super cute kids : )