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The Naked Truth!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year my Sparkfriends!! I wish you all the successes, laughter, joy and precious memories for 2014!



I have not written a blog in more than a year. My last blog in 2012 featured what I considered my fitness bucket list...let's just say that list still remains a bucket list. The truth is that in January 2013, I suffered another back injury...this time, another disc tore in my lower back and after several "second" opinions, surgery was on the table. I will never forget the pain that tore through my lower back to my left ankle. I will never forget the crying in pain every morning when I woke up. I will never forget the fact that I could not control my bladder in the mornings and almost peed on myself. I will never forget the numbness of two toes and the limping. I will never forget the 8 tablets a day that I took that barely gave me relief! Reluctantly, I agreed to surgery for July 5, 2013. I am so happy and grateful for the prayers, concerns and well-wishes from my family, friends and sparkfriends. I am also grateful that I met my new physiotherapist who uses water therapy in her sessions in June 2013. By the time, I went for my surgery consultation, the pain and numbness were gone. My neurosurgeon cancelled the surgery! Glory to God! That is my biggest testimony for 2013!



Fast forward to 2014!

I have gained over 40lbs! No Excuses...But the truth is I did not exercise for more than 6 months. I was on medication. And my diet was not the best! That is the naked truth!


I won't put any fancy goals or new year's resolutions. I just want to lose the 40lbs I gained. How I plan to do that and do it safely with no damage to my back?

1. Eat clean at least 80% of the time! Following the 80/20 rule as written by Chris Freytag! Loved that article. I have attached the link for your reading pleasure.
www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12046/use-th
e-80-20-rule-to-improve-your-life-here
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2. Exercise at least 5 days a week. My workouts will include Chris Freytag's workouts, Les Mills Combat (purchased that today), Taebo and Leslie Sansone walking videos.



3. Listen to my body...more like listen to my back. Don't push it!

Simple goals. For the month of January, I have given up cakes! I love cakes but need some discipline. hopefully, after this month, I will crave cakes less!


My goal is 6lbs for this month! I am declaring that I will play by the rules! I know you will not results without the work and I am ready to put in the work!!


Let's do this!!



Disclaimer - All images were taken from google. I do not own any of them

  
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FIREFLY_MEDIC 6/3/2014 4:59PM

    I hope you reach your goals I know the challenges of back injurys and weight gain that comes with it your an inspiration with your goals and attitude :)

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SOKKERNUT 2/3/2014 2:17PM

    Praise the Lord Len for no surgery!

Good Luck with your goal for January for for the rest of the year. emoticon
Hugs
Maria

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DOG_MOM 1/4/2014 8:17PM

    Sounds like a great plan! Glad you're back. And glad you're doing better health wise! Here's to a great 2014.

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DIANER2014 1/2/2014 2:01AM

    Great blog! I am glad that you are better! You have great goals for 2014! I know you will lose the weight you've gained! emoticon emoticon

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TOTALFOCUS 1/1/2014 9:55PM

    Wow! What a testimony!
No worries. Gods got your back! You will lose that 40lbs!


Happy New Year!

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TIFFY0906 1/1/2014 5:41PM

    Hey Girl - Great blog I am so glad you are doing better health wise thank GOD. As far as the 40lbs take it one step and one day at a time and yes listen to your body (back). You have set some realistic and attainable goals so I know you will do great in 2014.

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SCRAPPY_RN 1/1/2014 3:22PM

    Excellent Blog and very realistic goals. I love it. Thank you for sharing the article. I really enjoyed it. I had no idea you had such a rough year. I am glad that it worked out. I will keep you in my prayers for an emoticon 2014!

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2013 Fitness Bucket List

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It is that time of year again when I will make some goals, commitments or resolution for the upcoming year and declare that this will be THE year! But honest self-reflection promptly reminds me that every year since I have been on this journey, each year has been THE year. Truth is some years I have succeeded and relapsed for whatever reasons or just plain failed. Last week, I got an article from Coach Calorie (which I highly recommend that you subscribe to as they have great articles) that had this picture in it and got me thinking…



So I have decided to start AGAIN in November. I mean which law says that resolutions have to begin in January anyways! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I hear the whispers that Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts are upon us…but if I continue to fail at these events, then I have already failed before I have started. (side note – Thank God, Jamaica doesn’t have thanksgiving!)
Seriously though, I don’t want to be writing a blog like this in November 2013. I should have reached my goal weight by then…whatever that is on the scale…I am not sure but I want to be AND feel fit and healthy!



How will I get here? Well I have come up with my 2013 fitness bucket list…another idea I think I got from Coach Calorie too. Here goes (in no particular order):
1. I will master Tapout’s Plyo XT! I swear this is my nemesis workout

2. I will complete Jillian Michaels’s Body Revolution with RHEYNKLAW. We are scheduled to start in January 2013.
3. Complete 25 boy push-ups without modifying! Ugh…I hate push-ups…maybe 20?? No I need to challenge myself!
4. Maintain a 3 minute plank! Ha!
5. Learn to swim…I mean this will be good for my back….but I am still iffy about this one!
6. Hike Blue Mountain, Jamaica! Crazy that I live here and so many visitors have hiked it and I don’t even know where it is!

7. Complete a 5k WALK!!! I will leave the running to my fitness besties Nats, Ben and Cheryl!
8. Enjoy yoga…hmmm
9. Complete a round of Bob Harper’s workouts. I should have enough of his workouts to make up a plan….need to find a schedule….I am sure few exists online.
10. I will cheat at cheat meals only. Need to curb those sweets….does this belong here? Well it is fitness related…I think?


By the end of 2013:
1. I will have a six pack…ok I will be happy with 4!

2. I will wear a bikini! emoticon
3. I will lose 17lbs and keep it off!!!
4. I will have such a strong core that my back will in turn be strengthened!
5. I WILL BE FIT AND HEALTHY!

I will track my progress through my blogs...sighs...big accountability promise but important one to keep!

I believe I can do it! 2013 will be THE year!

  
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RELIVE 7/27/2013 10:33PM

    Awesome! These are all attainable! Just take it a day at a time! :)

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TWNOMWE 3/14/2013 10:06AM

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LAMOURA 11/25/2012 7:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonlove your bucket list!!

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RHONDALYN10 11/24/2012 7:03PM

    I love it!!!

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RHEYNKLAW 11/14/2012 10:19PM

    Holy WOW, what a list! (And I'm totally tickled to have gotten a shout-out, lol.)

2013's your year, baby!

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STEVIEBEE569 11/14/2012 11:26AM

    I love this blog! I think creating a 2013 Fitness Bucket List is awesome! I, too, got back into fitness & eating better this month! Thanks so much for the inspiration & motivation. Now, I will write my own Fitness Bucket List for 2013.

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BRADMILL2922 11/13/2012 11:59PM

    Love your goals! Love that you are starting now! Why wait 2 months to start? Good luck with the Tap Out Plyo because I am not a fan of that one either. Fortunately I only have to do it 2 more times! Good luck with your lists!

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NICKJAROSH 11/13/2012 10:52PM

    You have great goals :) Now put that plan into action you can rock it!

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LLBLOVER 11/13/2012 7:47PM

    YES! You can do it!!! I am with you on so many levels, here! I really like the idea of putting your goals out there! Way to go! Yours are totally do-able, and you CAN have the body you want!

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Tapout XT - Definitely earning it with Sweat

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today I started Week 3 of Tapout XT and I am still excited about my workouts. The workouts I have done so far are hardcore, yet not crazy like Insanity. I am still not able to make it through a workout without stopping at intervals but this a welcome challenge! I have lost some inches and 2 lbs after two weeks and my diet has not been the best.

It is hard to give a detailed review of each workout as there are so many different exercises in each...but even for the targeted area workouts, you still feel like you get a full body workout. For the first week and a half, I was super sore in every possible area!! Loved it! So far I have done:

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emoticon Strength & Upper Force - 55 mins
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emoticon Plyo XT - 52 mins
emoticon Yoga XT - 51 mins
emoticon Legs & Back - 41 mins
emoticon Sprawl & Brawl - 46 mins
emoticon Competition Core - 48 mins
emoticon Cardio XT - 46 mins

I have found it hard to select a favorite workout as they are all great. Mike Karpenko, the trainer is excellent! He gives great tips and stresses great form all the time. He is not annoying or over the top plus he is a cutie! He uses resistance bands and leg bands which I find easier to use than dumbbells as you can increase/decrease resistance with one band than switching up each time like you would have to do with weights. The water breaks are timely and well appreciated. At the end of each workout, Mike adds a "Killer Move" which is about 2 mins long...if you are not dying by the end of the workout, then the killer move will make sure you are! emoticon

"Cons" of the workouts include:
- The crew is really advanced; all of them have either done the 90 days of Tapout and are really fit or are professional fighters so it is hard to find someone to keep up with.
- This is definitely not a workout for beginners and I may add intermediate exercisers...there are hardly any modifiers.
- Some of the persons use bad form, I guess when they are getting tired so you have to be careful who you decide to follow.

BUT the workouts appear to be working! I am feeling stronger and my clothes are looser! It doesn't get better than this!!

Today I did Cross Core Combat! Picture says it all - earning it with sweat!!




  
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FEELINGFITERIN 10/31/2012 1:04AM

    I haven't heard of this DVD system. Just went to the site and watched the video. Looks awesome! I was going to buy Asylum 1 and 2, but I might be changing my mind! Keep us updated on how you like them!

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ANGELONE11 10/21/2012 5:02PM

    emoticon the sweat looks great and shows how hard you are working!! emoticon

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DROPPINOS 10/21/2012 3:11PM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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LAMOURA 10/19/2012 2:38PM

    You earned that sweat girl!! Awesome! emoticon emoticon

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MOMOF2GREMLINS 10/17/2012 3:49PM

    Wow, it sounds certainly intense and not for beginners!!! I'm feeling exhausted from reading it alone! LOL

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SOKKERNUT 10/17/2012 9:46AM

    Great review and workout. CHECK OUT THAT SWEAT! Like JM says SWEAT IS YOUR FRIEND! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 10/16/2012 1:55PM

    THANK YOU!! This is a great and honest write up. Since you and I have similar back/neck issues it helps me as I have wanted it but didn't want to not be able to complete it.
If you would want, could you use dumbbells vs the bands? I am not a fan of bands but will do what I need to!


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CUDA440 10/16/2012 11:20AM

    So cool!! I am really going to try and get this. I am adding to my christmas list, and if no one buys it for me, I will be ordering it afterwards. It will be a good start to the new year with a new set of workouts. I can't WAIT!! thanks so much for your blog.


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AEGISHOT 10/16/2012 1:55AM

    Sweat is good. Well done.

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ABRANNEWME2014 10/16/2012 1:18AM

    Where can I find this at...is it a beachbody program

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BRADMILL2922 10/16/2012 12:07AM

    It is definitely earned with sweat! I think for the most part that Mike is a good trainer for the videos. Not sure about the cute part (but some of the ladies definitley are lol) and he gets mixed up a couple times with exercises but he knows his stuff. I laugh everytime he says, "Its a water break, not a water stoppage". I also think its funny when he talks about, "this is how you get a round booty!"

Overall, I do like this program. I find the moves harder for me than Insanity but that may have to do with my knee issues. More lunges = bad news for me. But, I am doing the best I can! I modify when necessary and take breaks when necessary! I finished Day 40 today so I am almost half-way done!

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How My Addiction Nearly Ended My Addiction...

Saturday, May 05, 2012

This blog is way overdue! It is a hard (and long) one to write because I have to admit my weaknesses and admit that my doctors and friends were right and I was wrong.

No, I was not addicted to drugs or liquor...I was a workoutaholic!



I took this picture literally! Yes... my addiction was to working out everyday...sometimes twice a day....sometimes 7 days a week (no rest day). I am one of those persons who felt guilty missing a workout; one of those persons who worked out for at least 60 minutes a day....30 minutes? Ha! I laugh at that! Now, I know a lot of persons on SP may be wondering so what? A lot of persons record more than 3000 minutes a month. But I am not a typical person. I have a serious back problem...I have disc degenerative disease, two torn discs, bulging disc against thecal sac and several dessicated disc cartilages. Last year, I found out how serious my condition was and since then; I have been warned that I cannot continue to work out as I used to do in 2010. I had several 'relapses' where I writhed in pain and missed several days of work because the pain was so bad. I vowed each time, I would not work out so hard again or I would take it easy the next time.

In February 2012, I started to do Insanity. Obviously, I was insane! There is a clear warning that if you have back or knee issues, don't do the workouts. In addition, I knew my two orthopedic surgeons, my general practitioner, my physiotherapist, family and friends would balk at this idea yet I started anyways. My friends in my fitness group on FB warned me everyday - please be careful and I always responded "no pain, Insanity agrees with my back!"

In March, I added Body Revolution. I started to have muscle spasms...ignored that...felt a little warning pain...ignored that. On March 17, 2012, I woke up with some pain but did Bob Harper's Ultimate Cardio Body workout because I wanted to try out my new sneakers and HRM. I used my tens unit in the night and felt fine when I woke up on Sunday morning. When I arrived at church, I could barely come out of my car. The pain just came on; no warning! To cut a long story short, I ended up in the hospital...I could not walk for two days!! The pain was so excruciating! The injections did not work...the tablets did not work...ice and heat did not work! It was never this bad. I couldn't go to the bathroom on my own, I couldn't sit up to eat, I couldn't drive myself. Wow! What a wake up call. It was a humbling week. Several life lessons. Thanks to my doctors, DBF (who took such good care of me
emoticon), friends, physiotherapist and a new addition, my chiropractor, I am now on the mend. It didn't seem possible in March but now I am walking just fine and I am having painfree days! I have gotten the go-ahead to exercise this past week but this time, I WILL NOT be going back to my obsessive behavior!

So I have learnt that I need to more than ever:


I have also learnt that I don't need a 60 minute workout!


I have to:



I can't be so hard on myself! I have done well and this setback doesn't mean I am a failure! I won't just put on 40lbs because I can't workout or I can't do 6 days a week or can't workout like 60 minutes a day. It is hard lesson but I prefer to get addicted to taking care of myself the best way more than being addicted to exercise that unfortunately, can put an end to me not being able to move much less exercise.

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So lesson learnt but I won't give up! I will succeed just no crazy stuff!! Thanks to all my Spark friends that checked in and left a kind note or sparkgoodie! I appreciated it!





  
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HEALTHYLADY12 10/7/2012 9:04PM

    BTW, Your not crazy..please dont call yourself that. Your awesome and you had passion in your working out now you have to modify it. Journeys are all about the modifications.

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LADYMACK24 9/4/2012 5:29PM

    Wow! Thank you for your courage in sharing.

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FEELINGFITERIN 7/16/2012 6:31PM

    Oh my goodness, I have always been the same way with exercise. Working out 1.5-2 hours a day. Always choosing the "hardest" workout I could find. THEN.... I hurt my hip. Tore the labrum (which attaches the femur to the pelvis). I couldn't workout for at least 6 weeks, and then when I did I had to start slowly with yoga, pilates, and other workouts that I would have felt were "too easy." I still get pain every now and then, and when I do I know that I need to back off a little and be easier on myself then next day. Hope your back feels better soon!
Erin

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TRI_BABE 7/8/2012 3:52PM

    I hope you are still on the mend now! Diet is up to 80% of weight loss/maintenance and so you are right, you don't need to workout a ton!

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WOLFKITTY 7/1/2012 11:56AM

    I'm glad you're working on taking care of ALL of you!
Hugs!
Jocelyn

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FIREFLY_MEDIC 6/23/2012 2:16AM

    I am glad you shared your story,
I was over active before my back injury.
The hardest thing is missing activities when you can not do them.
Hats off for cutting back and working in your range and being happy with it.

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SOKKERNUT 6/21/2012 9:51AM

    So I was right! You were crazy! emoticon I am so happy that you are on the mend and feeling better. Please do take care of your body, you do only have one that is your temple, which is only temporary.

My prayers are with you doll.
Have a great week.
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Maria

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MEIORI 6/20/2012 12:10PM

    I can completely relate to this issue. I just had heart surgery, and before that I was pushing myself constantly to exercise despite the fact that my heart was under a large amount of constant pressure. It was not until the last few weeks that I began to realize how bad my heart was, I was born with this condition that is very rare, and the doctor said that I was functioning with only 30 percent of my aortic valve working my whole life. Now I'm recovering, healing slowly though I feel pretty good. I miss working out, but I know that I will soon be able too...I am trying not to feel guilty for not being able after the surgery.

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RYDERB 5/27/2012 11:08PM

    Thanks for sharing your lesson. Insanity almost did me in too. I ignored the warnings as well, when I knew better. I just wanted results. emoticon I'm still addicted to working out, but luckily I've found things that are FUN and not painful to throw into the mix with the tough stuff, like Jillian workouts. I'm glad you're doing better. Keep taking care of yourself. You're amazing and wonderful inspiration.
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HOPEFULHIPPO 5/17/2012 5:17PM

    wowie that's an inspiring blog!!

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ALESHABEE 5/17/2012 7:43AM

    Be sure to take it slow and carefully...injuries are no joke for sure!! Definitely take at least 1 rest day...maybe 2 per week and limiting your workout time will help too =) Remember that weight loss is 70-80% diet so you can make incredible progress just havinga good balanced diet =)

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STELA731 5/9/2012 7:43PM

    I'm glad you're better. Thanks for sharing ;)

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 5/7/2012 7:42AM

    I'm glad you're doing better! emoticon

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OHMEMEME 5/6/2012 10:55PM

    Nice to meet you here. Channel that drive and dedication to living healthy. Sorry to here of your struggles. I hope that you can learn from this experience. Go really deep into this issue no matter how painful. Now that I am approaching 50 I feel the difference in my body and with so much mixed media about fitness I struggle to out perform myself sometimes just to prove to myself that I can do this which sounds like a good thing but I sometimes ignore warning signals from my body, especially my knees. I am trying to master food addiction. I believe there is no cure for addiction but management. Some days I manage wonderfully and others not so wonderfully. Dig deep. Pray. And live life consciously. We only have one body and one life.
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CHRISKENANDKIDS 5/6/2012 10:08PM

    Good thing you found that out without serious, debilitating injury! I do work out 6 days a week. I used to do 7 but started getting burned out so now I do 6. And if I feel sore or tired I just do a long walk instead of an intense workout. And I don't do any running due to knee issues. My jumping is modified and so are my pushups. I did 2 rounds of P90X but my pushups were always on my knees, I stopped when I needed to, and have bands instead of a pull up bar. Glad you're feeling better!

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TIFFY0906 5/6/2012 12:31AM

    Great blog - its hard to recognize and/or voice our weaknesses but by doing it we are able to correct it and move on. But I'm so glad you are doing better.

It's interesting you would post this today because I just recognized that I will continue to push myself but not always listen to my body. I recognized that it is okay to push myself some days but I need to lighten up some days and make sure I take at least 1 rest day. Going to buy myself a nice relaxing stretch and/or yoga DVD.

Take good care of yourself.

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RHONDALYN10 5/5/2012 4:18PM

    What a great reminder! Rest days are just as important to the body as the workouts!

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GENEVIE5 5/5/2012 11:52AM

    Very well said! Good for you to come to that realization, Sometimes we just can't see what others see. Here's to your progress and success!

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NATPLUMMER 5/5/2012 11:45AM

    Workoutaholic...you....Totally!!>I'm glad you have finally decided to really take care of yourself...it's important.
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KKC-318 5/5/2012 11:12AM

    Great blog! It feels so good to have a breakthrough! I was really crazy about cardio for a little while and worried if I missed a day I wouldn't go back to doing it at all. Then I started Jamie Eason's 12-Week LiveFit Trainer and she has no cardio for the first month only ST. It has been hard but I find I really enjoy strength training and I hate these three days off in the first two weeks. Feel like I should be doing something! But I have trust, I mean, she is Jamie Eason, right? She didn't get that body for nothing!

Glad you're better! Hope your progress continues!

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Review of Body Revolution's Workout # 5...The Old Jillian Michaels is coming back

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

So we have been enjoying the new bubbly Jillian for the past month...still a tough trainer but a little fun, dance and jabs inserted in the workouts and we experience and appreciate a 'softer' Jillian. Of course, we have seen the intensity increase with each workout (which reminds me, I am yet to write the reviews on Workouts 3 & 4). After doing the first month, you do expect things to 'tun up' as we say in Jamaica which means intensify but seriously Jillian, so quick?? In Workout 5? So are are you planning to kill us in Workout # 9 if we make it there?? (side bar - Because I am doing both Insanity and Body Revolution, I am having nightmares about Shaun T and Jillian creating a program together *gulps*- a combined Jillian/Shaun T would be the end of me!! emoticon)

Anyways, here is my review! Workout # 5 is approximately 36 mins including warm up and cool down. There are 4 circuits that are repeated twice.

Jillian decides to start the workout with a yoga move that took her a WHOLE minute to demonstrate - she started with a sun salutation, exhale, fold down to the ground, raise half way with a flat back and exhale, then palms to the ground, jump back into a plank pose, move into a chaturanga pose, then into an up dog, then a down dog, bend the knees and jump back up to the top! Repeat 3 times. Seriously??? Who does that for a warm up? OMG! This was when I knew I was in for a challenging workout!

Circuit 1:
1. Push Ups with a side plank rotation (I actually did all the reps with military style/"boy pushups" Yay!)
2. With light weights, in a nice deep crescent pose, triceps pulses to the back (thank God, she said light weights)
3. Jumping Squats (can use weights to make it harder)
4. Repeat exercise 2 on opposite leg.
5. Cardio Interval - mountain climbers.
Can you imagine how your triceps are killing you now with all this focus and this circuit is repeated with the exception of the cardio interval.

Circuit 2:
1. With a heavy weight, wood choppers - I like this one because it works your core, quads, hips..it is like you are chopping a tree with an axe. I have done the move before but not with a rotation.
2. With light weights, drop and hold sumo and do arm presses
3. Repeat exercise 1 on opposite leg.
4. Scissor abs
5. Cardio Interval - High knees
Repeat the circuit with the exception of the cardio interval (By now, my heart rate is really up and I am really sweating!)

Circuit 3:
1. Using the cable, create a loop to put one foot through, step through with the other one into a deep crescent pose and arms to side; pull cable in and back to a "T position"
2. Crab exercise with one leg raised ( I really feel this one)
3. Repeat exercise 1 on opposite leg (now your arms are crying and the sweat literally drops off)
4. Repeat exercise 2 with opposite leg raised (your triceps officially hate you now)
5. Cardio Interval - Cable Punches (oh yes, Jillian is baaaacccck!!)
Your triceps are now officially in malice with you! emoticon But then Jillian says she wants you to be able to have sex with the lights on and you tell your triceps to suck it up!
Repeat the circuit with the exception on the Cardio interval.

Circuit 4:
1. With a medium size weight, do a single leg squat ending in a raise.
2. Line tricep press
3. Repeat exercise 1 on opposite leg.
4. Repeat exercise 2 on opposite side.
5. Cardio Interval - Speed rope (Jillian reminds you she didn't say jump rope..haha)
Repeat the circuit with the exception of the cardio bit.

Finally the cool down! OMG, Jillian!!

Tip of the night:



Oh, Jillian was on the cover of Health this month; check her out:

  
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STEVIEBEE569 11/7/2012 4:44PM

    Okay, I have something to look forward to! Ouch!

I'm currently doing BR, Workouts #1 & #2 Week #2. Thanks for giving the update on the upcoming workout!

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FEELINGFITERIN 10/16/2012 12:27AM

    That would be something! Jillian and Shuan T in one workout! Would definitely need an energy drink for that one emoticon Great job with your workouts!

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LOVELYDOES 4/3/2012 10:39PM

  Did Jillian Michaels 2011 on the Wii this weekend and got my ass handed to me. The circuits were similar to what was described here. In 50 minutes, I was exhausted and sweaty (drenched really)! So I think it was effective.

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SHERLYNN43 3/27/2012 6:24AM

    I can't even imagine Workout 11. We might be dead by then! ha ha! Thanks for the post! I start #5 next Monday!

Sherri

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GENEVIE5 3/26/2012 8:25PM

    Awesome review. I should really consider getting this! ( too funny also! )

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MSKIZ69 3/26/2012 7:38PM

    I want I want I want!! Why can't this week go faster, I will be doing this next week! emoticon Thanks for the review!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TOTALREDO2013 3/26/2012 7:28PM

    Love that you are enjoying it and detailing what it is like with even your Jamaican flair. Miss that.

The whole sex thing was funny too!! You are doing great.

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SLIMMER25781 3/26/2012 5:52PM

    Thanks for the Review! I'm on day 4 of week 1. Wish me luck! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 3/15/2012 7:48PM

    AWESOME!
I am so leaning at getting this!

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TIFFY0906 3/15/2012 5:17PM

    I am one of the few people who is not a Jillian fan but I saw the Body Revolution informercial and liked what I saw.

Thanks for the review.

You go girl doing Body Revolution and Insanity at the same time.

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COLUMBIANQUEEN 3/15/2012 3:59PM

    LMAO at the goal being to have sex with the lights on. I'll be starting workout 5 next week. Thanks for the warning!

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NATPLUMMER 3/15/2012 11:22AM

    YIKES!!

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VYVIENN 3/15/2012 3:30AM

    Hehe, sun salutations as a warmup - I remember that from P90X! Sure does sound like a kick in the behind, this one. emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 3/15/2012 1:46AM

    Okay now, I am officially scared but hey, I have not watched all of the biggest losers for nothing!!

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LAMOURA 3/14/2012 11:46PM

    AWESOME!! Now thats a workout!! emoticon emoticonOne more dvd for me and I'll be doing phase 5 as well. I want to get to her phase that kills me and I need to work on it for awhile and that sound like phase 5 just might do that!!

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BUTTERCUPP76 3/14/2012 10:59PM

    Great blog Len! You weren't the only one being beat up by Jillian today. I did Killer Buns and Thighs for the first time today and OMG!!! My legs are already sore and it has only been a few hours since the workout. I guess I am jumping on the Jillian Michael's bandwagon, LOL because I also bought her newest (I believe) DVD called Kickbox Fast Fix. Previewed it tonight and ohhh wow is all I can say.

Enjoy your blogs! Have a great day!

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