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"Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor."
Alexis Carrel
— 2 years ago with 2 notes
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Interesting info from Jillian Michaels

What advice do women always ask you for?
They get caught on plateaus. In that case what you need to do is give yourself a couple of days of rest and bump up your calories by 10 percent. When you lose weight quickly, your body often responds by releasing hormones to increase your appetite and store more fat. That's a survival instinct meant to help us conserve fuel during times of famine. You can outsmart it by eating a little more and resting. That usually helps jump-start your metabolism again.
— 3 years ago with 3694 notes
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Trans-End Transcends!

Hey all :)

Today I have some inspiration for that perspiration in the last set, circuit, or reps that you just cannot seem to get through…

You’re in charge of your Body. |

This came across my Facebook newsfeed today, posted by the geniuses Zuzana and Freddy of (check out their Facebook here: )

At first, the phrase didn’t hit me as hard. And then I started my work out for today…

The work out today was the routine from “Day 15” of Jillian Michael’s (awesome) book “Making The Cut”. I’ll post the routine after the jump— unfortunately I didn’t time myself so I don’t know how long it took me, (personal best fail… haha) so we can’t spur some friendly competition— but you are welcome to respond with your own times!

This workout, was totally deceiving and… BRUTAL. I barely was making it through the first round of the last circuit, and when it came time to brace myself for the final round, I just couldn’t say whether I really had it in me. I REALLY FELT SPENT.



And I would order my body to complete 20 more bench dips with my feet on the body ball, 30 more scissors of bicycle crunches, 40 more plank twists, and 30 more seconds in boat pose. 


Without even a complaint.

Throughout the last circuit I kept repeating, I am in charge of my Body, and Body, you CAN DO THIS. YOU WILL.

She did.

And so will yours.



And now I present to you, Jillian Michaels’ MAKING THE CUT: Day 15

"Perform each circuit twice before moving on to the cardio. There is no rest in between sets within circuits. You get 30 seconds of rest only after a full rotation of each circuit.” Let me know your times!


  • Body Ball Push-ups (10 reps)
  • Push-ups (to muscle failure)
  • Leg Extensions (10 each leg= 20 total)
  • Step Plyos (one minute)


  • Dumbbell Press on Body Ball (10 reps alternating arms = 5 each arm)
  • Half-Crow Push-ups (5 each leg=10 total)
  • Harpies (20 reps)
  • Jump Squats (10 reps)
  • Warrior Pose with Tricep Press (30 seconds each leg)


  • Dips (to muscle failure)
  • Hanging Abs (15 reps… ok I really felt like puking the first rotation… and then I ordered my body to get over the second time around, piece of cake ;p )
  • Static Lunges with Lateral Shoulder Raise (10 reps each leg= 20 total)
  • Side Step Plyos (1 minute)


  • Pike Push-ups (10 reps)
  • Squat and Military Shoulder Press (10 reps)
  • Dropsies (8 reps each leg = 16 total)
  • Jump rope for 1 minute


  • Bench Dips with Feet on Body Ball (20 reps— first rotation I could only get through 10… second rotation I remembered I was in charge of my Body— 20 nooo problemmm ;p )
  • Bicycle Crunches (30 scissors)
  • Plank Twists (20 reps each side=40 total)
  • Boat Pose (hold for 30 seconds)

Get itt

the awesome Zuzana (the awesome Zuzana)

— 3 years ago with 6 notes
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Bounce Back from an Eating Binge →

not only was this fourth of july weekend— our best family friends’ son got married and that was three days of festivities (and cake!) surely this article is in order— enjoy!

— 3 years ago with 1 note
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Is Your Diet Stalled? 13 Ways to Kick-Start It →

I don’t know what has gotten into me these past three weeks (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT… THREE shameful WEEKS)— maybe its the exhaustion from Jillian Michael’s intense 30-day Making the Cut program, but i have been a complete couch potato! So, I was rather enthused to find this list waiting for me in my inbox. Hopefully if any of you have been in the workout doldrums, it can pick you up too!

— 3 years ago with 1 note  #weight loss  #plans  #last 5 pounds  #kick-start diets  #kick-start exercise  #exercise  #health  #fitness  #motivation  #tips 
Do the Work!

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Monday, May 23, 2011

Do the Work!

I love when I see people getting excited about doing the work that will help them reach their goals! Most people have no real concept of how strong they are or what their potential is. My workouts are tough because I know you’re strong enough to do them! (And of course, because they have to be to work!) I set out to kick your butt, knowing that you’ll only get stronger — and the stronger you get physically, the stronger you will become in every other way. Here’s what one member has to say on my Message Boards about doing my program’s hard work.

"I’ve lost 37 pounds so far, and have 73 more to go…and yeah, sometimes it CAN be like, ‘UGH!!!! How much LONGER do I have to count calories, use measuring cups for my food, and work out twice a day and work out HARDER (‘cause it takes more work to burn the same number of calories when you’re lighter…DARNED physics!!!) and REALLY, why does 2 minutes of jumping jacks during circuits seem like an ETERNITY?’

But…the number one question to ask…IS IT WORTH IT to keep going…?

That is only an answer YOU can give, because if you don’t remember why it’s worth it…well, kinda hard to be motivated for something not worth it :) I’ll also tell you that I’m pretty darn sure YOU ARE worth it, but that’s all that mental work (yes, the mental stuff is the hardest for me…sigh.) You just have to convince YOURSELF that you are and remember why calories in (food)/calories out (workin’ out) is only 2/3 of the equation. You’ve gotta get that other third workin’ :)

List all the reasons WHY you want to be at your goal weight…and go wild here. The smallest, most minute, selfish, vain things imaginable are totally allowed! Take several copies on several index cards and keep them with you. Read them when stopped in traffic, in the morning, when you’re about to eat half a cheesecake, when you just don’t want to work out.

Also, start going out of your comfort zone with exercise stuff. Do something different even if you think you’ll hate it — TRY IT!!!! You might be surprised :) Get involved in group stuff, join a class, a walking group, drag a buddy into doing something physical with you and start hanging out with people that are like what YOU want to be like (something I’ve just discovered…that my mom WAS right…you are who you hang with.) So if you hang with people not interested in the things you are trying to be interested in, it’s time to expand your circle to fit in people that are all about health and nutrition and exercises and all that good stuff.” – GypsyEyedGirl

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
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