My goal is to eat more of this than grains or sugar.
I did it! I finished Phase I of my 30 days of Jillian Michaels' DVDs. To recap: Phase I required alternating Ripped in 30 (RI30), 30 Day Shred (30DS), 6 Week 6 Pack (6W6P) everyday until I completed 30 days of consistent exercise. I started with Ripped in 30, Level 1 using 3 lb hand weights. The next day I used 30 Day Shred, Level 1 with 3 lb weights. This went on for a week. I started with the modifiers for many of the moves because I wasn't very fit when I started. I had been working out intermittently, but not by any stretch of the imagination was I fit. Every 7 days, I went up a Level. The fourth week, for Level 4, I alternated working out with RI30 (which has a Level 4) and 6W6P, Level 1 to really strengthen my core. I've lost 10 lbs.
After each DVD workout, I would then supplement with 20-30 minutes of cardio on either my treadmill or spin bike. Within the last week, I started jogging lightly on the treadmill to increase my endurance. There were about 3 days within the 30 days that I had to miss the supplemental cardio because I either worked out too late in the evening than my usual 5 a.m. workout, or I hit snooze too many times at 4:45 a.m. and had only time to do the DVD and get the kids up for school. Let's be clear about the actual time of the workouts. The DVD cover and Jillian says each level is a 20 minute workout, but my DVD's analog time line and heart rate monitor clocked in over 30 minutes: often reaching 36 minutes of actual activity, from warm up to cool down. I finished Phase I on Thursday, October 20.
This morning, I started Phase II of another 30 days of Jillian Michaels' DVDs. Phase II had me starting again with RI30, Level 1. The difference is that I increased my weights to 5 lbs, and did less modifications. Well, whose kidding who, I did modify the pushups because I am not there . . . yet! But I didn't modify the plank. I won't be modifying the plyometric plank routines that Jillian loves to torture us with. She admits it. It is torture. I then hopped on the treadmill for a 20 minute walk/run.
In the opening of the the DVDs, Jillian talks about taking a rest day. I want to put my thoughts out there on that one. There are many people who do heavy manual labor daily: from ranch work (those animals don't feed, steer, or clean themselves) to housework. We should be in constant movement daily. I work a sedentary job that keeps me sitting 7 hours in my day. On the days that my body wasn't initially up to the task of working out hard, I modified the routine. I didn't jump so high. I didn't squat so low, I didn't plank full body and went onto my knees. I am not sore in places that Jillian makes us target. I have that good sore where I know my muscles are getting stronger. My knees don't hurt. Besides from plantar fasciitis that I had prior to the routine, I am okay.
This is how I feel: I feel stronger. I feel energetic. I feel that I have more endurance. My anxiety level has decreased. I am working through many of the emotional issues that I've been dealing with for over 8 years. I have goals and challenges that I finally want to accomplish. I have an action plan and am unwaivering in it. I am in a better place in every sense of the word than I was 30 days ago.
Working out everyday has led to better habits. I moved my parking ramp to one farther away. Not only do I save money, but I have to walk up and down stairs and walk farther to and from work. I am making better choices (with the exception of 3 days of binging while on my period).
My eating goal for Phase II is encouraging better eating habits. In Phase I, I tried to eat more fruits and veggies with lean meats and less carbs. But I am an addict of sugar: breads, pastas, rice, and sweets. I am trying to break that habit. I started reviewing the Primal Blueprint lifestyle. Many of the things I was doing for 30 days incorporated what I've been reading for the last two days. Workout less strenously (and I think I am with Jillian's workouts) and eat more veggies, fruits and lean meats and no grains. The tough part is my addiction to oatmeal for breakfast. I have to work on making more non grain choices. I have to plan the eating part of Phase II. I have to prepare foods in advance. This is work. This is a commitment. I didn't have that when I first started this blog. I was focused on exercising to eat. Now, I am focused on exercising and eating well so I can live a better life. I am trying my damndest to make sure that if I get Alzheimers, like my mother, that I get it much later in life than she did. I am not accepting that fate.
My weight loss goal for Phase II is to lose 10 lbs, which will finally get me under 200 and closer to my goal of 150. While I've seen a dramatic difference in my jeans, I want to get to my happy weight. Eating well will make the difference. With creating my own salad bar in my refrigerator, choosing lean meats, and good fats, and being consistent with applying all of it on a daily basis, I think it will make the difference.
When you think about "happy weight" what does that look like for you?