A very dear high school friend and I have been cheering each other on as we've been making huge changes to our health. We're not talking fad diets here. We're talking about adding healthy foods and, most importantly, exercise!
I live in California; she lives in Kansas ... yet, we're keeping up with each other almost daily on Facebook and through our blogs. Jamie has always made everything fun! She's adorable and quirky and makes me laugh. I'm thrilled to have found someone with a slightly twisted sense of humor who is on the same journey as I am!
As I mentioned awhile back, I bought and have fallen head over heels in love with the NutriBullet. This magical machine is better than any blender that I've seen (it's comparable to the Vitamix but is a fraction of the cost) and takes healthy smoothies to a whole new level. After I incessantly raved about mine, Jamie got a NutriBullet and fell just as in love with hers! We now swap recipes and send each other pictures of our blended concoctions.
We also share our little triumphs. For me it was doubling my best time on the elliptical last week; for her it was rocking it on the treadmill at the gym. I'm not so much of a gym person, so I've started my own little workout regime that is pretty much rocking my world right now!
P90X Yoga: I started this portion of the P90X program with my boyfriend a few weeks ago. We collapsed on the floor in a miserable heap after just a few minutes the first time we tried it. By the second week were both able to stretch all the way down with our palms on the floor! For me, that was getting back to the "old me", but this was a first for my boyfriend who had previously deemed himself indefinitely inflexible. This yoga routine has been a wonderful way to spend time together in the evenings and we actually look forward to it each night!
Winsor Pilates: Years ago, I worked with one of the women who was in the Winsor Pilates infomercial. She swore by this program and I remember all the weight that she dropped while using it. I gave it a try a few times back then and it kicked my butt! I figured that long, lean muscles would be nice so I pulled out my old DVD and have been giving it a whirl here and there. It's a little boring, but definitely works muscles that I didn't know I had.
Metamorphosis by Tracy Anderson: This is my golden ticket! This is possibly the BEST discovery that I've ever made. I've never, ever, EVER seen anything bring faster results than this program. In case you haven't heard of her, she's a personal trainer to the stars who also used to be a dancer. I had heard of Tracy Anderson before, but what finally sold me were 2 interviews with the New Girl cast and crew which raved about her, and this hilarious anecdote from Gwyneth Paltrow. In fact, her client list includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Lopez, Stacy Keibler, Victoria Beckham, Molly Sims, Kristin Davis, and Zooey Deschanel - all tiny little people with beautiful bodies.
Her goal was to develop a workout routine that could give anyone a tiny dancer's body, and she succeeded. Her metamorphosis program comes in 4 shapes and sizes: Abcentric, Hipcentric, Glutecentric and Omnicentric. I chose the Hipcentric workout and it's killer! I started seeing results after just 3 workouts and, honestly, I didn't even finish them each time because I'm still working up to the full workout. My hips are a good inch slimmer and my butt is changing shape for the better, and that's without following her suggested meal plan.
*I can't do the dance cardio portion of the workout due to having downstairs neighbors who would rather not hear me jumping around, so I spend about 20-25 minutes on the elliptical to get my heart rate up.
Tracy Anderson Method: Mat Workout: I'm starting this routine tomorrow. It looks incredibly effective and since I'm trying to get in shape for my trip to Hawaii next month I've decided to throw it in the mix. I did a little research and the message boards all across the internet were lighting up with praise for this particular mat workout. Women said that they saw results the first week and that they like (or at the very least forgive her for) the minimal cues in the videos. Tracy doesn't gibber-jabber with cheesy encouragement. She's a real girl with a real workout to share.
I mix and match these programs depending on how my body feels. I follow the cues that my muscles give me and allow myself to rest as needed. I have plenty of wonderful options here and so long as I'm working something every day, I feel pretty darn productive!
Truth time: my scale is not kind these days. If I listened to the numbers, I'd be hiding under a rock right now. Instead, I'm allowing my clothes to tell me the truth about my progress. Today for instance, the scale had me almost back to my starting weight, yet my jeans were incredibly loose! Sure, I'd like to see a smaller number but that's just smoke and mirrors. Needing to buy a new pair of jeans is the real proof :)