Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution

Okay, I’m throwing down the gauntlet publicly–so I can’t back out.

As of Sunday, I’ve started Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution program. It’s 90 days composed of 15 workouts (12 workouts, 3 cardio discs). I’m kind of ignoring her diet portion, since neither hummus nor quinoa are readily available items down here.  The program recommends doing six workouts a week, six days straight with Sunday as a rest day. I love my Sunday workouts, so I’m debating where I’ll put my rest day each week. Last night was my “I just can’t talk myself into this” rest day–so that solves this week!

So far, I’m enjoying the larger “class” size in this program, and finding the workouts to be challenging, but not nearly as daunting as our ill-fated attempt at P90x was. (Maybe someday, but we barely made it through 20 minutes the first time we tried it.)  At the end, I might write a “blow by blow” account of the program–but that’s 13 weeks away.

Let’s see how this goes! I will, of course, still be blogging about life in Argentina–this is just my own way of making sure I stay true to the program and keep with it!

A Cornucopia of Fitness Options

Hello. My name is Sara, and I have an addiction to fitness DVDs.


After two months of hotel food, I’ve been trying to get back into shape. I have a pretty sedentary life at work, so I know I need to make up for it in some way.

On my last trip to the States, I filled up my Amazon cart (and my literal cart at Walmart and Target!) with fitness DVDs that I could do at home. In the winter (Southern Hemisphere–so the seasons are switched!), we leave for work in the dark, and when we return home, it’s dark again. I’ve tried to counteract this with Vitamin D supplements and finding fun workouts to do at home in the comfort of our living room. Best yet, they’re pretty cheap–all of them were less than $10 per DVD (with the exception of Body Revolution, which if you divide 15 dvds by the $130 the whole program cost, that’s even less, plus with the included resistance bands).

At some point, I’ll do reviews of these–a sort of pay-it-forward thing. I read all sorts of reviews of these DVDs and programs on blogs before I bought them–so it’s only fair to do the same for the next person who’s looking for some fun workouts.

What I’ve got:

  • Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution (15 DVDs, 90 day program)
  • Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred
  • Exhale: Core Fusion Collection
  • Jillian Michaels’ Six Week Six Pack
  • Zumba Fitness World Party (XBOX ONE)
  • The Fighter Within (XBOX ONE)
  • Jillian Michaels’ Killer Buns and Thighs
  • Jillian Michaels Extreme Shred and Shed
  • Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30
  • Element: Barre Conditioning
  • Element: Yoga for Stress Relief and Flexibility
  • Element: Yoga for Strength and Flexibility
  • Jazzercise Burlesque (judge me, go ahead–it was on sale at Walmart, and looked like a fun “off day” workout)

The other programs I’ve considered? PiYo, T25, Physique 57, and TurboFire. I have exercise ADD, so I don’t have much of an interest in the longer daily workouts (hello, P90x) and I hate workouts that require a whole pile of equipment.

At this point, we have a set of handweights (in kgs!), a bunch of yoga mats, a yoga block, some resistance bands (from JM Body Revolution), and I got some of those grippy yoga gloves and socks (which I am loving for the Barre workouts).  We’re considering a kettlebell, but haven’t pulled the trigger on that one yet.

I also discovered the “disco gym” in town. T has gone to the traditional weight lifting gym–which is not entirely my bag. I like weight lifting, but I need something fun to go with it! The “disco gym” is more woman-focused, and does spinning, zumba, and what appears to be ab classes on a weekly basis. Hopefully, a coworker and I will be hitting up some of those sessions shortly.

Don’t worry–this isn’t going to turn entirely into a fitness blog. I’ll still be posting LOTS about expat life in Argentina–I’ve just been so appreciative of the WordPress/blogging fitness community and their tips and support.


Go, You Chicken Fat, Go

I have been on a fitness kick lately–and it’s been great. I was never a terribly athletic child and teen–although I did get a varsity letter at graduation for being in marching band for four years! (No, I don’t get it either.)

I saw a bunch of articles pop up about Apple’s new ad about the fitness possibilities of their products. Cool unto itself–I’ve been looking into a wearable device, but haven’t found the perfect one yet. BUT… they include a song in the ad called “Go, You Chicken Fat, Go.”

Apparently commissioned expressly by JFK for the Presidential Fitness Challenge in the 1960s, the song was sent to every school in the nation. And I am sure that by 1994, most of them had long stopped using it. I have long joked about how “old-fashioned” my education was. We used a slide projector in 1995. And I spent my elementary years running around the gym and doing burpees (who knew those would be en vogue again!) to none other than “Go, You Chicken Fat, Go.” In the years since, I would occasionally wonder what sadistic gym teacher would buy a record that yells at chubby kids to get in shape–and where such a thing could even be bought.

Apple’s finally caused the story to be unearthed. Read source article here, and you can listen to the song here.