Are you skinny-fat? That is, are you a reasonable weight but when you take your clothes off you’re soft and squishy like the marshmallow man?
Meet my client Sara. This is exactly how she’d describe herself.
Now, I am fully aware that I am not a “fat” person. I have never been overweight and, in fact, my goal is not to lose any weight, but just to tone up, get stronger and feel confident and healthy. I just haven’t been able to do it to my satisfaction on my own at the gym, without the help of a personal trainer . . . which I can’t afford. So, that’s where Shawna comes in. She lives in Canada, on the other side of the world, and I have never even met her and yet, thanks to the internet, she is helping me to work towards my fitness goals. I am currently doing her 21 Day Rapid Fat Loss program and it is incredible. It involves a special diet and daily workouts that I follow on video.
I was not an athletic child. When I say “not athletic” I mean that physical activity was my own personal nightmare. I hated sports of all kinds. P.E. class was a daily form of torture, in which I tried to do the bare minimum and hope the coach wouldn’t notice. I hated exertion. All I wanted to do was sit still and read books.
|(not me, but just like me!)|
Luckily for me I have skinny genes, so despite the lack of exercise I was never overweight. I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted and I never gained much weight. It was a pretty good deal until I hit my 30s. That’s when my pear shaped body started to reveal itself. I was still a skinny-minny on top, but down below I was carrying a wider and wider load. I didn’t weigh much more than before, but I was 100% cellulite. From being thin and frail, I had become flabby and frail.
I had started running and weight training by then, but was never really able to get into shape because as soon as I would make some progress I’d get bronchitis, be out of action for weeks and then have to start all over again from zero. I can’t tell you how frustrating that is. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired! Thanks to the help of a good friend, I discovered that I am gluten and lactose intolerant. I have been gluten and lactose free for the past two years. It has not been easy. Imagine living in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta, breakfasts of cappuccino and cream-filled crescent rolls, and not being able to touch any of it!
My interest in Female Fat Loss After 40 and Shawna Kaminski’s 21 Day Rapid Fat Loss program is twofold. For one, I want to drop the flab. And secondly, I want to be a strong and healthy person. I don’t mind being small-framed and delicate, I love my body. But I am tired of being weak and without energy.
Let me tell you about the workouts . . . they are killer! I mean, I have been working out at the gym in my own little way for the past six years, so I didn’t expect these workouts to be too hard for me. Wrong!
The thing is they are a completely different kind of workout. The focus is on doing short bursts of high intensity work, mostly using your own body weight. Shawna runs a boot camp in Canada and, let me tell you, she really knows how to run you through your paces. When you finish one of her workouts you are drenched in sweat and feeling those muscles.
In this program you have a workout to do each day. Three days a week you follow along with a video with Shawna (I feel so on a first name basis with her, what with her being in my living-room with me, sweating it out with me every day). She does the workout and you follow her . . . or try to follow her anyway.
On the other days, you follow a routine that’s explained in a written document with pictures. The first time I did one of those workouts I was afraid I would feel all alone with no Shawna encouraging me from the video screen. How would I get motivated? But, there she was, her voice anyway, on the music tracks that accompany these workouts, calling out how many sets I had done, letting me know when I was halfway there. Awesome.
What about results? Well, I’m feeling them. Only the “after” pictures and body measurements will tell the objective truth, but I am definitely feeling the results of this program.
1. My weakest body part (my shoulders) is getting stronger. At first I could barely do a handful of modified pushups . . . now I can do about two handfuls! They are still modified, but I am doing more of them.
2. My abs are becoming visible. Wow! My tummy is getting flatter and I’m beginning to notice muscle definition down there. That really tickles me.
|Not quite . . . but I can dream!|
3. My energy levels are much higher. Now this was totally unexpected and I am loving it. I am getting so much stuff done around the house. Unfortunately, I work a lot on the computer and these days I have to force myself to sit down and get busy. The thought of sitting down without moving kind of irritates me . . . very surprising for this avowed couch potato!
|Dust bunnies beware!|
A lot of the change I am experiencing is also related to the diet plan that comes with the workouts. An integral part of the program is a 21-day diet which details exactly what you should eat, morning, noon and night. And mid-morning and mid-afternoon, since two daily snacks are included.
As you can see, I had change all over, but my biggest results were in the tummy area and I can really feel the difference there! I think the diet was key, but also the abs workout.
Congrats to Sara! She’s going to move onto the 24-7 Virtual Coaching program now, so you haven’t heard the last of her. You’ll be able to follow her next journey. You can see here blog here: http://amid-the-olive-trees.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-did-it.html
If you’re interested in doing the 21 Day Rapid Fat Loss program like Sara did, you can find it here: