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20 February 2012

Dragging Right Along

Days 11 - 18 (kind of) of Tracy Anderson's Bootcamp
  
Remember how I started off doing a program called, Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Bootcamp?  Well, somehow along the way, I kind of changed the program up a bit and am now doing a little something I like to call, Tracy Anderson's 45 Day (plus or minus a few) Bootcamp.  It has a ring to it, don't you think?

So, let me tell you what I have been up to...

WELL..

Right after finishing Sequence 1, I fell ill for a few days and chose rest over working out and making my TAM meals.  Then, after that temporary setback, I was feeling pretty lazy and sluggish...and....well...I just kind of acted like a lazy slug.  I laid around and ate unhealthy crapola for a couple of days.  Then, I decided, "Enough of this behavior", and I was back at it in full swing (with a slip here and there).  Somehow, I even managed to lose an additional 4.2 lbs during my slowly, but surely attempts at completing Sequence 2.


Woohoo for weight loss, but folks, I have to say, I absolutely hate (that's a strong word, but I really do mean it) Sequence 2 and I'm not exactly sure why.  The exercises are hard, but so were the exercises during Sequence 1.  So that's not it.  I think this little attitude problem I have gotten is the main reason why it is taking me absolutely FOREVER (it feels like forever) to get this bootcamp done.  Having said that though, I refuse to stop until I have done the full 30 days even if it takes me 45 days to do it.  I think it's the Leo in me that refuses to let me give up.  I will not fail, I will not fail! ROAR!!

I have probably said this before, but I think I'll repeat myself:  Blogging and talking with the TAM ladies on Facebook and on the TAM community page is the BEST part of bootcamp (Well, actually that's the best part AFTER the awesome & quick results).

However, for anyone wanting to try Bootcamp, I think I should share the worst parts of bootcamp with you.

THE WORST PARTS OF BOOTCAMP
  • Time-consuming (Expect to spend several hours a day devoted to bootcamp.  It will take you a nice chunk of time not only to shop for all of the ingredients, but to prep and cook the 4 meals a day.  Plus, the workouts themselves are easily over 2 hours long each day, especially if you are the over-achiever like myself and like to get maximum reps for each exercise [40 reps legs, 80-100 reps abs on each side, 60-70 reps arms, 60 minutes cardio]. If you do the minimum, I guess it could take a little under 2 hours.)  

I thought I had more reasons than that, but....I don't.

Now that I have typed up that lengthy list of ONE complaint, I see why I have such an attitude lately.  I really want this process to not take up so much of my time. I LOVE that the workouts are difficult because I wouldn't respect a program that didn't challenge me (I'm not new to exercise) and I fully expect that not every meal will taste delightful.  So, really the only portion of this program that I HATE, HATE, HATE is how much time it takes.

If only there was a Tracy Anderson grocery store somewhere nearby that I could go to and say, "Hey, I'm on Week 1 of bootcamp" and then they pass me all 28 meals that I would need for that week fully prepared.  That would make a world of difference, save a boatload of time and prevent the ATTITUDES from showing their ugly, little heads.  A girl can dream can't she?

Now, granted, just the name BOOTCAMP implies difficulty and extremity, but SO WHAT!! *stomps foot*

*Smile* :o)

Hey, I can have one disapproving, complaining and irritated blog full of rants and criticisms, can't I?

Here's A Few TAM (and not so TAM) Meals for your Viewing Pleasure

Pear Apple Spice - (Pretty tasty if you like cinnamon flavored apple sauce.)

Sweet Potato Silver Dollar Pancakes - (NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET!!! The little specks are flaxseeds. These were so disgusting that I could not eat them.  I would much rather just eat handfuls of flaxseeds and call it a day.  FYI - I HATE sweet potatoes so I'm sure that had a lot to do with it.  There's a lot of HATE going on in this blog. Sorry about that; I'll try to do better.)

Poached Salmon Tilapia Omelet - (I didn't have any salmon, so I used tilapia and it was MUY Delicioso!!!

Harvest Salad - (This little bowl of goodnes is NOT a TAM meal which is probably why it's so flipping fantastic.  Field greens, boursin cheese, figs, pumpkin seeds and of course, bacon. Bacon makes the world go round!)

Puree of Broccoli Soup - I like all of the ingredients in this soup on their own, but somehow this was still a bland and awful disaster.  If only I could have added a dash of salt and a some other tasty seasonings.

02 February 2012

My Results of Sequence 1

Days 9 and 10 of Tracy Anderson's Bootcamp

I am happy to report that I have completed the last two days of Sequence 1 of the Tracy Anderson Method!  Woohooo!!  I have to say though that Days 9 and 10 seemed to go on and on and on and on.  I kept thinking, "Will this workout ever end!?"  It did in fact end though and I am very, very happy about it!

Before I continue, I guess I should explain a bit more about TAM's BC (Tracy Anderson Method Bootcamp) so that you understand what I mean by sequences. BC lasts 30 days and each day in addition to the food which has been one of the obsessions focuses of this blog, there are two exercise components to complete: dance cardio (DC) and muscular structure (MS).  Keep that in mind as I explain how each day works as it relates to exercise:
  • Days 1 - 10 are DC and Sequence 1: MS
  • Days 11 - 20 are DC and Sequence 2: MS
  • Days 21 - 30 are DC and Sequence 3: MS
The idea behind switching up the muscular structure every 10 days is so that your muscles do not get bored and you do not start to plateau and let's face it, your muscles are not the only thing that gets bored when you are doing the same work out everyday.

Also, after each Sequence you are supposed to weigh-in, take pictures and re-measure to track your progress.  I did this (except for the photos which I'll take and not share later), but I feel like my progress has been sabotaged by my cycle because I have gained a few pounds back over the last couple of days.  Let's hope that's a temporary woman issue.  So, while I don't think my weight loss results are as good as they could be, I will share them with you anyway. *sad face*

So, here's what you REALLY want to know...

My Progress So Far
  • Weight : -3.8 lbs (ANGRY RANT:  As much sleep I have lost cooking 4 meals from scratch a [okay, most days...] day and working out 2-2.5 hours a day, this had better because of my cycle!!)
  • Chest : -1" (I sure hope this was just back fat...)
  • Waist at Belly Button : -1.75"
  • Natural Waist : -1"
  • L Arm : -1"
  • R Arm : -0.5"
  • L Thigh : -0.5"
  • R Thigh : -1.25"
  • L Bikini : -2"
  • R Bikini : -1"
  • Hips : -3.25"
That's a total of 3.8 lbs (BOO!!) and 13.25" inches (EXCELLENT) down in just 10 day!!!

Take that Thunder Thighs!!

Oh and in case you wondered what the bikini measurement is, I'll tell you.  Imagine sticking your leg through the hole of a bikini bottom, the part that touches your leg where it meets your torso is your bikini measurement.  So basically you would wrap the measuring tape around the top part of your leg at an angle.  I think Tracy has you track this measurement to see how your butt is shaping up.  Literally, up!

Can you believe the hips measurements!?  No more screaming seams in these jeans! 

10 days down, 20 to go.

Winning!


 Something awesome happened the other day...
I was nominated for a Liebster blog award by a fellow TAMer over at My Unpublished Life (be sure to check out her blog as well).  Liebster means favorite in German and the award is intended for those "under the radar" blogs that have less than 200 followers, but deserve a bit more attention.  

To be honest, I never knew any such thing existed!  It's quite an honor though and is totally unexpected and appreciated.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! 

Also, thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my blog.  I appreciate your support, comments and your time very much!

In order to accept this award, I must share 5 things about myself that you may not know and also nominate 5 other blogs to receive the Liebster award.

So, without further ado, I would like to nominate the following blogs that I have had the pleasure of reading:







Also, since I HAVE to, I suppose I can share 5 little facts about me that you may or may not know...
  1.  I'm a Christian.  I love the Lord and believe He brings me to and takes me through everything in my life. 
  2. I love dogs and have two of them.
  3. I love to sing.
  4. When I was younger, I wanted to be a screenwriter "when I grew up".
  5. I'm just barely over 5' tall, but I used to be 5'2" and shrunk when I became a vegetarian at the age of 12. (Unless maybe I had thick-soled shoes on each time I got measured, but I choose to believe I was actually 62 inches tall at one point in my life!)
So there you have it folks!  Please be sure to check out all of the blogs I mentioned!  Most, but not all are about Tracy Anderson's Method though.


Thanks again for reading!