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facing down my fears & Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Monday, December 09, 2013

I am back on track after my gain over Thanksgiving. I dropped six pounds this past week! Jillian Michaels kicking my butt with Body Revolution is definitely helping. I am proud of myself for not using Thanksgiving and the gain as an excuse to overeat and throw in the towel. I forced myself to focus on the good points of the week - like getting in all my exercise that week - and worked really hard to counteract the gremlin voice in my head that just loves to harp on all the ways I mess things up.

I also really appreciate all the encouragement and support that fellow Sparkers have sent my way. This journey has highs, lows and moments of frustration and I really love that we're all there for each other in those times.

My current issue that I'm trying to face is that of clothes and what to keep packed away for now and what to donate. No matter how determined I feel and how much I believe this time is different, there is a voice in my head that is scared to death that this won't stick. So I can't donate my clothes even though they're too big because what if I need them again!

I don't want to think like that, but at the same time, I can't afford to buy clothes all over again if the issue arises. I'm torn. I think for now, I just might put them in some storage tubs to clear out my closet, but hold onto them. How have others dealt with this issue? I know this is one of the mental sides to the journey and that I should simply focus on the good...but these worries creep in.


I have entered week three of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I technically did weeks 1 & 2 workouts for two and a half weeks because I didn't pay attention to the schedule and did other workouts instead a few days. I did two full weeks as she listed and have just entered week three.

Holy crap! I'm pretty sure she's trying to kill me. I don't want to give up on this, but I'm also not feeling very strong and fit for this one. Workout 3 was brutal and I had to do a lot of personal modifications for positions since I'm still really heavy...and even with that, I managed to do about three standing-to-plank moves in the time her and her athletes did ten to twelve.

My plan is to stick with it for this week and see how it goes with workout four and the second time with workout three. The first two weeks were hard, but I was able to do the moves...this one I'm struggling with. I don't want to hurt myself, but I also don't want to quit just because it's tough.
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  • VALYNN26
    I love Jillian! I am not able to do all the moves that her and her athletes do. There are times that I have to modify and I am with that. What matters is that day after day we continue to show up and that we continue to try. It does not matter that we have to modify. We are willing to try and each time we try we are getting stronger. Keep up the good work! If you're anything like I am you'll be surprised at what you're actually able to accomplish.

    *p.s.-i plan to restart on monday, so if you need anything, just yell* emoticon emoticon
    1623 days ago
    I'm throwing my vote in with the keep on rocking it with Jillian! There's not shame in modifying things, and it doesn't matter how many times you do something, it just matters that you're doing it! You will be so proud of yourself when you finish it, and just imagine how that will inspire you! You are doing amazing!
    1624 days ago
    I bought that DVD while I was still pregnant, but it's been sitting on the shelf this whole time because I've been too scared to try it. Everything you said in this blog reminds me of why I love Jillian Michaels, but right now I don't want to feel like my workouts are trying to kill me! haha!

    You are so inspiring! You're going to see such great results from pushing through, mental and physical!

    As for your clothes, maybe set a goal date to donate? That way you won't have to be worried about "what if I need them again" and can instead make donation one of your rewards for consistency and progress.
    1624 days ago
    Way to go on your progress!! I think people are right - keep some items but get them out of sight. You can know they are available but have the motivation of knowing that you don't want to have to unpack them.

    You are managing Jillian, or any workout, correctly. Modify, modify, modify. You'll find yourself getting stronger, more flexible and improve over time. What a great NSV that will be!!

    Keep up the AMAZING work!
    1624 days ago
    That is why I call her Killian! Body revolution is one of my Favortie programs have done it twice, and am thinking about starting it for the third time, during the winter. One word of advice at least I found I had to modify some of the exercises, particularly during month 3, as some of the things her athletes did I was sure not able to do.
    As for clothes I took them out of my closet as I found they were too big put them in a pile on the floor, slowly replacing them with smaller clothes. About six months ago the pile was far to tall and off to goodwill they went! Honestly the fact that I took them all away is a motivator for me as well, as I am way to cheap to have to replace them!

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    1624 days ago
    I just finished phase one and I was so sore! But it was a good workout. I start phase two tomorrow and looking forward to getting my butt whipped! Good luck and you can do it!
    1624 days ago
    I hear ya! I have Jillian's 30 Day Shred. Level two is a challenge. I tried level three last year and threw out my back. Good for you modifying it to fit your needs.

    It does feel like she's trying to kill you but you are making great changes in your body. Be careful and keep going!

    1624 days ago
    I agree, keep at least some of the "fat clothes", but take them out of your closet. It's good to be practical - new clothes are expensive - but at the same time it's good to clear them out so you don't see them every day.

    Jillian Michaels doesn't mess around. She's super intense so good for you for keeping up with it! Do the best you can, but don't hurt yourself. Keep up the good work!
    1624 days ago
    wow congrats on sticking it out with JM. I have her Ripped in 30 DVD, and I havnet made it past week2, I drop off and then have to start over again. As much as I dont really dig running, I have been choosing it over Jillian so that shows whata butt kicker she is. Modify, modify, modify!! emoticon
    1624 days ago
    As someone who has reached goal three times in 65 years - and regained at least some of that weight twice, I can tell you that you are wise to keep some of your "fat" clothes. Pack them away in a plastic tub - someplace where you can't get to them easily. Don't keep too many - only your absolute favorites.

    I know that people tell you to get rid of fat clothes, but having had to replace at least some a couple of times over 30 years, my vote is to save a few and wait to see what happens.

    As for working through Jillian - not everyone can manage that level of intensity. While you want to challenge yourself, you don't want to injure yourself. Sounds like you're modifying as you go. Feel good about that!! You're doing the right thing.

    Hope to see you on the Writers Team page soon!
    1624 days ago
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