I began this blog a couple of months ago with one goal in mind, and that being making healthy decisions to treat my body right. See, when I went off to college (exactly 4 yrs. ago) I was at my thinnest but I am sure you've all heard of the infamous freshmen 15! There were many things that aided to my weight gain in college, the change of diet, the partying, the drinking... Let's just say that for the first two years of college I made really bad decisions for my body and it soon caught up with me. I think my big wake up call came a morning after a long night of partying; that day I woke up to a table overflowing with Taco Bell wrappers, I felt sluggish, terribly sick and when I looked in the mirror I wasn't happy with what was looking back. Did I mention that for those 2 years if I wasn't drinking I was basically bedridden?! Shouldn't come as a surprise that with all of my unhealthy habits I had shot my immune system to the ground. I doubt I even had an immune system because if anyone had a cold I was sure to catch it, I basically lived off of z-paks (antibiotics) for those 2 years, no lie!!!
I knew that I needed to make a change, I couldn't continue with all of those unhealthy habits because they no longer made me happy. I started going to the gym and became more conscious of my diet. However, I took things to the extreme because I would spend hours upon hours at the gym and deprived myself of a lot of the food that I loved. I was so extreme with my dieting that it led me to terrible cycles of binge eating and purging. I think I did that mostly out of anger because no matter what I did or didn't eat or how much I worked out I never saw the results I wanted. I had a love/hate relationship with food and the gym but for a couple of months I have been working on making it solely a love relationship ;)
As some of you might know a little over a month ago I decided to take on Jillian Michaels' "Making the Cut" challenge. I had had this book sitting on my desk for over a year and it wasn't until this year came around that I decided to give it a shot. I began this program on April 5th so I would finish by May 5th two days before my graduation. The book advertises "dropping the last 10-20 stubborn pounds once and for all". My hopes were to lose 5 lbs. by the time graduation rolled around.
Results: I have dropped 11 lbs.!!! I am at a weight I had not been since high school. I have lost inches around my waist and arms and even dropped a pant size! But I gotta say the best result is the way I feel... I feel strong, lean, and accomplished!
Review: This book provided me with a great workout routine and diet for 30 days, good plan. It showed me how important a healthy diet in combination of a good tough workout is to achieve my weight loss goals. In a a week I did Jillian circuits 4 x's a week and had a free cardio day, the other 2 days were off. I was in and out of the gym in about one hour, quick! Throughout this month I tracked all my eats on a food journal which helped me in keeping track of my calorie consumption. I highly recommend this book for those of you who are already at a high fitness level and are looking to drop some stubborn pounds, I promise you will not be disappointed!!!!