We have finally gotten a reprieve from the insufferable heat and humidity gripping the Northeast, and I am taking full advantage. Right now I am sitting out on my deck with a big water and my laptop writing this blog post. Sometimes I love the summer! Now would be one of those times.
So, I thought I would write a quick update about my Tracy Anderson Method progress. I have been doing the Mat DVD consistently for about 3 weeks now. And I have to say, I think I am noticing a difference, especially in my upper body. My arms and shoulders seem to be becoming leaner. I'm also starting to get the v on my stomach....(if I flex!! LOL) There is still plenty of rollie-polliness to be lost there.
I haven't really done the dance cardio dvd that many times. I did try a few times and I found it challenging; but, to be honest I really started to miss my daily runs. (For the record, Tracy is not an advocate of running...she suggests creating a 40 minute play list and doing a different activity, like skipping, plies, galloping, etc, for each of the songs.) Because I miss it so much I started incorporating running back into my workout routines. Today I did the mat routine dvd and then went to the gym for a quick 3 mile run on the treadmill. If I am pressed for time and cannot leave the house, then I just do the mat dvd. I figure that is better than doing nothing!
Food wise I have been doing much better too. I started writing down absolutely EVERYTHING that I eat in a notebook about 3 weeks ago. I never realized how much random crap I snacked on during the day. Those 2 crackers, handful of popcorn, 10 chips, etc really add up. Through writing everything down I have been able to eliminate most of this needless snacking, thankfully! Also, I am happy to report that I have lost 3 pounds...yay! Basically, I have lost 1 pound per week, which is a healthy amount to lose. My fitness goal is not to really lose that much weight. I'm mostly interested in really toning up and lowering my body fat percentage. Ideally, I would like to get down to like 15-18%....right now I am at 23%. I plan on doing through a combination of moderate weight loss and adding some muscle.
I have also discovered this amazing "fitness guru" on youtube. Her name is Sarah Dussault and she is a personal trainer, producer, and tv host in the Boston area. Her channel offers a variety of videos including workout ideas, fitness product reviews, and diet advice. I really like her!
Here is the link to her blog......sarahfit.com. She is super cute and a really great source for information! Her blog also has all of her youtube videos linked to it.
How do you stay in shape? Do you have an tips for me? Any and all advice is welcome!!
Have you tried Tracy Anderson.....what were your results?