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Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis Day One of Sequence III and Dr. Perricone Metabolic Miracle Day One

So I weighed myself today…I was up three pounds.  : (  BUT I think it would have been worse had I not been working out, and I think it would have been better had I worked out more.  Oh, well!  Hopefully Dr. Perricone’s plan will help me out.

Workout:

Tracy MS Work:  So I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sequence III for Metamorphosis Abcentric.  I feel like it’s the best workout so far and that it REALLY works your arms much better than her previous two.  I also enjoyed and could really feel the legs.  After a while, I really couldn’t stand Sequence II, and Sequence III is just great!

Tracy Cardio:  Cardio was much better than it has been, but I only did 30 minutes.  Hopefully next time, I can get in 45 minutes.  But the 30 minutes I did do were great.

Callanetics:  Today I did the Quick 20 minute Legs workout, and it was HARD!  Lots of tiny reps and good stretching!!  I think I like it more than the Bun and Hips one, but I still like that one.

Cleanse:

Dr. Perricone’s Metabolic Makeover Day 1 actually went well!  To be honest, the shakes are hard to get down, though.  I think I may add a **tiny** bit of brown sugar just because I tried it with Stevia for one of the shakes and I had to make it over because it was so fake tasting.  I also wish I could cook the egg whites because it is very much a mind-over-matter attitude that you need to have to get over these shakes.  Honestly, if I didn’t know raw egg whites were in it, I could drink it just fine.

So what is the Metabolic Makeover?

Take Dr. Perricone’s The Metabolic Formula supplements with each meal.

You make two shakes consisting of either the following:

  • 6-8 ounces of raw, pasteurized egg whites (I like the Eggcology brand)
  • I teaspoon of coconut oil
  • Stevia (I am now using a little brown sugar)

and either

  • 1/3 cup of organic mixed berries (I use more)
  • Organic Raw cacao powder

First off, I felt like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast when he sings, “When I was a lad, I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large…” except it’s not helping me get large, it’s helping me shrink!  : )  I also felt a little like Rocky.

For dinner, you make

  • Salmon (Wild)
  • Watercress salad with olive oil and lemon
  • Two ounces of lentils
  • One cup of steamed veggies

The supplements are fine, but the Niacin makes me a little itchy, which I think happens with that normally.

Here are pics of everything:

First off, I made WAY too much!!  I think I overestimated how much egg whites to use.  I could only drink half.  This was the berry one.

 

This was the chocolate one.  I am also allowed chia seeds for a snack (which is good for fiber and other good things) and I am still going to drink my coconut water for my workouts.  I notice when I don’t, I get leg cramps due to lack of electrolytes.  Dr. Perricone says to drink lots of green tea, but I forgot to do that today, so tomorrow I will for sure!

 

Dinner:

If you can find this Salmon at your Whole Foods, you should totally get it.  It’s wild, already cooked (though I like to heat it) and I like to call “Hot Dog Salmon” because it tastes like a hot dog…seriously.

So…I forgot to do the broccoli.  It hit me in the middle of the night.  :/  Tomorrow I will for sure!! 🙂  Also, this might sound super gross, but I used some organic ketchup on my Salmon.  It REALLY does taste like a hot dog.

Also, the best news of the day:  My sister’s chemo is totally working!!!!!!!! <3  The CT scan came back with shrinking tumors, so it’s great.  Thanks for all your prayers!!  <3

It was a great day!  Liking the diet and the workout.  Although it IS really hard to do the shakes.  It does help, too, to add nutmeg or cinnamon, too, but just get over the slime, and you’ll be good.

Can’t wait for the results!!  See you all later.  <3

 

Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis End of Sequence II and Dr. Perricone Metabolic Miracle Makeover Diet

So I finished up Tracy Anderson’s Sequence II last week, and I have to say it was a struggle the whole time.  And my husband came out to visit my sis and I in great ol’ Houston, and we went out to eat a lot, and I think I had a **little** bit too much fun eating and enjoying myself.  It’s frustrating, because I worked out hard, yet my poor eating did not reflect it.  And I also didn’t get sick per se, but I got really drained, so I didn’t work out quite as hard or as much as I should have, but I did it, so it’s DONE!!  There were some days I was on fire and did a few 45 minute cardio workouts, then there were other days that I barely made it through the 30 minutes of cardio.  It was a really rough week, and I had LOTS of work, which went well, just very busy and exhausting.  I also did not get as much sleep as I should have, which I think really affected my workouts and exhaustion.  I DID, however, walk a TON, and I mean SO MUCH WALKING!!!

Remember, listen to your body.  Know the difference between being lazy and being exhausted.  Just because this is a 90-day program, I fully expect to keep up with this hopefully for a very long time and continue with the next Metamorphosis, not end it like I did Bootcamp with no plan afterward.

I also have decided to try to add a 20 minute Callanetics video into the mix.  I don’t like rocking the boat, and in the past I have always seemed to burn myself by changing “this” or adding “that” into something to make it so-called “perfect” only to get overwhelmed and stop entirely.  However, I have read really good reviews about it and I want to add a little bit more of legs as well as some stretching, which Tracy’s videos don’t really cover stretching.  Here is a link to Amazon of all the different videos:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Callanetics.  I will rotate Callanetics Hips and Behind and Callenetics Legs.  I feel pretty happy with Tracy’s ab and arm workouts, so I just want a little extra for legs and mainly the stretching.  I did the Hips and Behind and really enjoyed it!  It is teeny tiny movements, even more smaller than Bar Method, I mean itty bitty leg movements, but it really gets in there.

Warning:  It’s late ’80s, early ’90s, so for those who like really updated stuff, this wouldn’t be for you.  I, however, kind of love it.

Part of me feels Tracy’s workouts aren’t long enough compared to her old stuff.  I think making cardio 45 minutes really helps as well as adding in a little bit extra muscular work, whether that be one of her webisodes, doing certain parts of the video twice, or adding in a little extra (like Callantics) might be a good idea.  BUT when I am pressed for time, it’s great knowing that I CAN get in an amazing workout in an hour, so I’m not complaining too much.  It really is a WONDERFUL DVD set, and it’s so GREAT being able to switch workouts every 10 days.

Gwyneth Paltrol, who, if you don’t know, is in business with Tracy Anderson and credits her to changing her body, is on the cover of Self this month, so I had to get it, and in it, she spoke of how she does an hour and a half of working out five days a week, but if she has a big event or has eaten too much, she does six days a week for two hours each day.  She looks AMAZING.  I did, however, feel so heart-broken for her when she spoke about her late-dad in the article.  Cancer is just so rotten.  I think, personally, five days a week is sometimes so much more attainable than six, so I am debating on to drop to five days but on those days, increase my workouts to ALWAYS doing 45 minutes of cardio and then throwing in an extra workout of Callanetics or more Tracy MS.  I’m not sure yet…

I am ALSO going to FINALLY do Dr. Perricone’s Metabolic Miracle Cleanse!  I have been wanting to do this since last November but there was too much happening.  I have the supplements, was able to make it over to Whole Foods (which stinks because no car = taxi), and I am completely prepared now.  It is a 10-Day cleanse, and what’s great is for ONCE it is a cleanse where it is pure fat you lose and NOT muscle, according to the good doc.  Unfortunately, his website doesn’t really speak about it anymore, but you can find out more by purchasing his “Forever Young” book:  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Callanetics  (I have it on hard copy and Kindle on my Droid) or find out info from his Facebook page, which is a GREAT source of really helpful people!   I asked some questions and they are all super sweet!! <3  You can probably use the Almighty Google as well for info, and hopefully my blog will help you once this is all said and done!! : )  Also, Sephora finally sells the supplements that go along with the cleanse.  Unfortunately, a 10-Day course of the supplements costs $75.  After my trip to Whole Foods, the cleanse seems like it will come out to around $11-13 a day plus $7.50 for the supplements, so it’s not super cheap.  You don’t HAVE to do the supplements, but it helps curb your appetite and frees your cells up to do their thing.

The supplements consist of:

  • Co Q10 and Carnitine
  • Omega-3
  • Glutamine
  • Niacin-bound chromium
  • CLA
  • Curcurmin (Tumeric)

All good and healthy supplements for sure, again, it’s just a bit pricey.   But if you bought them separately, you would probably spend more.

A lot of women seem to do the cleanse about once a month to get to their goal weight.  Go ahead and Like Dr. Perricone on Facebook, and I think you can gain access to this group and link.  Here is all about the shake you drink:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/topic.php?uid=35748994050&topic=15155.  I have to say, I am really excited about this.  I hate this about myself, but being as neurotic as I am (which I am SURE some of you guys are, too) it’s so GREAT having a structure set out for you.  Eat this, Watch this, Take this.

I like cleanses…a lot.  If Master Cleanse wasn’t all sugar, which even though it has vitamins and minerals, I think it’s horrible for your system, I would LOVE to do it again.  Juice fasts, cleanses, I just love it!  Of all the cleanses I have done, and even Tracy Anderson’s Boot Camp cleanse, I feel like this one is by far the best one I have ever heard.  I feel good about this cleanse.  It should hopefully be a good 8-10 weight loss in 10 days, again, of FAT, not muscle.

I will give recipes and pics throughout the week!!  I am hoping to blog almost every day while doing the cleanse, and I hope to throw in a vlog or two as well.  I am also going to take some before and afters of me.

So…here is to Sequence III of Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis, ’80s leotards of Callanetics, and lots of shakes and Salmon!

Wig – Glam Rock by Forever Young 1B

Over the years, I have been blonde, brunette, nearly black, red, and now back to blonde.  It’s so much fun to change your look, and your hair is one of the most dramatic changes you can do.  So instead of dying my hair ALL the time anymore, I have been wearing wigs more often to change it up a bit.

Sadly, one of the reasons I have so many wigs on hand is because my sister is going through chemotherapy and so she decided to make the best of it and have fun changing her look with wigs.  I have to say, she can definitely pull off wigs amazingly!  She has a perfectly shaped head.  <3

Wigs can range in price anywhere from ten dollars to thousands of dollars depending on if it is synthetic, real human hair, lace front, et cetera.

So one of her wigs she purchased was from www.Voguewigs.com, and it is Glam Rock by Forever Young, in the color 1B.  They sell it for $41.95. http://www.voguewigs.com/glam-rock-forever-young-wig.html

I have to say I like a high quality synthetic wig.  It retains its shape and is very low-maintenance.  If I were to do hair extensions, I would probably go with clip-in human hair (which I plan to try to do once my hair gets a tad longer), but synthetic is nice.  This is made of 100 percent Japanese fibers called Kanekalon.  It’s one of the highest quality synthetic types of hair you can find.

 

So to fit her face better, we took it to her hairstylist and had him put some cute shorter bangs on the front.

 It’s such a fun wig.  No matter what wig you wear, it’s going to be hot, but this one isn’t too bad at all.  It’s pretty comfy for a wig.  I love it because it’s so edgy.  It’s got a fun ’70s vintage vibe, a little bit Joan Jett a la Kristen Stewart, but it’s a  bit more updated.

The back of the wig:

One of the keys to a realistic wig is to make sure it has a fairly real-looking scalp.  Wigs with almost a matted scalp never look very good.  One of the best scalps to look for is called monofilament.  What’s great about it is it has a partable, true scalp and looks UNBELIEVABLY real.  Hair strands are hand tied one at a time to an almost transparent material that makes it truly look like a person’s scalp.  It will usually run you an extra $80-$100, however, so make sure it is worth your investment.

Here is the scalp on the Glam Rock Wig.   It is not a monofilament, but just a faux scalp.

Bangs held to the side:

Remember also to color you eyebrows with either an eye pencil or eyeshadow to match your new wig.  That way, it will complete your look.

Right now, my hair is short enough that I don’t need a hair net covering, but if you have long hair, either get a hair net for wigs or cut an old pair of nylons and use that.  You may also need bobby pins to secure your hair in place.

Here is the wig turned inside out.  It has back adjustable tabs that attach to each other so you can adjust it to your head. 

The part where the scalp is on the other side:

The cap.  Quite breathable and light:

Wigs are also great if you are thinking about going a color but aren’t sure if you want to make that commitment yet.  You can wear a wig awhile and see if you like it.  I had purchased a wig a few years ago on a whim at a mall kiosk even before my sister went through chemo.  It was a dark brown with a reddish tone, and it was beautiful.  After wearing it and being used to the idea, a few years later, I got brave and dyed it that color.

So grab your electric guitar, leather pants, and rock on!

 Do you guys have any wigs?  What’s your favorite brand?  Send me pics for a viewer gallery! >^^<

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