Jillian Michael’s One Week Shred

Happy Monday! How was the weekend? Yours truly spent most of the weekend cleaning cupboards. Party animal right here!

this was in the cupboard.

Okay, okay.   No, my cupboards did not open an Alice in Wonderland-like experience for me, though, I am certain if I got into any of my cupboards, I would hallucinate.  So, yes,  I lived life to the fullest this past weekend.

Life Updates

In case you’re keeping track, or not for that matter, I am getting married in 17 days.

Am I ready for this? I mean I am ready to become married to my wonderful fiance, but there’s still a LOT to do.

One of the things I have to buckle down on is making sure my dress fits! I have not done the best the past couple of weeks with my workout schedule.

That’s where the baddest of all Reality TV trainers comes is…

One Week Shred

If you’re like me, you have a love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels.   I mostly love her though.  I think that she’s effective, motivating, and an overall genuine health and fitness professional.  With that being said …as Jillian would say, her “shred” series is off the chain!  I don’t know if you have ever tried her 30 Day Shred, Shred It With Weights, or Shed and Shred, but if you haven’t, homegirl works you out!


I, for one, am delighted that Jills put out her latest torture dvd:  One Week Shred.  This latest video is two (approximately) 30 minute workouts to be done each day, for 7 days.  Jillian claims if you follow her meal plan and the workout schedule and give it your all (whatever that might be) you can lose up to 7 pounds in 7 days.  It ain’t a cake walk.  Mmmm I’m going to talk about cake this week, but as far as this workout goes;  it is challenging!

The 30 minute workouts are comprised of a morning session of resistance training, where you will need weights between 5-10 pounds and a mat, and an evening session of cardio where you will be dripping with sweat for sure.  I just completed my morning resistance training session and I felt it.  Boy, did I ever!  I am going to stick with it through next week and see if Jillian can really deliver what she claims she can!

If you would like to take the challenge along with me, you can rent Jillian Michaels One Week Shred for 7 days here via Amazon instant for $3.99.  I’m a trainer, and I can tell you, that is a PHENOMENAL rate for a week’s worth of sessions!

Whatever your goals are, be it a wedding (ahem), reunion, holiday party, improved strength and confidence, or because you want to jump start your weight loss journey; you can take the initiative to put this into action each and every day.

Monday is great place to start!


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Happy (belated) 4th of July!  Hope your holiday weekend has been filled with good times and excellent weather!  I have been house/dog sitting in a beautiful, mountain house, enjoying the peace and quiet; it’s been a very nice time.  I was able to catch up on sleep, reading, Golden Girls dvds, and discovering the wonderment that is pistachio ice cream – believe it or not, I had never tried the stuff before in my life.  I’m going to be 34 in a few weeks; that’s a very long time to not have known how delicious pistachio ice cream is.  We all experience these moments though, don’t we?  Trying something for the first time and that incredible realization of the “OMG how have I lived?!” first bite.  Remarkably, I haven’t eaten an entire pint to make up for lost time …yet!

I know we just met ...but I think I love you.

I know we’ve just met, but
 …I think I love you.

Let’s touch more on the joy of getting away from it all.   I have been away from my phone signal, a (decent) Internet connection, and pretty much another human being for at least a few miles, and it’s been pretty fantastic!  I think it was just what I needed after the last month or so – just to have a mini hiatus.  Not that I don’t love my friends and family, but I think we all require some time on our own to reflect on things …or to look at pretty mountains and gardens with cute dogs running through them.

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Sadly, this will all be over tomorrow when it’s back to work, but for now I am enjoying the serenity.  I took a little break from my normal workout schedule as well, however I did do a hill sprint workout yesterday, which left my right hip a bit sore.  A fellow fitness instructor at the gym sent me this workout from the youtubes (sorry, I have to call it that, because it makes me laugh) and I think it is a really great post-run and basic Yoga workout, check it out!

I really must get more into Yoga.  I definitely need something to help calm me and help me work on my flexibility.  Flexibility is a very important factor when performing any exercise as it it increases your coordination and perfects your overall form.

So, I’m off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday afternoon in captivity.  Hope the rest of your holiday weekend is fantastic!


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