How are you? I hope you’ve been staying chill and injury free . . . wherever you are!
As for me, I’m slowly getting there. I paid the Doctor a visit yesterday and it turns out the original person I saw should have never told me to work out. Now, I’m restricted to water based exercises only and also the obvious upper body work.
I guess those endless walking lunges were a giant fail.
Armed with that new knowledge and some muscle relaxants I headed home. But FYI – muscle relaxants are not so bueno. In fact, I sat at work this morning feeling completely floaty and fuzzy. That’s why I took the afternoon off and rested up my back.
Tomorrow, I’m hoping to be able to hit up the pool. Eeeek! I’m nervous!
Guest Post Series
While, I’m out of commission Veronica has offered to do a guest post series! Yaaaaaaaaayyy!!!!
By way of background, Veronica is one of my oldest and closest friends. We go all the way back to High School in Toronto. She has seen me through some tears, cheers, and everything in between.
One of the things we both have in common is a love for fitness and a desire to improve ourselves. That’s why I’m excited to hear what she has to say in her very frank series about the Tracy Anderson Method, a favourite of celebrities like Gwyneth, Madonna, and Shakira.
What Kind of Body are you in the Market for?
As I try to make working out a way of life for the nth time, I’ve realized that the goal is no longer to just lose weight. I’m gunning for a certain type of thin: "teeny tiny" Gwyneth Paltrow thin.
The seed was planted when Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth’s trainer, was on Oprah some two years ago. She spoke of accessory muscles pulling things in and making a person "teeny tiny" through dance cardio and low weight, high rep exercises. They showed a clip. Gwen looked good doing it. I had to try it.
This was also during a time when I spent my days jogging or hanging out in my living room with Rodney, Jillian, Billy and the occasional Carmen. Adding dance cardio to the mix seemed like a good idea. I started with routine #1 and practiced it over and over again. Then I gave up. I didn’t like how fast it was and the fact that her moves changed when she’s "up to tempo". I also didn’t like doing routine #1 wrong over and over again. And that was that.
I gave up on the trainer (and working out in general) but I kept up with Gwyneth. I know her blog has drawn a lot of criticism, but I love it. A couple months back she she posted testimonials about the miracles of Tracy’s method. Reading testimonials from Courtney Cox and Kirstin Davis made me think: they are looking better then ever. More girlish. Sexier. I had to try this workout. Again.
I started Tracy’s workout 5 weeks ago and have been keeping it up. What bothers me is that it has a scene with her talking about how she doesn’t like the muscular look on girls. I envision the girls on the P90X commercials and – this is the part that disturbs me – I nod in agreement. When did I develop a preference for which type of skinny? Do I even have a choice? I’m not even remotely skinny, so is it even possible that one day I would be "teeny tiny"? What about the last 10 years I’ve spent wishing for a P90X body? I’m somewhat troubled by all this. But in the end, I’m doing an hour of (dance) cardio a day and, in the short run, I guess that’s all I really care about.
Next time: I actually review Tracy Anderson’s Dance Cardio workout.
Question (from Toronto Girl West): What do you think of “The Method?” Have you heard of it? Would you be willing to try it? I have to confess, that I’m frankly disturbed by the talk of “teeny tiny” but I’m also open minded enough to realize, I shouldn’t knock it until I try it.