Let me tell you something --- this Jump Start thing is not for sissies, and neither is 10 Minute Trainer. They're both pretty intense.
Let's start with the Jump Start. For two short days, you commit to what amounts to a semi-fast. You're mostly drinking protein shakes (Beachbody hopes you will buy their Shakeology brand; it's a good product but at about $4 a serving, quite pricey --- also, I do NOT recommend the Greenberry flavor, which tastes like sweetened pond scum), eating a very small amount of fruit and low GI veggies, and having a salad with chicken in it for dinner. No coffee, just green tea. It's about 1000 calories a day, which is super low, especially if you're used to a lot more. And you're working out hard on that.
My guess is that this provides you more of a psychological boost than anything else, because when you cut back the calories and drink a lot of water and green tea, you ARE going to drop pounds really fast. I was already three down this morning when I got on the scale. (Obviously, the heavier you are, the more you're going to lose right off the bat). And it probably helps with sugar cravings; and just in general with getting you in the mindset to start a regimen. Hey, after a couple of days of shakes and a few cucumber slices, getting to eat a veggie burger or a nice sushi roll with salad is going to seem luxurious. I've no doubt that going cold turkey off refined sugar, bread, and caffeine is beneficial as well. But the biggest advantage to doing something like this little Jump Start is that if you can stick it out for a mere two days, you've gotten over the hardest part of starting a regimen, which is, quite simply, starting.
Once you've actually gotten off your butt and made the commitment, every time you take a postive action (and deny a negative one), it's easier to do what you know is right and good for you. It's just plain easier to keep going.
Yesterday, Day One, got off to a much better start than I'd hoped for. Saturday night, I was cranky about the whole thing (even though it was totally my idea and decision!). We'd had a luxurious Friday and Saturday, foodwise, what with a wine-and-cheese party and then the wine tasting and bistro lunch. Sunday is one of our grocery shopping days, and one of those little things that we do as a couple and really enjoy. We get up early, we have breakfast at Whole Foods, we do our shopping. Never mind that we do this every week, and that giving up one day wasn't going to kill me. Give up a nice breakfast! And COFFEE! I actually thought about starting on Monday. But then, logic got the better of me, and I thought about how very nice it would be to escape the grip of inertia, and how smart it would be to quit empowering food for a few minutes.
Up until the moment I actually ordered green tea and a mango smoothie, I wasn't sure whether I'd go through with it. But you know what? It was FINE. No one died. I didn't climb inside the pastry case or go face down in the creme brulee bread pudding at the food bar. OK, it probably helped that my sweet husband didn't get any of the aforementioned bread pudding, but still. IT WAS FINE.
I was, however, pretty hungry at about 10 a.m., and really enjoyed my snack of fresh blackberries (ooooh, so sweet, so luscious ... is there anything better than fresh berries in the summer?). I did my first TMT stack (10 Minute Workout): upper body, cardio, core cardio.
So. These are VERY intense workouts, 10 exercises for one minute each and no breaks. It's not a new concept, but it's a good one. You can do one a day, you can do two or three and spread them out throughout the day, or you can stack them, and I choose to stack. Gets it over with and I don't have to get sweaty several times a day. You use resistance bands, including a contraption that is supposed to hook over the hinge of your door; you then loop your band through it and attach it to a belt around your waist. Putting that much stress on a door hinge sounds like a bad idea to me, so I weighted down The Tower of Pain with sandbacks and hand weights, and looped it around that. Using the band REALLY adds to the workout. You can, of course, do it without.
I did really well for the first two and was somewhat slower and puffier on the third, but they were all doable and interesting and fun. Plus, I like that you can easily make them easier or harder, and frankly, I often need to modify from day to day. Some days are better than others.
In the late afternoon, I had a big energy drop. I had my carrot sticks (not on the program; they want you to eat super low GI veggies and carrots are relatively high in sugar; however, they were convenient) and later, another shake; but I was still feeling pretty lousy. And then there was the headache, which can happen when you haven't gotten enough food. I went shopping to distract myself, and it worked up to a point. Finally, I dragged myself home and had my dinner, a big salad with about 6 ounces of rotisserie chicken which my darling vegetarian husband had heroically prepared for me on our grill. BTW, at this point I must mention that my DVH also --- voluntarily, and his idea --- offered NOT TO EAT CHEESE in front of me, lest it be too tempting. He is French, and good cheese is to him what good chocolate is to just about any woman, so this was truly a magnificent gesture. I got a good one in him, ladies.
About an hour after I ate, I felt better, but the headache was still there, so I took a couple of Imitrex and fell asleep at about 9:30. All the water I drank had me up and down quite a bit, but come morning I was feeling just fine. A little achey from some of the unfamiliar moves in the workouts, but no headache, no lack of energy, no especial hunger.
I am now about 3/4 of the way through Day 2. I was hungry around 10 again for my fruit snack --- normally, I don't snack in the morning at all --- and had plenty of energy for my workout at 11:30. It was a bit harder today than yesterday. I did the same two cardio workouts and a new total body workout, which was tough (it ends with burpees. ENDS with them!). But I made it through. I had my shake for lunch at about 1 p.m. It's now 2:30 and I'm feeling hungry again, but I'm going to try to hold off a little longer before I have my green tea and raw veggies. I'm curious to see if I get headachey and logey again this afternoon. Hope not.
But even with the headache and the energy drop, I think it's worth it. I feel good about continuing the regimen tomorrow with a new healthy eating plan. That still needs some thought --- I can follow the one BeachBody offers, but I think their calorie count is a little low, so I may supplement it. You don't want to start off too low because at some point, you will hit a plateau and have to cut calories to continue losing. And there's only so low that you can reasonably go. It doesn't do any good to make yourself miserable. The whole point is to find something sustainable, that you can not only live with, but that makes you HAPPY. Right?