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Monday, July 23, 2012

I want a JCORE Body!


This week marks four months since my knee surgery. Has it really been four months already? Sometimes it feels like surgery was so long ago and I feel like I should be able to do all the things that I want to do. Other times, surgery feels like it wasn't so long ago, especially when I tire easily or I can't quite sit cross-legged on the floor. 

I have to admit that it's frustrating when you have the desire to do move and you physically can't, especially when fitness and physical activity is a big piece of who you are and how you cope with life's many stressors. And, having battled body image and disordered eating issues, I'd be lying if I said that body image wasn't a big part of my frustration with the injury and recovery process.

Now, with my physical therapy progressing, I'm able to workout more but I feel like my routine needs a jumpstart. It's been a while since I've really focused on anything from my lower body that I almost don't even know where to start so I was really excited to hear about the JCORE Accelerated Body Transformation system

It's a 40-day program created by Jay Cardiello, a celebrity fitness trainer (he's trained 50 Cent!!), wellness expert and author. All you need is a 4x4 space, no weights and 20 minutes a day/4 days a weeks. As a working mom with two young kids, my time (and space here in NYC) is a premium. In order to fit fitness into my life, I need to be able to make the most of the time that I do have to work out. JCORE seems like a good fit for me. 

When I was initially considering the program, I had several questions about the workouts and if they were suitable for me given my injury and rehab. I wasn't expecting Jay to respond to my email personally. He assured me that JCORE was designed to accomodate all levels of fitness and all lifestyles and that the routines are demonstrated at a modified and intense pace so you can work at your own pace. Plus, he has had 13 major surgeries - 6 of them knee surgeries - and understood my concerns which provided an enormous level of comfort.

I started the program yesterday with the Fit Test - basically a test to see how many reps you can complete of 10 different moves. Sunday's test will serve as my baseline and I will repeat this test four more times over the course of the 40 days to track my improvement. Let me tell you, while the whole test took about 15 minutes, it was HARD! Seemingly simple moves challenged my body in ways I wasn't expecting. By the end, I was sweating and breathing hard. I can't wait to see what the rest of the program has in store. 





I missed out on last week's Weekly Chase but I am returning this week. A couple of weeks ago, my goal was to focus on getting more sleep. I was doing well with that one...until I started reading Divergent and then Insurgent (Book 2 in the series). Now that I'm done with both books and since Book 3 doesn't come out until May, I should be able to sleep again.

My other goal for the week is to complete week 1 of JCORE and to improve my eating habits. JCORE includes suggested meal plans. I've never been great at strictly following any diet plan so I know that there will be some flexibility to make this work for me. At the same time, I know that diet and nutrition are a key part of this if I want to achieve the results I want to see. 

How was your weekend? What do you have on tap for the week? Have you heard of JCORE? 

As a Fitfluential Ambassador, I received the complete JCORE Accelerated Body Transformation System to review and received no other compensation. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


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51 Comments:

At July 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM , Anonymous Kacie Phillips said...

Oh my goodness! I am so intrigued by this workout! Not to mention, that is so great of you to still get out there and find a way to stay fit given your circumstances! You are truly an inspiration!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 4:56 AM , Anonymous Jess said...

I have never heard of JCORE, but it sounds great. Especially with time requirements (and space). Seems really reasonable. I'm interested to hear how you find it!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 5:01 AM , Blogger Angela @ Happy Fit Mama said...

JCORE sounds like a great workout plan! I'm so glad you are at a point in your rehab that you can start to get back into more workouts. Good luck!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 5:46 AM , Anonymous Miz said...

how had I missed JCORE before?! IM EXCITED FOR YOU as I know nothing can feel better than having a plan.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 6:37 AM , Anonymous Kierston said...

Sounds like a great plan! I've heard of JCORE but didn't know much about it, thanks for the info!

I had a great weekend :) Lots of relaxing!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 7:08 AM , Anonymous Katie @wishandwhimsy said...

I'm happy to hear that your physical therapy is coming along. I'm sure you'll enjoy being able to move with this JCORE program. Continue getting better! Wishing you the best!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 7:18 AM , Blogger fancy nancy said...

I'm so excited for you to start this!! I can't wait to see how it is! I'm excited to maybe use this for my post baby comeback!!! Good luck!!!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Tara Lotufo said...

Check out skinnytaste.com for food suggestions. It's a dear friend of mine with an amazing blog...she does calorie count per serving size.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM , OpenID Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

I am getting a little antsy with my yoga and running only fitness routine. JCORE sounds appealing to me since you don't need weights (I am a firm believer in the power of body resistance) and only a small space.

I can't wait to hear how it goes for you! I may hop on board!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 8:44 AM , Anonymous Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

so jealous you get to do this!!!! can't wait to hear about it!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

I haven't heard of this, but it sounds pretty neat and it fits into your needs right now! FOUR months have passed already? damn, where does time go! You look great, btw, just so you know, you would never know you were recovering from a knee injury!!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM , OpenID chaarg said...

that sounds awesome and perfect for where you are at right now. good luck with it and be sure to keep us updated :)

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:37 AM , Blogger misszippy said...

This sounds pretty cool--20 minutes/4x/week? Seems doable, which I like! I'll be interested to hear how it goes for you!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Mindy Bobe said...

JCORE sounds awesome! I've never heard of it! So glad you are linking back up in the Weekly Chase! I read Divergent and Insurgent too...LOVE those books!!! Hope you get your rest this week! And good luck with the eating!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 11:26 AM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

I'm thinking this JCORE thing may be perfect for Chris and I to give a try. We have the space but I am not a gym girl and Chris doesn't really have the time and when he does, he is either playing with girls, sailing, kayaking or biking. (all good things but he wants to mix it up a bit)
We had a great weekend. Yesterday we spent the day out on a friend's boat with their girls and our girls and it was a lot of fun with a lot of laughs!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 2:30 PM , Blogger Krysten said...

Can't wait to see your progress! It sounds like a cool program. Recovery sure is frustrating, but you have been doing great! Just keep at it, and remember to take time and recognize all the progress you have made so far.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM , Blogger PavementRunner said...

Next up is going to be a post on how to get a LoveLifeSurf Body! With cool logos and packaging and you on the cover making this pose (stands with arms raised flexing) YA!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Motivated Mommy of two said...

wow that sounds like a great workout, it kind of reminds me of Insanity with the fit test. I cannot wait to hear how it goes.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM , OpenID mollyritterbeck.com said...

Wow - you have some great goals and I hope you do great with the body system! I have heard great things!!!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM , Anonymous Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

I'm excited to see how it goes for you! I saw JCORE at some point, maybe on the Fitfluential blog? Can't remember. I signed up for Tina's Boot camp which should be a fun challenge, too. I'm so much better at strength training if someone is holding me accountable and telling me what to do!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 8:43 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

You have to keep us posted! I love the idea of a 20 minute workout. I'm a big fan of the short and sweet HITT workouts. This sounds like something that can easily fit into a busy schedule (and a small space).

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:56 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Kacie! I'm excited to get started with this workout too. After just two days, I can tell it's going to be good and hard. Mainly because it's challenging my body in a different way, particularly working on my core and balance. Will keep you posted!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:57 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yes! The space, time and lack of equipment requirements are definitely what drew me to the program. I'll be posting some more updates as I continue along.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Me too! I'm glad to be working a little harder. I was starting to feel sluggish and blah. Thanks Angela!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Yes! Yes! A plan! I love having a plan!!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Kierston! I'm excited to learn more about the program too. And yes, it did look like you had a great, relaxing weekend!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Katie!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I'm excited too and I will definitely be posting some updates. I think that it's great, especially for parents, since it is only 20 minutes a day. I did my workout while my kids were taking a bath (supervised by grandma!)

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:26 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Lindsay and yes, I'll be posting updates here and through Twitter.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I too really like that it doesn't require equipment and seems pretty manageable. I love trying different strength training routines so I'm excited to try this one out. Will definitely keep you posted!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:29 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Totally doable, right? Over the 40 days, it works out to 8 hours total. What??! Seems crazy and my skeptical side started kicking in but man, he works you in those 20 minutes.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:30 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I know, can you believe that it's been 4 months already? I can't believe it practically the end of July! Time has been flying by. And you are too sweet. xoxo

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I figure that now that I'm done with the books, I should be able to get some sleep, right? Unless I start re-reading them...

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM , Anonymous Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's said...

Super jealous, I would love to give JCORE a try. Can't wait to see how you do with it.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Krysten. I know you know the recovery process all too well and you are doing amazing. Thanks for the reminder. Funny how quickly we can get impatient with our progress and ourselves.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Molly!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I've heard such great things about Tina's Bootcamp! That should be a lot of fun too. There was a JCORE twitter chat and a post on the Fitfluential blog a week or so ago.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Kelly! I'm excited about doing the program and will let you know how it goes!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I love the idea of short, intense workouts too and I will definitely keep you posted. Seems like this kind of program would fit so many people's needs.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM , Blogger Christine said...

haha. You are a funny man. Will you be in my workout videos?

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It definitely seems like JCORE meets so many people's needs especially with regard to the time, space and lack of equipment required. I'm excited to see how it goes and to mix things up. Your weekend sounds so nice!!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks and I plan on posting some updates as I progress through the program.

 
At July 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Tara! That's a great site and will definitely check it out. The food looks amazing!

 
At July 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

That sounds really exciting. I've never heard of it.. so - I can't wait to see how it is. My weekend was CRAZY as always ;) //// we have decided to become our church's new youth leaders - so it should be interesting. More things to keep us energized!

 
At July 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous Missy | Literal Mom said...

I've never heard of it - it sounds awesome though! Our weekend was good. Not as busy as some of the other ones, which made it nice and relaxing.

 
At July 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM , Blogger Christy Brown said...

Never heard of JCORE but it sounds interesting! Love the workout plan and that it incorporate healthy eating as well. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

 
At July 25, 2012 at 9:46 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I can tell you that after 2-3 days of doing the program, I'm sore! It's hard but totally manageable since it's only 20 minutes. I think that the hardest part for me is cleaning up my eating habits. I'll definitely keep you posted!

 
At July 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Oh my goodness! That's fantastic and congrats. Yes, I bet it will definitely keep you busy but energized!

 
At July 25, 2012 at 9:50 PM , Blogger Christine said...

A not-so-busy weekend sounds fabulous. Sigh...

 
At July 26, 2012 at 10:20 PM , Blogger Holly Johnson said...

JCORE sounds great, thats awesome that he called you! So cool! I can't wait to see your progress. Hoping you had a great week with your goals, cant wait to hear about them on Monday!

 

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