Tracy Anderson Method Review 30-Day Bootcamp Book: Day 30

Well, I DID IT!!!  Day 30!  And my results are in! <3 

First off, I did 50 minutes of cardio today (yea!) and 40 abs, arms, and 30 legs.

Did the cleanse, too.  More about that down below.

It feels so great to have done something and completed it!!  I feel amazing, and I would really recommend this to ANYONE looking to changing their body. 

Here are the areas that I feel like I could have improved on during this program: 

1.  It took my a while to get up to 40 minutes of cardio.  I know some people doing the program would go 50 minutes and some 60 minutes.  (Tracy says don’t go over 60 minutes of cardio a day, but 60 is fine to do).  Obviously, if you can get up to 60 minutes of cardio, your results are going to be that much more improved.  HOWEVER, I DID do 50 minutes on my last day!!  I made that my goal, and I really felt that extra kick going that extra 10 minutes. 

2.  I didn’t have the proper shoes from the beginning.  GET GOOD SHOES!  It really will make the difference, and your results again will be all that better.  I wish I had gotten my Muzino Inspire 6 shoes from the get go. 

3.  Though I stuck to her meals, I didn’t stick to the daily meal for the day.  A lot of meals I repeated, left some out, and pick and chose from different days so I was able to actually do the program for myself.  I wish I could have done the daily menu as prescribed. 

4.  I didn’t get up to 40 reps or 60 reps like she recommends for some of the exercises.  I had a really hard time with the leg reps.   

5.  I was under A LOT OF STRESS, and that always hinders you.  Hospital = stress. 

6.  Which brings me to the hospital.  In her book, Tracy Anderson recommends NOT stopping during your workout and carving out a special time each day and not breaking that.  I wasn’t able to do that, unfortunately.  I had to do arms one part of the day, then abs, then legs, then cardio, but it was all split up.  I did the cardio all in one, but the muscular work I didn’t.  Hopefully, you can have more of a set time in working out.  My life is so beyond chaotic and each day is different for me, so it is quite hard to plan it out.  Eventually, I would like to be a “morning” person and try to do it first thing in the morning, but I don’t see that happening right now.  

7.  After getting sick around Day 10, I took a day off each week for a total of three missed days of working out.  That I feel also hindered my results but I don’t feel bad about it.  I think a day of rest each week is so important, Bootcamp or no Bootcamp.  🙂

7.  I don’t know if one of the reasons I didn’t lose as much weight on the cleanse was because I omitted the Gazpacho entirely.  I think the ingredients were fat-blasting, but definitely not for me pallet.

So if you do decide to do the program, try not to do what I did in the above.  <3 

BUT with all those flaws, here are my results!! 

I lost 12 pounds!  Not the 20 like I was hoping for, but I was way excited!  I am starting to fit into my old pants again so well (with a little muffin top), and I feel like with a few more pounds, they will fit perfectly.  🙂 

I lost 21.5 inches!!!!  Isn’t that AMAZING?!  I couldn’t believe it for sure.  My biggest shock was my calves!  I was way happy for that. 

Here are my inches: 

Okay.  So I wasn’t sure about posting pics because it’s on THE INTERNET, eeek, but I decided to.  None of my lady parts are showing, so it’s all good.  It’s kinda like Facebook but a bit more embarrassing, I guess.  My caveat is I wore black pants for the Befores and whitish pants for the Afters, so that is a discrepancy.  I don’t know WHY I wore black pants, but I did.  And I couldn’t find the black pants for the After pics for the life of me.  I don’t know where they went (or STILL are, actually).  I hate it when befores and afters are a bit skewed, but unfortunately, that’s what happened a bit here. 

Warning, I have ZERO makeup on in the After pics, so please excuse me.  🙂  I was going to cut out my face out of the pics so I didn’t worry about makeup, but then I thought, nah.  And I wasn’t really smiling, because, again, I thought my face was going to be cropped. 


Here are my straight befores.  I HATE it when people are sad and frumpy and pale in their before pics, so I tried to look happy, though I am still pale in the befores and afters.  🙂  Again, sorry about the black pants.  I DID find one before pic with the same white pants, but the shirt it different and makes me look bigger.  The left are before, the right are after.  Again, sorry for the lack of makeup in the after pics and the tired look on my face. 



Here, just look at my bottom half, my top obviously is different. 



The bottom pics, the first two are before.  The right one is after.  Sorry I took the wrong side.  


These pics I feel were taken slightly different distances, so my before, I definitely look bigger, but I think my overall shape is so much better.  You can use the hanger and doorknob as a distance guider.  Again, these pants got big, so this doesn’t do my butt much justice.  Not that my butt is THAT great, but still.  :p  Also in the first set, I am standing differently with my legs. 



  No sucking in here!! 🙂  But I think this shirt makes me look a little thinner than I am. 


Here is a before and after of my butt.  I actually don’t think my butt looks that bad in the before pic, but notice how much LOOSER my pants are?!  Look at the gapping under my bottom in the second pic. 


Arms!  And this is without any weights!  Pretty good.  I love Tracy Anderson’s arms, so I was really hoping for a little more of a difference, but it might take me a little long.  My arms have always been a problem for me. 


 So there you have it!  Do her program and get great results!  And this is only 30 Days!! 🙂 

Things I DIDN’T like about her program: 

1.  Sometimes the meals were on the lower calorie side, but after a while, I got used to it. 

2.  It takes FOREVER to do her workouts with the reps she wants you to do. 

3.  PRICEY.  My food budget doubled AT LEAST.  I wish she would have made a little bit more simple foods for what the menus were.  Picking and choosing allowed more wiggle room, but still. 

4. The cleanse.  I wasn’t a big fan of it.  Again, I love Baby Food for sure, but it was so low cal and tiring and the results aren’t lasting, in my opinion.  Again, like I said previously, if you NEED to drop weight fast (I wish I had her program before my wedding — I was one of those girls who GAINED weight before the big day) then it would be good. 

I think a better cleanse would have been an all raw food diet.  She does address raw food in her book, but I think it would have been a really great five day detox for sure, and the lasting results would be there.  Her cleanse was just really high in sugar to me. 

So there you have it.  For me, 12 pounds in a month is incredible.  I have never been able to lose weight that fast.  I have something called PCOS which is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and it is something that is a constant battle for me.  It is like an ultimate lady killer.  It makes you have thinning hair, acne, and hair in places you don’t want.  Plus, the worst parts about it is infertility issues and insulin resistance (another thing I didn’t like for the high sugar content).  It can be a precursor to Type II Diabetes and that just scares me to no end.  My doctors have said the best way to manage PCOS is by losing weight, but it’s this annoying Catch 22 of it being hard to lose weight because of PCOS, but I need to lose weight beacuse of PCOS.  NOT that I’m making excuses, but it is definitely a challenge.  So again, for never being able to really LOSE weight consistently, this has been a miracle for me! 

I hope I can keep it up!  I know the Holidays are coming (YIKES) and a few special days for me, so I know it will be hard.  Also two more 10-day stays in the hospital while my sister gets her chemo, so that will be tricky for sure.  I HATED doing the cardio in the hospital. 

I really love her workouts and feel so great!  I still have another 30 pounds AT LEAST to lose, so my journey is far from over.  And then MAINTAINING is a whole other problem for sure.  I know I am not born a super skinny girl.  That isn’t my frame.  I definitely have curves, and that is fine with me.  I think my idea of perfection is a cross of Tracy Anderson meets Christina Hendricks.  So I guess I want to look like a cross between them, but ME, if that makes sense. 

Who is your idea of perfection, or a cross of perfection?  I know being “perfect” isn’t possible, but perhaps our best way of looking.


I think my most favorite thing about Tracy Anderson’s workout is herself.  When I watch her move and check out her website and do her mat video workout, I feel like I am part of something amazing, like a high-end spa workout, if that makes sense.  It just is such a beautiful workout.  It is way hard but not overbearing and in your face.  She isn’t this weird, phony perky person.  She is just enriching and wonderful and wants you to be and feel beautiful.  She is magical.  She is all about your accessory muscles and working those to pull in everything else.  Visit her webpage and check it out for yourself! 

So that’s it, peoples!! <3  I will, however, be doing about two to three vlogs a month about my progress with Tracy and my weight loss journey (to help keep me accountable), so I would love it if you would keep following me.  I am looking forward to doing craft and beauty tutorials again, too. 

After my sister’s next chemo treatment ends, I will be blogging about Dr. Perricone’s Metabolic Miracle while doing Tracy Anderson Workouts.  He has a new book out called, “Forever Young.”  I have always been a follower of Dr. Perricone, well, I have WANTED to be a follower of his, I should say.  He is someone else I have always aspired after his method but have never REALLY tried it.  He is all about an anti-inflammatory way of eating, so he has a 10-Day Cleanse, but his is a cleanse I am VERY interested in following!  So I will be vlogging and blogging Day 1, Day 5, and Day 10 on it, so stay tuned!  You are supposed to drop FAT and not muscle, which is awesome.  Some people have lost 10 pounds in 10 days, and it is sustained.  I think I will try to get my Body Fat Percentage measured for that one’s before and after.  It’s such a great thing to clean up after Holiday Eating. 

I want to thank you all for following me and all the wonderful comments and messages and new friends I have made!  You guys mean so much to me, you have no idea.  I really don’t think I would have done as well not blogging it and without all your nice words and prayers. 

THANKS for all the kind thoughts for my sister, too!!!  She is so utterly special to me, and the chemo IS working, so please keep up the prayers!  I will also be putting up a link in my side bar eventually, but if anyone would like to donate to my sister’s cancer Angiosarcoma, that would be great.  It is such a rare blood vessel cancer, is highly aggressive, and finding its cure would mean most likely a cure for most cancers since cancer travels through blood vessels.  Even $5 adds up fast!  They have PayPal.

So DO THE BOOTCAMP!!  Buy it on Amazon.  It’s really cheap there. 

Here is the Cleanse Pics Link again:

Love to you all!  And PLEASE let me know if you have ANY questions or if you are doing her program and have a blog on it!  I am so Tracy obsessed, it’s crazy.

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30 Responses to “Tracy Anderson Method Review 30-Day Bootcamp Book: Day 30”

  • seras says:

    don’t beat yourself up. i can tell you i accomplished nothing like that in a month! i don’t like how incredibly high the demand is on time – for 2+ hours of workout a day, i’d honestly be pissed at low wait loss. it is definitely a commitment and you made it work! you look fabulous, but you always look fab. 🙂 also, it sucks, but don’t fight your body type. you and L are bigger in the hips and booty, and that’s not a bad thing.

    when my stepmom was on weight watchers, she said they take the before pictures badly on purpose to make the after photos look better. this includes an awkward/bad camera angle that makes you look wider, frumpier clothes, somber expression, no make up, etc. all to add to the perception of the “after” being more glamorous. so don’t apologize for it!

  • Thanks, S!! <3 It is quite a lot of working out, but I think once you hit your goal, you can cut down to about one hour each day for maintaining results. Thanks for the nice compliment. <3 I know my hubby likes more curves, so I definitely want to keep them.

    That's hilarious about the WW photos. I really tried hard not doing that for sure. Ugh. It is so beyond annoiying when that happens!

  • Victoria says:

    Wow. Congratulations on your change.

  • andrea says:

    Congratulations! I followed your blog, I am happy for you. I wish you all the best, good health, you are on your way.

  • kateg says:

    Way to go Charlene! You look great. I will keep checking in with you for sure. I will enjoy the Perricone part as well. I am starting my own 30 days today!!! Thank you.

  • Kathy says:

    YAY! You acheived amazing results! your legs are really slender. Truly beautiful!
    Being able to fit into older clothes kinda makes up for the cost of the food she asks us to eat, because we get a ‘new’ wardrobe for free. hahah

    the diet is sooo key. and you did great! thx for taking all those pics each workout day. I hope you keep up the workout/good eating in general so that you can maintain your hawt new look!!!!

    Keep us posted, it’s sooo motivational!

  • Dawn Henson says:

    Wow, Charlene, you’re so brave and incredible! You really put yourself out there! That’s so awesome! Gene and I are starting Weight Watchers again tonight, I was thinking about starting a blog about it, but I don’t think I’m as brave as you! So just wanted to say congratulations on accomplishing your goal! you look great! Keep up all the good work. Your blog is very inspirational! 🙂

  • Tina says:

    Hi there – I found you on amazon’s website as I was going through reviews for Tracy Anderson’s book. I think your “after” pics are terrific! Are you still using her book or DVD’s or? just wondering what you’re doing after the 30 days!

    Cheers for 2011!!

  • Yvonne says:

    Wow, the difference in your arms is amazing.

    I don’t know what the book says but I am doing treadmill workout of Tracy’s, Mat method and daily swimming. I hope I am doing enough, feels like it. Working up to doing 45 min Cardio daily and the Mat method daily too.

    You look fab!

  • Lynn says:

    holy crap! I mean seriously….are you kidding me, in one month, 30 days. I would say that can’t happen but I myself picked up the book on Sat., started Sunday, and lost 2.5 pound the first day, it’s day 3 and it nearly killed me but I toughed it out. I know I’m not imagining it now (after months and months of sweating out weights & cardio with gain & loss zero) I just needed to see that it worked, OMG has it worked for you, thank you so much!
    all the best!

  • Alina says:

    I just found your blog and started reading it because you were doing the Tracy Anderson Method 30-day bootcamp. I read your recent posts so I know you’re busy but if you get a chance to answer that’d be great! You’re the only person I’ve come across who has wrote in such great detail about their experience on the bootcamp. My question is about cardio. Did you always follow the routines on the DVD or did you just learn the moves from the DVD and then mix and match them as you danced on your own? Thanks in advance and thanks for writing! 🙂

    • Hey!

      Yeah! I am glad that I noticed your comment out of all the spam!! 🙂

      Thanks for the nice compliment. <3 I purely did the Bootcamp Cardio that was on the DVD. I started step-touching and learning it, then I increased it and would just repeat it over and over. I had tried her other cardio DVDs before but I just couldn't quite get into it. This was pretty easy to follow after you learned it a bit and a really good workout!

      Let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂

  • Jen says:

    Hello! I discovered your blog from the TA fb page and I’m so happy that I did! I’m on my 5th day of TAM and reading your posts totally gives me inspiration. You look great – congratulations on your success. I also have PCOS, so simply finding someone else who is struggling with the same issue gives me hope. I hope to have the same success with weight loss as you. Keep it up!

  • Lynn says:

    Thanks for the reply, get well soon! I really like the book, got a great deal with the DVD just the kind of thing I needed to blast through this plateau.

    looking forward to completing the entire 30-days like you! I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks again for sharing your results!


  • Milie says:

    WOW congratulations! Love your new body :)! My arms have always been a problem for me.. You conviced me to try it! Thank you for sharing this secret!

  • kristin says:

    I am on day three. Looking for some support!
    my blog is !

  • mandy says:

    You look AMAZING! I can see a huge difference-in general-just amazing you were able to achieve such gorgeous results in just one month! I am very encouraged to try this now-so thank you so much!

  • Tina says:

    Hi thanks for doing the review! Very helpful. And your results? OMG AMAZING!!! Well done. I just started TA’s post pregnancy DVD (even tho I’m not/was not pregnant) and love it. (I think for someone just giving birth this may be way too hard and challenging and maybe not safe…)It is really hard work but I’m sticking to it and already can see some results and I’ve been doing it only 7 days 🙂 So it is realy nice to see before and after pictures and really seeing results. Congratulations 🙂

  • Holy Sexy girl! You did awesome for 30 days. Keep going. you really shrunk on your hip and waist area major. ! wow keep going..keep toning. I’m doing this myself bought the 30 day book. But just one thing. All the foods in the eating plan are weird. Are we allowed to follow a recipe but leave some things out like red onions coz i hate red oninons . expecially raw. is the kale beet juice really necessary????

    • Yes, I would totally leave out certain things. I am an onion hater for sure! Bleh! I would just pick the ones you like and do some repeats. I have to say I enjoyed the kale juice, but I just added more apple to it. It helped a lot. Also, adding lemon always helps, too. 🙂

  • Beverly says:

    I just started using Tracy Anderson 2 weeks ago and the results are so surprising – so against everything I thought you had to do to lose weight – that I began googling to see if I could find others with a similar story. SO happy to find yours and to see your amazing results after 30 days! UNBELIEVABLE! I am surprised I don’t see more posts/blogs like yours. In just two weeks I have lost 7lbs and soooo many inches. My lower abs – 2″, my waist 1.75″. Every day I wake up feeling smaller than I did the day before. Again – REALLY happy to see your results – you look fantastic. Dying to know if you are still doing Tracy.

    • Thanks for your comment! <3 It is surprising, the results you get from doing her method along with her eating guidelines. I am back into doing it, slowly, and I plan to hit up Meta towards the end of January. Are you still doing Tracy, too, Beverly?

  • Ariana says:

    Hi there! You can definetly see a difference in yur before and after pics. You look great and you are inspiring me to actually DO the metamorphisis i paid for hahaha! I bought the omnicentric workout method from tracys website. Im 15 years old, 5’3″ and 140lbs. My mom and my step dad are all about bike riding, martial arts and natural sunlight 12 hrs a day. I always compare myself to them. My moms 36 and has a sexier body than ill ever have. I DONT GET IT!! I have the method.. the weights.. the shoes.. i just need motivation and need to keep that certain promise to myself. Its hardbecause im a very lazy person. I sit on my butt and play xbox ALL DAY. Thats all i do :/ since 7th grade (im now in 10th grade) ivewanted a tighter toned and sexy shape. Ive always wanted to be able to see the bones in my hips. Im always with my boyfriend and im kind of embarrassed to do the workouts in front of him.. nonetheless my parents xP i really hope i get some responses.. and yes i know im lazy haha!


    • Thanks a lot! Good luck with your workouts! How are you doing? It is definitely hard to keep up with it, trust me. Just take things for what that day holds, and do your very best THAT day. If you goof up one day, it is okay! Just pick yourself up and do better the next day. Can you do the workouts in your room maybe on your laptop computer DVD player? I feel the same way about working out in front of people for sure. It can be very akward. Do you think your mom might want to do the workouts with you? Would that help? You should join the Facebook Tracy Anderson group, too. There are so many nice and really helpful people on there. Let me know if I can help you in any way, too! <3

  • Aida says:

    Well done girl! You inspired me to go and try it myself.

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