Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Day 11 of 30 Day Shred- Level 2!!

Ok lets start with the good news...

Last night I actually got in my 20 Minute Zumba Express!

My husbands family came over for dinner and therefore the kids went to bed a bit later than usual (about 8pm). So by the time the kitchen was done getting cleaned up, it was past 8:30 and I didnt want to be doing zumba until almost 10pm. So I opted for the 20 minute one.

I did really good with dinner too. I grilled out chicken, asparagus, shrimp and sweet potatoes. I also pulled out the left over cole slaw and potato salad. I had for dinner about half a drumstick because I didnt want there to be a shortage of food. Some grilled asparagus, a 1/3 of a grilled sweet potato that I had wrapped in foil (no butter or sugar, just the potato), and some shrimp. I was REALLY worried about there being enough food (People here: 3 kids, Aaron, myself, his mom, his aunt, his brother and his 18 yr old cousin who could probably eat a whole chicken in one sitting and not gain an ounce) but it seemed like the loaves and the fishes and we actually had one chicken wing left over. LOL.

I even did really good after I worked out. It seems like that is when I like to have an adult beverage or chips/munchies. It must be a mental thing that I figure that I just worked off these calories so I can splurge a bit. That needed to change. I came up and jumped on the computer and mixed up some of my natural cranberry juice and water and just sipped that.

My hardwork was rewarded with the scale this morning.

171.5!! Woo hoo!

This morning also brought about Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2!!

Holy Crap!

This is what I looked like when I was done- it isnt a pretty picture but you get the gist.

Sweat glistened from every pore. My shirt was soaked.

And I hate push ups and planks. LOL. That is a lot of what this workout is. I am GLAD I had the willpower to not preview it or I might not have done it.

I had to watch how to do the moves first for a lot of them because of the position you have to take, you just cant see the tv. That at least gave me a couple second break. I forgot to wear my HRM too to see what kind of calories I burned. Tomorrow I will. Curious to see if it is about the same as level 1.

Types of exercises we did:
Walking push ups (ugh)
Static lunges with bicep curls
Double jumpropes
Mountain climbers though Jillian calls it something else

But I did it, I survived, and oddly, I am very much looking forward to tomorrow. I know I am going to be sore, but this workout definitely will get you shredded as Jillian touts. I cant wait to see the results!

Thinking about taking a picture at the 15 day mark, but not sure I want to be disappointed if I cant see any difference.

I think tomorrow is going to be the last of my Shakeology too. I am actually a little sad. The taste is starting to grow on  me and I found myself looking forward to these little shakes.

That means tomorrow night I am going to have to buy some protein powder from the gym. Yeah the gym! Oh how I missed you! Though it seems like my body is responding to the shake up!

A fun note:

I will be having a Pampered Chef Party at my home in August.
If anyone needs anything (they have awesome spices and healthy cookbooks), let me know and I can send you the link to my party to order. You can have it sent directly to your house.

Heck if you spend $60, you get free small flexible cutting mats which are color coded (and I LOVE)!

Tip of the Day:

A healthy recipe from Pampered Chef:

Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps


1/2 cup (125 mL) uncooked whole wheat couscous
1   lemon, divided
1 container (6 oz) plain nonfat Greek yogurt (2/3 cup/150 mL)
4 oz (125 g) fat-free feta cheese, crumbled, divided
1/2 cup (125 mL) loosely packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped, divided
2   garlic cloves, pressed, divided
1 1/4 tsp (6 mL) coarsely ground black pepper, divided
1 cup (250 mL) grape tomatoes
1/2 medium red onion
1 can (14.5 oz/540 mL) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 lb (450 g) turkey breast cutlets, sliced into 2-in. (5-cm) strips
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 tbsp (15 mL) fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped
12 large Boston lettuce leaves


Prepare couscous according to package directions, using water instead of broth and omitting salt and oil; set aside and keep warm. Meanwhile, for sauce, juice lemon using Juicer to measure 2 tbsp (30 mL). Set aside 1 tbsp (15 mL) for use in salad. Using Small Mix 'N Scraper®, mix remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) juice, yogurt, half of the cheese, half of the mint, one of the pressed garlic cloves and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the black pepper in (2-cup/500-mL) Prep Bowl; set aside.
For salad, cut tomatoes lengthwise into quarters and thinly slice onion lengthwise using Chef’s Knife. Combine tomatoes, onion, beans, reserved lemon juice, remaining mint, remaining pressed garlic clove and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) of the black pepper in Classic Batter Bowl; toss gently with Mix 'N Scraper® and set aside.
For filling, add oil to (12-in./30-cm) Skillet; heat over medium-high heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Place turkey, salt and remaining 3/4 tsp (4 mL) black pepper in Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl; toss to coat. Cook turkey, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove Skillet from heat. Add couscous, remaining cheese and oregano; stir until combined.
To serve, spoon filling onto lettuce leaves; top with salad and drizzle with sauce.
  6 servings of 2 wraps
Nutrients per serving:
Calories 230, Calories from Fat 30, Total Fat 3.5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 35 mg, Sodium 450 mg, Total Carbohydrate 19 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 30 g
U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:
1 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 1/2 low-fat meat (1 carb)

Cook's Tips:
Turkey cutlets are thinly sliced boneless, skinless turkey breasts.
Boston lettuce is a leafy lettuce with soft leaves and a buttery texture and flavor. If desired, Bibb or iceberg lettuce can be substituted.


  1. Looks like a GREAT workout! I have to get back into Insanity. I keep saying it...

    1. Insanity looks to insane for me. I always worry about my joints. This is "just right" with 6 total minutes of cardio a day. LOL. I love cardio (dont get me wrong) but the jumping scares me from what I have seen on their infomercial.

      And yes. It was a great workout!

  2. Oh good God - I'm exhausted reading about it but so impressed!

    1. Thanks! It was actually a lot of fun. Sweat dripping off if you is SOOOO satisfying!