Welcome to Bread and Cheez!

Hi! Thanks for joining the ranks of Bread and Cheez lovers! Do you love to eat? Do you like carbs? Do you need to work out to sustain your food habit? Are you unsure whether to invest in a new DVD or program, because you are afraid all the Amazon reviews are written by beginners. Well, you’ve reached the right place.

I’m here to provide you reviews of workout DVDs. These reviews are not for beginners, but for those who are in good shape who are looking for challenging DVDs. I need a tough workout. Not Ironman tough, but it needs to be challenging. In looking through Amazon reviews, it seems like most reviewers talk about how difficult a certain DVD is, when I thought it was pretty easy. There are few good reviews in there, but it’s hard to tell. Then I get the DVD and I have no idea what to expect, the instructor does different amounts of reps on both sides, and only adds intensity or further modifications on the second set. You think, well that would have been helpful to know the first time around. To save you all this hassle, I will take one for the team and figure out if the DVD is worth it, and then let you know all the little snafus that would be helpful to know in the first place.

So how did I get to the point of being so annoyed by workout DVDs that I felt compelled to start a blog?

Early in 2014 my sweet dog Poet had some health issues, and I realized it was time for some changes in my life. I was spending too much time at the work, and too much time at the gym. In order to spend more time with my girl, I decided it was time to stop the 1.5-2 hours a day at the gym and do my workouts at home.

As a gym junkie, I was really worried about what was going to happen. I mean, I was already struggling with an extra 15 or so pounds that I could not shake despite what I thought was my best effort. I could not imagine the horrors of reduced workout time. But I had to do what I had to do, and I whipped out the old Jillian Michaels DVDs and found that my cable provider has free workouts. Then I grew a brain cell and checked Amazon Prime–free workouts there too! OK! I can do this. With some old dusty free weights to add to the mix, every morning I converted my living room to my home gym. I sweated with dedication to these short (for me) workouts and prayed to the gym gods that I would not put on any additional pounds to compliment the few extra from the holidays that were already there.

A crazy thing started happening. First of all, I was not ravenous 24 hours a day like I used to be after those crazy long workouts. Secondly, I started losing weight! How can this be???? I was working out 30-50 minutes a day, down from 90-120, and instead of gaining weight, I was losing it??? As part of this new journey, armed with my FitBit, I carefully tracked my calorie intake and made sure I was in a state of calorie deficit every day. Thanks to the FitBit calorie and goal tracking tools this was pretty easy to do. I was honest about what I ate; no cheating!

I also discovered kettle bells and HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts that seem to give you more bang for your buck. Jillian Michaels basically falls into this category in my broad-definition of the term. So things were progressing nicely, I had a few workouts I liked, I put the fork down, and while it wasn’t easy, the weight was coming off with the least amount of effort I’ve invested in years.

Well, boredom and workout plateaus started to set in, and it was time to find some new DVDs. I didn’t know what to do! I didn’t want to invest in something that wasn’t going to be challenging enough. Then I’d get the DVD and wish I had known all the inconsistencies or modifications available. I muddled through all the new ones and figured out which were the most efficient and the points where I needed to modify the exercises. I figure there’s more people out there who go through the same thing, so I’m hoping we can start a community of like-minded people who can help each other through their workouts.

Oh, and I love to eat. Especially carbs and dairy. So we’ll also be talking about food on here. What’s the point of working out if you can’t indulge on the weekends!

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