If you've ever wanted to change your body or improve your health, you're not alone. I've never met a woman who was completely satisfied with her appearance and there is an alarming number of women whose ages are younger and younger that are going to drastic measures to achieve the results that they perceive to be ideal.
I've seen women undergo surgery, eat nothing but fruit (seriously, 10 bananas in one sitting), work out tirelessly for hours on end to achieve some mythical perfection.
But what if there was another way?
If you've been following this blog, you'll know that I'm nearing 40. I've never had a weight problem per say. Throughout my teens, twenties and early thirties, I could pretty much eat what I wanted and while I led an active lifestyle, I was never one to break a serious sweat. Yoga has always been my first choice activity. Don't hate me because it didn't last.
Right around my mid-thirties, things began to change and I wasn't thrilled with what I was seeing. Weight gain around my middle, for the first time in my life I had to go shopping for the dreaded "fat pants" and no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to shed those pounds.
Last spring, right around Easter when all the wonderful chocolate filled the store shelves, I realized I needed an intervention. Even the Biggest Loser workouts weren't cutting it. I was firmer but still bigger than I was comfortable with. It's all relative, right? We all just want to be comfortable in our own skin. I had tried everything. Kettle bell which is supposed to be the Russian super training tool that will get you lean and ripped. It gave me a booty for the first time in my life - hence the fat pants, but it didn't give me the long lean look I was after. Running. Walking. Lifting weights. Cycling - ish, never really took to that. But nothing could turn back the clock or reverse what seemed to be the horrid middle-aged spread. And then as if by some miracle, I came across this darling little personal trainer called Tracy Anderson.
Tracy is a dancer and a key component of her method is dance cardio. I've got two left feet and don't love that aspect of the workout, but when I knuckled down and combined it with her muscular structure workout I saw results that I didn't even think were possible in my twenties, never mind at my current age.
I own every one of her DVD's. Everything from the mat workout and dance cardio, to the complete Perfect Design Series. I've even got her post pregnancy video and I've never had a child, but let me tell you the ab series in that video is killer and it works. I have abs, flat ones, for the first time in my life. And I'm even eating cookies again. I know, bad, right?
Back in September, Tracy came out with her book - the 30 Day Method. So I took up the challenge, started this blog and within that 30 day program I lost those extra ten pounds and then some. I got into my skinny jeans.
Over the holidays, I've become a little complacent. Doing my workouts sporadically, eating rather poorly - pigging out a little bit actually, but now it's time to get back on track.
I've gone back to the book and am starting fresh. I'm three days into the workout that makes up the first 10 days of the program and I can hardly walk. But here's the really exciting thing!
Never failing to take care of us and working endlessly to sculpt our bodies in a non-life threatening way (ie without surgery) Tracy has come up with yet another set of training tools that we girls who don't live in NY or LA can use. She's been promising this for months now and it's finally here. Her Metamorphosis program.
She's designed a 90 day program which changes up every ten days so your progress never plateaus along with a cardio and diet component that is specific to your body type. Can you imagine? Having a celebrity personal trainer who gets results has never been so affordable or so easy. You can even sign up for her at home continuity program in which once the 90 days are up, she'll send you a new DVD to keep the program changing and challenging.
Getting the body of our dreams has never been so available. I won't say easy because the workouts are anything but easy. They are however fun and results oriented.
Once I have received the Metamorphosis package, you can bet that I'll be writing about it and sharing my progress with you. I hope you'll join me. It's always easier than going it alone.
Here's to tiny waists, fit bottoms and defined arms and legs.