Monday, July 28, 2014

My Cardio Confession


I was a fat girl.  My Mom took me to the pediatrician when I was eight years old, and he agreed that I was overweight.  He had me count calories, and he recommended the swim team for more exercise.

I wanted to dance. I desperately wanted to dance, but ballet wasn't right for little fat girls, so it was off to swim team for me.

I hated it.  I had a melon belly in my swimsuit that embarrassed my stepdad, I can sill hear him saying,

"Tuck Cathy tuck!"  That was his shorthand for telling me to suck in my stomach.

I know I probably still sound angry, and I've prayed hard over learning to forgive, but when I look back at photographs of that time, I wasn't very fat.  The horrible truth is that once they put me on a low-fat diet and the swim team, my appetite went out of control, I became obsessed with food and the feeling that I was starving, and I became fat.

I stayed fat until I discovered cigarettes, diet soft drinks, and the power of starving myself at age 15.

It worked.  I got thinner, prettier, and quite frankly happier because of the approval I received.  Did they know that I was living on one salad, or one serving of french fries and the smallest dinner I could get away with?

Still, I couldn't get skinny enough for the one thing I wanted to do after college.  I wanted desperately to be an actor, singer, and dancer.  Silly me, I picked the career that required its women to be not only the fairest, but the thinnest of them all.  So I started to count calories, and do aerobics classes and use cardio machines again.

Even in my twenties, I noticed that when I went to legitimate ballet or jazz classes, or when I was rehearsing a show, I would get leaner, and love the way I looked.  Then I'd try to get thinner by going to the gym and doing step aerobics, the treadmill, and cardio dance classes, and I'd get square, squishy, and hungry and put on fat again.

What was going on?  It turns out that trying to erase calories with tons of moderate intensity steady state cardio doesn't work.  The aerobics teachers of the 80s and 90s all had one thing in common: they were young and they had never ever had a weight problem.  We poor overweight girls were trying to get thin by taking advice from people who had never ever needed to lose weight.

It took me from 1979 to 2008 to finally figure out what I was doing wrong.

You would thank that after my TT Transformation in 2008-2010 I would never go back to 60 minute long aerobic dance classes.  You would be wrong.  I started teaching aerobic dance because I wanted to be popular and successful, and here is what I got as result:

I went from this...
To this.
What a nightmare.  I was doing up to 14 hours of cardio a week: 6 hours teaching and another 8 hours practicing.  I gained 15 pounds of pure fat, and my thighs got so big that none of my pants or shorts fit anymore.

Slowly but surely, I got out of the aerobic dance business, and I switched all of my teaching over to Turbulence Training, Home Workout Solution, and the new Six Minutes to Skinny programs designed by Craig Ballantyne MS/CTT.

The result?  I am so relieved that I was able to get my body back.  Now, I've finally handed off the last of my cardio classes.  For the first time in almost three years I can be true to what truly works again.  Am I right?  Can 6 Minutes to Skinny beat 12 hours a week of cardio?  ===>Click This Link<=== and find out.

I have another photo shoot in exactly 4 weeks, and the proof will be in the pictures.  Join me in using the 6 Minutes To Skinny Program, and if I'm wrong about "Black Hole"cardio, I'll be the first to admit it.
Age 50: 1/8 th. the cardio.