Every January I start the year off by going on a cleanse. After all the little extra treats during December and over the holidays, my body and my mind are ready for a good cleanse! This January I'm going to be working with Lisa Cummings (Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach) who I've been working with throughout 2015 on my Lean Body program. It takes a little willpower to do this but cutting out red wine and coffee are my two big sacrifices during the cleanse. My regular eating program has been very clean this year so I'm feeling good about taking it a step even further. I aim to get started on my cleanse on January 11th and I was wondering if 4 other people would like to join me? We could do this cleanse together as a group and support each other and share our challenges & our experiences. We can meet with Lisa Cummings at INTENSITY on January 11th to kick off the cleanse. We will start that day and continue for the last 3 weeks of January with a final meeting on February 1st. The cost per person for the cleanse program is $375. You will get all the food and juicing info you need for the duration of the cleanse, 3 private one-on-one sessions by phone, plus unlimited text/email support with Lisa. You will look and feel amazing and you will be given recipes and information on how to choose nutrient rich foods that will create new habits for a lifetime. Please email me with any questions or for more information. Clairmason@intensityclub.com Here's to looking fabulous!!
Lasts week's Grim Challenge was cancelled last minute. The Grim was due to be held at an Army Training ground in Aldershot, U.K. We believe the ground may have been required for some urgent Army training due to all the trouble going on in the world. Bit scary isn't it!! I did actually do some training for the Grim over the past few weeks. On the day of the Grim, instead of showing up in the wet & windy mud in Aldershot as planned, with my beautiful friend Danielle, I went for a run along the tow paths of the Thames River - my old stomping ground where I trained for many half marathons and the London marathon. On Saturday, I devised my own Grim!! I ran for 5 minutes then I stopped and did 50 push-ups, 50 triceps dips and a 2 minute plank. I repeated this 10 times in all and then I sprinted home. It was a great workout which took me about an hour and a half door to door. Not too Grim!! Anyone want to join me next time? Maybe I'll add it as a new class on the schedule?
So I've found it really easy since May this year to maintain my Lean Eating program be that self will or ease of this program to follow continuously. I've traveled extensively in the last 7 months to the UK & Portugal and all the while I've kept on the program. The holidays present a challenge to the most committed healthy eating people including moi!! I actually kept with the program over Thanksgiving. My only downfall was to have cheese. I haven't had any cheese since May. I decided I could have one thing that I didn't normally have on the program. I chose I lovely wedge of a rich creamy Brie. I thoroughly enjoyed it with a few grapes. No crackers!! I was actually happy to get back to the Lean Eating program the very next day. I think the message here is that you can ween yourself off things and after a short while you have no real desire for them. Christmas is next!!
I watched a great documentary on the plane over to London this weekend that confirmed everything to me!! Not that I needed any further confirmation. My results speak for themselves. It's incredible the amount of sugar you can consume without even realizing it!! Can you believe - The average American person consumes 42 teaspoons of sugar a day! The average American family consumes 20lbs of sugar per week. The guy in the documentary had a lean eating program very similar to mine. Lean clean and simple. He went on an experiment for two months - he consumed the same food as the Average American. Foods such as: Pasta Sauce, Fruit flavored Yoghurt, Smoothies, Bread, Bagels, Muffins and pre made Salad Dressing, Granola, Granola Bars of various kinds, Cereals, and flavored Coffees Etc,. He did not pig out at all - he really just ate what an average person eats on a typical day. In two months he gained over 20lbs and put on 7 inches around his waist. Shocker!! When I started my Lean eating program, the main foods I removed were Granola - granola and protein bars - Pasta - Cheese - all the starchy carbohydrates, Pulses and Beans and Chips. I lost 10lbs and 7% body fat in 2 months. My eating plan is quite simply, clean. There are no hidden ingredients in what I eat. More details about what I do eat in my next blog!!
10 years ago, when I became an owner of INTENSITY, I met Oxana, our Method instructor. Oxana was one of the original & rare Lotte Berk instructors who worked at the Barre Method studio on Riverside Avenue. The studio closed and Oxana came to see me about teaching classes at INTENSITY. We decided on the spot to call it Method! Until this week, when we felt like changing it up and now we call it Barre! I took Oxana’s class a couple of times, back then, but was informed that it was best to take it 3 times a week to get results. I was so busy running the club and teaching my own classes and progressing my tennis to a 3.5 level, there was simply no time to do Method three times a week as well. Around the time I started my new Leaner Body project one of our members asked me “what would happen if I took the Method every day”?… my response “Let’s do it, and see”? On top of all my other classes and personal training I decided to layer on the Method at least 4-5 days a week. I mostly take with Oxana as it suits my schedule. Some of us in the class call it Military Method ! (Military Barre now?) Some of the exercises are so intense you are shaking and almost crying (with laughter). The other night, on the ballet bar, Oxana had us in a “water ski” position. We were shaking and sweating and breathing and squeezing so hard and Oxana said “don’t waste all of the class by giving up now, just remember that by next summer you will look like someone took a knife [...]