workout review: body for life

by Melissa on July 19, 2011

Time for some honesty.

Body for Life works. It really does.

And it’s great for those that can stand doing the same thing for 12 weeks.

I completed the program, and while I didn’t following the eating perfectly (I have a really busy life, two kids, a husband, and it’s way too expensive to be preparing two different meals at every meal), I ate as healthily as I could. As close to the BFL program as I could. My results were pretty good! 16 pounds, about 13 inches gone. A lot less than I was expecting compared to others, but I also didn’t get to follow it word for word.

I did follow the workouts…and they work. Man do they work. But here’s my problem…

So. Stinking. Boring.

Now, I’m not one to knock weight lifting. In fact, I love it. I love feeling powerful during the workout and I love trembling afterward. But, when the same workout is done over, and over, and over for 12 weeks? Shoot me. Haha. I didn’t feel as much an urge to stick around after about 6 weeks. It took everything I had to do the workouts after that.

With that said, I now know that I need variety. Lots of it. And I fell back in love with running during this time, because even though it’s consistent…it’s peaceful and freeing.

I don’t know what else to say about the program, because, well, I didn’t feel a connection to it like I had hoped I would. I think people who like routine…day in and day out the same thing over and over…would like this program.

Pros: I lost weight, I’m stronger, and I lost inches.

Cons: Lacks in variety. It’s expensive to make separate meals and buy the supplements.

What I am proud of is that I finished the program. I stuck through it…and that’s the biggest success of them all! :)

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa @ I'm an Okie July 20, 2011 at 12:07 am

One thing I did like about the same workouts is that it was SO Easy to track your progress and REALLY push yourself to lift heavier and heavier.

Did you mix up the exercises at all?

i do agree with you, but it’s great to come back to those workouts sometimes.


Melissa July 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

See, those are two things I loved about it, too…I was always upping my lifts. I mean, gosh, my leg presses went up almost 100lbs by the end. It’s definitely great. It’s taught me one thing: it’s ALL in the diet. When you’re eating healthy and normal and working out…the weight and inches come off slower than if you’re eating clean 100% of the time. While I know I could do that…it’s just so hard when you have 3 other people you need to worry about satisfying. You know? It gets so expensive eating an entirely separate set of meals. The family’s eating habits have changed a lot, though…which I’m thankful for.

I did mix up the exercises…what I will say is that on days where I’m at the gym lifting…BFL style workouts will be done. Hands down. I love the 12, 10, 8, 6 12, 12 deal. It really makes you push.


Lisa @ I'm an Okie July 20, 2011 at 12:32 am

I can’t eat clean all the time and it’s just me that I worry about…these days I try to eat clean when I can and when I’m not, I just attempt to watch portion sizes.


Melissa July 21, 2011 at 8:53 am

That’s all we can do. Try. Life’s too short to be “perfect”. ;)


Evelyn July 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Hi Melissa!

I stumbled upon this blog while searching for “real life” BFL review; that is, none of the official stories published by the company itself. I find myself strangely attracted to your “scattered blogging” style and honest sharing re: your BFL experience, thank you so much!!!

While I have had the BFL book for women for ages, I never thought about adhering to the program 100%. I just thought I was not a planned dieter/exerciser, as good knowledge + winging has served me very well in the past. Oh well, no more. As Dr. Peeke said in her book, if you are over 40, it’s time to stop winging it!

I also started exploring the BFL forum, with the intention to find someone in a similar situation for advice/support. In particular, I think someone over 40, not perceived as overweight (but I am, 20 pounds need to be removed), a career woman with a family…

Well, looks like many of the mental challenges are not related to age/career…..I can so relate to your setbacks, fear, etc…!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing. I feel that I am ready – just so sick of dragging a unhealthy body around.

Congrats on completing your program, very impressive!!


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