Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CFC Day 2 and Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Review

Well if you read my post yesterday, you know that day two of the CFC did not go as well as planned. After my episode in the shower my day did not start off on the right foot, I had a bagel with some butter substitute, but overall it wasn't the worst food day I have ever had.

Sorry no photos of my food!

Breakfast: Bagel with butter substitute

Lunch: Two brown rice cakes, a banana and almonds (later I had the pop-tart)

Dinner: A brown rice casserole with pineapple, organic chicken, salsa and a little bit of cheese on top and apple juice

I cooked the brown rice first, we buy the instant kind, and then put it in the bottom of a glass baking dish. We cut the pineapple and chicken up into chunks and topped everything with the little bit of salsa we had left in the jar. Everything was cooked in the 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes. We took it out and topped it with some Mexican cheese blend and put it back in the oven for five minutes. It is so good! We have had this before, with slight variations, and it always turns out amazing.

Dessert: Oops! Starbucks and some mini dessert treats

I only had about 40 ounces of water yesterday, but other than the apple juice and Starbucks it was all I drank.

Now on to the review!

Some of you may remember when I said that I wanted to do Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred the entire month of December. Well that totally didn't happen! I haven't even done 30 days of the DVD yet, but I am close! I only have 9 more days until I have done each level 10 times.


Jillian, you may annoy me at times but you are amazing!

Yesterday I did my first day of Level 3 of "The Shred" and it was really hard! This is the first level that I think I am going to have to wear sneakers while doing it because there are a lot more jumping moves involved. (You probably should wear sneakers the entire time you do it, but I would get lazy sometimes).

How did I feel about this entire DVD? It is AMAZING! It is short enough that you don't feel like you need to block off too much time to get a workout in, but boy do you work up a sweat!

Level 1: Well, I did this so long ago that I don't even really remember the specifics but I do know that this is my least favorite level. The moves are pretty basic once you get the hang of it and I actually started to memorize the routine. I probably won't do this level on its own in the future, but I will combine it with level 2 or level 3 for a longer workout.

Level 2: This is probably going to be my favorite level (I have to give level 3 a few more days until I can have a solid opinion on it)! It was challenging enough, but easy enough to follow along with what Jillian was saying. One minute plank twists is really all I have to say about this level!

Level 3: Since I have only done it for one day I don't have a full opinion on this level but it is level 3 for a reason! You do some of the similar moves as level 1 and level 2 but there is added resistance and/or jump moves. The first circuit is definitely the most challenging, or at least I thought so, and then it does get a little bit easier. As I said in the beginning, I am going to have to wear sneakers for this level so I don't injure myself!

Moving forward I would like to increase the amount of weight that I use, 3 pounds is pretty light now, and I will probably combine levels in the same day. This is a great DVD for that!

Have you wanted to get "shredded" but haven't coughed up the money yet? Well if you are signed up for my virtual race you have a chance to win the DVD! Not only will the randomly selected winner of my race win a pair of Tommie Copper calf compression sleeves but they will also win a copy of the 30 Day Shred (plus some other fun goodies, like Nuun, etc.)!


You know you want to help celebrate my birthday with me!

Make sure you get yourself signed up in the original post, here. It is coming up quick (I will have a post with the bib and final instructions before the day of the race)!

Have you done Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred? Do you love any of her other DVDs (looking for suggestions for my next one!)?

Note: I purchased my own copy of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, as well as the prize DVD for my virtual race. I was not compensated in any way for this review and the comments and opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.

14 comments:

  1. I'm so excited even if the dr. says not to run - i'm running :) I want that DVD :D YAY!!!!!! and I love TC.

    Great review Jamie. and who cares about cheating on your eating clean challenge. Just stick with it :D you're making an effort and that's what counts.

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    1. Thanks Ali! Don't injure yourself more though, I want you to be able to run in the relay with me! Run/walk if you have to!

      I'm not too disappointed any more and with more research I am finding clean recipes that aren't as restrictive and sound really yummy!

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  2. I read yesterday's post and today's..then went over to the site of the challenge and was very surprised that she had a cup of coffee for breakfast (with the other "good" stuff!!) Ummm...I have read that coffee is poison to your system...after reading that I think I prefer what you and Mike are doing...go slow and add "healthy" a little bit at a time for a healthy lifestyle...that is what it is all about!!
    I made quinola today for lunch and it came out much better...the one I have is organic and already cleaned so I just cooked it for longer and it came out better...it is really filling and yummy!!

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    1. She allows one cup of coffee a day for herself (as a cheat but she explains that in the post and does say that giving up caffeine would be good for this type of challenge but just not doable for her), plus this is her third time doing it so she has done it before and probably eats more like this all the time. I definitely don't blame her challenge AT ALL! I even emailed her and explained what happened and she was very understanding and told me to do what I have to do and she suggested cutting out things slowly as well.

      I don't think ours is already cleaned, maybe it is I haven't checked yet. I will let you know how it turns out!

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  3. Hope the food cleanse goes better today. Its tough changing so much about your eating habits so quick. I try to cut out cookies and sweets as much as possible but I just love them! It helps if I don't buy them but usually I end up making homemade cookies instead!

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    1. Thanks! So far so good! I will have a little bit of cheese with my lunch (leftovers from last night's dinner) but hopefully that will be the only thing I have not on the cleanse!

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  4. I'm such a food junkie, I'll cleanse vicariously through you! So, if I'm supposed to run 19 miles on Saturday do I get to enter 5 times for your virtual race? JK ;)

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    1. Haha, I wish you could enter 5 times, but sadly only once :)

      Today is going much better than yesterday for the cleanse!

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  5. I have heard great things about he shred but I haven't actually tried it yet. Maybe I will win it from your virtual race!

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    1. It is amazing! If you don't win it then you should definitely buy it! It's really not badly priced at all!

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  6. I am very proud of you for taking on the challenge in the first place!!!! How convenient that it will end by your bday! :)

    I'm totally doing your virtual race! Of course. I love Jillian's 30 day shred. She kicks my ass everytime I do it. :)

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    1. Thanks Jen! It is pretty nice!

      Happy birthday to you today!

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  7. I've never done a Jillian Michaels DVD before but I've heard nothing but great things about this one.

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    1. It is amazing, I would definitely recommend it!

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