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Level 2 of Jillian Michaels’ 6 Week 6 Pack

by Meghann on January 25, 2011

Good Morning and Welcome to Level 2 of Jillian Michaels’ 6 Week 6 Pack.


Good thing too because I was getting really tired of Level 1. It was nice to change it up this morning.

Level 2 was just a tad tougher, but I enjoyed how each of the Levels have a different approach to the work outs.

  • Level 1 is more floor work, Level 2 is more standing
  • Level 1 is more crunch motion, Level 2 is more twisting
  • Both concentrate on obliques
  • Both have an equal amount of cardio

(In case you missed it here’s the breakdown of this challenge)

I did the 30 minute DVD then dug into a big bowl of cantaloupe for breakfast.


Unfortunately the cantaloupe wasn’t good at all. It was dry and flavorless. Lesson learned – do not buy cantaloupe when it is wayyyy out of season. 🙁


The yogurt, almond butter, and Kashi Go Lean Crisp did help make it edible. 🙂


2011 Oscar Nominees

Did anyone catch the 2011 Oscar Nominees being announced this morning?

I was pleasantly surprised that not only did I recognize all of the Best Picture Nominees, but the majority of them I’ve either seen or are currently in my Netflix Queue.

  • Black Swan (Saw it. Beautifully written/ directed/acted)
  • The Fighter (No desire to see it)
  • Inception (Saw it. Great movie that actually kept me interested the entire time.)
  • The Kids Are All Right (In my Netflix queue)
  • The King’s Speech (No desire to see it, but have heard good things.)
  • 127 Hours (In my Netflix queue)
  • The Social Network (Saw it. I personally thought it was really interesting because I’m a product of the Facebook era.)
  • Toy Story 3 (Saw it. Cute, but not sure it deserves the statue.)
  • True Grit ( Eh)
  • Winter’s Bone (eh)  

My money is on Black Swan, but that’s only because I haven’t seen The King’s Speech and I’m pretty sure that’s where everyone else is putting their money.

Who do you think will take the statue home next month?

1 Becky January 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

I can’t believe you don’t want to see the King’s Speech! It was such a heartwarming, feel-good movie. Is there any particular reason you aren’t interested in it?

My money is on The King’s Speech, but I’m going to see Black Swan tonight so maybe that will change after I see it.

2 Meghann January 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

I’m not a fan of period pieces like that. I have no doubt it’s a wonderful movie, it just isn’t my style. 🙂

3 Becky January 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

Gotcha. It’s interesting to hear you call it a period piece since I feel like it’s truly recent history (within the living memory of the current population). I loved the subtle ways they worked in the current Queen as a little girl and other contemporary historical figures. To each their own I guess!

4 Ali @ Ali on the Run January 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

I think Natalie Portman definitely deserves to win Best Actress. Her portrayal of Nina was mind-blowing—one of those performances that sticks in your head days after you’ve seen the movie (my boyfriend is STILL talking about it, hehe).

I don’t like that there are 10 Best Picture nominees now. I think that’s a little much. Part of the excitement is the competition to even be nominated. Now everyone gets nominated! That being said, I loved Black Swan & The Social Network but have many more to see before the Oscars.
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5 Meghann January 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

I agree! I was a little surprised when they mentioned TEN nominees!

6 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’ve been flipping back and forth with level one and two. I actualy like level two better although it is pretty tough.

My bet is The Social Network, which I liked as well. I guess maybe I am basing it on thr Golden Globes though 🙂

7 Paige @ The Gravy Boat January 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

I really loved Black Swan, so that would definitely get my vote. I saw Toy Story 3 and True Grit, and though I liked them both, I don’t think they compare to Black Swan.

I didn’t know 127 Hours was on Netflix! I’ve been wanting to see it.
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8 Hope January 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

I’ve only seen one of the movies nominated, Toy Story 3. Haha. I really want to see The Social Network and maybe a few of the others. I’m not sure yet.
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9 kimmy January 25, 2011 at 9:38 am

I actually thought Winters Bone was a fantasic movie.

10 Jena January 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

Does it make me un-American if I haven’t seen a single one of those movies. I’m not saying that jus so I can leave a comment, I honestly have not seen a single one of those movies. We don’t go to the movies, most of the time it’s not worth my $10/ea to sit there and be annoyed by the chronic texter, or the annoying teenagers. (just call me scrooge) – I will admit I do want to see Black Swan, and there are a few others out right now I’d like to see, but we just don’t go to the movies. I’m quite sure we haven’t gone in 4+years.
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11 Kelly January 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

I need to see more movies! These are all going on my list. The only one I have seen is Inception and I loved it. I’m a very logical person and if there is anything ever “off” in a move, I latch on to it and I can’t enjoy the movie anymore (OCD much?). Inception was one of those movies that had so many twists and turns that it would have been really easy to let something “illogical” slip in, but I think they did a great job of tying everything up and explaining it in a way that I could accept. I really want to see Black Swan but I’ve heard mixed review. :/
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12 jen @ taste life January 25, 2011 at 9:47 am

Winter’s Bone was actually really, really good. I don’t know who will win, there are so many great films up for the award. Time will tell!
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13 Melissa @ Running with Needles January 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

I’ve only seen one of the nominated movies – Toy Story 3. Clearly, I need to get out more! The fiance and I are hoping to see True Grit, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan before they leave theaters. I really liked Toy Story, but I’m pretty sure it won’t win.
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14 Stephanie January 25, 2011 at 9:48 am

I really loved Black Swan and 127 hours. Both films had me thinking about them for weeks! I think you should give The Fighter a chance! I’m usually not so into this type of movie but I thought it was really great. It’s based on a true story and Christian Bale did such an amazing job becoming his character.

15 Bekah (runtrackmind) January 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

As one who is in week 3 of 6W6P I agree about needing a change so I am looking forward to Level 2. Are you getting results that you wanted?

16 Meghann January 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

I felt confident enough to strut in my bikini at the Polar plunge on Saturday – I think that’s saying enough 🙂

17 Christina January 25, 2011 at 9:51 am

Oh man I saw the nominations this morning but I can’t believe I really haven’t been able to see many of them! Doh! I’d have to say that I’ve heard many things about Black Swan as appose to the other movies so I’d bet my money on that one also.

On another note, do you have to do the ab DVD every day? I think I’m going to order it this weekend but I’m still torn about it lol.
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18 Meghann January 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

You’re suppose to do it 5 days a week, but I can only handle it for three days a week

19 Eliz@The Sweet Life January 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

I saw Black Swan and was kind of disappointed-although Natalie Portman did a great job. I think the Social Network might win.

20 Amanda @ Eating Up January 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

My money is on The Social Network. It won the Golden Globe for Best Picture-Drama!
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21 Sara (Miles and Manhattan) January 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

Really want to try this shred…cannot wait to see your results! 🙂
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22 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

I haven’t seen the King’s Speech either, but I’ve heard very good things. I’d say it’ll be a toss up between that and The Social Network.
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23 Ali @ Ali Runs January 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

My least favorite fruit is cantaloupe! I don’t know why, I just don’t love the taste. I saw The Fighter and REALLY liked it. I’m a sucker for sports movies though! 🙂
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24 Heather January 25, 2011 at 10:03 am

I thought the acting in True Grit was good, especially the 14 year old girl! But I do agree with the “Eh” response. I thought the movie was a little weird and a little random at times.

25 Alyssa January 25, 2011 at 10:04 am

It will either be The Kings Speech or The Social Network, they are the only two movies who one any of the best picture awards this year, but I think Natalie Portman will definitely win for best actress 🙂

26 Kelly January 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

The Fighter was actually really really good. Don’t knock it.
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27 Meghann January 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

Not knocking it, just stating I have no personal desire to see it – just not my thing 🙂

28 Meghann @ Meghann on the Move January 25, 2011 at 10:26 am

agree – just saw the Fighter and it was really amazing. I had no expectations and I LOVED it.
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29 Anna @ History Running Girl January 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

The fighter was so good! I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it.
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30 Kara January 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

I haven’t seen any of those (dang baby ruining our movie watching!) but I want to see them all. I can’t wait to get them on Netflix…even though I have to start a movie at like 7pm to ensure that I’ll stay awake until the end 🙂
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31 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete January 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

The only movie from that list that I have seen is Inception! I really need to get out and see some of these. I would love to see Black Swan — I’ve heard it is amazing!

And I’m a huge Toy Story fan, I can’t believe I haven’t watched it yet!

32 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

Loved Inception and want to see The King’s Speech.

33 Allison @ PickyEatingRD January 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

I would hope that Black Swan or Inception wins but my money is on The King’s Speech.
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34 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge January 25, 2011 at 10:54 am

The only one I’ve seen is Inception. (loved it!) I just don’t get to the movies very often. I can see it as being a toss between the Kings Speech and Black Swan. 🙂
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35 Stefanie January 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

I can’t wait to do Level 2! Maybe I’ll try it tonight just for fun. 🙂

36 sarah (sarah learns) January 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

wow, i feel out of the loop. of the nominee’s i’ve only seen toy story 3 and inception. i have social network in my queue and i REALLY want to see black swan!
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37 Catie January 25, 2011 at 11:02 am

You have to see the fighter! I know it looks like a totally macho movie but it was amazing!!

38 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

I have no idea who is going to win! But I definitely have a lot of movies on that list to check out! 😀
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39 Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 25, 2011 at 11:05 am

I haven’t seen some of them but from what I have seen my vote is for Black Swan! It was so disturbing but a movie that can get to you like that HAS to be good, right??
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40 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! January 25, 2011 at 11:13 am

I know it doesn’t look that great from the previews, but The King’s Speech was absolutely breathtaking. I was expecting not to like it at all, and it had me in tears! I also really enjoyed The Kids Are All Right, although I don’t think it’s necessarily deserving of the Best Picture award. Maybe Black Swan?
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41 Ellen January 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

I was so mad when i saw the nominees! The Kids Are All Right were nominated in practically every category, but was mediocre at best. Blue Valentine– one of the best movies I have ever seen– was totally left out, except for one nomination for Michelle Williams. And also, Hailee Steinfeld as supporting actress? She may be 14 but she totally carried that movie. I am starting to give up on Hollywood!

42 Anna @ History Running Girl January 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

The movie campaigned for her for supporting instead of best actress because she actually has a much better shot to win Best Supporting.
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43 Lauren @ Running Examiner January 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

I’ve seen a few of the movies nominated this year. I thought “Black Swan” was amazing, but it wasn’t actually my favorite out of the other nine. (I feel like the metaphor was kind of beaten to death?) I thought “The Fighter” was excellent, as was “Winter’s Bone.” The latter is actually my favorite. The story was so riveting, and the female lead (blanking on her name) was absolutely amazing. (Of course, this is Best Picture, not Best Actress!)

I’m kind of meh about “True Grit.” I really liked the movie and the performances, but I don’t believe it was the best picture of the year.

I have not seen “The Social Network,” but want to. Same thing with “The Kids are All Right.” They both look great!

44 michelle January 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

I had no desire to see The Fighter until I heard all the gush about Christian Bale’s performance. And I’m so glad I went to see it because it was hands down the best movie I have seen in the past year.
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45 Katie O January 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Hey Meghann, this reminds me. Did you ever get my review of the 6 week 6 pack? Just thought I’d make sure you received.

46 Christin@purplebirdblog January 25, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Crappy cantaloupe makes me sad! 🙁 Because it always still looks delicious and then it’s such a letdown to bite into!
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47 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I’m not sure – I think Black Swan or King’s Speech – I haven’t seen the King’s Speech yet though!
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48 Jes January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I have a really random question, not related to this post whatsoever. Ooops. I have been considering getting a Garmin for a while, and I know you love yours. I am worried my wrist is too small for it though. It measures ~6 inches around. Do you think the 305 would be too big? I know, random.

49 Stephanie January 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I LOVED The Fighter (and it is about a local City). But I have to also root for Social Network (which was amazing) and which had a family member of mine in it.

50 Julie G. January 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm

The Fighter is really good! It wasn’t my choice to see it, but definitely glad I did. Even better that it’s a true story, and includes Marky Mark…. I am a product of the Funky Bunch era 🙂

51 Emily (Savory and Savage) January 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm

My money is on Black Swan – I still need to go see it but everyone I know was blown away by it.

Do you do the streaming downloads from Netflix or the DVD’s? I am trying to decide between the two services atm…
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52 Anna @ History Running Girl January 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I think it will be Social Network or King’s Speech. I liked Black Swan, but I don’t think it was the best movie I saw all year.

I think The Fighter was my favorite out of all the ones nominated (that I’ve seen). Although I wish Christopher Nolan had been nominated for best director for Inception.

I need to see King’s Speech and Kids are All right. I haven’t seen Winter’s Bone, but I’m not sure I want to. Also I need to see 127 Hours.

127 Hours isn’t coming out on DVD until March 1st.
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53 Ashley January 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

The Fighter was amazing – won’t be surprised if it’s gets something. Black Swan was unreal too. You should really see The Fighter – you are missing out 🙂

54 Patrice @ A New Sweetness January 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I can’t make an unbiased decision because I haven’t seen them all, but I’m rooting for Black Swan!
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55 Lauren C. @ FocusedToBeFit January 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Ohhh…I loved the ‘Fighter’. Although it is sports themed, there is still a love story in there! I recommend seeing it :). Social Network and Inception were both favorites of mine as well!
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56 Clare @ Fitting It All In January 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I think the King’s Speech deserves it – best movie I’ve seen in years. But I know big wigs really love The Social Network, which I thought was good but not GREAT.
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57 Tracy January 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I have to admit I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies ! Crazy.. I better get caught up! Your “big bowl of cantaloupe” looks delicious ~ love the idea of cereal on top!
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58 Whitney January 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I have absolutely no desire to see the fighter either. I’m over Boston accents in every movie.
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59 Haleigh January 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I’ve been trying to get into workout dvd’s since I can’t go to the gym. I may have to try this one out!
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60 kathleen January 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

i just had a cantaloupe a few days ago. i should have warned you.
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61 Kacy January 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I think it will either be Black Swan or True Grit. I didn’t much care for Black Swan, but agree that it was acted beautifully and it was a great visual film.
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62 Kacy January 25, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Although, I loved the Fighter and it could turn out to be the underdog winner.
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63 jen at chocolateandginger January 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’ve been doing level 2 for the 4th time now, i swear it feels just as hard as the first time. Loving the dvd, i can really see and feel a difference in my core.

LOVED Black Swan. Darren Aronofky is a genius and Natalie gave a perfect performance.
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64 Lizzy January 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

You should really see The Fighter. If only for Christian Bale’s amazing performance. It was also a fabulous story. I’m not with you on Black Swan. At the end of the day even though Aronofsky is an interesting director, the story was really weak and underdeveloped. Just my opinion!
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65 Conni January 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

The Kids Are All Right is SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!!!!!
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66 Ashley January 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

My aunt gave me a tip about canteloupe right now. Pick the ugliest looking one and it should be good- juicy and flavorful! I’ve successfully picked out 2 awesome ones the past two weeks! Worth a try, I suppose;)

67 Michelle @ Living Learning Earning January 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm

The King’s Speech was really good – I normally don’t like history-ish movies, either, but I loved this one. Maybe it was the British accents… or Colin Firth, so cute!

I still want to see Black Swan- it seems hard to make a prediction without having seen that one.
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68 Katie January 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I grew up in/currently teach in the city that The Fighter was filmed in (Lowell, MA), so I’m definitely rooting for it! I agree with what other commenters have said too; I’m usually not into macho movies, but this is more a storyline about family, tough decisions, love,’s definitely got more to it than just boxing. I haven’t felt so inspired/been so excited after seeing a movie in a very long time!

69 Lee January 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I haven’t seen the King’s Speech but I think it’s going to win. I personally would like to see 127 Hours win. I thought it was an amazing movie.
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70 sirenjess January 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm

True grit was awesome, the fighter was good because Christian Bale is amazing, and the King’s speech was great was well. You should try to check them out.

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