Monday 4 December 2017

December - Killer Body

   In December 2015, I used Jillian Michaels' Killer Body. I was looking for a tougher workout in anticipation of Christmas indulgence, and I figured Jillian Michaels was the best person to turn to.
   Killer Body, supplemented with a little cardio every now and then, proved to be immensely effective in keeping off the Christmas weight. In fact, I even lost a little, all without sacrificing mince pies.
   In 2016, I decided to go down the same road, but rather than use Killer Body's three 30-minute workouts again, I opted for her Killer Buns & Thighs and her Killer Arms & Back DVDs, each with three 30-minute workouts of varying levels. I used them for 6 weeks, 2 weeks on each level, and supplemented them with cardio again. Once again, I didn't gain a thing, I didn't miss out, and I even lost a little.
   This year, I've decided to use Killer Body again. I used the two DVDs not that long ago - too recently, at any rate, to want to use them again just yet - and while I'm aware this means I'll be using the same 3 workouts for 6 weeks rather than 2 workouts for 2 weeks at a time, I'm also willing to swap them out if I really start to lose enthusiasm.

   But, as I always do at this time of the year, I've got a few things on the side to boost that enthusiasm:

Post-Workout - I do prefer to use things like My Protein since they have much more protein per serving than brands like PhD, but at the same time, PhD tastes a lot better and has a wonderful thickness. It's nice to have a treat, and if I'm happy to consider a protein shake as a treat, then I'm easily pleased. So I bought PhD salted caramel diet whey - the same protein I used in my salted caramel golden freak shake - for the duration.

Kit - there is one sale in particular that I look out for on Black Friday, and that is Fabletics. They are expensive, but their quality is the best I have ever had, so you truly do get what you pay for. I can guarantee amazing compression, stretch, the most perfect fit in the whole wide world, the most flattering shape and, most importantly, security. The leggings don't pull down nor ride up whether you're flexing into a flying pigeon or going for your PB on burpees. But when Black Friday rolls along, they do 2 for 1 on most products, so I can bag 2 pairs of leggings for the price of one. Unfortunately their designs sell out fast, so if there's something I want, it's a big risk to wait. But I do, and it paid off. I got Brogan II in black and rose gold, and Salar in fossil (no, the name didn't sell me, instead it was the blizzard flurry design).

Healthy Snacks & Feel-Good Products - so I can get my fill of Christmas without hurting the waistline. These include Christmas pudding Nakd bars, Graze's speculoos dipper and mince pie flapjacks, and homemade goodies like my skinny mini mince pies and my mini 4-ingredient Christmas puddings. Then there's also the boosters to compensate for the slightly less healthy choices I will inevitably - and guiltlessly - make this month, like Lean Greens and larger glasses of kefir.

   These kinds of things, when done one at a time, tend to help me stick to the tougher workouts that I sometimes dread when I wake up, which I know I will this month despite how much I enjoy it while doing it. But with a tough 6-week workout right at the most indulgent time of the year (Christmas and 2 birthdays within 2 weeks), I could do with a little extra help, so I combine them all. New leggings, tastier shakes, healthy snacks and feel-good boosters.

   I'll update in two weeks, mostly to see if it's working out as I expect it to.
   Wish me luck! I'll need it...


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