Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Body Revolution Day 16 of 90

Day 16 = Workout 4
My first time doing Workout 4.  I haven't previewed any of the workouts, so I don't know what I am in for.  I like the element of surprise.  Well, I kind know, because I read the fitness guide before I started the program, but that was 2 weeks ago.  What I mean is, that I don't know what type of moves Jillian will be having me/us doing.  I only tell you about a few because, I don't want to ruin the surprise for any of you either. LOL.  A MFP friend of mine is on Day 10, and in his blog today he said, "We're all in this together, and we're all going to kick some serious butt".  And we do!  Workout 4 starts off with Butt Kicks.  So get ready to kick up those heels and kick that hardening butt of yours! In this workout, I used mostly 8 lb weights with exception for the Side Lunge/Bicep Curls.  One move that I had trouble grasping the concept of 'how to do it right', it is the Terry Pulls.  It was hard to find 'it' at first, but by the second round, I think I figured them out(I'll see how Friday goes).  Workout 4 has more Plyometric moves in it than the 1 & 2.  The Box Step Ups that we did the last 2 weeks...we do them again, but with an added hop with weights in your hands.  They're not bad.  And the good ol' "Fast Feet" or "Hot Feet" are back, oh wait a minute, they haven't left...I have to do them again tomorrow in Cardio 1, right???  Well at least in Workout 4, you only have to do them once. Yeah, once for 1 minute!!!  "Shake what your mama gave you".

Equipment for Workout 4: mat and weights.  In the DVD they show them with having their resistance bands on the floor by their weights, but you don't use it in this one.  If you check the Fitness Guide that comes in your Body Revolution package, it tells you what you need for each workout. 

My books seem to follow me around my house.  Especially the Fat Burning Meal Plan book.  With other cookbooks of mine, I always know a favourite recipe from the look of the page.  The pages are marked up with ingredients that are used in the recipe, it looks a little more worn out.  And this book is NO exception.  Check it out...

Tomato splattered, oil stains, whole wheat flour sometimes falls from the pages.  Just wait until I make those Chocolate Cinnamon Frozen Banana Pops a few more times.  LOL

As I said on Sunday, REST DAY, I took my Fat Burning Meal Plan book to my show, and worked on my grocery list.  I also have another little note book that I keep on hand to plan my days.  Yes, even in this age of technology, I hand write out my meal plans.  I write them out even if they are exactly the same as in the 90-Day Meal Plan Suggestions.  (KEY WORD: Suggestions)

 Meal Plan/Shopping - I touched on this subject yesterday, and how I have seen comments about the food plan is "outrageous", or that "the food on it, is not regular things you would already buy on a weekly basis", OR that "you don't want to add an extra cost to your grocery bill".  Well...I don't think that is outrageous, and the things that you already buy on your weekly shop, ARE PROBABLY the things that made you put weight on in the first place.  In regards to the "extra cost", your grocery bill does not need to be high.  Look for sales, buy in bulk.  Most of the items you will be purchasing on a weekly basis will be vegetables, fruit and meats.  As I said in an earlier post, your first shop may be more "costly" because there might be oils, sauces, spices and other items that use will only use a little of each time, so these things will not run out in a week.(some may or may not-depending on which recipes you choose to create)  You will not go through a jar of Coconut Oil in a week, nor will you go through a bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 

And let's talk Chocolate...you know I am a recovering Chocoholic, and if you don't..."Hi, my name is Trina and I'm a Chocoholic"...The chocolate that I purchase is good chocolate, no, it's GREAT chocolate and it's not cheap.  However, I only use what is called for or less, plus any extra you will save for future recipes.  When making the Banana Pops yesterday, the recipe called for 8oz of 70% cocoa chocolate chopped.  Mine was 75% cocoa, and I only used about 5oz.  The rest I let set up and I put it back in the airtight container I have the chocolate stored in.(under lock & key and high security...just joking)  Once you stock your pantry with good things, great things and ALL things healthy you will notice a difference.  A difference in the way you look at food, the way your grocery bill will look, and best of all, the way YOU LOOK, in the mirror.

Pour any leftover chocolate on some parchment paper, once hardened, store in airtight container.

So buy the good stuff, use only what you need and store the rest properly so it doesn';t go to waste. 
Don't buy crap stuff(processed), even if it's on sale, BECAUSE IT WILL JUST GO TO YOUR WAIST.    And we don't want that!

Today's food...

Breakfast: Pumpkin Cranberry Muffin

Lunch: Tomato Sandwich on Garlic-rubbed Toast/ 2 Hard boiled Eggs

Snack: Hummus with Baked Garlic Pita Chips

Dinner: Grilled Lemon Chicken served with Roasted Garlic Beets

I could scare off the vampires with all the garlic I consumed today.  My lunch plan changed and I needed to something quick to make.  The dinner was excellent!  Very flavourful.  This is the first time I have ever eaten beets.  They were delicious, even my kids ate them.  All the meals were made from the Body Revolution Fat Burning Meal Plan.

I just want to take this moment to Thank everyone who is following my journey through these 90 days.  I appreciate all your comments very much.  If you have any questions I will try to answer them in the blogs to come.  I've had people tell me that I am "an inspiration", well you are my inspiration.  Your comments help keep me on track and push a little more.  I'm glad that the sharing of my journey can help all of you with your goals. 

Tomorrow I will talk about how much I like/love the Body Revolution Program.

Take care, and I will talk to you tomorrow.

Good night.


  1. I have been following your blog and I must say you are so very inspiring!!! Keep up the fantastic work! =) I love how detailed your posts are, thank you for that!
    Quick question.. I am really wanting to embark on my weight loss journey but I'm not sure if body rev is right for me. I'm 23 years old, 5'3", 140lbs. Think I fall under the category of needing this "extreme weight loss system"? Or should I try her other dvds? Just wondering before I spend the big bucks on body rev.

    1. Hey Jessica - I am in the same boat!! I'm 5'5'', 125lbs, not really looking to lose weight, but just tone and look good all over! I ordered the dvds this week and can't wait to get started. I love Jillian's approach to training and needed a new set of dvds to keep things fresh. My husband uses P90X, but I find it too hard for me to do (all those pull ups!) and hope that Body Rev will be a better alternative for me. If you're looking for a good Jillian dvd to get started, I'd try, "30 Day Shred".
      I love this blog too!

    2. Hey Jessica,

      You could Body Revolution, and should if you want to. I started with Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, and got hook on her style. I then proceeded to do Jillian’s Ripped in 30. I had also purchased, I guess, all of her other DVD’s with exception to the ones for beginners…I had passed that stage by the end of the 30DS. Another one of my favorites is her No More Trouble Zones. It is longer than the workouts in 30DS and Ri30, but it’s a good one.
      I think if you are just starting to workout, and you don’t have the money to spend on Body Revolution, than just pick up a copy of the 30 Day Shred, I got one from Wal Mart after Christmas for $5.00(I had purchased it through iTunes first, so that I could take my workouts with me). The workouts are only about 27 minutes in length, 3 levels in which you go through over 30 days(well, actually a bit longer, you will want and need to take a rest day each week). Your first few days will be the toughest. Don’t give up though, you can do it!
      With Body Revolution, I haven’t found it that difficult yet…Key word: YET. This is only because I have done her other programs first.
      I agree with MissPriss in regards to P90X. It’s good but I didn’t like doing or better yet TRYING to do the chin ups. Plus the workouts are longer. Some of my earlier blogs, way back in June/July/August, I talk about the 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30.

      Let me know what you decide.
      Thanks for reading.


    3. Me again...Sorry Jessica...if you are not on MyFitnessPal, you will not be able to view my older blog posts. I will include some of them in some upcoming blogs.


  2. Late to the party here - but wanted to add that by following the Body Revolution recipes, I'm discovering some rocking new ingredients that I was not using previously. Like Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. I read up on this one, and just wow. The health claims are pretty amazing. Just the stir fry recipe alone has 7 ingredients that have super health benefits (broccoli, garlic, ginger, coconut oil, shitaki mushrooms, and brazil nuts). It is so worth stocking your pantry for these recipes. Yes, it is cooking/recipe intensive; but this is how you eat clean. You fix it yourself from fresh ingredients.

    Once you get rolling with it, it is not as expensive as those first couple of shopping trips. Then actually becomes a bargain when you are buying less and less processed foods and junky foods.