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I Did it!! My Jillian Michaels 90 (well 97) Day Body Revolution Review

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.


Jillian Michaels week #11! Instagram? Twitter? Running Cupcakes? and that Poor Treadmill Guy

Week #11.  I am so wicked proud of my self! And I really don’t care if that is correct grammar or not, lol.  I am almost to the end of my 90+ days of Jillian Michaels 90 day body revolution.

And you know what after 3 kids I still have abs!!  Wahoo!  Yup I can even see them 🙂  Not like a 6 pack but maybe a 1/2 pack 🙂  Now granted I admit that I am lucky and have a fairly generous metabolism and weight has never been a huge issue for me.  But I have to say I think this is the best shape my abs have been in since being pregnant with my first kid 13 years ago!  Holy cow did I just say 13, my, my time really does fly.  I may (may) even be brave enough to post a 90 day pic at the end of this.  That is still up for debate, we will see.

This week I started workouts 11 and 12.  Quoting Jillian The final 2 weeks, the mother of all workouts.  I don’t believe that I could have made this harder if I tried…”  But you know what I am still loving it!  Hard yes, impossible no.  Well maybe one move in workout #12, wheel push ups.  Basically you need to be able to do a push up in a backbend position….umm so far that isn’t happening.

Insta..what?  Oh Instagram….

OK I have just entered the world of Instagram!  Prior to this month I had no idea what that even was.  By admitting to this I am probably showing my age, oh well.  But thanks to some Sweat Pink Ambassadors, now I do.  I am not able to hook it up to my Facebook page at this time (not a capability on the Android yet)  But you can follow me @ runfindyourhappypace if you are on there.  I would love to have you.  I have uploaded some inspirational quote pictures and some pre and post race pics on there too.  Hope you will join me.

Twitter (tweet, tweet)

You can also find Run Find your Happy Pace on twitter….@runfyhp    Bear with me while I get a hang of this, lol.

The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k & Even a Running Cupcake

Things are looking great for my and Running In Sanity‘s first virtual race.  We have 57 participants so far.  We also have the artwork for the bling.  Isn’t it cute!

Thanks to JBRugby for helping us out with that.  The actual medals should be done on Monday next week.  I will definitely post the pic ASAP!!!!  This design will be the center of the medal, the outside will be a white sparkle bling.  We love it and hope you do too.  It’s not too late to sign up and support Team in Training (TNT).  Click here   “The Great Cupcake Race”

Also in case you haven’t heard if we get up to 100 runners I will be running at least the 5k as a cupcake.  Yes for real and yes there will be pictures.  Below is the costume.  And as some of my freinds have stated… “who wouldn’t want to see a cupcake running down the street :)” riiightt.

Poor Treadmill Guy and RnR Update:

Training is going very well.  I accomplished a great feat for myself last weekend by completing 10.5 miles (mostly) on a treadmill!  First time I have ever done over 7 on a treadmill.  Why on earth would you run that far on a treadmill you ask?  Good question and normally I wouldn’t believe me!  However two of my kids had a mini mud run last Saturday morning (see pic)

which pushed my long run to the late afternoon.  Late afternoon in Virginia = way too hot.  But dang it I was going to get at least 10 miles in!!  So I ran 6 miles on my treadmill at home, when I started to hit that dreaded wall of boredom.  I decided it would be better to run outside than quit.  Mother-nature on the other hand had some tricks of her own.  As soon as I went out, it started to rain.  Ergo plan B.:  I ran 1/2 mile to the gym, jumped on their treadmill for 3.5 and ran a 1/2 mile back home.  10.5!

The only casualty of my madness was probably the poor older man who decided to run next to me at the gym.  Why?  Well 1)  I was pretty sweaty and stinky by mile 7 (eww) and 2) I started to struggle a little at mile 9, so decided to strike up a conversation.  Treadmill guy was reading a book while he walked, so conversation was probably not top priority for him.  However I must not have been too annoying, or stinky for that matter, because he did appease me with a little senseless banter for a while.  Me:  “Reading anything good?”  “Trying to get 10 miles in”  blah,blah….So thanks Mr. Treadmill Guy you rock, and sorry about interrupting your reading time.  Your cooperation was much appreciated.

How about a smoothie recipe to end the week, shall we?  This week I accidentally bought Silk Coconut instead of Silk Almond, but I gotta tell you it’s not bad.

So thus this is my favorite smoothie for the week.  I call it:

Coconut cherry:

8oz  Silk Coconut Milk

1 cup frozen dark cherries

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1 tablespoon PB2 chocolate


Simple yet delicious!  Enjoy.


Cupcake Update, Rock and Roll Happy Pace and Jillian Michaels week #10

Things are looking really great for “The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k”.  Runner Decals has generously donated TONS of cool cupcake decals and a tumbler as raffle prizes.  Everyone who participates will be entered to win.  I need to thank them so much for helping make this such a great event.  Runner Decals is also making these cupcake items available on their website soon if you would like one of your own.

The cupcake medal design is still in process.  We are very excited and cannot wait to share it with you all.  Patience is not a huge trait of mine so believe me the waiting is really killing me too!!  I can give you this detail…it WILL include a custom cupcake insert, It will not be cupcake shaped. (we couldn’t justify the cost of custom because too much would be taken away from the charity – TNT)

There is still time to enter and you can run it any day in September that works for you.  Since it is a virtual race ANYONE can join.  Here is the link to enter.

Rock n Roll Happy Pace (and Happy place)

I continued my RnR training this week and everything has gone well.  Last Saturday I got in 9 miles for the long run, this weekend I am planning on 10-11, I hope the weather cooperates.  I would have liked to train up to 14 miles but that is not going to happen.  I usually take Wed/Sun off from running but this week I took Wed and Friday off but did cross training cardio instead.

I am using a plan from “Train Like a Mother”  This week I read a great chapter in that book called “The Running Path” by Dimity.  I wish I could quote it word for word, it was so touching too me.  It’s basically a short story about a woman and her favorite shady running path as she goes thru training and life.  I LOVED it, and yes I even shed a tear.  Tears over a running story?  Yup.  If you get a chance you MUST read it.  Here is my favorite shady running path and I thought about the words from Dimity the whole time and smiled, in between gasps of breath and dripping sweat 😉

Jillian Michaels

I have completed another successful week of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution.  A few days were hard because I got them in right after finishing a 7 and 5 mile run.  Butt kicking good workouts!  I think for the next few weeks I am going to try to do them as a stand alone workout later in the day.  It’s just been too hot and humid and with the added miles it’s been a little tough.  Would rather do them later and give them my all.  On a positive note I am no longer getting hip pains after long runs (nor feeling like 90 first thing in the morning when I get out of bed) I attribute that to my increased core and all over strength.  As a bonus I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and she commented that I looked great…slim and toned.  SWEET!!!  And I have somewhat mastered  (ok maybe mastered is a little much) the unsupported half moon pose….believe me 11 weeks ago I could not do this without falling over.  Thanks Jillian 😉

I am including this great smoothie recipe whichI have been using  after morning workouts enjoy!

1 cup almond milk

Generous portion of Spinach

1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 cup frozen fruit (blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)

honey to taste (if desired)

Sometimes I also throw in a tablespoon of PB2

Have a great week!

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Cupcakes? Jillian Michaels 90 Day Body Revolution Update and Tips on Getting that Run in.

Jillian Michaels 90 day Revolution Week #  9

Officially in in the books.  This week I moved up to workouts #9 and #10.  Not as bad as I had anticipated, could this mean I am getting stronger?!  Why yes, yes I think it does 🙂

Workout #10 did bring in a new element, jump training.  I am cool with it as long as I keep my knees soft during landings.  Today (Friday) I decided to only do workout #10 and not also.  Why?

1)   I have a long run planned for tommorw and the schedule said 3 miles or XT for today.  I chose to XT.

2)  I wanted to give it my all because after running on Tuesday I didn’t feel I had done the workout justice.

Measurements are still spot on :).  Weight holding steady.  I think I will take another picture update so I can see the changes for myself.  This is a great idea, although I know a lot of us gringe at the thought.  However it can be hard to judge progress because you see yourself everyday.  And pictures don’t lie.  I have also been continuing to include MUFA’s in my diet.  (For more info on MUFA’s check out the Flat Belly Diet and Cookbook.) and incorporating more fresh and natural ingredients.


I got back on track this week and decided to start getting up earlier and out the door no later than 6 – 6:30 AM.  The weather has been so hot and dreadfully humid this summer getting up earlier this week has helped.  We also had a few days with highs only in the eighties this week which made for cooler”ish” (probably not a real word, lol) mornings.  A couple of other runners I passed also agreed that we actually felt a slight twinge of cool that early.  Nice.  Now don’t get me wrong getting up at 5:30 – 5:45ish was not easy or fun.  The bed has a seriously strong “stay / relax” pull in the morning.  I force myself up because I know once I am up and dressed I am fine, its just that whole getting up thing that’s the problem!

So here are some of my tips on getting that run:

1)  Set the alarm and don’t have it right next to your bed.  This forces you out of bed.  Once your up your less likely to crawl back under the covers.

2) Get up earlier (not always easy believe me I know)  Hopefully this will also mean a more comfortable run temperature wise.  Get it in before the crazinees of life and kids begin if you can.

3)  Lay out your clothes the night before.  I have even read of people sleeping in their running clothes.  I personally can’t sleep in my jogging bra.  TMI?  😉

4)  Set out your supplies the night before (for longer runs or hotter ones)  Hydration belt out, bottles filled and in the fridge ready to go.  GU/beans etc.  all stashed in your belt.

5)  A quick snack.  If you need one (I do) have a quick snack ready to go.  The jury is still out on if eating before a run is necessary, I just know for me it is.  I say go with what works for you personally.  Something easy bread and peanut butter works for me.

Do have any tips on getting that run in?  Feel free to share!

Cupcakes….Can’t forget about Cupcakes

In case you haven’t heard I am co-hosting my first Virtual Run along with my buddy at Running in Sanity.  The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k  benefiting Team in Training (TNT).  We are very excited that in less than a week we already have 26 runners signed up and ready to go.  Runner Decals (love them! They are the ones who provided us with the Peace Runner Girls giveaway) has also generously donated 20 “I Run for Cupcakes” decals.  Winners will be chosen at random.

We would love to have you join us.  Click on the link for more information.  

“The Great Cupcake Race”

Can’t run the virtual but still want to help?  You can get just the “Will Run For Cupcakes” Bondi Band for just $8. click on the race link above.

Thanks everyone have a great day.  Sweat Pink & Run Find your Happy Pace!

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Getting My Mojo Back and Jillian Michaels Update

Thursday morning I completed my half of the Hot Mama Half Virtual Relay.  I teamed up with my buddy Cara from Running in Sanity.  I was pretty excited, can you tell?  😉  Thanks Cara for snapping this picture, in your pajamas, at 7:30 in the morning.  I love that she “gets” my craziness.

Why was I so happy?  Well for LOTS of reasons. Most important being it was my first decent longish run in weeks.  After a few weeks of stomach bugs, wisdom teeth extraction, summer camp, and just life in general, it felt good to run more than 3 miles. My Half Marathon training for the RnR is bit off track.  I would have liked to be up to long runs of 10-12 miles, but I’ll take just over 6 ….for now.  I will feel more confident when I get back into double-digit runs again.  It’s also been VERY hot and humid here this summer and my motivation to get out there has been a little on the low side, ok maybe WAY on the low side.  (see below for our ongoing “heat index warnings”) ugh.  Really hoping early September is at least not so humid!

And yes I got my run done really early in the day to avoid the 103 heat index.

In the meantime I need to keep an eye on my knee, which is hurting a bit due to a tight IT band.  Again my fault, been slacking on the stretching and rolling, that will be changing immediately.

However, on a very bright note my Plantar fasciitis (PF) that I developed back in December continues to improve.  I still have some tightness/pain when getting out of bed first thing in the am, but no serious pain throughout the day.  If you want to read some of the details about my PF you can click on this post.  Glass Slippers…. I have also managed to prevent myself from getting PF in my other foot.  I felt the tingle, and not the good kind ie:   “And it starts in my toes, And I crinkle my nose” (thanks Colbie Caillat) .  So I’ve been stretching a lot and I am convinced that incorporating  yoga & strength training into my week have been a huge advantage.  So far so good.

Jillian Michaels Update

I pulled a redo on week #8.  As I mentioned in my last update. (if you want to read it click here.  JM week 8.)  I wasn’t able to give it my all last week and didn’t feel strong enough to move on to workouts 9 and 10. I feel I did 7 & 8 a lot more justice this week and am going ready to move on next week.  I still believe know she will kick my booty yet again with the new workouts.

Measurements are great.  I even dropped a few more pounds unexpectedly.  I need a belt to keep most of my shorts up!  I wasn’t looking to drop a ton of weight so I need to keep an eye on that .  However I will gladly trade fat for muscle 🙂 any day.  I tend to pick up the nickname “Skeletor” from my bestie when I get to skinny.  So bring on the carbs, lol.  Just kidding….or am I?  How many carbs are in ice cream again, hmm.

Take care, thanks for reading and Run Find YOUR Happy Pace!

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Jillian Michaels Week #8 and RnR Training Interrupted

It’s been another busy week at RFYHP.  My oldest is away at boy scout camp and my girlie-girl is at day camp.  So its been me and Mr. Cutsie-Face.  I also had to have 2 teeth pulled this week.  (was supposed to be one or two Wisdom teeth but it didn’t work out that way and ended being a little more involved)  I am fine but it did effect this weeks workout schedule.  Due to that I have had a NO RUNNING week so far.  I hope maybe to get one in on Saturday.  Also been having car issues, but that could be a whole nother post so I am not going to go there.  I am going with the following mantra:

JM update

On a bright note I was able to do all 4 days of workouts. On the other hand, no cardio.  Even the cardio mixed into the workouts caused throbbing where my gums are healing, not pleasant.  So I did not do the cardio DVD and took it easy during the cardio intervals on the other workouts. Therefore I think I am going to repeat this week which will make it Jillian Michaels 97 day Body Revolution for me.  That’s ok.  I really want to do them to the best of my ability, not just skirt along.  I think Jillian would agree insist.

I am down 2 pounds but I am sure a lot of that has to do with living on protein shakes, yogurt and refried beans for a few days.  NO not mixed together!!  Ewww 😉


Unfortunately this ended up as a no run week for me.  As much as I didn’t want to take a whole week off I knew it would be better in the long run.  I still have over a month to prepare for my next half marathon and I would rather take the time off now or possibly be forced into it later and for longer.  Infections and dry sockets are not in my plans, no thank you.

In the meantime I have been entertaining myself reading Jillian Michaels Master your Metabolism and The Flat Belly Diet Family Cookbook , these are links to amazon, but I got them both on Ebay for cheap ;).  Still trying different healthy food options, learning about MUFA’s and loving the Fooducate  app on my phone.  You can click on any of those links to find out more for yourself.

So onward and upward, or repeat (JM week #8) and get moving (running) is on the schedule for next week.

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JM Body Revolution Week 7 and RnR training

It’s been a busy week at the RFYHP house!  Summers Best Week (aka:  vacation bible school) took place this week at our church.  Grace Bible Church if you ever would like to join us, by the way ;). Plus a touch of a stomach bug.  Eeww.

My oldest and I both volunteered and my two younger ones participated at Summers Best week.  It was a great week but also made it a little harder to squeeze in JM and half marathon training.  I got all but one JM DVD done. I can live with that.  Wednesday is a rest day from running on the schedule, but I should have done the JM cardio DVD…note “should have”.  Ok time for some TMI:  Between my PMS and the touch of the stomach bug, the Wed nite cardio didn’t happen, enough said.  However I did manage to get all my other JM workouts in and my running.  Weigh in showed no weight gain or loss.  I also call that a win because although I am making better healthy food choices I had PMS so some choices were not so good.  Again enough said, lol.

JM week 7

Workouts #7 and 8 are tough!  Jillian even says in #7 “ I bet you are wondering why you are dying in weeks 7 & 8?”  Why yes, yes I was wondering why I feel like curling up in the fetal position.  Well each 2 week cycle the workouts get tougher. Therefore I should be as strong as the Hulk by week 12.  By then I figure I should be able to impress my little guy (Mr. Cutesie Face) if no one else.

RnR Training

A few days on my running schedule give me “mileage” flexibility, therefore I had to go with the low-end on those days to fit them in this week.  (ex.  4-6 miles, 4 done…not six).  I got out there and did something which is ALWAYS better than nothing.  One night I tried to do a treadmill run, but I just couldn’t bear it.  I finally opted for running around (and around, and around) my neighborhood, in the dark, with my glow in the dark safety belt on.  (base rules, after dark you must have reflective gear on) Nice 😉

Tomorrow I am scheduled to do 10 miles on my long run.  First double-digit long run in quite a while.  I am hoping for a good one as I have had a couple rough runs this week and a “twinge” of my old enemy, shin splints.  Burr, I shutter at the words.  Hoping new shoes and no more PMS are going to help make it enjoyable rather than bearable or worse.

Next week looks to be another rough week for exercise.  Two of my kids will be in camp AND I need to have one of my wisdom teeth pulled on Monday.  UGHH, pray for me!   I hope to be good enough shape by the weekend to get together with my local “Moms Run This Town” (click to find a free local group in your town) group to do our virtual “Hot Mama” half marathon together.

Take Care!

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