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Do Your Thing – Monday Made

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“Shake your arm then use your form. Stay on the scene like a Sex Machine. You gotta have the feeling sure as you’re born. Get it together. Get up! Get on up!”~James Brown (Sex Machine)

Week 6 already?!

Ok yeah, Week 6 it is then. As of last week, I am 300g away from my half way goal so I guess I’m on track!

When I first decided to do this body transformation, all those weeks ago, I sent out a message on Facebook (of course) requesting people’s favourite exercise DVDs. I knew that weather, children and no funding for gym membership might potentially conspire against my daily exercise plans so I needed a back up!

In the past, I had been soooo booooooooored by exercise DVDs. I did the same one for 9 months through both my pregnancies and it was so dorky and uninspiring. The trick really is to mix it up and then it can be fun!

Here are some of the DVDs I have been doing and what I think about them!

The Hotpants Workout by Dan Karaty: I was fearful of this DVD at first. In fact, I didn’t really do it until about 10 days ago. I found the actual cover of the DVD off-putting. I was imaging a gruelling workout with raging techno music in the background. Not quite. It is a dancing based workout. It is set in what looks like a nightclub and Karaty himself is your dance instructor with a team of what I can only describe as go-go girls backing him up. Their outfits are outrageous. Their running shoes look like they have been attacked by a Bedazzler. He has been involved with people like Madonna & Britney, so he certainly knows how to dance. I do not. I think after a few run-through’s I could do all the dance moves, but so I didn’t get frustrated with my own uncoordinated arms and legs I instead held 1kg weights and just jumped around a lot when a dance move was beyond my skill set. Fun stuff. More fun for people watching you.

Tracey Anderson Method Mat Workout: 5 thumbs up. I have spoken about Anderson before here. Her ballet based workout is a WIN-NER!! And hard. It is not a cardio workout at all, it is very quiet and strangely calming. But hard. Only last week did I make it all the way through without stopping. I highly, highly recommend this DVD for toning and strength!

Tracey Anderson Method Dance Cardio: I can’t get into this one. The ballet based dance moves are too hard for my child-rearing-adled brain to remember!! But it is a really good workout. This again falls into the category of Do Your Thing when you can’t quite follow them. I think my problem with this DVD is that I really want to be able to dance like that but I just can’t get it happening and that gets me frustrated. Just looking on her website, now, I saw there is a beginner dance cardio DVD, perhaps I need to get that!! Tracey Anderson would be an awesome personal trainer. I wonder if there are some of those Method studios in Australia…….

10 Minute Solution: This is a large series of DVDs with all different instructors. The one I have is just called “10 Minute Solution” and the instructor has a blonde bob. She has some SERIOUS muscle definition and wears high waisted pants that I found really distracting. She reminded me of Amanda Tapping when she was in Stargate-SG1 for some reason. This DVD, as the title suggests, has 10 minute workouts. There is kick boxing, Pilates, ballet, boot camp and yoga all on the one DVD. At the menu you can select to play just one, or make a playlist of the ones you would like to do back-to-back. This is a great feature! I often use the kickboxing one as a warm-up before a toning session.

The Dance Around The House Like A Crazy Person Workout: This is by far my favourite. Ok, so this isn’t an actual DVD, just a really fun way of doing cardio! I make a 45 minute playlist of fun, high energy music (like, Do Your Thing by Basement Jax), turn it up as loud as physically safe for my children’s ears, grab my 1 kg weight and then jump around the house dancing & singing like a mad woman. It is a great stress reliever and it makes the kids laugh (and tired). Give it a go, you might like it.

As you can see, the key to my success with the 12WBT is to keep it interesting and try not to do the same stuff every week. Would it be easier if I had a gym membership and had specific classes to go to? Maybe……but then when something came up I wouldn’t be as well equipped to improvise and reschedule!! I used to be a gym member, and I remember the Easter long weekend was a real pain for me. The gym was closed the whole time! Totally messed up my going to the gym momentum!

I say go it at home and save yourself the $$$!!

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Flat Tyre – Monday Made

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That isn’t a literal one I’m talking about. It was my state of mind on Saturday morning.

Last week’s weigh-in was a huge bummer. No change. I tried to prop myself up with talk of “at least it wasn’t a gain”. But, dammit, I deserved a loss!!!

The first part of this blog is going to be a bit whiney. But don’t worry, I promise a story arc.

Sure, there were a couple of meals eaten out this week, but I was strict. No desserts, no carbs and NO CHEESE!!. One meal out was at a Vietnamese place. I had the vegetable and tofu rice noodle soup. I skipped the rice  noodles and just ate the other parts. Another night was a vegan place, Yong Green Food on Brunswick street in Fitzroy. The food was AMAZING. But again, I was cautious with portion size and stuck to a small amount of protein and mostly vegies.

A far cry from some of the stories I have read on the 12WBT Forums of people sad that they lost only 800g (only? What the hell?). They could see why they had what they felt was a small loss- they ate pizza one night, or pigged out on icecream.

Sometimes I get frustrated when I hear about people who can just follow the food part of the program, not really exercise and still lose weight. That’s definitely not me. I’ve known it for a long time. I need to exercise to lose weight. I have to work hard for every single gram that comes off.

So, last Saturday I was in the depths of despair. I really thought long and hard about my week and came up with the following contributors to my weight maintain:

  • Not enough water drunk. I retain water like a camel if I don’t drink heaps of water
  • Skipped brekky a few times and had a decaf latte instead. BIG MISTAKE. Metabolism doesn’t go without fuel.
  • Didn’t eat all the food on the plan….eating less than 1200cal a day slows down your metabolism. My body was going into food storage mode.

That last point was probably the crux of it. In the past I have not been a big eater. When I started this program I felt like I was stuffing myself all day. My old habit was to eat stuff-all during the day and then have a big bowl of pasta for dinner. My metabolism was frozen. My poor body storing all the energy it could!

So, I picked myself up, dusted myself off and got back to it. We won’t talk about the FOUR glasses of champagne I drank on Sunday. Or the indian food I ate on Sunday night. No use dwelling on stupidity.

Monday is a new day and I’m going to do it right this week!!

Score 1 for me today- getting  through  the entire 45 minute Tracey Anderson Method Mat Workout without stopping. Pffft, some may say. But to them I say HAVE YOU TRIED IT?! Hells bells, it’s tough! But I got through the legs without stopping, and then the arms, and then the stomach! WIN WIN WIN!!

For those who don’t know about Tracey Anderson, she has created a workout style to get a “New York ballet look”. I might not ever look like a ballerina, but I can definitely say that the workout is great!

At first I thought Tracey was a bit of a poser. She looks a bit like Portia Di Rossi. She pouts her way through the workout and “sexes up” a lot of the exercises. I think she must have a mirror in front of her while she is making the DVD… I just sort of felt she was posing when she wiggled her hips around while doing arm exercises, or put her hand on her head while doing leg exercises. UNTIL TODAY. Today I took her advice and got my whole body into it. I wiggled my hips around and moved my arms about. And you know what? It acted as a great distraction to the burning muscles and I managed to not put my arms down during the arm section, and not stop and stretch during the leg section. She wasn’t posing after all!! HA! I should have had more faith!

Go out and give her work-out a try. It’s unique.