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10 January 2012

When You're Starving, Every Cracker Tastes Like A Ritz

Day One of Tracy Anderson's Bootcamp

I woke up this morning with fond memories of the loaded baked potato I ate last night for my "last meal" and I had the desire to quit before I started, but I didn't.

And so, it starts...

For those who like a good, succinct read, here's a quick summary of Day One:  The food was surprisingly tasty and I had leftovers for next time the menu calls for that same item.  The exercise was LONG (2hrs), but I enjoyed the dance cardio.  What's not to like about looking at yourself dance in a mirror? Also, I'm proud to say I followed the plan today to a T.  Also, I took my BEFORE pictures and measurements (No, I'm not going to share them! Yet.).  29 days to go. Woohoo!  

If you want the nitty, gritty details, read on.

You know, I really commend those women who put up their before pictures and measurements before they have completed the program.  I admire their courage and ability to throw caution to the wind and just "let it all hang out"...  I'm not one of those women.  I did take my "Before" pictures today (Thank God for the genius who created the self-timer. No one else needs to see that!).  I weighed myself (as I do everyday anyway) and took all of my measurements.  However, I just cannot post "Before" pictures until I have the "After" shots.  Is that vain?  If so, I accept that title and maintain my decision. :-) Thank you!

I absolutely cannot wait until Day 11 because I will measure myself again and see just how far I've come.  I will share my measurement changes (how's that for optimism?) on this day with all of you!  Wait.  Is anyone even reading this?  Anyone???


In the meantime, I have at least included a recent shot of myself.  It displays my current form without having to reveal the horror show that was my "Before" bikini shots.
<----- OVER THERE <----
That will have to do for now.

I fully expect to have awesome results at the end of this program, but I don't imagine the cardio or muscular structure work will be easy and I certainly don't expect the food to taste good. With that mental preparation in mind, I made all of my meals (except dinner) last night, so that I would be prepared today.  I talk ALL about today's meals down below.

Today's Menu:

  •     Breakfast - Strawberry Mint Salad:  It was pretty good, but I wished I could have added a bit of powdered sugar.  The mint was an interesting touch, but I'm not quite a fan.
  •     Lunch - Tomato Minestrone Soup:  This soup has lots of fresh ingredients that sound and also smell lovely, but the finished product is no pretty picture!  I already knew that this awful vegetable mush would be disgusting.  So, I braced myself during lunch and was prepared to drown my hunger pains in sugarless green tea (Grrr, no coffee for 30 days!!).  However, there was no need.  The soup is delicious!! I'm a fan and it's a winner! Yummm!  It's surprisingly filling too as I didn't even finish my 8oz first. :-)
  •     Snack - Choco Chestnut Pudding:  I'm thinking to myself, "As long as it took me to find cooked & peeled chestnuts, this pudding had better be good" and it was!! Although, dare I say, it was a bit too sweet.  I may use less chocolate chips next time.  I'm not a chocolate lover, after all.
  •     Dinner - Poached Cod and Roasted Asparagus:  I don't care for fish and have never even tasted cod... At the risk of sounding like a broken record, this dish was pretty darn good too.  The lemon really kicked the flavor up a notch.
Exercise:  The exercise took me forever to complete (like 2 to 2.5 hours)!  I am hoping this is only because it was my first day and I had to get used to the moves and keep pausing the DVD.  I did muscular structure first and then ended with 40 minutes of cardio.  The cardio was actually fun! I did freestyle a bit because I couldn't keep up with Tracy, but hey, I moved the entire time.  I can't say that the muscular structure work was as exhilarating, but I found myself proud when I was able to complete all of the reps.  I did 20 reps for legs, 40 for abs, 30 for arms.  Tomorrow and each day after, I will up the legs by 5 reps until I get to 60.

You have no idea how many times I wanted to quit today, so....Go me!!

Disclaimer:  I did say the food was good and I meant it, but consider your source (ME).  I was reminded of an Eddie Murphy quote today that rings true, "When you're starving, every cracker tastes like Ritz!!"  Ha!  

I really did enjoy the food though. Promise! I even took pictures of the food for you but I'm too tired to upload them.  I'll try to remember and update this post tomorrow and it is now down below. Check it out!

I'm off to sleep.  Here's hoping I can finish earlier on Day Two... 

Strawberry Mint Salad

Poached Cod & Roasted Asparagus (Although neither the cod or asparagus are in the pic. It was prettier without!)

Choco Chestnut Pudding

Tomato Minestrone Soup - Soo yummy!


  1. Yeah that soup doesn't look good at all, but I'm a fan of minestrone soup.

    1. LOL! It was much better than it looks

  2. Good luck Janae! You can do it... I'll read your blog... lol. I'm blogging to on health/fitness/self-esteem. I ask myself the same question "is anyone reading this?" Maybe one day.

    1. Hi Rev G!!!!

      Thanks so much for the encouragement and for reading! I didn't know you had a blog as well. How can I subscribe to it so that I can read yours too?

      LOL. You know I was really wondering if anyone read these little posts of mine. :o)

  3. Jae,
    Your Mom sent the email earlier in the month. I finally took some time to look at your blog. You are beautiful as ever. Keep reaching for your goal.

    Ms Gale

    1. Hi Miss Gale!! Sona and I were talking about you just the other day wondering how you are doing. Thanks so much for your kind words, reading my blog and for your encouragement! I truly appreciate it. I pray all is well with you and that you are taking care. Good to hear from you as always. 8-)