First of all, what the heck is Continuity? If you're new to the whole Tracy Anderson Method and Metamorphosis, check out the link here for more info.
So assuming that you're now familiar with Metamorphosis, Continuity is an extension of that, wherein you continue to do Dance Cardio and more importantly you continue to switch up your Muscular Structure work every ten days so that your body will continually be challenged and you'll look fabulous in everything you wear. (One can dream can't one?) In other words you keep going. Metamorphosis is not a one shot wonder or a one time deal, it is a lifestyle shift. Exercise should be part of our everyday routine anyway so why not get the most bang for our buck?
But there has to be a plan to go along with this grand idea, no? I mean I can't be sure that I am going to have time to work out for a minimum of an hour a day, six days a week and eat like a bunny rabbit for the rest of my life, so what is my Continuity going to look like? Before I share that, I want to preface it with the fact that this is not Tracy Anderson endorsed, nor is this in any way, shape or form expert advice. This is just "from me to you", girlfriend to girlfriend, laying out a plan to keep me accountable and if you think it might work for you too, then hell, jump on in, the water's fine.
Thus far the one thing I've been able to do consistently over the course of both the 30-Day Method and the 90(ish) Day Metamorphosis is hit the mat for 30 minutes six days a week. So I will continue to aim for that. I had briefly considered shooting for five days a week, but here's the thing. Often when we plan to workout.. say three to five days a week.. we're more likely to hit the lower end of our target, it's just the nature of the beast. So I say aim high, try for six and if you manage five then you're ahead of the game. Make sense? As for my cardio, I'd love to cross it off my to-do list altogether, but experience has proven that the cellulite and muffin top creeps back pretty quickly without it. Drat! So I will shoot for five times a week, and lets be honest, if I can manage three, that will be a serious victory.
I did take the time when I first began the Method, to learn about 7 or 8 of Tracy's choreographed routines. So my commitment to both you and myself is that rather than relying on her Dance Cardio DVD's alone, I will actually get on the floor and bust a move for real. It's more rewarding than hop skipping and doing jumping jacks for a half hour. And on the really tough days when I just cannot stomach it, I will do her rebounder workout because that, I actually don't mind so much. If I can ever figure out how to load Groove Shark, I'll share my most tolerable dance mix.
Now for the really tricky part, the part I have yet to master during the coarse of my 120-plus days on the Method, diet. I really struggle with moderation. That and sweets. I love desserts, chocolates, brownies and cookies. Mmm, cookies are my fave. There is nothing to rely on here other than sheer desire to change. I won't over-promise and under-deliver by saying that I am going to give those things up. I love sweets too much to do that. What I can say is that I'll try to limit the amount I consume. In other words, no more brownies after breakfast, lunch and dinner, damn it!
Next comes carbs. If you're familiar with my blog, you'll know that I love granola. Live on the stuff, so that stays! But lunches and dinners have got to be leaner as a result. Having a sandwich at lunch is fine, but that will require some planning and forethought. On the days I am craving a sandwich, I'll stick to fruit or eggs for breakfast. Same goes for dinner. If I know I'll be eating out or want some rice or pasta, skip the granola breakfast and have something lighter. Also, dairy is pretty much out for me already, but on the odd occasion, I do like feta cheese in my salad so that stays. Healthy fats are a must for me. Things like nuts, avocado and olives are going to be allowed because they help keep me satisfied and prevent the nasty binges that I am sometimes prone to, especially when PMS is involved.
I know it's not the most definitive plan but there are now some guide posts in place that will hopefully keep me on track.
The idea is to stick with the program for an entire year and I'd be awfully grateful if you chose to do it with me. Doesn't have to be Continuity, heck it doesn't even have to be the Method, it would just be nice to know that I am not going it alone. And in return, I'll be here for you too. Team work, what do you say?
I do reserve the right to update, edit or change the plan as I go along to make it work because I want to succeed. I don't expect perfection, but I'd like to achieve consistency and maintain the results I've achieved thus far.