Days One Through Six of Tracy Anderson's Bootcamp
When I first learned about Tracy Anderson's Method, I did all kinds of online research because I wanted to be sure that there were LOTS AND LOTS of people who had completed her program with success. What I found is that everyone who stuck with it for the duration, saw dramatic improvements to their health and body. Key words being: for the duration.
I decided when I began (the first time, not this time) that this will NOT be one of those blogs where the author is absolutely amped about the program and then suddenly they stop posting.
I always assume one of two things has happened: (1) they have quit the program completely and can no longer "face" their readers or (2) have gone into the witness protection program and must remain anonymous. Who knows!?
I mention all of that to basically say....
I really did not want to completely BORE you by re-discussing the days that I had already blogged about thus the reason for my absence. Sorry for the neglect, but I did have your attention span in mind. It won't happen again.
Let me tell you, I am not new to working out. I have done a plethora of activities: Yoga, Gym membership (Hi Gold's Gym - I miss you!), Insanity, P90X, The PussyCat Dolls Workout DVD, etc. I haven't stuck with any of them consistently for one
So, for my Round Two with TAM Bootcamp, I made a few changes to help me out:
- Going forward if I happen to mess up, I will just continue with the program as designed instead of restarting from the beginning. I restarted P90X at least three or four times and never made it past Day 11 which made me feel like I wasn't progressing. I could never finish this THIRTY DAY bootcamp if I continued on with that bad habit.
- As far as the food plan goes, there are a few things that I absolutely refuse to eat: lamb, soy products and that NASTY, AWFUL, HORRID cucumber mint relish (I have a picture of my modified and much better tasting cucumber mint relish below). So, I modified the plan a bit to exclude those things on my refusal list and I also set a goal for myself to stick with her diet 90 to 95% of the time. This way I will still feel like I have a bit of FREEDOM. The restrictiveness of the diet was really starting to make my claustrophobia flare up. Now, I can breathe easy because I am not holding myself to impossible (for me, at least) standards. I commend everyone that can follow every single rule to a T. You're a champ! Perhaps one day, I too will have that type of discipline...or maybe its dedication that I lack. I'm not sure...
- Since this is my 2nd time beginning Sequence 1 (Days 1 through 10) of the Bootcamp, I decided to modify the workout a bit too. I stepped it up a notch by adding ankle weights for the leg exercises, increasing my ab and arm reps and also increasing my cardio to 60 minutes from 40. Whew, that's a 2-hour sweat storm each day.
I'll drink to that!! (Kale juice or water, of course!)
Here's a couple of pictures that you didn't get to see the first time I did Days 1 through 6:
|Cucumber Mint "Relish" - I juiced the cucumber and added the mint and coconut water to that rather than eat the slimy, chunky mess from the way it was prepared before.|
|Shrimp Salad with Sugar Snap Peas - YUCK!!! Let me tell you, there was NO SUGAR left in those peas. I could only manage to eat one snap pea. What a waste of shrimp. They were like rubbery lemon pellets.|
|Kale Juice - I had this for breakfast on Day 6 along with a hard-boiled egg. I LOVE kale juice and drink it regularly anyway, so this was a treat.|
|Roasted Mushrooms and Wilted Spinach - Yum! I had this in place of the Steamed Veggie Plate for Lunch on Day 6. I see no point in wasting perfectly good leftovers. Not even for Tracy!|
|Seared Peppered Tuna with Arugula Greens - I should tell you I'm not a fan of fish and after eating this, I'm still not. >:-S Yuck face|
Also, I completed Day 7 today, but I'll have to blog about it tomorrow. 8-)