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Phase One Complete!


My apologies for this delayed post. I finished the first 8 weeks of my incredible lifestyle change. I am so proud of all that I have accomplished. Check out my “Before and After” on the Progress page.

I visited my doctor for my follow-up on May 15. My results were promising and most importantly, I do not need medications at this time. However, I must continue with my healthy lifestyle of a low-cholesterol diet and exercise.

The Good News: My good cholesterol went up to above average! My triglycerides lowered by 50%! My total cholesterol went down 30 points!

The Bad News: My bad cholesterol still went up. My doctor feels this is genetics coming into play. However, continuing my healthy living should keep me off medications for awhile. I will be reassessed in six months.

The next phase of my healthy living adventure will be building muscle tone and definition as well as getting rid of more belly fat. I will stay on the same nutrition plan (low cholesterol diet). My fitness plan will include running and some kind of circuit training that involves weights; I am going to use Jillian Michaels videos and my rec center for running and extra weight training. I look forward to more changes!fitness-motivation-posters


Exercise Plan, Updated


A New Exercise Plan

Back in February, I enlisted the help of a personal trainer and gained valuable insight into what a productive and efficient exercise plan would be for me and my body’s needs. We came up with an extensive exercise regime that was difficult to plunge right into due to time and my level of abilities. Also, I have learned a lot about HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and its many benefits, which I would like to incorporate into my fitness repertoire. I really like this new plan that is more in sync with my current fitness level.

Core/Ab Workout
30-minute Elliptical (Crosstrainer Setting)

Jillian Michaels Video

Core/Ab Workout
Weights/Gym Equipment (Upper Body)

30-minute Elliptical (Crosstrainer Setting)

Weights/Gym Equipment (Lower Body)

Bob Harper Video


I will perform my first work-outs in the afternoon (or possibly the early or late morning).
I will perform the second work-outs after dinner.

I have a Rec Center with a fully equipped gym within our housing community. That is where I can go to run and use the weights/gym equipment. I have a core ball, which I will use with the many exercises I have found on Pinterest as well as my Gunnar Peterson video to supplement my core/ab work. I will be alternating the videos I have available from Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper on those days indicated.

Here is the listing of videos:

Jillian Michaels
Ripped in 30, No More Trouble Zones, Banish Fat Boost Metabolism.

Bob Harper
Total Trainer Plus, Ultimate Cardio Body, Cardio Conditioning, Pure Burn Super Strength.

Also, to help me be more successful with my fitness goals, I printed my schedule off and posted it on the kitchen fridge and in my office. My hope is the posts will keep exercise at the forefront of my mind as well as keeping me motivated.

no excuses