Friday, July 27, 2012
Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis - 10 day review
First of all, this workout is unlike any that I have done before, hands down I feel every muscle in my body working at every moment, and once I finish the workouts, although I am incredibly exhausted, I feel the goodness happening. I love how they supply you with a workout tracker, I love having a planner/ agenda so this really is helping me, I add little notes to it saying what I did and didn't do and how I felt. Also you put your weight everyday.. as you can see my weight is fluctuating a lot, which I think is normal. I started at 145 (so embarrassing to be putting this down) and went all the way down to 141 and.. then back to 143.5 for my 10th day.
Its also great that she gives an eating plan, because we all know that there is more to loosing weight to just working out, you need to eat healthy too..
And this brings me to the negatives.. The eating plan is psychotic. There are 2 types of weeks, which is good (because you're not starving yourself the entire 90 days) one of them is called nutrient boost weeks, which you eat whatever you normally do but there are must-eats for each day so that you get all the proper nutrients (which is really smart) but then there are body reset weeks.. which are insane. Breakfasts require only 1 protein and 1 cup of fruits (which is fine), lunch time however, you must only eat a protein/granola bar.. Let me just say I have granola bars that have 250 calories in them and I usually have them as snacks.. So, trying to survive the day with a 160 calorie bar is insane. I tried it the first day.. and I felt like fainting. I gave in after 3 hours of rumbling belly and hate fruits.. come dinner, you must choose between 1 protein and 1 cup of veggies. Now, being vegan this is hard for me. The vegan choices are 3 slices of tofu with no oils or sauces.. and kale, spinach of veggies with only lemon juice. My first night (being still hungry) I had the tofu option with kale.. and it was disgusting.. Now you may think "But isn't that what you normally eat?" NO. About a half hour after dinner I was starving and raided my pantries for anything I could find.. I ended up eating 4 granola bars and a piece of chocolate. A piece of chocolate I didn't even want!! I know that if I would have eaten my normal vegan meal I would have never even looked at the chocolate!
Anyways, after all this I decided to follow the body reset week but in my own way. For breakfast, I have a bowl of fiber and protein rich cereal or a protein smoothie (which is my normal breakfast). I also use Vega sport products (I will do another post on these) then I do my workout, with lots of water. For lunch I have a protein bar, and when I get hungry again I either have fruits or vegetables (with no added anything) if I still get hungry I have a lower calorie granola bar or just more fruits or veggies (9 times out of 10 its the granola bar though) And for dinner, I follow the protein, veggie no added oils or sauces, but I add spices like basil, cayenne pepper. If after dinner I get hungry again, I either have veggies or another granola bar (can you tell I'm obsessed with granola bars? Kashi's are my favorite)
ANOTHER negative (wow, what a complainer) is that in the dvd's its very hard to follow.
There are two types, CARDIO and MUSCLE TRAINING. The cardio is very overwhelming. It is 30 minutes of jumping and kicking around. There is something you need to know about me.. I have no coordination. I am a terrible dancer and drawer, my mind just doesn't connect with my body and my body doesn't even connect with itself. So.. watching a girl jump around changing movements every 15 seconds while trying to imitate her... you can just imagine - disaster. BUT I try. The first times I did it, although falling over and tripping over myself, I got to 12 minutes. Now, on my 11th day I have to say I am getting better at it, from practice. BUT I still cannot do the full 30 minutes. I get to 19 minutes (with 3 pause-breaks) and I'm dead tired. BUT I will keep trying and I am setting goals for myself so I know I will get there.
Then comes the MUSCLE TRAINING, which is not your usual muscle training, Tracy Anderson's method is unique because she uses your own body as a resistance to form muscles. Yes there are 3 pound weights involved but that is only like 5 percent of the entire muscle training. I have to say, yes it works, but she does not tell you what to do, or give you a brief "ok this is what we will be doing now"-slow motion demo. It's just "watch what I'm doing and figure it out" I went 8 days of a 10 day workout doing a movement only half way because I didn't notice that she was moving her arm while moving her leg.. so yeah, it's hard in the sense that you have to be very vigilant to what she's doing WHILE you are trying to work with your uncoordinated body to get the movement right.
I LOVE the fact that the workouts change every 10 days BUT its hard because once you start understanding one you have to move onto the next one.
ALL IN ALL, IN SUM, (I am rounding up everything I just said so if you don't want to read that very long ramble just read this) I think the Tracy Anderson metamorphosis is amazing and its working in changing my body, BUT I think a lot of it is very hard to follow and a little bit unrealistic. Since I know that my eating habits are already very healthy I am doing my own version of her eating plan. And the workouts are - in the beginning hard to follow, but you really need to stay motivated because it gets easier to follow and when you get better at it, that's when the changes happen.
*So far I have lost 2.5 pounds and 1 inch around my waist... however I want to lose inches around my butt and hips.. not my waist. But I am positive that those changes are on their way.