Officially Responsible.

Good news! My hard drive was still in tact, so I didn’t lose everything like I thought I had! Such a relief because I definitely kept quite a bit of personal information on my work computer, and it would’ve really been horrible to lose it all. I officially learned my lesson though because……

I bought an external hard drive! That’s right. I’m officially a responsible adult. Who backs up. I’ve always wanted to be one of those “backing up” people. Now I am one!

So with my broken work computer, I wondered what I would do at the office all day today. I shouldn’t have worried though because my company hooked me up with a computer edging the forefront of technology.

HA. No. That would be the world’s worst/most ancient/slow as molasses desktops you’ve ever laid eyes on. Needless to say, today wasn’t a very productive day.

Anyway, since I recovered my hard drive, here’s the post I wanted to share with you all yesterday!

Traveling back in time to my Wednesday morning….

Who’s ready for the weekend already? I sure am. I’m sitting on the train heading to class right now, totally exhausted. I feel like it should be Friday already! I’m looking forward to the day when my brain and body get used to this new routine. I know it will take a few weeks probably, but phew. I’m tired.

Work it Out

I took today off from the gym, and I think Wednesdays will be my standard rest day because I can sleep in a little and gear up to take on the rest of the week. I kept up with my Body Revolution routine last night though, and did the cardio workout for phase 1 and the strength 3 workout.

I’m halfway through phase 1 right now, so I thought it’d be a good time to update you all and let you know what I think of the program so far. If any of you have been reading my blog for a little while (God bless ya, lol) then you know that I’m a huge fan of Jillian Michaels. I feel like her workouts are creative, challenging, and most importantly, they work! I also really enjoy having a routine to follow every day. Something to check off my list, so to speak.


Prior Jillian Michaels programs I’ve done included the 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30. I really enjoyed both of them. I honestly credit 30 Day Shred with sparking my interest in fitness and lifelong health. I had never done any form of strength training before (Deadlift? Row? Press? Come again?), and once I was about halfway into the program, I was hooked. I had never felt strong before. It was great. I probably lost about 5 lbs on 30 Day Shred (following no special diet, but adding my own cardio) which was pretty great. But I was honestly most excited about how great I felt.

Ripped in 30 produced very similar results for me, only to the next level. It was more challenging than the shred, and I absolutely loved it. Here’s some logistics of how these programs are set up in case you’re interested.


30 Day Shred: Three “Levels”; Level 1 is done every day for 10 days, Level 2 for 10 days, and so on. Each workout is comprised of a warm-up, cool down, and 3 unique circuits. The circuits are structured as: 3 min strength, 2 min cardio, 1 min abs. I can go into more detail about how the strength and cardio are organized, but I can feel myself getting too OCD so I’ll stop haha.

Ripped in 30: Four “Weeks”; Week 1 is done during the first week (but recommended only 5-6 days, with at least 1 day of rest), Week 2 is the second week, and so on. Again, each workout has a warm-up, cool down, and 3 unique circuits. The workout structure is similar to 30 Day Shred with 3 min strength, 2 min cardio, and 1 min abs; but the strength workout is different. It’s structured more like supersets (I think). 3 strength moves performed for 30 seconds each, then repeated.

Body Revolution: This program is totally different. It’s 90 days, split into 3 phases (each phase is 30 days). During a phase, you have 5 different workouts, 4 strength workouts, and 1 cardio workout. For the first two weeks of a phase, you use the first 2 strength workouts, then progress to the last 2 during the second half of the phase. During a strength workout, you’ll complete 4 circuits. Each circuit has 4-5 strength moves, a minute of cardio, and then the strength moves are repeated.

Since I typically do my own cardio by going for a run or hitting the gym, I love the way this program is structured. I can totally focus on strength for 30 minutes (with a little cardio sprinkled in), and I really feel like I’m making the most of my workouts. The program has been very manageable so far…Jillian is definitely targeting those inexperienced with exercise and fitness at the beginning. But she also shows you how to make it more challenging, which is what I’ve been doing. Instead of just performing a simple squat with only my body weight as resistance, I’m adding two 10-lb dumbbells to take it up a notch.


So anyway! Sorry if I just bored you all to tears but I really wanted to put down my thoughts on these programs. Here’s the schedule I’ve been following for phase 1:

So far so good!

Onto my real interest in life: food! I don’t have time to share a recipe with you today, but I have two in the line up that I’m really excited about. The most delicious way to eat lots and lots of spinach…..

And the best protein oats I’ve ever made, ever. Thanks to a fit of inspiration and a secret ingredient.

So damn good.

Questions: Do you all “back up” your hard drives? Was I the only one still not doing this? Ever tried a Jillian Michaels program? What were your thoughts on it?

Happy Friday everyone! And have a great weekend!

10 thoughts on “Officially Responsible.

  1. Carrie

    After lots of urging from one of my professors, I finally took the plunge and bought an external hard drive; I now back up my files about once a week. It’s definitely a sign of true adulthood. ;)

  2. Chelsea Eats Treats

    Thanks for the run-down on the Jillian Michaels workouts! I have been eyeing them for months and you may have just convinced me to officially buy 30 Day Shred. I have to ask, what type of equipment do you need for it?

    Also, I bought an external hard drive and backed up everything on my mac…like one time haha. I don’t think I ever used it again. Fail! I hope you have better luck that I did!

    1. aftertheivyleague

      You should definitely give 30 Day Shred a try! All you need are dumbbells or hand weights. It’s a nice bonus if you have a pair of heavier weights and a pair of lighter ones, that way you have options depending on how difficult the move is.
      And backing up once is better than backing up never! I think I’ll try to do it once a month or so…but I doubt that’ll happen haha.

    1. aftertheivyleague

      I love Jillian and am not afraid to admit it! (obviously haha). They’re super reasonable if you just go for 30 Day Shred or Ripped in 30 (seriously, the shred is less than $7 on Amazon right now). All you need besides the DVD’s is some hand weights and you’re good to go!


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