I am excited to introduce you to Jordan, author of my very first guest post. I have known Jordan for years, since the 7th grade. We went to school together, we worked together and we eventually lived together as roomies when I was in college. She is a great girl and, although I’ve never considered her overweight (she looks pretty damn good for having 3 kids!), I know she personally has wanted to lose weight/become more fit. So I was ecstatic when she phoned me a few weeks ago (when I was sacked out on my couch with the flu) and told me about beginning her exercise program. And I was elated that she chose Jennie Garth’s Body in Progress (from 1992) because I love Jennie Garth and grew up on Beverly Hills, 90210.
I am so proud of Jordan and her initiative. Many people have the desire to get fit and healthy but never take the plunge to start their new lifestyle. I often hear “my diet starts tomorrow” or “I can’t do that exercise,” etc. etc. Jordan has started off slowly and by not jumping into a super intense program like Insanity or P90X, she has found a regime that works for her and that she loves. Exercise should not be a chore. It should be something to look forward to (okay, maybe not 100% of the time but often) and Jordan has accomplished that.
“My name is Jordan, I am 35 years old and a mother of 3 children ages 9, 6 and 2. I gained a lot of weight during my first pregnancy and although I lost some of it, I never did get back to my before baby weight and having 2 more just added to the problem! As most mothers know there is not much time during the day to do anything for yourself so I started all the unhealthy habits that are so easy to fall into, cramming in a quick bite while your baby is sleeping, or picking up McDonalds just because you’re too exhausted to cook. I don’t drink coffee so I became dependant on pepsi for caffeine and just gave up on exercise! Now that my youngest doesn’t need quite so much of my attention I decided I needed to do something to make me feel better about myself and really just make myself feel better! I was tired of being tired all the time so the first thing I had to do was give up the sugar highs and lows I was getting from drinking pepsi, it was hard to do but after a few cranky days I did feel better! The next step was to find an exercise routine that would work for me. Since I’m just getting back in to it I knew I wasn’t ready for Insanity or any of the other high impact programs I hear about so I didn’t really know where to look for something right for me! Thinking back to my high school days (and my love of Beverly Hill, 90210 lol) I remember a program I used to do back then called Jennie Garth’s Body in Progress , I searched for it on Youtube and found it !!! In all honesty it is old school but it is low impact and it builds slowly so your body really does have time to adjust and get used to exercise again. It features a warm up section, then you move on to the low impact fat burning which gets a little more intense and then there is standing leg work ( lots of lunges) and the killer crunches section, it ends with a cool down and stretching and after doing it for just over a week now I already feel better, stronger and actually look forward to doing it everyday! it’s become my “me” time and I love it! i will eventually have to move up to something a bit more challenging but as a beginner it really does work for me and I would recommend it to anyone in the same position looking to ease their way back in to a fitness routine!”
Way to go!!