Monday, February 11, 2013
I am thrilled with the results I had from the first week of this program. For those of you that don't know about this, it's a workout and meal plan system by Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser. It's a 90 day program, with 3 phases. Each phase is one month. For the first 2 weeks, you do workout 1 on Monday and Thursday, workout 2 on Tuesday and Friday, and cardio 1 on Wednesday and Saturday. It's working out 6 days a week, BUT they are short workouts. The cardio 1 dvd is a little under 30 minutes. After the 2 weeks, you move on to the dvds for week 3 & 4 and then you move on to the next month. The cardio 1 dvd is used for the whole first month.
For anyone that has done any of her dvds, you know they are not easy. The workout 1 and 2 dvds are a lot like the 30 day shred, where you do circuits of strength training exercises with cardio intervals. The cardio 1 dvd is 3 circuits of various cardio exercises that last a minute. With that said, these first dvds aren't that hard. I have done her dvds though, so I am used to the intensity.
I did the 7 day kickstart, which is optional. There are a few meals to choose from for each meal and snack, and that is all you're allowed for the week. I knew it would be hard to stick to, but I decided to give it a try since my weight has done nothing but fluctuate up and down 3 or 4 pounds for a couple months now. The kickstart meals are things like fish, salads (a lot of salad) nuts, greek yogurt, eggs, turkey and even steak. The calories add up to only about 1200 a day, which is like 3-400 less than I am used to eating. I wanted to do it exactly how she said, and I did, for the whole week. That first week you workout 2 times a day. That wasn't easy to know I'd have another workout to look forward to later on, but I forced myself to do it, figuring it was just one week.
The meals in the kickstart were foods I actually already eat a lot of, but you do get sick of eating the same stuff. One of the meals was a veggie soup which was really easy to make, and like 10 times better than canned soup. Most of the meals are pretty fast to make and I really enjoyed the food. You are only getting 1200 calories, but they are good sized portions.
In one week, I lost over 7 pounds. I couldn't believe it! I was sore after the first couple days of workouts and stiff in the morning, but now my body is used to it and I feel fine. I am continuing on, and I plan on loosely following the meal plan. It's hard to cook for a family and stick exactly to it, but I can make a lot of the things for myself, which I plan on doing. I can freeze meals for later.
If you're at a plateau, or just want to get in really good shape, this a is a great program. It's not cheap, over $100, but I think it's worth it for all you get. You the dvds for 3 months, a journal, the menu and the kickstart optional menu and instruction. Some come with a stretchy cable, but mine didn't, so I use one I have.
If you've never done a Jillian Michaels workout, you may not want to start with this program. It may discourage you if you have a hard time with push ups, lunges, squats, or any issues with your knees. A lot of it can be modified, but it's definitely not easy, and I would say not for people who are just starting out with fitness or who are very overweight.
I'm really excited about this program. I have less than 30 pounds to lose and I am hoping this will get me through it, since the workouts always change and they will get even harder as it goes on. I feel really good after each workout, like I worked really hard and got a great workout, but it doesn't take a ton of time.
I would say the kickstart would be hard for people who work full time, especially if you have a long commute or something, but it's one week, so if you can get yourself up a half hour earlier each day, you can do it. Also, I am usually not a fan of being on a strict or certain diet. I normally just try to eat a variety of healthy foods. However, it was said that if you stuck to this for one week, you would see results, and I did. So, it was completely worth it. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be either. I did miss fruit, and when I had an apple today I swear it was the best apple I have ever eaten! :)
I plan on sticking with this program and completing it. I will follow the meal plans somewhat, but still track my calories. Running is still important to me, so at least a couple days a week I will run, either in addition to the circuits, or in place of the cardio dvd. I will base it on how I am feeling, and if I feel energetic enough, I will do 2 workouts in a day.
Has anyone else done this program? What were your results? What did you think about it?
To see a few photos of some of the food I ate the first week, check out my personal blog at blogger.