Most of you know that I’ve now finished my 30-day program with Jillian Michael’s (also known as “spawn of Satan”…but I digress). The truth is, I loved her program.
Making the Cut was intense, butt-kicking and downright painful but isn’t that exactly how a workout should be?! Better yet, the detailed diet and exercise plan broke me out of the awful 132 pound plateau I had been in for what felt like eons. Yes, I can finally say that the only thing left of my Spanish all-inclusive resort holiday are memories.
After 30 days of Jillian’s butt-kicking and my über-clean eating (as even the mere thought of cheating on the diet made me think Jillian herself was going to come storming out of a closet somewhere and pummel me), I lost three pounds and a total of 3.75 inches from my thighs, hips and waist. That might not seem very worth it but when you’ve only got five pounds to lose before people start thinking you have an eating disorder, three pounds is a serious accomplishment! And, to be fair, the amount of muscle I added certainly makes up for some additional fat so it could have easily been more like 4-5 pounds.
Although I don’t think this picture really does it any justice, here is my obligatory “in the bathroom mirror” shot…
Although you can’t tell from this awful iPhone self-photography, Jillian’s workouts have given me killer shoulders and my muscles literally “ripple” when I do push-ups or shoulder presses. Speaking of push-ups (and yes, I’m talking about real ones), last week I went to a kettlebell class and the instructor had us do 100 push-ups as a warm-up. I was late to class but got down to business as soon as I caught on. I had never done 100 push-ups before but I know my max set is around 25 at a time so I aimed to do sets of 15 and got to it. 15 push-ups, a small break, 15 more push-ups, a small break. You get it. A little while later, the instructor asked the beefiest guy in the class how close he was to 100. When he said he was at 95, I was shocked! I had assumed that all the guys in the class were finished their 100 and were just hammering out a few more for good measure until the girls caught up. But no, most of them were at 70 or so. I couldn’t help but announce that I was already at 90. Seriously! Well, you should have seen beefy dude, and the 10 other guys in the class, drop to the floor and give me 20. There was no way they were letting a girl beat them in a push-up contest!
But I did.
When I started Jillian’s program, I couldn’t do a single tricep dip — not a good one, anyway. This afternoon, I led my twin boys through an “obstacle course” at our local playground and hammered out five solid, fully-extended tricep dips. I then moved over to the high bars and did not one, but two, chin-ups. Maybe you think I’m bragging or maybe you think I’m getting too excited over something insignificant (pardon me if you can pump out 10 chin-ups with ease — you are a stronger woman than I!) but this is a serious accomplishment for me. Chin-ups are not a girls’ best friend.
I’ve contemplated repeating the program but after thinking that I might die during Day 29 and 30’s workouts, I’ve realized that my body needs a break before I go for it again. So I’ll spend a few weeks going to pilates, kettlebell classes, and continuing my half marathon training schedule before I repeat her program. To ramp it up a notch, Jillian suggests repeating each circuit (each workout is comprised of five circuits of 4-5 exercises). I’m pretty sure I’ll puke at some point, which will just confirm to all the other gym-goers (who have witnessed my over-the-top intense workouts during the past month) that I am in fact an exercise nutcase.
Whatever. I could beat them in a push-up contest.