Posts Tagged ‘vlog’
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.
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.
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.
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.
SOOOOO sorry I have not been blogging lately! I have been so incredibly busy, and my husband came to visit me, so that was completely awesome!! <3 I got so many nice messages and emails about where I was. It really means a lot to me. Thank you!! And thanks for all the new followers!! <3
Here is the link again for the cleanse foods and pics:
BUT I did my Tracy Program, so it is all done!
Here are Days 27, 28, 29, and I will do Day 30 all on its own.
So today two amazing things happened!!
First, I weighed myself this morning:
Down 10 pounds!!! Totally happy about it! I have to say I expected to lose more during the month, but I am so beyond ecstatic about this! It’s a real weight loss, too. I don’t feel like it’s just going to all come back in an awful way. It’s like I can see my shape changing little by little every day, but all the sudden, it’s changing in a total BIG way!
I decided, thinking NO WAY, to try on my Seven Jeans. THEY FIT!! I seriously could not believe it!! Again, these pants were pants I fit into ten pounds thinner than I am now. I still have a bit of muffin top hanging out over them, but 10 days ago, they didn’t fit me, they almost did, but they didn’t. Now they completely do. It’s like BOOM for me all the sudden!
The cleanse went good! Everything listed from the link below I had today except for the juice. I just didn’t have the time to do it today, unfortunately, but I really missed it!
A lot of people are scared of the Kale Apple Juice, but don’t be!! I just find the BIGGEST amount of Kale bunch and then juice it with TWO apples. It is so delicious! I think I like the Kale because I used to do Wheatgrass shots, and there is NOTHING worse than that!! The smell of freshly cut grass outside makes me gag, and when I walk into Jamba Juice, I get whoozy. It’s so beyond bad. I even used to do 2 ounces a day when I was more on the healthier side. I just can’t do Wheatgrass. But the Kale Juice is so yummy. <3
My workout ROCKED!! I feel like I am on fire and the muscular work is going better!
Arms: 40 Reps
Abs: 30 Reps
Legs: 30 Reps
My cardio was off the chart today! It is so much more enjoyable, and I am feeling like I am able to perform it better and better now with my new shoes. Man, I so wish I would have gotten them from the beginning! I listened to a great mix and that helped a lot, too.
It was so nice being home today!! My workout went so much nicer, and it was just a great workout in general.
I am liking the cleanse, but I am glad it is only for five days.
I am hoping that I will really watch myself when I am done doing this as far as my eating goes! I don’t want to gain anything back and I want to keep on losing. It is weird going so long without bread and my cravings have really changed, which is great. I just am loving the results so much, I just want them to get better!
I hope you guys consider doing this workout! It is such a great jump start into a routine! I am getting smaller and more pulled in, and my mom even told me today my posture has improved when I walk!
So I weighed myself this morning, and I was down ANOTHER POUND!
That’s 11 pounds! I am ecstatic.
And yet, I am worried. I am doing okay on the cleanse, except my energy is drained and I really don’t want this to be a short-term fix. I am worried that as far the cleanse goes that I may gain back some of the weight from this.
That is exactly what I DON’T want to happen. I am starting to get this fear of what to do after I am done? I have been crazing certain foods, but do I really want to go back to that kind of eating?
I know Tracy says that her method, if you do it every day, allows you to eat and enjoy every once in a while, which is great. I guess I just don’t want to gain ANY of this weight back. I love that my clothes are fitting again, and I just don’t want this to be short term.
So as far the cleanse goes, I don’t know. I wanted to do a review on her book, though, so that is what I’m doing. I will stick to the cleanse, but I still am not 100 percent sure. The high sugar content, again, really concerns me.
My workout was okay. I am SO, SO tight today!! The cardio went well, the muscular work was a real struggle, though.
I did 30 reps of everything.
So again, I’m not loving the cleanse. I adore eating pureed food, though, and it’s nice not having a ton of cooking, but I just don’t think cleanses are a good idea anymore.
Also, I got totally sick after my juice with the WORST stomach cramping that lasted about two hours. I don’t think that helped my workout today!
Only two days left, though!! <3 I can’t believe it that I’m making it!! PLEASE DO IT!
So 11 pounds down!! Eeeee!!!
Day 29 is here!!!!!
And I am down another pound! 12 pounds, babyyyy!!!
Still not loving the cleanse, but my workout was all right. I SOOOO didn’t want to do 40 minutes, but I pushed myself for the cardio. I was making up excuses in my head, but it would set me up for failure in the long run, so I just decided to stick with it!!
40 reps arms, 30 abs, and 20-30 legs.
I HOPE I have enough time tomorrow (SO busy!) to do 45-50 minutes of cardio and I would really like to TRY to do 40 of legs! We will see! Wish me luck. Much love to all of you!!!
See you Lovely Lolitas tomorrow!! DAY 30 TOMORROW!!!!!!!
So today was SOOO much better for my workout!
I have enjoyed my Vibram Five Finger Shoes, but I think it was hindering me in a way from my workout. For those who don’t know what they are, they are barefoot running shoes, basically. I like them for the little bit of running I did, but I think for dance cardio, they just weren’t cutting it. For a while, they were, but I felt I was always not JUMPING-JUMPING, if that made sense.
Well today I skipped out of the hospital with my dad while my mom was with my sister and I went to Fleet Feet and got some Mizuno Inspire 6 shoes like Tracy Anderson recommends. I LOVE THEM. New tip: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE REALLY GREAT SHOES FOR DOING THIS. I feel like I have lost so much workout time that I wouldn’t have had if I had had the right shoes, which I thought I did, but I really didn’t.
My cardio rocked so much tonight, even without music!! Probably the best cardio workout I have had, which was great! 40 minutes again.
My reps were good, but since my calf and knee were still a little sore, I only did 20 reps for legs, 30 for abs, and 40 for arms.
Apple and Peanut Butter
Again, went with something quick and easy and on-the-go!
Mexican Avocado Wrap
I am happy that I won’t have this for a while, but I am STILL not sick of it!
Still as yummy as ever!
Glad the tuna is done for a while! Remember, get yours at VitalChoice.com! They really have THE highest quality of fish you can find!
Really, the shoes have made it, and I feel like had I gotten them from the beginning, I may be another two to three pounds thinner! But no worries, this is the long haul for me, so it can only get better from here. I had an old pair of Nike Shox, which I HATED and made my dance cardio worse, so for me, the Muzinos were great. They weren’t cheap, though, at $100. But Fleet Feet was a 60-day return policy, so I know if they don’t work out well, I can take them back.
I am pumped! Very worried about starting the cleanse, though, since I am still in the hospital. It is going to take a lot of planning but hopefully it will work out well.
I really want to thank you again for all the nice comments and messages. It makes this all totally worth it. <3 It is great meeting new, awesome people!
For everyone doing this program and feeling like it will never end, IT DOES! Once you hit that Day 21, you can’t believe how fast it goes!! Really, the teen days are definitely the hardest. Just hang in there, take it day by day, and do your best for THAT day that you can.
See you all tomorrow!! CLEANSE DAY!!!