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Why I’m breaking it off with Jillian Michaels

Ever been in a relationship so long that some of the things that initially attracted you to the other person begin to be the very things that annoy you?  Like initially you may like your partner’s dedication to his/her job…but as time goes on you begin to see that as being a “workaholic”.

Don’t worry, I’m not referring to my husband here.  I’m refering to my “relationship” with Jillian Michaels…or at least her DVD’s.

While there are lots of things that I do like about her style of training (as I mentioned before), this morning I was just completely annoyed with the workout.  It was my second workout of Level 2 of Ripped in 30 – having completed the Level 1 workout 5 times last week (and completed the 30 Day Shred before that).  In the Level 1 video, she mentions that no moves will be repeated in this series.  You do regular push-ups in Level 1, and you’ll won’t do regular push-ups in the other levels.  At first I thought that would be great, but as I was working out to Level 2, I just feel like some of these moves are strictly incorporated just to have different moves.  Don’t get me wrong – they are great workouts, but if I haven’t quite mastered a push-up, I don’t feel like I should be doing crow push-ups.

I know there are all sorts of options – just do the regular push-ups or repeat Level 1 until I’m more comfortable with all the moves…but here’s what I really think:  I just need a break from Jillian for a little while.  There are a few other things that are annoying me – particularly that I don’t feel like I’m getting the strength training I desire out of these videos, my lack of desire to get up in the morning and do these, and boredom from the same style of workout over and over.  Part of me wants to push through and finish the other levels – thinking that having one bad workout is not a good enough reason to quit –  but the greater part of me thinks I will continue to half-ass the workouts, like I did this morning.  They’re just not enjoyable anymore and I have to force my way through them.

So with that being said, I am going to put Ripped in 30 on hold for a little while and do some other, more varied workouts for at least the rest of this month.  I haven’t quite figured what exactly I’ll be doing yet…but I will by tomorrow morning.  I’ll come back to Ripped in 30…when I’m not quite as annoyed.


Ripped in 30: Day 3 and April Arms Challenge

This morning, I was a little crunched for time so I only did the first two circuits of Ripped in 30 Level 1 (plus the warm up and cool down).  I know, in theory it’s only 6 more minutes that I left out – but with all of Jillian’s talking in between sets, I bet it’s more like 8 minutes….plus since I had to place a hold on the DVD from library, I’m using a video I found online until it’s available, and it was stopping to buffer at least once per set.  So it was more like 10+ minutes.

It sounds like I’m feeling guilty about it since I just rationalized it, but I’m really not.  On top of Ripped in 30, I’ve been participating in the April Arms Challenge by Athena at  Fitness and Feta, and after work this afternoon, I’m going to Zumba (which I haven’t been to Zumba class in a year-and-a-half…this should be fun).  Plus, I won’t make a habit of leaving out a circuit – no matter what’s in store with the next 3 levels.

I’m feeling super sore today – pretty much everywhere…except my abs.  Glutes, thighs, back, chest, arms – all sore.  Even though the Arms Challenge has repeated moves that I’m doing in the Ripped in 30 workout (or a slightly modified version), I’m enjoying the short extra workout in the evening.  I’m trying to use heavier weights in the evening, since it’s just an arms workout and it’s quick.

On the food front, so far I like the modified meal plan.  Since I’ve already done most of the leg work ahead of time – to know what size portions to eat to be at about 400 calories per meal – I’m not tracking it Weight Watchers style.  I feel a little like a fish out of water, but I wasn’t tracking like I should have anyway. We’ll see how this month goes.

One more 30 Day Shred Workout

Tomorrow will be my last day of the 30 Day Shred.  Whew!!!

I’m excited to take my measurements again – even though I don’t think I am seeing any difference than when I took them midway through.  I’ll save all that for a 30 Day Shred review post later though.

I’d like to start my next workout routine April 1st, taking the weekend off (like usual), and I think I’ve finally decided what I’ll do:  I’m going to stay faithful to Jillian and do Ripped in 30.


Even though I’ve gotten a little annoyed with Jillian’s voice and the horrible background music,  I really like the way she has set up these workouts.  I like the circuits that combine strength, cardio, and abs – and the exercises focus on multiple muscle groups (as opposed to workouts that target upper body one day and lower body the next).  I’ve done a little looking for other workouts, but I didn’t find anything (for free) that I wanted to try more than this (I mention “for free” because I did find several that I would have to buy that looked interesting, but I like to preview before I buy).  I’m picking up the Ripped in 30 from the library this afternoon, and will be doing this in the mornings Monday-Saturday (yes, I am giving myself one day of rest between levels).  As a bonus, there’s a 30-day meal plan which I have downloaded and will be considering.

I’d also like to continue walking during my lunch breaks – or rather turn it into an everyday routine rather than just randomly.

So that’s my plan as of now.  That and FINISH THE 30 DAY SHRED TOMORROW!