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Tracy Anderson 30-Day Bootcamp Book: Day One


Time to get personal.

I have struggled with my eating and exercise most of life.  I was able to maintain a somewhat study weight (higher on my BMI chart for my height and frame) but still in the high end of normal.  However, now that I am almost in my late 20’s, my metabolism has slowed down even FURTHER and I can’t just change my eating habits to lose weight anymore.  I will do good at eating and exercising for about a week, and then I miss a day or allow myself to eat something bad, and BOOM, it’s all over.  Then I end up gaining two pounds.  It’s a vicious cycle I am sure many of you have experienced or are experiencing.

I have been a huge Tracy Anderson fan.  She is me idea of perfection.  Also she is five foot, and I am 5’2″, so for me, I love that she is short and is someone I can look at for my frame.  I am never going to be the tall willowly model girl, but Tracy has struggled with her weight and has found what really works.  You just need to COMMIT and DO IT.

This past year has been especially hard on my body because I have been emotionally eating my way into oblivion.  My sister (who is my best friend and we really should have been born twins) was re-diagnosed with a cancer called Angiosarcoma, a super rare cancer that attacks the lining of your blood vessels.  The prognosis is unknown and is highly aggressive (lots of prayers, please), so I have been a wreck and have been allowing myself the comfort of food.  Sometimes, that’s okay, but for me, it is not, and it’s becoming a problem.  I have put on about 15 pounds in six months, which for someone my height REALLY shows up.  None of my clothes really fit, and I have been living in pants with stretchy waist bands.  It’s hard when you are in the hospital for days at a time and downstairs, they pretty much have ANY food you like.  I am good about not buying junk food at home.  My problem has always been when I eat out or go out, I will splurge a bit too much.  24-hour vending machines and a hospital with a limitless cafeteria = no True Religion Jeans that fit anymore.

Also, my more than understanding AMAZING hubby has allowed me to be staying with my family while I help out my sister.  We live in another state, so even though we dated long-distant, it is hard when you are married being away from each other.  Luckily, he lives close to his family and is super close to them, so he isn’t all by himself.  So that makes eating poorly that much more of a situation because you are depressed what is just going on in your life every which way.

I decided enough was enough, and with the absolute support and encouragement of my sister, I am embarking on Tracy Anderson’s 30 Day Method Bootcamp book.

Again, like I said in my previous post, I have taken my before pics, my measurements, and my weight, and every ten days, I will do an update.  I will post daily updates of my weight.  My goal is to be able to fit back (or ALMOST fit back) into some of my older clothes when I reach the end point.  I would love to undue the damage I have done, so 15-20 pounds would be great to lose during this.  But inches IS more important than anything. 


Day One went well.  I had purchased all my food for Days One and Two the day before, with a little overflow into Day Three.  The hardest part of the day was my sister getting super sick (more so than normal) from her chemo and having to go to the infusion center.  That took about two hours, so I had to rush in the morning.

I have taken the photos of what I prepared, but warning, I am not the best cook, so they aren’t super pretty.  I did my best, though.  <3  I wanted to take pics throughout of my meals because I am a very visual person and like to see what something will look like.


Strawberry Mint Salad:

I did not put the agave on it, and I used a little extra mint.

Score: 8/10


Minestrone Soup

The soup would have been MUCH better had I not put so much Cayenne Pepper on it.  I thought I put a little, but a little goes a long way with this, so be careful!

Score (without cayenne): 6/10

Score (with cayenne): 3.5/10


Poached Cod

Okay.  Sorry the fish looks so unappetizing.  It kind of fell apart when I lifted it up from the pan.  I think I overcooked it, but I was worried about having an undercooked Cod.

Score:  6/10.  I think it would have been higher if I had picked Halibut, which I will use next time.

Broiled Asparagus

Soooo yummy!!  Will definitely always make my Asparagus this way.

Score:  7.5/10 (for Asparagus, 10/10)


Choco Chestnut Pudding. 

Okay.  So again, not the prettiest, but I did not melt the chocolate chips like she said.  I have a Vitamix and just blended all of the ingredients together.  It was so amazing.  I can’t believe I get to eat this, and I will eat this many more times after the 30 days is over.  SO good.  I decided since the pudding was so much like a dessert that I would have it at the end of the day.

Score: 9.5/10


Starbucks Iced Venti Unsweetened Green Tea, R.W. Knudsen Sparkling Essence Spring Water in Cucumber, and of course water!

Sadly, I was so busy that I had to do my Tracy workout LATE, but I did it, and it was great!  Since I haven’t been consistently working out, I started out easing into it.

Muscular Work:  20 Reps of each move

Cardio:  Cardio One for 10 minutes, step-touching and jumping.



If any of  you guys are doing Tracy or have a blog about following Tracy, post a comment below with your link.  What are you guys doing for workouts?  Are any of you Tracy Anderson fans?

Good luck, guys!  Day 1 down, 29 to go!

R.W. Knudsen Family – Sparkling Essence Drinks

It’s hard giving up soda.  The carbonation can be quite refreshing sometimes.  But sugar is just so bad for you and highly inflammatory to your body!

I have never been a fan of Diet Soda because of the junk they always put in it.  The closest thing to diet I sometimes drink is Zevia which is more of a natural diet soda with sugar alcohol and Stevia, a naturally sweet herb.  Unfortunately, Stevia always makes me MORE hungry and craving sugar, so I try not to drink that very often.

I was pleasantly surprised when I went to my Whole Foods to find this:

It is R.W. Knudsen Family – Sparkling Essence Drinks.  It comes in four flavors:

  1. Lemon
  2. Mint
  3. Blueberry
  4. Cucumber

It has NO sugar, NO calories, and NOTHING artificial.  It comes in three flavors, but unfortunately, they only sell the Mint and Cucumber flavors at my Whole Foods.  Hopefully, they will carry more.


Verdict:  Cool, refreshing, and very satisfying.  I really love cucumber water, so this makes it very convenient and easily to-go.


Verdict:  Nice sublte mint, cooling, and yummy.  I like the cucumber better, though the mint is great.

I probably would not buy the lemon flavor simply due to the fact that it’s very easy to put lemon in your water.  Plus, the other drinks already have lemon in them.

I am, however, DYING to try the blueberry flavor.  I bet that it would satisfy a sugar craving.  Sorry I can’t do a review on it.  When I find it, I for sure will! <3

All in all, I would rate these drinks a 4/5.  I would rate it higher if they were a bit cheaper.  On Amazon, a 24-pack retails between $20.23-$25.92.  At Whole Foods for a 4-pack, they retail for $3.99.  You are looking at roughly a dollar per can.

I don’t like drinking too many carbonated drinks, because some studies show that it can be bad for your bones, plus it can make you a bit bloated.  But one addiction at a time.  This really does satisfy a soda craving more than you would expect.  So far, I think it has helped me lose a little bit of weight simply because it can be a bit filling being carbonated, and so instead of grabbing a snack, I can just substitute this.

Also, it gives you an idea on how you can make your own refreshing water using plain or carbonated water.  Anytime you can make anything yourself will almost always save you money.   But for a convienant on-the-go drink, it’s great!

Have you guys tried this drink before?  Have any other fun, low-calorie and natural drinks you like to drink or make?  Leave me a comment!

Remember to always stay hydrated!  Cheers! >^^<

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