Fitness: Twenty’s way

Let me start by saying that I am very impressed by and proud of Thirty’s discipline; I truly wish I could be as healthy and clean of an eater as she is..  Not to say that I’m completely terrible when it comes to eating.  I find that I eat much better when I am regularly (or semi-regularly) exercising, so I’ve been trying to get back into working out as of late.

I do not have a gym membership, so my workouts take place in my living room.  I love Tracy Anderson because her clients have amazing bodies, and, although people are quick to call her ways crazy and dumb, I do think she knows what she’s doing.  Sure, the workouts are a little boring.. but all I need to do is look at pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow, or Shakira or someone and my motivation is renewed.  Some of the moves/exercises seem wacky, but the soreness I experience is the same sort of muscle pain I recall from when I took ballet classes.  Tracy targets your individual muscles and muscle groups by her inventive movements in order to get the results I would have gotten from weeks/months of repeated ballet exercises that didn’t specifically target those muscles.  It’s like she’s taking the “dance” out of ballet and just messing with the muscles you want to work for a dancer’s body.

 

I know people say she’s not a real trainer, and that her meal plans and exercises aren’t legitimate; but I think she knows what she’s doing when it comes to body transformations.

Another favourite of mine is Jillian Michaels.  Lately, I’ve been doing the 3o Day Shred (though, not daily).  You don’t need a lot of space to do this workout video, and honestly I feel brutal after doing it.  I’m generally a sweaty exerciser, and Jillian makes me s-w-e-a-t.  I did the 30 Day Shred probably 2 years ago, straight through for 30 days and had awesome results, so I know it works for me.  A bonus is that it’s only 20-30 minutes, and I don’t get bored with it because Jillian really pushes you; unlike Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis that has 30 minutes of exercises with another hour or so of cardio, and you’re sort of on your own for most of it.

Staying motivated…

Since January I have been on a clean eating roll.  I have already eaten healthy and following the clean eating fundamentals, but after spending Christmas in Mexico with my foodie in-laws, I decided I needed to step up my game.

I think I lasted 4 weeks without eating any sugar besides fruit for breakfast and post-workout.  I couldn’t believe it.  It was much easier than I expected.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.  I’ve been maintaining my success and sporadic sugar treats. I have steadily been losing 1 lb a week (except for a few weeks where I fell off the wagon).

On a day to day basis I don’t have any issues with eating well.  It’s the social situations that cause me to cave.  Trying to avoid the bread basket at a restaurant, eating food off my husband’s plate when we’re out (sweet potato fries and slices of pizza!), or avoiding bowls of sweets and chips during game night with our friends = D I S A S T E R.

After said disasters, I usually feel so bad.

Last week was one of those weeks.  I ate my meals every 3 hours, and they were all on point, but the week involved the baby shower I threw at my house, leftover cupcake post-baby shower, my mom’s birthday dinner at a buffet, a friend’s birthday and a work event that involved jujubes and chocolate covered almonds.  It was a jam packed week, and my will power got the best of me.

I can be organized with my meals, get every workout in, but sometimes my mind just works on its on and I stuff myself without thinking.  But after, I come back better and stronger back on track.

To get myself back on track I’ve started taking photos of everything I eat and every night make a collage to keep me motivated.  This works as a reminder for myself to now blow my progress, to see how far I’ve come, and to see that, yes, I am eating alot and having great success.

On Tuesday, for example, I trained my legs in the morning which means more more carbohydrates are included in my meals for the day.  Each meal in the photo below is healthy – yes, even the cupcakes!

leg day meals

I know Twenty doesn’t think about any of this food stuff and works out a little in her apartment to Tracy Anderson dvds.  Sometimes she rolls her eyes at me when I start talking food and workouts, and she’s definitely always the first one to jokingly suggest eating at McDonald’s or buying a cinnabon while at the mall.  However, she’s the taller and skinnier sister.  I had the same mentality in my Twenty’s – I worked out rarely and ate anything.  That’s probably why I gained 20lbs while living in Mexico for two years.  I lost the weight quickly when I started working out doing BodyPump, Step, and Cycling classes and paying closer attention to calories.  It wasn’t until my late twenties before my wedding day that I discovered weight training and clean eating and lost 10 pounds.  I was hooked.

I’m looking forward to where saying no to sugar will take me.