This week I really focused on trying to learn combo 1 from Inner Popstar. This DVD has breakdowns for every combination and then a front and back view of all of the dances so once you learn them you can just play though them and dance without having to constantly fast forward and rewind (I really wish TAVA was like this). I discovered, by accident, that my DVD player has an option to play the DVD at .6 speed and .8 speed. So once I got through the breakdown, I went to the rear view of the dance and played it at .6 speed so I could try to really learn all of the moves. This worked out really great for me and by the end of the week I was able to go through the dance at full speed at least 1x before having to slow it down. This DVD is NOT easy, but it is so much fun, so definitely worth the time and effort to try to learn it.
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For muscular structure, I did Mat 3 all week. Tuesday was Valentine’s day and I am proud to say that I successfully avoided brownies (triple chocolate) and lots of other treats. I am pretty good about avoiding temptations during the week. Unfortunately the baby is still having problems sleeping. She is 14 months and has a lot of teeth coming in. Pretty much every night she is up once between 12am-2am and then again around 4am. We usually just bring her into our bed when she wakes up at 4am so we can get some sleep. Tuesday night was especially tough because my 5 year old got up at 12:30 (nightmare) then the baby got up at 1am and 2 am and then the security system went off at 3am. Luckily it was a false alarm but still very scary to we woken up from a dead sleep to the alarms going off. By the end of the week things were looking up, we had sunshine and temperatures in the 50s/60s which is crazy for the Midwest in February! I am also proud that I got in workouts 6 days this week.
This Week’s Schedule:
Rest Day Tracy Anderson Unleash Your Inner Popstar (30 min at .8 speed)
Total Dance Cardio 3 hours Total Muscular Structure 2 hours 5 minutes Grand Total 5 hours 5 minutes
I didn’t have much movement this week in terms of weight-loss or measurement reduction but to be fair, I think I should admit that a little of this is due to timing….On Friday I was down to 120 but then had a few glasses of red wine on both Friday and Saturday night. Also, it probably isn’t the best idea to take your measurements after having a cheeseburger for lunch. So lesson learned for next week. I think I might start taking my measurements and weight on Fridays since I tend to be good with my diet during the week and then allow for a few treats on the weekends.
For this coming week, I am going to focus on diet as a way to keep my results going. I was thinking about following the Metamorphosis meal plan but then I got feedback from a few of the IG #TAmily I follow that Tracy isn’t so keen on it any more and doesn’t even recommend the Think Thin bars at all. I found this article from Shape magazine that lays out what she eats in a day:
Breakfast: Wellness Shake
Dinner: Flounder (I’ll need to improvise since I don’t eat fish)
Snack: Chocolate Bar
Her diet in this People Article from 2015 isn’t too much different than what is laid out above. And then here (thanks for the link @tamgirlgb) she talks about “lean proteins, organic chicken, eggs, quinoa, brown rice, coffee with steamed whole milk, a big salad, fish and vegetables” as being diet staples. She also says that she “drink(s) wine very rarely. Alcohol slows down your metabolism for three days after you drink.” Well, I guess that means I’ll be limiting my red wine to 1x per week. On the bright side, it looks like I wont need to limit my wine forever because in this W Magazine interview she says that she has a glass of wine with dinner.
Saturday was my last day of Mat 3, and I am really excited to move on to the next stage of my TAM journey on Sunday!
Let me know if you’ve tried Tracy Anderson or if you have any questions for me in the comments below!