Billy Blanks and his Tae Bo crew have been at it for a while, so I figured, why not? I had a few pounds to drop and wanted to do so in the comfort of my own home. And in six weeks, I found out something very interesting about his video collection – it works!
I am not a big girl. But at 31, I found myself weighing more than I ever had
before. With the gradual slowing of metabolism and gravity working against me,
I noticed a little flab, a roll here and there – something that came along with
my new marriage (happiness can definitely take it’s toll). So, I was bound and
determined to tone up and get healthy.
While visiting my local superstore, I saw a DVD of Tae Bo – you know, the
exercise craze spawned back in the 1980’s that had everyone from housewives to
men in suits talking – and picked up a copy. I didn’t realize that this
muscle-clad man would change my life forever.
I had a plan – we all do this from time to time and see it fall in the
cracks within weeks, but remember, I was determined. First, I would eat
sensible meals, which, in my defense, wasn’t hard to do. I love all things
green and fruity and my stomach can’t take fried foods, so I was off to a good
start. Since diets fail, and most can be very unhealthy if followed through
long-term, my no-diet diet consisted of:
Fruit and coffee for
Tuna or ham sandwich and
milk for lunch (light on mayo, heavy on vegetables like green leaf
lettuce, tomato and onion)
Grilled meat (chicken and
pork, sometimes even steak), salad and milk for dinner
Water when I was thirsty
If I wanted to snack, I always had a drawer full of fruit, freshly cut
vegetables or nuts.
And If I wanted an ice cream cone or brownie, I ate one.
A pretty fair way to eat, really - I never starved.
Then, I would exercise three times a week for at least 30 minutes. That is
where Tae Bo came in.