The moment I notice my little one begin to yawn and rub her eyes, it is a cue to me that she is ready for a nap. As soon as she signals those cues, I push the coffee table off to the side of the family room, unroll my beautiful Forever Pink Yoga mat, and fill up my Gaiam Diamond Mine Fandango Water Bottle. All of this with high hopes that my 7-month old will let me transfer her to the play yard after she has nursed herself to sleep. This can be hit and miss most days. I just like to be well-prepared for the days when nap time is in my favour.

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During my pregnancy with Everly, I quite enjoyed yoga. However since her birth I have found it very hard to get back into it. I have tried numerous DVDs, including Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs. Nothing seems to be a good fit for me. Perhaps it is because I haven’t regained and rebuilt my abdominal strength postpartum. I just know it is important to listen to my body at this stage in my fitness journey, and not to over exert myself.

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I plan to revisit this exercise program in a couple of months, as it certainly seems like a good one. It’s a yoga workout series that involves Chrissy Carter guiding you through three 20-minute practices designed to burn fat and sculpt the trouble zones. The bonus “Complete Core” workout targets the abdominals and the lower back, enhancing flexibility and improving your balance.

Easily I could have continued sticking to my postpartum DVDs. Ones that I don’t find have offered me a challenge, but I decided to step out of my comfort zone a little.

In September, one of my favourite personal trainers released a new exercise program… A program that I have been coveting and awaiting the release of since March (when Everly was born)…

Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred.

Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred

Whether you’re looking to start exercising for the first time ever or get back into it, Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred has you covered!

Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred is a comprehensive 30-day exercise plan to help you kickstart your weight loss journey, transforming not just your physique but also your level of fitness and self-confidence.

Comprised of three 20-minute workouts over a 30-day period, this program will burn calories to melt off the fat, build strong lean muscles and push you to find your true strength and inner power.

Beginner Shred offers both basic and advanced modifications for each move, so once you have mastered the moves with proper form you can progress your workout to match your fitness level.

This exercise program has been a great reintroduction to resistance training with a focus also on core strengthening and cardio. I found level one to be quite easy for me. However I did not rush through it. I kept at it for 5 days before advancing to level 2.

I have found that tweeting about my journey has helped keep me motivated. The sense of community and support I have received has been quite motivating. I was even pleasantly surprised the day Jillian Michaels favourited one of my tweets.

If I have learned anything through this journey, it is to be present and give it my all, but not to be hard on myself for struggling along the way. It takes time, and you know what with the short few weeks I have spent on this program… I can tell you I have noticed changes. Maybe not on the scale, but I can tell you I am rocking a fine pair of skinny jeans that seem looser than they once were. Sure there are days that I can be quite down on myself, but I try not to dwell on that. Rather this journey is about persistence, giving it my all and knowing that in time the changes will come.

It is all in the baby steps, right!?! After all it took me 9 months to cook my baby… it is going to take sometime to get back into shape post-baby.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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Gaiam Canada has released a beautiful limited edition Forever Pink Yoga Mat in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This textured, sturdy and lightweight mat offers 3mm of cushioning, and is phthalate-free. The Forever Pink Yoga Mat has become a favourite among my collection of yoga mats. (I have many!! Some may even say I hoard yoga mats.) 

 

Giveaway!

Gaiam Canada has provided me with a total body workout bundle to give away to one lucky reader. This bundle includes:

  • Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD
  • Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs DVD
  • Gaiam 710ml Diamond Mine Fandango Water Bottle
  • Gaiam Forever in Pink Yoga Mat

To enter this giveaway complete the form below, and leave a comment telling me which exercise program you are most excited to try.

* This giveaways is open to Canadian residents only. Giveaway ends November 24, 2014 at 1AM EST.

Disclosure: I received a selection of review items from Gaiam Canada to cultivate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.

99 Comments on Getting Back into Shape Post-Baby with @JillianMichaels & @GaiamCanada

  1. SweetPanda
    October 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program (I still have 15 lbs+ that I need to get rid of )

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  2. lori b
    October 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm (3 years ago)

    the beginner shred for me too 🙂 i need to tone badly

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  3. Elaine G
    October 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs

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  4. Natalie
    October 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred – god I love her body!

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  5. Erin McSweeney
    October 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD

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  6. Erin W
    October 23, 2014 at 8:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d really like to try the yoga program!

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  7. Anne Taylor
    October 23, 2014 at 8:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD

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  8. maria
    October 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Beginner shred

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  9. Athena
    October 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred

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  10. Darrah Bailey
    October 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

    he Jillian Michaels one

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  11. Louise Gilbert
    October 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program

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  12. Jenness M
    October 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve been wanting to try yoga.

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  13. Dayna Wilson
    October 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Yoga for belly, butt, and thinghs!

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  14. Jonnie
    October 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try the Beginner Shred

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  15. Paula Huie
    October 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Beginner shred for sure! Although I really love yoga too!

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  16. Lian
    October 23, 2014 at 11:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try Jillian Michaels’ new workout! I need to start to get back in shape!

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  17. christina kim
    October 24, 2014 at 2:56 am (3 years ago)

    I LIKE TO TRY JILLIAN MICHALES BEGINNER SHRED DVD

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  18. Lori Bazan
    October 24, 2014 at 3:09 am (3 years ago)

    Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs is what I would choose

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  19. Alex O
    October 24, 2014 at 6:47 am (3 years ago)

    Beginner shred

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  20. Juliee Fitze
    October 24, 2014 at 7:21 am (3 years ago)

    The beginners shred for me , I’m really out of shape.

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  21. Stephanie LaPlante
    October 24, 2014 at 8:23 am (3 years ago)

    My mom wants the Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs DVD

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  22. Julie Bolduc
    October 24, 2014 at 8:27 am (3 years ago)

    the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred i am sooooooo out of shape

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  23. Cassandra Mcavey
    October 24, 2014 at 9:14 am (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels beginner shred…I love Jillian and need it!

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  24. Erika Belanger
    October 24, 2014 at 10:02 am (3 years ago)

    The beginner shred

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  25. 409cope
    October 24, 2014 at 10:25 am (3 years ago)

    I would most like to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred .

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  26. Treen Goodwin
    October 24, 2014 at 11:19 am (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program , sounds great thanks for the chance 🙂

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  27. nicolthepickle
    October 24, 2014 at 11:25 am (3 years ago)

    I would like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program.

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  28. Anna W
    October 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred.

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  29. Victoria Ess
    October 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d most like to try Yoga for Belly Butt and Thighs.

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  30. SueSueper
    October 24, 2014 at 1:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs

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  31. jan
    October 24, 2014 at 3:31 pm (3 years ago)

    the beginner shred

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  32. Deana
    October 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try the Yoga Belly butt & Thighs one!

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  33. Tara Graham
    October 24, 2014 at 5:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Beginner Shred!!! Oh man, her Shed and Shred destroys me, I end up lying on the floor watching it instead of doing anything, I’m just not at that level! haha. Beginner sounds more my style.

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  34. Denise H
    October 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm (3 years ago)

    The Beginner Shred

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  35. Kayla Gilbert
    October 24, 2014 at 6:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred workout first.

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  36. charityk
    October 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm (3 years ago)

    jillian michaels

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  37. heidi c.
    October 24, 2014 at 9:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program.

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  38. Lee-Ann
    October 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I need to start easy so probably the yoga program..shredding will have to wait!

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  39. Doris Calvert
    October 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD

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  40. Nicole B
    October 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD

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  41. stacey h
    October 25, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

    i have the JM shred it with weights, which i love! the beginner shred i would give to my mom. the yoga one i would keep for myself.

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  42. J
    October 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm (3 years ago)

    At first I thought I would love to try the Jillian Michaels DVD but I’ve heard that her DVDs generally can be tough. Even if it’s a beginner DVD, for a novice, it might be a little much. So I think I’d go for the Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs DVD first.

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  43. Jennifer L.
    October 26, 2014 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD.

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  44. tanyab79
    October 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I would most like to try the Jullian Michaels Shed workout.

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  45. jenny
    October 27, 2014 at 8:00 am (3 years ago)

    I want to try beginner shred

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  46. Michelle @ MK2SAHM
    October 27, 2014 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    Jillian Micheals. I love her and she always has great workouts!

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  47. Lucy
    October 27, 2014 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)

    the Beginner Shred program

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  48. Nicole
    October 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs DVD

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  49. krystyl olson
    October 28, 2014 at 11:06 am (3 years ago)

    definetly the beginner shred – Im sure i WOULD LOOK INCREDIBLY SILLY (beginner level moves or not) but as long as I’m moving my body, it’s a step in the right direction 😛 (I think thats why I love Zumba so much )

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  50. Sabrina Tong
    October 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred… I’m crying on the inside just thinking about it LOL

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  51. Kathy downey
    October 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program

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  52. Piroska
    October 29, 2014 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    The Chrissy Carter Yoga

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  53. l p
    October 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm (3 years ago)

    the yoga programme. thanks

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  54. BobbiJo Pentney
    October 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred

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  55. Tina L.
    October 31, 2014 at 1:08 am (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred program.

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  56. Jodi Mitrovic
    October 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try Jillian Michaels however I’ve never done yoga so it would be interesting. My Husband and I are expecting our first long awaited bundle of joy this coming November and I’ll defiantly be in the market for a great workout routine. I’ve currently gained 40 pounds and I found great comfort in your line “it took me 9 months to cook my baby” I have gotten down about my weight but your statement couldn’t be more true! Thanks for the great review, share and giveaway 🙂

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  57. wobbles13
    October 31, 2014 at 2:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs

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  58. Tiffany Rotulo
    October 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly Butt and Thighs would be great. Thanks for the great review.

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  59. Soozle
    November 1, 2014 at 8:28 am (3 years ago)

    The Jillian Micheals looks interesting to me 🙂

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  60. Kristine Ewald
    November 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love anything Jillian Michaels

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  61. Angie Andrews
    November 3, 2014 at 11:40 am (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD

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  62. Tanis
    November 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred!

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  63. Wendy Jensen
    November 4, 2014 at 11:05 am (3 years ago)

    Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs

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  64. Carolyn
    November 4, 2014 at 1:37 pm (3 years ago)

    Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs

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  65. NJ @littleluckeh
    November 5, 2014 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs Anything to help my mid section would be appreciated 🙂

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  66. Elizabeth Vlug
    November 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred. Well, because I am probably a beginner in her books. Thanks for the giveaway

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  67. Karine
    November 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Would love to try the Yoga!

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  68. Angela Mitchell
    November 6, 2014 at 12:44 am (3 years ago)

    I could really use the Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs DVD.

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  69. Holly Messana
    November 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I think I would have to say the Jillian Michaels beginner Shred.

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  70. Amanda Neilson
    November 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Beginner Shred! I LOVE Jillian!

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  71. Maggie C
    November 7, 2014 at 7:02 am (3 years ago)

    Love to try the Beginner Shred!! =)

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  72. lisa bolduc
    November 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm (3 years ago)

    i would love to try the beginner shred and then work my way to the yoga

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  73. Nikki Nicole
    November 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Beginner’s Shred please…But I’m very interested in Yoga as well 🙂

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  74. Debbie W
    November 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs

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  75. Yuen C
    November 9, 2014 at 11:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Would love to try the beginner shred!

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  76. Melissa L.
    November 10, 2014 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    I would love to try Jullian Michael’s Kettlebell exercise.

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  77. Silvia D
    November 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred

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  78. caryn s
    November 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I really need Jillian’s beginner shred dvd!

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  79. Julie G.
    November 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m a big Jillian fan, so I’m keen to try her shred dvd.

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  80. Jenn
    November 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I am definitely a beginner but would still like to participate so I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred !

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  81. leanne
    November 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels beginner shred

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  82. Allie f
    November 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try the beginner shred!!

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  83. sarah w
    November 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs. I could really use some work in that department!

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  84. Sara Rai
    November 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the yoga for butt, belly and thigh.

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  85. Lynn D.
    November 15, 2014 at 4:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like the yoga for belly butt and thigh….

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  86. Carrie
    November 15, 2014 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Beginner Shred, the yoga looks great too!

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  87. Kristi Renout
    November 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

    The yoga for belly butt and thighs!

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  88. lInda
    November 17, 2014 at 11:25 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try the Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred. Kinda afraid of the word Shred in a workout but would get over it….:)

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  89. deanna
    November 18, 2014 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    I want to try the jillian program. She kicks my butt sometimes.

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  90. Karla Sceviour
    November 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I want to try the Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs!!

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  91. Ashleigh Swerdfeger
    November 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm (3 years ago)

    The yoga! I love yoga 🙂

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  92. Erika E
    November 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs.

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  93. missbobloblaw
    November 21, 2014 at 2:29 am (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try the Chrissy Carter’s Yoga for Belly, Butt and Thighs DVD.

    Reply
  94. Kirsten Ross-Pedersen
    November 21, 2014 at 12:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to try Jillian Michael’s DVD. It will be a great complement to my current yoga practice.

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  95. Chandra Christine O'Connor
    November 23, 2014 at 10:15 am (3 years ago)

    Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred

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  96. cheryl hodgkins
    November 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I would like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred DVD

    Reply
  97. Toby
    November 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I’d love to try Chrissy Carter’s Yoga

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  98. Aarti Missra
    November 24, 2014 at 12:11 am (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try Jillian Michaels Beginner Shred.

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  99. Dreena
    November 24, 2014 at 12:13 am (3 years ago)

    I’d like to try this one: Jillian Michaels’ “Beginner Shred”.
    Thanks.

    Reply

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