Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Time to Drop the Last Ten Pounds

How many times have I pictured writing that title in my mind, and why haven't I written it before now? It's a matter of belief. Why would anyone take the time and trouble to burn up the the last ten pounds of fat if they thought it was an impossible dream? There is plenty of chatter out there confirming how hard it is to land on that scale number that brings shrieks of joy, "I did it!, by Jove I really did it!" Age, biology, environment, mindset, can all conspire to keep you away from that elusive place where skinny jeans glide on effortlessly, and abdominal muscles greet you when you look in the mirror in the morning. So why go there? Why try? Especially if, like me, you've never been genetically gifted or disciplined enough to get to your ideal before? It turns out that sometime in the last few months I began to believe that I could. What convinced me? What evidence did I have? What changed after all these years?
About two months ago, I did a new Turbulence Training workout known as TT Adrenaline. Craig Ballantyne developed the workout in response to an Australian study on obese women who did short intense sprint intervals, didn't change their eating habits, and lost significant amounts of weight, especially compared to the control group that did more traditional cardio. Here is the URL for an article describing the results of the study. You can bet I jumped at the chance to try it myself and see if it would work for me. Boy howdy, did it ever! I lost 2 pounds over the course of the 4 weeks I was following this workout, but even better was the change in my appearance. My shoulders and legs became noticeably more defined, and my waist got smaller. The persona I was showing to the world was changing from "kinda cute" to "clearly fit", and I began to believe that the image I had held in my imagination for so long could become the way I actually look. I know that there are so many more aspects of fitness to get right in order to release the last of the fat I don't want hanging around, but starting here and now, I believe I can do it, and if I can do it, I'll bet you can too.

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