Ripped in 30

Today I started the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD workout! I have to say I was always sort of intimidated by her workout routines because I never thought I was “ripped” enough for them. I always figured I could just stick with my 10 Minute Solutions Pilates DVD and running 2-3 times per week. Boy was I wrong! I’ll admit I was feeling a change there for a few weeks, but as soon as I started getting comfortable, I noticed that little bit of pudge around my waistline creeping back in. I knew I needed to make a change. So, after I heard a few of my girlfriends talking about Jillian’s 30 Day Shred DVD, I knew I had to check this lady out.

Ripped in 30 uses the 3-2-1 interval system, which stands for 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs. Believe me when I say thank goodness the cardio is only for 2 minutes at a time, because I was sweating harder than a 30 minute run! It didn’t feel like I was pushing too hard or anything like that, but I definitely was shocked to find myself drenched in sweat. (Sorry if that was TMI.) Anyway, this DVD splits up the workouts into four weeks. Each week has a very unique set of moves with varying levels. Obviously there is a beginner, moderate and advanced level for each move. I found that I was actually a mix between the beginner and the moderate levels. Some things, like pushups, I can’t do to the fullest, but I’m hoping that things may change by the end of this 30 day challenge! Oh and did I mention each workout is only 24 minutes long? That means that I can continue my 10K trainer!

You’re probably wondering why I’m still bothering with the 10K trainer since I didn’t actually get to complete my race. Well, I still plan to do a race sometime in the future, but I don’t see a point in quitting my training altogether. I plan to continue working towards my goal of running 6.2 miles and then see where I’m at from there.

So, in summary, I highly recommend this DVD. Jillian Michaels is a wonderful motivator and even offers a 30 day meal plan to accompany this DVD. Here’s a five day preview.


Day 1
2 Eggs and Toast
Turkey and Avocado Wrap
Apple Berry Banana
Smoothie Turkey Kebabs


Day 2
Yogurt, Berries and Almonds
Grilled Sirloin Salad
Almonds and an Orange
Chicken Satay


Day 3
Waffles and Bananas
Mexican Pizza
Protein Bar
Black Bean Chili


Day 4
Ezekiel English Muffin or Toast with Almond Butter
Hummus and Vegetable Pita
Turkey Jerky
Roasted Salmon


Day 5
Oatmeal with Apples and Pecans
Seared Tuna Salad
Hard-Boiled Egg With an Apple
BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Burrito

I‘m not sure if I’ll try the meal plan, but I’ll definitely be pulling a few meal ideas from it.

Finally, I’d like to offer my before pictures. Now, normally I cringe at the thought of people seeing me in workout gear from various angles, but what the hey. A lot of people do this, so I’ll give it a try.



We’ll see if we can lose some inches around my hips and tighten up those triceps!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: If you are interested in taking the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 challenge, pick up the DVD and start with me today!



So far my 10K training is going well. I’m about to finish Week 4 Day 3, which looks like this:

  • 5 minute warm up
  • 3 minute run
  • 90 second walk
  • 5 minute run
  • 2.5 minute walk
  • 3 minute run
  • 90 second walk
  • 5 minute run
  • 5 minute cool down

As I’ve said before, even though I used to run 30-40 minutes straight, I would often get burned out. Training with a set plan that eases you back into running is a great way to prevent this. Never underestimate the power of simply slowing down to get ahead. So far I’m a little behind schedule. I have about 30 training days left and only 45 days left until the race. I haven’t checked ahead to see what the next few weeks will look like, but there is a chance I may skip a day or two if I encounter repeat days. It all depends on how I feel, though.

Aside from training, I’ve been spending a lot more time in the kitchen. Well, not this week, but in weeks past, I’ve definitely been making more of an effort to cool. First there was my homemade apple butter excitement.

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I think it’s safe to say I’ll never buy apple butter from the store again. This recipe was FAR superior.

After that, I really got into avocados. I took an avocado, sliced up about half of it, then added some feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and dumped it on 1/2 cup of brown rice. Delicious.

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Of course we can’t forget about the many faces of my omelets.

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I think the middle one was my favorite.

Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with this neat graphic I found yesterday.

10 Benefits of Running Infographic


Let’s just call that my Healthy Tip of the Day. 🙂


After paroozing many training plans for races, I found a pretty great app that I think may be the ticket to getting me back into shape.

Have you ever heard of Zen Labs? I hadn’t until this app. Apparently, they are an app company that focus heavily on health and fitness. Their apps not only help you reach your fitness goals, but also contribute to the fight against breast cancer. Five percent of all purchases are donated directly to this cause. Anyway, they have a series of training apps for races and I went with the 10K for Pink app. Here’s how the 14 week plan works.

The first two weeks, the plan has you alternating between running for one minute and walking briskly for one minute and a half for a total of 30, including a five minute warm up and cool down. After this, it just gradually builds you up to the last week of running a total of 60 minutes. Pretty neat! Now, I must admit, I’ve always had trouble with plans that start you off running so little. I think it’s just a weird anti-beginners mentality I have because I know I’m capable of running more than that. Since I’ve gotten past that, I’ve really been enjoying the first week. I don’t feel all of this pressure to run a big distance at first, which I know is why I’ve gotten burnt out in the past.

The 10K I’m planning on doing is 12 weeks away, so I’ll probably have to cut out two weeks of my training, but at least I’m finally on a plan that works for me. The best part? While my music is blasting away, my running lady will cut in and say “Start running!” or “Start walking!” It’s awesome. I don’t even have to think about it. Highly recommend.

Download any of the Zen Labs apps at iTunes.