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...
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 PART
S 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*
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.)|
|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.|