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Confessions of a Tae Bo Queen - Why it Works 
by Jami Cameron July 22, 2005

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.

My plan

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 breakfast
  • 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.



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