I’ve heard of Tracy Anderson before and was slightly skeptical about the results her method could achieve – after all Gwyneth Paltrow has never really been particularly heavy.
So what prompted me to try her 30-day method? I’ve always had a slightly toxic relationship with food: I was quite skinny as a teenager but have always had a sweet tooth. My mother passed away when I was nineteen and after that it was all about the comfort eating. My food habits became dictated by my emotions. And my body suffered for it. When I moved to the UK I developed IBS and had to cut out wheat and bread and flour which helped slim me down. I am now a much healthier weight but with a bit of a tummy which I never really worried about until some teenage boy asked me if I was pregnant – I am not nor have I ever been…yet. That’s when I really started to feel horrible about myself and thought I needed to do something about this.
I purchased a few workout DVDs but saw next to no results. A friend of mine said she was trying the Tracy Anderson Mat work DVD, so I trotted to the nearest HMV and bought a copy. Still skeptical, I gave it a go and it was the most intense but fun workout I’ve ever tried. So when I saw her book on Amazon I thought; what the hell? Ordered it and waited anxiously for it to arrive. I sat down and read it all in one sitting – it was surprisingly intriguing – here was this pint sized girl on the cover who was telling me she’d once been significantly over weight. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t want her body and nor do I think her method will make me get her body but what I do hope is to get the best body for me.
So follow me as I embark on a journey to try to get fitter, healthier and hopefully thinner 😉
Breakfast: I don’t like strawberries at all so instead of the breakfast set out for day one I tried another of the breakfasts (Tracy says it is ok to mix up the meals as long as you are not adding anything new) – I had the Apple with peanut butter. Now this didn’t look as if it would fill up an ant and I wasn’t sure about mixing the sweetness of the apple with the saltiness of the peanut butter. But it was actually surprisingly good. I cut the apple into little diced pieces and smeared low fat peanut butter on top. Afterwards I felt full but good, usually I would have a bowl of porridge and would afterwards feel heavy and weighed down.
Snack: I live and work in an English Pub so I am always popping into the kitchen and sneaking a chip (fry) here and there so I wasn’t sure how I was going to concur that one. Then a light bulb went off in my head: For my snack I had the crudities without the dip and kept it in the bowl in the kitchen so throughout my day instead of nibbling on the dreaded chips, I would nibble on a carrot stick or cherry tomato (which by the way have their own tangy sweetness).
Lunch: For lunch I had salmon with greenbeans as I didn’t have any broccoli. I wrapped the salmon fillet in tin foil then popped in the oven for about 5 minutes. It was really tasty.
Dinner: Because of the hours I work, I don’t usually have dinner so instead I had my little bowl of crudities in the kitchen to nibble on throughout my shift.
Workout: On my three hour break I did Tracy’s Mat Work DVD and then the dance portion (combination 1) which came with the book, it really kicks my butt. (In a good way)
Day one was tough not to constantly pick at things in the kitchen but finding a solution by putting healthy Tracy approved snacks there for me to graze on helped. I had a lot of energy after my workout.