Thursday, September 4, 2014

What I bought & what I thought: @JessicaSmithTV The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection by Jessica Smith

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I don't think it's a big secret that I really like Jessica Smith's workouts. In fact, one of the ways I got back into exercising consistently after "breaking up" with running was finding Jessica's workouts on YouTube. I'm not obsessed or a huge fangirl, I just enjoy most of her workouts and have discovered that I like the wide variety of exercise methods and intensity that her workouts have to offer.



I received a newsletter from her website last week, and it came at a time where I was a little fed up with myself in terms of my weight and my workout habits. It seemed like a good time to start something new. I used my hoarded up Amazon gift certificates - I've never bought something this expensive for fitness outside of my Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black - and bought the advertised The Ultimate Workouts for Weight Loss: 4-DVD Collection. She talks about the video set here and the 14 Day challenge schedule in the description of the video. The video set includes these DVDs, which I am linking to individually in case you don't want the whole set or you already have some and would like to pick the rest up.

10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs DVD
Walking for Weight Loss, Wellness & Energy DVD
Total Body Balance DVD
Barre Fitness DVD


So far, I have completed Day 1 & 2 of the workout schedule. The first day was from the 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs DVD. I set up a little portable DVD player besides my TV so I could watch a movie while I worked out. This works sometimes for me, but not when I am trying to do a more involved, new-to-me workout. The "Concentrated Abs" was especially difficult for me to follow along with as I am just not that strong in the abs yet. I had stopped the movie by that point and just tried to do my best. I am looking forward to doing this again at some point so I can note my improvement, hopefully!

The second day of the schedule was from the Total Body Balance DVD. This barefoot workout was a welcome change from the more active workout from yesterday, but it was still plenty challenging. I did use the 5 pound weights, and the 3 pound weights might have been a better fit for me right now. I am expecting to continue to feel sore for the next few days as I follow the 14 Day challenge schedule.

None of this adds up to huge amounts of steps on my Fitbit Flex, and I am choosing to be OK with that. I still love my Flex. I believe it helps me to be more active than I used to be. I definitely take more walks or at least try to do "something". However, for me, sometimes I am valuing quantity (get to a number of steps!) rather than quality (get a great workout!). I have to find a good balance to that.

I hope to bring more updates on this 14 day program soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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