Making the Cut


January 26, 2012 by Danielle

If you’ve ever read my blog or talked to me for ten seconds, you know that I have a mild obsession with like Jillian Michaels.

I'm pretty sure I should receive some sort of compensation for this type of devotion...

I'm pretty sure I should receive some sort of compensation for this type of devotion...or a restraining order.

I love her no-nonsense attitude when it comes to working out, the fact that she’s hilarious (check out her podcast!) and oh yeah…she’s quite the badass.

Last year while I was training for a marathon, I dabbled in the 30 Day Shred and definitely saw results …but I only made it through 21 days since I was nearing the end of marathon training and didn’t want to tire myself out before the big day.

Recently, I started getting bored with my workouts since I’m not training for anything at the moment, so I decided there was no better time than the present to start my next Jillian project…Making the Cut.

On Amazon, Making the Cut is described as “a unique, intense thirty-day program from TV’s toughest fitness guru, Jillian Michaels. It has one purpose: to maximize your diet and fitness potential so you’ll get dramatic results at an accelerated pace. The program trains you in three essential ways—mentally, nutritionally, and physically.”

I love sentimental dedications.

AND I get to release my inner bad ass? Count me in.

Before I get to the juicy stuff, here’s a brief breakdown of the book’ structure:

STARTINGThis portion consists of all of the mental stuff, getting rid of your previous conceptions of yourself, taking before photos. It also includes a fitness test so that you can track your progress.

Here’s how I rated:

Pulse: 90 (Good!)

Push-ups (1 minute): 23 (above average)

Sit-ups (1 minute): 34 (above average)

Wall Sit: 2 minutes (Baller status-They didn’t have a rating for anything beyond 90 seconds, so I of course made up my own)

I’ll do this test again at the end to gauge improvements.

SCIENCE-This is a beast of a chapter, but it basically consists of a test to determine your metabolic type (which also determines your exercise and meal plan), a day by day meal plan for each metabolic type, as well as recipes. I’ve decided not to follow the meal plan to a tee since I eat  pretty well in the first place and I mostly follow the Tone It Up plan (which I received from Katrina and Karena Dawn for posting this little gem for a contest).

That being said, I am implementing Jillian’s rule for “balanced oxidizers”, which is 40% protein, 30% fat, 30% carbs as well as a daily calorie range of 1440-1520, determined by my basal metabolic rate (BMR), or the number of calories my body burns just being. [If you’re interested in calculating your BMR, check out this easy calculator from Discovery Health].

SWEAT-This is the fun chapter where all the magic happens. This portion gives you a 30 day plan complete with descriptions and photos of all of the exercises.

I'll be doing 20 of those in NO time.

Jillian suggests doing either one full circuit plus 15 minutes of cardio or doing the full circuit twice. So far the workouts have been really challenging and I’ve learned plenty of new exercises that cause me to waddle around the office from soreness. The best part is that all of the workouts are circuit based (my favorite), which means you’re in and out of the gym in an hour or less. My only complaint is that there aren’t photos for each exercise, but that’s what Google is for.

AT YOUR PEAK-This is the portion of the book that teaches you how to maintain your sexified self. I’ll explain that portion when I get there :).

So now on to my measurements! I’ve listed the my starting measurements and my measurements as of yesterday (today’s a rest day and I NEED it)

Starting Measurements

Bust: 34.5

Chest: 31.5

Waist (1/2 inch above belly button): 28.75

Hips: 32

Right Thigh: 22.5

Left Thigh: 22.75

Right Arm: 10.25

Left Arm: 10.5

After 9 Days

Weight: -3.4

I don’t like focusing on this number, so I’ll just give you a plus or minus from my starting weight. I’m also doing this to get JACKED and my body is 100% happy at its current weight. If you’re absolutely dying to know..shoot me an e-mail.

Bust: 35 (+.5-I’ll take it!)

Chest: 31 (-.5)

Waist (1/2 inch above belly button): 28.5 (-.25)

Hips: 31.5 (-.5)

Right Thigh: 22..25 (-.25)

Left Thigh: 22.5 (-.25)

Right Arm: 10.5 (+.5)

Left Arm: 10.5 (no change)

So there you have it! I’m pretty satisfied with my results so far and I definitely love changing up my workout every day, especially since I’m usually pretty bad at keeping up with weight training (it’s boredom central to me!). I’m going to post updates and pictures every week, so yell at me if I don’t!

Has anyone ever tried Making the Cut? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!



6 thoughts on “Making the Cut

  1. That’s awesome that you’re seeing results! It’s much more fun to look for the physical changes (like getting jacked) than staring at the number on the scale, anyway.

    • Danielle says:

      Definitely agree! I think it’s so much more fun to see concrete improvements, like I can do x more pushups or my biceps are x amount larger, than worry about weight which fluctuates based on a variety of factors. It took me a long time to learn that though! 🙂

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  3. Chrissy says:

    Very interesting! How can you determine your metabolic type on your own? Don’t you need all sorts of tests for that?

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