Get Your Body Back 2009: Week 3



Morning everyone!


I was still a bit sore this morning so I decided to start my day off with a bit of yoga! I did some stretching and yoga poses this morning. They felt. so. good. I can’t believe that I had been neglecting my flexibility for so long! I am seriously getting hooked.

I went onto the free website called Yoga Today and I did 15 mins. of their video for ‘Skiers and Snowboarders’ for all levels. It felt good to stretch out all my stiff muscles!


Breakfast was delicious this morning:


I chopped up an apple, sprinkled with cinnamon and microwaved for 1 minute. Then I melted a Tbsp. of Almond butter in the microwave (alone) for about 15 seconds. I stirred it up and mixed it into the apples. Then, I sprinkled it with some crunched up Spelt cereal (1/4 cup?) on the apple AB mixture and mixed it up. I poured in some Almond Breeze (maybe a couple tbsps) and stirred. It was like a mini healthy apple crisp!







Now, for week 3 of Kristi’s ‘Get My Body Back’ Challenge 2009:


Missed these?


Week 1

Week 2



Kristi: Ok, I admit it.  It does get easier.  Working out that is!  I have noticed over the last few weeks that my cardio is slowly improving.  It sure isn’t fun getting back into it after not working out in about 4 years!  The first few times running the track or hitting the elliptical, I thought I was going to D-I-E.  There is no other way to put it.  I was out of breath, sore, and weak.  I growled at the “gym rats” that sped past me J  My body was craving rest and giving up would have been oh-so easy.  But, I didn’t and I won’t.  There is no way I am going through this again! 


The Workouts:


Jan. 5:  Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Burn – Level 1 (20 minutes)

Jan. 6:  Rest Day (This was the day before my son’s 3rd birthday, so my free time was spent decorating his cake and the house etc. so I chose this day as an off day) 

Jan. 7:  Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Burn – Level 2 (20 minutes)

Jan. 8:  35 minutes on the elliptical, interval training at level 7    

Jan. 9:  35 minutes on the elliptical, interval training at level 7

Jan. 10:  30 minutes of cardio (running and walking the track) followed by my FAVOURITE weight training/cardio class, Urban Strong (55 minutes).  I was completely exhausted after this!

Jan. 11:  30 minutes on the elliptical, interval training at level 7

Jan. 12:  Today is a well deserved rest day!


So, as I told you a couple weeks ago, I bought the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Burn dvd.  For those of you thinking of buying it, the best place to get it is at Costco.  I saw it there in a box set that also includes a yoga for weight loss dvd and another workout dvd by the other trainer on the Biggest Loser, Bob Harper (all for $19.99).  My 30 Day Burn alone was $14.99. 


As for the dvd itself, I must say it is a decent 20 minute workout.  Jillian keeps you going non-stop for the full 20 minutes.  There are no breaks or rest periods, which I guess is the whole point if you only have 20 minutes to work out.  It has to be tough!  Level one was challenging, but I noticed a big difference when I did Level 2.  I haven’t yet had time to do Level 3, but I am a little scared!


I can see the dvd getting boring very fast, but I am not too surprised because this is usually the case with me and any workout dvd.  I do think that it is a great alternative for the days that I cannot get to the gym because of my work schedule and watching my boys.  I will most likely only be doing this dvd a couple of times a week as I much prefer the variety at my gym.


I am very excited for this week!  Tuesday and Thursday mornings (for the next few months), I have my two boys enrolled in playgroups at the recreation centre where I work out.  This will allow me two mornings a week to get to the gym for some high intensity workouts!  I love working out in the morning!  I always find that if I leave it to the end of the day that I am usually too tired or I make excuses.    


Over the last couple of weeks, I have noticed that my knees are very sore when I choose to run instead of opting for another form of cardio.  This is one of the main reasons that I usually work out on the elliptical.  Does this happen to any of you, or am I just getting old?  J  I find there is minimal pressure on my joints when I use the elliptical, plus this way I can tune in to the tv!


I was curious the other day so I weighed myself.  I should not have!!!  It only made my heart sink a bit.  I don’t know what I was expecting to see.  My weight hasn’t changed at all.  Then, I got to thinking about it all and I came to the realization that the scale is just a number.  It is not a reflection of my muscle mass versus fat or a tally of my progress.  More importantly though, it does not reflect how I have felt the last couple of weeks.  No matter what the scale says, I don’t know if I would ever be satisfied.  What I do know is that I feel healthier, and I am seeing changes in my body.  I know I am gaining muscle and that my body is toning and therefore, improving.  So, if I never lose the last 5 lbs., but I feel better and I am seeing improvements then who cares, right?!


I plan to track my measurements from this point forward so that I can see progress that way J


Have a fabulous week!  Thanks for staying tuned to my weekly updates and for your heartfelt comments!




Thanks Kristi!! Wow your progress has just been amazing! :D You are doing so well with planning ahead and scheduling your workouts. Thanks for the tip about purchasing the 30-Day Shred DVD pack at Costco! I never would have thought to look there. I agree with you about the DVD having the potential to get boring. While it is a great DVD, there isn’t much variation aside from the 3 levels. I think what I am going to do is vary the levels each week to try and mix it up a bit more. I too am scared for level 3! lol. I might get the courage to do that this week. :) 


And obviously, I agree with what you said about the scale! I think especially when you are weight training and doing such intense sessions, that it is best to avoid the scale. I think if I would get on the scale now, I would find myself to have gained weight since my marathon and strength training started in the fall. I think it will be good if you avoid it for now and just focus on how you are feeling. Like you said- you feel healthier and are seeing changes in your body. That’s all that matters! Keep up the great work!




The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.


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ttfn300 January 12, 2009

that breakfast looks amazing :) great progress Kristi– just remember, muscle weighs more than fat ;-) but i’m a huge proponent of no scale…


VeggieGirl January 12, 2009

Hooray for more yoga and for Kristi’s progress!! :-D


Angela January 12, 2009

Thanks for the link cat- we are in Canada and it is 14.99 on the canadian amazon website :( boo!


cat January 12, 2009
fuzzyradio January 12, 2009

p.s. the jillian video is only $8.49 on amazon.


polly January 12, 2009

hi sweetie! yay YOGA and mmmm spelt flakes on that yummy bowl of YUM!

I mentioned you on my blog today… ;) XOXO


bobbi January 12, 2009

man I so need to get my butt doing more Yoga! I want that Jillian Video too:)


sweetandnatural January 12, 2009

Yay Kristi!

The warmed cinnamon apple with almond butter is a favorite snack of mine! I usually eat it with some Greek yogurt. SO good.


Melissa January 12, 2009

Great job Kristi! Very impressive. Don’t worry level 3 really isn’t much harder than level 2.


Victoria January 12, 2009

Awesome job Kristi!

Wow, yoga is really taking the blog world by storm. Glad to see more people embracing it!


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Deb January 12, 2009

Breakfast looks yummy.

WTG Kristi !! You are doing awesome. I think it is great that you are starting out not tying yourself to the scale, it is such a hard habit to break. It really can drive you crazy…trust me !!


Raspberry Runner January 12, 2009

what an incredible breakfast idea!!


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