Jillian & Leslie...together at last!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
This may sound strange to some, but I like to do both kinds of work outs. I had been doing WATP for almost a year and it was helping me to maintain, but I knew I was actually "too fit" for it to really be a good workout for me. Sooooo, I have some friends who were using Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and I knew it was a tough workout and it seemed to be working for them so I gave it a try. It IS a tough workout. I also have No More Trouble Zones & Banish the Fat, Boost the Metabolism (I can't even make it all the way through that one!) I use them in a rotation that Jillian Michaels put together and it seems to be very effective, at least it really gets my heart rate up and I sweat like crazy, plus I can really see the difference in my leg & arm muscles and my core strength has certainly increased! I haven't really seen any weight loss yet, but I think it is because I have built a significant amount of muscle since I started this, I tend to have quite a bit of muscle anyway. Besides, I am basically at my goal weight and I'm eating in maintenance range which is another reason I haven't lost actual pounds.
However, some days I feel like I could do a little more, especially during vacations and holidays when I don't have to go to work. I may not have enough energy to do a second Shred, but I certainly do have enough left for a walk with Leslie! I love doing the Walk Away the Pounds Videos, they are a good alternative to taking a walk outside when the weather is bad and I have the option of length of walk, using stretchy bands or even weights. I figured that after 20 minutes of shredding I was burning fat and why waste a good burn if I had time to do more, right?
Some times I will do a Shred with Jillian in the morning and a walk with Leslie in the evening, it's a good way to put some extra activity in my day and more steps on the step counter as well. This way I get a good intense workout AND I get to enjoy a nice walk.
I'm sure I'll need the extra activity this week! I don't plan to have a totally free day food wise, but I'm sure I will eat more than I normally do, but I do plan to get a couple of workouts in as well. I will do a Shred in the morning before we leave for my parent's house, and a walk in the evening after we get home.
Another plus is that I can do a walk when I have enough time to exercise, but not enough to shower! I ALWAYS have to shower after a shred!
I will also sometimes swap out a Pilates or Yoga routine instead of the walk. How's that for well rounded?