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Originally found by A Cup Of Jo. I really want the "Besties" version.
Who else still has an iPhone 4???

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Friday Favorite Quote

By Teri at A Foodie Stays Fit

“Here’s what I do know:
Focusing on the positive is important. 
You’re luckier than you realize. 
You’re more talented than you think. 
People love you. And believe in you.
Get them to tell you why sometimes. It helps. 
Comparing yourself to others accomplishes nothing.”

Originally found by Peanut Butter Runner.
Hope you have a great weekend!



Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July! We are off to Michigan for a long weekend to visit family!
Hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday!



Day 30 of the Tracy Anderson Method!

Current Stats:

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!

How is your Summer workout going?



Friday Favorite Quote

 “Anything is possible with sunshine and a little pink.”
Lilly Pulitzer

Have a happy weekend! I'll be going to Eastport a Rockin' with my brother. What are your weekend plans?



Day 17 of TAM

I am on Week 3 of the Tracy Anderson Method (TAM)- Metamorphosis Omnicentric. 
I'm over the halfway point of my goal of 30 days!

Here are some updates on the 3 elements of the TAM:

Dance Cardio DVD: No real updates for this. I finally ordered these shoes. Hopefully they will help with some of the knee joint pain I've been experiencing.

Transform DVD: Part 2 (Days 11-20) of the DVD is pretty fast paced. I really like the new arm and ab sequence. The plank leg sequence at the end is killer though.

Food Plan: This is another "Nutrient Boost" week. I am eating 9 mini-meals a day. I feel like I'm constantly eating. The good news is that I'm never hungry and I get to eat the Chocolate pudding again. The bad news is that the food is labor intensive. I've been cooking in bulk to help alleviate that. Our fridge looks like a tupperware and pyrex war zone. lol

The hubby said he can already see a difference - Yay! What's your Summer work out plan?



Day 11 - Tracy Anderson Method

Current Stats:

Day: 11 (almost at the halfway mark!)
Down: 8 lbs

Week 2 of the Tracy Anderson Method - Metamorphosis Omnicentric was a lot easier than week 1. I have a lot more energy and I'm feeling very motivated. I still need to buy cross trainers. I slip too much in my running shoes and I'm getting blisters from the side to side movements. I'm thinking these from Nike. I'd prefer to get Under Armour cross trainers to support a local business and a fellow UMD alum but I don't see any on the website. I might check out their new store location in Harbor East this weekend.

Here are some updates on the 3 elements of the Tracy Anderson Method:

Transform DVD: I'm wrapping up my first "Transform 1" dvd today and will be starting "Transform 2" tomorrow. I'm curious to see what the next muscle exhaustion series will entail.

Dance Cardio DVD:  I've actually started looking forward to Dance Cardio. I really like that Tracy doesn't make you memorize a dance routine. It's a lot easier to follow for someone as uncoordinated as myself. I'm definitely getting better at all the moves and that is making it more fun. Geez- I never thought I would say any exercise routine was fun!

Food Plan: I was concerned last week about this week's "Body Reset" plan. It did not seem like enough food to me. I thought I would be starving every day. So far I have not had that problem. The only issue I found was in buying the ThinkThin Bars, Kashi Go Lean Crunchy Bar (discontinued), or the Kashi Go Lean Roll (also discontinued).  I couldn't find the ThinkThink Bars in Giant. A friend told me later in the week to check Whole Foods. I might just order them off of Amazon for week 4. Tracy states you can substitute an under 200 calorie bar with more than 15 grams of protien. That was difficult to find so I've been eating 1.5 South Beach Diet Good to Go Bars. There was minimal prep work for food this week which was a much needed break. Next week is another "Nutrient Boost" week so our fridge will be jam-packed again. I am looking forward to trying some of the other recipes. I haven't found one I haven't liked so far! Also, I've found that I don't miss coffee or diet sodas. I do miss beer though. Dinners on the weekends have been tough. I've been doing my best to stick to the plan during the day and then trying to stick to 1-3 glasses of wine and no carbs/dairy at dinner. So far I've only had three "cheat" dinners which couldn't be avoided. This weekend will be tough again with a friend's wedding shower and a Father's Day dinner. Wish me luck!

How's your work out routine?