I’m starting Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on October 24, 2016

in Goals and Challenges

Today, I’m starting Jillian Michaels’ BODYSHRED program that I first purchased last winter. I played around with it a bit, but never fully committed. Living in a third floor apartment with no air conditioning, I had no plans on going through the program until fall. Well, my friends. Fall is here. Today, I start BODYSHRED.

jillian michaels bodyshred

Knowing I want to go for a big PR next summer, working on increasing my strength will be a huge asset in getting faster. This is a 60-day program with six days on and one day of rest. In full transparency, I don’t plan to stick with that. My goal is to extend the program a bit longer by completing four or five workouts a week. Yes, it will take longer and I may not get the same results this way, but completion is the goal.

I still want to keep up with my other fitness priorities during this time. I want to continue running, cycling, and getting to my yoga studio. While it’s feasible to do two-a-days some of the time, spreading out the BODYSHRED workouts will make it a bit easier to do everything I want without burning out or getting hurt. I’m also trying to be a bit gentler on my body. Jillians’ workouts are historically a bit hard on my knees if I do them every day.

My goal is to complete BODYSHRED no later than February 28, 2017. This timeline allows me the flexibility to spread out the workouts, but also go back and redo weeks as I need to. From other reviews, I know that the program progresses rapidly. I want to do these workouts well, not simply do them.

After I finish each level of the program, I’ll check in with an update on my progress. But first, I want to share my baseline! I did my initial assessment yesterday and I am excited to see changes in the coming weeks.


I am looking forward to completing BODYSHRED and seeing some positive changes in the months ahead!

Have you completed any of Jillian’s programs? What’s your favorite fitness program to follow?


My Next Fitness Goal

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on October 19, 2016

in Goals and Challenges

I alluded to it on Instagram the other day, but I’ve got my next fitness goal! Last year was a big year on the fitness front, and I have a feeling that 2017 will be, too. I’m sure something else will pop up between now and June, but the big thing I’m really focusing on is a massive PR at the 2017 Grand Rapids Sprint Triathlon!

Michigan racing swim bike run

This year, I went into the race pitifully undertrained. (Not to mention, carrying 10-15 pounds more than I’m comfortable with.) I hadn’t been in the pool at all. The only time in the saddle was on a bike at the gym. I ran sporadically, at best. My goal was truly to make it across the finish line in one piece, and not dead last as an added bonus. With a wish and a prayer, I did it. Oh my word, that finish line was beautiful. I don’t recommend this training plan to anyone.

grand rapids triathlon finisher medal

For most of the year, I’ve felt very lost in terms of goals and what I want to work towards next. It impacted my workout schedules and my race plans, resulting in fewer races this year than any year since I started running. My budget was happier about this, but my waistline was not.

Knowing that I went into this race with, at best, minimal training, I honestly didn’t stress too much about the time. I knew if I went all out, I was risking injury. I stopped to tread water and catch my breath when I needed to. The transition areas felt relaxed. I walked a chunk of the run. As a result, my times for this year are respectable, and more importantly, PR-able.

Swim (600 meters): 21:53
Transition 1: 5:56
Bike (20k): 51:11
Transition 2: 4:27
Run (5k): 38:35
Finish time: 2:02:05

So, a “massive PR” is a bit vague for a goal, right? My original thought was to place in my age group, but based on this year’s results, that would require about at 1:15:00 finish. Doable? Maybe. But, that’s a big maybe. Let’s be honest, I’m stubborn and dream big, so that may still be in the back of my mind in the coming months.

A slightly more realistic goal that I’m actually aiming for is a 1:30:00 finish. It will still be a lot of work to cut just over half an hour off my time. But, for the first time in a long time, I’m so fired up to actually have a goal! Bigger than the finishing time is how I feel going into the race. I don’t want to feel under trained and just trying to get across the finish line. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that the finish line is a huge accomplishment! But, I’m not doing myself any favors approaching race day the way I did this year.

Simply by hustling through transition, I know I can take a couple minutes off right there. But, the bigger reality is that going into race day well-trained and ready to rock will make an incredible difference. I’m focused and determined. I have a vision to be my healthiest, fittest self. I am ready to feel like an athlete again.

In terms of other races for next year, I am already registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon at the end of April. As of now, I don’t see it as a race where a PR is a viable option. I don’t anticipate the hills of Tennessee making this an easy race for me. As easy as 13.1 miles will ever be for me. But, who knows what will happen between now and then? I’m back in a mindset to fight for myself and my vision.


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