Day: 30!!!!! I did it!
Down: 8 lbs. I actually lost more but I think I have gained it back in muscle. I've noticed the biggest difference in my love handles or lack thereof. Plus all my work pants are loose. :-)
Updates on the 3 elements of the TAM:
Dance Cardio DVD: I'm still enjoying this a lot. Tracy is a big fan of the one legged hops which I'm kinda over but that's not a big deal in the scheme of things. Wearing cross trainers has made such a huge difference and I can't recommend getting a pair enough if you decide to try the Tracy Anderson Method too.
Transform DVD: Part 3 (Days 21-30) continues with a faster pace and more continuous movements. The first half is my favorite with the arms and abs work. The leg work is the toughest part IMO. She's calls it muscle exhaustion for a reason.
On a cardio related note, I went running with the Hubby on Sunday (the scheduled Rest Day). Not only was I able to keep up with him but we were able to maintain a conversation while running. My breathing during cardio has really improved. The next day my muscles were pretty sore though. I guess I was using the big muscles instead of the smaller muscles that the TAM focuses on.
Food Plan: The food is the same for the first 4 weeks - a nutrient boost week (approximately 1800 calories according to My Fitness Pal) followed by a body reset week (approximately 800 calories according to My Fitness Pal). Both week types were better than I expected. I liked the body reset weeks the best because it was less prep work but still filling because of the high protien. I am over the prep work for the Nutrient Boost weeks and all the different tupperware. Weekends were the toughest to try and stick to the food plan, especially during dinner. So I did my best to stick to it during the day and make healthy choices for dinner.
So now that I've reached my goal of 30 days on the Tracy Anderson Method, my plan is to keep going with the workout dvds. I look forward to them now and I like the results I'm seeing. I will not be continuing with the food plan. It's very time consuming and labor intensive (the Nutrient Boost weeks) and it's just not sustainable. I think I am going to continue with drinking tea instead of coffee - I haven't missed it. I'll continue to limit dairy and carbs. I'm going back to logging my food on My Fitness Pal and shooting for 1200-1300 calories a day. Wish me luck!