Food has also been an issue. I have stayed within my calorie range, but I may not have been choosing the best possible foods. Some of the things that I am eating are still really processed and I have had a few too many miniature chocolate bars from the candy jar at work. I have a real problem with saying "no" to chocolate of any kind. It's my drug of choice, really. I have really tried hard to find something to give me motivation. As silly as it may sound, the answer has been...Jillian.
Ok, I am not some creepy, overly-obsessed stalker. I am just a fan. I have read all of her diet related books and they make so much sense. I also listen to her weekly podcast --- which I LOVE and makes my hour plus commute a lot more enjoyable. I have done the 30 Day Shred too. The thing is, I wanted something more. I am at the point right now, where I need to boost my metabolism because it is currently working at a dead snail's pace. One thing I have learned is that she really is an expert at boosting one's metabolism -- through eating all the right foods and exercise. This is why I decided to look into this:
Body Revolution is a 90 day fitness plan, but the beauty of it is that it is also paired with a nutrition plan. Based on reviews that I have read, the fitness plan works well on it's own. I, however, have opted to follow the nutrition plan as well. According to Jillian, it is modeled after the nutrition plan that she used with her Biggest Loser contestants. I really need to follow a certain meal plan, because even though I thought I knew how to eat, I really don't.
The first week of this program gives the option of a 7 Day Kickstart. This program is a week long and is supposed to kickstart your metabolism to prepare it for the rest of the system. It is also optional, but I have decided to do it. This program puts you on a very strict diet for a week that it intended to detox you of the chemicals that have built up due to the over consumption of processed foods. It is also intended to wean you off of sugar and white flour. You also have to do 2 workouts per day -- where on the rest of the program weeks, you are only expected to do one.
Day One Verdict: I know it is too early to have any kind of review yet, but I really really enjoyed the first workout. It was challenging, but fun at the same time. I also liked that time flew. That is important to me in a workout! She also works out with a large group of people -- well, larger than her usual 2 or 3. It is nice to see all of those super fit people sweating and being challenged. It almost like you are there with them, suffering along. I really felt like I was in on their class and I loved that! The only thing wrong at this point is that I am SO HUNGRY. I know this is likely all in my head, but I know this week's drastic change diet-wise is going to be challenging -- but I am up for it. The two a day workouts are going to be an adjustment too. Not because I am not up for working out twice, but because in order to do the morning workout, I am going to have to get up at 4:30 each morning this week! Eeeeew.
I am going to check in at the end of the week and let you know how I did this first week. My husband is going to take before pictures today and I plan to make comparisons after each month of the program. I am actually really pumped about this.