I finished all 90 (well 97 for me because I redid a week) days of Jillian Michaels 90 Day Body Revolution!! If you are new to my blog the reason I did 97 days was because I re-did a week after I had my wisdom teeth out. Wanted to give it my all for that week. So 97 days later here I am and I am very proud of myself.
Now I admit I didn’t pick this program to lose a ton of weight. Actually the most important reason I chose these workouts was as a compliment to my running. You see after a 5 half marathons I finally figured out it was
probably a good idea to add in cross training. In fact it was a really, really good idea. I needed a stronger core and a stronger boody ;). Now that I have them I have seen a significant drop in how sore I am after long runs. I used to get up the morning after a long run feeling like I was about 90. Extremely sore hips and bad PF in my right foot. I would seriously wake up and think… “man getting out of bed is soooo not going to be pleasant”, and it wasn’t. It’s MUCH better now, so that right there was worth all the sweat of the last 97 days.
***As a side note I also practice Chirunning and do Yoga at least once a week and all have contributed to less aches and pains. ***
Here is a basic breakdown of MY 97 days:
-There are 2 types of DVD’s in the program. Workouts (cross training) and Cardio. You have 4 days of workouts (cross-training) per week (M, T, Thur, F) and 2 days of a cardio DVD (Wed, Sat). I did do the cardio a few times but only if it fell on days I didn’t run. I have been running on average 4 days/week along with the workout dvds throughout the 97 days. (I am training for a Half Marathon.) So I was doing cardio 4-5 days a week.
-The workout DVDs change every two weeks. Example: you do workouts #1 and #2 for the first two weeks and then switch to #3 and #4 for the next two weeks, etc. There are #12 workout dvds in all. This was probably my favorite part of the program because you never really get bored.
-Every two weeks the workouts become more challenging. It’s Jillian Michaels so that is no joke, nuff said.
-Jillian also works your core without a ton of sit-up type moves. AWESOME because I really dislike sit-ups.
-These were my first experiences with JM workouts. I have to admit I never watched Biggest Loser (no I don’t live under a rock) but YES I did know who she was, lol.
Did I change my diet? A little I use the basics of the Flat Belly Diet, which relies a lot on MUFA’s being included in every meal. I also try to eat pretty healthy overall.
Did I “cheat”? Umm yeah…a few cupcakes! 🙂 I love Jillian’s 80/20 rule…eat right 80% of the time. Plus dark chocolate is a MUFA, and you just can’t beat that.
Have I lost both weight and inches? Yes and no. I lost about 9 lbs but more importantly I have definitely traded weight for muscle. So some inches actually increased like in my arms. I actually like the new arms a lot. (I have skinny arms and legs thus the nickname skeletor. Not the worst reason for a nickname I know.) I also now need to wear a belt with most of my shorts and pants. 🙂 Goodbye muffin top, or in my case cupcake top, and hello abs.
So my opinion is …..LOVED IT!! I really liked Jillian’s style and I feel much stronger and more fit.
The 97 days actually ended at a perfect time. This upcoming week is a taper week before my Half Marathon. I hope all this hard work will pay off there too.
My only problem now? Where do I go from here? I am thinking JM 30 day shred…my hubby says Insanity. I think he’s insane 😉 Do you have any workout programs you have enjoyed? I would love to hear some suggestions.