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Results: 28 Days of Growwithjo

After months of not working out and taking care of my physical health, I decided to ease my way back in by consistently doing Growwithjo workouts during the month of February. It was definitely a challenge but also a great reminder of the positive emotions I receive when I work out.

Plus, I wanted to try all the new workouts she’s come out with since the last time I challenged myself with completing a month of her workouts.

Here are the results.

Diet:

In February, I had a goal of eating two meals a day. I didn’t quite reach that goal, but I’m eating more consistently than I have in a long while. With that being said, I’m still not eating balanced meals; I did track what I ate each day, which will be below the workouts on the schedule.

Reminder:

I am not someone who showcases instant results when it comes to losing weight and toning up.

Motive:

I wanted to get my body moving so I can feel better about myself again. Recently, I’ve been feeling good with my environment and where I physically am, but my physical being just hasn’t been where I want it to be. The goal is never to lose weight or match the body of a super model; the goal is to smile when I look at myself in the mirror.

Schedule (playlist with specific videos linked below):

DAY ONE:
Workout: REST DAY
*Incredibly sore from first Orange Theory workout, which was intense and another attempt at getting my body back moving again.

Food: Handfuls of tortilla chips, cheddar bacon burger w/ sweet potato fries from local burger place
DAY TWO:
Workout: 45 Minute Apartment Friendly
*Only did 11 minutes (did late at night after a busy day and got tired quick)

Food: Nasty gas station stuffed nachos, 6 slices of a frozen pizza
DAY THREE:
Workout: 15 Minute Standing Cardio for Weight Loss

Food: 1/2 portion-size pimento mac & cheese and barbecue pulled pork, last 2 pieces of aforementioned pizza
DAY FOUR:
Workout: REST DAY
*Listened to my body & decided to rest instead of forcing myself to workout

Food: 2 large slices of cheese pizza, big bowl of elbow macaroni w/ classic alfredo sauce
DAY FIVE:
Workout: 10 Minute Beginner Express Tabata

Food: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, large slice of grocery store pepperoni pizza, tall iced caramel macchiato, Big Mac w/ large fries
DAY SIX:
Workout: Do This Every Morning
*Liked nothing about this workout; very confusing and physically felt nothing

Food: Popcorn, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Big Mac
DAY SEVEN:
Workout: 30 Minute Mood Boost
*Did the entire workout and felt it everywhere

Food: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Shredded Beef Bowl from Guasaca with pico, corn, & sour cream; elbow macaroni w/ alfredo sauce (it was National Alfredo Day)
DAY EIGHT:
Workout: 10 Minute Beginner Express Tabata Workout

Food: One pack Wildberry Pop Tarts, Tortilla chips & queso, 2 Lunchables
DAY NINE:
Workout: REST DAY

Food: One pack Wildberry Pop Tarts, Tortilla chips & queso, one slice sausage pizza
DAY TEN:
Workout: 7:30 am Orange Theory Fitness Class
*Was completely wrecked at the end but Growwithjo definitely helped me keep up a little bit better; slowly building my endurance and strength

Food: Pizza Melt from Pot Belly, 2 bags of Munchies
DAY ELEVEN:
Workout: REST DAY
*Every bit of my body was sore and sitting on my couch was incredibly painful

Food: Tuna stuffed bell pepper, spaghetti with red sauce
DAY TWELVE:
Workout: 30 Min. Cardio Workout at Home
*This is what she called an intermediate/advanced workout, and my legs absolutely hated me

Food: Lots of pasta (to the point where I had heart burn), 3 scoops of coffee ice cream
DAY THIRTEEN:
Workout: REST DAY

Food: 2 crappy McDonalds hamburgers
DAY FOURTEEN:
Workout: 10 Minute Standing Abs (intense)
*One of the best 10 minute workouts I’ve done
*Was a sweating, exhausted mess afterwards

Food: Lemoncello dessert from local restaurant, small & large mac & cheese from Panera Bread, lost of candy & cupcakes
DAY FIFTEEN:
Workout: ACCIDENTAL REST DAY
*Got a rib tattoo day before, and it hurt to lift my arm or do anything that stretched the area

Food: Tuna sandwich from Panera Bread, tuna stuffed bell pepper
DAY SIXTEEN:
Workout: 6:15 am Orange Theory Class & 10 Minute Beginner Express Tabata Workout

Food: Tuna stuffed bell pepper, small side salad, 2 Wildberry Pop Tarts, one can of meatball Spaghetti O’s, lots of alfredo pasta
DAY SEVENTEEN:
Workout: INTENTIONAL REST DAY // PERIOD BEGAN
*cancelled my Orange Theory membership
*accidentally ate too much before my period began

Food: Sausage, egg, & cheese from Starbucks, The “CEO” burger with fries from BurgerFi
DAY EIGHTEEN:
Workout: ACCIDENTAL REST DAY
*Period absolutely kicked my butt

Ate absolutely nothing, had a few sips of Sprite
DAY NINETEEN:
Workout: ANOTHER ACCIDENTAL REST DAY
*Was regaining my strength physically & mentally

Food: Small bowl of pasta
DAY TWENTY:
Workout: 15 Minute Standing Cardio
*Only did about 5 minutes before my uterus started protesting

Food: Sweet potato chili
DAY TWENTY-ONE:
Workout: 15 Minute Standing Cardio
*Did the whole thing
*Great way to ease back in post-period

Food: Sweet potato chili, elbow macaroni w/ alfredo sauce
DAY TWENTY-TWO:
Workout: 30 Minute Knee-Friendly
*Was also supposed to be apartment friendly but some of them simply weren’t apartment friendly

Food: Sweet potato chili
DAY TWENTY-THREE:
Workout: ACCIDENTAL REST DAY
*Didn’t sleep well previous night & could not get my body to move more than going to the kitchen

Food: Sweet potato chili, elbow macaroni w/ alfredo sauce
DAY TWENTY-FOUR:
Workout: 15 Minute Standing Cardio & 10 Minute Standing Abs
*Killer combo, so much sweat!

Food: Big Mac & medium fry (meal of convenience b/c I was starving during a meeting), turkey breast sandwich w/ lemonade
DAY TWENTY-FIVE:
Workout: REST DAY

Food: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, scrambled eggs w/ green bell pepper
DAY TWENTY-SIX:
Workout: 45 Minute Apartment Friendly
*Did the entire thing & felt it all over my body, especially my glutes

Food: Sausage, egg, & cheese sandwich from Starbucks, meatball marinara sub (which ripped my stomach apart)
DAY TWENTY- SEVEN:
Workout: 30 Minute Mood Boost

Food: Homemade sausage breakfast scramble bowl
*Made enough for the entire week
DAY TWENTY-EIGHT:
Workout: 10 Minute Beginner Express Tabata

Food: Homemade sausage breakfast scramble, a pint of Oreo ice cream, half a triple decker sandwich

The playlist with all of the aforementioned workouts:

Results:

Per usual, there is not much difference in my abdominal area, which is perfectly fine with me. I can feel and see my legs getting stronger; I feel my shoulders being toned a little bit more. Personally, I feel like this challenge went a lot better than the last one, and I think a large part of that is because of her new workouts.


If you’re struggling with getting back into working out and need some form of consistency in your day-to-day routine, Growwithjo is a great way to get back and to enjoy working out without feeling any pressure.

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