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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ab Patience, Determination, and Commitment Needed


Dear Boys and Girls,

If I had a penny for every person, man or woman, who writes to me wondering what they did wrong because their abs didn't pop after 90 days...

Some people can get their abs to show with greater ease. I'm not one of them, and neither are most folks.

I've been working out religiously since August 2007, following a very clean diet with the exceptional few days off the wagon and one cheat day a week, and.......FINALLY, FINALLY my abs are beginning to show!

Do you see them? Do you see them? I can hardly believe it!

Ever since my win in September I've stepped it up with my workouts & eating. I have found a whole new level of commitment.

Eating from the top two tiers of Michi's Ladder revolutionized this Barbie's world! Since August 20th, I have lost about 9 lbs. Remember, it took me a whole year to drop 2 pounds with what I know was still a pretty clean diet.

So, what exactly did I cut out?

Dairy. Unless I'm enjoying a cheat meal, I don't touch dairy. I had heard that dairy bloats you, but I didn't really believe it. I still don't really know why, but I can tell you: It's true! I can simply feel the difference. Now, there is dairy in whey protein powder and in Shakeology. But, I no longer drink skim milk and I stay away from my beloved cheese. It was difficult at first, but I'm so over it. I don't miss it.

For protein, I eat mostly chicken, eggs (mostly egg whites), fish, and tofu. I've cut back on veggie burgers and have added in bison burgers. Well, they are still in the freezer, but I plan to add them to my meals.

Sauces. GONE. Completely. I don't think I realized just how much sugar and junk were in cooking sauces.

I've also stopped drinking alcohol, at least til the end of the year. My goal is to be a finalist for the year end contest. To be honest, it would be nice, but really, I'm just really enjoying the experience of taking my body to its maximum potential.

I feel strong and fit. I feel healthy. I feel good. I don't feel deprived. I like it!

My friend Karen joked (I don't think she was joking, actually) that if I tried to feed her what I eat if she were to come to visit, she'd stay in a hotel. I know that my super duper duper clean eating is not for everyone, but I'm not suffering. It's just simplified my life and I am LOVING my results.

I do cardio six days a week, along with 4 days of resistance work (P90X or Chalean Extreme).

The end results: Abs that I am beginning to see and love.

If you want something, set a goal, make a plan, and go for it.

Pure and simple. Go get it.

Bring it!
Barbie, PhD

3 comments:

screwdestiny said...

Hellz yeah! Your abs ARE looking great!

MAJL said...

Looking great; I can really see the difference! can't wait to start working out again when my flu is gone. I am interested in Michie's ladder. Can you post what you eat on a typical day?

Coach Barbie, PhD said...

Thankkkkkkkks, girls!!!!!!

You can get michi's ladder if you are a BB customer. It's on the EAT SMART tab on the left hand side once you log in. Or search on my blog. :)