Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Ten... what a number.
Ten doesn't usually strike fear deep in the heart of me like it does today. Under normal circumstances it would make me think of Vince Young playing for the Titans this weekend, Bo Derrick running down the beach,  David Letterman's list, the number ALL us ladies want to be associated with when it comes to our bodies....oh! and one more... The Commandments. (thou shall not forget-eth that one)

But today's ten is a scary little number! Because today is DAY TEN, and in my world of Tracy Anderson  that means two things...
1. The day I post my weight on the internet!!!
2. The day our muscle works changes and gets much harder!!!

whoop there it is.

shitballs people.. it's gonna get harder??? I'm gonna tell the world how much I weigh??? The hunger is clearly getting to me, I'm feeling light headed... I'm making poor choices. am I dying??? Oh - I see a bright light! "Go TO The light! " They are saying, "Go To the light!!" They are calling me into the light!!!!!!!! Um...ya know , I'm not quite ready to go to the light, but thanks. I'm kinda in the middle of something here, so can we talk about the light a little later, fellas?

ok, I'm back ...that was weird.
anyway.... a deal is a deal promised I will now post my official progress report!
For those of you just joining us...
I was weighed, measured and pinched for body fat prior to starting TAM -by my dear friend Joel- who is an amazing trainer and A.R.T. therapist.
He is repeating the humiliating process every ten days throughout the TAM program.

I'm tellin' ya - all  I needed was a cup of Kale juice and it would have been a PAR-TAY!

Here's the good news....
so here goes....

STARTING WEIGHT:      141      (did that just happen? did I just post my weight online ?)
DAY TEN WEIGHT:        132       I'm down 9 pounds in ten days!!! schweeeeet.

DAY TEN BODY FAT:      22.90%           I'm down 3.5% body fat in ten days!!!

Also worth noting: Body fat pinch (skinfold measures) are in mm's. I was down 23mm on my pinch! With the highest numbers coming from the "gut region".

and I have lost a total of 5.75 inches!!!!!

We did a ten point measure and a few of the highlights are...  almost an inch off each thigh, one and a half inches off my hips, an inch of my arms and a half inch off each calf.

My lean mass has gone from 103.8 to 101.7
My fat and fluid loss went from 37.2 to 30.2 - down seven pounds of fat and fluid!

Goodbye fat and fluid... we never liked you anyway!

Judging by the way my clothes fit, it seems like even more - but  as you can imagine, I am thrilled with the results so far! Lots more work to do but it's a very encouraging start!

If my results continue to go in this manner then it will be official...Tracy Anderson will forever be known in my heart and soul as "THE THASS WHISPERER".
What a gift.

I digress...

My weight loss was so extreme in the first week that I was not surprised (or bothered) when it finally slowed down. I stayed at 133 for several days and this morning went down another pound to 132.
I would not be surprised to see it even go up a little with the new change of muscle work and the additional soreness. Rest assured, if it does I will not let it upset me..and rest assured - it will not be because I cheated!!!!!!

The thing about my body is that it tends to not go down without a fight. For instance, the last few days I have not felt as "lean" as a few days before because my body is fighting back against the extreme conditions and holding on to a little water and a little fat. Sort of like a child at the playground would when someone started taking his toys, he didn't mind sharing one or two - but start taking them all and he will gather them up in a pile and guard them with his life! That's what my body always does...but eventually the plan will work IF I stick with it through the "toy hording" stages.

So don't worry or get discouraged if this is happening to you because in the end we will look at that precious little child at the playground who is so scared about losing all his toys, we will bend down, get right in his ear and yell "TOUGH SHIT KID. I'M TAKING YOUR TOYS WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT"!!!! 
OH! and don't forget to kick sand in the kids eyes before leaving. That's what he gets for trying to hold on to all his toys. We will -and are -going ot BULLY our bodies into giving us what we want!!!!

ahhhhh. the sweet taste of victory.

ahhhhh. wouldn't I love the sweet taste of ANYTHING right now!!!!

But...Here's the deal people... I am IN THE ZONE!!! it has all finally clicked. and you will get there too if you stick with it!!!
It's the workouts I DON'T want to do that make the difference.
It's the times I slam lemon water instead of giving myself a FOOD HUG!
( I know, sometimes nothing loves ya back like an eclair.... or a cheeseburger)

But to get to my goal I  have to remember it's those last extra pounds - THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!!!

I think the difference between 5, 10, 15, 20 and 20+ extra pounds is usually the difference between
"Hot", "Pretty", "Cute", "Sweet" and "She has a great personality and is an excellent dancer"

Just sayin'....
There is not a thing wrong with any of them if you are healthy, but if any of you have watched your weight fluctuate like I have, I bet you have seen the adjectives adjust accordingly!!!
Sooooo, my goal is to try and eventually sneak into the "Hot" weight range and then won't they all be surprised when they discover that I ALSO have an great personality and am a excellent dancer! - Look out!

There is nothing wrong with wanting it all.
Don't apologize for wanting to be the best you can be!

I think Marianne Williamson said it best ....

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. 
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. 
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? 
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Well said Marianne.
Now everyone- go be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous!!!!   ... oh , and HUNGRY!!!!!!!
Lord help me , I'm going to go call someone and say something wrong and absurd so I will have to apologize and eat my words.
Tomorrow begins a whole new world of muscle aches- I mean works...all done on a chair. What could possibly go wrong with that???
Well, you know I'll be back to tell you all about it!

Thanks again for the support everyone has given me , you'll never now how it has helped!!!

and guess what??? we have readers joining us from Germany (Angie) and India (k7) how cool is that????
I LOVE THAT YOU ARE READING FROM SO FAR AWAY! and trying Tracy's program all over the world!!!! Thanks and good luck! WE GOT THIS THANG!!!

10 days down...
20 more to go...


and way to go abbeystow for deciding to join the challenge!!! That's THASS -TASTIC!!!! :)


  1. Thanks for this Laura. I was just looking at my before photos & starting at myself in the mirror thinking I feel different but I don't think I look different (think it's all gone from my face only). Nearly half way thru (day 14) so was getting a little low & contemplating throwing it in. You've just given me the extra kick to keep going (& kick sand in that little shit's face).

  2. Your blog is really cool. I got the book (the bible) a week ago and I wanna read it all first before I start the challenge. I'm terrible at can I live without my pizza?? Goodness me...I'm bloody Italian! we can't live without pizza!!! At least reading your blog make me think...there are other crazy creatures around the world drinkin kale juice...


  3. Loving your blog and admiring your amazing progress... all the way from Belgium.

    Yes, that's where they make waffles with a ton of whipped cream, awesome dark chocolate pralines and delicious beers! How helpful is that when you're on a mission to battle the bulges (pun intended :) )?

    I'm going to embark on the TAM journey as well and I am petrified!

    We are turning into a global community ready to conquer a world of thasses :)

  4. Laura, you're amazing!

    I've been half-heartedly doing the method for a couple of weeks. You've inspired me to try it by the book!

    Congrats on the progress. Enjoy being 'the skinny girl'.


  5. CarolineNJN- don't throw in th towel!!!! You are amazing to have come this far!
    I bet some people have all their progress towards the end!
    Keep going, try to really follow the plan to a T and I know you will be so happy you did!
    Thanks for supporting me, now I want to support you back!!!!!

    Kick sand it that little shit's eyes and show your body who is running this show! Tell it- you fight back, I'll fight harder, longer, and I won't play fair!
    It will eventually give up.
    The weaker of the two always does- and YOU are not the weaker of the two!

  6. Belgium! Awesome! Melle Louise, nice to meet you... I woke up this morning and the first thing I hear is about a Belgium waffle!! ARGH! Can't Belgium be famous for something like citrus salad!!! :)
    It is terrifying, trust me, I'm still in bed because I'm afraid of my new muscle work waiting upstairs for me! But we can do this!

  7. Lucinda and Anna- it's getting easier all the time- only because I'm getting used to be hungry and feeling like crap!
    But every time I want to eat, cheat or otherwise stray I just tell myself you have to only through today- tomorrow you can talk about cheating... But in the mornings I always feel stronger.
    Day eleven- I'm going to go kick my own ass upstairs and check on you gorgeous ladies later!

  8. hey Laura, i love your blog!

    and you know what i just thought reading it ?(also have to mention that today is a bit haunting on me, don't know why, but i really feel way too much depressed either mentally and physically. have no idea how i'm gonna pull through today and do my workouts, it's already 4pm here and have done nothing so far) anyways. just dreamed about that you were my neighbour and also my best friend living next door and we would share this experiment together. i'm 100% sure that i would achieve anything with a girlfriend like you are! anyways. thank you for being there and sharing!

    i'm your 72nd follower, joining you guys from Istanbul,Turkey.

  9. You are SOO inspirational. Thank you for your honesty and strength (even though you may not think you have any) Keep it up!! :)