Monday, July 15, 2013

REVOLT: Week 12

Hi friends! After 12 weeks with Revolt, I want to share my before and after pictures with you. Because I wasn't overweight to begin with, it took a while to see any results, even though I felt them much sooner. But I think the pictures are more obvious now than they were about 3-4 weeks in. Keep in mind, these are my results after doing the Revolt meals and workouts full force for the first 3-4 weeks, then getting busy and just doing to the meal plan (but still dancing) for a few weeks, then reincorporating the workouts again for a couple of weeks, then dealing with all this moving mayhem and trying my best to stick to the diet. I can only imagine that if I had stuck with my original intensity from the first few weeks, my results would be even better. Regardless, I'm happy with this new look.

As mentioned before, the Revolt program combines a pre-planned meal program with daily 20-minute work out videos. Each week you receive a meal plan and you shop for your groceries (I found I was able to get in and out of the grocery store much quicker because I was picking up basic items like eggs, meat, salad, Greek yogurt, etc. I didn't spend a lot of time hunting down unique ingredients and shopped mostly around the perimeter of the store). You are encouraged to make all your meals ahead of time and I did some of that. The steak, I decided, did not taste that great reheated so I would cook those each night. The chicken, however, was easy for me to make a batch of and eat on throughout the week by warming in the microwave. I would keep bags of salad greens plus olive oil and vinegar on hand so I would always have a fresh salad (sometimes I threw in carrots, or mushrooms, or tomatoes, etc).

As for the workouts, I liked that they were short. Seriously, I don't have the desire or patience to work out for extended periods of time. About twenty minutes was my limit and I'm glad that they were designed in that time frame. There are three cardio days, one upper body day, and one lower body day. The program is designed in chunks of time called "uprisings," which initially lasted 6 weeks (one could join in at any time, however). Now they've been shortened to 4 weeks at a time. I also enjoyed that I could do the workouts at home in my pj's, and follow along to whatever Nicole was doing. The time went quickly.

I agreed to try the program and blog about it for 12 weeks. I was hesitant at first, but I'm very glad I did. First, I'm glad to have lost about 3% body fat that's been nagging at me for a couple of years. And second, I'm glad to have discovered a healthier way of eating. I wasn't eating poorly before, but it wasn't as clean as this diet is. I also feel this is a program I will continue to use even after this blogging period is over. The diet - definitely. The workouts - I'll try to get a few of those in per week, but even if I do not, I don't feel too bad since I'm a dance instructor and I'm active in my job. So I'm signing off with this - you should definitely consider trying the Revolt program, whether you have a lot or little to lose. It's more than just about the weight - it's learning to live a healthier lifestyle.
For reference, I'm about 5'4".


Carlisa Creter said...

Wow look amazing! You can tell your toning out! said...

You look great...and it's especially visible around the "love handle" area...I NEED to look into this routine!

auntkitten said...

Thanks for an honest and straight forward review. I looked back and didn't see where you shared how you measure your body fat percentage. Are you using calipers?

Wondering how your sweet bunny has adjusted to your new place?


Rachel said...

You look great! Thanks for sharing your results!

Mary Ann said...

Auntkitten - yes, I used calipers to measure the body fat.

Bandit is hanging in there - I put him in a different cage in a different location but he's doing pretty good, otherwise. He keeps jumping on the couch, hah!

Alex Gens said...

Wow you look amazing, keep up the hard work!

XO Alex

Alela Sirah said...

You looked good before but wow!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Congrats! You look great!

RadiantKristen said...

You look incredible! Way to go =)