Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Killer Abs Level 3

I finally had the guts to try Jillian Michaels Killer Abs Level 3 and OH, BOY was that fun! *wink wink*

After doing Body Revolution, Level 3 didn't seem so impossible, but it's still tough!  It's not for beginners!  Even if you think you're abs are hot stuff...try Level 3 and you'll think again.

I suggest doing Level 1 for at least a week or 2, then Level 2 for a couple weeks before moving on to Level 3.  I wanted to give you a review of it, so I tried it, but now I'm going back to Level 2 until that's easy for me!

Level 3 starts off with a much more intense warm up than the other 2 levels, and the entire work out involves jump-training, some plyometrics, and of course a lot of plank work.  Levels 1 will really make you feel it in your quads as well as abs; Level 2 will really make it in your shoulders, a little in your quads and your abs; Level 3 will make you feel it head to toe: triceps, shoulders, abs/core, quads,'re going to need to do a few extra stretches for your abs and hamstrings after her normal cool-down!

But good luck!  I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to really being able to make it through it without feeling like I might collapse! :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Stay Strong

It's frustrating working so hard at something and having to wait for what seems like forever for even the tiniest hint of results, but I want to tell you all to keep pushing!  I've been working out 6 days a week for the past 4 months and the shape and strength of my body has changed drastically.

I just started Killer Abs by Jillian Michaels, and I used to struggle through Level 1 and I could rarely add weights to the exercises, but now I can feel my abs getting stronger day by day (even my legs are getting stronger!) and my endurance to the plyo with weights...let's just say that thanks to Body Revolution, I'm so much stronger--body, mind and soul.  I can see the definition in my abs when I do the exercises and I actually feel like the fat is being sucked from my stomach throughout the day.  I never gave Killer Abs much of a try before BR, but now, I'm giving it my all and I feel like I could progress to Level 3 already.

For those of you not sure about the Body Revolution's completely worth it!

For those of you just needing the motivation to keep going with whatever work outs you're doing, just remember, "Pain is weakness leaving the body;"  you're getting stronger every day!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ending Body Revolution...moving on to Killer Abs

I'm finished with Body Revolution and I'm a little bit disappointed.  I only lost about 10 pounds, but I told everyone from the beginning that my goal wasn't so much to lose weight as it was to tone my body.

I saw the biggest changes in myself during month 2, but there haven't been any changes in my weight or inches or lost during month 3.  My abs do look a little tighter, though, but my before and after pictures don't look much different than the last ones I posted. (Perhaps it really was the FreezeAwayFat Cool Shapes shorts doing all the work after all...who knows?)

I think it is a great program to build strength and get into shape physically and mentally, but I personally didn't see much change.  I saw the most change in my body when I did 9 weeks of Jillian's Extreme Shed & Shred; that's the DVD I'll really stand behind.  It's an 1 hour, 25 minutes long, but it's worth it!

I've had her Killer Abs DVD for a while now and I've done it several times, but I think I'm going to stick with it 5 days a week for the next 6 weeks and see what kind of changes I get it out of it...keep you posted!!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


I'm selling my Jillian Michael's Body Revolution and my FreezeAwayFat shorts.  I'm doing it because I've reached my goals.  You've seen my results and you know what these products when used together can do.  It was worth the money!  But, honestly, my husband and I just really need the money...times are rough and the bills are just piling up.

Check out my listings on e-bay for FAF and BR.

***email me at with your best offer for the FAF shorts.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Garcinia Cambogia: How to Find the Right Stuff for the Best Price

You've heard about it on Dr. Oz; you've seen it advertised on the sidebar of your Facebook; you've heard all the celebrities are trying it, and I know I told you to throw the diet pills away because I didn't want you relying on them for energy or for appetite suppression, but sometimes, I believe you do need a little help so I'm going to give you the low down.  For those of you who haven't spent days/weeks researching this new miracle, not only weight loss, but fat loss, product I'm putting all the details in one place.  

Dr. Oz brought a top researcher of garcinia cambogia onto his show to tell everyone how it works and what to look for in a garcinia cambogia supplement. Although a several celebrities have admitted to taking garcinia cambogia, no celebrity will promote any one retailer of garcinia cambogia, so don't be fooled by someone promoting a brand and putting a celebrity's name in the article.  

Garcinia cabogia works as an appetite suppressant, mood enhancer, fat blocker, fat burner, and natural energy source by blocking your liver from turning carbohydrates and sugar into fat and instead converting it into energy.  With the right ingredients, garcinia camobgia will stop your body from producing fat and instead producing glycogen, which in turn burns fat.  

Now what should ingredients should you look for?  If you watched the Dr. Oz link above then you already know, but if not, then I will tell you.  Each supplement should contain a daily dosage of at least 1,000 mg. of garcinia gambogia or garcinia cambogia extract (GCE), and at least 60% hydroxycitric acid (HCA).  HCA (the ingredient found in the rind of the pumpkin shaped fruit garcinia cambogia) has been known to release seratonin in the brain which improves your mood, stops emotional eating, and even relaxes you to help you get a better sleep (all essential to weight loss).  Also, emotional eating tends to go straight to the belly, which could be why garcinia cambogia has been shown to lead to a significant decrease in belly fat.

So those are the two most important ingredients, but there are some other important factors to consider when looking at the labels.  Since potassium and/or calcium helps your body to absorb the garcinia cambogia extract, it's important the supplement contain one of the two, if not both.  

Some garcinia cambogia supplements include chromium which can't hurt you.  Chromium has been shown to help balance insulin levels which in turn helps with the appetite suppression (and for people like me with hypoglycemia, it keeps my blood sugar level without me needing to eat every 3 hours).  It also is said that it can increase fat metabolism and the building of lean body mass.  (Check out more here.

Last but not least, there should be no fillers or artificial ingredients in the supplement.  It should be 100% pure!  If you want it to be a miracle pill, then you have to pay close attention to every word on the bottle.  

So how do you not get tricked into those "risk free trials" that if not cancelled within 14 days f your order will charge you $90 a month until cancelled?  Also, how do you not shell out your entire paycheck for a few months supply?  Here's how: go to your local GNC, search e-bay or amazon, and READ THE LABELS!  Some people will say the cheap stuff is a rip-off, but  I say that the more expensive, the more the company is out to make money...not to help people.  I believe that when a company makes a product accessible to everyone, they firmly believe in their product, and integrity means a lot to me.  

Here's a sample of a brand I found that you can find cheaply online and has all the right ingredients.  I'm not promoting the brand, I'm just trying to give you all a simple sample of what to look for.  

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Final 2 Weeks of Body Revolution!

I just finished workouts 11 and 12 of BR, which means I only have 3 more times for each workout before I've finished my 90 days of kicking butt.  Phase 3 has been difficult, but fortunately for me, I've done several of Jillian's tough workouts before and a lot of the moves I've done in those are introduced into weeks 11 and 12, so I have a small advantage there, but it's still kicking my butt.  And the 3rd cardio workout...let's just say I can make it through without having to stop the DVD, but I'm still panting and working to catch my breath at certain points; unfortunately, she doesn't give you much time to do so.

I'll weigh in and measure on the final day!