The Jillian Michaels program seemed a better fit for me- the workouts are only 30 minutes long! Short, sweet and to the point which should pair much easier with my running. So far I have done workouts 1 and 2 and I enjoyed both. The moves are simple to follow and you just go from one exercise to the next without any sort of break. She uses the science of Metabolic Training to burn calories and fat effectively and combines all 10 of these techniques: circuit training, high intensity interval training, peripheral heart action, body weight/functional core-based training, plyometrics, super setting, combo/hybrid lifts, continuous burn, rotation calendar and fast results in the shortest time possible. Bring it on!
The program also includes an eating plan with easy to follow recipes. I decided to do the "7 day kick start your metabolism" just to see if I could do it. The basic idea is to detoxify my body and get rid of all the unhealthy aspects of my diet. I am not a soda drinker and I rarely drink alcohol so those two were easy to eliminate. I was still allowed 400 mg of caffeine a day so I could have my coffee- sweet! Other things NOT allowed during the 7 days- fruit, flour, grains, sugar and only 1 serving of low-fat dairy per day.
|Breakfast- eggs, onions, lox and spinach|
|Huge lunch salad- I could never eat it all before my stomach was full. A whole red pepper, 1 cup broccoli (steamed), 1/2 cup tomato, 2 cups lettuce, 1 hard boiled egg and 3 oz tuna plus 2 TBS low fat dressing.|
|Dinner- 4 oz steak, 1 cup spinach, 1 plum tomato, greek olives, red onion topped with |
2 tsp olive oil and 2 tsp balsamic vinegar.
I decided to call it quits with 6 days instead of 7. On Monday I stopped feeling so blah by the end of the day and my cravings had subsided. Plus the thought of eating a piece of bread was too tempting! So today (Wednesday) I started the Fat Burning meal plan which has a ton of variety. The plan is still 1200 calories daily so I may eat bigger portions on days that I do my longer runs or feel low energy. Each day there is a 250 calorie breakfast, a 400 calorie lunch, a 150 calorie snack and a 400 calorie dinner and again there are planned out meals in her program. There are 10 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 10 snacks and 15 dinners to mix and match and the recipes are simple to make.
|Best oatmeal EVER! Apples, walnuts, almond milk, maple syrup and cinnamon= yum.|
What do you guys think of eating only 1200 calories a day? Is it enough? I am thinking that as long as the calories are healthy and nutritious that will be enough on most days. I am trying to get rid of these last 15 pounds that just keep hanging around, so hopefully this will do the trick.