I’ve always believed I have no will power. No self-control. Especially when it comes to eating healthy and exercising. I’ve been on multiple diets in the past but I’ve always found a lame reason to cheat. Free bagels in the break room at work. Extra french fries that my friend is just too full to eat. The episode of Sex & The City that’s on seems way more interesting than going to the gym even though I’ve already seen it seven times. I thought I wanted to make a change – eat healthy and get in great shape so I could finally feel good about myself. But for some unknown reason, I just couldn’t progress past those first few days. By this point I had broken so many diet commitments that I had just come to accept the fact that I would never get into the shape I had been dreaming of. So when I decided to make another New Year’s resolution, I wasn’t convinced that I’d actually follow through with it.
After seeing an infomercial early one morning, I impulsively bought Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis program. The fact that she is accredited with sculpting Gwyneth Paltrow’s banging body and she looks like this might have something to do with it.
I opted for the Omnicentric version. When it came in the mail, I was super excited. And then I started reading through everything I had to do. Work out using Tracy’s DVDs six days a week for three whole months?! Preplan and cook ALL my meals at home for three whole months?! Drink only one glass of wine a night a MAXIMUM of three nights a week FOR THREE WHOLE MONTHS?!?!?! My only motivator at this point was the indispensable $90 I spent to pay for the program.
Luckily for me, my sister was starting a 30-day cleanse at the same time. Knowing someone else was going to suffer alongside me was also helpful. So we composed our mile-long grocery lists and headed to the store. Twice. Now I was all in. I had spent about $200 total on this program and I wasn’t about to just throw it all away. I don’t have that kind of money! I spent about six hours that first weekend preparing all my meals for the first week.
Here’s how the plan works: the odd weeks are called “nutrient boost weeks.” During these weeks, I basically eat seven small pureed meals a day. I’m currently on week three.
The even weeks are labeled “body reset weeks.” I like these weeks more because I get to eat more normal things such as hard boiled eggs and fruit for breakfast and chicken and veggies for dinner. There’s also more variety during the even weeks. The best part of the nutrition plan is the amount of money I’ve saved on food. Maggie warned me this would happen but I had no idea the savings would be this monumental. When I did the math I discovered that I’m spending an average of $3.43 per meal! That’s cheaper than a fast food meal! And MUCH healthier. And they say low-income individuals and families can only afford unhealthier foods. This is proof that that’s not true! Another phenomenon that has developed from this plan is that I don’t even miss my favorite vices: bread, cheese, lattes and the painful amounts of booze I usually consume each weekend. As a matter of fact, without these foods in my diet I feel much lighter, have zero food-induced stomachaches and I just feel much healthier in general.
Foods from a nutrient boost week: From left to right - Chocolate Pudding, Chili, Chicken Spinach Crumble, Blueberry Applesauce, and Power Juice
As for the workouts, I do the same cardio workout every day. Yep, for 90 days. And it’s not easy. Tracy Anderson jumps around like a wild woman. It’s like 30 full minutes of mobile jumping jacks. I won’t lie, after the first day I had a raging headache. But now that I’m becoming more familiar with the workout, it has become easier.
I really do enjoy the “transform” workouts. Tracy has developed her programs specifically for women. She targets the small muscular groups rather than the large ones, such as biceps, so her clients’ bodies can become tighter and more feminine rather than bulky and masculine. The “transform” workouts are also 30 full minutes but they change every 10 days so your muscles don’t get bored and stop developing.
To be completely honest with you, I have actually cheated already. I haven’t stayed on top of the workouts like I should for a couple reasons: 1) I still have a gym membership so I’ve spent some days going to classes rather than working out at home and 2) some days I’m a lazy sack and I just sit on the couch instead. I’m about 5 days behind but I’ve been trying to step it up lately. In terms of food, sometimes I want something crunchy when I’m spending my weeks eating meals with the consistency of baby food! So I’ll snag a handful of pistachios or a delicious Kind bar. They’re still decently healthy snacks so I don’t feel that guilty.
Some of my favorite Kind Bars
This program has already completely revolutionized my thinking about what is “healthy.” I’ve learned to basically avoid anything that isn’t completely natural. I know this seems extreme, but I truly believe that I would not feel this great or have lost the weight I have by keeping processed foods in my diet. I’ve also learned that my eyes are insanely bigger than my stomach, portion control is key and I need to listen to my body to determine when I’m truly hungry. Throughout this diet I’ve been eating portions between four and ten ounces each and I really haven’t felt like I’m being starved. As a matter of fact, I ate an omelet out the other day and what I would normally kill off in one sitting, I could barely finish over the course of two meals without feeling like I was going to explode.
I know it’s only been two and a half weeks, but this is the longest I’ve ever stuck to a disciplined diet! My former doubt of my will to commit has been squashed. Wondering how? I found a program that focuses on nutrition AND fitness. All my meals and workouts are planned out for me every day so I’m never wondering if I’m eating the right foods or focusing on the proper muscle groups. I also started seeing results very early on. Within the first week, I had already lost about 4 pounds. And after 17 days, I’m down seven pounds, I’ve lost an 1.5 inches from my waist, 3/4 of an inch from my hips, 1.5 inches from my thighs, and my stomach is already noticeably flatter. Talk about motivation! Last but not least, I had invested a good deal of money in the program right from the beginning so I felt obligated to press on.
I would definitely recommend Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis program to any woman! But if you decide to follow another route for your transformation, I recommend that you look for a program that has you fully invested from the start, provides you with a detailed fitness AND nutrition plan, and vows to deliver results quickly.
I’m not going to post my “before” pictures (nightmare) , but if this program gets me into the shape I’m hoping it will, I might just post my “after” pictures for you all to see!