Well, guys. I did it. I made a goal and stuck with it until the end. Even on the days I was exhausted, I did it. For 30 days straight, I had a date with Jillian Michaels, whether or not I liked it. I’m actually pretty surprised I completed this because I’m not the best at month-long challenges, especially regarding my health.
Let me just say that I totally recommend this workout for anyone, even if you don’t exercise a lot. You don’t have to do it for 30 days straight like I did, but it’s an insanely good workout for anyone. In each level, she increases the intensity, switches up which muscles we’re using, and you begin to feel your body change and become stronger.
I did Level 1 for the first 10 days and then switched over to Level 2 for the next 10 days, finishing up my last 10 days on Level 3. While I loved the new routines on Days 1/2, I began to dread this workout by Day 7. It got very repetitive, especially doing the same exact routine for a week straight! I’m a girl who needs variety when exercising so this was tough for me.
While I’ll be happy for this DVD to now cover itself in dust, I’m so happy I did this challenge. Not only did I show myself that I have the focus and determination to complete a challenge of this caliber, I also showed myself how strong I really am. I couldn’t do every move in the high intensity, but when I was able to, it made me feel awesome.
And now I have a whole bunch of new moves to add in to the strength-training program I’m developing for my mom and me. I love how she managed to hit just about every muscle in your body. And a big plus? I CAN SEE MY ABS! I can’t see a six-pack (or even a two-pack), but there’s a definite definition in my stomach where my abs will someday be.
Now, let’s talk about results. (Insert eye roll.) Weight-wise, I did horribly. I’ve been up and down all month and can’t seem to get over this 145-lb hump. All in all, I gained half a pound this month. And I know the whole “muscle weighs more than fat” argument, but seriously, I should have lost some of this fat, ya think? I’ll deal with my muscles when I don’t worry about people asking me if I’m pregnant, capisce?
Luckily, I did manage to lose some inches this month. Here’s the rundown:
Thighs: Lost 1 inch. (YAY!)
Upper waist: Lost 1 inch. (Abs, baby!)
Lower waist: Lost 1.5 inches
Hips: Lost half an inch (Seriously? Seriously?!)