Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I hate to jinx myself, but dropping my calories and exercising daily seem to be getting a little easier for me. I've been eating mostly good, whole food, though I have a certain amount of junk food. I also took a cue from Jillian Michaels's podcasts that striving for lowfat isn't as important as keeping overall calories low. I think that when I try to keep fat too low, I end up munching endlessly on carb-heavy snacks and never really feeling satisfied. I've been having a little bit of fat in each meal and snack and it seems to help a lot.

I got a little bored with the "30 Day Shred" and decided to break into this video set, which I got at a pretty low price when I signed up on Jillian's site. I have done the "Shape Up Front" and "Shape Up Backside" videos. One problem is that I don't have a step bench, but I've been modifying to do it without that. The exercises are slightly more varied than the "30 Day Shred," and there seems to be a little less cardio tossed in with the strength training. This is better for me because I find it pretty easy to get in cardio on my own. Just like the "30 Day Shred," though, none of these videos seem to be easy on the knees. Mine are just a little touchy from all the running, so I am trying to keep things a little lower impact where I can. I love the intensity of these videos, and Jillian's little pep talks cheer me up too. I'm sure I'll be shredded in no time.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07