You may have noticed the headlines blowing up your newsfeed lately, "Lose 5 lbs in 3 Days!, New Juice Cleanse will restore your body, Slim Down in 3 Days!"
Whatever the slogan, you have to admit, it's all pretty catchy. In fact, so catchy that something caught my "anti-lose-weight" eye and found me standing in front of my bathroom mirror scantily-clad "sucking in" while turning side to side, puffing out my chest and saying, "Maybe I have gained a few pounds..."
I decided to step on the scale (something I NEVER do because quite frankly, I've always felt pretty comfortable and confident with my body). I'm not nearly the 106 lb, 18 year old, blonde-cupcake cheerleader I used to be. In fact, I'm quite the opposite, 119lbs with purple hair to boot.
All in instant it seemed like I'd somehow gained 13lbs overnight. What surprised me the most was how quickly I was letting my mind wander down a road I've spent my entire career teaching others not to go down. And so there I was, completely ignoring the fact that the last time I was at 106 lbs was almost more than ten years ago, and here I was the strongest I've ever felt and eating healthier than I ever have.
I hated to think I would sucuumb to one of America's marketing shams like the slogans above. I was intrigued though, and decided to set out on a "detox" journey that would help me see if the "weight" I had gained would slip away on one of these miracle detoxes. I did some serious research, and went with something that resonated with my philosophies---Bonus: I had also previously emailed with the author of this book and she was super helpful!
The 3 Day Detox comes from "THE PLAN" by Lyn Genet (You can read more here)
This detox is a 3-day “anti-inflammatory cleanse” developed by Lyn-Genet Recitas, a holistic nutritionist. The philosophy is that certain foods can be reactive in our bodies, so by eliminating all potentially reactive foods and slowly reintroducing them, we can determine what foods will be tolerated in our bodies. It should also be noted that there are NO supplements, no "miracle" shakes or pills. You are given certain foods that are less reactive in the body and purchase them from the grocery store. (All in for 3 days cost me about $75 due to not having all ingredients in my cupboard) It should also be noted that I didn't exercise until Day 3 (Lyn actually says exercising can totes mess with your results and advises you NOT to...but I could never let my MBB peeps down!)
Here's what I found:
Day One: 121 lbs. Unable to drink coffee, not even decaf. #ihateeveryone and I mean #everyone... I had the worst headache, I felt like I was coming down with a flu and spent the entire day on the couch. Anytime I would get up, it felt like the entire room was spinning. Is this what drugs feel like? The Plan keeps me full, I'm not hungry one bit, but my craving for sugar is out of this world. #iwillnotcave
Day Two: 119 lbs. Still craving caffeine, but thankfully today no headache. I make it through the entire day, but it's my sister's birthday and I totally cave in and eat cake. My entire world lights up and my taste-buds explode in delicious satisfaction. Now I'm a sad-sally and feel like I've done something "bad".
Day Three: 117 lbs. How the hell is that possible? I've literally done "nothing" in the past few days, and I cheated. (I must say I did have a reaction to adding sugar back in like that the night before, feel free to ask me!) I decide to finish the day and feel the best I have felt in a long time. No bloating and no headaches.
It felt great to see a correlation to the foods I regularly eat and how they were making me feel. Eating foods should be something we do consciously, to enjoy--not eating rice cakes to stay thin. I must add that while I did drop a few lbs, I usually fluctuate between 118-120 with exercise and eating foods I still love anyway. What was most interesting, was understanding how I FELT on these "detox" foods vs. more "reactive" "healthy" foods I love (eggs, granola, strawberries and fish).
It does seem that Lyn is really onto something. Eating food should be enjoyable. In fact, she encourages cheese, wine AND chocolate--but it's important to learn how our bodies react to the environment and the situations we make by CHOICE.
So, I'm sorry to trick you into reading this article, making you think there is some miracle detox that will change your life in 3 days. The truth is, there is no miracle cleanse, there is no miracle workout. It takes knowing yourself on a deeper level and creating a pathway for communication with your mind, body & spirit. Each of us are on an individual journey, and what may work for one person may not work for another. Your body is one small piece of the puzzle. So I stand by my anti-weight-loss attitude and reassure you that if your energy is in a balanced space, your mind will be, and when your mind is balanced, your body will be too. It's a cycle that cannot fail you.
All in all, I feel great--and I needed a kick in the ass to make me understand and realize that I truly love my body and that I am going to live every moment and make decisions that feel good in my body that will be long-lasting--not some miracle fix or fad workout because my newsfeed told me so. I'm keeping my energy clear.
How to TONE your LEGS!
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…an hour of Leg & Seat exercises? You’ve GOT to be kidding me, right?
We promise you will LOVE how effective our Legs class is, and if don’t…we’ll give you your class credit back! We promise you will FEEL and SEE results if you stick with it!
So if every week you check your MINDBODY scheduler and you secretly add yourself into Legs, and then early cancel yourself out, now you have no excuse!
Our “From the waist down” exercises are designed to TONE and LEAN your legs, NOT BULK THEM UP! Using a variety of our fitness equipment (LOW weights, elastic bands and pilates balls) we target every specific muscle group we can! It’s like a treasure hunt for the connection you’ve always wanted with your mind, body and spirit! We find those small areas you are so concerned about and help you recognize how your MIND affects your BODY, how your soul is longing to break free of the “ get ready for bikini season” rut, because let’s be honest, who cares about bikini season? We don’t…
It’s about how you feel when you look at your lifestyle…it’s a LIFESTYLE change, it’s a way of thinking and it’s a NEW attitude toward how you take care of yourself!
Hello new attitude! (maybe some new jeans too!) and checking yourself out naked in the mirror, and oh…your soul will shine through as well!
According to the Laws of Attraction, Like attracts Like- and not only do we want you to like your legs (and Glutes); we want you to LOVE them! Lose the mentality to lose weight and start focusing on the body you want, not the one you don’t! One hour of exercises to burn, firm and love your legs!
Register here now with HEATHER on Thursday evenings!
So far the *8 Weeks to Wellness Challenge* has been incredible! I have had the honor of working some of the most remarkable women, who are all making strides in changing the way they think about themselves, their bodies, and food FOREVER!
This challenge began with so many SIMPLE inspirations and I am so grateful to have such a wonderful group of supporters and friends. You all give me such incredible ideas on a daily basis! Special Thanks to Maryellen for the Wellness Challenge Idea! And also to my good friend Tanya who has been added inspiration with her successful studio on the Northshore (if you are ever in Danvers or Andover please give her a visit!)
Part of this Wellness Challenge requires that all participants log their foods everyday. Yes, EVERYDAY and EVERY SINGLE THING they eat. They are held accountable for the amount of healthy/non-healthy foods they are eating and each of them has a separate goal based on their age, weight and height. Each person is measured in 7 different places on Day 1, Day 30 and Day 60. Before and After pictures are also taken.
Each one of these remarkable women are required to meditate, pray, find peace and serenity in the daily stresses of their lives--yes through work, school, children, household chores and the list goes on... Part of the challenge also requires them to wear a pedometer where they log at least 10,000 Steps Per Day= 5 Miles. They are 100% required to get these steps in as it is a CRUCIAL part of the challenge. What exactly does this do? It allows you to realize, "Oh my Gosh, I've only walked a measly 1,000 steps today..." It allows you to see how much physical activity you are engaging in.
So many of us have long commutes or office/desk-jobs. It can be difficult to motivate yourself to get those steps in, but with the challenge--these ladies have been posting pictures of their morning 10-minute walks (which logs about 2k steps might I add in just 10 minutes!) Holding yourself accountable makes an HUGE difference. Each person knows the consequences of failing to meet their daily goals--- it just leaves you with a "not-so-good" feeling.
The other component of this challenge is learning to CONNECT the mind, body and spirit. They are always working together. I see so many gyms and fitness studios market themselves like this: LOSE 10 POUNDS for Bikini SEASON, Get Ready for that Beach Body...
You will NEVER hear our studio tell you to get ready for Bikini Season, simply because we are practicing at a much higher level of awareness. YES, we have a physical body and to honor this vessel is one of the most important roles in our time here, but learning HOW to connect it to the mind and spirit is the ONLY way we will UNDERSTAND WHY we are holding on to weight, or WHY we are constantly getting sick, or feeling sad or lonely or fearful or stuck.....
I highly recommend Louise Hay's Book You Can Heal Your Life. Her belief system has been forever tattooed in my being. She believes that for every physical ailment, there is an emotional/mental ROOT problem. If we forever ignore our bodies, mask our symptoms with pain killers and antibiotics--we are literally telling our body to SHUT UP and we begin to hold on to things that don't serve us--- i.e WEIGHT being one of them.
One client shared a story that she had recently had strep throat. She had been trying to drop some weight and continued to do all the "right things", working out, eating right and so on. She decided to look up what strep throat meant and it affirmed that she might need to speak her truth regarding something. She knew exactly what it pertained to. Putting Ego and Fear Aside, she spoke up--feeling like the weight of the world had been lifted off of her. The next day she weighed herself and had lost 2lbs ;) Coincidence? Maybe :)
This week's mini-challenge for the girls was to write a letter to the NEW SELF they already are in the process of being. This was written by Anne Patacao, one of our challenge ladies. It is so beautifully written, It gives me chills:
My Darling Annie,
I want to start this note by telling you, you are a beautiful , charismatic, caring, loving, giving person. Remember you are exactly where you are meant to be, be patient, focus and stay positive!
You are capable of anything you put your mind to, look at how far you've come :)
Don't be afraid to let go of anything that no longer brings you joy. Take time for yourself and do the things that bring you joy. Be Happy!!! Be kind to others, but remember don't give to much. This isn't the end of your journey, its a new way of life. Continue to evolve yourself into who you want to be. BE HAPPY YOUR WORTH IT! Remember to live your life for yourself .....
"perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."
Always stay true to yourself.
I am so proud of each of you! If anyone would like more information about our next challenge, please feel free to email me! Ando@mindbodybarre.com
If you have been taking Mind.Body.Barre, you know about the importance of stretching and the reasons the body will benefit from flexibility. It offers more than just a few benefits; decreased risk of injury, improved posture, reduced muscle soreness, and a decreased risk of lower back pain. And BONUS- a stretched & flexible muscle is exceptionally stronger than a tight muscle. Plus, the intervals of raising the heart rate and slowing it down through stretch and breath-work allow the body to raise its metabolic rate! What does that mean? You burn calories while your sleeping (Yeah, we’re that good!)
We work the muscles to the point of fatigue, shaking and trembling (sounds great right!? Just kidding, we know it burns like you know what!). But it is that very “shaking” that allows us to sculpt, tone, firm and reveal the beautiful and strong, sleeker, leaner YOU!
To understand why Mind.Body.Barre will sculpt your physique we must first understand the scientific reasoning of how it works…the “stuff”. If you have taken class, you begin to notice that your muscles will first lift up and seem to be fuller. Did you know your muscles are mostly composed of water? That’s right! And your muscles absorb the water as your body becomes more active. Through using the method your muscles become denser and over a period of three-to-five months, those muscles begin to compact themselves (Lengthening, Strengthening, Tightening, and Toning!). Over this period of time your muscles will firm up around the underlying bones, and the inter-muscular fat will burn away, revealing a trimmed down shape. (Who said Physiology of Anatomy wasn’t fun!?)
But what is it that makes all this SO effective? Is it really the elements of strength training, of “pumping” the muscles? If you know our class and our method, you know that the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. Yes it’s true! We work through the physical aspect of whole body wellness through connecting the mind, body and spirit. The power of visualization, creating what it is we want creates the existence of what we have.
When the workout is burning, your heart rate is pumping and breath work becomes vital. Learning to slow down the breath, even while doing high intensity workouts, can help you gain a better and more effective workout. Why? Because you are getting oxygen to those muscle fibers! Allowing yourself to become "breathless" at any point during your workout undermines your breathing coordination and you burn sugar instead of fat for fuel. You can also become tight and tense (which can promote injury), and, in general, undermine your endurance and stamina.
And if you haven’t tried any of our classes yet, while we can’t give away all our secrets, we can tell you that as a person choosing an identity of total body wellness, you are already in an elite percentile.
Here at Mind.Body.Barre we encourage you to ask questions, to do research on your own, try to new things and challenge ideas and belief systems. The INTEGRITY of our teachings is most important.
Here is a tid-bit of advice for choosing a workout regimen, instructor or a new idea- always check the credibility of source. Where is the information coming from? Are the instructors knowledgeable, credible or certified? Is the company, class or corporation an example and true representation of total body fitness? Where does the research come from? We like to read up on scientific studies, but make sure your resources aren’t skewed! We like Discovery Health.
Here are some examples; there are many certifications out there. Using Yoga as an example, there are some programs that can be done in one day and online believe it or not. Unfortunately the Yoga Alliance approves those certifications as RYTs. Other trainings can take up to 2 years of practical theorem and research, learning the anatomy of the body and insertion points of the muscles. There are classes you can take in a gym that solely focus on stretching and breathing, while others focus on a more Eastern philosophy of yoga, quieting the mind. Which would you choose?
It’s up to YOU to learn the connection between mind, body and spirit. It’s up to YOU to learn the tools to create the beautiful and strong, sleeker, leaner YOU; not the person you strive to be, but the person you already are, waiting to be freed.
Take a Class!