At 26 years old and nearly six feet tall, I should be a shapely Amazon of a gal, but I'm not. A lack of portion control on my part and a full time job reviewing video games has lead to a physique that's not only unflattering, but unhealthy.
Over the course of months of exercise using Jillian's DVDs, I lost weight DRAMATICALLY. (To give you an idea, I went from a size 28 down to a size 16. Keep in mind I'm six foot tall here.) There was no magic, no bull, just hard work, encouragement, and inspiration. The thing about Jillian is that while she's earned and deserves her reputation for being a tough trainer, she's not an unpleasant one. There's just something about her I respond well to; she's firm but fair during her workouts, and her enthusiasm for what she's doing is infectious.
Unfortunately, late last year, in addition to getting complacent, my husband and I were also hammered by weeks where nothing seemed to go right and we had to deal with one calamity after another... a burst water main, our car breaking down (repeatedly), the declining health of a family member... it just went on and on, and long story short, I fell into depression and packed nearly all the weight back on. (I was back to a size 22.) To say I was embarrassed was an understatement; I felt ashamed of myself, that I had let not only myself but my husband down, and instead of getting back on ye olde proverbial horse, I just made things worse.
Four weeks ago I had enough. For four weeks solid, I have done an hour of exercise every day (30 Day Shred and 6 Week Six Pack) and I've already lost over twenty pounds. That was the worst part; getting back on the scale for the first time in months and seeing how far I'd let myself go. The work is hard, but I feel better than I have in years... more alert, more cheerful, more energetic. I haven't put myself on a strict diet other than the "Don't Eat Like a Lunatic" diet; controlled portions and food I prepare myself from scratch with a lot of vegetables and grains.
My goal has never been to fit into a size two. I just want to get healthier, feel better about myself, and get strong, so that if I ever need to, I dunno... wrestle a bear into submission or something I'll be ready. (Oh, you laugh now, but you can never predict when a bear will need wrasslin'.) I have no doubt that if I keep it up with Jillian, I'll get back to the way I was before (and then some) eventually. Her workouts make me feel good and good about myself; I don't have to force myself to do them anymore, and every time I step on the scale and see how the numbers are going down, it's like a little present to myself. If you have the dedication, and if you respond well to being challenged and pushed by someone who isn't going to coddle you, then you should definitely give Jillian's workouts a try.
The thing to remember is all trainers are not equal for every person. While I will personally tell you that for me, I found Jillian to be extremely likable and motivational, you might wind up disagreeing. Don't get discouraged. Keep your head up, your body moving, and remember that there's always another well-toned fish in the sea waiting for you.