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I made it!

Well today marks the “official” end of the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution for me!  I still can’t believe how fast these last 3 months have gone.   Summer always goes fast, though.  My girls will be back to school in about a week! :(  My oldest keeps telling me that we really should have at least 4-5 months of summer.  I agree! ;-)

This weekend we did try to enjoy the last bits of summer.  We spent some time at a state park and did about 3 miles worth of hiking and some time at the beach of Lake Michigan.  I love this park. Its beautiful and has lots to keep you busy.  It also has a campground so we spent some time walking around making note of which sites we liked.  We’re hoping to get a weekend booked there for next summer.

While walking along the hiking trail, we came upon a leaning tree.  It didn’t hit me until shortly after we passed that Dave and I had our picture taken on that very tree almost 13 years ago!  It was our first camping trip after moving back to WI from San Diego.  Such good memories!  Here is a now & then comparison.  Note that part of the tree has since fallen over on itself.

So last night as I was thinking about today and thinking about what I wanted to do now that I finished Body Revolution.  I had been too busy last week to make a new workout plan.  So I decided to pull out my 30 Day Shred dvd today.  I haven’t used that dvd in a couple years probably.  But I knew it was a good workout.  I think I’ve only really done it a few times and those were on level 1 back when I wasn’t in super shape.  So I decided to do level 1 today for kicks.  It was a bit easy so I’ll be doing level 2 next time just to see what’s in it.  I have a feeling level 3 is more where I’m at after finishing BR.

I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made in the last 3 months!  I feel stronger than ever.  Pushups are getting easier [I still do them on my knees to take it easy on my shoulder, but I'm hoping someday my shoulder will be strong enough to do the real deal!].  I feel like things are starting to get sculpted.  And while I still have work to do, I’m so happy with where I’m at!

So where am I at?  Here are my final stats for 3 months of Body Revolution:

Total Weight Loss:  13.2 lbs

Total Inches Lost:  22″ !!!

My biggest inch losses were in my abdomen (3.25″ !!!), my hips (3″ !!) and my thighs (2.25″ !).  I’m so glad I took the time to do measurements beforehand.  I really encourage people to do this.  Sometimes the scale doesn’t move a ton, but the inches are still flying off.  So if you are looking to start a workout/weight loss program, take some time and do some pre-measuring!  Also, take a before pic.  I knew I was getting smaller and I could see it, but it wasn’t until I took my “after” pic today and compared them side by side that I really saw the changes.

I will be honest, I debated and debated about putting my before/after pics on here.    Why?  Because I’m a normal person who is of course self conscious about my body! LOL  But after thinking about it, I decided to share them…because if by sharing them, I can encourage even one person to take action to make their bodies healthier, then its worth it.  I won’t lie – the past 3 months I have worked at this, exercising 5-6 days/week [only 30 min though/day! :)  ], I had to count calories [but I was never hungry!].  But you can see the results!

And you can see the results of summer time sun LOL :) I will miss my lightly tanned skin come winter!

Thanks for following me on my journey – I hope you keep visiting as I continue on with my health goals.  Today I will be calling to make my appointment for my new cholesterol test.  Wish me luck! :)

 

Comments

Comment from Marcy
Time August 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Congratulations on making it through the program! You look even more fabulous!

Comment from Shelly
Time August 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Great job steph! I can definitely see the results. I’ll try the DVD’s this fall and see if I can look smokin’ too ;)

Comment from Tami
Time August 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Steph – you look incredible! I love the results and seeing the before and after is huge! I can really see it in your thighs, which is where I would like to see it on me too. You are definitely inspiring me to make some changes!

Comment from colette
Time September 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

you look awesome!! i can’t wait to start doing it!

Comment from Beckie
Time September 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

WoW you are right it was good to post the pictures. That is amazing. I have been debating on getting the BR or the new TapOut XT program. Hard to decide since I only have 10 lbs left to lose, if it would be worth the money.
Thanks again for this.

Comment from Julie
Time September 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Wow you look awesome! I really loved your site, glad I stumbled on it. Its realistic, (not from someone who has time to update every single day phew!), the food pics are real, its well put together.

Thank you much for sharing!
I will follow you on spark people

Congratulations on the amazing transformation

Julie
spark id: julspin

Comment from Sara
Time September 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Wow! You look AMAZING! Very very inspiring!

Comment from Princeshita
Time October 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Hi just say thanks great DVD has really helped me boost my metabolism I have lost 30 pounds since June 1st I am very happy. The workout isn’t easy but really doable. I am 50 years old and find it to be really fun with great results.Thank you,Mary

Comment from Chiara
Time October 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I keep hearing such aiazmng things about Jillian Michaels. I am going to have to get around to trying out her workouts. I already go to the gym almost every day but would love working out at home once in a while.

Comment from BusyWorkingMama
Time May 13, 2014 at 8:59 am

I’m glad you posted the before and after photos! I am thinking about trying out this program! I’m doing her 30 day shred video right now and I will see how that goes first.

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