I was flipping through the channels today as I did some “online errands” as I like to call them. Normally there’s not much on TV during the day, but I stumbled upon the show “The Dr.s” which I find to be hit or miss. Today Jillian Michaels was on the program so naturally I stopped to check it out (I can’t help but like her! Bob too).
Turns out she’s joining the cast in the upcoming September season! Cool. At any rate, I caught the program when she was give her “3 R’s” of Weight Loss & Change. I thought they were easy to remember and dead on and I wanted to share her tips with you on re-boosting your metabolism this afternoon:
Remove – The junk! Take stock of what’s in your fridge and your cupboards. Are there lots of ingredients you don’t understand on the packaging and can’t even pronounce? Get rid of it. Do you have to unwrap most of what you eat? Say “Sayonara!” to those items. If you know you’re tempted by a certain product, simply removing it won’t give you the option to indulge. While it’s good to practice self-control, it’s better to remove the obstacle rather than see how much self-control you have.
Restore – Stock your fridge with the goods! Ask yourself the question, “Is my food real?” In other words, does it come from the ground? Does it have a mother? Or is from a package?
Rebalance – This is about checking in with your body and asking some of these questions: How much are you sleeping? What’s your quality of sleep? How much are you eating and what are you eating? And how much are you exercising and what are you doing for movement?
Some great tips, more simple in theory than in practice, of course, but great nonetheless to check in with yourself and see how you’re doing. She also threw a little tip into the mix: no carbs before bed! This can be a tough one, admittedly! Her reasoning to nix the carbohydrates before you hit the pillow is because they produce insulin which stunts the human growth hormone which is released at night. We want that HGH to be released to keep us and our muscles growing, so why would we do something to counteract that? Good thought, Jillian.
One of my goals this week has been to run less and eat cleaner. For whatever reason, I’ve loved running long lately, but I think it’s made me feel like I can eat more. So I’m trying to watch that and not watch the scale – it doesn’t give you the full truth anyway! The past few months have been great for me in that regard and I feel like I have broken any hold those numbers might have on me! Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining, but sometimes it’s good to voice some frustration at feeling bloated and puffy and just not fully “yourself.” Perhaps it was the (multiple) dips into the cookie dough I made into cookies for friends last night that I dropped off, but regardless of the why, one thing that helps me is remembering that:
…and I would rather be strong than skinny!
So here’s a workout to help YOU feel strong and to get your metabolism running at full capacity along with Jillian’s tips!
This is a combo workout of different moves to give you the maximum bang for your buck and to fire up your muscles and heart rate at the same time!
- COMBO #1:15 sets of 2 Jump Squats & 1 Jump Tuck followed by 3 Half Way Down Push Ups & Power Up
- COMBO #2: 6 sets of 10 Kick Ups & 10 Mountain Climber Peaks
- COMBO #3: 4 sets on each leg: 10 Reps of One Leg Pike Press followed by 10 Reps of One Leg Jump Squats (be prepared to feel the burn, baby!)
- Last Exercise: complete 20 reps of Breakdance Push Ups
Check out the video (follow the link) for how to complete all the moves as well as for modifications on all the moves. All I can say is for one workout with no props, this one will leave you sweating and feeling strong!
After I did this workout yesterday (less running, more moving in other ways and eating clean!), I added a series of planks for 5 minutes (with 2 breaks in the set) as well as a drop-down set of biceps, triceps, and arc shoulder press for some final burn. Loved it!
Yes, those would be boxes around the basement…but after yesterday’s work, we’re pretty much all done! Pictures to follow when everything’s in place!
What do you think of Jillian’s tips? Do you have any of your own to pass along and/or have you made any healthy switches along those lines?
Do you ever struggle with the “skinny vs. strong” idea?
Getting excited for the HLS coming up and for a beautiful day that’s ahead of me! Mikey was reading in Ecclesiastes this morning and had some great insights on age-old, still-applicable truths he read that he thought would make a great blog post. So tomorrow, be on the lookout for a “WIAW” highlights reel plus some thoughts that stem from my husband: why health is more important than wealth.
Live well and be well today!