Body Revolution Journal

On March 27, 2012 I began the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program! With my wedding a little over 90 days away, doing the 90 day program seemed like the perfect fit for this time in my life! I hope you’ll follow me along this 90 day journey and my Body Revolution Journal.

Week 1

Day 1March 27, 2012

My day started out with workout 1. The workout focused on shoulders, triceps, biceps, chest, abs, and quads, which I loved! I didn’t know going into the workout that we needed dumbbells, so I was glad I had 8 pound weights lying around. The 30 minutes flew by and I felt fantastic afterwards. I am not following Jillian’s kickstart meal plan this week, so I just counted my calories in My Fitness Pal. Aside for dinner out with Neal, I did pretty good eating wise on Day 1.

Day 2March 28, 2012

Rough start to the day. I overslept, missing my morning spin class. To make it up I did both workout 2 and cardio 1 after work. Workout 2 focuses on the back, biceps, hamstrings, glutes, and abs. The 30 minutes was split into 4 circuits which included static lunges, donkey kicks, and good mornings. Workout 2 also incorporated the use of cables, which workout 1 excludes. Cardio 1 kicked my butt! The 30 minutes is split into 3 circuits, each circuit containing 10, one minute exercises. The running man and the suicides were the toughest for me, which in time will get easier.

Day 3March 29, 2012

I love spin. Can I just say that first? I started out Day 3 with an early morning spin class. Although the Body Revolution program does not require additional workouts, I decided to continue with my favorite workouts. Spin is a fantastic workout for me and one that I don’t want to let go of. My eating for day 3 was pretty good! I consumed 1426 calories which is a little above Jillian’s 1200 calorie recommendation. After work I was uber hungry, so I did the Body Revolution Cardio 1 workout right away while my dinner cooked. Cardio 1 is fantastic. I still have a hard time with the running mans, not because it’s a difficult move but more so because of its place in the circuit. I am just pooped by the time it rolls around. The suicides were much easier for me on day 3 than on day 2. By the end of day 3 I was feeling great and was not too sore. My legs were a little tight but I figured that was from spin, not Body Revolution.

Day 4March 30, 2012

Friday morning I got into work asap in order to get a few things done before the day started. My plan was to workout over lunch and to do workout 1 as soon as I got home… neither happened. I worked through lunch, ate a bowl of cereal as soon as I got home, and then fell asleep on the couch. LAME.

Day 5March 31, 2012

There’s a reason why you don’t miss a workout. As I missed workout 1 on day 4, I made it up on day 5. I did both workout 1 and workout 2 in the morning before my day got going. My body is a little sore but I’m still feeling good 5 days in. Next up, organizing my diet for week 2.

Day 6April 1, 2012

I am really starting to crave my workouts! I’m just a little obsessed with cardio 1 if I’m being perfectly honest. I started out day 6 volunteering at the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler which involved hauling lots of jugs of water, moving tables, and handing out lots of water. It was a blast. Late afternoon I did cardio 1 and closed out week 1 of the body revolution program!! I was very proud of myself and I didn’t stop once through the entire workout. Take that running man! Although I could have stopped there, Neal and I went for a 30 minute walk before dinner as the weather was perfect out. Food wise– ehh, it was ok. My calories were 1461 for the day, including a big breakfast at Mancini’s. Onto week 2 we go!

Day 7April 2, 2012

The day started with a 45 minute spin session followed by body revolution’s workout 1. My tummy was a little out of wack on day 7, so I ended up just having cereal for dinner. My calorie count was 1512 for the day with a calorie burn of 957 calories.


Week 2

Day 8April 3, 2012

Day 8 of Body Revolution was great. I feel like a broken record but these past 2 weeks have been wonderful. I can feel my body changing and hopefully losing body fat. For day 8 I did workout 2 (as assigned) and added in Cardio 1 for good measure. My tummy was still a little out of wack from Monday so I just drank water in the morning. For lunch I made an arugula salad with goat cheese and leftover salmon and for dinner I polished off the arugula by making a shrimp and red bell pepper salad. It was a saladrific kind of day!

Day 9April 4, 2012

Boy of boy was I sluggish on day 9. Honestly, it was my toughest day so far. I just didn’t have a whole lot of energy or motivation. My initial plan was to do cardio 1 first thing in the morning but I ended up doing it right after work. I had a good workout, broke a good sweat, but didn’t push myself as much as I had on day 8. I’m still proud of myself though as I could have just skipped my workout. Instead I pushed myself, burned some calories, and then enjoy the rest of my evening. The highlight of my day was receiving a fruit bouquet from my fiance! Love him! I ended the day having consumed 1544 calories and burned 362 calories.

Day 10 April 5, 2012

Now this was a workout filled day! Day 10 started out with a 45 minute spin class and a 15 minute ab sculpting class. Then over lunch I went for a walk around the track for about 40 minutes. To close out the day I did workout 1 as soon as I got home. I was feeling pretty great on day 10!

Day 11April 6, 2012

Sadly I was sick on day 11. I didn’t workout before work and ended up leaving work early. I slept from 2-6, watched some TV, and then slept from 8PM-8AM. Needless to say, I was sick. My plan is to make up day 11’s workout on Sunday.

Day 12 – April 7, 2012

I was still sick on day 12 but I got up and did cardio 1 first thing. My knees were also giving me a lot of trouble, especially on the suicides, but I cranked out the workout. By day 12, I am starting to get bored of workout 1, workout 2, and cardio 1. The 30 minutes seems a lot longer to me than usual but that could be connected with being sick.

Day 13 – April 8, 2012

My plan for the day was to makeup workout 2 (from Friday) but I didn’t get to it. I was go, go, go from sun rise to sun down and wasn’t able to squeeze it in. Oops! I have officially missed a workout. Week 3 starts tomorrow!

Day 14April 9, 2012

Well, I’m still sick! Even so, I knocked out a spin class at 5:45AM and then workout 3 before dinner. My energy is low but it was good to get two good workouts in. Workout 3 is definitely a notch tougher than workouts 1 and 2.


Week 3

Day 15April 10, 2012

I LOVED workout 4! It was well balanced and left me sore and in a pile of sweat. I have a feeling that weeks 3 and 4 are going to be awesome!

Day 16April 11, 2012

Hump day means cardio day! I’ve become very comfortable with cardio 1 and am striving to “kick it up a notch”. Running mans are still the most difficult for me but I have been doing them without stopping which is great.

Day 17April 12, 2012

I missed workout 3 on Day 17 but did go to spin in the morning. Spin included 20 minutes of arm work after the 40 minute spin class, so I don’t feel like I missed too much by not doing workout 3 at night.

Day 18April 13, 2012

Busy, busy day so I shifted my off day to day 18 instead of day 20. Taking Friday off has become a reoccurring theme, so I may just make Friday my off day instead of Sundays.

Day 19April 14, 2012

As I missed day 17’s Body Revolution workout and then moved my off day to day 18, I had to use day 19 to get caught up! I started the day with a 45 minute, high intensity spin class and then closed out the morning with Body Revolution Workout 3. 19 days in, I’m feeling great and can see my body toning. I do not believe I am losing weight but I do feel stronger and sexier.

Day 20 – April 15, 2012

With my first wedding dress fitting a day away, I cranked out Body Revolution Workout 4 before heading to bed. Day 20 was a busy day but I made it a point to get my workout in. I am in LOVE with workout 4 and will be sad to move on from it. My favorite move is the Terry Pull! My diet is still all over the place but I am going to strive to eat less carbohydrates as I move into week 3.


Week 4

Day 21April 16, 2012

The day started out with TWO workouts; a 45 minutes spin class and Body Revolution Workout 3. My quest to eat less carbs is going well. For breakfast I had asparagus, mushrooms, onions, and an egg and for lunch I had brown rice sushi from Trader Joe’s. My goal is to eat just one complex carb a day and to limit my intake of processed foods. I had my first dress fitting today too… which was great.

Day 22April 17, 2012

What a weird day and busy day. I was go, go, go all day and by the time I got home I just didn’t feel like working out. I knew I needed to but I just didn’t follow through.

Day 23April 18, 2012

I made up my missed workout and felt great! Workout 4 is by far my favorite workout. I feel stronger and do feel like I can take it up a notch when I’m doing various moves.

Day 24 – April 19, 2012

I’ve come to some realizations about my diet and am working hard to turn things around. I am battling with whether or not to track my calories each day or to eat based on how my body feels. I completed workout 3 and felt great afterwards. That was my last time doing workout 3 this go around.

Day 25April 20, 2012

Friday is my off day most weeks, and this week was the same. I focused today on eating CORE foods and hitting my Nike Fuel goal.

Day 26 – April 21, 2012

After a nice cup of coffee, I cranked out workout 4. I am sad to say good bye to workout 4 but am excited to move into Phase 2 on Monday.

Day 27April 22, 2012

Before hitting the road to head back to Washington, DC, I did cardio 1 (my last time doing cardio 1). I can’t believe 4 weeks have gone by already. The Body Revolution program is fantastic and I”m excited to move into the next phase.


Week 5

Day 28April 23, 2012

The first day of Phase 2 was fantastic! Started out the day with a 45 minute spin class, ate healthy and whole foods throughout the day, and then closed out the day with Workout 5. Workout 5 is intense but appropriate for week 5. My body was ready for it. I still have a difficult time with the crab dips… something I’m working on. In this workout you do the crab dips with one leg up instead of having both feet planted on the ground, a tad more challenging. Knowing Jillian, we’ll have both feet in the air before we know it.

Day 29April 24, 2012

Workout 6 means business but it was a great follow-up to workout 5. My eating is going well, focusing on whole foods and less processed foods. For breakfast I had oatmeal, follow up by a pasta free pasta lunch, and grilled chicken for dinner. For dessert I enjoyed some strawberry rhubarb crumble, a perfect pre-summer treat. I’m excited a nervous to take on cardio 2 tomorrow.

Day 30April 25, 2012

THIRTY DAYS!! WOO HOO! 1/3 of the way done… although I must say, I don’t really want it to end. I LOVE this program. Day 30 brought about my first go at cardio 2. Cardio 2 is FAN-tastic! Instead of doing 1 minute intervals, Jillian switches it up to 30 second intervals. I was sweating profusely and felt exhausted afterwards, just what I needed!

Day 31 April 26, 2012

Thursday morning started out with a 45 minute spin class at Cycle Studio. The workout was high intensity and kicked my tail. I did not do a Body Revolution workout but still met my Nike Fuel goal and fitness goals for the day.

Day 32April 27, 2012

I was so happy for it to be Friday! I slept in, went to work, went to happy hour, and then cranked out Body Revolution workout 5 before heading over to Neal’s. My right shoulder has been giving me a bit of trouble so a few of workout 5’s moves were difficult. I pushed through but was careful not to irritate my arm more.

Day 33April 28, 2012

Now this was a workout filled day! The day started out with a 45 minutes spin class and was follow up with Body Revolution workout 6 and a hour long hike. I was pretty pooped by mid afternoon but it felt great to get so many workouts in.

Day 34 – April 29, 2012

Sunday was go, go, go, go and I felt great. As I didn’t do Cardio 2 I shifted it to next week. This was the first day I truly missed a workout. Neal and I both took naps and the day got away from us. Shifting the workout to next week will ensure that I get Cardio 2 in.


Week 6

Day 35April 30, 2012

Workout 5 is fantastic! As I’ve shared before, the workouts get harder in time but they are appropriate for where your body is! I was thrilled to have lost another pound last week and am motivated moving forward!

Day 36May 1, 2012

Workout 6 how I love thee! I think I like this workout more than workout 5 but both really are fantastic. I really have to challenge myself when doing moves like the statue of liberty. Balance is as much mind as it is body.

Day 37May 2, 2012

Cardio 2 is killer! A part of me loves that the intervals are only 30 seconds vs a minute but the workout is go, go, go!! I sweat profusely during this workout but I love it!

Day 38May 3, 2012

Workout 5 leaves my arms feeling like JELLO! The super sets are fantastic but boy do my arms and upper back hurt. I have been having a little trouble with my right bicep and my left trap but I’m pushing through. Stretching is key, so as not to injure myself.

Day 39May 4, 2012

Hard to believe it’s my last day doing workout 6! It felt great to bust it out. My favorite move is the lat raise with the sit up. I feel so strong when doing it and it works my whole body.

Day 40May 5, 2012

Oh cardio 2, how I hate you. I don’t know what it is about cardio 2 but it kicks my ass. Cardio 1 was tough but I really enjoyed it. I felt like I struggled through cardio 2 today but I still got a great workout in. Afterward I went for about an hour walk, which helped to loosen up my muscles.

Day 41May 6, 2012

Aside from moving boxes to and from apartments, day 41 was my off day. I still got all of my Nike Fuel in though and enjoyed breaking a sweat moving things out of my apartment.


Week 7

Day 42May 7, 2012

I went to spin first thing and then busted out workout 7 afterwards. Workout 7 is definitely a higher intensity workout than the other workouts. I didn’t sweat as much as I did in workouts 5 and 6 but the moves are much more intense.

Day 43May 8, 2012

I LOVED workout 8. There are 4 circuits, just like the other workouts, but the workout flies by! I loved circuit two and look forward to doing it again on Friday.

Day 44May 9, 2012

This has probably been my toughest week so far. My body is tired, my brain is tired, and I’m actually pretty busy considering I’m done with graduate school. I did not do cardio 2 today but have enjoyed the rest day.

Day 45May 10, 2012

How is it day 45 already? Workout 7 is tough, especially after you’d had a tetanus shot in your left arm. Boy were those pushups intense. My eating this week hasn’t been all the great as I’ve had lots of events to attend. Tonight I went to an etiquette dinner and ate steak and a yummy dessert, not the healthiest of meals.

Day 46May 11, 2012

Woo hoo! I love workout 8!! I’m happy it’s Friday and was excited to bust out workout 8.

Day 47 – May 12, 2012

Neal and I are into moving mode. I did not do my Body Revolution workout today but I did move a lot of furniture and busted out a 3 hour workout during the CAPS hockey game! You’ll have to check that workout out!

Day 48May 13, 2012

Another day of moving. It may have been an off day on the Body Revolution calendar, but I did my fair share of working out today! Eager to get back on track next week!


Week 8

Day 49 – May 14, 2012

Roll with the punches. You can plan things out but sometimes your day just goes a different direction! Oversleeping and missing your morning workout doesn’t mean you can’t readjust! Today I worked out over lunch at the gym. I used cybex for 30 minutes and the rowing machine for 5 minutes. After work I busted out Body Revolution workout 7 and Tone It Up Beach Babes Bikini Abs. I was pretty wiped by the end of the day, but it was great getting all of those workouts in.

Day 50May 15, 2012

Sometimes working out is just what you need to turn things around. Even when you’re sick or down and out, sometimes a workout is just what you need. Tonight I did Body Revolution workout 8 and Tone It Up Beach Booty workout.

Day 51May 16, 2012

After having a medical procedure done, getting sweaty just wasn’t an option. I did however take dance lessons that evening, which was a great way to get moving even on a down day.

Day 52May 17, 2012

Funk, funk, funk. That’s all I can say. Even with a plan to workout right after work, I was just in a total funk and didn’t get my workout in. The day wasn’t a loss, as I did workout over lunch, but I was pretty bummed to have not gotten my evening workouts in. I really need to turn things around. The past two weeks have been tough.

Day 53May 18, 2012

Moving Hiatus. Spent the evening packing boxes, moving furniture, and sweating profusely.

Day 54 – May 19, 2012

Moving Hiatus day 2. I walked 9.08 miles today, burned 2,580 calories according to my Nike Fuel, and took 22,125 steps.

Day 55 – May 20, 2012

Moving Hiatus day 3. I walked 7.66 miles today, burned 2,275 calories according to my Nike Fuel, and took 18,674 steps.


Moving Hiatus

Day 56May 21, 2012

Moving Hiatus day 4. Setting up my kitchen, moving more boxes, organizing our closets, etc. Good workout, but I’m ready to have Jillian kick my tail again!

Day 57May 22, 2012

Moving Hiatus day 5.

Day 58May 23, 2012

Moving Hiatus day 6.

Day 59– May 24, 2012

Travel to Texas. Hiatus day 7.

Day 60May 25, 2012

In Texas. Hiatus day 8.

Day 61May 26, 2012

Wedding shower in Texas. Hiatus day 9.

Day 62– May 27, 2012

In Texas. Hiatus day 10.


Week 8 – Take Two

Day 63– May 28, 2012

Traveled back from Texas. Hiatus day 11.

Day 64– May 29, 2012

Boy is it good to be back! Although I’ve been on a Body Revolution Hiatus for the past 11 days, it has not been a restful hiatus. I lost .8 pounds and moved two apartments into one. It was a wild two weeks, but it’s good to be on the other side of the move at this point. I have decided to re-do week 8, so today I did workout 7. It was a fantastic workout and I’m excited to move forward with the Body Revolution program! Just 5 weeks left.

Day 65– May 30, 2012

Workout 8 was great today. My wrists are a little sore, but that’s what I get from taking a hiatus.

Day 66– May 31, 2012

After work run anyone? It was a nice change of pace for me.

Day 67– June 1, 2012

Day 68– June 2, 2012

Day 69– June 3, 2012

Early morning runs are a great way to start the day. I got 2 miles in and felt fantastic!


Week 9

Day 70– June 4, 2012

Workout 9 is psyco! It was incredibly challenging and tough to catch on to but I’m hoping the next time I do it I’ll feel better.

Day 71– June 5, 2012

Wowzers, workout 10 is a good one! Not my favorite but it kicked my rear, literally!

Day 72– June 6, 2012

Who needs a gym or a DVD when you can walk 3 miles and get an awesome workout in?

Day 73– June 7, 2012

Today I took advantage of a free yoga class over my lunch break. It was a fantastic workout and a great change of pace

Day 74– June 8, 2012

Day 75 – June 9, 2012

30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the treadmill. A good workout but not challenging. Looking to take on Body Revolution tomorrow.

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