Making the Cut

I have had this book lingering around my apartment for quite a while... about a year! 

A year ago I picked up the book with all intentions of doing the 30 day plan, but after attempting the Day 1 routine I set the book aside. I was somehow able to come up with plenty of excuses why I couldn't  continue the program. For one, you are not supposed to drink alcohol in the plan and that was around the time I had just turned 21! (needless to say that wasn't going to happen) Looking back, I see that I made every excuse possible because the program really intimidated me *blush*. It has bothered me to no end not finishing something I began. So, I have made the decision to doooo it! I began the program yesterday (April 6th) with a goal to finish it May 5th two days before graduation!! 

The Plan: 

This is a 30-Day plan that states it will get you into the best shape of your life. All weight loss and fitness books claim this, so I was iffy on this to begin with. This is not a fitness plan for just anyone. It is geared for people who exercise regularly, are already at a good level of fitness, and only have 10-20 lbs of fat to lose, the last amount that's hardest to get rid of. There's no cheating in this, it's hardcore for 30 days -- no alcohol, no small indulgences, etc.

The main focus of this plan is broken down into two parts: the type of Oxidizer you are and your BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate I believe). You take a quiz and it tells you whether you're a Slow, Balanced, or Fast Oxidizer, then gives you a list of foods to eat according to your level. I, for instance, am a balanced oxidizer, so I take in an equal percentage of these foods. There's honestly not a whole lot of difference between these groups in terms of the types of foods you can eat; it gears it more towards percentages of each (protein, carbs, fats) in every meal. The other part, BMR, calculates how many calories you need per day if you sat on the couch and did nothing. The thought here is that if you eat just this amount, you'll burn off plenty more than that with the exercise you do.

I am not looking to lose 20 lbs. by any means I just want to get more toned and lose the last 5 stubborn lbs. I have been trying to get rid off! 

The book is pretty neat Jillian explains many things thoroughly such as; the sodium and water intake to prevent bloating, explains the correct form and purpose behind each exercise, and the diet needed (there is a tentative menu one could follow and the book is loaded with healthy recipes).

 2 days down 28 more to go! And believe me my body is feeling it, I am SOAR!! I will keep you posted on the progress I make :)

Now on to today's eats:

B-fast: Cereal & Eggs 

  • 1 cup of Kashi GoLean Cereal
  • 1/2 cup of Almond Milk 

  • 1/2 cup of Egg Beaters
Lunch: Chicken Wrap & Greek Yogurt

  • La Tortilla Wrap, which is only 80 calories! 
  • 4 slices of Oven Roasted Chicken  
  • 2 slices of Boar's Head low sodium White American Cheese
  • Broccoli Slaw 
  • 1 tbsp of Honey Mustard 

It was my first time trying Chobani's Pomegranate flavor... I am in love! I absolutely love the tartness and the texture the pomegranate seeds add to the yogurt. Publix had all the flavors I had never gotten a chance to taste, tomorrow I will try Pineapple!!!

Snack: Strawberry Smoothie 

  • 1/3 cup of EAS
  • 3 ice cubes 
  • 3 strawberries 
Mmm... this was perfect, just what I wanted on such a nice, hot, and sunny day! 

Dinner: Mahi-Mahi, Brown Rice Pilaf, and Sauteed Spinach

Rusty made dinner tonight and no worries it was approved by Jillian ;)

We saw this at Publix and thought it was an awesome creation! All of the seasoning you might need for a specific recipe are all there. We decided to be inventive and use these seasonings on the Mahi-Mahi. 

For the Rice Pilaf we went the quick route ;) 

The result was a delicious dinner! Rusty you are such a lil' chef ;) 

Let's chat: 

Have you ever done any workout plans?

Have you tried any of Jillian Michael's workouts?

What's your favorite greek yogurt flava?


  1. Good luck with your Jillian workout plan!, but also make sure you are eating enough to fuel your workouts.
    I am on a running workout plan for my racing on the track!

  2. I've done her 30 day Shred, which I loved!

  3. Cool! Good luck with this plan!! I do like Jillian quite a bit, just from seeing her on the Biggest Loser! It's nice to feel so motivated and renewed with a goal! I've never done anything like this, other than Atkins about 10 years ago, but that wasn't the same, that was just restriction.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Ecuador and that you're back safe and sound!! I've missed you!

  4. i have not tried a jillian plan but i am sure she is incredible and that you are sore! i have my own jillian and i am sore-ugh. i think the hardest part for me would be giving up alcohol. i love my wine :)

  5. hey girl! thanks for the kind words. although i didn't read all of the blog, because i can't and shouldn't consume myself with more information on how to drop weight, i know that you are beautiful the way you are :) it's all about body acceptance as you said...and it takes awhile to find that.

  6. Good luck on your plan!! I've never tried any Jillian workouts, but it sounds like you're committed and have a great mindset!

  7. That sounds like an interesting plan.
    The only plans I have done were suggested by a fitness trainer. I loved it and still adhere to the foods suggested.

    I recognize the face (Jillian M.) but I'm not familiar with her.

    My favorite greek yogurt is plain. I like to add my own fruit and nuts.

  8. Good luck with your 30 day challenge! Rock it girl. Jillian is pretty amazing (minus her diet pills). Love all of your eats too. Near East makes some awesome grain mixes! My favorite flavor of greek yogurt..oh gosh. I love Chobani Pineapple and Oikos caramel

  9. My favorite Greek Yogurt is just plain tart then I like to add flavors and my own fruit to it. It seems more natural that way to me!

  10. Good luck! I've never Shred-ed, but Jillian is intense! I used to listen to her podcasts. The only workout plan I've ever followed is one for race training.

    I love plain Greek or pineapple Chobani.

  11. I love Jillian Michael's intensity & philosophies :) However, she seems a little extreme in her ways. I think there's a balance between doing what's good for you and doing what you enjoy (a.k.a having some "cheat" foods every once in a while)!

  12. That little Publix seasoning mix kit is so neat! I have never seen anything like it. Your post just instill the desire for a Publix in my current city.

    Jillian Michael's scares me just a little bit. Hope you get through the program. Sounds very neat! What are your percentages if I may ask?