Busy Body

Hooray, it’s Wednesday!  Smile

I worked my butt off yesterday to get everything set for today [papers : written + proofread . presentation : prepared . kickboxing demos : lined up!].  My throat’s still funky and my nose won’t stop dripping, but I’m dealing with it like a big girl [whining to my hubby and guzzling Immunity Soup].

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” 

–  Henry David Thoreau.

Yesterday was so busy that I didn’t even have time to enjoy the fact that it was my first legitimate day away from the officeI had a feeling I’d still be busy without the full time job, but I didn’t realize I’d still feel like a chicken without it’s head for a while.  I enjoy being busy, but I really feel imbalanced lately and need to reconnect with myself again.  I know that there will always be tons to do, but I’m grateful that things look like they’ll start calming down once these papers are turned in Smile.

Speaking of the search for balance, check out the view I had during my online class last night:


I obviously couldn’t just sit inside and listen to my professor discuss ANOVAs and regression, so I took a little study break to take this photo from the deck:


The universe is really good at reminding me of what’s important when I need it.  Last night, the sunset was a reminder that, often times, the balance I’m searching for is right in front of my eyes… I simply need to take a second to look up from what’s keeping me so busy (or in a rut).

Ripped In 30 Update

I started Jillian’s Ripped in 30 program last week (it’s one of my 10 in 100) and just completed my first week today.

The DVD is just supplemental to the workouts I typically do anyway, as I’m really trying to sprint to the finish line in my Final Fifteen, but I think the program is rigorous enough to do on its own if you’re looking to tone up and lose some weight, especially if you follow her diet plan for the 30 days too [nutrition is a huge part of seeing results].

My nutrition plan works for me, so I’ve decided to stick with it for these thirty days.  And I am also staying true to my one day of rest per week rule, which Jillian also talks about in the program, to ensure that my muscles and mind can repair.  There are four interval workouts, one for each week of the program.

So, what do I think of Workout One?

I was actually surprised at how basic and simple it was.  Don’t get me wrong, the workout gets me sweating like a mofo, but Jillian really drills home technique and form in this workout (something I really appreciate).  As always, she has two women with her, one modifier who does the simplified moves and the other showing more advanced moves.

What really struck me was how do-able Workout One felt.  I think it’s a completely accessible workout for everyone, especially beginners.  Even if it feels impossible to do some of the moves the first day, as the days progress, so does your ability.

Equipment Needed:

  • A set of light weights
  • A set of heavy weights
  • Mat

The one thing that’s tricky in this workout is that Jillian never tells you when to use which set of weights, so I just guessed most of the time.  I used heavier weights (10 lbs or my 15 lb kettlebell) when doing lower body exercises like dead lifts, and lighter weights (5 lbs) to do shoulder presses and the like.  You start to realize what works for you after a couple of workouts.

Overall, I really enjoyed workout one, although it didn’t make me sore, so I think it was a bit too easy for me.  I did up my military push-ups back to 20 this week (no modification!), so I’m glad to see improvement there!  And I’m excited to really push myself and find out what Level Two is all about tomorrow!

Off to do some demos for a Health Fair, then attend my final committee meeting!  Have a great day!

Have you tried any Jillian workouts? 

What helps you stay balanced when you’re feeling spread too thin?

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3 thoughts on “Busy Body

  1. Therese says:

    Oh WOW! What a sunset!

    Ugh. Regression. ANOVA?! SOOOO glad I never have to see that again! LOL In fact, other than the sunset my first reaction to that picture was “EWWW!!! ANOVA!!!!!” Ha ha ha

    Nice job on the Jillian workout! I saw a video preview of that DVD and it freaked me out so it’s nice to get a review on it!

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