Week 5: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Hope you all had a great weekend! Today I'm talking about Week 5 of Body Revolution, which brought on new strength DVDs as well as a new cardio workout. Here's the schedule: Wk5and6

The week started off on the wrong foot. I woke up on Monday with a huge cramp in my neck. I used heat, stretching, and some massage, but it was not budging. I hoped that it might get better over the course of the day, but that didn't happen either. Result: no workout on Monday. I decided not being able to move my head up and down or side to side probably wasn't that best thing to push. It was frustrating. I hate starting the week behind like that.

Tuesday I was still stiff, but much better, so I started my workouts for the week. Seeing how challenging it was with the residual tightness made me confident that I made the right decision in not exercising the day before. This new set of DVDs was definitely challenging, but it also showed me how much my strength has increased over the past month.

Jasen and I had a 9 hour drive to Tennessee for a wedding this weekend which gave me an extra challenge to deal with. We left on Thursday evening and stayed with some family at the half-way point. Then we got up early Friday morning and headed the rest of the way.


We stayed in Knoxville with one of my roommates from college, Randa. I still had to get Friday's workout in, so I exercised that afternoon before getting ready to go to the rehearsal dinner. We had a full day ahead on Saturday between seeing the city and the wedding itself, so I got up early and did my workout before the day got started. That's definitely my favorite way to do things. While I'm certainly NOT a morning person, getting my workout out of the way first thing always feels great. I hate having it hanging over my head all day long.

On Saturday we did lots of fun food things! First we went to brunch at a restaurant called Tupelo Honey. Our meal started off with biscuits and a blueberry spread. Delicious.


Randa got a breakfast bowl with goat cheese grits and eggs,


Jasen opted for fried chicken (his favorite) and biscuits,


and I got a cup of tomato soup, a fired egg BLT, and home fries.



Needless to say, after all of that, we were stuffed. We headed off to the market and Randa introduced us to her favorite farmers that she gets her CSA box from each week. I went a little crazy, because they had tons of tomatoes and other summer veggies that we just can't get at home anymore. I LOVE tomatoes! They also had the best corn I've ever tasted (Randa made some for lunch the day before) and super sweet grapes. I loaded up.


Next, we stopped by an olive oil and vinegar shop and tried some of the different varieties, then we headed back to the car. Randa drove us through the UT campus, but it was rainy so we didn't venture out. We also went to a Trader Joe's and an Earth Fare because I'd never been to either before. Normal people visit grocery stores for fun right?

Then it was back to the house for a little rest and getting ready for the wedding. The rain stopped for the festivities and everything was beautiful!


On Sunday morning we got up early, packed up, and got on the road for the 9 hour drive back. I didn't do the cardio this day. With as tired as we were and a full day of driving ahead, it just wasn't happening.

Overall, exercise this week was a challenge, but I'm proud that I got in 5 workouts despite it all. It really proved to me that exercise isn't about finding the time, but making the time.

What did y'all do for exercise this week? Share in the comments below!

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