-- First, I'm not going to tell you my starting weight/inches but I will tell you how much, if any, I've lost. After 10 days of working out (not consecutively), I've lost 1 inch around my hips. That's it. Nothing else. No weight, no other inches. But! For just 10 workouts out of a 90-workout program, that ain't too shabby. Also, I'm not doing the cardio as frequently as you're supposed to and I'm not following the meal plan. (I'll explain why in the 'Cons' section below.) I have no doubt that if I were following the workout program exactly as it's laid out, I would've definitely lost more.
-- The strength workouts are actually kinda fun. Don't get me wrong, they're challenging and you will be sore the next day, but they're also very doable. You only use 3-pound weights. According to Tracy, you never need more than 3 pounds. I was skeptical at first but because the moves are fast-paced and meant to target smaller muscle groups, the 3 pounds actually is enough. These moves aren't your standard bicep curls, shoulder presses, etc. No, these are strange moves that you've probably never done before. While I do think the 3 pounds is challenging, I could see someone naturally stronger going for 5 pounds. Probably not more than that, though.
-- Even though I haven't lost much in terms of inches or pounds, I do think my body is overall more toned. I can definitely feel muscles in my arms and legs that I never noticed before. Just you wait till I get that 6-pack. (Actually, don't hold your breath...)
-- The meal plan. If you can call it that. That thing is ridic yo. I don't see how anyone can follow it and still have energy for the workouts! The weeks alternate between Nutrient Boost and Body Reset. During Nutrient Boost weeks, you're basically eating juice and/or veggie and fruit purees. During Body Rest weeks, you get solid foods but not much of them. For example, Day 3's lunch is grilled chicken breast and an apple. For someone who actually moves during the day, that ain't gonna cut it. You're also not supposed to add any salt, butter, oil, seasoning, etc to your foods. Yeah, right.
-- The cardio is boring and it kinda hurts my knees. You are supposed to use the same cardio dvd over and over again throughout the whole 90 days. The same routine, 6 days a week, for 90 days. Shoot me now. Plus, it's very high impact. You're basically jumping up and down, bouncing all around, for 30 minutes straight. Think 3rd grade jumping jacks dance party. "No thank you," says the knees. I stopped doing it after the 4th day. I'll do some other form of cardio instead or I will just do the strength routine.
-- Tracy gives you little to no direction during the workout so you have to really pay attention and just kinda figure out the next moves. There's no warm-up, no cool down. You just go straight into the workouts and she moves quickly so you have to be on your toes (literally and figuratively). And a lot of the moves are leg lifts where you're down on your hands and knees so looking up at the TV every few minutes kinda gets annoying.
(Side note: I let Molly out to run around while I was working out last night. She was fascinated by the leg lifts and kept coming over to check it out. Whenever I lifted my leg, she stood up. And when I brought it down, she sat down. Every time. Leg up, Molly up. Leg down, Molly down. She did this about 5 or 6 times in a row until I started laughing and she ran away!)
Overall, I think the program is working so far and would probably be even more successful if I followed it like you're supposed to. The cons are not anything major so they definitely don't outweigh the pros. I'll keep you updated as I move to each level so we'll see if that holds true for the full 90 days. Fingers crossed!!
Wanna take a trip to the Gun Show? Oh, yeah!
Well hello wittle bicep. Where've you been all my life?